News briefs from Sonoma County towns


Photo: Cloverdale’s 2014 Best of Show, a 1937 Dodge pickup owned by Jack White of Santa Rosa.


Cars, pancakes and tri-tip

The annual Cloverdale Car and Motorcycle Show will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with an evening cruise through town, followed by dancing until 10 p.m. in the Downtown Plaza to live music by the Unauthorized Rolling Stones.

“After a great summer of outdoor concerts, Friday night will still be rocking this week in Cloverdale,” said Cloverdale Chamber Executive Director Robin Wilkerson.

Vehicles will assemble for the cruise at the Furber Ranch Plaza, 1139 S. Cloverdale Blvd., and will travel north on Cloverdale Boulevard to the Hamburger Ranch, turn around and cruise back.

On Saturday, a pancake breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. at the Cloverdale Senior Center, 311 N. Main St. Cost is $6, $3 for kids 5 to 11. Check out the rummage sale that continues until 3 p.m.

In the downtown business district, more than 200 classic and vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display 10 a.m.-3 p.m. between Lake and East Second streets. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the day.

Cloverdale illustrator/author Dan Quarnstrom will be on hand with copies of his recently published book, “Joyride/Flatout: Hot Rods and Dream Machines.” He will be joined by the new Bear Republic Beer Garden and the Pit Shop Beer and Souvenir booth.

The Cloverdale Volunteer Firefighter’s Association’s annual tri-tip barbecue dinner dance will run 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Citrus Fair, with live music by Rodeo House. Tickets are $25, $15 for kids, available in advance at the firehouse, 451 S. Cloverdale Blvd., or by calling 894-3545.

The first Cloverdale Car Show was held in 1994 to celebrate the opening of the Cloverdale Bypass. Its popularity has grown steadily over the years and is now one of the community’s most anticipated annual events. Info: or 894-4470.

— Mary Jo Winter


Couple honored by museum

Geyserville residents Karen and Harry Bosworth will be honored Sept. 18 with the Healdsburg Museum’s 2015 Pioneer Award, which recognizes their outstanding community involvement, commitment to local history and deep roots as business and civic leaders. The celebration will be held at the Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg.

The Bosworths support healthcare, education, local history, agriculture, civic activities and fire and rescue services. Their long-time involvement with Healdsburg Museum has included donations of rare historical photos and extensive historical research, participation in their events and exhibits and sponsorships.

This event will be the Museum’s largest fundraising activity of the year, with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner prepared by Dino Bugica of Diavola and Domenica Catelli of Catelli’s, both in Geyserville, and Ralph Tingle of Ralph’s Martini Bar in Healdsburg. Deserts will be prepared by Costeaux French Bakery.

Geyserville author Joe Pelanconi will honor the Bosworths with his historical humor, and state Sen. Mike McGuire will serve as emcee and live auctioneer.

Tickets are $100 each at the Healdsburg Museum, 431-3325.

In other news, Geyserville athletes need rides to their games for the next few weeks because the bus is down for repairs. Please contact Lisa Harjak at to volunteer.

— Deborah Rust


Temporary sculptures sought

The Town of Windsor is looking for two temporary sculptures to “energize” its new roundabouts, located 1,500 feet apart on Old Redwood Highway. The project’s theme is “Art is Energizing the Community,” incorporating energy production from natural elements that include but are not limited to wind, solar and kinetic energy. Proposals are due Sept. 24.

The inaugural installation should reflect and highlight the recently formed Public Art Advisory Committee’s vision of art in a significant location and its cultural relevance to the region.

Artists may submit up to three designs for each of the two locations.

An advisory committee will review the proposals and make recommendations in October, and the Town Council will make a selection on Nov. 18. Art will be installed on Jan. 11, 2016, and will remain on display until July 2017.

Artists will be paid a $2,500 stipend after installation and are responsible for transporting, delivering and removing their sculptures. The Town will pay for the placement and installation.

Donors may purchase the art and donate it to the Town.

To submit art proposals visit

— James Lanaras


Rotary clubs and their causes

Marady Chhim, a first generation Cambodian American, was among 40 Elsie Allen High School students who benefited from scholarship money raised through the Elsie Allen High School Foundation. A total of $40,000 was distributed just this year, about $5,000 of it contributed by the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club.

A similar scholarship program is available at Montgomery High School, where this year the Santa Rosa East Rotary club contributed $10,500 to four qualifying students.

Marady’s family emigrated from Cambodia after the Vietnam War and opened a donut store to support their family. At Lawrence Cook Middle School, she was selected to participate in a college preparatory program that empowered her to set goals and believe that she could achieve them.

At Elsie Allen, she joined the Interact Clubs and developed a fashion show using revamped clothes from Goodwill, took part in the “Alive” project for patients with Alzheimer’s at The Golden Living Center and served as president in her senior year.

This fall she is attending UC Davis, with a major in landscape architecture. “Rotary helped build my skills as a leader,” Marady said, “and as a minority I want to represent and reflect my community in a positive light.”

The Wonder League, a baseball organization for children with disabilities, successfully completed its fifth season in June. The league is sponsored and run by members of the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary Club. Each Saturday from April through early June, families and friends gather to witness the joy and wonder of baseball, with Rotarians acting as coaches, running buddies or cheering fans. The Healdsburg High School baseball team has even gotten in on the act. The Wonder League will begin its sixth season in April 2016.

The Multi-Cultural Child Development Center in Santa Rosa got a playground renovation this year, thanks to help from the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West. The preschool was established to promote a strong sense of self-esteem and cultural identity, with a curriculum that emphasizes multicultural similarities and instills respect for differences in people and their customs.

Funded primarily from the California State Child Development Division, the Center didn’t have the resources to make significant improvements to the playground. To help them, Rotary members raised the necessary $40,000, then did the manual labor themselves.

“It was exhausting work, removing all of the existing gravel before the new rubber mat material could be laid,” said Matt Delany, the club’s president, “but the rewards were well worth it.”

Said Milagros Ott, the Center’s executive director, “It’s a lasting gift that will continue to give for many years.”