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Business Beat: 12/01/2016

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Comedy and bingo unite

Laugh. Play bingo. Drink wine. Repeat. Stand up comedy and bingo unite during “Laugh Your Bingo Off!” at the Deerfield Ranch Wine Cave in Kenwood, hosted by Crushers of Comedy. Los Angeles-based standup comedian Atsuko Okatsuka serves as bingo caller and comic for the event, starting at 7 p.m., Dec. 2. Okatsuka moved from Japan to the U.S. as a child and pursued a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, but found her true calling making others laugh when she went on stage to share her thoughts on life and the world. Okatsuka has opened for Margaret Cho and was awarded a special jury mention for her performance in Littlerock at the 2010 BendFilm Festival.

Tickets are $20 and include three bingo cards per game. Bingo daubers are $1 or bring your own. Win fun prizes like restaurant gift certificates, wine, and spa treatments. Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Please no outside food or drink.

Snacks available for purchase – popcorn, chips, sweets and more.

Deerfield is located at 10200 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. For more information go to

French artist debuts in Glen Ellen

man next to dog sculpture
Sculptor Cyrille André with “Grand Chien”, polyester resin, and “Molosse”, cast aluminum.
French artist Cyrille André’s sculptures include an impressive range of works in wood, resin, fur over resin, bronze and aluminum, from the 10-inch-tall cast bronze “Guetteur” to the 12-foot-tall “Les Yeux du Ciel,” in polyester resin and cast aluminum, but he is best known for his large-scale – up to 15 feet tall – figures in slick black or white polyester resin. “My work is shaped by current events,” said André, in a recent interview during a visit to his studio in Marseille, France, by Sculpturesite Gallery’s owners Brigitte Micmacker and John Denning. “My sculptures reflect our society and may evoke difficult subjects, such as solitude, suffering or the passage from life to death. But even when they are colossal, they are always benevolent.”

André’s work is on display this month at Sculpturesite Gallery, with an exclusive online exhibition and two smaller bronzes on display at the gallery in Glen Ellen. This is André’s first time being represented by a U.S. gallery, although he has been shown at major American international art fairs in Miami and Chicago. There will be a reception on Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m. at the gallery.

Sculpturesite is located in Jack London Village at 14301 Arnold Dr.

Holiday Marketplace at Flatbed Farm

Flatbed Farm’s farm stand is hosting a “Holiday Marketplace” during its regular Sunday dates in December, as well as special hours on Christmas Eve. Flatbed Farm will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 4, 11, and 18, and Saturday, Dec. 24.

Regular farm stand produce, eggs, herbs, and pantry items will be available, as well as special holiday-themed items like cranberry Merlot sauce, pumpkin butter, persimmon apple butter and pumpkin bread. There will also be holiday greenery, flowers, ornaments, and a new line of bath salts on offer.

Additionally, Flatbed is featuring products from other local artists and artisans, including granola, ceramic wall art from Kala Stein, rooster paintings by Patricia Oji, and art cards by various artists.

Flatbed Farm is located at 13450 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen.

Glen Ellen woman teaches Laughter Yoga

Glen Ellen resident Judy Mikeska is teaching Laughter Yoga on Wednesday mornings at the Finnish American Home Association’s Heritage Hall, 197 W. Verano Ave. in Sonoma.

In December, classes start at 9 a.m. (no class Dec. 28), and in January the fun starts at 9:30 a.m.

The class is offered by the Santa Rosa Junior College Older Adults program, and is free. The classes are tailored for seniors, but there is no age limit.

Laughter Yoga uses special guided techniques that work the mind and emotions. It is a complete wellbeing session for health, stress reduction, creativity, and team building.

To register, go to, or sign up directly by going to the class. For more information, you can call the SRJC Older Adults Program at 527-4533, or call Judy at 334-8494.

Local author pens new mystery

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Glen Ellen author Jet Eliot has recently released her latest mystery novel, Golden Gate Graveyard. Set in San Francisco, the story is a lively mystery adventure laced with the city’s history and lore. Eliot writes mystery novels set in exotic places, highlighting culture and wildlife. Golden Gate Graveyard is the second book in her Anne Lamington mystery series. Available in paperback ($20) and e-book ($6.99) through her website and all major online retailers.

For more information visit

Olive oil supports programs for youth

Looking for a thoughtful holiday gift? Kenwood-based equine experiential organization Belos Cavalos is selling its own olive oil, perfect for salad dressings, pasta sauces, or simply enjoying with a loaf of bread. When you purchase Belos Cavalos organic olive oil, your tax deductible donation contributes to the Trauma-Informed Equine Experiential Program with the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home. A large bottle costs $20 or a case of 12 bottles is $200 (that’s a $40 discount). Also, Belos Cavalos will be hosting a holiday open house on Dec. 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Enjoy hot cocoa in the barn, take photos with the horses and pick up your holiday olive oil. Contact to reserve your olive oil today.

Belos Cavalos is located at 687 Campagna Lane, Kenwood.

Full speed food drive at Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway is at full speed this holiday season, distributing more than 1,600 pounds of non-perishable food to Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.) and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank following the raceway’s 16th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The 1,632 pound donation brings the raceway’s 16-year total to nearly 34 tons of non-perishable food items for area food banks. In addition, the raceway also collected $635 in cash donations for F.I.S.H..

“This is a sizable help. The Boy Scouts gave another large donation, so we really feel the community support,” said Louise Bielfelt, who has volunteered for F.I.S.H. since 1970. “We have just as much need as last year, and we’re looking to fill 400 Christmas boxes for Sonoma families.”

Sonoma Raceway was not alone in its efforts. It was joined in the food drive by RKA Motorcycle Luggage in Windsor, Innerstave, Falck/verihealth Inc., Levy Restaurants, the National Auto Sport Association, Sonoma Drift and Wednesday Night Drags participants and spectators, Pedroncelli Motorsports/Pedroncelli Mobile Bottling LLC, Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets, Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market.

F.I.S.H. ( has been helping Sonoma Valley residents in need since 1970 and provides not only food, but clothing, transportation and emergency rental assistance. Much of the food collected from the food drive will be used for Christmas food baskets for hundreds of Sonoma Valley residents.

For more information about Sonoma Raceway community events, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit

Holiday trunk show

Urban Refind will host a Champagne Holiday Soiree on Dec. 17, 4-7 p.m., featuring local artists Sue Albano of Lucia Blu jewelry, photographer Susan Loesch, KD McComb of Dancing Mama Boutique and Kari Wishingrad of Crochet by Kari.

Urban Refind is located at 17503 Sonoma Hwy. in Boyes Hot Springs.

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