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Volume 5, Number 9   September 18 - October 16, 2008

Sonoma County ARTrails

Discover Sonoma County Art Country

A program of the Arts Council of Sonoma County, ARTrails is an annual fall tradition and Sonoma County's largest and most visible arts event. Voted "Sonoma County's Best Outdoor Art Event", ARTrails provides a rare opportunity for the public to meet local artists in their studios and learn about their diverse creative processes and techniques. Through hands-on demonstrations as well as intimate conversations, ARTrails artists will take you into their world where colors, shapes, materials, and textures merge into unique and collectible works of art.

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Get your hands in the dirt
Get Your Hands in the Dirt
Slow Food Nation comes to San Francisco, CA
By Shepherd Bliss

Inspiring people to be conscious of, and there for responsible for, their own nourishment, is part of the mission of Slow Food Nation. With heath problems soaring as people exercise less and eat more fast & convenient food, trying to get people's attention that this issue is extremely personal is vital! The health and economic costs of life-style bad habits impacts the entire planet, from crop priorities to fuel costs transporting food products. The subject is vast.

Get Your Hands in the Dirt »

What's in our Waste Water?
"Incidental Runoff"
By Brenda Adelman

When we turn on our faucets to use water, that fresh, clean water instantly becomes wastewater that needs to be treated and disposed of. Rural homes use septic systems where the water leaches into the ground, and over time and distance, is filtered before it re-enters the groundwater system. But in the majority of our populated ares, that water goes down the drain into the sewer system, out to the treatment plant...and then what? Body lotion, laundry detergent, hair conditioners, pharmaceuticals that filter through our bodies - they all end up in the wastewater system - and many of them don't get filtered out during the treatment process. The impacts these products have on our fresh water streams and rivers has changed the way we think about flushing water down the drain.

What's in our Waste Water? »

What is in our Waste Water

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