Community news in Sonoma County towns
By towns correspondents | Aug 19, 2016

CLOVERDALE: Citizenship class

Catholic Charities is offering free citizenship classes in English from 8 to 9 p.m. on Mon., Aug. 22, at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Drive.

Classes are designed for those who have applied or are planning to apply to become U.S. citizens. Class content will include lessons on U.S. history and civics questions, practice for the interview with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and helping students improve their English skills.

To reserve a space, call Catholic Charities Immigration Services at 578-6000.


CLOVERDALE: Havana Nights returns

Tickets are now on sale for the Cloverdale Arts Alliance’s 2nd annual Havana Nights benefit taking place from 6 to 11 p.m. on sat., Sept. 24 at the Cloverdale citrus Fair, 1 Citrus Fair Drive.

According the CAA Executive Director Mark Tharrington, this year’s event will transport attendees to the Prohibition years.

“We will transform the Citrus Fairgrounds into a 1920’s Havana hangout for gangsters, rumrunners and flappers, with a speakeasy ambience and casino fun,” he said.

In addition to casino games, the Cuban-themed gala will feature Caribbean food by El Coqui and an open bar, offering wine, beer and cocktails. There will be a live and silent auction, and salsa dancing to the Carlos Ramirez Quartet playing Cuban style Son, Timba, Bolero and Rumba.

Individual tickets are $150 per person. VIP tables for eight are also available.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


HEALDSBURG: ‘Dinner in the Vineyard’

North Sonoma County Services Executive Director Colleen Carmichael announced the agency’s biggest fundraiser, the Fifteenth Annual Dinner in the Vineyard, will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 27 at the Alexander Valley Hall, 5512 Highway 128, Geyserville.

The event includes wine tasting, dinner, silent and live auctions, as well as live music by Maikel Garcia, a well-known jazz saxophonist. The venue is handicapped accessible.

North Sonoma County Services focuses on transitional housing, rent stabilization and homeless outreach in northern Sonoma County. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase used portable classrooms to house the homeless, as well as to add to their rent stabilization fund.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at For more information about table sponsorships or other donations call 707-331-0694 or 707-799-5177.


HEALDSBURG: Fish habitat and water workshop

An “Upper River Public Workshop,” hosted by the Sonoma County Water Agency to provide information and seek public comment on the proposed Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project, will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 22, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 205 W. First St.

The objective of the proposed project is to manage Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma water supply releases to provide instream flows that will improve habitat for threatened and endangered fish, while updating the Water Agency’s existing water rights to reflect current conditions.

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OCCIDENTAL: ‘Last of the Red Hot Tenants’

In 1980s Manhattan, when developers tried to demolish Jean Herman’s rent controlled apartment to build a 31-story high rise, she fought back.

“Last of the Red Hot Tenants,” a new one-woman show premiering at the Occidental Center for the Arts, portrays what she did, why she did it, and how it all worked out.

Written and performed by Lois Pearlman, and directed by Diana Grogg, the play is based on the true saga of housing heroine M. Jean Herman.

Performance is 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court. Admission is $10.

For more information please call 494-9127.


SONOMA VALLEY: Urban Refind opens

Time-worn treasures for the home and garden are stocked within Sonoma Valley’s newest retail store, Urban Refind.

Owners Leslie Boutell and Simon Purshouse will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the shop, 17503 Highway 12, Sonoma.

Located in The Springs area of the valley, Urban Refind offers vintage items, antiques and eclectic décor, from rusted watering cans and primitive dough bowls to touched-up tables and chairs.

The business grew from the couple’s Good Riddance Hauling service, where they discovered one-of-a-kind curiosities buried deep within garages, junk piles and hoarders’ homes they were hired to clean up and clear out.

Urban Refind is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

For more information, call 343-7413 or visit

Time-worn treasures for the home and garden are stocked within Sonoma Valley’s newest retail store, Urban Refind. (URBAN REFIND)