North Bay business news from Larkfield wildfire rebuild, Santa Rosa Junior College, First Street Napa and more

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Stonefield Development has secured permits from the county of Sonoma for its 15-home group rebuild at Larkfield Estates. The homes being rebuilt were all destroyed in last year's wildfires.

Stonefield expects to break ground on the Larkfield Estates homes in late September and complete the rebuild in spring of 2019. Additionally, Stonefield is rebuilding 78 homes in Santa Rosa's Mark West Estates, many of which are already under construction.

According to the Orange County-based company, Stonefield has managed three other group-rebuild projects over the past 14 years after wildfires in California before rebuilding in Santa Rosa. The company established a local office when it committed to rebuilding homes in Santa Rosa and has exclusively used Northern California trade partners and sub-contractors.

Stonefield organized the largest group rebuild in California of 81 homes after the 2003 Cedar Fire and had subsequent group rebuilds, including the 2007 Witch Creek Fire and 2008 Freeway Complex fire, rebuilding over 100 homes.

Santa Rosa Junior College will host a Day of Remembrance and Gratitude in recognition of the one-year anniversary of the fires that burned large areas of Santa Rosa and surrounding areas in Oct. 2017. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Larry Bertolini Student Center, Girvin Family Student Activities Center on the Santa Rosa campus.

The free event will include two showings of “Urban Inferno: The Night Santa Rosa Burned” a locally made documentary on the Tubbs fire, which began on Oct. 8, 2017. Writer, director, and producer Dr. Stephen Seager will be in attendance along with special guest KSRO Morning News host Pat Kerrigan. The showings will occur at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Guided healing activities will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Larry Bertolini Student Center Quad. The facilitated activities include a sidewalk chalk art mural, small table conversations, reflective music and journaling.

Lululemon Athletica officially opened in First Street Napa. The store is an athletic apparel company.

Susie Hall, Kazuko Morgan, and Pam Mendelsohn of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, and Scott Turner of Retail West represented the tenant.

First Street Napa, owned and managed by Zapolski Real Estate LLC and Trademark Property Company, welcomed its first series of shops and restaurants in fall 2017 with continued openings phased throughout 2018.

Alten Construction recently completed a new fire alarm system installation at Lawrence E. Jones Middle School in Rohnert Park.

Alten Construction started the project June 4 and finished the project by the time school resumed Aug. 14. The $1.67 million project included demolition and removal of the existing fire alarm system and the installation of a new fire alarm system, which includes smoke and heat detectors, for 13 buildings within the middle school.

The fire and life safety upgrade is the first project of two that Alten Construction will be working on at Lawrence E. Jones Middle School. The general contractor is scheduled to begin work on a new band room in mid October, pending approval from the California Division of the State Architect.

AUL Corp., auto warranty provider for used cars, has just been named to Auto Remarketing Magazine's 2018 Power 300' List.

According to the Napa firm, this is the third award of 2018 for AUL, as the firm previously won its 5th consecutive Dealer's Choice Award from Auto Dealer Today and its fifth consecutive Best Places to Work Award from the North Bay Business Journal, which is an award determined by employee surveys.

Russian River Brewing Co. of Santa Rosa won a silver medal out of 67 entries in the Kellerbier/Zwickelbier category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Sept. 22. The brewery won for its STS Pils, a European-style pilsner.

State Room Brewery of San Rafael won a silver medal out of 63 entries in the Light Lager category of the competition for the Awesome Beer Rice Lager.

Sonoma County's women chefs and winemakers are planning a multicourse dinner to benefit the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County at Catelli's in Geyserville on Oct. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event includes chief chefs Domenica Catelli (Catelli's of Geyserville) and Liza Hinman (The Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa).

The foundation (, 707-473-0583) is focused on health for the northern region of Sonoma County. Organizers said it has three focus areas for its grant making: health access, mental health and early childhood development. Tickets can be purchased at

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