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CLOVERDALE: Free audio walking tour of Sculpture Trail

Cloverdale has enlisted Otocast.com to create a free, self-guided audio walking tour of the 2017-2018 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail exhibit, with narration provided by the artists themselves.

According to organizer Joyce Mann, “All of the sculptures will be displayed on an interactive map, with pictures, descriptions and directions from wherever you are, so you can easily find and explore the trail.”

Otocast is a free mobile app currently being used around North America to let people access over 100 guides for public art, historic landmarks, architecture, monuments and other points of interest.

Download the free app through Otocast, Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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CLOVERDALE / GEYSERVILLE: Four students selected for Tech Trek program

Three Cloverdale students and one Geyserville student have been chosen to attend this month’s Tech Trek, a weeklong program at Stanford University in Palo Alto.

Summer Lands and Leslie Santamaria attend Washington School, while Sophia Arenales attends Cali Calmecac Language Academy in Windsor. Lupita Guzman is an eighth-grader in Geyserville.

Lily Duran, another Washington School student, was selected as one of only two alternates from Sonoma County’s large northern district.

The girls were nominated for this honor by their teachers, then selected in an intensive competitive screening process by the Healdsburg American Association of University Women (AAUW), the service organization sponsoring the program.

Tech Trek is an in-depth academic STEM program featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Included in this dynamic program are field trips and workshops designed to encourage maximum learning and provide the girls with exposure to future STEM career opportunities.

For information about local AAUW membership, visit healdsburgaauw.com.

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HEALDSBURG: County parks brings back Water Carnival

The Healdsburg Water Carnival is returning to Memorial Beach, promising good old-fashioned summer fun at Veterans’ Memorial Beach on Saturday, July 15.

Presented by Sonoma County Regional parks and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, the event opens at 11 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Admission is free but $10 wristbands buy the wearer a slide on the Zoom Flume, a ride on the Sandy the Swan float and participation in the barrel races and face painting.

Parking is $7, but free for those with a Regional Parks pass.

At 3 p.m. a “Great American Rubber Duck Dash” will be held on the edge of the river.

Prizes include baskets stocked with local merchandise, as well as Regional Parks memberships.

Live music will be provided by Rosetown South and R&B Revue. Food vendors include Lagunitas beer, Three Twins Ice Cream, Wicked Slush, Diaz Catering, Rossoti’s Hot Dogs, as well as others.

The carnival benefits the Russian River Water Safety Patrol, a group that provides water safety information, as well as loaner life vests throughout the summer.

The beach is a summer swim zone, staffed by lifeguards. Carnival-goers are “encouraged to bring their suits and towels to make a day of it.”

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is located at 13839 Old Redwood Highway, right next to the Healdsburg Memorial Bridge.

For more information, visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Activities/Calendar.aspx.

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Jordan winery offers new food, travel website

Jordan Vineyard and Winery launched a new internet home for food, travel and lifestyle posts, focusing in part on travel advice. The site, called Wine Country Table, separates the Jordan blog, focused on winery news and “wine-geeky” posts, from the other topics.

The new site includes recipe videos featuring local foods, as well as how-to floral designs, useful chef’s tips, hospitality ideas and more.

Visit winecountrytable.com to learn more. Their wine site remains the same, blog.jordanwinery.com.

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