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Business Beat: 03/01/2013

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Kenwood, Oakmont markets support Meals on Wheels

In partnership with the Council on Aging, the Kenwood Market and Oakmont Market are providing Stagé, a chef-created menu of entrées and side dishes prepared fresh daily. Proceeds from each tasty meal go to benefit the Council on Aging Meals on Wheels Program, feeding seniors in Sonoma County.

The Oakmont Market, 6550 Oakmont Dr., began selling the meals in December of 2012, and the Kenwood Market, 8910 Sonoma Hwy. will begin March 1.

Since its inception in 1966, the Council on Aging has strived to meet the nutritional needs of Sonoma County's most vulnerable seniors through the Meals on Wheels program. The program prepares over 260,000 meals a year delivered to homebound seniors, and served at 11 dining sites throughout the county.

The Stagé meals offer restaurant-quality fine dining entrees prepared fresh and ready to be warmed in a microwave or oven. The diverse selections include Chicken Picatta, Sesame Chicken, Herbed Meatloaf, Flank Steak, and Stuffed Peppers. New items are introduced monthly.

For more information on the Council on Aging, go to

Horseback rides return to Jack London State Park

Now you can experience Jack London's Beauty Ranch just as he did 100 years ago - on horseback. Triple Creek Horse Oufit is now ensconced at Jack London State Park, offering guided horseback tours through the 20+ miles of trails at the park.

Erin Ellis and Dominic Bettinelli, both Sonoma Valley natives, have been running Triple Creek Horse Outfit since they started the company in 2003. For seven years they operated horseback tours at Jack London Park, as well as at Sugarloaf and in the Napa Valley. In 2011, with California's budget crisis looming and threatening to close state parks, Erin and Dominic moved their operation to the Kunde Family Estate Winery. After two years of giving horseback tours there, the opportunity arose to return to Triple Creek's roots at Jack London Park, and Erin and Dominic seized the chance.

“Jack London's ranch not only has rich history and scenic beauty,” Erin observed, “but the variety in the trails - alongside world-class vineyards, among towering redwoods, through golden meadows and bubbling creeks - makes it absolutely the best place to ride a horse of anywhere I know.”

For more information, call 887-8700, or go to

New cookbook available at VJB

Maria Belmonte has a new cookbook, Maria's Cucina, filled with color photos and more than 100 recipes covering antipasti, soups, salads, pasta, main dishes and desserts.

Maria's Cucina is perfect for the home cook, using good, simple ingredients and techniques. The people at your dining room table will thank you.

The cookbook is available at VJB Vineyards & Cellars for $29.95, or, call 833-2300 to order. VJB is located at 60 Shaw Ave. in Kenwood.

Estate planning seminar at Quail Inn

Exchange Bank will host a free event on March 13 reviewing the estate planning provisions of the recently enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Speakers will be Debbie Kelly, Vice-President and Senior Fiduciary Manager, and Steve Jenkins, Senior Vice-President & Managing Director Trust Services.

The event starts at 3 p.m., and takes place at the Quail Inn at the Oakmont Golf Club, and is open to the public. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

RSVP by March 8 to Erin Dorado, 524-3151, or email

Extended hours at Glen Ellen Star

Starting in April and lasting through October, Glen Ellen Star Restaurant will be open for lunch Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch menu will include hamburgers, fish dishes, vegetables, extensive pizza menu, seasonal garden salads, and ice cream.

Don't forget that Glen Ellen Star is open for dinner seven days a week, Sundays through Thursdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

To make a reservation, call 343-1384. For more information, go to

Gold medals for Ledson Winery

Ledson Winery & Vineyards recently took home a double gold and a gold medal from the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

The double gold went to the 2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the gold went to 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

The winning wines are available at the Ledson tasting room, 7335 Sonoma Hwy. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Workplace safety seminar

The Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council and the California Employment Development Department are hosting “Workplace Safety Improvement Through Cultural Change” on Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park.

The discussion will focus on critical factors needed for a safety program to succeed. Organizations implement their safety programs in many different ways, often with mixed results. The seminar will address why safety programs fail and what actions can be taken to obtain needed results, including proactive accountability systems, effective safety leadership, and inspiring employee engagement at all levels.

The speaker will be Scott Rhymes, a senior risk control consultant with Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

Cost to attend is $30 for Employer Advisory Council members, $50 for nonmembers. Space is limited, and registration must take place by March 13.

To register or for more information, call Valerie Nagle at 576-2015.

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