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SMITH: What a Sonoma County weekend

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.


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