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History, culture, and strong women are at the core of the two novels, The History Makers by Val Bodurtha and The Ballet Lover by Barbara Baer; these are two authors you’ll want to remember. 

Val Bodurtha’s first novel is The History Makers is chilling, funny, and a smart coming of age story which imagines a contemporary Aztec civilization, as if the Aztecs had prevailed over the Spanish. 
 

Pre-Paying Property Taxes

What Sonoma County Property Owners Should Know

The Sonoma County Tax Collector is receiving a number of inquiries from property owners who wish to “pre-pay” property taxes prior to January 1, 2018, resulting from the federal tax bill with a new $10,000 limit on state and local taxes that may be deducted for federal income tax purposes. 

In the midst of the holiday season, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking insurers to help California wildfire survivors who are overwhelmed with the task of navigating the claims process by providing relief from detailed home inventories and following the lead of other insurers providing up to 100 percent of contents (personal property) coverage limits without a detailed inventory. 

Multiple agencies working collaboratively to warn residents of risk of flooding and mudflows in identified medium and high risk burn areas  

Toast of the Nation: an NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s! It's festive jazz you can party to, anytime. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, this event is hosted by Christian McBride. We’ll hear the Best Of – Jazz Tiny Desk Concerts; John Scofield’s Uber Jam Band At Berklee, 2012 Encore; Dayme Arocena At The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017; Terence Blanchard At The 2017 Tri City Jazz Festival In Cleveland; The Herlin Riley Quintet From Jazz At Lincoln Center, 2017 and Blue Note 2017/2018 Toast of the Nation Encores.

When: Tuesday December 26th - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Where: KRCB-FM (91.1, 90.9, on line @ KRCB.org, Comcast 961, w/app @iTunes store and @ Google Play)  

Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Sonoma County will be closed Dec. 23-25 in observance of the holiday weekend. 

The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and remain open through Thursday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Both centers will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. 

• Sonoma County DRC, Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476
• Sonoma County DRC, Press Democrat Bldg., 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa 95401   

Survivors of the October wildfires may still be able to qualify for disaster assistance even if they receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) saying they are not eligible. 

Often it’s a matter of needing to submit more information so FEMA or SBA can continue processing the application. Examples of missing documentation might include an insurance settlement letter, proof of residency or ownership of a damaged property, or simply that the applicant did not sign the required documents. 

HOLIDAY SOUL AND SPIRIT: LIVE FROM PRESERVATION HALL WITH IRMA THOMAS & THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA 
 

Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world. 

Hear This American Life every Friday evening at 7:00 pm; repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

We have the holiday spirit on KRCB-FM Radio 91, and we're going to share it with you this holiday season! 

Here's what's coming your way Sunday & Monday December 24 & 25 on KRCB-FM Radio 91:  
 

Sunday December 24:  

California Penal Code Section 396 generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations and rental housing.

The National Weather Service as issued a RED FLAG warning for potential Wildfire Danger throughout high elevations in the San Francisco North Bay, the East Bay Hills, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Winds will gust from 15 to 30 miles per hour, up to a possible 50 to 60 mph in some areas. 

Due to high winds and low humidity, outdoor burning is NOT recommended. 

This warning is in effect from Friday night until Sunday evening.

During the Cold War, the U.S. State Department started sending jazz musicians overseas with the tactical aim of using their hot licks to thaw relations with Eastern Bloc countries. Jazz great Dave Brubeck recalls how Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. “Ambassador Satch,” won international hearts and minds with his trumpet. Band member Arvell Shaw saw Armstrong literally disarm Russian guards in East Berlin. Meanwhile, fear of nuclear war with the Soviets infiltrated American popular consciousness resulting in gospel, bluegrass and pop odes to and protests against atomic weapons.

This week’s Mountain Stage features an eclectic line-up, even by Mountain Stage standards. Robyn Hitchcock performs a career-spanning set, plus Cleveland’s alt-rock pioneers Pere Ubu, Songwriters Susan Werner and Joan Shelley, and the Chandler Travis Philharmonic.  

They’re all in live performance Saturday at noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – As part of the multi-agency response to the recent fires in Northern California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed asbestos removals at 93 properties in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. 

CD of the Week: Van Morrison - Versatile

Dec 8, 2017

Van Morrison is on a roll....his second release of new recordings in the last few months. Versatile follows the earlier Roll With the Punches.  Where "Punches" was slanted toward R&B, Versatile features classic tunes from the Gershwins (A Foggy Day), and Cole Porter (I Get a Kick Out of You), as well as several originals. The release also features Van not only on vocals, but alto sax too!

Here is who to listen for this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger:

Monday, December 11th: Penny and Sparrow 

Penny and Sparrow evoke the detail of Simon and Garfunkel and the openness of Bon Iver. On the next World Cafe, they perform live from the new album Wendigo and explain the fine balance between their Christian beliefs and the label of being a Christian band, including how hard it is to talk publicly about faith in the age of 140 characters.  

Tuesday, December 12th: JD McPherson  

David Arkenstone's Winter Fantasy

Dec 7, 2017

KRCB-FM Radio 91 presents David Arkenstone's Winter Fantasy at Petaluma's Mystic Theater December 22.

A magical evening of seasonal original and traditional music is a great night out for the whole family.

David Arkenstone has 3 Grammy nominations, 60 albums, and his music has been featured in film, television and performed by symphonies around the world. 

David joins us in Studio A December 11. Listen for your chance to score family 4-packs of tickets to this wonderfully unique holiday performance.

Tune in Sunday evening, December 10 at 6 pm  for a very delicious hour of Mouthful! Heather of Heather's Custom Meats of Santa Rosa will be discussing  her special holiday cuts, farming practices, and more. Rob Akins of Olive Queen olive oil joins in with tastes of his just-pressed Olio Nuovo, the world's freshest olive oil. 

Listen every Sunday evening at 6 for Mouthful, smart talk about food, wine, and farming with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB-FM Radio 91. 

This month on A Novel Idea:

Featured are two novelists whose books hit big this year. 

Fierce Kingdom is a thriller of a book by Gin Phillips, which takes place over the course of three hours in a zoo that is under attack by gunmen, and where a woman and her young son are trapped; ultimately this is a story of motherhood.  

Join KRCB-FM for the SOFA Arts District's annual street festival: Winterblast! There will be food, family entertainment, live music, performers, costumes, puppets, the SOFA parade and ART! This event is FREE.  

KRCB-FM will be in the garden at Chroma Gallery, 312 South A Street, serving beer and wine - with proceeds going to KRCB North Bay Public Media. 

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has opened in Santa Rosa to offer residents affected by the devastating October 2017 wildfires a one-stop-shop for disaster assistance. The DRC is a continuation of the locally led assistance center that opened in the early days of the fire response. 

The center is in the Press Democrat Building at 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95410, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. 

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with FEMA are transitioning both Local Assistance Centers (LACs) located in downtown Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley to Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) on November 12, 2017. The LACs will close at 7:00pm Saturday, November 11th and re-open at 9:00am on Sunday, November 12th as DRCs.

"Band Together Bay Area" - a benefit for North Bay Fire Relief - is tonight in San Francisco at AT&T Park. 

The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are working with state and federal partners to provide safe, immediate, transitional, and long-term housing to assist residents who were displaced by the recent tragic fires and stabilize the immediate housing crisis faced by residents. It is estimated that nearly 5,000 residential units were destroyed in the fires. At their meeting today, the Board of Supervisors approved leasing 80 existing Recreational Vehicle (RV) spaces at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to house Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Temporary Housing Units.

As the rainy season approaches, multiple state, regional and local agencies are preparing for the potential impacts of the recent wildfires on urban and rural communities. There are 617 streams in the areas affected by fire in Sonoma County. Drinking water is safe and continually monitored, but because the county’s natural watersheds filter drinking water, it is critically important that ash, debris and other pollutants are prevented from entering stream systems to the maximum extent possible.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working with local, state and federal partners on the response to the Northern California fires. EPA is leading the survey, collection and disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) in Sonoma and Napa counties. This work will allow other state and federal agencies to remove ash and other non-hazardous debris and the rebuilding process to begin. 

   

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa have opened two Local Assistance Centers (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).  

Please see the links below for a list of services available: 

 

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