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Weather station tracks record rain

Weather records have been maintained at the Cloverdale Sewer Treatment Plant’s weather station since 1996. As of April 9, a record-breaking 67.58 inches of rain had already been recorded this season, with more rain in the forecast before the month is over. This easily surpasses the previously recorded rainfall record of 63.3 inches set in 1998.

Learn improv at Clover Theater

Clover Theater owner Ryan Hecht is offering a 6-week Improv Level 1 class at the theater starting in May that will conclude with an Improv Show in June.

Students will learn the fundamentals of long-form improvisation, including Yes-And, Agreement, Teamwork, Object Work and Creating a Base Reality, all the tools needed to create improvised comedic scenes.

Instructor Hecht spent over 20 years as an actor in New York City and Los Angeles, during which time he studied improvisation with The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade. He is also a founding member of the improv group, Frank and Gary.

The 3-hour classes, limited to 16 students, will be held at the Clover Theater on Saturdays beginning May 6. Cost is $250. Future classes also in the works. If interested, send a note to info@clovertheater.com.


Support schools at poker tourney

A Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament will be held in Geyserville on Friday.

The joint fundraiser will be held by Geyserville Ed Foundation and the Felta Ed Fund.

An entry fee of $100 gets you 10,000 chips and access to the taco bar, beer, wine and margaritas. Non-players can pay $20 to enjoy food and liar’s dice.

Support Geyserville Schools and West Side Schools Friday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Restore trash to treasure

The ReStore invites do-it-yourselfers to stop by its location at 1201 Piner Ave., choose a diamond-in-the-rough piece of furniture from the inventory, take it home, give it a new life and bring it back for the store to sell.

ReStore will provide the original item free of charge. Any additional time and materials are considered a donation.

All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County’s mission of building residents modest, affordable homes or helping with home repairs.

For more information, contact Lori Harvey at 568-3228, ext. 2 or email her at l.harvey@habitatsoco.org.


Help fight hunger, poverty, climate woes

A local interfaith group is sponsoring several events to raise awareness about global hunger, local poverty and climate issues.

An Earth Care Festival is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St.

On Sunday, Sonoma’s eighth annual Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Hunger Walk starts at Burlingame Hall. Registration begins at noon, with walkers heading out to circle Sonoma Plaza at 12:30 p.m.

CROP walkers raise pledges to help with global famine relief, support self-help development projects and meet emergency needs of refugees from war or natural disasters in 80 countries around the world.

Twenty-five percent of funds will support Sonoma Valley nonprofits offering food, clothing and shelter to those in need.

World Hunger Awareness Day on April 26 raises funds for nonprofits working to help end world hunger. Participating restaurants in Sonoma and Petaluma will donate a percentage of profits.

Activities end with the People’s Climate March (350.org) from 11 a.m. to noon April 29. Walkers will gather at Burlingame Hall and march to a rally in Sonoma Plaza.

For more information, visit crophungerwalk.org or call Carol Werner at 707-935-1235.


Tri-tip, sausage chili wins top prize

Sonoma County Animal Services’ tri-tip and sausage chili won first place Judges’ Award at the Windsor Fire Foundation’s annual chili cook-off April 8 at the Town Green.

Last year’s first place winner, Eyes on the Green Optometry, placed second, and Stornetta’s Sheer Elegance Limousine Service took third place.

The Geyserville Fire Department’s “Dragon Slayers” chili won the People’s Choice Award and the Most Creative Booth prize for its medieval castle theme.

The North County Consortium (Bridges) Community-Based School won the Most Spirited Award. Skillets were awarded to those winners.

This year’s judges were chef Doug Nicosia, teacher Jeff Hardie, soccer coach Peter Sourek, chaplain Bill Bland and Cynthia and Brandy Straub.

Windsor resident Kevin Davis, Sonoma County Animal Services’ field supervisor, his fiancée Alicia Schroeder and Animal Services’ operations manager Brian Whipple, of Santa Rosa, slow-cooked 24 pounds of tri-tip over mesquite then added nine pounds of sausage to their prize-winning chili.

“All the spices in the chili are granulated or powder. There are no vegetables,” Davis said. It was the third time Sonoma County Animal Services competed.

The four-hour event with radio personality Mike Waterman as emcee included live music, a recognition of military veterans, and a raffle for door prizes. The Windsor Lions Club served beer donated by St. Florian’s and Lagunitas breweries and wine donated by Kendall-Jackson Winery.

Proceeds benefit the Windsor High School Vineyard Academy and the Windsor Fire Foundation.

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