🌱 Firefighters To The Rescue + Wine Ed Courses + Weekend Events

Hello, my people! It's me, Simone, your host of the Healdsburg Daily, sliding into your inbox this beautiful Friday to impart all the local knowledge that's fit to print. Looks like we made it through a week of freezing-cold nights, and are gonna be rewarded with some warmer weather ahead. Wish some more rain would slip in there, though...


First, your weekend weather:

  • Friday: Mostly sunny. High: 61 Low: 30.

  • Saturday: Mix of sun and clouds. High: 60 Low: 39.

  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy but heating up. High: 66 Low: 40.

  • Monday: Partly sunny and very warm. High: 69 Low: 44.


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Air over Healdsburg:

This is what the air over Healdsburg looks like today. (Photo courtesy of Holly Wilson)
This is what the air over Healdsburg looks like today. (Photo courtesy of Holly Wilson)

Here are the top 3 stories in Healdsburg today:

  1. There's another prescribed burn today at 6255 Dry Creek Road, out near the Chateau Diana, Sommer Ranches and Truett Hurst wineries. It's being overseen by the Northern Sonoma County Fire District, which protects most of the land surrounding Healdsburg proper. "This 6 acre burn builds off the 10 acre burn we did on February 15, 2022," district officials say. "These burns along with fuel reduction work done by the property owners will go a long way to creating a shaded fuel break that could stop or slow a vegetation fire along the eastern edge of the Dry Creek Valley." And according to the PD: "Fire personnel will start the prescribed burn around 10 a.m. and end around 2:30 p.m. Crews will continue to monitor the blaze for several hours after as well Saturday, according to Firefighter Intern Joseph Young. 'Smoke could be visible one to two days after, but it will die down as we continue to mop up,' Young said." (Facebook & Press Democrat; paywall)

  2. Healdsburg native Joseph Guadagni passed away earlier this week at the age of 80. He was a six-year National Guard veteran turned local entrepreneur and rancher. Around the year 1970, Joe and his brother, Don, "started their manufacturing business, Guadagni Bros. Welding, in the Dry Creek Valley," his obituary says. "He and Don also continued the tradition of farming their family's vineyard property with their father, Fred. Joe loved his family and his ranch." And "when he wasn't working, you could find him tending to his garden or in his kitchen making raviolis for family dinners." Joe's service will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Matheson a couple Saturdays from now, at 10 a.m. on March 5 — followed by a "reception in his honor at the Geyserville Oriental Community Hall." (Legacy.com)

  3. There's a new wine education startup operating out of the Bacchus Landing tasting collective off Westside Road, on the way out of town. It's called Odyssey Wine Academy, and it's a project of Healdsburg resident and Medlock Ames Winery president Julie Rothberg. The academy currently gears their wine education courses toward "people who work in hospitality, wineries, restaurants or hotels who would want to talk about wine in more detail" — but Rothberg says she's also interested in offering them to "people in the community" who want to "have a level of certification and wine knowledge" and tourists who want to add a "part-day course and certification to their long weekend in wine country." She also tells the Trib she "wants to offer courses in Spanish through a scholarship fund to vineyard and cellar workers... as a way to provide greater wine education to that population." You can check out the academy's course schedule on their website. (SoCoNews Healdsburg & Odyssey Wine Academy)


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Healdsburg pic of the day:

Healdsburg resident Carol Novak took this pic of three Healdsburg firefighters who came to her rescue this week. "After my Aqua aerobics class at Parkpoint, my car went capute at dangerous spot at the intersection onto Grove St.," she says. "They pulled up behind me prepared to go back to the station, but saw my problem and asked if they could help. I, of course, said yes. One replaced me in the driver’s seat, the chief and two more men then pushed my car back to a safe area where I could then call AAA. Whew!" (Photo courtesy of Carol Novak)

This weekend in Healdsburg:

Friday, February 25

  • Pajama Pancake Breakfast With First Responders at Pacifica Senior Living Community (8-10AM)

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Alliance Medical Center (8:30-11:30 AM, 1-4:30 PM)

  • Healdsburg Library Family Storytime With Miss Charity at Giorgi Park (11AM)

  • Poyntlyss Sistars Rockin' Show Band Live at Coyote Sonoma (5:30-8:30PM)

  • Corazón Healdsburg Presents "Together We Are More," a Conversation With Luis Valdez at the Raven Theater (7PM)

  • Zumba With Chuy at TCElite Gym (7:15-8:15PM)

  • Ailey II Dance Performance at Luther Burbank Center (8-9:30PM)

Saturday, February 26

  • Healdsburg Running Company Point Reyes Bear Valley Run With Tule Elk & Point Reyes Cafe Brunch (8AM)

  • E-Waste Recycling Event at Healdsburg Community Center (9AM-5PM)

  • Air Attack Flag Football Developmental Class at Healdsburg Community Center (9:30-11AM)

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Healdsburg Elementary School's Fitch Mountain Campus (10AM-2PM)

  • Opening Day: Young Artist Exhibition at Healdsburg Center for the Arts (Feb. 26-March 20, 11AM-6PM)

  • Live Music by Jenerator at Spicy Vines Winery (3-6PM)

  • Live Jazz at Hotel Healdsburg: Stephanie Ozer Trio (5-8PM)

  • Havdalah & S’mores at Eden Village West (6:30-8PM)

Sunday, February 27

  • Healdsburg Little League Equipment Swap Donation Drop-Off Day at Healdsburg Elementary (9-11AM)

  • Healdsburg Jazz Presents: “Harp Meets Jazz” Hosted by Destiny Muhammad, Feat. Special Guest Brandee Younger (5-6:30PM)

Monday, February 28

  • Senior Walking Club: 30-Minute Walk at Healdsburg Senior Center (9:45-10:15AM)

  • New Art Exhibit at Upstairs Art Gallery: "Favorite Things" (Feb. 28-March 27, 11AM-6PM)

  • Bridge Party at Healdsburg Senior Center (1-4PM)

  • "Mindful Monday" Virtual Yoga for All Ages at Sonoma County Library (4:30-5:30PM)


From my notebook:

  • The Press Democrat interviews Sonoma County residents from Ukraine who are "in shock as Russia invades" their homeland. (Press Democrat; paywall)

  • Sonoma Magazine recommends Parrish Cafe by the Healdsburg roundabout as a great place to celebrate Mardi Gras. They serve "authentic New Orleans classics such as po-boys, gumbo, red beans and rice and beignets." (Sonoma Magazine)

  • And right on cue, Parrish and their next-door neighbor, the Elephant in the Room venue, have announced they're throwing "Mill Street's First Annual Mardi Gras Celebration" on Fat Tuesday next week — reportedly featuring "live music, beer, a crawfish boil, and so much more." (Facebook)

  • A local tourist-transport company called Napa Valley Limo and Wine Tours is expanding its footprint to include Healdsburg. (Digital Journal)

  • Have you caught a glimpse of the steelhead trout spawning in the Russian River yet this winter? Sonoma Mag says "the fish ladder next to Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach" is a good place to watch for them, "at least during low flows." (Sonoma Magazine)

  • Not unrelated: Healdsburg river-health nonprofit Russian Riverkeeper is looking for someone to "join our growing team as development director to have fun & make a splash." (Facebook)

  • The City of Healdsburg comes in at No. 48 on a new list published by 24/7 Wall Street of the 50 best places to live in America, based on "a weighted index of 25 measures across four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life, and community." And Windsor is No. 50. (24/7 Wall Street & 24/7 Wall Street)


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Now you're in the loop for the weekend. See you next week!

Simone Wilson

About me: I was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA, where I was the editor of the Healdsburg High School Hound's Bark. I have since worked as a local journalist for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East. I'm currently a senior product manager for Patch.

This article originally appeared on the Healdsburg Patch