New winery, job fair, warehouse sale and more

New winery permission sought: Stone Edge Farm is seeking permission to open Silver Cloud Winery - a new 2,000-case winery within existing buildings, tasting by appointment only, and a handful of 50-person or fewer events a year at 5700 Cavedale Road in Glen Ellen. The 160-acre property at the base of Sonoma Mountain was acquired by Mac and Leslie McQuown in 1995. The space would be designed and constructed by Steve Martin Associates. The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Appeals staff report recommends the BZA deny the application due to wildfire concerns in the area.

SilverCloud BZA Staff Report with Attachments.pdf

Job fair: Sonoma County Job Connections is hosting a free, virtual job fair May 17 to 21 with more than a dozen Sonoma County employers, including the County of Sonoma, Sequoia Senior Solutions, The Mentor Network and E. & J. Gallo Winery. Visit to participate.

Flying away: After five years as airport attendant, assistant airport manager and as airport manager, Sonoma Skypark manager Colin Traynor’s last day is May 15. He started by flying with Skypark pilots as a Young Eagle and went on to earn his private pilot license as well as his instrument pilot rating. Interviews are being conducted now for a replacement. Public flights and the Young Eagles program are on hold but airport staff expects them to resume shortly. 21870 Eighth St. E.

Warehouse sale: Fletcher Rhodes Interior Design is hosting a warehouse sale from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 14 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 15. On Saturday, it will feature local vendors and pop-up goods will also be sold. 1620 Carneros Meadows Lane, Suite No. 2, off Eighth Street East, in the back lot of the building. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Mentoring Alliance of Sonoma.

People’s Choice: Nominations for the Sonoma Valley People’s Choice Awards are now open, with more than 100 categories from auto mechanic to winery with a view. Visit to vote for up to five nominees per category. Be sure to check your email and verify your vote, so the nominations count. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on Sunday, May 30.

New hire: Tommy Plume has been named as the city’s Public Works Streets Supervisor, responsible for the team that maintains and repairs city streets, signs, storm drains and more. Plume has been with the city’s Public Works Department since 2017 and has lived and worked in Sonoma Valley for many years.

Name change: Sustainable Sonoma is seeking community input on a proposed name change. Take its survey at

New career: Transcendence co-founder/former executive director Stephan Stubbins has embarked on a new career as a life and leadership coach. “As a performer, I’ve always loved transforming the energy of the people I care about. As a coach, I’ve discovered I can amplify the impact of that energy 100 times,” says Stubbins. “There’s nothing more fulfilling than making a positive difference in the life of another, especially when it can change the course of an entire lifetime.”

Bike swag: Bike to Wherever Day 2021 will be celebrated in many ways including the handing out of swag bags starting May 17 at a half-dozen county locations including Operation Bicycle in Sonoma, 207 Nino Marco Square, on Sonoma Highway.

Economic development in Sonoma: 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin has filmed a virtual Corridor Walk to discuss economic development projects and updates in Sonoma Valley. Watch the recording on YouTube at

Board: The Glen Ellen Forum’s board now consists of Amanda Shone as board president and Melissa Dowling as vice president. Katie Everidge was elected secretary. Dave Shefferman remains as treasurer. Pat Carlin, Bean Anderson, Alice Horowitz, Bettina Sichel, Debbie Lammers, Nancy Padian and Rob Schermeister are also on the board.

Honor: The Glen Ellen and Kenwood Rotary Club awarded its “Vocational Award” to Cliff Casolla of Marshall’s Body Shop in Glen Ellen. The Rotary Club chooses one candidate from the local business community to honor each year with a $500 gift.

Anna Pope and Kevin Holt.
Anna Pope and Kevin Holt.

Donation: Bartholomew Estate Winery, in celebration of its second anniversary, is launching the inaugural release of Bart’s Calling cabernet sauvignon. The wine was inspired by Frank “Bart” and Antonia Bartholomew, founders of Bartholomew Park. The winery says $5 from the sale of each bottle will be donated to the Sonoma Community Center to support the center’s scholarship program.

26850 Ramal Road.
26850 Ramal Road.

Vineyard land: The 331-acre parcel at 26850 Ramal Road was first listed for sale for $28.5 million and the price is now $20 million. Known as Carneros Vista Vineyard, the property borders Napa and Sonoma counties. The listing says it would make a great winery compound, equestrian center or an “exclusive villa building site.”

Resuming services: After a year-long closure, Cancer Support Sonoma has reopened for in-person, hands-on services. Sonoma Valley’s only clinic providing complementary and integrative therapies for people undergoing treatment for cancer offers acupuncture, oncology and therapeutic massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu, naturopathic medicine and counseling. Call the Cancer Support patient navigator at 509-3549 to schedule an appointment. 246 Perkins St.

Population loss: For the first time in recent history, California lost more residents than it gained in 2020. The population estimate comes from a number of sources, including birth and death counts, the number of new driver's licenses and address changes, school enrollments and federal tax returns. A recent PPIC analysis of census data showed people moving to California make more money and had higher education levels than people who moved out.

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