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Registration open for Asti Tour de Vine ride

Registration is now open for the 10th annual Asti Tour de Vine bike ride through the scenic vineyards of northern Sonoma County.

Slated for October 14 and hosted by the Rotary Club of Cloverdale, the event starts and ends at the historic Asti Winery, once one of California’s most visited tourist attractions and now seldom open to the public.

The ride is limited to 500 people so early registration is suggested.

Set your own pace as you select from the 25k, 50k, 100k or the 100-mile routes. The 100-miler is an extreme challenge featuring a gain of 2,500 feet in elevation along the ridgelines overlooking scenic Lake Sonoma.

For more information or to register online, visit astitourdevine.com.

Wasson to speak at G2Z Summit in Australia

Cloverdale resident and animal welfare professional Brigid Wasson will be one of several international speakers at the 7th National Getting to Zero (G2Z) Summit and Workshops in Australia this September.

G2Z, based in Australia, aims to increase responsibility for companion animals so that every community and municipality can achieve zero euthanasia of all healthy and treatable cats and dogs.

Wasson’s presentations will focus on proven ways citizens and shelters can help reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners.

A retired animal shelter director, Wasson has held leadership positions in both government and nonprofit animal service agencies. She is currently CEO and principal consultant of The Path Ahead Animal Shelter Consulting and president of Missing Pet Partnership.


Musical happy hour at winery each Thursday

Happy Hour Thursday is in full swing for the summer at Geyserville’s Trentadue Winery.

Every Thursday through August 31 Trentadue will have a musical Happy Hour from 5:30-7 p.m. This event is free to attend, and dog and kid friendly.

There will be food trucks, live music and Happy Hour prices on wine. Bring a blanket. No outside beverages allowed.

Call the tasting room for questions at 707-433-3104.

Visitors Center needs summer volunteers

Summer volunteers are needed for the Geyserville Visitors Center & Museum, which is looking to be staffed Thursday-Sunday noon-4 p.m.

No experience is needed, just a willingness to share Geyserville.

For more information, contact Cosette Scheiber at cosette@hope-inns.com

Quarterly meeting of historical society

The Geyserville Historical Society quarterly meeting will take place July 28.

It is currently working on increasing membership and finding a home for a permanent museum.

Contact Harry Bosworth at harry@bosworthandson.com or Bev Pillsbury at Bpillsbury@onemain.com for the location and time of the meeting.


Garden docents needed for school tours

Quarryhill Botanical Garden is looking for volunteers to serve as youth education docents.

Training sessions will prepare volunteers to lead educational school tours, with some 1,400 students expected this upcoming academic year.

The 25-acre woodland botanical garden is in Sonoma Valley at the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, with more than 20,000 wild-origin plants in a naturalistic setting.

Volunteers do not need a botanical or horticultural background.

Trainings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on six Wednesdays, from July 26 to Aug. 30. Volunteers can select a final class session from 9:30 a.m. to noon either Sept. 5 or 7.

Trainings will take place at the garden, 12841 Highway 12, Glen Ellen.

To sign up, call Eva Corbin at 707-996-6027 or email ecorbin@quarryhillbg.org. For more information, visit quarryhillbg.org/page93.html.


Portion of roundabout closing for 3 months

The city of Healdsburg announced a further closure to a portion of the roundabout under construction at the intersection of Mill and Vine Streets and Healdsburg Avenue.

It will close on the east side of Mill Street starting on July 19 and be closed for three months. The Pacific Union Real Estate, Spoke Folk Cyclery and Valdez Family Winery Tasting Room will all be accessible from Center Street or East Street.

For more information about the closure and other updates on the roundabout construction, visit healdsburgaveimprovements.com.


Shaw Park fencing, path projects a team effort

Improvement projects are underway at Shaw Park in Kenwood, as the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen and Kenwood partners with Sonoma County Regional Parks and the Parks Foundation to add a new walking path and fencing.

The path crosses the back of the park, and the split-rail fencing will protect the roots of the park’s 300-year-old oak tree from foot traffic.

Projects also include general maintenance and painting.

Players from the Senior Sonoma County Soccer League and Mark and Kathleen Bunte from Sonoma Valley Landscape are assisting with the effort.

Along with Rotarians, they are working with regional parks staff, providing pro bono equipment and services.

Through a revenue-sharing arrangement, the Rotary Club receives a donation from the Funky Fridays Fund for its services.

Club members help staff the beer and wine sales booths at the Funky Fridays summertime outdoor concert series at Hood Mansion in Sonoma Valley.

The Parks Foundation is the primary beneficiary of Funky Fridays.

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