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Vocational education students at Greenacres Homes & School with some of the drums they've made. Sean Lennon, son of Yoko Ono and the late John Lennon, recently purchased one of their custom drums. (Courtesy Photo)


SEBASTOPOL: Greenacre kids drum up some formidable recognition

The vocational education students at Greenacre Homes & School have once again had their talents recognized. Sean Lennon, son of Yoko Ono and the late John Lennon, recently purchased one of their custom drums.

The class sent Lennon a picture of themselves to say thank you and, in return, Lennon sent them a photo of himself with the drum he purchased.

“The word is getting out, not only on how wonderful the instruments and sound are, but also the therapeutic effects they are having on our students,” said Greenacre administrator Rich Aguirre.


SONOMA: ‘Haunted Wine Country’ to debut next week

Petaluma filmmaker Tom Wyrsch presents “Haunted Wine Country,” a sequel to last year’s “Haunted Sonoma County.”

It makes its premiere at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3 at Sebastiani Theatre on the Sonoma Plaza. Tickets are $15.

The 81-minute film highlights spooky occurrences within Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, including many familiar locations.

Hosted by Laurie Jacobson, “Haunted Wine Country” features paranormal experts, authors, historians, ghost hunters and psychics recounting the area’s ghostly tales ­— and their personal experiences.

Produced and directed by Wyrsch, and with cinematography by Steve Brown, “Haunted Wine Country” is a project of Garfield Lane Productions.

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CLOVERDALE: New bike shop wheeling into town

With the pending retirement of Dave Reynolds, longtime owner of Cloverdale Cyclery, Healdsburg’s Spoke Folk Cyclery will open a second store in downtown Cloverdale sometime in January 2018.

The new store will be located on East First Street in a building that is currently being remodeled.

In the meantime, current and future customers are invited to help Spoke Folk determine which products and services will be most desirable in its new location. Email the new store at with suggestions.


CLOVERDALE: Tickets on sale for Moroccan Nights fundraiser

Tickets are now on sale for “Moroccan Nights,” the Cloverdale Arts Alliance’s annual casino night fundraising event slated for Nov. 4.

Executive Director Mark Tharrington said the Citrus Fairgrounds will be transformed into an awesome Moroccan experience, with lively entertainment, Moroccan cuisine and casino fun.

The celebration will also feature an open bar, live and silent auctions and dancing to Moroccan-inspired music. Party goers are encouraged to dress to the theme, and organizers have included a page of costume ideas and links on their website

Individual tickets are $150 and include dinner, wine, open bar and $100 in casino chips. Links to Moroccan Nights ticket sales and event information can be found at


PETALUMA: Former Petaluma planning commissioner receives UC Davis award

Former Petaluma planning commissioner Jennifer Pierre will receive an award of distinction from UC Davis on Oct. 6 for early career success in water management.

The award is presented annually to those who present a significant contribution to the college.

Pierre, a UC Davis graduate, in February was named general manager of the State Water Contractors, an organization representing 27 public water agencies responsible for delivering water to 26 million Californians and 750,000 acres of agricultural land.

Previously she served as project manager for ICF, an organization that works with the government to come up with solutions for environmental issues.

Pierre attended Davis’ College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental biology and management.


HEALDSBURG: Art class offered in Healdsburg

The Healdsburg Center for the Arts and Jean Warren are offering “the practice of keeping a watercolor journal” on four Fridays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The classes will focus on thinking and exploring and playing with paint.

The classes will be held at the Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St. and will cost $80 per day. Classes will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and participants are asked to bring a sack lunch and snacks.

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