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CLOVERDALE: 7-year-old plans fundraiser for senior nutrition program

Cloverdale resident Ashley Ferrero’s little brother, Wyatt, may only be seven, but he has already been creating successful fundraisers over the past two years.

Wyatt, who lives with his family in Red Bluff, created his first fundraiser when he was only five. After noticing there were not many picture books in his local library, he decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise funds to purchase a selection of new children’s books. The library acknowledged his donation with a sign that reads, “Purchased with funds raised by Wyatt Ferrero through his lemonade stand.” Most recently, he raised over $800 with a fundraiser he called Coins for Packs.

According to his mom, former Cloverdale resident Samantha Ferrero, “He spent hours collecting donations and buying school supplies and backpacks for local foster kids.”

Wyatt’s next fundraising endeavor is currently in the planning stages and will focus on raising money to help purchase food for a senior nutrition program.

“My brother is pretty amazing,” said his sister, Ashley. “He finds ways to be kind every day.”

It’s not too late to sign up for the Harvest Marathon

It is not too late to sign up for the 7th annual Harvest Marathon, hosted by the Cloverdale Kiwanis Club, and slated for Oct. 22.

The event features 5K, 10K, half and full marathons for ages 5 and up, with all races beginning and ending at the beautiful and historic Asti Winery.

There also are plenty of volunteer opportunities, such as helping to register runners, assisting at an aid station, helping to cook food and serve drink or even just cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line.

All proceeds benefit the Cloverdale chapter of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, bringing the gift of reading to children in the community.

For more information, visitrunthewinecountry.org.

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HEALDSBURG: Association of University Women to hold forums

The Healdsburg chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold the fall/winter forums at the Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North St. The two six-week courses will last until mid-November.

From 10-11:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 10, historian Bruce Elliott, Ph.D., “examines the historical challenges of Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, Catherine the Great” and more. The last class is November 14.

And from 10-11:30 a.m. beginning Thursday, Oct. 12, Pete Elman will present, “Turn, Turn, Turn, a Chronological Musical Road Trip through the Golden Era of American Rock ‘N’ Roll, 1955-1970.” The class ends November 16.

Each class is $95. Proceeds benefit AAUW programs supporting women and girls. For more information, visit healdsburg-ca.aauw.net.

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HEALDSBURG: Hospital purchases permanent MRI scanner

The Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County presented a check to the board of Healdsburg District Hospital to purchase a permanent MRI scanner to serve the community. Fundraising lasted for five years for technological improvements for the hospital. They raised a total of $6 million dollars, half provided by the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation.

The hospital expects the wide MRI to be operational by early 2018.

For more information, visit healthcarefoundation.net.

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SONOMA: UFO researcher to present 2-part lecture series

Noted UFO researcher Jim Ledwith of Sonoma presents a two-part lecture series covering two topics covered in the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Lectures are from 7-9 p.m. on consecutive Mondays at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St.

“Project Serpo: Human/Alien Exchange Program,” with guest researcher Len Kasten, will be presented Oct. 16. Kasten is the author of “Secret Journey to Planet Serpo: A True Story of Interplanetary Travel.”

“Bermuda Triangle: ET Connection” follows on Oct. 23, with guest Bruce Gernon, co-author of “The Fog” and “Beyond the Bermuda Triangle.”

The fee is $10 per lecture, $5 for youth 16 and under. Ledwith’s ninth annual fall lecture series benefits the community center.

To register, or for more information, call 707-938-4626 or visit sonomacommunitycenter.org