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PRESS RELEASE The City of Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission Seeks Nominations for Treasure Artist of the Year Award

Posted on September 8, 2023

View this press release as a PDF. Sonoma, CA – September 8, 2023 – The City of Sonoma's Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) is thrilled to announce the commencement of the nomination process for the 2024 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year Award. Established in 1983, this distinguished award celebrates exceptional achievements in various...
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PRESS RELEASE – City Announces Application Period for Certain Commissions and Committees

Posted on August 9, 2023

View/Download the Press Release as a PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2023 Sonoma, CA --- The City of Sonoma (City) is excited to invite individuals from our vibrant community to contribute their expertise and insights by joining various commissions and committees. Available positions on City and Regional boards and commissions provide an avenue for...
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City of Sonoma Announces Bench Dedication Ceremony Honoring 24th U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón – Press Release

Posted on July 13, 2023

Download/View a PDF of the Press Release SONOMA, CA - July 13, 2023  --- The City of Sonoma is pleased to announce a special bench dedication ceremony in honor of acclaimed poet Ada Limón, the 24th Poet Laureate of the United States. The ceremony will occur on Friday, August 18, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. outside...
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Public Invited to Shape Future of Olsen Park – Press Release

Posted on June 14, 2023

Download/View a PDF of the Press Release SONOMA, CA - June 14, 2023  --- The City of Sonoma (City) seeks community input to help shape the future of Olsen Park (Park), located on Linda Drive in northwestern Sonoma. The City’s Public Works Department and LandCulture LLP, the landscape architecture firm hired to renovate the Park,...
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Press Release: City of Sonoma Hires New Community Development Director

Posted on June 9, 2023

View/Download a PDF of the press release SONOMA, Ca - June 9, 2023 --- The City of Sonoma (City) is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer M. Gates, AICP as the new Community Development Director. Ms. Gates, who relocated to Sonoma last year, brings a wealth of experience and expertise in strategic planning, policy...
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Press Release – City to Host Sonoma Valley Pride Event in the Sonoma Plaza on June 1, 2023

Posted on May 23, 2023

View/Download the Press Release as a PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2023 SONOMA, CA --- The City of Sonoma (City) in partnership with Out in the Vineyard is pleased to announce its inaugural Sonoma Valley Pride event, an inclusive celebration in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride month. This free...
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Press Release – City of Sonoma to Consider Contract for New City Manager

Posted on April 13, 2023

The Sonoma City Council is pleased to announce a conditional offer of employment has been made to Mr. David M. Guhin, P.E., MAOD as Sonoma’s next City Manager. The offer is contingent on Council approval of an employment agreement, which will be considered at the April 19, 2023, Regular City Council Meeting. Mr. Guhin was...
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New Emergency Preparedness Community Education Program for Residents and Emergency Volunteers

Posted on April 12, 2023

Read the Full Press Release The Sonoma Community Center in collaboration with the City of Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Fire District and a coalition of Sonoma Valley organizations including the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership, HALTER Project, Sonoma Valley Collaborative, and Sonoma Valley Volunteers are proud to offer a new program to help Sonoma Valley...
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The City of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Offers FREE Family Bicycling Workshop in Sonoma on May 13th, 2023

Posted on April 7, 2023

Want to ensure that you AND your children know how to ride your bicycles safely and confidently for transportation and/or recreation? Need a new bicycle helmet? Sign up for the Free Family Bike Workshop on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the Sonoma Plaza. The Sonoma Free Family Bicycling Workshop, organized...
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Student Creative Arts Award Entries Due April 14th

Posted on March 31, 2023

Read the Full Press Release The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) is now accepting entries for the 2023 Student Creative Arts Award through Friday, April 14, 2023. This award program is open to high school juniors and seniors who reside within the Sonoma Valley Unified School District boundary and demonstrate promise in...
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Serve Your Community! Now accepting applications for certain Commissions & Committees

Posted on February 15, 2023

Read the full press release Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City of Sonoma (City) asks individuals to serve on a variety of commissions and committees. These commissions and committees are charged with focusing on key issues within Sonoma and then provide feedback, recommendations, and support to Sonoma City Council on...
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Sonoma Splash & City of Sonoma to Host Series of Free Community Swim Days

Posted on February 15, 2023

View the full Press Release Sonoma Splash and the City of Sonoma will host a series of free community swim days beginning President’s Day - Monday, February 20th - at the new aquatics center at Sonoma Valley High School. The series, funded by a portion of the grant awarded to Sonoma Splash by the City...
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Bill Lynch named 2023 Honorary Alcalde

Posted on February 3, 2023

The City of Sonoma has selected Bill Lynch as Honorary Alcalde (“Alcalde” is the Spanish name for Mayor) for 2023.  Mayor Lowe nominated Mr. Lynch in recognition of his ongoing efforts and contributions to the Sonoma community. Particularly of note was the many ways in which Mr. Lynch exemplified each of the selection criteria. Some...
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Jaime Love named 2023 Treasure Artist

Posted on February 3, 2023

Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the Treasure Artist for 2023 is Jaime Love, creator of Sonoma Arts Live. In selecting Ms. Love, the Commission noted her contributions and commitment to bringing quality live theater to the city. The Commission was very impressed by the many thoughtful nominations that were...
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Period Extended to Submit Nominations for the 2023 Treasure Artist of the Year

Posted on December 21, 2022

The nomination period has been extended to 5:00p.m. January 20, 2023. The City of Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is seeking nominations for the 2023 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year Award. First awarded in 1983, the Sonoma Treasure Artist is selected and recognized for outstanding achievement in a chosen artistic medium including the...
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