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Business Beat: 08/01/2016

Community Salons at Hopscotch

John Sumner’s humorous cat and dog paintings will be at a Hopscotch’s “Sunday Social” this month.

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery in Glen Ellen is introducing “Sunday Socials,” ongoing events held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cookies and cold iced tea are served along with old fashioned community conversations revolving around art. This new buzz is the creation of Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery's co-owner, Kay Young. She is pulling from the Midwestern memories of her youth when she grew up in a small town in Nebraska. Sundays were a chance for folks to calm down, reconnect with their friends, and share sweet treats over informal social opportunities. She hopes local friends of the gallery will disconnect from their mobile devices, computers, and other distractions and stop by for a cookie and a smile.

Featured artist on Sunday, Aug. 7, will be Santa Rosa artist Debbie Harding. Harding will be demonstrating her pastel techniques between 1 and 4 p.m. Her work has been commissioned by the new Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa for the maternity floor and also by Spring Lake Village. Harding is a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and a participant of Sonoma County Art Trails.

Then, on Sunday, Aug. 14, John Sumner will be bringing his zany sense of humor and lots of different paintings to adorn the walls of Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery. Sumner's humorous cat and dog paintings, prints, and cards are always a hit with gallery visitors.

Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery is located in historic Jack London Village right next to Wine Country Chocolates at 14301 Arnold Dr. #2A. Plenty of free parking is available on either end of the main shopping building. Co-owner Kay is also looking for acoustic musicians who would be interested in playing some tunes at one of these events. You can call the gallery at 343-1931 for more information.

Funniest South Asian comedians in America come to Kenwood

Kenwood-based Crushers of Comedy is hosting the Desi Comedy Fest as it passes through Wine Country. Desi Comedy Fest is the largest South Asian comedy festival in America. Desi, pronounced as “They-See”, is a loose term for the cultures and products of South Asia and their diaspora, derived from the Ancient Sanskrit (de_á or deshi), meaning land or country. “Desi” countries include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Abhay Nadkarni, Hans Kim and Priyanka Wali and nine other comics will be at Muscardini Cellars for one night only on Saturday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. There will be wine tasting and wine and food concessions at the show. General admission is $25. The Desi Comedy Fest encompasses 11 nights, nine cities and 50 comics total. Don't miss the Sonoma Valley show right in our own backyard. For more tickets, visit

Secret Speakeasy dinners in Sonoma

Transcendence Theatre Company, creators of Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Historic Park, will host the Wine Country Speakeasy on Aug. 17 and 18, from 6 to 10 p.m., at a secret location in the Sonoma area.

This unusual special event blends an elegant night out with a performance and dining experience - and a few surprises.

Put on your best 1920s attire and step into the era of sultry and secretive summer evenings at the Transcendence Underground Dinner Club, for an exclusive evening of dining, wine, Prohibition-inspired cocktails, a three-course meal by a secret Sonoma chef, live music and dance. Tickets are $225 per person or $1,800 for table of eight.

The mystery of the Wine Country Speakeasy location will only be revealed to ticketholders the day before the event. They will receive an email and a phone call telling them where the magic will unfold. In addition, ticket holders will also receive a password. In true speakeasy spirit, no password, no entry. The action begins each evening at 6 p.m.

For more tickets visit

Bass classes in Oakmont

Enrollment is now open for two new four-week bass class series this fall in Oakmont.

“Easy Bass: Bluegrass and Country” will cater to novices and occasional players who want to improve their technique and timing and learn more basic theory and essential bass runs while playing bluegrass and country classics. (If you don't have a bass, check with the instructor about a possible low-cost rental.)

“Bass Grooves for the Bandstand” is for intermediate players who already play some walking bass and want to expand their knowledge of music styles, such as swing, honky-tonk, blues, shuffles, calypso, bossa nova, samba, waltzes, 6/8 pop, and more.

“Bassists thrive on versatility,” said instructor Chuck Ervin, “so the Bass Grooves class will be like a survival guide for when you're at a party gig or a jam and suddenly find yourself wading into murky musical waters.”

The four 90-minute classes are planned for Sunday afternoons, Sept. 11-Oct. 2 at a private residence in Oakmont. Cost is $100 for the four sessions. A $25 deposit holds your place.

Both classes are open to all bass instruments: upright, guitar bass, electric bass, and ukulele bass.

Contact the instructor with any inquiries at or (510) 261-7754. To register for classes email

Chuck Ervin performs swing music with the Sylvia Herold Ensemble, folk music with Euphonia, classic country with the Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band, jazz and pop with guitarist Chris Grampp, and is active in the Bay Area's vibrant jazz scene.

Glen Ellen's Olea Hotel gets nod from Sunset magazine

Olea Hotel has been declared the “best wine country hotel” by Sunset magazine, ahead of Carneros Inn in Napa and Hotel Healdsburg in Healdsburg. Olea Hotel is one of 20 winners of the 2016 Sunset Travel Awards, which honor the West's top destinations in lodging, dining, cultural tourism, outdoor adventure and more. Olea is currently featured in the August issue of Sunset magazine and

Olea Hotel is an intimate boutique hotel nestled into a hillside and surrounded by ancient olive trees on a historic property on Warm Springs Road. It features modern guest rooms, unique amenities, massage services, and an exceptional multi-course breakfast. With an in-house executive chef, Olea Hotel menus change daily and seasonally, and ingredients are sourced from local vendors. _Follow Olea Hotel on Facebook, @oleahotel on Twitter, Oleahotel on Instagram.

Rose premieres The Organic Rose

Is there life after running a restaurant for 36 years? Steve Rose has been been working for months producing the first season of full episodes of The Organic Rose. The first episode is slated for release on July 31 on Facebook at Rose's message is about living and cooking organically, and episodes of the show will encourage everyone to give it a try and provide useful tips on how to live well while respecting the environment and keeping the planet healthy for the next generation.

Shows run about 20 minutes and cover a wide variety of ways to live organically.

Learn to mediate like a pro

In the fog of a workplace dispute, it is often difficult to see the forest for the trees. Escalating costs, deteriorating morale and decreased productivity cloud the bigger picture. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m., the Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council (EAC) presents a star-studded group of panelists to demystify workplace disputes, from inception to resolution. Three moderated panels will dissect the case study of workplace dispute, starting with a panel featuring human resources specialists from Sonoma State and some of the North Bay's most prestigious employers. Lawyers will take the stage next. The final panel will explore the mediation and settlement of the dispute.

Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Wedgewood Banquet Center at the Foxtail Country Club, 100 Golf Course Dr. in Rohnert Park. Cost is $100 for EAC members, $125 nonmembers by Aug. 10.

For more information or to register, contact Valerie Nagle at or visit

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