Think we'll ever again see such a weekend?
Thousands chose among or dashed between the Green Music Center debut, Levi Leipheimer's GranFondo, the return of dirt flat-track motorcycle racing to the fairgrounds and the Harvest Fair wine gala.
The perfect Sonoma storm cleared Sunday following a stirring sight — hundreds seated outside Weill Hall and thanking Alison Krauss by waving flickering electric table candles in unison &‘neath a harvest moon.
TONY LA RUSSA has other options for where to spend the evening of his birthday Thursday. But La Russa, who retired last year as one of baseball's winningest managers, picked Petaluma.
He'll be at Copperfield's Books at 7 p.m. with his new book, "One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season."
A co-author and La Russa wrote it after his St. Louis Cardinals' back-from-the-ledge victory in the 2011 World Series. He retired soon after the final game.
He'll talk with first 200 people to buy the book from the Copperfield's and get a signing pass prior to the event. After the talk, the man whose Oakland A's won the quake-struck 1989 series against the Giants will be available to everybody else who'd like to have him autograph a book.
And maybe wish him a happy 68th.
ONCE WAS SAWYER'S: Blood is beginning to flow again in what has been for two and a half years a hole in the heart of Santa Rosa.
Workers have split the former longtime home of Sawyer's News on Fourth Street into two shops.
The civically engaged Greg and Terry Darcy are making the eastern space the new home of Darcy's Fine Jewelers, formerly in a building on Railroad Square's Fifth Street shared by mega-chef Josh Silver. The Darcys plans to open next Monday.
It's unconfirmed what's coming to the other half of the former Sawyer's, but word is there'll be an English tea house in the front, an interior designer in back.
"CBS THIS MORNING" did a super job on a piece on the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival and "Best of Show" champ Larry Wagner.
But it didn't take a national news feature to make the Sebastopolian a star to the Ceres Community Project, Food for Thought/Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank and Petaluma Bounty Hunters.
The people they serve savor tomatoes Wagner faithfully donates after supplying K&L Bistro, Hopmonk Tavern, Forchetta/Bastoni, Nick's Cove and William Tell House.
A PENNY FOR ... A school penny drive for the family of slain CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was the idea of Hidden Valley teacher Christine Snyder and Principal Patricia McCaffrey.
For three days at the Santa Rosa school, students, parents and staff tossed in coins and bills. Knowing Officer Youngstrom left four children has Hidden Valley kids feeling gratified to send his memorial fund close to $600.
Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and email@example.com
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