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CLOVERDALE: Team effort helps clear storm debris from Vets’ Memorial

Since the Sons of the American Legion built the Cloverdale Veterans Memorial at the Cloverdale Cemetery a couple of years ago, they have had problems with the sliding hillside behind it.

Last fall, they sought assistance from the Cloverdale Green Thumb Garden Club. They needed help with determining their landscaping and erosion control needs in order to stabilize the embankment.

Under their guidance, Squadron members got the work done. Then the rains came. Commander Al Delsid said everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the rain stopped and they discovered there had been no sliding and the hillside was intact,

While it was good news that the hillside held, the road above could not handle all the rain water. According to Delsid, there was so much water that it diverted from the road and cut across toward the Veterans Memorial, filling it with silt and debris.

Thanks, once again, to hard work by the Sons of the American Legion, the mess has been cleaned up and the Memorial restored to its original condition.

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GEYSERVILLE: Chamber of Commerce dinner

Geyserville Elementary Parents Club and District English Language Acquisition Committee will be cooking the April 11th Geyserville Chamber of Commerce dinner. A menu of Southwestern Salad, Pork Chili Verde, Rice and Beans and Mexican Chocolate Cake will be served.

Preston Farms & Winery will be hosting the wine portion of the menu.

The Geyserville Chamber welcomes speaker Keith Woods, who will talk about “The Future of Sonoma County as Seen Through the Eyes of a Man Who Knows.”

No-host social hour from 6-7 p.m. All members and guests welcome.

Dinner, including Preston wine, ticket is $26, www.geyservillecc.com

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GEYSERVILLE: Three seniors participate in Princess Project for prom

Geyserville Quilty Pleasures Studio owner Gari Jones, took three Geyserville New Tech Academy seniors to The Princess Project in San Francisco.

The Princess Project offers seniors a chance to pick out a prom dress and all the accessories free of charge. The Princess Project sets up an actual dress shop that allows the seniors to go shopping, try on new and almost-new dresses in a supportive situation.

“By creating a positive environment that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, the Princess Project work goes far beyond the dress to instill a sense of pride and confidence,” Jones said.

Donate or make an appointment at, www.princessprojectsg.org

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HEALDSBURG: Student to spend junior year in Paraguay as Rotary envoy

Healdsburg High School student Mary Ritchie is going to Paraguay as an international ambassador for the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary Club District 5130. Ritchie, a 15-year-old sophomore, will leave on Aug. 15 for her trip, which will include her junior year in the country, as well as an excursion around South America. She will return to the United States in July 2018.

While Paraguay wasn’t the teen’s first or even second choice of country, she’s excited for the opportunity to learn the country’s cultural traditions and food.

“I’m happy with the way it worked out,” said the ebullient Ritchie.

Ritchie is a runner, worked for the Healdsburg Running Co. and plays badminton for Healdsburg High School. In addition, she takes an English course at Santa Rosa Junior College. Her favorite activities are music and travel.

She will be doing a fundraising run on Memorial Day weekend.

She has opened a GoFundMe account to help with expected expenses during the yearlong trip, www.gofundme.com/marygoingabroard.

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HEALDSBURG: The Art of Gastronomy II

The Healdsburg Center for the Arts is holding a new exhibit, The Art of Gastronomy II. The event includes several additional events around the show.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 19, HCA will hold a literary evening of poetry, prose and song, celebrating the “passion, mystique, culture, and beauty of food and drink.”

From 7-9:30 p.m. April 25, the Raven Players will offer a revised version of “Love a la Carte.” The event will have a sliding scale admission of $5-$15 and ask for feedback for the playwrights.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, “Story Slam! Cuisine from the Heart,” stories from around the world that celebrate the diverse food and drink unique to cultures. Returned Peace Corps volunteers and other world travelers will entertain the audience with tales. The event has a sliding scale tickets from $20-$40.

The Healdsburg Center for the Arts is located at 130 Plaza St. The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit http://healdsburgcenterforthearts.org.

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HEALDSBURG: ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ at The Raven

The Raven Performing Arts Theater will open “The Diary of Anne Frank” on April 7. The play will run through April 23.

The play is a new adaptation of the classic and includes the newly-discovered writings from Anne Frank’s diary, to create a “contemporary, impassioned story.”

Show dates are at 8 p.m. Fridays, April 7, 14, 21, Saturdays, April 8, 15, 22, and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 9, 16, 23. Thursday, April 13, is “value night,” and tickets are $12. The performance is at 8 p.m. On opening night, the audience is invited to stay after the performance for a celebratory toast. All Sunday matinees are followed by a post-show discussion with the cast and crew.

The theater is located at 115 North St. Door open 30 minutes beforehand. The play is recommended for 12 and up. Admission is $25. www.raventheater.org.

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PETALUMA: Free program on health care

The Petaluma branch of American Association of University Women presents “Complementary/Integrative Medicine,” a free program exploring comprehensive health care and alternative practices.

The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd.

Physicians and clinicians from Kaiser Permanente and Petaluma Health Center will address topics including holistic wellness care, meditation, music therapy, manual medicine and gratitude.

Speakers also include a chaplain and a patient.

The Petaluma AAUW was chartered in 1955 and currently has a membership of more than 150 women.

For more information, call 707-775-8163, 707-921-8499 or visit aauwpetaluma.org.

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SANTA ROSA: ‘Dancing with the Stars & Stripes’

The second annual “Dancing with the Stars & Stripes” to benefit homeless, at-risk and hungry veterans and their families served by Veterans Resource Center of America is slated for April 22 at the Sonoma Country Day School Jackson Theater.

The fundraising ballroom dance competition raised $87,000 last year, and organizers are hoping to top that this year.

Event coordinator Barbara McChesney said, “Through this event, we have an opportunity to help veterans struggling with the impact of war to lead a positive and productive life.”

For complete details, visit dancingwiththestarsandstripes.org.

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SANTA ROSA: Forest Stewardship Conference at SRJC

A Local Forest Stewardship Conference will take place on June 7, 8 & 9 at Santa Rosa Junior College.

This conference will bring together scientists, foresters, landowners, students and the public to learn about protecting forests.

The North Coast Forest Conservation Working Group is presenting this conference for everyone on conserving and caring for local forests.

Info at http://www.sonomaforests.org/