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Meet firefighters, tour firehouse

Cloverdale Fire is hosting a Fire Prevention and Education event from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the fire station, 451 S. Cloverdale Blvd.

Community members are invited to stop by and meet their local firefighters, view a series of demonstrations, tour the fire station and learn hands-only CPR at this free, family-friendly event.

For more information call 707-894-3545.

Student film winners named

The Alexander Valley Film Society has announced the winners of their 2016 Alexander Valley Film Festival’s Student Film Competition.

Best middle school film award: “Upstander” by Jackson Scheibal, Healdsburg High School

Best high school film award: “Looking In” by Vitina Benson, Roseland High School

Best undergrad film award: “The Jewel Thief” by Max Kehrli and Team, Santa Rosa Junior College; Joseph Carnation Jr.

Overall student film award: “Repent” by Forest Murnane, Nick Ebersbach, Alex Diaz Pena, Ryan Smith and Jabrawn Staub, El Molino High School

Honorable mention: “Stand Up” by Brad Demarest, Analy High School

All submitted student films will be shown starting at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 during a free student screening at the Clover Theater, 121 E. First St., followed immediately by a Q&A with the student filmmakers.

The second annual Alexander Valley Film Festival will take place at venues in Cloverdale, Geyserville and Healdsburg from Oct. 21 to 24. For more information, visit


$337,692 grant gives traffic safety boost

A $337,692 grant has been awarded to the Santa Rosa Police Department from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a yearlong program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. The funds will be used as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keeping roadways safe and improving the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

According to Police Chief Hank Schreeder, “This grant will provide the funding to allow the department to enhance its proactive efforts in the area of traffic safety and continue its mission in making Santa Rosa a safe place to live, work and play.”


Impact100 Sonoma honored for efforts

Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, recently presented a Community Champion Award to Impact100 Sonoma for its work supporting nonprofit organizations in Sonoma Valley.

Dodd presents the awards to acknowledge the efforts of nonprofits and businesses in the communities he represents.

“Impact100 Sonoma perfectly embodies the philanthropic spirit of Sonoma Valley,” he said, recognizing the group’s efforts to build community and assist those in need.

Impact100 Sonoma President Wendy Hoffman accepted the award on behalf of the philanthropic women’s organization.

Over its five-year history, Impact100 Sonoma has awarded $929,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Sonoma Valley, including an annual $100,000 Impact Grant.

Impact100 Sonoma President Wendy Hoffman accepted the award on behalf of the philanthropic women’s organization.

For membership information, call 707-939-5007 or visit


Report: Green shows cost town $17,212

The direct cost to the Town of Windsor for the 2016 Summer Nights on the Green concerts and kids’ movies was $17,212, according to a report by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Expenses for the 13 Thursday night concerts were $81,801 and revenue, mostly from cash sponsorships, was $70,088. Expenses for the eight Tuesday Night Kid’s Movies were $18,125 and revenue, most of it also from sponsorships, was $12,286.

Nine of the 13 Thursday night concerts were sponsored by the town and the last four by the Windsor Certified Farmer’s Market. The estimated attendance at the nine town-sponsored concerts was 42,500, or 4,722 per concert.

Parks agency pitches changes for series

The Parks and Recreation Department has recommended some changes for the 2017 Summer Nights on the Green based on feedback from the public and event partners, Recreation Program Supervisor Cindy Bagley said in a 14-page report to the Parks and Recreation Commission, which will discuss it on Oct. 14.

They include providing access to drinking water by installing a water bottle-filling station near the East Pavilion, permitting nonprofit agencies to sell water bottles, including a Latino band in the concert series and adding stations for cash donations for expenses at each of the six entry points on the Town Green.

Public comments on the Town of Windsor’s website suggested the need for easier parking, more local beer breweries pouring during the events and fewer “cheesy cover bands.”

The public praised the Summer Nights on the Green for its safe, family-friendly atmosphere, the concerts’ sound system, great food choices and ample portable toilets and the litter collection and cleanup after the events.

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