Community news from Sonoma County towns
New tasting room at old library
Kelley & Young Wines at the Library opened their new tasting room last weekend at 119 S. Cloverdale Blvd., the original site of the Free Public Library built in 1923 by the Womens Improvement Club. Located next to Pick’s Drive-In and across the street from the Trading Post Restaurant, the new tasting room will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Monday. 707-894-4535.
Help rebuild school by eating spaghetti
Help rebuild Mark West Community Preschool by attending the Alexander Valley Hall Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser on Jan. 6, 2018. Save the date; more information about the silent auction and ticket purchase will be available soon.
Restaurants earn ‘Snail of Approval’
Slow Food, an organization created in response to fast food, is dedicated to food that is “good, clean and fair for all.” They have recently announced the awarding of their “Snail of Approval” to seven restaurants across Sonoma County, including two in Healdsburg — Shed and the Black Piglet food truck.
In a press release announcing the awards, Brad Whitworth, board member of Slow Food Russian River, said the “initial group of restaurants don’t settle for ordinary in the way they source their food, prepare their menus or run their businesses.”
Two chapters, Slow Food Russian River and Slow Food Sonoma County North, collaborate on the awards. Criteria include: seasonal ingredients and menus; sustainable, locally sourced ingredients; humane treatment of people and animals; fair labor practices and green business practices.
Each recipient went through an approval process that included a questionnaire, interview and on-site review.
They expect to expand the program to include artisan producers and farms. For more information, visit snailofapprovalsonomacounty.org.
Donations sought for ‘gift of health’
The Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County is asking donors to “consider giving the gift of health” on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28.
The campaign, mostly taking place on Facebook and Instagram, asks potential donors to change their profile photo for a temporary frame proclaiming to their friends their intent to support community healthcare. Funds are needed for the critically underserved areas of this region.
According to Foundation CEO Debbie Mason, “We were already facing a shortage of nonprofit medical providers and the fire has worsened the situation.”
Funds will benefit patients of Alliance Medical Centers, Alexander Valley Healthcare and the PDI Surgery Center.
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/HFNSC.
Baseball clinic to benefit fire victims
Fastball Strike 1 of Santa Rosa will be hosting a Sonoma/Napa Fire Benefit Baseball Clinic at the Epicenter on Jan. 5, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to their baseball community.
Players who have been displaced by the fires can attend the clinic free of charge. Email Coach Kasey Olenberger at email@example.com for a special discount code.
All other players are being asked for a $75 donation, which will go directly into a fund that will be distributed to their players who have lost baseball equipment.
The event is open to all ages and skills levels. For more details, visit fastballstrike1.com or call Olenberger at 889-3223.