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Weekly Roundup for March 8, 2024

Published: March 08, 2024

Today’s digest provides helpful and important updates on the following:

  1. Latest edition of SoCo Correspondent available now
  2. Free electronics recycling event March 8 – 10
  3. Sonoma County Spring Shake Out happens April 18
  4. SoCo Chat podcast releases new episodes
  5. Other Sonoma County news of note

New SoCo Correspondent newsletter now available

The newest issue of SoCo Correspondent, the county’s newsletter, discusses mental health concerns at the center of many challenges confronting local families and society in general. Hopeful news about some promising assistance funded through Measure O, the 2020 voter-approved tax measure is helping people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness.

The new edition also features information on a new program to help low-income residents during emergencies. Plus, for those thinking about adopting a dog – or seeing what it would be like by fostering a dog – there is more about this and other topics.

Read the full issue at:

Free electronics recycling event this weekend

Zero Waste Sonoma and Conservation Corps North Bay invites residents to bring old electronic devices to a free recycling event today through Sunday, March 8 - 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Graton Fire Department, 3750 Gravenstein Highway N. in Sebastopol. No appointment is necessary.

Accepted items include cell phones, tablets, computers, laptops, printers, stereos, TVs, video game consoles and more. Items that are not accepted include appliances, batteries, lamps and lightbulbs.

For more information on acceptable and unacceptable items and this and other events, visit:

Sonoma County Spring Shake Out happens April 18

The annual Sonoma County Spring Shake Out takes place on Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m.

This important exercise provides an opportunity to practice what to do when the earth shakes for real, and how to respond to help neighbors, families and friends in the time immediately following an earthquake. Brace yourselves and mark those calendars for when we drop, cover and hold on.

By registering now, you are one step closer to being prepared for an emergency. Plus, you might even win a new Emergency Go Bag:

Learn more at:

SoCo Chat podcast announces two new episodes

SoCo Chat is Sonoma County’s podcast highlighting current county issues, stories, events and other matters of public interest. Tune in for discussions about critical issues facing our community, as well as hear a variety of tidbits, tales and historic anecdotes about this wonderful place we call home.

This week’s episodes include a conversation with Bert Whitaker, Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks, as he takes us on a stroll through the latest changes and activities available in our regional park system. Plus, SoCo Chat Roundtable is back with a discussion of the new recording studio at Juvenile Hall, relief funding during emergency events, a new satellite office in west Sonoma County, Mussel Dogs and much more.

Listen here:

Other Sonoma County news of note

Spill of partially treated wastewater at Russian River County Sanitation District Treatment Plant

YES! Parks innovative nature program awarded nearly $300K

Prison Inmate Who Was Convicted Of “Third Strike” For Residential Burglary Denied Parole

Sonoma County highlights critical work of civil grand juries, encourages people to volunteer for service

Vamos a Nadar celebrates 20 years of water safety education

Sonoma County Juvenile Hall opens new music studio