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You can imagine the rush that hit Costeaux French Bakery like a blast from an opened bread oven Friday when Tony Bennett strode in for breakfast.

The debonair 85-year-old musical legend would perform that night at the Wells Fargo Center, and someone had done him right by recommending that he dine at Costeaux's.

Incredibly, a few hours after breakfast, Bennett returned for lunch.

And a few hours after that, he was back at the bakery and caf?for a mid-afternoon snack.

Costeaux manager Will Seppi doesn't expect Bennett to rewrite his signature song, but he does wonder if maybe "he left his heart in Healdsburg."

PINK PANTHERS: Friday is normally Wear Your Orange-and-Black day at Santa Rosa High, but this past Friday word circulated on Facebook and in emails that it was Cheer On and Cheer Up Ms. Whyte Day.

English and drama teacher Megan Whyte arrived on campus to spy scores of students and fellow staff members decked out in pink, the rallying color in the fight against breast cancer.

Megan needs to focus all her attention and energy to defeating her diagnosis, so Friday was her last day at school for a while.

Her heart melted at the display of support. She begins her medical leave bolstered and grateful for "my little band of pink soldiers."

HEY, MURPH: From 1 p.m. until 2:30 today, former PD sportswriter Brian Murphy, now half of KNBR's morning team of Murph and Mac, will be signing books at T&B Sports on Santa Rosa's West Steele Lane.

Brian will be at the store with Brad Mangin, co-author of "Worth the Wait," which chronicles the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory that three generations of fans prayed they'd live to see.

AT FRIENDS HOUSE, the welcoming retirement community in Rincon Valley, the good news is that fears the on-site skilled nursing facility might be closed have been put to rest.

The bad news is that some people mistakenly believe the nursing facility has shut down or is on its way out.

Folks can see for themselves it's still a going concern, and enjoy some hot cider, cookies and song, at the lighting of the Friends House blue spruce this evening at 7.

FREE FURNACE? You'd expect there to be a catch, but Lori and Chris Street of Enviro Heating & Air Conditioning in Rohnert Park seem genuinely interested in helping out a family that's shivering because the furnace is out and they can't afford to replace it.

Lori (lori@enviroheatnair.com) said she and Chris have eight children in their blended family and they know how tough getting by can be.

She asks that anyone who needs a new furnace but hasn't the means to buy one email her this week. She and Chris will pick a family and schedule an installation.

Families needing furnace repairs that they can't afford also can request help from the Streets. They do what they can.

TRAIN HEIST! John and Marilyn Goehring, owners of Sonoma County's Toyworks stores, were stupefied.

One moment the Thomas the Train table that little ones love to play with was at the back door of the Toyworks on Santa Rosa's College Avenue, and the next it was gone.

"It's so sad," John said. Sad for the obvious reasons, and because the Goehrings place a table with wooden tracks, trains, bridges and such at the store for a few years, then donate it to a local school and purchase a new one for the store.

So the theft means the three-by-four-foot train table won't go to a school.

On the other hand, John said that this holiday season, Toyworks customers have been extremely generous about donating to Toys for Tots, and its clear to him that many service groups purchasing toys for needy kids are committed to shopping local.

It's the yin and yang of Christmas.

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com.