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CLOVERDALE

Schools need foster grandparents to tutor

The Foster Grandparent Program is currently seeking school volunteers aged 55-plus to nurture, encourage and tutor children in Cloverdale classrooms.

This is a national program that provides opportunities to build relationships with children and adults, become part of a team and enrich the lives of children. Foster grandparents report an increased level of life satisfaction and purpose, according to organizers.

Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a stipend of $2.65 per hour, free lunch, transportation reimbursement and recognition events. The stipend is not counted as income and is tax free.

If you can volunteer 15 or more hours a week during the school year, call 707-462-1959.

GEYSERVILLE

Students raise $125 for SR Animal Shelter

Senior students at Geyserville New Tech High School’s most recent fundraiser, Dollars for Collars, raised $125 for the Santa Rosa Animal Shelter.

The senior class sold wristbands with the GNTH logo for $1 each.

Development meeting draws crowd

Dallas Saunders, owner of Dallas A. Saunders Artisan Textiles, organized the successful first meeting of the new Geyserville Business Development Group.

More than 40 people attended to discuss topics such as social media, foot traffic and communication.

The next meeting is at 9:30 a.m. April 26 at the Geyserville Oddfellows Hall, 21021 Geyserville Ave. upstairs.

HEALDSBURG

Farmers market hires new manager

The Healdsburg Farmers Market hired a new manager this month. The market, which runs from May through November, is one of the oldest in Sonoma County and will celebrate 39 years this summer. It is owned and operated by the farmers and vendors.

Sebastopol resident Janet Ciel, 62, was selected after a two-month search for a new manager. “We are excited. We love Janet’s enthusiasm and love how she’s taking the bull by the horns,” said board secretary Mindy Knaeble Kiff of Ridgeview Farm.

The season opens on May 6 in the parking lot across from Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St.

Healdsburg Chorus spring sing

The Healdsburg Chorus opens “A Little Jazz, A Little Swing, A Little Love,” at 4 p.m. April 23 at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa.

That event will be followed by two performances in Healdsburg at the Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North St. 7 p.m. April 29 and 3 p.m. April 30.

The concert director is Jim Humphreys and accompanist is Susan Nelson.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Copperfield’s Books in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, as well as online at www.healdsburgchorus.com.

SONOMA

Arts commission selects award winners

The Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission recently named Natalie Palmgren as its Student Creative Arts Award recipient.

The $2,000 award recognizes Palmgren’s accomplishments as a dancer and will further her education in the arts. She plans to pursue a career in ballet and aspires to join the Colorado Ballet in Denver.

Palmgren attends Rincon Valley Christian School’s Private Satellite Program and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Owen Summers and Aaron Marcus-Willers each received a $500 award from the commission, which presents the Student Creative Arts Award annually to Sonoma Valley residents between 16 and 21.

Towns correspondents