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Event raises 30K for first responders

The Cloverdale Volunteer Firefighters held a fundraising spaghetti dinner last weekend, raising more than $30,000 in less than four hours.

All proceeds from the dinner, raffle and auction will be used to benefit first responders who lost homes in the recent fires.

Arts Alliance hosts craft fair on Dec. 1

Local artists, crafters and entertainers are invited to participate in the Holiday Pop-Up Craft Fair being hosted by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance on Dec. 1.

In addition to jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, dolls and hand-sewn items for babies, kids and the home, there will also be spiced cider, homemade snacks, ongoing entertainment and other holiday fun for the whole family.

Contact Laura Carr at lauracarr232@comcast.net or 490-6977 for more information.

Volunteers needed to sew teddy bears

BOLT Fabric, 129 N. Cloverdale Blvd., is joining other fabric stores in the area who are hosting volunteers to make items for fire victims. Their store will be making teddy bears for distribution to children impacted by the recent fires.

The sewing area will be available from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 19 and Dec. 3 and 10, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 and Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. Recent sewing machine experience is necessary to participate.

“We have limited work space so we ask that you call us at 894-2658 in order to reserve a space, and a machine if needed, owner Kate Barrett said. “We will supply the kits already cut out and the thread at no cost.”


Tree lighting and Tractor parade

Geyserville’s Tree lighting and Tractor Parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 25.

Santa arrives at the Visitors Plaza at 5 p.m. followed by the tree lighting at 6 p.m. The parade will make one pass at the north end of town.

Shops and tasting rooms in town will be open, and chili and cornbread will be served at the firehouse for $5 or an unwrapped toy.

Hot dogs will be available at the Oddfellows Lodge.

This is a free event. Geyserville Chamber of Commerce President Joe Stewart has set up agofundme.com/geyserville-tractor-parade to help defray the costs of permits, restrooms and security.


Saturday arts, crafts market returns

During the holiday season, the Healdsburg Farmers’ Market annual arts and crafts market runs in conjunction with the market every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until noon in the parking lot across from Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St.

Items include fiber arts, jewelry, ceramics, floral items, wood crafts and more.

Visit healdsburgfarmersmarket.org for more information.

Raising $150K for health care workers

The Healdsburg Healthcare Foundation received a two-to-one matching gift to raise $150,000 in relief support for workers who were affected by the recent fires. The funds will be available to all levels of the workforce to support recovery efforts.

The funds raised will be administered by the Foundation.

To donate, visit healthcarefoundation.net, and type Hospital Fire Relief in the comment area. Those wishing to send checks can mail them to P.O. box 1025, Healdsburg 95448.

For more information email dmason@healthcarefoundation.net or call 473-0583.


Raceway’s Season of Giving drive

Sonoma Raceway kicks off its “Season of Giving” with the 17th annual Thanksgiving food drive benefiting Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Nonperishable food items can be dropped off through Nov. 19 at the following locations:

Sonoma Raceway (Gate 1 or the main office), 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 800-870-7223, sonomaraceway.com

Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority, 630 Second St. W., Sonoma, 707-996-2102, svfra.org

Schell-Vista Fire Station, 22950 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-938-2633, schellvistafire.com

Sonoma Market, 500 W. Napa St., Sonoma, 707-996-3411, sonoma-glenellenmkt.com

Glen Ellen Village Market, 13751 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, 707-996-6728, sonoma-glenellenmkt.com

RKA, 7694 Bell Road, Windsor, 707-836-7659, rka-luggage.com

Items also can be mailed to Sonoma Raceway, Attention Jen Imbimbo, 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476.

In addition, nonperishable food and new, unwrapped toys can be delivered to the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority’s open house and pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Nov. 12) at the Albert C. Mazza Fire Station, 630 Second St. W., Sonoma.

Both FISH and the Redwood Empire Food Bank are longtime charities with a history of helping people in need; FISH has been assisting Sonoma Valley residents since 1970 and Redwood Empire Food Bank, among its assistance efforts, distributed some 950,000 pounds of food during the first two weeks of the North Bay fires.

The raceway’s food drive has generated nearly 34 tons of food during the past 16 years.

For more information, contact Jen Imbimbo at 707-933-3981 or jennifer@sonomaraceway.com or visit sonomaraceway.com

Pancake breakfast to thank community

“Thanking Our Community” is the theme for the Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority’s open house and pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 12) at the Albert C. Mazza Fire Station, 630 Second St. W., Sonoma.

Local firefighters will offer fire safety tips and demonstrate hands-only CPR.

Guests can ride a fire engine, operate a fire hose and visit informational stations operated by FEMA and PG&E.

Kids’ activities include face painting and jump houses.

Vision screenings and child identification cards with fingerprinting will be offered.

A $5 donation is suggested for breakfast.

For more information, call 707-996-2102 or visit svfra.org

Parks open, holiday events planned

Sonoma State Historic Park is open once again, with several events planned for the coming weeks. The General Vallejo Home and historic structures on Sonoma Plaza were closed during last month’s firestorm.

Park buildings are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The annual Christmas at the Mission Las Posadas offers candle-lit, sing-along programs at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Sonoma Mission, at East Spain Street and First Street East. Tickets are available at 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 18) at the mission. The suggested donation is $2.50 per ticket, with a minimum of four tickets per person.

As part of the festivities around the Plaza, The Pickle Creek String Band will play in the Toscano Hotel and Santa will visit the Toscano Kitchen. The Blue Wing Inn will provide Gold-Rush-era living history, refreshments and crafts.

Refreshments will be served in the Barracks, with a campfire and sing-along in the courtyard.

The annual Victorian Christmas Craft Faire held in November at the Vallejo Home was postponed due to the fires, but will be combined with Christmas at the Mission activities in the Barracks, where children can make Victorian-era holiday decorations.

Other upcoming parks events include a campfire program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 18) at the Barracks courtyard.

The free event includes a short talk, songs and a marshmallow and apple roast. A slow-paced, 1-mile nature hike will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 through portions of the park and the Montini Trail.

The free event starts at the Vallejo Home parking lot, Spain Street at Third Street West.

For more information, call 707-938-9547 or visit sonomaparks.org

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