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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American journalist and author digging the dirt in daily lifestyle posts from the gateway to Sonoma County wine country.
Interests: Let's start with farmstead food, cheese, wine, beer, home and garden, style and design, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. A slice of American life out West with a distinctively British twist. I am a Knight Digital Media Center Berkeley Fellow. Read my book: "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM
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Images courtesy of the private collection of Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Petaluma Arts Center's June/July exhibition draws widespread attention from around the West Coast for an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Human Shield — Photo: Arthur Mole & Thomas and the Library of Congress “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sunday June 7th, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Cost: $85.00 Class limit: 12 Location: Good Gray 10 Western Ave, Petaluma To sign up by phone, Call : 707•755•4535, Sign up online, or stop in at the shop, (located in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job! Come see this inspirational film Sunday, 5/24 6:30pm at Aqus Cafe at Foundry Wharf, Petaluma. Hosted by the Petaluma Grange #851. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photos: Sara Remington, Karen Shinto & Farm Photo Workshop Photographers who enjoy capturing the essence of delicious dishes but haven't had any training in this increasingly popular field are invited to a workshop that will sharpen food photography technique and... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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A fellow guest at one of my absolute favorite, most flavorful, visually appealing and fun annual feasts to be fortunate enough to be a part of asked, during an early celebration of Pentecost in the distinctly Danish/American fashion: "What is... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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When Sonoma County favorites, Foxes in the Henhouse play The Big Easy in downtown Petaluma's American Alley, the place fills up fast. There's no cover charge to get in but reservations are very much recommended. Click here to save a... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Art and photography lovers mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday June 27th and 28th, 2015. MarinScapes Art Exhibit & Benefit is one of my top-pick regional fundraisers for Marin and Sonoma County's non-profit, Buckelew Programs. This wonderful fine art... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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We are so incredibly fortunate to have COTS in our community, serving those who need our help the most. Over the past few years families without shelter have been provided with temporary emergency housing in Petaluma at the Mary Isaak... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Dave Pokorny Presents… 3 Still Standing LIVE A Benefit for The Robotics Team of Technology High School PRODUCER: Dave Pokorny Presents… WHAT: 3 Still Standing LIVE An Intimate Evening With Will Durst, Johnny Steele & Larry “Bubbles” Brown hosted by... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Are you a high school or college student seeking a quality summer internship? If you or someone you know fits the bill for one of three great North Bay summer of 2015 opportunities, dynamic non-profit Matrix Parent Network and Resource... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Zazu Kitchen in Sebastopol has been on my dining out radar for a while. Sunday supper sorted my hankering for some West Country "Snout to Tail" table time with the family. The stylish and spacious Barlow District is a super... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Students who live in Sonoma and Marin Counties and who are pursuing careers in agriculture are invited to apply for up to $10,000 in scholarships offered by the Sonoma County Fair. Completed applications are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Many people say they feel Jack’s spirit when they are at his beloved Sonoma County homestead, Jack London State Park. I know I do. I would have loved to have been around in those days to hang out on Beauty... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The SRCJ Petaluma Campus garden design was created by students in Daily Acts' Permaculture Design Course (Hanna Chort, Alan Cooper, Quinci Harris, Kimberle Herring, Jen Roberts, Michael Sturgis, and Kellen Watson) The Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus is ripping... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm a Remodelista subscriber, I do enjoy a daily scroll through gorgeous interiors and stylish shots of the sorts of things for home and garden that I drool over and dream of, but seldom actually acquire. If you're a style... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Hosting Mother's Day? Della Fattoria has you covered. Click here for order form for all things sweet and delicious. Don't procrastinate, Thursday May 7th is the last day to place an order. Pick up at the cafe in downtown Petaluma... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Artists have long been fascinated by cars, from designers sculpting concept cars out of clay to painters and photographers depicting automobiles as symbols of our culture. Cars are a huge part of the fabric of our lives and the artists... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
For many years now the annual, nationwide Letter Carrier's Food Drive has had one single Petaluma community leader passionately at the wheel as organizer for the entire city wide collection efforts. Her rallying of the volunteer troops by the dozens... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The 18th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa & Beer Tasting Saturday, May 9, 2015 1- 5 PM rain or shine Chili & Salsa $25 Kids under 12 $10, under 5 free Chili, Salsa and Beer Tasting $40 Become a... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Should you find yourself with the rest of the day to shop, prep and whip up a multi-course, unforgettably delicious Cinco de Mayo feast, gather friends and family, delegate dishes and take your lead from chef Bobby Flay's marvelous Mesa... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Did you know that Sonoma State University is home to one of a select 100 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide? This fabulous learning community opens all sorts of doors to stimulating and enlightening lifelong education without the pressure of having... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life