Community news from Sonoma County towns

African crowned crane. (courtesy photo)



Soil King provides safe harbor for birds

When the fires broke out, Geyserville’s Isis Oasis needed a safe place for some of its feathered critters, so they called on Patrick King, owner of the Soil King Garden Center, for help.

King was able to temporarily house several African crowned cranes in a greenhouse in the back of his Santana Drive property and a few emus at another location on S. Cloverdale Boulevard.

His wife, Jamie, laughingly recalled that one of the emus tried to escape. “The emu beat him up a little bit before being corralled and put back in the yard.”

Happily, all of the birds came through the experience in great shape and are now safely back home in Geyserville.

Free shredding with food donation

Windermere Real Estate Services at 114 Lake St. is providing free shredding services from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday with a donation of canned food items for their Fall Canned Food Drive to benefit the Cloverdale Food Pantry.

Old bills and other sensitive documents can be brought to their office to be professionally shredded. A certificate of destruction will be provided upon request.

Call 707-669-2444 for more information.


Fundraiser at Catelli’s for fire victims

A “Harvest of Hope” fundraising event will take place today at Catelli’s restaurant in Geyserville.

Domenica Catelli’s event was previously billed as “Harvest for Harvey,” but was turned into a fundraiser for Sonoma County fire victims.

Local chef Dino Bugica and local musician and builder Mitchel Slade have jumped on board to make sure this event happens. Local officials will also attend.

Proceeds to be donated to:, a direct action fund with no administrative overhead. Auction donation items accepted.

Please note that donation stations will still be set up to accept monetary donations for Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims, but Sonoma County has become the primary effort.

There are a limited amount of tickets still available at the door, 21047 Geyserville Ave.


Free necessities for fire victims

The Healdsburg Free Store opened Monday, October 16, for fire victims and evacuees. Diapers, cosmetics and toiletries, strollers, clothing and more are available.

The store is located at 190 Foss Creek Circle, Unit K, just north of the Healdsburg Post Office. Enter the driveway immediately north of the post office driveway and drive to the northwest corner in the back. The store faces Highway 101.

The Healdsburg Free Store is open daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Towns correspondents