NASCAR banquet and ‘Cars 3’
Racing legend Richard Petty, Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter of Glen Ellen, and NASCAR Grand Marshal Cristela Alonzo and former crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham, will headline the annual NASCAR Grand Marshal’s Banquet at Cline Cellars on Friday, June 23.
The dinner, which is benefits the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, is held each year as part of the NASCAR Cup Series weekend. The evening will offer a three-course dinner from Elaine Bell Catering, plus a fun panel featuring three of the voices from the “Cars 3,” which debuts in theaters tonight, Friday, June 16.
The dinner is the largest annual fundraiser for the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, which has distributed over $5.5 million to Sonoma County youth organizations since 2001, including the Sonoma Valley Boys & Girls Club, the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, and the Sonoma School Garden Project.
Dress code for the gala is Sonoma formal — clean jeans. Tables for 10 guests are $2,500. Reserve at cplattner@SonomaRaceway.com.
Vino La Luz fiesta coming to Robledo Winery
Check out a fiesta with La Luz Center and Robledo Family Winery on Saturday, July 1, featuring Robledo’s finest wines, tacos according to Maria Robledo’s recipes, live Los Jiros Mariachi music, and dancing outside to a fun and lively DJ. All of this will be at Robledo.
All event proceeds go toward immigration programs and support at La Luz Center. Tickets include entry, food, and wine. $40 advance. $50 at door, 21 plus only. Doors open 5:45 p.m. Mariachi Los Jiros 6 to 8 p.m., dancing 8 to 9 p.m. with a DJ. 2190 Bonness Road, Sonoma. For more info contact Angie Sanchez at 938-5131, ext. 113 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sondra Bernstein receives award
Sondra Bernstein was awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rhone Rangers.
Bernstein’s mother Janet and “little brother” Eddie flew across the country to be with her for this honor at a luncheon and live auction before a grand tasting of 69 wineries’ Rhone or Rhone-style wines.
According to Bernstein, the live auction featured large format bottles, unique wine experiences, and special dinners only available at the Rhone Rangers auction.
In an email she said, “They gave me a beautiful engraved decanter. The room was filled with about 80 different winemakers that were pouring for the event. And as always, we were serving our duck cassoulet!”
La Luz-Benziger-Imagery CSA
Beginning June 28, La Luz Center and Benziger Winery will launch their “Mercadito,” a summer Community Sponsored Agriculture Program.
Benziger vineyard workers will provide 12 weeks of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers all locally cultivated on the Imagery Winery property and donated to La Luz for a fundraiser.
La Luz volunteers will assemble the weekly bounty for Wednesday pick up at La Luz Center from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Subscriptions are $350 for 12 weeks from June 28 to Aug. 28, with a limit of 30 total subscriptions. You can also sponsor a La Luz family with a subscription or you may designate a friend or family to pick up your allocation when you are away. Proceeds will support La Luz’s community health programs. For more information or to sign up email Sharon@laluzcenter.org.