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Business Beat: 06/15/2016

Business Beat

Kenwood Vineyards pledges financial support for Jack London State Historic Park

Kenwood Vineyards, owned by international wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard, has pledged $315,000 over the next three years to support Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen. The funding will enable the park to continue the stabilization of the historic winery ruins, community events, and stewardship days.

In addition to pledging three years of financial support for the state park, Kenwood Vineyards also plans to highlight the legacy of author and adventurer Jack London with the re-release of its 2006 Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon from its private cellar for a special 100th anniversary limited edition wine during the park's 2016 Centennial Celebration of London's life. The wolf's head that adorns the iconic label first marked Kenwood's 30th vintage from its Jack London series.

Introduced by Kenwood Vineyards with the 1977 vintage, the grapes from London's property have become among the most successful single-vineyard wine series in California wine history.

“Going on 40 years, Kenwood has honored Jack London with grapes sourced from the property he once farmed. And like London, Kenwood demonstrates a more sustainable approach to farming, pioneering soil conservation techniques,” said Tjiska Van Wyk, executive director of Jack London Park Partners, which operates Jack London State Park. “We couldn't be happier about having Kenwood Vineyards as a partner whose support will continue to make the park thrive.”

The 100th Anniversary limited edition wine will be sold at Kenwood's tasting room and through

Parker Fine Art 30/30 art sale

Picture by Fred Parker
Rattlesnake Camp by Fred Parker.

Local artist Fred Parker moved to Sonoma Valley in 1986 and will celebrate his 30 years of living in paradise by having a huge art sale for 30 days in July.

The 30/30 Sale, with all art purchases 30 percent off, will be held at Parker's gallery/studio in Kenwood and will include a multitude of items, such as paintings, prints, drawings, pastels, posters, greeting cards and even ceramic tiles featuring the artist's images.

This is a great opportunity to acquire more art for your collection or pick up some holiday gifts.

The dates of the 30/30 sale are July 2-31, 12-6 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, or by appointment. Parker Fine Art is located at 8467 Sonoma Hwy. at Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood.

For more information, call Parker at 833-2602, or email Visit

Ranch Readiness Day

The Glen Ellen-based HALTER Project (Horse and Livestock Team Emergency Response) is hosting a free community event on June 26, all about preparing you and your animals for any emergency. Watch demonstrations by local community service volunteers, and see basic how-to presentations on things like large animal rescue, CPR and fire control. There will be information on where to shop for ranch and car emergency kits, and how to be prepared for rural emergencies.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SRJC Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Lane in Forestville.

This event is important for animal rescue and welfare groups, mounted patrol and police, fire departments, local and state law enforcement, safety and preparedness resources, community and animal welfare organizations, search and rescue groups, educational institutions, ranch, feed and farm supply stores, ID services for pet, and livestock reunification resources.

Register as a vendor or service. There is one for businesses and NGOs and one for government agencies. Go to

For more information about HALTER, call Julie Atwood at 318-7526, or go to

Kenwood artist is pet portrait specialist

Portrait by Miller
Pet portrait by Patti Miller.

Popular pet portrait painter Patti Miller has recently moved to Kenwood from Oakmont.

Miller has had a long and distinguished career in painting and the graphic arts, well-known for creating abstract works inspired by nature and architecture. She is best regarded for her portraiture of people and their pets, showing great ability to capture both the physical and spiritual likeness of her subjects.

Miller paints with acrylics on canvas, creating works that range in size from 10” x 10” headshots to large, complex scenes involving multiple animals and people in familiar or fantastical settings.

After receiving a Fine Arts degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, Miller embarked on a distinguished art career, ranging from being a corporate graphic artist, to running her own residential design business where she painted furniture, walls and murals.

An animal lover, Miller has done portraits for clients of many different kinds of four-legged friends, including cats, dogs, pigs, cows, and even a raccoon.

Miller says some memorable moments of her animal portrait career include having her work appear in National Geographic Magazine, and the time when she sent a painting to Ellen DeGeneres, and DeGeneres talked about it and exhibited it on her show.

If you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait, call Miller at 951-966-2832, or email her at

Morton's Warm Springs introduces new membership program

Morton's Warm Springs is open for the 2016 swim season under the new ownership of Laurie Hobbs and Sean Wadsworth, who bought the property last year. Morton's is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through August. Admission ranges from $12 (adults) to $6 (kids age 3-12) and parking is free. While Morton's staples remain the same, e.g. the pools and snack bar, Morton's is offering a new membership program for Morton's regulars who'd like to save a little money and enjoy a few extra perks. Morton's memberships are for the entire season (May through September) and can be bought for one person or the whole family. Prices range from $200 to $400, but neighbors in Kenwood or Glen Ellen (zip codes 95452 or 95442) get a special $20 discount off listed membership prices. Perks for all memberships include five guest passes, one private group/BBQ area reservation per season and other members-only discounts and special events.

Additionally, during the month of June, Morton's is offering a membership special: If you spend a day at Morton's and sign up for one of its membership options, Morton's will credit you back your general admission entry fee from your visit. Join the Morton's Warm Springs community and stop by for a swim. Call 833-5511 or visit for more information. Morton's Warm Springs is located at 1651 Warm Springs Road.

Business Blurbs

Pets Lifeline will be at Swede's Feeds on June 18 with kittens and a dog for adoption… Don't forget Orpheus Wines now hosts Yoga + Wine on Sundays at 11 a.m. at its tasting room in the Kenwood Shopping Center…The Kenwood Farmers Market is in full swing at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Kenwood, Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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