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Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty has launched a cannabis practice group. This group offers a specialized, full-service approach to serving the business needs of clients navigating California’s increasingly complex cannabis industry, the announcement stated.

Erin Carlstrom, senior counsel, will lead the cannabis practice group, based out of its Santa Rosa office. Carlstrom worked in cannabis compliance and land use at her previous firm, specializing in government relations and permitting.

Carlstrom served on the Santa Rosa City Council from 2012–2016, where she was vice mayor and twice chaired the Cannabis Subcommittee. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University and her undergraduate degree from Yale University.

Five North Bay companies are part of the $13,500 in grants being distributed by Whole Foods Market’s 44 stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada, to help them grow their businesses. The company said the funds were raised from 5 percent of sales in the region on July 26.

This year’s grant recipients include La Saison, Napa; Crumb Hither Baking, Santa Rosa; New Family Farm, Sebastopol; First Light Farm, Petaluma; and Soap Cauldron, Sebastopol.

Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County Economic Development Board, announced five recipients of Next Level grants of $2,500 each. Grantees are Sonoma County musicians and bands that have demonstrated they are ready to take their careers to the next level. Grants will be paired with 10 hours of one-on-one consulting with music industry experts to help accelerate the impact of the grant funds.

The 2017 grantees are DyaTribal Band (world music), Manzanita Falls (indie rock), Marshall House Project (funk), Oddjob Ensemble (world music) and Alan Hall (jazz).

Funds will be used for projects ranging from new recordings, touring, video projects and album promotion.

Santa Rosa City Schools celebrated the reopening of the Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts on Aug. 9.

The art school’s kindergarten-through-eighth-grade campus has undergone a major expansion and modernization project during the past two years, with upgrades to existing classrooms and the addition of several new buildings. During the construction, school’s teachers and 360 students moved to a temporary campus about a mile away.

Quattrocchi Kwok Architects designed the new facilities.

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Culinary Café, in the B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center, opens for the fall semester on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 11:30 a.m. Students at the Culinary Café prepare, cook and serve a menu of seasonal salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, entrees and desserts.

The Culinary Café opens for lunch at 11:30 a.m. and serves until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 707.522.2796.

Mengali Accountancy in Healdsburg was recently named as one of the 2017 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees.

According to the announcement, the survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 100 companies.

To be considered for participation, companies had to be an accounting firm, have a facility in the United States, have a minimum of 15 employees working in the United States and be in business a minimum of one year.

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The LearningRx Santa Rosa Brain Training Center has received a top award at the company’s national convention held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2017 Customer Service Award is given to centers that have shown a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, the announcement stated.