Community Briefs

Vineyard Workers community BBQ
La Luz Center will host its annual Vineyard Workers Community BBQ on Wednesday, September 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the temporary Migrant Camp by St. Leo’s Church on W. Agua Caliente Rd. The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the camps this year with delicious food, music, and a blessing of the camps by Rev. Carlos Ortega and Pastor William P. Donahue.

The free event is an opportunity to recognize both the migrant workers who help bring the best wines to your table and the community members who make these camps possible every year.

From mid-August until the end of October, La Luz Center collaborates with St. Joseph Memorial Hospital and the local Brown Baggers to provide housing, dental and medical care, English classes, and food for the migrant workers. This project is part of La Luz Center’s goal of building a healthier and stronger Sonoma Valley by empowering the community through education, leadership, and self-advocacy.
For information and to RSVP, contact Mario Castillo at 938-5131×102 or
castillovws@yahoo.com

Black Cat Cabaret
Pets Lifeline invites you to experience a magical evening with performances by international cirque aerialists, acrobats and musicians in support of a good cause at the 2nd annual Black Cat Cabaret. In response to a sold-out event in 2009, there will be two shows this year: Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10, both at The Field of Dreams (Fazio Field), just off First Street West near the Police Station.
This one-of-a-kind event takes place in an intimate venue that transports the audience into an exotic environment with a “Year of the Tiger” theme. Fifteen aerialists, artists, dancers and musicians, who perform daily in one of Las Vegas’ best-known theatrical shows, are taking a time out from the big stage to generously donate their time and talents to present entirely original acts in an exclusive local showing that will support the programs and services offered by Pets Lifeline, Sonoma Valley’s only animal shelter.
All proceeds will benefit the shelter’s rescue efforts and community outreach programs. Tickets range from $75 to $250. For more information visit petslifeline.org/blackcattickets

Historical Society meeting
The Sonoma Valley Historical Society meeting on Friday, September 10, welcomes guest speaker June Ray. Ray, of Littleton, Colorado, will speak on Victorian design style including table settings, decor and architecture. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Depot Park Museum, one block north of the Plaza. For information, call 938-1762.
 
Sonoma/Springs Bicycle Festival
The 3rd Annual Sonoma/Springs Bicycle Festival offers an option for every level of cyclist on Saturday, September 18, at Depot Park.
The “Miles for Mentoring,” a 25-mile round-trip to Bouchaine Winery, begins at 9 a.m. The new “Extra Credit” 50k ride challenges serious riders with the addition of completing the Lovall Valley Loop. Casual riders can cruise through the 10 a.m. “Family Fun” ride, a flat 7-mile jaunt to the Gundlach Bundschu Winery and back.
The entry fee is $50 for the longer rides, $25 for the family ride and $10 for any ride for kids 12 and under. All entries include a post-race lunch and beer garden. The deadline to register is September 12. The free Bike Festival starts at the Depot Park finish line at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, entertainment, demo-bike displays and kids activities.
The event is in support of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance as well as the Sonoma Valley Bicycle Coalition and Sonoma Valley Cyclists. Find more at sonomabikefest.org or 938.1990.

Hurry for can’t-lose raffle
Here’s a chance to get your New Year’s Eve plans wrapped up before the summer’s even over win a table for eight at this year’s “Puttin’ On The Glitz” Gala, hosted by the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.
The deadline to participate has been extended to September 10.
The winning ticket holder will receive a special VIP table for 8. Raffle tickets are $100 each. Ticket to the Gala are $250 per person, or $2,000 for a table of eight
All raffle ticket purchasers (except the winner) will be able to apply their $100 raffle purchase price toward their Gala tickets, and they will receive priority access to the event. For more information call 996.6843 or visit the sonomamentoring.org.

Stewardship Workday at Montini Preserve
The Sonoma Ecology Center and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District will be facilitating a Stewardship Workday at the Montini Open Space Preserve on Saturday, September 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.
This workday is open to the public, and will be a great opportunity to experience Montini Preserve, the beautiful backdrop to the city of Sonoma. Volunteers will be flagging oak saplings and mapping them for future research, as well as picking up trash.
RSVP by Friday, September 10 to Cassandra Liu at 996.0712 ext. 104 or cassandra@sonomaecologycenter.org.
Drop-in volunteers will be welcome as space permits. Crews will meet in the parking lot adjacent to the Police Station on First St. West.

Volunteer outing at Garden Park
On Saturday, September 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Sonoma Ecology Center needs volunteers to help to sow seeds for winter restoration projects, nursery maintenance and upkeep.
All ages and skill levels are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Conditions may include getting dirty; please dress appropriately. Wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes, and bring gloves, a snack and refillable water bottle.
Space is limited and RSVP is required. Contact Cassandra Liu at 707-996-0712 x104 or Cassandra@sonomaecologycenter.org to reserve your spot. For more environmental activities, visit sonomaecologycenter.org.

Katmandu Fall Festival
The 6th Annual Katmandu Fall Festival returns to Sonoma on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Depot Park, two blocks north of Sonoma Plaza.
The festival, one of the most unique multi-cultural experiences in the Bay Area, celebrates the many cultures of Nepal, with traditional Nepalese cuisine, a marketplace featuring antiques, jewelry, clothing, art and crafts and a photo gallery of the many places and faces of Nepal.
Both days will feature ongoing live entertainment, showcasing traditional music and dance from the region, including Tibetan, Pakistani and Indian classical performances. Wine and beer will be available, along with lemonade, cookies and other light refreshments.
There is a suggested $10 donation for admission, which includes a free general raffle ticket. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Medical Aid Foundation, a non-profit organization transforming the lives of Nepalese children with congenital defects.
For more information about the festival, please contact 938-1807, or visit KatmanduFallFestival.org.

Heart of Sonoma Valley ‘Crush’
The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association (HOSVA) invites you to its 2010 Sonoma Valley Crush event as 17 wineries throughout the Sonoma Valley offer a behind-the-scenes, hands-on harvest experience September 15 through 19.
Participating wineries will offer a variety of harvest events including grape sampling in the vineyards, crush pad tours, fermentation demonstrations, winemaker lunches and dinners, and even a mozzarella making class.
Harvest events are priced separately and require booking directly with the wineries. Find the full schedule at
The five-day festival culminates with the Weekend Harvest Tasting at all 17 wineries on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. both days. The Weekend Harvest Pass is $45 per person and gives guests access to weekend activities and wine tastings.

Soroptimist lobster sale
Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley will sell live Maine lobsters at the Sonoma Chamber of Commerce front lawn, 651 Broadway, on Saturday, September 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Advance orders are necessary and must be received by September 15.
The price per lobster, flown in from Maine that morning, is $25 each. Lobsters weigh about 1.5 pounds and can be ordered live or cooked. If you prepay your order before Labor Day, September 6 the cost will be $24 per lobster. You can order by calling Kathy at 996-1033, Vicki at 938-5157 and Amanda at Grazia Bianchi Salon at 996-6002.
Proceeds from the annual lobster sale are used to support Soroptimist local projects, which include donations to youth activities and scholarships.

Hanna Boys Center tournament
The Hanna Boys Center 18th annual Golf & Tennis Classic will be held at the world famous Silverado Country Club and Resort in Napa on Friday, September 17. The event will include golf and two division tennis tournament, silent auction, raffle, hosted cocktails & dinner – all at one location in the heart of the Wine Country.
Find out more, including sponsor and volunteer opportunities, at hannacenter.org 

SDC troupe to stage ‘Mary Poppins’
The Performing Arts Company at Sonoma Developmental Center, in its annual stage production starring SDC employees and residents, will perform “Adventures with Mary Poppins” in a two-weekend run starting September 22.
“We’re really looking forward to again putting on a great show for all the folks that reside at Sonoma Developmental Center,” said Jim Tallent, committee chair and director of the play. “Hopefully, they’ll enjoy everything we do.”
The company was founded in 2005 as a way to involve the individuals who live at the Center in a meaningful theatrical experience. Anyone living at the facility is welcome to audition and is guaranteed a part in the play. The cast is comprised of approximately 30-40 singers, dancers, actors and musicians.
Open auditions began in early spring, with rehearsals held throughout the summer months. The hard work pays off with performances September 22 and 23, 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. at the SDC Gymnasium.
Since the inaugural 2005 production, of “Grease,” shows have included “The Music Man” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
Volunteers are needed for this year’s show to assist backstage, with rehearsals, props, costumes, and more. Those interested in helping out should contact Becky Zyskowski at 938.6713.

SDC troupe to stage ‘Mary Poppins’
The Performing Arts Company at Sonoma Developmental Center, in its annual stage production starring SDC employees and residents, will perform “Adventures with Mary Poppins” in a two-weekend run starting September 22.
“We’re really looking forward to again putting on a great show for all the folks that reside at Sonoma Developmental Center,” said Jim Tallent, committee chair and director of the play. “Hopefully, they’ll enjoy everything we do.”
The company was founded in 2005 as a way to involve the individuals who live at the Center in a meaningful theatrical experience. Anyone living at the facility is welcome to audition and is guaranteed a part in the play. The cast is comprised of approximately 30-40 singers, dancers, actors and musicians.
Open auditions began in early spring, with rehearsals held throughout the summer months. The hard work pays off with performances September 22 and 23, 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. at the SDC Gymnasium.
Since the inaugural 2005 production, of “Grease,” shows have included “The Music Man” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
Volunteers are needed for this year’s show to assist backstage, with rehearsals, props, costumes, and more. Those interested in helping out should contact Becky Zyskowski, Volunteer Coordinator at 938.6713.

WillMar Center volunteer training
WillMar Center invites you to make a lasting difference in the life of grieving kids by becoming a volunteer. The center will hold its annual training for Peer Support Group Volunteers on Friday, September 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The great thing about WillMar’s training is that it is so practical,” says Patti Cawood, the executive director. “This training is a fun, hands-on process that enhances the volunteers’ innate skills while learning to support grieving children.”
Pre-registration, pre-training and post-training interviews are required. For more information or to request an interview, please call Barbara Cullen, Program Director, at 935-1946, or email her at barbara@willmarcenter.org.
Founded in 2000, WillMar Center for Bereaved Children’s mission is to provide a safe, healing environment and compassionate support to children and teens grieving the death of a parent, caregiver, family member or friend through illness, accident, suicide or homicide.

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Since 1897 the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival has been celebrating the Sonoma Valley’s bounty, community, and local culture. California’s second oldest festival (to the Pasadena Rose Parade), this Sonoma tradition takes place September 24-26 on and around the Plaza.
This year’s theme is “Vintages of our Past, Flavoring the Future.”
The events kick off on Friday evening inside the walls of the Barracks with the Patrons’ Night Gala, with food, wine and dancing to Pride and Joy.
Saturday morning starts off the weekend festivities in the plaza with the Blessing of the Grapes, a long-standing tradition of the festival, followed by a reenactment of the raising of the California Bear Flag, and the famous Grape Stomp competition. Sunday brings the annual Vintage 5K Run-Walk, this year with the inaugural Tiny Tracks race for kids, followed by the Wedding of General Vallejo’s Daughters reenactment, the popular Vintage Festival Parade and two stages with live music throughout the day. running throughout the festival.
Get the complete schedule at sonomavinfest.org

B.R. Cohn Music Festival
Another weekend packed with old-school rock is booked for the 24th Annual B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10.
Performing at the winery’s amphitheatre for the first time will be Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, Night Ranger, Grand Funk Railroad, War, Loverboy and Greg Kihn Band. Returning to the wine country gig are event favorites the Turtles, Lara Johnston and the Eyewitness Blues Band. 
Saturday’s special guest headliner will be announced September 16.
“Coming off of our record setting proceeds from last year we can’t wait to see what this year will bring”, said Cohn.
Over the years Cohn has been able to raise over five million dollars for various local and national charities including national veteran’s organizations. This year the events benefit American Legion Post 489, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Little Kids Rock, Sonoma Jazz + Music in Education and Salvation Army.
            Tickets are $95 and are on sale now at brcohn.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Special two-day tickets are $160, and VIP seats at $325 include food and beverage service. The direct concert line is 931-7927.
In addition, Cohn’s annual Celebrity Golf Classic will be held at the Sonoma Golf Club on Monday, October 11. Back by popular demand, one of America’s top chefs, Bradley Ogden, will return as guest chef to prepare this year’s world-class dinner paired with B.R. Cohn wines and provide a dinner auction lot for bidding. Last year enthusiastic bidders at the auction bid on trips, music memorabilia, large format wine bottles and other rare wines along with wine dinners including two dinners for twelve at Bruce Cohn’s home by culinary greats Ogden and Thomas. For more of the golf tournament, dinner and auction visit brcohn.com.


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