From prayer to art, these community events aim to help people heal and find comfort on the first anniversary of the deadly wildfires.
Honoring Loss, Rising in Hope
An evening of singing, prayer and reflection. 7 p.m. Oct. 9. First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Drive. For more information, contact Pastor Lindsey Bell-Kerr at Lindsey.Bell-Kerr@fumcsantarosa.org.
One-year remembrance gathering hosted by Coffey Strong
7-8 p.m. Oct. 9, Near the intersection of Hopper Avenue and Coffey Lane. For more information, visit facebook.com/events/2123622767957025.
Santa Rosa Strong
An invitation to celebrate friendships made, work done, lives impacted. Stop by for beverages and appetizers. 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 9. The Salvation Army, 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa. For more information and to RSVP, call 707-535-4264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire Prevention and Remembrance Forum
Sen. Bill Dodd will discuss his comprehensive wildfire legislation, Senate Bill 901, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. He also will lead a panel discussion about recovery and preparedness featuring local officials. Napa County Law Enforcement, Fire & EMS Chaplain Lee Shaw also will preside over a remembrance ceremony honoring the work of first responders and community members. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Calistoga Community Center. 1307 Washington Street, Calistoga. To RSVP, contact Angelica Mancuso at 707-224-1990 or email@example.com.
Words on Fire
At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla and poets laureate emerita Iris Jamahl Dunkle, and Katherine Hastings, Sonoma poet Lori Barron and Sonoma vintner and writer Sam Coturri gather for a poetry event. Admission to the event at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art at 551 Broadway in Sonoma is $5. For more information, visit insvma.org.
Sonoma County, One Year Later – A Conversation
From 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 8, KSRO Host Pat Kerrigan will moderate a conversation between Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey, Sheriff Rob Giordano, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner on recovery efforts in the past year. The discussion hosted by the Museums of Sonoma County will address challenges, accomplishments and collaborative resilience. The location of the ticketed event has not yet been announced. For more information, visit creativesonoma.org.
Do you know of other events we may have missed? Please let us know about them (including date, location and time and where to go to get more information) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anniversary Fire Coverage
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