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Willow Creek Road Trail: Let summer hiking begin

Michael Combs, Editor May 20, 2021

Willow Creek Road Trail in Occidental provides a good warm-up for a summer of hiking with a mellow trek through the coastal hills and redwoods one person can blaze-through or a group can dally.  This...

Travelling doesnt have to take you hundreds or thousands of miles from home; there are all sorts of summer vacation experiences just an hour or two away.

Five staycation ideas that will mentally transport you to another country

Emily Hewitt, Reporter May 19, 2021

If you do not feel safe traveling due to COVID-19, you can still have a luxurious summer to remember in the Bay Area. These five staycation spots will make you forget you're only an hour away from home. Amsterdam-like...

The cover of No Visible Bruises, a book about domestic violence.

“No Visible Bruises”: Snyder’s latest answers complex questions

Jessica Johnson, Reporter May 19, 2021

“How do we protect her?” Why victims stay with their abusers is not the question that needs answering; rather we need to focus on how we protect victims and how we prevent domestic violence from occurring...

Crooks Coffee has a very Poe-esque vibe to their cafe- and their coffee.

Five local coffee shops to support instead of going back to Starbucks

Aryk Copley, Assistant Editor May 18, 2021

Sonoma County trees are blossoming, the rain is intermittent and businesses are beginning to burst out of their long pandemic-induced hibernation. With Sonoma County officially blossoming out of the purple...

The cover of Greta Van Fleets 2021 album The Battle At Gardens Gate.

“The Battle at Garden’s Gate”: Greta Van Fleet continue to be today’s least essential rock band

Tucker Lang, Editor May 16, 2021

Greta Van Fleet’s sophomore effort “The Battle At Garden’s Gate” wears its nostalgic intentions on its sleeve, as well as demonstrating the band's inability to have ideas of their own. The Michigan...

The band Empire of the Sun wearing original second-hand pink costumes with pointy pink hats made by designer Svetlana Shigroff.

Trashion Fashion: A sustainable fashion show

Emily Hewitt, Reporter May 12, 2021

Fashion designer Svetlana Shigroff and Santa Rosa Junior College students proved upcycling clothes is easier than you think at SRJC’s "Trashion Fashion" April 22. Athena Weathers, Vice President of...

Amanda Seyfried wearing a tight fitting red tulle gown with a long flowing mermaid style skirt.

Top 5 trends at the 93rd annual Academy Awards

Emily Hewitt, Reporter May 4, 2021

Although the stars have been cooped up inside for the past year they did not forget how to serve fashion looks that will go down in history. They either had to dress to the nines or not dress up at all...

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Sonoma County local theater roundup: May 2021

Jessica Johnson, Reporter April 30, 2021

Finals are on the horizon but everyone needs a study break. Sonoma County theater has just what you need to take a breath, relax and pretend that huge project worth half your grade isn’t due next week. “Spring...

On the left is a poster for the movie Greyhound starring Tom Hanks. On the right is a photo of a greyhound cocktail.

For your consideration: An Oscars-themed dinner

Emily Hewitt, Reporter April 22, 2021

And the Oscar for best food design goes to — well, there isn't one —  but let's make them wish there was. The Oscars are just around the corner with the star studded event set to commence April 25....

COVID-19 halted film production around the globe but Sonoma County student filmmakers found innovative ways to continue telling stories while social distancing.

Sonoma County Student Film Festival: A virtual showcase of student talent

Liam Vinueza, Editor April 22, 2021

COVID-19 halted film production around the globe; however, local filmmakers found innovative ways to continue telling stories while social distancing.  Nowhere was this more apparent than in this year's...

A graphic of the characters Shrek and Donkey edited to have their faces swapped.

From movie to meme: “Shrek” turns 20

Tucker Lang, Editor April 22, 2021

The irreverent animated blockbuster hit “Shrek” has been through a lot over the course of 20 years. From critical reception back in 2001, to children growing up loving it, to an odd memetic resurgence...

A graphic of movie theater seats in front of a movie screen that has a marijuana leaf on display.

Eight movies you should totally watch on 4/20, man

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief April 20, 2021

You probably don’t need a film major to tell you that cannabis and movies go well together, but some things, like peanut butter and jelly, are a perfect match. Here are eight films The Oak Leaf recommends...

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