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Staff at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital helped a critically ill mother see her son get married, even though she couldn't be there.
The 2014 Country Summer festival was the start of something good for Brent and Nadine, and Darius Rucker had a little to do with it.
More than dozen people answered an online call to help rescue a young dachshund that’s dodged cars and slept in flower beds for months.
The Fourth Street home of a hip new eatery is near what was, from the earliest days of the city, a storied — even infamous — outdoor gathering place.
Odessa Gunn of Forestville packs for a trek to southern China in advance of a food festival, the mere thought of which makes her sick.
Three couples will recite their vows in the center of the new Old Courthouse Square during Santa Rosa’s Wednesday Night Market.
Roller derby and accordion music have made a new alliance in Sonoma County after a chance meeting during a mishap at Santa Rosa’s Rose Parade.
It’s not graffiti. The paint that still adorns Old Courthouse Square’s pavers was put down by organizers of the festival that accompanied the Rose Parade. It was supposed to come off.
Six years ago, Andy Kilsheimer took emergency medical technician training at SRJC. Today he’s awfully glad he did.
The new square is still young, a work in progress. No doubt it will fill out and become more appealing as a place to just sit or stroll or eat lunch.