There are two easy ways to help victims of the Valley Fire this Thursday, one in west county, another south of Sonoma.

Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., the Sebastopol Grange (6000 Highway 12, Sebastopol) and the Farmers Guild host a special evening to benefit those impacted by the on-going Valley Fire.

Admission is a cash donation of whatever amount you can afford.

People are also encouraged to bring potluck dishes to share.  First Light Farm, Preston Farm & Winery, Beet Generation Farm, Green Star Farm, Pugs Leap Cheese, Laguna Farm, Backyard of Forestville, Taylor Maid Farms, Ramen Gaijim are among the many local businesses donating ingredients and other items to the evening. I’ve offered to make creamy polenta with fresh corn, zucchini and tomatoes and I’ll bring enough for several dozen people.

If you have something you can donate for the auction or if you wish to volunteer to help during the event, email

Kudos to Evan Wiig for organizing this so quickly.

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards (23555 Highway 121, Sonoma) has declared tomorrow, September 17, “Wine & Donate” Day. The winery will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with complimentary live music on the Vista Terrace. Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to the American Red Cross of Northern California.

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