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CLOVERDALE: Alexander Valley Film Festival

The 2nd Annual Alexander Valley Film Festival, presented by the Alexander Valley Film Society, will take place Oct. 20-23 at venues in Healdsburg, Geyserville and Cloverdale.

A celebration of cinema and community, the festival features a diverse array of films and filmmakers from around the world plus the work of local luminaries. It also showcases award-winning narrative features, thought-provoking documentaries, inspiring shorts and breakthrough student films.

According to Kathryn Hecht, executive director of the Alexander Valley Film Society, the four-day festival will include screenings, industry panels, opening and closing night parties, awards ceremonies and more.

“This festival is designed to engage, provoke, excite and reflect both the diversity and commonality within our community and beyond,” said Hecht.

All proceeds benefit Sonoma County students and support year-round educational and cultural enrichment programs.

For information on ticket purchases, packages and discounts, visit

Red Bull heads to Arizona this time

Luke Aikins of the Red Bull Air Force has advised City Manager Paul Caylor and Airport Manager Michael Morrissey that because of the late time of year, the Red Bull ACES Flying Suit Competition will be held in Arizona this November instead of Cloverdale.

“Weather was the only factor,” he said. “Our weather guru said it could be perfect or it could be clouds and rain that time of year. Chances were 50/50. There is way too much money being spent on this event to risk those odds.”

Cayler says Aikins has assured him they will push for an earlier time frame next year because they really want to return the Red Bull event to Cloverdale.


SEBASTOPOL: 100 years of history at Sturgeons Mill

More than 100 years of California History will come to life from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16 during the year’s final public demonstration weekend of the Sturgeons Mill Steam Sawmill at 2150 Green Hill Road.

Visitors are invited to watch the historic working museum and savor the sweet smell of wood as it is carried on the breeze into plumes of steam and hurled skyward in the secluded redwood canyon.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Lunch is available for purchase in the picnic grounds.

Visit for more information.


SONOMA: UFO researcher presenting lectures

Jim Ledwith of Sonoma shares 45 years of UFO research at two upcoming lectures benefiting the Sonoma Community Center’s arts and cultural education programs.

“Hollywood and UFOs II” on Oct. 17 explores the role Hollywood has had in disclosing the existence of UFOs through documentaries and historical fiction.

“Roswell” on Oct. 24 examines the reported 1947 UFO crash in Roswell, N.M. and governmental denial.

Ledwith explores how the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency were established following the Roswell incident.

Both lectures are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the community center, 276 E. Napa St.

Admission is $10 per lecture, $5 for youth 16 and under. For tickets or information, stop by the center, call 707-938-4626, ext. 1, or visit

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