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Gabriel Holbrow wades in Calabazas Creek on Tuesday – a creek that was almost dry until the earthquake on Aug. 24. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Quake shakes water free in Valley creeks

Bone-dry creek beds flowing off the Mayacamas range, as well as from Sonoma Mountain, sprang back to life in Sonoma Valley last week, following the 6.0, Aug. 24 earthquake that rocked Napa.

QUAKE SURVIVORS – Buena Vista’s director of retail operations Tom Blackwood (left) and winery owner Jean-Charles Boisset in front of the historic cellar building that survived the 6.0 quake with no structural damage. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

How Buena Vista survived the quake

In the early morning of Aug. 24, seconds after the 6.0 earthquake shook Napa into flames and rubble, winery owner Jean-Charles Boisset sat up in bed, clutched his wife Gina Gallo and their twin daughters, confirmed they were all safe, and then, he later said, “The first thing I thought about was Buena Vista.”

Jonathan and Alysa Rotella were the winners of the first auction lot as last Sunday's Harvest Wine Auction. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Giving mood, out-of-towners stimulated record Wine Auction

It was already known that the sixth Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction shattered all previous fundraising records. But now the full extent of last weekend’s success is becoming clearer, with a flurry of six-figure donations – some from out-of-state vintners – helping organizers hit the $4 million mark.

Fire personnel with the Schell-Vista Fire Protection District pose with the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup last Sunday. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

A visit with the Stanley Cup

Fire personnel with the Schell-Vista Fire Protection District pose with the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup last Sunday.

Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse helped Redwood Credit Union’s President and CEO Brett Martinez and Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce interim Director Chip Allen cut the ribbon Aug. 28 on the credit union’s new home in the Valley Mart Shopping Center, 500 Fifth St. W. The credit union was in the shopping center, but moved to a larger space. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Redwood Credit Union’s new home

Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse helped Redwood Credit Union’s President and CEO Brett Martinez and Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce interim Director Chip Allen cut the ribbon Aug. 28 on the credit union’s new home in the Valley Mart Shopping Center, 500 Fifth St. W. The credit union was in the shopping center, but moved to a larger space.

Rotary takes lead in Freedom Day USA

On Sept. 11, businesses across the United States will join in the second annual Freedom Day USA event, a national “thank you” movement for the members of the U.S. military, veterans and their immediate families.

Sonoma Valley Hospital hosts balance classes

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Hand and Physical Therapy Clinic will continue its Balance Classes this fall, designed to help seniors concerned about falling, develop improved balance and confidence as they go about their daily activities.

Broadcast journalist will give a series of talks at Vintage House senior center. The first talk is set for Thursday, Sept. 11. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Lynne Joiner talks focus on China, world of TV news

Vintage House senior center joins with Sonoma resident Lynne Joiner to present a series of talks titled, “Joiner’s Journeys: Visits to the weird world of television news and other exotic places.”

Retired Gen. Tony Zinni will talk about US foreign policy as part of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance Speaker Series on Friday, Sept. 19.

Gen. Zinni discusses US foreign policy

Tickets are still available for the next in the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance Speaker Series on Friday, Sept. 19, featuring Gen. Tony Zinni (Ret.), who will discuss American foreign policy.

PIXAR’S JOHN LASSETER and Café La Haye owner Saul Gropman celebrate a winning auction lot for dinner at Gropman’s popular Sonoma restaurant. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction raises record $4 million

The Great Recession may not be over for everyone, but members of the aristocracy of wine demonstrated with their auction paddles that good times are here again, raising $4 million at the annual Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction.

EL VERANO’S Dave Neubacher, Adele Harrison’s Kathy Eschleman and Sonoma Valley High’s Andy Gibson have been named Teachers of the Year and will be honored at the Red and White Ball on Saturday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Teachers of the Year to be honored at Saturday’s Red & White Ball

Before heading off for the next chapter in their lives, each member of Sonoma Valley High School’s class of 2014 was asked to reflect on their education and to choose a favorite elementary, middle and high school teacher. For the first time, the three teachers with the most votes, at each level of schooling, will be honored at the Sonoma Valley Education Foundations’ Red & White Ball on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Sonoma City Council to discuss housing, Montini, raising minimum wage

A two-part meeting of the Sonoma City Council this Wednesday includes a brief study session on the city’s housing element, followed by the next in a many-part discussion on allowing dogs in Montini Preserve and – last but not least – a discussion on raising the minimum wage within city limits.

Spectators surrounded the zucchini races at last Tuesday’s farmers market on the Plaza. They were treated to races as more than 50 zucchini-based racing vehicles took their turns on the incline. The zukes ranged from small to huge. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Watching the zooming zukes

Spectators surrounded the zucchini races at last Tuesday’s farmers market on the Plaza. They were treated to races as more than 50 zucchini-based racing vehicles took their turns on the incline. The zukes ranged from small to huge.

Girl Scout information sessions set Sept. 7, 10

Sonoma Girl Scouts are hosting two information events for parents and girls to learn more about starting or joining a Girl Scout troop, and the fun opportunities available through scouting. Anyone interested in volunteering with Girl Scouting is also welcome to attend these events.

A USGS map of the major faults in the Bay Area.

Next Valley earthquake – not if, but when

Along with the upside of world-class wineries, a robust cuisine culture and Sonoma’s location at the birthplace of the Bear Republic, Valley residents have learned to live with the downside: They’re riding along a strike slip fault zone of two of the planet’s major plates that are moving in opposite directions.

PHYLLIS CARTER has been driving for FISH, Friends In Sonoma Helping, for 25 years. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

FISH in dire need of drivers

Twenty-four years ago, FISH (Friends In Sonoma Helping), had 27 drivers handling as many as 50 calls a month from people who had medical appointments.

Plastic bag ban takes effect Monday

Hailing “an important new ordinance that will help reduce landfill,” the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency is reminding everyone that Monday, Sept. 1, is when the much-debated countywide ban on plastic bags finally takes effect.

Wineries: Business as usual

Four days after the worst earthquake in the Bay Area in 25 years, wineries have spruced things up and are open for business.

City of Sonoma Plans Examiner Joe Burroughs is one of two City of Sonoma employees who helped with building assessments in quake-ravaged Napa this week.

City aids Napa with building safety inspections

Following the recent earthquake that caused more than an estimated $300 million in structural damage in Napa, the City of Sonoma Building Department sent two-thirds of its staff to the City of Napa for assistance with earthquake safety assessments.