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ETC Artistic Director Cat Austin and ETC Producer James Wood presented the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation board with a check for $5,200 from the proceeds from opening night of “The Full Monty.” Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

‘Full Monty’ donation

ETC Artistic Director Cat Austin and ETC Producer James Wood presented the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation board with a check for $5,200 from the proceeds from opening night of “The Full Monty.”

Krave, Davis fundraiser Saturday

Krave and San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis are teaming up for a fundraiser for the Vernon Davis Foundation from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Imagery Winery, 14335 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

Readers’ Theatre stages ‘Chinese Coffee’

A staged reading of “Chinese Coffee,” a play by Ira Lewis, will be presented in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16, by Sonoma Readers’ Theatre as part of the Sonoma Theatre Alliance’s Sonoma Nights Showcase series.

Union Bank celebrates 150 years

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., was founded as The Bank of California on July 5, 1864, by financier William Chapman Ralston and was the West’s first incorporated commercial bank. Last Saturday, the bank that financed many aspects of the mining industry through California’s Gold Rush years, and handled more gold bullion than any other private institution in the United States, turned 150 years old.

Rita Viola (Senteno) Casias

Rita Viola (Senteno) Casias

Rita Viola (Senteno) Casias, Sonoma resident, died peacefully on May 10 – just four days before her 88th birthday – in Napa, following a persistent illness.

Ryan Lind Gabel

Ryan Lind Gabel

Longtime San Francisco resident, Ryan Lind Gabel, 48, died peacefully in his Sonoma home, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, after a valiant two-year battle with brain cancer.

Josephine L. Hardister

Josephine L. Hardister

Josephine L. Hardister, born Aug. 27, 1923 in San Francisco, died peacefully on June 23, 2014, at the age of 90.

UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE of a California Highway Patrol officer, youngsters at the Sonoma Charter School practice bicycle safety during a recent bicycle rodeo at the school. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

City sponsors bike training class

The City of Sonoma is sponsoring a free one-day bicycle-training event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, featuring Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s Bicycling Family Workshop.

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Coast-to-coast in a rolling closet

People have asked us, “So, are you driving an RV, pulling an Air Stream or driving a big tour bus? ”We respond, “No, we are driving our Ford Escape and using it as our rolling closet.”

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A Norman Rockwell moment

It is hard to believe you could go to an event in Sonoma that actually cost less than $5 at the gate. Growing up in Upstate New York, our family of seven boys and one girl was immersed in baseball our entire childhood summers.

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July 4 gridlock OK, Raceway gridlock not?

I am surprised that, by Marilyn Goode’s logic in her July 4 Valley Forum opinion (“Sonoma Raceway – noise, air and light pollution”) – in which she states, “If you are concerned about the increased traffic and gridlock in and out of our Valley, or the eventual need of more roads and freeways, you may wish to weigh the value of more traffic over clean air, less noise and peace and quiet.”

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Perspective, kindness for Montini dogs

Our country is on the verge of war, the planet itself is in trouble, 50,000 children have crossed our border, and we are yelling, with stunning rage, about DOGS.

FESTIVITIES AT THE RECENT Toyota/Save Mart 350 raised more than $210,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

NASCAR raises $210K for charities

More than $210,000 was raised for local charity groups during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 20 to 22.

Krave, Davis team up for art

Krave and San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis are teaming up for a fundraiser for the Vernon Davis Foundation from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Imagery Winery, 14335 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District eyes hazard plan remarks

The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (SVCSD) is one of two county sanitation districts that will seek public comment in July on hazard mitigation planning efforts to increase the reliability of sanitation facilities during natural disasters, such as an earthquake. The other district is the Russian River County Sanitation District.

 
 

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