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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

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


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 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 or call Olenberger at 889-3223.


Parents, need tools to ease negativity?

The City of Sonoma’s Youth & Family Services program offers a new 10-week Parent Project to assist parents of strong-willed or out-of-control youth ages 11 to 18.

The program will provide parents with concrete, concise tools to change negative behavior through behavioral interventions that begin at home.

The program will cover topics including gangs, substance abuse, truancy, sexual acting out, running away, family conflict, defiance and basic respect.

The evening program begins Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Teen Services Sonoma. Classes in Spanish will begin in January.

There is a $35 fee to cover materials.

Youth & Family Services is a juvenile diversion program funded by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Sonoma, and partners with several youth-support programs in Sonoma Valley.

To register, email contact information to with “Parent Project” in the subject line. For more information, call 707-732-1507.

The Parent Project has worked with more than half a million parents nationwide during the past 30 years. For details, visit

Generosity inspires food bank team

Sonoma Raceway’s 17th annual Thanksgiving food drive garnered 4,486 pounds of nonperishable food for distribution to the Redwood Empire Food Bank and Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH).

The raceway also distributed more than $2,500 in community donations to the food banks.

“This donation helps fill the boxes for the holiday food baskets,” said longtime FISH volunteer Louise Bielfelt. “You’re not making a dent, you’re making a really big addition to the baskets.”

Last year, FISH distributed more than 450 holiday food baskets, aiding 1,700 adults and children.

Jen Oberti, the corporate and community relations manager at Redwood Empire Food Bank, said the food bank team has been inspired by the community’s generosity and the raceway’s support.

Nearly 40 raceway employees volunteered at the food bank warehouse in Santa Rosa on Nov. 16, processing more than 17,000 pounds of food that equates to 14,750 meals.

Donations have been especially critical following October’s firestorms and an increase in need.

Since establishing its Thanksgiving food drive, Sonoma Raceway has collected more than 36 tons of nonperishable food donations. The raceway works with numerous community partners across the county.

For more information, call 800-870-7223 or visit

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