The Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center has received a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to help advise businesses in critical need of financing.

“It’s very timely with what’s happening in Napa right now,” Mary Cervantes, the center’s business services director, said Thursday. Companies there will need new sources of financing because many lacked insurance to cover the damage to homes and businesses from the magnitude-6.0 earthquake that struck the city on Aug. 24.

With the grant, the center won’t start a new effort but will be able to “do a little bit more” with its existing programs, Cervantes said. Certified business advisers will help business owners learn what is needed to obtain financing from both traditional and nontraditional lenders.

Based at Napa Valley College, the federally supported development center last year served more than 750 small businesses in Sonoma and Napa counties. Its staff can be contacted at 256-7250.


When: noon–7 p.m. Friday, with kids’ program 10:30 a.m.–noon; 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Hellman Hollow, Lindley & Marx meadows, Golden Gate Park.

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Under the radar acts: Booker Dawn Holliday lists these lesser-known acts as worth watching — Margaret Glaspy, Delhi 2 Dublin, Nick Waterhouse, C.W. Stoneking and the California Honeydrops.

Leading ladies: Cyndi Lauper, Mavis Staples and Wynonna Judd, who makes her first appearance at the festival this year.

Less is more: You can’t see it all, so pick a stage or two (if they’re not far apart) and listen to old favorites as well as bands you may not know.

BYOB: If you want beer or wine, bring your own. No alcohol is legally sold in the park. You also can bring food, but dozens of food trucks will be serving.

Take public transit: Avoid parking hassles by taking the Larkspur Ferry to San Francisco. Get the 38 Geary Express bus at the corner of Davis and Pine streets, a few blocks from the Ferry Building and get off at Geary near 25th Avenue. Note: the last ferry leaves San Francisco at 7:25 p.m.

— Michael Shapiro