Towns Briefs: ‘The New Normal’ in Windsor, upcoming Cloverdale events and farm training in Petaluma



Student show on climate change

Students in Windsor High School’s Nueva School for the Performing Arts will use live performances and multimedia production to explore the global, local and personal impacts of climate change during three performances of “The New Normal: Moving Bodies and Opening Minds” Thursday through Saturday in the high school theater.

The student-run and student-produced performances integrate dance, monologues, an original music score and an interactive set to inform their audience about the human impact on the environment and the immediate consequences of global climate change.

The 11th- and 12th-grade students in the Nueva School for the Performing Arts will be assisted by artistic directors from Fogbeast, a San Francisco dance group, and a climate scientist with Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories.

The idea for a performance about global climate change began over the summer and took shape when school started, student promotions director Jessica Fernandez said.

“We took six weeks to work on the production with the basics we learned in the Arts program. This is unique to Windsor High School,” Fernandez said about the two-hour production, which begins at 7 p.m.

Last year, Nueva Performing Arts students presented a well-attended performance about technology’s affects on our lives now and in the future, Fernandez said.

Tickets for “The New Normal” are $8 for adults and $5 for students, and will be available an hour before each performance.

The Nueva School of Performing Arts for grades 10-12 incorporates music, dance, theater, writing, visual arts and design to blend history, politics, social issues the visual and performing arts.

Nueva’s program director Allison Frenzel, the school’s English and dance teacher, oversees costuming and students on stage. Art teacher David Beal oversees the students responsible for the sets, and history, economics and government teacher John Richards oversees the technical theater students and marketing and promotions group.

More information is available at

James Lanaras


El Niño readiness exercise planned

Police Chief Steven Cramer is coordinating with the Cloverdale Fire Protection District to conduct an Emergency Operation Center tabletop exercise later this month. The focus of the exercise will be emergency preparation for the exceptionally wet El Niñ o weather event being predicted.

Mary Jo Winter


Vendors sought for craft fair

The Cloverdale Senior Center is seeking vendors for its Holiday Craft Fair, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14.

Vendors donate 20 percent of their sales to the center and, in exchange, are provided with a table to display their merchandise and complimentary coffee.

Contact Colleen at 894-4826 for more information.

Mary Jo Winter


Free nutrition classes offered

Alexander Valley Healthcare is collaborating with Ceres Community Project of Sebastopol to offer its patients expert nutrition education taught by professional nutrition consultants.

Classes include:

Nov. 11 — “Eating to Manage Your Blood Sugar”

Nov. 25 — “Immune Supporting Smoothies”

Dec. 9 — “Heart Health: Healthy Choices.”

All classes are free and take place at Alexander Valley Healthcare, 6 Tarman Drive.

Call 894-4229 to register. Seating is limited.

Mary Jo Winter


Farm emergency training forum

Petaluma Grange No. 851 is hosting a farm emergency response forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Forum Room of the Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

Moderated by Petaluma Grange President Tiffany Renee, the free workshop is designed to teach farmers, ranchers and other rural community members how to create a disaster preparedness plan for their horses, livestock and other large animals.

Pre-register at or call Tiffany at 235-8752 or Jaimey at 694-5351 for information.