Sometimes kindness is as easy as duck soup. That’s the way it was last month at Vintage House, when philanthropy was simmering along with the summer squash at the senior center’s new Soups for Seniors lunch program – a partnership between Vintage House, Sweetwater Spectrum and FISH in which 100 pounds of veggies from the Sweetwater garden are cooked into a hearty soup by chef Taylor Hale and served Fridays to all seniors at the center. A recent grant to Sweetwater from the Sonoma Valley Rotary helped make the program happen.

On Aug. 17, Barbie Hoffman, of the Native Sons of the Golden West, stopped by to donate a $400 check to the program along with a promise that additional checks would be forthcoming if they were needed to keep the program going. Now that’s what we call a bowl of sumpin’ good.

While we in the Glass Empty Department won’t miss being asked by Whole Foods clerks if we’re eligible for the Tuesday senior discount – not yet, thank you very much! – plenty of Valley shoppers are upset that the West Napa Street outlet announced this week it was ending its 12-percent-off deal for “seasoned” customers at the end of the month, bringing the Sonoma franchise in line with most of its other markets. The news isn’t sitting well with several readers who emailed the I-T fearful that Sonoma Market, which offers 10-percent off on Tuesdays, “would be next.” But sleep easy local seniors, assures reader George Thompson. “I just heard from Cody, the manager of Sonoma Market,” write Thompson. “He says they are going to continue this policy -- so fear not, people. If you need a Tuesday grocery store discount - Sonoma Market will be there for you.”

And, for what it’s worth, chimes in Marilyn Armstrong, “Taco Bell has free drinks for seniors! Actually, the cost is one cent.” Bottoms up, Sonoma.

Jason Walsh