Memorial Day Events | Sonoma County

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Mark Stevens

Memorial Day weekend is approaching and as the unofficial start of summer there is plenty of fun that is scheduled in Sonoma County. Take full advantage of thethree-day weekend by spending it with friends and family enjoying what this wonderful county has to offer.

Foodie Friday at Spragia Family Vineyards

Friday, May 26th, 11am-4pm

Location: Sbragia Family Vineyards 9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville


Honoring World War II and Korean War Vets

Saturday, May 27th, 10am-2pm

Location: Pacific Coast Air Museum

Free admission

Sonoma Humane Society – Puppies & Pinot

Saturday, May 27th, 1pm-4pm

Location: Pellegrini Wine Co. 4055 W Olivet Rd.


5th Annual Classic Car Show & Cruise in Sebastopol

Saturday, May 27th, 10am-3pm

Location: O’Reilly Media 1005 Gravenstein Hwy. N. Sebastopol

10th Annual Oysterpalooza 2017!

Sunday, May 28th, 12p-7pm

Location: Rocker Oysterfeller’s Kitchen + Saloon, 14415 Highway One Valley Ford

$20 pre-sale; $25 at the door; $10 kids ages 6-12; Free for children 5 and under




Price Reduction | 15500 Bodega Highway

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Mark Stevens

15500 Bodega Highway, Occidental

The estate residence features over 8,000± square feet with every amenity imaginable. Thoughtfully and tastefully designed, this property sits on 20± acres and showcases panoramic views of three counties.

Stunning Views

Luxury from every corner of the residence

Now offered at $3,950,000

Visit or call 707.322.2000 for more information.

Winter Home Improvement Projects

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Mark Stevens

There is about a month left of winter and depending on where you live, weather could be keeping you stuck inside. We usually think of the spring as being the typical time to work in the yard and on other aspects of the outside of your home and alternatively, winter can be an ideal time to get the interior of your home looking fresh and clean. Home improvement is a great way to stay active in the cold months as well as adding value to your home and creating a vibrant and healthy living space.

Painting – Brighten up your winter blues with a fresh, light color of paint. A new coat of paint or a new color can really lift the feel of an entire room. Winter is actually a great time for interior painting because of the dry weather and absence of humidity. Make sure it’s not raining so that you can crack your windows during the process.

Decluttering – I know, I know, your hallway closet hasn’t been cleaned out since you moved in but winter is truly the best time for decluttering! Don’t attempt to tackle your whole house in one weekend, pick an area to focus on each week and take your time with it.

Cleaning – Instead of waiting until sunny weather to do your spring-cleaning, start now! Put a little sweat into it and clear baseboards, window frames, windows and any other surface that may get neglected during normal cleaning sessions.

Repairing Spend some time repairing small things around the house such as faucet leaks and squeaky doors. Mold spots in the bathroom can cause allergies and other health problems; use a mixture of bleach and warm water to scrub them off, let it try and then repaint. Lastly, replace all your carbon monoxide and smoke detector batteries all at once to make sure optimal effectiveness.

Holiday Fun in Sonoma County

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Mark Stevens

Holiday fun is all around us this week in Sonoma County and neighboring counties. Enjoy Christmas lights, a holiday performance, train ride to Santa’s workshop or simply cozy up and listen to holiday music. This is also the time of giving and I encourage you to help the people in your community this season. The smallest gesture can help a person or family in need.  At the end of the list is a donation suggestion in Sonoma County.

I wish you the happiest of holiday’s!

-Mark Stevens


Petaluma City of Lights Driving Tour

Stay warm and enjoy a car drive through Petaluma to view beautifully decorated homes and businesses. After you take the tour don’t forget to vote for your favorite by visiting


Railroad Square Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides

This Saturday, December 24th join in on the fun with free horse and carriage rides around railroad square in Santa Rosa between the hours of 11am and 4pm. There will also be Christmas carolers, a photo booth, hot cider and snacks available to the community.


A Christmas Carol

Who doesn’t love a Christmas classic? Get tickets to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa this week.

Tickets: $15-$26.

Playing now until December 23rd.


Santa Train

Just like riding on the Polar Express, the Santa Train will be making trips to Santa’s workshop this holiday season in Napa County.  Don’t miss this magical and interactive train ride! Boarding every day until December 29th (Closed December 24th & 25th)

Tickets: $55


Christmas Eve Jazz

Relax and enjoy live jazz at Hotel Healdsburg’s Fireplace Lobby Lounge. No cover charge – drinks and small plates will be available. This Saturday, December 24th from 6:30 to 9:30pm.

25 Matheson St., Healdsburg

**Homeless’ Winter Warmth Drive**

The Task Force for the Homelss Winter Warmth Program is collecting Countywide survival gear. Donations may be dropped off at the California Human Development Building – 3315 Airway Drive from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday-Friday.

Easy to Keep New Years Resolutions

Posted on December 30, 2015 by Mark Stevens

It’s that time of year again, the New Year is upon us and it is the time when resolutions are being created.  Instead of holding yourself to the impossible, stick to a resolution you know you won’t break. These 5 New Years Resolutions are simple, easy to keep and great for the soul.  What one’s will you try for 2016?    


Bucket List

Are there things you have always imagined doing? Maybe it’s taking that backpacking trip with your kids, skydiving or learning how to speak another language? Well, 2016 is the time to start checking off those bucket list items! Life is too short not to experience everything you have always dreamed of doing in this life. 

Spend More Time Outdoors

This is an easy resolution, spend more time outside! Whether it’s walking to work, going for a picnic with your significant other or walking your dog, spending more time outdoors is a great way to stay active and helps with mental clarity.

Read More

Reading is a great way to learn more about a specific subject or to simply get lost in a completely different world. Books are a great way to stimulate your brain it keeps you mentally stimulated, reduces stress and improves focus and concentration.  One book a month doesn’t sound too daunting, there are always book clubs to help you stay on track!

Put the Phone Down

This is a great habit to tackle for the upcoming New Year. As a society we spend much of our day attached to our phone, answering calls, checking email, surfing social media sites…it’s about time to limit the amount of our day spent on checking and rechecking our phones. Set aside a time of day where you completely shut off your phone for an hour or delete those apps off of your phone that don’t contribute to your life in any way. You’ll feel freer and it will open up time for other opportunities.

 Cook a Different Recipe Every Week

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the recipes you cook at home, and how many recipe books does the average family own? I know that there are thousands of recipes sitting in my kitchen just waiting for me to try. Your family will love the new diversity and so will your taste buds!

Holiday Recipe: Ham and Potato Pie

Posted on December 23, 2015 by Mark Stevens

A holiday ham is very popular amongst family tables during this time of year, and so are leftovers!  This simple and delicious recipe will be sure to bring smiles and full bellies to all who try Ham and Potato Pie. ham and potato