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Business Beat: 09/15/2016

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Porsches at the Palace

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Porsches at the Palace is back at Ledson Winery & Vineyards on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Porsche aficionados can view dozens of these vehicles lined up along the circular driveway in front of the Ledson Castle.

Porsche Club of America Redwood Region and Zone 7 will be awarding prizes to the top three cars in multiple classes and categories. Ledson Winery will be giving out an award for “People's Choice,” voted on by the public. The gates will open at 8 a.m. for participants, with judging beginning at 11a.m. If you wish to enter your Porsche, the entry fee is $30; pre-registration is not required. Proceeds from this event will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Ledson Winery is located at 7335 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the winery at 833-2330 or visit the website

Sonoma Valley Crush

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during harvest, Sept. 16-18. For three days, local wineries in Glen Ellen and Kenwood will be offering a variety of harvest activities, including grape sampling in the vineyards, crush pad tours, and samples of fresh pressed juice. Learn how to read a refractometer and gain a deeper understanding about the importance of the balance between sugar and acid in wine grapes.

Tickets are $35 in advance (for all three days), and $10 for a designated driver. $45 at the door, and $15 for designated drivers.

Participating wineries: Deerfield Ranch Winery, La Rochelle Wines, Loxton Cellars, Manzanita Creek Winery, Mayo Family Winery, Muscardini Cellars, Orpheus Wines, Paradise Ridge Winery, Spann Vineyards, St. Anne's Crossing Winery, Ty Caton Vineyards.

For tickets, go to

Morton's Warm Springs end-of-season special offers

Lock in your preferred date at Morton's Warm Springs and receive 2016 pricing on your 2017 event when you book your group or party (with 20 percent deposit) before Sept. 30. Deposits are non-refundable but always transferrable to any other available 2017 dates.

There is also a September membership special. Only for the month of September, if you sign up for a 2017 Membership (Solo, Duet, or Family) before Sept. 30, you'll not only lock in 2016 pricing for the 2017 season, you'll also receive a 2016 End-of-Year Membership included free (good for the remainder of September, weekends only). Membership benefits include free guest passes, Bring a Friend Free days, and members only special events and promotions.

To find out more, go to, or call 833-5151.

Economist to give forecast for Economic Development Board

Dr. Chris Thornberg, one of California's leading economists, is returning to Sonoma County for a presentation, “2017: Political Discourse and Economic Reality - What is Really Going on Out There?”

Thornberg will speak Oct. 7, 7-9 a.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. RSVP by Oct. 3. The talk is hosted by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

Tickets are $85 per person, tables available. To buy tickets, go to

For more information, call 565-7298, or email

Sonoma State MBA information sessions

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) is having a series of public information sessions regarding the Sonoma MBA programs. These will take place Oct. 15, 10-11:30 a.m., Nov. 12, 10-11:30 a.m., and Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m., in Darwin Hall, Room 101, on the SSU campus in Rohnert Park. The Nov. 12 event will feature a panel discussion with program alumni, and the Nov. 14 session is highlighted by a networking mixer with current students.

Information sessions are designed to provide members of the public and interested professionals an opportunity to connect with program staff, students, faculty, and alumni in an informal setting that promotes dialogue about life as an MBA student and the benefits, timing, structure, and other details of each program.

For more information regarding upcoming information sessions or to RSVP, visit or contact the Graduate and Executive Programs office at 664-3501, or

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