TV star and restaurateur Guy Fieri got his start, you know, with a pretzel cart that he and his dad made.
The other day Guy and his pop, Santa Rosa's Jim Ferry, and the Cooking With Kids Foundation donated one honey of a pretzel cart to Chop's Teen Club.
We'll be seeing a lot of it as kids involved in the downtown Santa Rosa club's expanding vocational programs use it to develop the skills and passion necessary to success in a job or a commercial venture.
Guy donated the gorgeous and quite sophisticated pretzel cart Friday at a well-attended lunch at Chop's that launched an exciting addition to the club's Teen Workforce Development program.
It's a website — jobsmadereal.com — that features 2,200 YouTube videos of real people talking about their careers or businesses. Young people also will find information on what a particular job pays, what education and training is required for it, what sorts of personalities are best suited to it and how much demand there is for people in that field.
The Jobs Made Real site was developed for Chop's, the extraordinary teen club made possible by a surprise bequeath from late attorney, businessman and Santa Rosa mayor Charles "Chop" DeMeo, by engineer Mike Marzalek and his wife, Suzy, a retired Agilent controller.
Check it out. And watch for a chance to buy a pretzel from a kid learning about work, cleanliness, punctuality, pride, customer service and such from behind the cart that Guy's dad made.
A FORMER KID named Aubrey Bell, now 26, has become a good barista through her job in the bakery/coffee section of the Oliver's Market in Rincon Valley.
How good? The other day Taylor Maid Farms Coffee & Tea of Sebastopol hosted the finals in a contest open to all the baristas at all the Oliver's stores, and Aubrey won.
As her prize, she got to choose between a very nice home espresso system and a trip to a couple of coffee farms in Guatemala with a Taylor Maid team headed up by co-founder Chris Martin.
Hasta la vista, Aubrey.
INAUGURAL DOGS: A heap of lucky people will march Monday in the Inaugural Parade for President Obama, and so will 56 dogs.
All will be assistance dogs or young trainees for Canine Companions for Independence, the life-altering service dog program founded in Santa Rosa in 1975.
More than 2,800 organizations applied to appear in the president's parade and CCI was one of just 60 selected.
CEO Corey Hudson of Santa Rosa will march with the dogs, as will 131 other Canine Companions puppy raisers, clients and staffers from 14 states.
They'll stand out in the bright, yellow Canine Companions jackets and hats made just for the presidential occasion by Bijan's Protective Equipment of Santa Rosa.
WYSOCKY'S BIKE: The Santa Rosa City Council's two-wheeling Gary Wysocky would love to know where his bike is.
He turned his back on the blue-framed SOMA Double Cross on Friday at the Peet's on Mendocino Avenue near the county administrative center and somebody ripped it off.
It shouldn't happen; it's like stealing a person's horse. Wysocky watches his email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for possible sightings.
ELLA'S GIFT: It was a priceless moment at the evolving Children's Museum of Sonoma County on Saturday as people who'd loved late 8-year-old Ella Bisbee presented a check for an arts studio in her honor.
Upcoming meeting to explore 4G wireless technology
Santa Rosa and Verizon are holding a series of meetings in coming weeks to allay concerns about its network of 4G “small cell” wireless antenna equipment being installed on utility poles around the city.
The four joint Verizon/city meetings will take place:
— Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 637 First St.
— Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.
— Thursday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.
— Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.
In addition the City Council is planning to hold a study session on the issue Tuesday, March 6, beginning at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave.