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Women In Conversation

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts


A mid week delight to inspire and help us look forward to finishing the week stronger than the last.


With an excuse to cut out of work early on a Wednesday, my friend and I arrived at the event to retrieve my tickets from will call, where there was no line at all. We had our choice of meals from gourmet food trucks, The Fig Rig (The Girl and the Fig Restaurant), Black Piglet (Zazu Restaurant) and a pop up from Ramekins. We chatted with the vendors and said hello to Duskie Estes, owner of Zazu Restaurant who had been spending the past several weeks dealing with the aftermath of the flood of their restaurant in Sebastopol. As always, Duskie had a smile on her face and was embracing thankfulness.


We selected riblets at the Fig Rig, and as I watched others with their trays of different foods walk by me, I suddenly wanted to try everything, and questioned my current food choice. Kale Caesar salad, loaded baked potato, herb French fries and tomato soup with grilled cheese. There really was no bad choice. We walked into the lobby to be seated at cozy couches with tiny tables – just enough space for everyone to sit and eat and then motivate and mingle. The riblets were a delicious, yet messy choice, so I held off hugging my friends as they walked through the lobby, so as not to soil their stylish clothing. We stood in a line that moved quickly at the concessions stand to get a glass of champagne. We chatted with other women in line, whom we did not know, but were happy to be there. We visited the sponsor booths with interesting offerings. We left motivational messages inside books for the United Way children’s reading program. We felt the smooth top of a marble table showing off North Coast Tile & Stone’s expertise. We chatted with familiar faces and others we had just met.


I was struck by the strong upbeat, supportive energy in the lobby, as women we didn’t know started conversations that were positive and fun. It seemed as though all of the women there were ready to connect with other amazing women. Lively conversations, laughter and smiles were abundant in that space. There were a few men there too – a couple that had been dragged there by their wives or required to be there by their jobs. My friend Abraham who came with his wife, said that maybe he would learn something! Smart man.


It was finally time to take our seats for the start of the show. Maya Homicz, a young woman of fifteen, walked on stage and told a short story about how she was diagnosed with anxiety disorder at a young age and how she had struggled to live with it. She found her voice, literally, while attending Camp Roustabout at the Luther Burbank Center. She said that when she was on stage and able to sing, all of her troubles washed away and she felt like her true self. Her voice was beautiful as she sang an inspirational song and shared with a room of over a thousand people, her true spirit and her God-given gift. She was an inspiration to kick off a night that would only get better and better.


The first speaker of the night, was Lucia Garay, a young woman and a junior at Casa Grande High School. She spoke with passion from her heart about the inequality among women, blacks, Hispanics and whites as well as environmental justice. She was bold, she was courageous and had a wonderful message of change for her own generation, and our current generation. I was in awe of these two young women with so much courage, conviction and passion for what they believe in to step on stage and share what they know in their hearts is important for others to hear.


The keynote speaker who participated in the “conversation” part of the evening was Tracee Ellis Ross. She is best known for her portrayal of Rainbow Johnson on the Golden Globe award-winning television series, Black-ish. She was undeniably funny, witty, raw, elegant and smart. She shared a small bit about what an amazing and caring mother she had, who just happens to be the one and only Diana Ross. In just a few sentences, I had a new-found respect for Diana Ross in how she raised her children to be kind, caring and to embrace who they really were. Tracee carries that same spirit into her life, even though she is not ashamed to say she does not have children and is proud to be single. Although she did say that she would like to eventually find a man to be a partner with, she is not afraid to embrace the concept of loneliness. She calls it conscious singledom. She wanted women to remember that THEY get to choose who comes into their life, not the other way around. Her realization that she was “not everyone’s cup of tea” was a hard pill to swallow, but after completing a list of things she loved about herself, she realized that was okay. Some of the things she loved about herself most, she knew some people wouldn’t like – she’s a straight shooter and not afraid to say what she thinks. That can be hard for some people to handle.


I felt that the takeaway from the entire evening’s message was about authenticity – being who you truly are, standing up for what you believe in, especially believing in yourself and being kind to yourself are the best ways to bring your gifts to the world. Now go out and spread your tremendous gift!


Presenting sponsor: Summit State Bank

Founding Sponsor: St. Joseph Health

Supporting Sponsors: United Way Women United, KM Herbals

Contributing Sponsors: Hansel Suburu, SOMO Village, North Coast Tile & Stone



Venue................................. 5 stars

Entertainment/Program... 4.5 stars

Food.................................... 4.5 stars

Drinks................................. 5 stars

Décor.................................. 4.5 stars

Flow.................................... 5 stars

Overall................................ 4.75 stars


Photo Credit Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)


Miranda's 'One Nation Under Dog'

Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation celebrated its 10th anniversary by giving $150,000 in surprise grants to animal shelters. The program Mutts Across America has supported 250 shelters with more than $750,000 since its inception in 2015 by Miranda and her mom, Bev Lambert. "Music and rescue animals are the two driving forces in my life, and I’m so fortunate that the success I’ve had with my music allows me to help shelter animals more than I dreamed possible," says Miranda. MuttNation has has helped 1,776 shelter pets and counting!  You can't go to a Miranda concert without seeing MuttNation kiosks set up to get fans involved in animal adoption.  Carey's Morning Bull Ride is launching 'Mutt Of The Week' in days here on 106.3 The Bull giving Sonoma County a chance to add a new shelter animal to your family!  More very soon.

School Closures Today FRIDAY, MARCH 1



The following schools or districts will be closed on Friday, March 1

  • Guerneville School District
  • Monte Rio School District
  • Montgomery School District
  • West Sonoma County Union High School District

Carrie Underwood's house up for sale [See Pics]

So for just $1.45 million we have real nice place for you just outside Nashville.   Wait, are we getting a commision for this?  Probably not.  But, yeah, Carrie Underwood's place is on the block, listed this past Friday, the 4 bedroom, six bath place in Bentwood is asking $1.45 mil.  Described as an "Italian Style Villa," this party palace is located just off the first tee box of Brentwood's golf course...fore!!  


See all the pics of Carrie house here   Seriously though...why is my monthly HOA only $50 more than Carrie Underwood's?!  That's not right.

ACM Nominations Are Out Today

DAN + SHAY and CHRIS STAPLETON grabbed the most nominations for the “54th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS” with six each. DAN + SHAY’S DAN SMYERS received four additional nominations for his producing and songwriting work, bringing his total nominations to 10.



Here's a list of most of the Categories and Nominations.


Entertainer of the Year




Male Artist Of The Year


New Female Artist Of The Year


New Male Artist Of The Year


New Duo Or Group Of The Year


Single Of The Year

  • Down to the Honky Tonk – JAKE OWEN
  • Heaven – KANE BROWN
  • Most People Are Good – LUKE BRYAN
  • Tequila – DAN + SHAY

Song Of The Year

  • Break Up In The End – COLE SWINDELL
  • Broken Halos – CHRIS STAPLETON
  • Space Cowboy – KACEY MUSGRAVES
  • Tequila – DAN + SHAY

Win your way to Blake's Grand Opening

Blake Shelton's Ole Red Restaurant is gearing up to open their newest location in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It will celebrate its a week-long grand opening March 11th-17th.
The new Ole Red will be multi-level, with a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space and a dance floor . You could win a private concert with Blake on March 13th. Enter an online sweepstakes through Friday to win tickets to the concert.  Good luck, the link is here at

Your feel good moment today from The Chief

Eric Church is keeping it real for a nine-year-old girl at a recent show. He noticed her reaching out to him in the audience so he took her hand, sat on the edge of the stage, and sang "Springsteen" with her. Her dad posted the clip on Twitter and it's pretty sweet. And posted "sure would like to thank @ericchurch for connecting a melody to a memory last night for my 9 year old at her first concert. It sure made her night."  You can see the video the father took of the rock star moment here.

Disneyland doing some DIY

Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle is temporary closing down for repairs.

A few years back, the castle suffered some damage and now Disney is doing a $300k renovation that is closing the castle till spring.   No date has been posted, just “spring.”

The repairs started January 17th and for now, the castle walk-through will be closed


Maren Morris "Girl" New Song. New Tour

Maren Morris has announced 2019 world tour dates across three continents, including Austrailia   The opening act on select shows will be either Cassadee Pope or RaeLynn.  For the upcoming San Francisco show on March 26 th it's Cassadee Pope.  The pre sale has been going on since last Friday (1/18) and tickets are practically gone.  Only single seats remain here on Monday mornng (1/21/19) so it looks like that will be a hot ticket.  Oh well, btw we checked our calenders and the concert is on a Tuesday night, so that means a school night for Sonoma County fans.  Hear the new song "Girl" and don't be shy, tell us what you think!

Willie headlines Beachlife in SoCal in May

Beachlife is the three-day immersive festival experience celebrating Southern California beach culture and will feature iconic headliners Brian Wilson, Bob Weir and Willie Nelson performing oceanside, along with artists who are synonymous with SoCal ‘beach life’ including Ziggy Marley, Grace Potter (who has collaborated with Kenny Chesney), Blues Traveler, Bruce Hornsby and many more musical acts.  Beachlife hits Redondo Beach the first weekend in May and ticket packages have been selling through several phases.  A general admission 3 day pass is currently priced at $249, while VIP options clock in at $2000.  Everything you need to know about Beachlife is here at

New FGL Tour for the North Bay!

Florida Georgia Line has a new album and a new tour planned for in 2019. Yesterday, FGL revealed plans for their Can't Say I Ain't Country tour. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will launch their TOUR on June 13 and will hit 36 cities.  Opening for FGL on the road will be Dan + Shay and Morgan Wallen. Tickets will go on sale on Jan. 25 and the tour is coming to the North Bay in late September. Check out all the dates on sale 1/25/19.   Here is the link for tickets and dates, including a concert planned for Shoreline Ampitheatre on September 27. 

FGL posts from Big Sur

Brian Kelley and his wife, Brittney Cole got married 5 years ago and to celebrate their milestone anniversary the two decided to recommit themselves to each other in beautiful Big Sur. It was a simple ceremony. They both wore their usual clothes you’d see them out and about it, and it even rained and they rolled with in, which made for COOL photos. Brian Kelley posted the photos to his Instagram to share with his followers and fans with the caption “I’d marry you a million times”

Country Christmas Time

Shay Mooney & his wife Hannah celebrate Christmas next week – then Shay’s birthday two days later Dec 27th, then his 2 year old son, Asher has a birthday in January.  Here's Shay, his baby boy Asher, and wife Hannah.  FUN FACT: Hannah won Miss Arkansas 2016

Cali-fornia Love

Jon Pardi has teamed with fellow California natives Gary Allan, Cam, Devin Dawson, Tyler Rich and Brett Young to offer a Cali Love t-shirt thanking all first responders of California. All net proceeds will support the Salvation Army's efforts to help wildfire victims.  It's a cool shirt and $30 go to help folks in our own backyard.  100% of T shirt sales go to the Salvation Army efforts aimed at California fire victims.  Here is the link to pre-order.

We've tracked down that Ugly Sweater for you

Here is a special treat for all Luke Bryan fans; you can wear him as your ugly Christmas sweater which also features Santa and a beer opener, attached to the sweater. Luke Bryan teamed up with Tipsy Elves to bring fans the ugly Christmas sweater which you MAY remember from years past, there are still a limited amount available. Here's the link to Luke's site here...however, there are knock offs out there for about half the price

Light It Up!

The Bull is tracking down the best Christmas Lights in Sonoma County.  Lights are up in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Windsor and one source to check out is our Facebook page  

If you have discovered some great lights or have a tip on festive neighborhoods around Santa Rosa, post them on our FB page anytime...More holiday light postings can be seen here

Sandra Won A Ride On The Bull!

Sandra Piantanida rode away with a brand new truck on Saturday at our Win A Ride On The Bull Grand Prize Party held at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat of Santa Rosa (11/17/18). Despite poor air quality conditions, more than 40 of our 50+ key code holders were on hand for a chance to win a free 2-year lease on a brand new 2018 Ram 1500 4x4 Express Crew Cab truck from Lithia. That group was reduced to seven finalists using the unique key code numbers that each contestant held. Two other finalists each selected one of 7 identical looking Ram Truck keys and tried the ignition without success before Sandra got her turn and the #5 key she selected started the truck! As you might expect, she freaked out when the engine fired up! Shortly afterward, she talked with The Bull's Carey Edwards in front of the envious crowd.

The six finalists who didn't win the truck still walked away with runner-up prizes that included $500 gift cards from Montgomery Village, Red Wing Shoes, Sportman's Warehouse and North Bay Laser & Skin Care Center, as well as a camera from Shutterbug Camera Shops and a Fire Pit Bistro Patio Set from Ace Hardware at Guerneville/Fulton. Go to the Photo Gallery to see more of the fun!

Bull Ridin' toward a Ton 'o Turkeys

106.3 The Bull has teamed up again with Redwood Gospel Mission to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving. We are collecting a Ton 'o Turkeys and need your help! The "Win A Ride On The Bull" truck is parked at Redwood Gospel Mission on 6th Street in Railroad Square, Santa Rosa, until 1pm today (11/15/18). Bring a turkey by and add it to our total. While you're there, you can also register for one of our final key codes that could put you in that beautiful new Ram 1500 4x4 Truck. It's a free 2-year lease, powered by Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat of Santa Rosa.


If you can't get there this afternoon, go by the Mission with a turkey anytime between now and 11/20 and tell them The Bull sent you!

McKenna Faith Performs in The Bull Studio

NorCal's own up and coming country music star, McKenna Faith, was in The Bull studio this morning in advance of her FREE CONCERT at our Win A Ride On The Bull Grand Prize Party this Saturday, November 17. If you weren't listening, you missed something special on The Morning Bull Ride with Carey Edwards (McKenna and Carey are pictured at left). McKenna gave us a live acoustic performance of her new song "Whiskey Kisses". Take a listen here:

McKenna Faith, who hails from Ukiah, will be performing at our free Giveaway Event at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat of Santa Rosa from 1pm-4pm Saturday. CLICK HERE for more info.

School Closures Today - Tuesday Nov 13th

Dozens of school closures across Sonoma County today due to smoke and poor air quality.  Here's the updated list as of 6:15AM this morning:


Alexander Valley Union, Healdsburg

Bellevue Union, Santa Rosa

Bennett Valley, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Unified, Cloverdale

Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified, Cotati/Rohnert Park

Cinnabar, Petaluma

Dunham, Petaluma

Fort Ross, Cazadero

Forestville Union, Forestville

Geyserville Unified, Geyserville

Gravenstein Union, Sebastopol

Guerneville School, Guerneville

Harmony Union, Occidental

Healdsburg Unified, Healdsburg

Kenwood, Kenwood

Mark West Union, Santa Rosa

Monte Rio, Monte Rio


Oak Grove Union, Santa Rosa

Old Adobe, Petaluma

Petaluma City Schools, Petaluma

Piner-Olivet Union, Santa Rosa

Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa

Roseland, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Union, Sebastopol

Sonoma Valley Unified, Sonoma

Twin Hills, Sebastopol

Two Rock, Petaluma

Waugh, Petaluma

West Sonoma County Union High, Sebastopol/Forestville

Wilmar, Petaluma

Windsor Unified School District Windsor

Wright, Santa Rosa

Independent Charters/ Other Programs

Credo High, Cotati/Rohnert Park

Kid Street Charter, Santa Rosa

Live Oak Charter, Petaluma

Pathways Charter (non-school day for staff development)

REACH Charter School

River Montessori Charter, Petaluma

Sebastopol Independent Charter, Sebastopol

SCOE: Headwaters, Amarosa, special ed programs including Transition and preschool

Woodland Star Charter, Sonoma

Village Charter

West County Special Ed Consortium

Woodland Star Charter, Sonoma


Here is the link also:


Kane's "Krazy" New Truck

Kane Brown bought a new truck…and it is ridiculous!  Kane posted this and a few other photos to his Instagram account.  The lift on this baby has got to be…Idk…four to five feet?!  Let’s put it this way, there’s an optional elevator to get up to the cab!  Insane.  Depending on where this truck is...Kane has a house in Tennesee and in Georgia...the lift law in Tennessee is 31" and this truck is way higher than that. 


Kane has had a big month, scoring three AMA awards, getting married to his long time love and announcing a big headlining tour - the Live Forever Tour - that kicks off January 10th. 

New Jon Pardi video debuts on...ESPN?!

Jon Pardi debuted his new video for "Night Shift" on ESPN as the lead-in to last weekend's Texas Tech at TCU college football game.  In the new video for the “working man’s love song,” Pardi drives a semi-truck into downtown Nashville, swapping shifts with a trucker before he continues on to perform with his band on the back of the semi-tractor trailer.

Not a bad marketing idea for Pardi since “Night Shift” will be heard during night games college football telecasts on ESPN networks throughout the rest of the season.
“College football is my favorite sport, so being able to incorporate that with my music is really cool. Football fans are big country music fans, and they are the ones coming out to the shows and standing in the rain, crowd surfing or just waiting to get into the concert to have fun! This is a big debut and a big game, especially around Texas and it’s something that I’ll never forget,” says Pardi. Jon Pardi is coming to Sonoma County.  He'll be performing live in Sonoma County this fall at Graton Resort & Casino November 2, in Rohnert Park.  The Pardi show has been sold out for weeks.

Coffey Park Comes Together a Year Later


Tonight at 7pm Coffey Park comes together for a One Year Rememberance and gathering that opens with calming violins and cello music. A 'Circle of Remembrance and Hope' happens just before 7:30.   Neighbors of Coffey Park will also have a brief get together till the conclusion at around 8pm.  


The event happens on the West side of the Hopper and Coffey intersection. Hopper Ave. will be closed to traffic from Coffey Lane to Mocha from 6-9PM. The website

recommends parking near your property (if you live in the area) and walking over to the gathering, or parking on Mocha Lane or along Hopper Ave. west of Mocha.


 The event is a remembrance, a healing, an honoring, all for fire victims…and a thank you for first responders in Sonoma County and Santa Rosa.

Women of Country CMT Special Coming

CARRIE UNDERWOOD with MADDIE & TAE,  MIRANDA LAMBERT, KELSEA BALLERINI AND TONS OF OTHER LADIES, INCLUDING GLADYS KNIGHT, will all perform during the upcoming first-ever all-female  "ARTISTS OF THE YEAR" special. Wednesday, October 17th on CMT-TV. 

The 90-minute program will honor CARRIE UNDERWOOD, MIRANDA LAMBERT, KELSEA BALLERINI, and MAREN MORRIS. Live performances include Kelsea Ballerini and Alison Krauss plus Lady A's Hillary Scott and Tori Kelly.  CMT will continue to champion Country music women through a day-long "WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC" takeover across all CMT platforms the same day.  It's about time! 

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