A closing and an opening: The restaurant next to McDonalds (18976 Sonoma Highway) that formerly housed Mission Viejo and most recently Taqueria y Torteria Timilpan will soon be an entirely new Mexican restaurant, called Las Palmas Ranch. The new owner hopes to open by as early as the end of January. More to follow.
State of the County: The Sonoma County Economic Development Board is hosting its 2018 State of the County: Annual Report to the Community from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 at the DoubleTree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park. This event typically sells out in advance.
Chamber lunch: The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a luncheon honoring “Women Leaders in the Face of Disaster” on Thursday, Feb. 1. A panel of local women leaders who led the community through the October fires will be honored. The event is from 12:45 to 2 p.m. at Ramekins.
Name change: Oakmont’s First Community Bank has changed its name to Poppy Bank. The bank was organized by nine prominent business leaders in 2004 and now has grown to nine branches in several counties with two more branches opening in the next few months in Windsor and Menlo Park. For every year it has been in business, its employees have voted to earn it a “Best Places to Work” award in the North Bay. poppy.bank
Cannabis sponsors: SPARC has broken new ground in the advancement of cannabis culture by stepping forward as an official Cannabis Sponsor for SF Sketchfest, a two-week comedy festival featuring 200 shows at 15 venues across San Francisco on Jan. 11-28. SPARC will be onsite with tables, knowledgeable ambassadors and 420-positive swag.
Redwood is hiring: Redwood Credit Union is hosting a career fair on Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3033 Cleveland Ave., in Santa Rosa. The fair will be focused on hiring new staff for all member service positions, including opportunities for those looking to make a change from hospitality, retail or other service-related industries. Interested applicants can review current openings at redwoodcu.org/careers and schedule an appointement or apply online.
Decluttering: On Sunday, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Plain Jane’s Consignment Store is hosting a decluttering workshop with professional organizer Kari Wishingrad. Organizing questions will be addressed and refreshments will be served. Cost is $10, in advance. To register, call 939-7875. 18495 Sonoma Highway.
Kunde news: Sonoma County’s Design Review Commission reviewed Kunde Estate Winery’s proposed 5,776-square-foot barrel building and large covered patios. Direct questions about the project to county planner Scott Orr, Scott.Orr@sonoma.county.org.
Change at Readers: Readers’ Books is tidying up and rearranging some parts of the store. Owner Jude Weinberger announced that they will no longer sell audio books or used children’s books. And, as of press time, both were 50 percent off and calendars were 25 percent off.
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