Boston Terriers by Tim Shorten. (Courtesy of The Alchemia Gallery)

The Alchemia Gallery is Fostering Creative Gifts in Petaluma

For the artists who show at The Alchemia Gallery in Petaluma, art is not only good for the soul, it’s a pathway to independence and self-empowerment. Opened in 2010, the Kentucky Street storefront showcases the work of a unique collective: adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, autism and cerebral […]
Photo by Crista Jeremiason.

Foraging for Wild Mushrooms in Sonoma County

Although Sonoma’s mushroom-hunting season got off to a slow start, 2016 could turn out to be the best year for fungi fanatics since California’s drought began four years ago.

Fernet Francisco: Sonoma is Falling in Love

Ben Flajnik has a new love, and her name is Fernet. For those out of the reality TV loop, Flajnik was the season 16 star of “The Bachelor,” which in 2012 brought national attention to Envolve Winery, the Sonoma brand he co-founded. Flajnik has since moved on from his chosen “Bachelor” mate and the winery […]
(photo by John Burgess)

Shave and a Haircut

A former Petaluma bartender trades her cocktail shaker for a pair of clippers.