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Annadel Gap Vineyard in the northern Sonoma Valley has been certified as Biodynamic by a third-party consultant, the Demeter Association. The grapes from the land go into wines for Westwood Estate in Sonoma.

Under Biodynamic farming, crops are grown without chemicals in an attempt to have the vineyard’s ecosystem balanced and self-sustaining. Instead, farmers use beneficial insects, compost and cover crops on the land.

The 22-acre vineyard — owned by Carl Stanton — was planted between 2001 and 2009, and features blocks primarily of pinot noir and syrah.

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Community and Contract Education Department has announced new management and business leadership training partnership with Partner4Success, a member of the Blanchard Partner Network. Beginning in September, the partnership offers local individuals and employers access to management training designed by the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Five workshops, all to be held at SRJC’s Frank P. Doyle Library, are: The SLII Experience Management Essentials; The New One Minute Manager; Situational Self Leadership; Situational Team Leadership and SLII Concepts.

The workshop schedule:

  • SLII Concepts: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.–noon; $365 includes materials.
  • SLII Experience: Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 4-5, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $1,762 includes materials.
  • Management Essentials: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $774 includes materials.
  • Situational Self Leadership: Thursday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $750 includes materials.
  • Situational Team Leadership: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $774 includes materials.

Registration and more information is available at www.coach4leaders.com or 707-526-6911

ieSonoma is launching an Innovation Fund it states will provide grants of up to $2,500 to kick-start efforts by schools, teachers, or nonprofit organizations seeking to make a difference in the lives of students by thinking outside the box. Schools, districts, individual teachers, and/or nonprofit organizations working with school-age youth are eligible to apply.

The fund was made possible with significant contributions from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and ThermalSun Insulated Glass Products.

Applications for the 2017-18 school year are due by Oct. 6. Information: www.iesonoma.org/innovation-fund.

Bank of Marin (NASDAQ: BMRC) has announced the winners of the 24th Spirit of Marin Awards, as nominated by Marin County chambers of commerce. An awards luncheon is set for Oct. 6.

This year’s winners are Corte Madera Chamber – Tori Puliz, Nothing Bundt Cakes; Fairfax Chamber – Bradley Real Estate; Hispanic Chamber – Rosie De Alvarez, National Latino Peace Officers Association; Larkspur Chamber – Helen Russell, Equator Coffees and Teas; Mill Valley Chamber – The Outdoor Art Club; Novato Chamber, small business – Valley Oak Wealth Management; Novato Chamber, large business – Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.; San Anselmo Chamber – San Francisco Theological Seminary; San Rafael Chamber, small business – Sun First Solar; San Rafael Chamber, large business – EO Products; Sausalito Chamber -– Shelby Van Meter, Sausalito Beautiful; Tiburon Peninsula Chamber – Steve Sears, Sam’s Anchor Café; and West Marin Chamber – Joyce Goldfield.

Luncheon reservations are required and cost $60 per person. Reservations: www.spiritofmarin.com or 415-884-5360.

United Site Services will continue its longstanding sponsorship of Sonoma Raceway with a five-year extension, officials announced.

United Site Services has been a Sonoma Raceway sponsor since 2012 and is the leading service provider of portable toilets, luxury restroom trailers, temporary fence and more for sporting events, Its wide selection of solutions and products are used throughout the wine country facility during its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Verizon IndyCar Series and Classic Sports Racing Group major event weekends.

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