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Re: “Open Studios Napa Valley

Great Event, talented artists and during the best time of the year to visit Napa Valley!

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Posted by DebbieAmesPhotography on 08/13/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant

I love this place! It is our go-to taqueria. They are very consistent. Everything I've ever had there is so good. They also have a fresh salsa bar inside.

Posted by lea.hughes123 1 on 07/31/2015 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Hikuni Sushi Bar & Hibachi

For the short story, go to the end. For the complete story, read on!

We started going to Hikuni several years ago and it was fantastic. We always got the sushi boat and enjoyed it very much. The quality of the food was fantastic as well as the flavors. The service was good and the price was worth it. Then something changed. It just wasn't nearly as good - the quality, the flavors, the interior of the restaurant. We tried one more time with some friends and had the all you can eat sushi dinners. It was ok until the last roll - which was inedible. It was something that the chef torched, and that was about all that you could taste: the torch fuel. How awful! And the interior of the restaurant was in poor condition too.

Now, to the present. We got a coupon for Hikuni, so we decided to give it another try. Perhaps something has changed - owner, management, etc. and the place has gotten better. We arrived and we got ourselves seated in our usual area - behind the bar. Our server was really good working with us while we decided what to order. Finally we ordered the all you can eat sushi. A few minutes go by and we get our soup and salad. The salad was a rather disappointing green salad. The miso soup was pretty thin - and the bowl had a large bit of food stuck on the inside of it. Grose.

About 10 minutes after our wonderful server took away the soup and lackluster salad she brought us our sushi plates and soy sauce plates. I noticed that the sushi plates had lots of spots on it and it was dull, not shiny as the plastic plate should have been. Thus I ran my finger across the plate. Those spots had depth to them so I figured I would try to clean the plate. I added water from my glass and rubbed with my napkin and, low and behold, with some elbow grease, half of the plate is now shiny and clean. We discussed the plate, salad and soup and decided to talk to a manager.

I watched for anyone who could get the manager, but the only one who was looking our way was the maitre d'. I waved at her and signaled that I needed her attention, but she went on doing something with menus. A few seconds later she looked our way again and I pointed at her, then signaled to her that I needed her attention. She did not stop what she was doing. Then this happened one more time with no response. I had to get up and walked over to her and ask for a manager. She went to get him.

He arrived and I proceeded to tell him that the sushi plates were dirty and he told us that the plates were in fact not dirty, but they were just dull due to use. We had to point out to him the the half of the plate that I rubbed with the napkin (and left the napkin with brown spots on it) was indeed clean and shiny like new, not dull and spotty as the other half is. He still insisted that the plates were in fact clean. I had to explain to him that the sterilizer that restaurants use did likely sterilize the plates, but it did not clean the plates. That requires scrubbing. He still insisted the the plates were clean. We should have cancelled our order and left, but we didn't. We asked for clean plates. He took one with him. After about 5 minutes two plates arrived. We looked at them and could see that they were cleaner than the others, but had only been scrubbed half-heatedly as you could see the scratches that the scrubber made in the build-up that was stuck on the plates.

Finally, about 30 minutes after we ordered, the sushi finally arrived. I didn't think the restaurant was busy enough to take that long, but apparently it was. ?.? We ordered our favorite roll, the rock and roll, a beefed-up California roll, a spicy tuna tuna roll, and another one I can't remember. The rock and roll was rather lackluster. The beefed-up California roll was ok and the other two rolls lacked flavor. Granted, we did order the sushi without any of the mayo sauce on them, so they would probably had more flavor otherwise.

Overall, our server was kind of slow (because she was way overworked due to being short handed), but she did a good job. The plates and my bowl were dirty. The soup was thin. The salad was lackluster. The sushi was also lackluster, The interior of the restaurant needs a serious makeover.

In short, Hikuni started out fantastic, went downhill and after several years hasn't changed. We will never go back!

Posted by Reader on 06/06/2015 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Center for Spiritual Living Healdsburg

A wonderful experience in Higher Consciousness education!

Posted by Dr. Greg A Grove on 05/15/2015 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Retrospect Gallery

This furniture is just junk. It smells and they overcharge for what they offer. The shop keeper is usually eating or drinking when you go in and has no time to help with questions. Will not be going in again, nor will I recommend to my other designer friends.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by design for a living on 05/03/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Mombo's Pizza

yummy pizza, fast and friendly service, great deals!

Posted by Caroline Chinn Gonsalves on 05/01/2015 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Glaser Center

Acoustically beautiful, the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa is one of the loveliest concert halls in Sonoma County.

Posted by Gerry Schultz on 03/16/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

On Sunday, April 26, Jacuzzi will serve Pizza in the Piazza from noon to 3:00 before the CRC concert. For only $10 you get a slice of pizza and a glass of Jacuzzi wine in the lovely courtyard. At 2:30, doors to the romantic Barrel Room open so you can buy your ticket to the concert.

Posted by Gerry Schultz on 03/16/2015 at 12:55 PM

Re: “SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

FREE GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA. AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT WITH CHRISTIAN HIP HOP DANCER AND MUSIC. THIS EVENT WILL BE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE AS THERE WILL BE SEVERAL GENRES THAT WILL CATER TO THE LIKES OF ALL AGES. ARTIST SUCH AS 1 STEP KREW, WHO'S DAVID, AND MUCH MORE. JOIN US FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE HOSTED BY FREEDOM WORSHIP CENTER.

Price: Free

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Posted by Sheila Garza- Jackson on 03/12/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The Big Easy

Excellent cellar vibe with tasty small plates until late- featuring the best of local music with an emphasis on jazz & blues... what's not to like?

Posted by esch on 03/07/2015 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Santa Rosa Central Library

A second performance at 2:30 pm on March 7 at the Northwest Regional Library, at 150 Coddingtown Center Santa Rosa, next to Coddingtown Mall.

Posted by Kim Popenuck on 02/10/2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Fenix

Top drawer food, service and entertainment!!

Posted by KEN NEMZER on 12/08/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Petaluma Elks Lodge 901

PRESS RELEASE
CALIFORNIA-HAWAII ELKS MAJOR PROJECT, INC.
UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
For the academic year 2015-2016 the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. Board of Trustees will offer over $48,000 in undergraduate educational scholarships.
During the years in which this annual scholarship assistance competition has been in existence, the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities has increased from five scholarships of $1,000 each to twenty to thirty scholarships of $1,000 - $2,000 each. Scholarship recipients can reapply each year. If qualified, they can receive up to a total of four years of assistance.
This scholarship is a financial needs-based and academic use scholarship. It is intended for undergraduate work at a licensed vocational school, accredited community college, or four-year college. The funds are to cover academic expenses, which include tuition, books, lab fees and on-campus room and board only.
Individuals applying must be a United States citizen and a resident of California or Hawaii; have a physical impairment, neurological impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and/or speech-language disorder; and be a senior in high school, a high school graduate, or have passed the General Educational Development (GED) Examination or California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE).
The Scholarship Committee of the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. will review applications. All persons involved will be notified of the results.
Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available after November 15, 2014 from the Elks website at www.chea-elks.org/youth-activities/scholarships. Please obtain an application packet that is designated for the approaching academic year. The applicant is responsible for properly executing and forwarding the completed application to the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc.
Applications must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2015 and received in the office of the California-Hawaii Elks Major

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Posted by David Adams on 11/13/2014 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Petaluma Elks Lodge 901

Petaluma Elks #901 hosted a Veterans appreciation dinner on October 24th. Elks 901 fed 150 vets and staff from the Yountville Veterans home. The dinner included, appetizers, chicken, ribs, potatoes, veggies, rolls, dessert. The Wheel Chair vets were given hand made lap blankets, and more were sent to the home for some of the vets that could not attend the dinner. Each vet was given a re-useable bag with socks or a hat, cookies, candies, and other toiletries that was donated from our members, the bags also included micro wave popcorn, cookies, and candies.

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Posted by David Adams on 11/13/2014 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Petaluma Elks Lodge 901

On Saturday October 18, 2014, members and officers of the Petaluma Elks Lodge gave their time and efforts to again proudly support the annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's" event. Last year 901 made breakfast burritos which were an instant hit with all proceeds donated to the Alzheimer's Foundation. The foundation was so impressed with our success last year that they let us set up our station in a more visible location with better foot traffic. This paid off as we made and sold 40 breakfast burritos which raised $200 for the Alzheimer's Foundation. We will proudly be a part of this event in 2015.
Many thanks go to the following Elks for making this a successful event. Marilyn Bartow (Exalted Ruler) Don Broadbent, Ron Green, Rich Green, Dan Pastryk and Janice Pacciorini. You are all great examples of what Elks are all about.

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Posted by David Adams on 11/13/2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Petaluma Elks Lodge 901

MOMS & ELKS WORKING TOGETHER

The Mother’s of Military Service & Elks’ volunteers gathered at Petaluma lodge #901 to assemble, pack & ship donations to our active men & women currently in combat around the world. Donated items included a variety of snacks, candy, teas, hot cocoa, personal items, toiletries, books, stationery, games, etc. Working together, packages were filled & shipped to all parts of the world.
“As long as there are veterans (or active service), the Elks will never forget them.”

Posted by David Adams on 11/13/2014 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Petaluma Elks Lodge 901

Petaluma Elks put the Freedom Grant to use by taking 7 Disabled Veterans out on the San Francisco Bay for a day of Sea Kayaking.
On Saturday, May 31 the Petaluma Elks hosted 7 disabled Veterans on an amazing day of Sea Kayaking on the open waters along the beautiful Sausalito Shoreline. The day started with the veterans meeting the Elk volunteers at the lodge and then boarding “Russ the Bus” and enjoying a light breakfast on the road to the San Francisco Bay. When they arrived they were met by our guides, Environmental Travel Companions, a non-profit company who specialize in open water kayaking for the disabled.
Once we unloaded, the Veterans gathered in a circle along the water front and were given a thorough orientation and then were provided with a safety meeting and a chance to get to know everyone. The goal for the days was to build community, escape from the pressures of everyday life and to learn a little more about ourselves. The guides outfitted each of us with all the gear needed for the day. Each Veteran was matched up with a guide or Elk member and after careful loading into the kayaks they pushed off into the harbor to start the journey. The group was instructed to stay close together to enjoy it with each kayak. The expedition began with the group effortlessly paddling down the beautiful Sausalito shoreline dotted with beautiful yachts, sailboats and friendly people along the shoreline waving and encouraging them. After a few hours, the group pushed their kayaks up on a private secluded beach to enjoy a handmade lunch provided by the Elks. The beach overlooked the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the shoreline dotted with tall buildings from the City, a clear shot of Alcatraz and the beautiful east bay hills in the background.
As we group launched off the beach to head back, they were treated to blue skies with a warm sun casting down on them surrounded by sparkling water and small sea lions popping their heads up out of the water and playing with the group, it was a just a perfect moment in time. The trip then headed back up the amazing shoreline while being aided with the tide coming in and the wind at their backs giving them a chance to sit back and enjoy each other’s company while peacefully gliding up the shoreline.
The trip lasted 4 hours in the water and it truly afforded the Veterans time away from their difficult lives, an opportunity to bond and build teamwork and community. At the end of the trip back on shore, the guides had the veterans go back into a circle and share what they enjoyed the most. After each had spoken, it was clear we reached our goals. It was just an incredible day. The Petaluma Elks can feel a little better for they have given these men who fought for our freedoms. Elks Care and Elks Share!

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Posted by David Admas on 11/13/2014 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Petaluma Elks Lodge 901

#901 Elks Help to Feed
Petalumans in Need

Well that big red barrel in the lobby keeps filling up with much needed food for distribution by our local post of the Salvation Army. To date Petaluma #901 has donated a bit over 1,100 lbs of food.
Our local Salvation Army helps to feed between 100 and 150 families a week in Petaluma.

This year's “STAMP OUT HUNGER” campaign by the post office was on the decline for the second year in a row. The consolidation of postal routes and fewer postal carriers in the community is thought to be part of the cause. The Post office in the past years was able to help the Petaluma Salvation Army with nine months of the food needs for those Petalumans in need.

So when local service groups like ours can step up with a barrel or more a month it makes a BIG difference and is a great help.

So next time your at the market think about picking up an extra can of soup or vegetables and drop them in the red barrel at the lodge.

Also it has been talked about that this Holiday #901 would sponsor a kettle during the holidays. All that we need to do is get 4 folks together to man a kettle for two hours each. The kettle would have a sign showing that Petaluma #901 was the sponsor. For every team of four folks we can man additional kettles. One day is all they ask.

It’s a great way to give back to the community and let you feel the holiday spirit. One year I was ringing the bell and a man came up and opened his wallet and I could see he had a dollar and a five dollar bill in an old torn wallet. . He was dressed clean but you could tell he wasn't on top of the world. He reached in and placed the five dollar bill in the kettle. Sharing that when he was down and out he had went through the men’s Salvation Army program in Litton Springs north of Healdsburg and it had turned his life around. I cant tell you how much that meant to me to hear his story and to bring the true meaning of the holiday home to my heart.

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Posted by David Adams on 11/13/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “El Coqui

love be back tommorrow

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Posted by Jorge Roman on 11/03/2014 at 9:35 PM

Re: “El Coqui

The food was grrrreat! Fast and.friendly service made this restaurant on.the corner.enjoyable. I left with a full stomach and will return again soon

Posted by hanagirl on 11/01/2014 at 11:00 PM

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