Welcome to 2021! While it may not seem much improved over 2020 at this point, I am encouraged that we are heading in the right direction and that normalcy will return this summer. As I write, Occidental is getting a ton of rain that will really help what has been a dry winter thus far. Outdoor dining is now legal again in Sonoma County so the outdoor venues in Occidental, Graton, and Sebastopol will be open on weekends. The creeks are running, the hills are green and the pussy willows are close to budding out. February is really the beginning of spring in Sonoma County. The mustard flowers will be blooming in areas by the end of the month. My usual events content still has to wait for covid improvement but there is a lot to do outdoors in these parts so check out my things to do tab!