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Ryan Hecht plans to teach another Level l Improv Comedy class at the Clover Theater beginning Jan. 20. Classes, for students 18 and over, will take place each Saturday for six weeks, culminating with an Improv Show at the theater.

With more than 20 years’ experience as an actor in New York City and Los Angeles. Hecht studied improvisation with The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade. He is also a founding member of the improv group “Frank and Gary.”

Cost is $250.

For more information, contact Hecht at info@clovertheater.com

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a gratitude tree has sprung up in a corner of the Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

Children are being encouraged to write down something for which they are thankful on one of the colorful leaves and add it to the paper tree.

Already filling with leaves, the sentiments being left behind on the tree are as varied as the youngsters who leave them — from being thankful for life and having a house to living in Sonoma County.

The gratitude tree will remain at the Cloverdale Library throughout the month of November.


Bosworth & Son Hardware is closing. Harry Bosworth has decided to retire and close the 100-plus-year-old family hardware store. A liquidation sale started, and will continue until everything’s gone, even the fixtures.

Bosworth & Son Mercantile, adjacent, will remain open.

Trione Winery Holiday Open House will be held Dec. 3, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. There will be crafts for the kids, cookie decorating, ornaments and mini stockings to decorate and a hot chocolate bar for the kids while the adults enjoy Trione wines paired with bites from Peloton Culinary & Catering.

Adults — $20, kids — $10 or free with an unwrapped toy. This event is free to wine club members.

No RSVP necessary, tickets at the door.

The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in Geyserville on Nov. 28 from 5p.m. to 6:30 p.m. across from the visitors parking lot on Geyserville Ave.

The bookmobile is accepting any and all books for future distribution to Sonoma fire victims.


The Healdsburg Museum opens its annual holiday toy exhibition with “Model Trains Spectacular,” on Friday during the Downtown Holiday Party.

This year’s exhibit features model trains of diverse scales and types. The trains will be featured in vignettes such as a small town winter setting from the mid-1940s, including famous passenger trains, such as the Santa Fe El Capitan, Southern Pacific and Northwest Pacific freight trains, and including tank and box cars carrying wines from local wineries. The exhibit will prominently display replicas of the Healdsburg train depot and the Roma winery building.

Many of the trains come from the collection of Wayne Padd. Shirley Truitt’s three-quarter-scale replica of the steam locomotive the “California” will also be displayed. Truitt fabricated all the parts for the model, which is one-sixteenth of full-size.

The museum is located at 221 Matheson St. Hours are from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. The museum will be open until 7 p.m. Friday.


Mary Lockwood’s mother not only allows her to paint on their backyard fence, she encourages it.

The 13-year-old’s first fence painting was of Mickey Mouse with a detailed background of roses. She later added a Pink Floyd panel for her dad’s birthday and one of poppies for her mom.

Her latest creation is a 7-foot-by-6-foot painting of the famous Fountaingrove Round Barn. Using elements gleaned from multiple photographs, she first did a rough sketch using a carpenter pencil. A big portion of the painting, however, was done freehand.

The next fence panel has already been earmarked for Snoopy and the Peanuts gang.

After graduating from Rincon Valley Charter School, Mary hopes to be accepted into the ArtQuest program at Santa Rosa High School.


The Pacific Coast Air Museum and the U.S. Marines Corps League Detachment 686 are collecting Toys for Tots.

Bring an unwrapped toy to the museum, at One Air Museum Drive at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Dec. 24 and get a free pass to the museum. Limit of four passes. Consider donating items such as sporting goods, electronics, books, backpacks, wallets and purses for young and older teens. Toys for Tots does not accept realistic-looking weapons or food items. Visit pacificcoastairmuseum.org for details.

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