CLOVERDALE: Teddy bears help officers comfort traumatized children

Kathryn “Kate” Barrett, owner of Bolt Fabrics, and instructor Debbie Ward recently presented 21 handmade bears to the Cloverdale Police Department.

Officers use the teddy bears to comfort and distract children from potentially traumatic situations, such as traffic accidents, domestic violence, child abuse, neglect and medical emergencies.

Bear-making workshops will take place in October from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 29. Pre-registration is required and participants must have recent sewing machine experience, but there is no charge for either of these workshops. Fabric and patterns will be provided by Bolt.

Contact Barrett at 707-894-2658 for information.


CLOVERDALE: Unused school shops get 21st century makeovers

The Cloverdale Unified School District is currently renovating the high school’s unused and dilapidated woodshop and auto-shop classrooms into modern, hands-on learning environments using Measure G funds.

The former auto shop, being dubbed the “Design Lab,” will be stocked with state-of-the-art technology, such as 3-D printers, a green screen for filming, sound room for voice-overs and computers with high-powered programs. The space will be conducive to students engaging in design thinking, with walls painted in marker-board paint and hubs around the space for students to work in teams

A 21st century “Build Lab” will replace the old woodshop. It will contain the same tools found in traditional woodshops, as well as a laser cutter, heat press, MIG welder, CNC router and vinyl cutter. There will even be a roll-up door so large projects, like a tiny home, can be wheeled in and out.

Both rooms should be ready for student use sometime in November.


GEYSERVILLE: Olives turned into oil at Dry Creek Olive’s community milling days

The Dry Creek Olive Company’s community milling days have been announced for 2017. The three dates, all Sundays, are Oct. 29, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3.

The events help people with olive trees produce homegrown olive oil. The oil is created by combining the harvest of those attending for the day, with each olive supplier receiving the percentage of total weight supplied to the milling.

Olives are accepted from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 7878 Dry Creek Road. The price is 90 cents per pound for 5-700 pounds. Olives should be picked no sooner than 24 hours before delivery. The oil is available one week after milling date.

More information is available online at

For more information call 707-431-7200 or email