Too cold to think of baseball just now.

But lovers of the game might be warmed to know that the historic, reborn Healdsburg Prune Packers have signed their first player onto a team that will bring high-level collegiate summer baseball to Sonoma County next year.

At the helm will be Petaluma's Joey Gomes, a formidable player and trainer and brother of Jonny Gomes, who just helped the Boston Red Sox take the World Series.

The Prune Packers, new to the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League, will play at Healdsburg's Recreation Park. The team just signed its first player for 2014:

Healdsburg High alum Elliott North of Concordia University in Portland.

Go Prunes.

THERE ARE TREES and then there are the Christmas trees offered up by baseball players at Santa Rosa High.

Kids on coach Paige Dumont's team obtain trees from Oregon and sell only some of them. The rest they give away to people in need.

Anyone interested in requesting a complimentary free tree can contact Dumont at

And from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday on the south side of the SRHS campus, near the Ridgway Pool and the baseball fields, his team will sell and gift trees — first come, first served.

EASON RAMSON? He's a former San Francisco 49er who fell hard, horribly so, while chasing after drugs.

A Niner tight end from 1979 to &‘83 and the owner of an &‘81 Super Bowl ring, Ramson laid waste to his life for about 15 years, committing crimes, gorging on crack cocaine and sitting in prison.

Today he does good with the Bayview/Hunters Point YMCA, helping kids succeed.

And tomorrow, Ramson will be in Santa Rosa to give a boost to the kids at The Children's Village. He'll speak to the youngsters Friday, and that night will raise some money for the Village at a dinner at Fabiani's Ristorante.

If you'd like to share a meal and an evening with the redeemed Ramson, say so to

IF LUTHER BURBANK were alive and gift-shopping, he might well fancy the bowls and jewelry that are made from slices of fruits and veggies and will be on sale at his former home this weekend.

Volunteers with Luther Burbank Home & Gardens think the plant wizard would appreciate how Margaret Dorfman of Turning Leaf Handmade creates personal and home adornments from parchments made with wafers of papaya, pepper, bok choy, blood orange, you name it.

The entire open house at Burbank's place is a seasonal Sonoma County slice of life.

(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and