Stories from Chris Smith

Smith: What to do at Burning Man?

Roller rinks, teeter totters, rap battles and workshops of all types are just a few of Burning Man’s countless offerings.

Smith: The scene at Burning Man

Off at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev., Chris Smith shares what’s going on at this year’s festival.

Smith: Santa Rosa man helps team set record for ocean swim

The men, all in their 80s and some with significant ailments, just set a record for relay-swimming from Catalina Island to San Pedro.

Smith: Tips, tricks to surviving Burning Man

Headed to the annual desert fest? Bring sturdy shoes, an open mind and maybe a snow cone maker.

Smith: Many layers to the tale of the dragons

The city of Santa Rosa is now arranging a face-to-face for folks on either side of a dispute over a mural of tow dragons along the Prince Memorial Greenway.

Santa Rosa doctor’s retirement means end of makeshift museum

Dermatologist Kenneth Stein has long lined the walls of his Sonoma Avenue office with artifacts of Sonoma County history and tributes to WWII vets.

Smith: Beheading dragons works for some, but not for others

A psychologist is behind the solution to repeated vandalism of the dragon mural along the Prince Memorial Greenway: hide their heads.

Smith: History project highlighting women marks 35th year

Now and again throughout the decades, folks ask Molly Murphy MacGregor why the National Women’s History Project was founded and remains based in Sonoma County.

Smith: Uribe’s Zen art goes country club

You might not expect to see an exhibit of activist painter Mario Uribe’s work at the private Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, but he was pleased to be invited there.

Smith: Roberto’s 2nd bid at retirement

Roberto Catania tried some years back to retire from his long adored restaurant in Rincon Valley. He’s determined to do better at retirement this time.

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