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Submissions being accepted for film competition

The Alexander Valley Film Society (AVFS) is accepting submissions through Oct. 5 for the 2017 AVFS Student Film Competition. Winners will be screened at the Alexander Valley Film Festival slated for Oct. 19-22, 2017.

Cash prizes of $50 will be offered for Best Middle School Film, Best High School Film, and Best College Film (undergraduate). In addition, the overall winner will receive the Joseph Carnation, Jr. Student Film Award and a cash prize of $100.

This year’s theme is “HOPE,” with the interpretation and creativity of interpretation being part of the judging criteria.

For complete details and entry form, visit

Program provides rescue kits for kids experiencing trauma

Cloverdale is the first law enforcement agency in Sonoma County to participate in the Books to the Rescue Program, a nonprofit community-engagement program dedicated to supporting the needs of children who have experienced a critical incident in their lives.

According to Sonoma County Coordinator Grace Delsuc, the idea is to provide first responders with tools to soothe children who have witnessed or been a part of a traumatic event.

The program relies on individual and corporate donors for funds to purchase first responder rescue bags for each response vehicle, as well as for the new books, stuffed plush toys and other items to fill the rescue bags.

Donations can be made at

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Delsuc at 707-838-9521.

New saloon within Copper Towers gets OK from planners

The Cloverdale Planning Commission has approved a Conditional Use Permit to operate a bar named the Sawmill Saloon at 220 N. Cloverdale Blvd. within the Copper Towers Complex.

Plans were reviewed and approved by the Building Department, and construction is significantly underway in the 650-square-foot commercial space located south of the main building.

The saloon will have a maximum occupancy of 25 people and plans to be open seven days a week.


Sculpture Trail’s ‘ET’ traveling to Oregon for Eclipse Festival

The Geyserville Sculpture Trail will lose its “ET” sculpture temporarily as it visits the Eclipse Festival in Oregon. Sculpture Artist Orion Fredricks and the sculpture, called “Exsucitare Triectus” (ET), have been invited to be on display during the Aug. 21 eclipse.

Oddfellows Summer Hoedown includes dinner, dancing

The Geyserville Oddfellows Summer Hoedown will be held Aug. 12 from 5:30-10:30 p.m., 21021 Geyserville Ave.

Admission $40, includes dinner, one drink ticket and line dancing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. followed by dancing at 7 p.m.

Tickets available at Bosworth & Son General Store, Locals Tasting Room or from any local OddFellow member. Info at

Summer Flea Market to be held Saturday at Gin’gilli’s

A summer Flea Market will take place Aug. 19 at Gin’gilli’s Vintage Home store in Geyserville.

The sprawling flea market will open at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.


Cardiologist moves practice from SF to Healdsburg

Healdsburg Physicians Group recently added Dr. Thomas Kaiser to the staff. Dr. Kaiser is a cardiologist, who has moved his practice from Sutter Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.

“I look forward to providing care to patients of physicians in the North Bay and especially those whose practices are located within the North Sonoma County Healthcare District and West County. Healdsburg District Hospital has been extremely welcoming and I am excited to be here,” said Kaiser, according to a press release from Healdsburg District Hospital.

Nancy Schmid, CEO of the hospital, welcomed Kaiser.

“Having a well-qualified cardiologist on our team will mean great things for our hospital and our patients,” said Schmid.

Healdsburg District Hospital serves the North Sonoma County Healthcare District, including Windsor, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale and the Alexander Valley.


Jack London Piano Club founder’s farewell concert

Jack London Piano Club founder Jud Goodrich performs a farewell concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the House of Happy Walls Museum at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen.

A resident of Oakmont, Goodrich is retiring after 26 years with the club. He celebrates his 95th birthday on Monday.

What started with a core group of five volunteer performers today features 25 pianists who play for museum visitors weekend afternoons.

Goodrich will be seated at the 1901 Steinway grand piano London purchased for his wife, Charmian, in 1910. The piano fell silent after her death in 1955, until park rangers Greg Hayes and Matt Atkinson decided it should be played again. Goodrich’s wife, Leslie, a park volunteer, suggested her husband launch the club.

In 2011, the club began presenting quarterly concerts, raising more than $15,000 for the park.

The farewell concert includes a sing-along; admission is free. Parking is $10. Seating is limited, with access by stairway only.

For reservations or details about access, call 707-938-5216 or visit


Deadline next month for hometown heroes banners

The deadline to apply for this year’s Windsor Hometown Heroes Military Banner program is Sept. 14, and at least six applicants must apply.

The program, now in its sixth year, is open to current members of the United States Armed Forces who have ties to Windsor with an immediate family member living in or working in Windsor.

The $200 application fee includes the banner with a photo of the service member and a souvenir banner that will be presented to the member’s family at the Nov. 5 ceremony in Huerta gymnasium. Financial assistance is available.

The large banners are hung from lamp posts in the Windsor Civic Center.

Applications are available at the Parks and Recreation Department in Building 300D or Town Hall offices in Building 400, 9291 Old Redwood Highway.

For information, contact Parks and Recreation Department program supervisor Tamara Rocco at 707-838-5980.

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