Forever homes, airport rides, a new sparkling wine and more

Donuts on the Plaza: Harvey’s Donuts is opening its new second location on Friday, July 2. The new spot is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays (in the former Hare & Hatter spot in the Paseo Alley at at 414 First St. E. ). More to follow next week with with photos. 246-5928

Pets Lifeline: Pets Lifeline has set its official opening day as Thursday, July 8. Its new hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The center has staff onsite seven days a week to care for the animals and to take in stray and abandoned cats and dogs.

The Femme Project: A new website is a space to raise awareness and address the specific legal needs of women. Launched by Sonoma Valley lawyer Mary Piasta, the focus is on helping to address these issues for women in need of legal advice.

Anniversary: Happy 13th birthday to Delicious Dish, owned by Lauren and Charles Cotner. The restaurant patio and take-out offerings are available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special evening events include movie nights. The next one features “Dirty Dancing” on Friday, July 16. 18709 Arnold Drive.

Wine education: Sonoma State University has teamed up with a handful of wine brands to launch the Wine Business Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Program. Using $1 million in funding from partner wineries, the program will establish a cohort of students from underrepresented backgrounds who, through scholarships, internships, and mentoring programs, will be guided toward successful executive-level careers in the wine business.

Expanded service: Sonoma County Airport Express now offers 10 roundtrips daily between Sonoma County and SFO airport. Its Oakland airport shuttle is back up to seven roundtrips each day.

Expansion: Sonoma Raceway has broken ground on an upgraded hospitality facility overlooking the hairpin Turn 11. The Turn 11 Club will offer “a premium, luxury hospitality and viewing experience.” The existing Turn 11 building, which was the original raceway administration building and the oldest building on property, was demolished last week and construction of the new façade will continue throughout the summer and fall months. A formal unveiling of the hospitality area will take place prior to the 2022 Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series weekend.

Sonoma Fit news: Sonoma Fit is back offering unlimited child care for ages 2-10. The service is free for its Platinum members and $10 per child for regular members. 19310 Sonoma Highway. In other Sonoma Fit news, the gym’s Novato location celebrated its official ribbon cutting on June 30. Sonoma members have full use of that facility at 1727 Grant Ave.

New sparkling partnership: Amigas Cuvée is a new collaboration now available from Honrama Cellars and Llamas Family Wines. The 200-case run is the brainchild of two Latina friends, Miriam Puentes, co-owner of Honrama Cellars, and Lola Llamas, co-owner of Llamas Family Wines, both in Carneros. The cuvée is a 60% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay blend from grapes grown in the Los Carneros AVA.

New hire: Jennifer Churchill has joined di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa as its marketing and communications coordinator.

New partnership: Charlie’s Acres farm animal rescue center in Sonoma has partnered with Danielly’s Fitness to offer a four-day Integrative Wellness Retreat centered on animal-assisted therapy. The program will focus on healing negative emotions and promoting empowerment. The money raised will go toward expanding Charlie’s Acres’ animal assisted therapy program and partnerships with nonprofits so that they can continue to offer these services for free to at-risk youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

Rental gowns: Sonoma’s Dare and Dazzle wedding dress rental company has reopened post-pandemic, and brides can now either stop by the 294 W. Napa St. showroom or have three dresses sent for a three-day trial period before choosing their favorite for a 10-day reservation. The boutique offers sizes from 2-20, custom tailoring, the ability to return the gown without worrying about cleaning, maintaining, or storing it. Also offered are bridesmaid rental options as well as accessories.

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