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Government

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey visited the Filtration Group in Santa Rosa on Aug. 26 to talk to employees about their participation in the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Worksite Held Employee English Learning program.

Hospitality

The Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa was awarded the leadership level from the California Green Lodging Program.

Nonprofit & Community Organizations

Beginning Sept. 15, Hospice by the Bay will offer drop-in, no cost emotional support groups for community members dealing with a recent loss. The sessions will be held every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at 190 W. Napa St. in Sonoma.

Marin affordable homebuilder Northbay Family Homes received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America.

The Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, which was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1975, is seeking volunteers to serve on the commission. The group was created to support the equal rights of women. To apply visit www.sonoma-county.org/hr/cid/csw.htm.

Retail

Former Toobtown, Q-Zar and Paradise Pizza owner Todd Reed opened a Haagen-Daz Shop and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in the Santa Rosa Plaza.