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Sonoma County Considers Ban on Vape

After San Francisco’s ban on e-cigarettes, Sonoma County too is considering a ban on vape devices. While some argue that these devices are capable of reducing nicotine addiction for adults, according to county records between 2017 and 2018 tobacco use for young adults (specifically high school and middle school children) has skyrocketed almost 40%.

Some feel that the spike in tobacco use for teens is caused by flavors tailored to make smoking exciting for young people, and that a simple ban of these flavors might halt the epidemic. Others feel like an outright ban on these products is the only way to control the situation until the federal government takes action. It is still unclear whether those teens now addicted to nicotine would turn back to conventional cigarettes following a ban; which could be even more detrimental. Regardless of the ban, teens find ways of accessing products that they shouldn’t have access to. Just as the age requirement for buying these devices (21+ in California) hasn’t stopped e-cigarettes from being the biggest disciplinary issue at schools, a ban may not have the desired effect. Sonoma County is under pressure to respond and protect their most vulnerable population. Whether a ban on vape products helps or not, they are trying to do what the federal government has yet to act on.

Whatever they decide, if you or someone you know has experienced or are experiencing a health related issue that you think could be related to a vape product of any kind (including products containing THC), the FDA encourages you to seek medical attention and report the product to assist in determining what is causing these outbreaks.

New Dan + Shay collab and 2020 Tour

The new Dan + Shay collaboration with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours” is already a massive hit around the planet. Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney co-wrote the song with Bieber and others.  New Country 106-3 The Bull debuted “10,000 Hours” this past Friday morning in Sonoma County.

In its first 48 hours of availability, “10,000 Hours has hit 30 million streams globally.  “10,000 Hours” appears in 45 charts globally, arriving at #1 on China’s Netease Chart and #2 on China’s QQ Music Chart.   Apple Music’s Top 100 chart has “10,000 Hours” at #3 already and has kept the #1 spot on the iTunes Top Songs chart since it was released last Friday, October 4th, with the official music video reaching #5 on YouTube’s Trending chart, which includes all videos on YouTube.


Dan + Shay spent the past year on a Sold Out tour and just wrapped their time on Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour and will join superstar Shawn Mendes later this month on his self-titled tour in Australia.  Their latest album, Dan +Shay has hit over two billion streams globally.

The new Dan + Shay (Arena) Tour starts March 6 2020 in Nashville hitting close to 40 stops through October 2020.  Two California dates announced this morning include San Francisco Chase Center October 23rd and Sacramento Golden 1 Center October 24th.  Here's the entire 2020 tour below:


Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour 2020





March 6, 2020

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

March 12, 2020

Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center

March 13, 2020

Charlottesville, VA

John Paul Jones Arena

March 14, 2020

Greenville, SC

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

March 19, 2020

San Antonio, TX

AT&T Center

March 20, 2020

Tulsa, OK

BOK Center

March 21, 2020

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

March 26, 2020

Grand Rapids, MI

Van Andel Arena

March 27, 2020

Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Center

March 28, 2020

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Coliseum

April 9, 2020

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

April 10, 2020

Minneapolis, MN

Target Center

April 11, 2020

Milwaukee, WI

Fiserv Forum

April 16, 2020

Indianapolis, IN

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

April 17, 2020

Chicago, IL

United Center

April 18, 2020

Omaha, NE

CHI Health Center

September 17, 2020

North Little Rock, AR

Simmons Bank Arena f.k.a. Verizon Arena

September 18, 2020

St. Louis, MO

Enterprise Center

September 19, 2020

Detroit, MI

Little Caesars Arena

September 24, 2020

Washington, DC

Capital One Arena

September 25, 2020

New York, NY

Madison Square Garden

September 26, 2020

Pittsburgh, PA

PPG Paints Arena

October 1, 2020

Orlando, FL

Amway Center

October 2, 2020

Atlanta, GA

State Farm Arena

October 3, 2020

New Orleans, LA

Smoothie King Center

October 9, 2020

Boston, MA

TD Garden

October 10, 2020

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Arena

October 11, 2020

Hershey, PA

Giant Center

October 15, 2020

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

October 16, 2020

Salt Lake City, UT

Vivint Smart Home Arena

October 17, 2020

Las Vegas, NV

T-Mobile Arena

October 21, 2020

Glendale, AZ

Gila River Arena

October 23, 2020

San Francisco, CA

Chase Center

October 24, 2020

Sacramento, CA

Golden 1 Center

October 29, 2020

Boise, ID

ExtraMile Arena

October 30, 2020

Portland, OR

Moda Center

October 31, 2020

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Dome

Josh Turner Concert Cancelled

Next week's SOMO Village show by Josh Turner has been cancelled due to the tragic crash of his crew bus. Here's the official Statement:

Dear ticket holders,

Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss. Please keep the
crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers. Josh Turner’s show at SOMO on
Tuesday, September 24 has been cancelled. All ticket holders will be given a full refund.

Ticket holders for the Josh Turner show at SOMO can exchange their tickets to see Billy
Currington tonight Thursday, September 19th. Bring your Josh Turner tickets to the SOMO Box Office. Box Office opens today, September 19th at 5:00 PM for ticket exchanges to Billy Currington.

2019 CMAs Nominations

The Nominations for this year’s CMAs was announced on August 28, 2019. Here is a full list of who is nominated!

Make sure to tune into the CMAs on Wednesday November 13th at 5pm on ABC!


Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban


Single of the Year

“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne

“Girl” – Marren Morris

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“Millionaire” – Chris Stapleton

“Speechless” – Dan + Shay

Album of the Year

Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

Cry Pretty – Carrie Underwood

Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay

Desperate Man – Eric Church

Girl – Maren Morris


Song of the Year

“Beautiful Crazy” - Luke Combs

“Girl” - Maren Morris

“God’s Country” - Blake Shelton

“Rainbow” - Kacey Musgraves

“Tequila” - Dan + Shay


Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood


Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban


Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band


Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae


Musical Event of the Year

“All My Favorite People” – Maren Morris (feat. Brothers Osborne)

“Brand New Man” – Brooks & Dunn (with Luke Combs)

“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton

“Old Town Road (Remix)” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

“What Happens In A Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell


Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
Mac McAnally, Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky, Banjo/Guitar
Derek Wells, Guitar


Music Video of the Year
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne

“Girl” – Marren Morris

 “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves

“Some Of It” – Eric Church


New Artist of the Year

Cody Johnson
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen

Best Low-Key Date Spots in Sonoma County

While it’s still hot outside, why not chill with a special someone at Amy’s Wicked Slush in Healdsburg. Whether you share one or get your own, you’re bound to agree on the fact that their flavors are nothing if not wicked! After you finish your slush, check out Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa and go swimming, hiking, or relax on a blanket overlooking the lake with a speaker, snacks, or a good book.

Another way to impress your date, is spending a sunny afternoon at the Marin Cheese Factory in Petaluma. Lay out a blanket on the lawn that overlooks a small tranquil lake and have a picnic. Indulging in some fancy and delicious cheeses from the quaint storefront is encouraged, but not required.

For a romantic and FREE date night, bring your favorite snack to the best sunset spot in Sonoma County. Going east down Adobe Road out of Petaluma will take you to Sonoma Mountain Road (Careful it sneaks up on you! Don’t cause any accidents). Turn onto Sonoma Mountain Road and take it all the way up to the top of the mountain (about 5 miles) where there is a breathtaking panorama of the valley below. On a clear day it’s possible to see the Golden Gate Bridge from your parking spot. Make sure your car can tackle deep potholes, as Sonoma Mountain Road was named the worst road in Sonoma County in Press Democrat’s Rotten Roads competition. It’s worth the trek and makes for a (usually) peaceful evening. Be aware of the unspoken parking arrangement and be respectful to the people that live there (don’t block driveways, be too loud, trespass, litter etc).

After these suggestions, there are no excuses for not having a great next date!

Santa Rosa Ranked in Top 50 Places to Raise a Family

When it comes down to it, California is the best place to raise a family. Wallethub recently released their rankings of the “Best Place to Raise a Family” in the United States.The study used metrics like attractions per capita, air quality, and high school graduation rate into account.


NorCal was VERY well represented. Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, and San Francisco were all ranked in the Top 50, with Fremont being the 2nd overall best place in the US to raise a family. Santa Rosa was ranked 36th overall out of 182. It was 64th in “Family Fun,” 9thoverall in “Health and Safety,” 59th in “Education and Childcare,” and 28th in ‘Socio-Economic” ranks.


The number one overall place to raise a family in the US is Overland Park in Kansas. The full study is here: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-families/4435/

Less Stress in Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is one of the least stressful places to live!

Wallethub’s annual ranking of the “least stressful” cities to live in was very kind to Sonoma County. Out of 182 ranked cities, Santa Rosa came in at 158. (The #1 ranking means the most stressed, so having a higher number means we are less stressed!)


Wallethub ranked cities from “most stressed” to “least stressed” by using statistics covering average weekly work hours and debt load to divorce. Things like commute times, income growth, and job security were also measured.


Santa Rosa was ranked 158th, grouping it with the least stressful cities in America. It ranked 150th in work stress, 154th in financial stress, 104th in family stress, and 71st in health and wellness stress. All great numbers! (Remember, the higher the better!)


Detroit, MI wound up being the #1 most stressful place to live in American. The least stressful? Fremont, CA! The Alameda County city ranked “very low stress” in all measures and nabbed the 182nd spot.


The full list is here: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-stressed-cities/22759/

World's Biggest Bounce House Coming to Sonoma County

It’s big, it’s bouncy, and it’s coming to Santa Rosa. The World’s Largest Bounce House is coming back to Sonoma County Fairgrounds this summer. This thing is straight up LEGIT. Don’t worry mom and dad, there are adult sessions as well. The World’s Largest Bounce House has giant slides, ball pits, basketball hoops and obstacle runs, inflatable animals, trees and even a DJ. The fun doesn’t stop there either! In addition to the World’s Largest Bouncehouse, try out The Giant. It is a massive obstacle course with over 50 different obstacles where you can live out your American Ninja Warrior dreams! But wait….there’s more!


But wait there’s more….airSPACE transports you to another world with a giant maze, spaceships, aliens, giant planets and more! All three crazy attractions will be in Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds August 30, 31 and September 1. Passes get you a timed session on The World’s Largest Bounce House and unlimited access to The Giant and airSPACE. All the information is at thebigbounceamerica.com.


Big Bounce America | 2019 Tour Promo (Ad) from The Big Bounce America on Vimeo.



July 4th Summer Grilling Tips




Summer means cold beer, freedom, and grilled meats. Grilling meat is truly an art form, and I am here to make you the Picasso of beef, chicken, and pork.


Here are some tips on cooking to perfection:


PRE-HEAT, PRE-HEAT, PRE-HEAT! Make sure your pan or grill is hot enough and up to temperature before you grill. Meat shouldn’t touch a grill until its screaming hot. If you don’t properly pre-heat your grill, your food will stick and cook unevenly. To test: hold your hand over the grill, if you can hold it their without moving for more than 5 seconds, your grill isn’t hot enough yet.


STOP POKING THE MEAT! Constantly poking and pressing your meats will not only make them flavorless because of juices being pressed out, but will also add additional cook time to your product. Also poking your meat will cause juices to drip into the heat which can cause flare-ups which can ruin your food.


SEASON YOUR FOOD! Beef needs some help, but just something simple help. Salt and pepper are king. The worst thing you can do is under-season your meats and disappoint your company. Also try some BBQ rubs for some of the things you are cooking. These rubs have been crafted to give you the best flavor possible. No bland meat allowed!


CLEAN YOUR GRILL! Nothing is worse than a burger that tastes like the last 4th of July. Clean your grill, but don’t use a wire brush. The wire brush can cause scratches and dents that hold gross flavors and can wind up in your food. They can also break, leaving metal shards in your meats. Instead put your grill on high and let things burn off. I have also come to find that white vinegar will clean just about anything.


USE THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE & COOKING TIMES. If you are worried about temperatures, grab a meat thermometer! For ground meat mixtures (beef, lamb, veal, pork) you’ll want to cook the grub to a minimum of 160 degrees, and for chicken and turkey 165 degrees. For fresh beef, veal, and lamb steak or chops cook until 145 degrees. 


For poultry (wings, thighs, breasts), the temperature needs to be 165 degrees. Fresh pork will need to be cooked until 145 degrees. All temps are from FoodSafety.Gov. Cook chicken breast (bone out) 3 minutes a side, I’m not good at temperature but this trick has never failed me. When you flip the burger put the cheese on immediately. Kraft cheese melts the best and always gives a nostalgic feel.


LET STEAKS REST! You don’ want the delicious juices going anywhere, so when you pull that gorgeous steak or tri tip off the grill, cover it with foil and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it.


BULLET PROOF CHICKEN. Sue Bonzell has a surefire way of cooking bone-in or boneless chicken which of course has wine in it: grill each side enough to get some good grill marks, then put the pieces into a baking dish. Add a little white wine, sliced onions and whole garlic cloves. Cover and put it into the oven at 250-300 degrees for about another 30 minutes. It will steam it into perfection and will be falling off the bone!




Sue Breaks Up with Jake

The media has already gotten a hold of the story...

Can you believe this??





Find and Eat BBQ All While Getting Paid?

Where was this perfect summer job when I was a kid?


Reynold’s Wrap is making dreams come true….paying someone to eat and travel all summer! You can become the Chief Grilling Officer for the foil king, while traveling across the country for two weeks (all expenses paid) in order to find the best ribs in America. You and a friend will travel far and wide trying to find the most delectable grub and make $10,000 in the process. Requirements? You must LOVE barbeque and share all your doings on social media platforms. Sounds like easy money!


If you think you can be the BBQ master and take the title of CGO to its limit, write a quick 100 word essay about why you deserve the gig and send it alongside a picture to careers@ReynoldsWrapCGO.com

Pack Your Bags with The Bull

We love winners here at The Bull and at Tuesday’s Pack Your Bags event, EVERYONE was a winner! Bear Republic Brewery in Rohnert Park was the perfect venue to host a fun party and allow us to give away some incredible prizes. Guests were greeted with a complimentary glass of bubbly from Gretchen at Harvest Moon Winery. Everyone enjoyed delicious food, beverages and some fun at our fabulous selfie station!


We brought 20 awesome bags, each filled with special surprises. One by one, the contest winners selected their bags. Once we were down to the final two bags and contest winners, it was time to choose the listener who would be going to Las Vegas to see Lady Antebellum from the second row! We dipped into the number bucket and selected Patrice Fistor-Jaehnig’s number as the winner of the grand prize fly away!


As an awesome turn of events, the victor of this trip also happened to be a random contestant chosen from the Bullpen at the site of the event! She won that very last ticket that we talked about. Our guests were rowdy, loud, enthusiastic and above all FUN! We loved seeing everyone cheering others on as they selected their bags and the prizes inside were revealed.


Another lucky listener won the Staycation at Vintner’s Inn plus VIP tickets to see Billy Currington at Somo Village in Rohnert Park. That prize was hidden away inside the Bear Republic bag!

Congratulations to all of the prize winners and special thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone who came out to party with us!


Sponsors include: Bear Republic Brewery, Montgomery Village, Halls Executive Gifts and Awards, Scandia Family Fun Center, Harvest Moon Winery, Epicenter, Cold Stone Creamery, Shutterbug Camera Shops, Sportsman Warehouse, and Dental Implant Center and Periodontics.

Avoid Long Airport Security Lines with Event at the Sonoma County Airport

Possibly the worst and most laborious part about flying is security. The TSA is there to protect us, but sometimes waiting in long lines seems ridiculous until now. TSA Pre-Check has been around for a while, and allows travelers to breeze through security just a little bit faster (you don’t need to take off your shoes).


The Sonoma County Airport is helping its jet setters get through security just a little bit faster with a TSA Pre-Check event being held over a few weeks. The event will run from May 29 through June 14. You will need a few things before you show up. You must schedule an appointment online and bring either your passport or birth certificate (to prove your U.S. citizenship) AND a government-issued form of ID. The cost of TSA Pre-Check is $85 and is good for 5-years. You will also need to complete a fingerprinting screening.


Sign-up for the event here. (https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/)


[via North Bay Business Journal](https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/northbay/sonomacounty/9645833-181/sonoma-county-airport-tsa-precheck)

Eat Cheap AND Fancy In Sonoma County

Two courses and a glass of wine for under $40 in Sonoma County? You would be surprised how many eateries in your backyard can deliver on this promise.


Michelin, a world renowned restaurant guide book, recently announced its list of value-priced eateries in California, and some local spots made the cut. The rankings includes places like pizzerias, taquerias, and burger places. Local joints include Backyard in Forestville which has hacienda-style dining and Bravas and Chalkboard in Healdsburg which both offer small plates and local wines. Other spots to grab two courses and a glass of wine under $40 include Diavola in Geyserville, El Molino Central in Sonoma, Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen, Ramen Gaijin in Sebastopol, and Risibisi in Petaluma.


Check out some of the other Sonoma County meal deals here. (hyperlink below)



[via The Press Democrat] https://www.sonomamag.com/biteclub/michelin-announces-best-value-priced-restaurants-in-california/


Mother's Day Freebies in Sonoma County

Happy Mother's Day Weekend to all the moms!  Planning some relaxing time with mom doesn't have to break your bank account.  There's some popular Sonoma County Wineries givng you a break and giving mom some free wine tastings this weekend. Sonoma County wineries that are providing free tastings for moms this Mother's Day include; Benziger Winery in Glen Ellen - Papapietro Perry in Healdsburg - Red Car Wine in Sebastopol - Imagery Estate  in Glen Ellen - Williamson Wines in Healdsburg  - Francis Ford Copolla Winery in Geyserville and Korbel Cellars in Gueneville has free sparkling wine tasting for Mother's Day on Sunday.  If mom is up for a road trip, Downtown Joe's in Napa has a breakfast bunch till 12:30pm on Sunday with endless mimosas for $15 on Mothers Day.  Woo hoo!


A $1000 WINNER!!!

Congratulations to Danielle Carr of Santa Rosa! Her name was called Thursday morning (May 2) at the start of our 60-minute commercial-free Bull Ride at 8:35am and she called us back within 10 minutes to win ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS in Commercial-Free Country Cash! Over the past month, 21 Bull listeners won cash during our contest. Next up: "Pack Your Bags with The Bull" launches Monday, May 6. There will be another 20 winners, but you need to be listening to get an invitation to our big prize party!

Devin Dawson on The Bull

Carey Edwards had new country artist Devin Dawson on The Morning Bull Ride Monday morning (April 29). If you missed it, you can click on the play buttons below to hear each segment. Dawson, who is a NorCal native, is in the midst of his "California Smoke" tour which supports area firefighters and benefits the CA Fire Foundation. He will be in San Francisco May 1, in addition to other NorCal locations.



Sometimes you just gotta Double Down

The Chief is back on tour for 2019 and he’s killing it.  The Double Down tour with Eric Church has sold out in 13 out of 14 markets already since the January 18 launch date. The Box Office data at Pollstar says E.C. has brought in $36.5 million at the box office. And he’s just getting started. 
A staggering 379,800 fans have seen the Chief in concert on his new tour this year, making Church the number one artist on the Pollstar Live75, a chart that ‘ranks the average tickets sold by Active Tours.’ No other Country artist, besides Kenny Chesney, comes close to having as much success on tour right now. Chesney is ranked number 5 behind Church’s concert metrics. To put the massive Double Down numbers into perspective; Luke Combs, arguably the hottest New Country artist touring right now averages $276,418 per show currently. Impressive. Until you scale Eric Church’s nightly gross at over $1.26 million! Yeah. The newly minted Chase Center in San Francisco announced, only days ago, that Church’s Double Down tour was coming to the brand new high end arena, September 28 for one show only. So before they peel the plastic back on the new box office, 106-3 The Bull is giving away a-lot of tickets to this show. When you hear The Bull “Double Down” and play two Eric Church songs in a row, back to back, caller 6 to The Bull @ 707-285-1063 wins a pair to this show. And right now it doesn’t get any hotter than Eric Church and the Double Down tour. Winning starts Monday morning, April 29 and continues all week. Be sure to listen between 6am to 10am daily. There will be many winners and only residents of Sonoma County are eligible to win this contest. Many listeners will not catch our Eric Church “Double Down” fast enough, so this a good opportunity for real Eric Church fans out there. And as a *huge* Eric Church fan myself, I will definitely be pulling for you!   -Carey & The Morning Bull Ride.

So Many Winners!!

The Bull's Commercial-Free Country Cash contest has put $100 bills in the hands of a whole bunch of listeners over the past four weeks...and the contest isn't over yet. In fact, next week the prize amount jumps to $1000! If you haven't already, sign up for The Bull Pen and listen for your name. Then, call back within 10 minutes to win!


In case you missed some of them, we have had winners from all over Sonoma County including Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Guerneville, Windsor, Sebastopol, Petaluma, and on and on. Here is the current list:

Sabrina Brummer

Victoria Garrigus

Geena Gelvin

Gustavo Martin

Jessica Pellegrini

Georgia Mueller

Montana Schobert

Amanda Wall

Jenna Thomas

Leslie Winter

Kelly Clark

Mikayla Musco

Ryan Franceschi

Mateo Sarmiento

Jamie Englund

Forrest Smith

Lauren West

Stacie Walker

Shannon Buerck

Mindy Clark

Five Rare Moments from The ACM Awards

There were winners, losers, highlights, lowlights and another ACM is in the books.  This year's show from Las Vegas had five stand out rarities too.


1)  Keith Urban took entertainer of the year for the first time. He's the second artist who was born outside of the U.S. to win in that category. The other?  Shania Twain way back in 1999!

2)  Kacey Musgraves won Album of The Year for "Golden Hour'' which makes it a trifeca for all award shows: Best Album for the ACM's, the CMA's, and the Grammy Awards. The only other projects that have been able to score a triple knockout between all three major award shows: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack and Taylor Swift's "Fearless".  

3)  A first for this decade...Miranda Lambert did NOT win Female Artist Of The Year for the first time in TEN years.  That award went to Musgraves.

4)  Dan + Shay's "Tequila" became the first hit to win single and song of the Year in the same year since Miranda Lambert's "Over You" six years ago.

5)  "Tequila" won single of the year and that award has only been won by a duo three other times in history.  Brooks and Dunn did it in 1992. Sugarland won it with "Stay" in 2007. And, three years ago, F.G.L. got the award for "H.O.L.Y."

(Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

Top 12 Harmless April Fool's Pranks

April Fool's Day is just around the corner, so get prepared to pull off some fun (and harmless) pranks on your friends, family and co-workers! Some people love it and some people hate it. These are meant to be fun and light, so have some fun on April Fool's Day and enjoy a few laughs!


1. For the Techno Challenged

If you want to mess with someone’s TV or computer without doing permanent damage, then this is the prank for you!It’s all about the sensors, baby. Simply attach a tiny piece of tape over the laser sensor on the underside of their remote or mouse. This will (temporarily) block the signal. Make sure the tape is the right color—if the remote is black and you don’t have any black tape, use a sharpie to color in it—and then leave it out and wait for the confusion.


2. It's Raining Kittens!

If you can get access to a friend or coworker’s phone, simply launch the website Iphoneception on their browser. You can switch all of their app shortcuts into adorable kitty faces. This is an especially ruthless prank for somebody who isn’t a huge fan of cats.


3. Bubble Wrap Rug Dance

Measure out just enough bubble wrap to hide under the rug of a frequently sued stretch of hallway. Once somebody steps down on it, it’ll make them jump and dive for cover.


4. Tin Foil Office

This is a classic April Fools’ prank for a reason. It takes a lot of artistry to cover everything in somebody’s office with aluminum foil, and it looks really impressive when you’re finished, like you’ve turned their desk and computer and lamp into some kind of futuristic alien workstation. But it’s also easy enough to return everything back to normal after the big reveal. Don’t worry, you can recycle that aluminum foil.


5. Elvis is in The Building

Do you know someone who loves conspiracy theories? This one takes some preplanning but worth it. Tell your friend that you’re pretty sure Elvis has been stalking you. Yes, the King of Rock n’ Roll, who passed away at Graceland in 1977. Your friend will think you’re either crazy or just kidding around. Continue to confide in him that you’re almost positive it’s the real Elvis, and he’s been following you for weeks. Give it all day of April Fool’s for your paranoid ramblings to feel like old news, and then invite them to a happy hour drink. They aren’t aware that you have arranged for an a guy dressed like classic Vegas Elvis to hover nearby, watching you. “Elvis” should catch your friend’s eye first and watch their eyes pop wide open and join in your freak out!


6. Honk if you’re….

Secretly add a bumber sticker that reads: “PLEASE HONK. Driver doesn’t know. April Fool’s Day.” You’ll have to get the sticker/sign in place without the driver noticing. You may need an accomplice to keep the victim occupied while you affix the message to the back of the car. (Make sure it’s something that can be easily removed so the joke doesn’t become a permanent part of his morning commute.)


7. The Sloppy, Wet Sneeze

Fill a spray bottle with some mildly warm tap water, and wait for your moment to strike. Stand behind the victim, no more than a few feet away. Hold the spray bottle up to your face and do a fake dramatic, loud sneeze, and squeeze the spray bottle at the same time, covering the back of them with what they think is snot! Apologize profusely and go along with it for a few seconds before finally revealing the truth!


8. Push it Real Good

Find a door that can only be opened by pulling it, then add an official looking sign to the door that reads “PUSH ONLY PLEASE.” You’ll be surprised how many people keep pushing despite the repeated evidence that it’s just not working. There’s a theory behind this human behavior, which is why it will always work. You’ll have to decide how long to let them struggle before reminding them about April Fools.


9. Ceiling Fan Confetti Trick

Get some paper and cut it up into hundreds of tiny confetti pieces. Carefully place them on top of a ceiling fan—make sure the fan is off, obviously, and that nobody will walk in and catch you in the act—and then stealthy leave as if nothing has changed. Wait for your unsuspecting mark to walk in and flip on the ceiling fan, and then wonder why he’s being showered with confetti like it just struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.



10. Balloon Room Drama

This is where you fill every square inch of your victim’s office/room. It will be impossible for them to enter without popping balloons. You’ll need to use different size balloons to fill in the spaces. The number of balloons needed depends on the size of their office, and the size of balloons you’re using. You can also pull this prank if you have access to their car.


11. Flipping the Screen

This is so simple and it will freak people out, especially if they are techno challenged. All you have to do is get access to their computer, wait till they’re away from the computer and hit Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow. It instantly flips everything on their PC screen so it’s upside down. (Don’t worry, it’s just as easy to reverse. Just hit Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow.) For a Mac, go to their System Preferences, open the Displays option and click on the “Rotate” menu.


12. Possessed Television

You can buy a universal remote and get it synced to your TV. Your friends or family who are watching TV will think they have control with the regular remote. But you’ll be hiding and pointing your universal remote towards the screen. You can hide out of site but within striking distance. When there is a tense moment in the show they are watching, suddenly switch to the Home Shopping Network. They will switch it back, and then do it again. They will be totally baffled that the TV has a mind of its own! This is one you’ll want to practice to be sure you can pull it off.




Ashley McBryde & Luke Combs win ACM's

Most of Country's biggest performers will have to wait until the big show April 7th, but three of the fastest rising New Country stars can celebrate early after winning huge awards in the Best New Country categories.   Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs and Lanco have all been named winners in the new artist categories.
New Female Vocalist category listed nominees Ashley McBryde, Danielle Bradbery, Lindsay Ell and Carly Pearce.  Yesterday the envelope was opened early for New Female and Ashley McBryde won the ACM award. McBryde is also  nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Luke Combs crushed the Best New Male Vocalist category to win the ACM.  Lanco grabbed the Best New Group award for 2019.  All winners  received a surprise phone call from 14-time ACM Award® winner and two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year and current ACM Award nominee Carrie Underwood. 


photo courtesy of Alysse Gafkjen 

Cheese, Bites & Booze Event Review

Cheese, Bites and Booze
California Artisan Cheese Festival
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Jackson Family Wines Hanger


Life is about the pursuit of great taste…in the form of cheese and booze!


Cheese, Bites and Booze is just one of the many events associated with the California Artisan Cheese Festival, which takes place every spring in Sonoma County. My friend and I arrived early and were greeted by excited and friendly workers who got us quickly checked in and slapped with wristbands. Once the doors opened, the sold out crowd flowed into the Jackson Family Wines Hangar at the Sonoma Jet Center. The space was vast and filled wall to wall with booths of, you guessed it, Cheese, bites and booze! It was light and bright and clean and we made our game plan to hit every one of the booths at least once before the end of the evening. We were given a comprehensive printed program with each of the vendors listed and a map. We didn’t look at it once, because it was just one great booth after another! Cheesemakers, restaurants cooking up cheesy bites, wineries, breweries and distilleries, oh my!


We spotted judges amongst the crowd with their clipboards carefully scrutinizing the delicious bites. Not only could the judges select a favorite, but the crowd could chime in too for the People’s Choice awards which were tallied via text. Music from Solorio flowed nicely through the space…not too loud and not too soft. We wandered through the maze of deliciousness, finding some of our own favorites: Tips Roadside with a chili con queso with Pedroza Dairy Northern Gold, peppers, and hand cut potato chips; Railroad Stop Bar & Kitchen with Laura Chenel’s Goat Cheese mousseline on a toasted baguette with persimmon chutney; and The Gables Wine Country Inn with Pennyroyal Farm blueberry laychee on an almond cookie with Crème Fraiche and local honey. The combinations of flavors that the chefs were creating, was positively heavenly.


We can’t forget some of our favorite beverages too – a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from Black Kite Cellars; Boochcraft High-Alcohol Kombucha; and Pampelonne Sparkling Wine Cocktails. Cheese makers from all over California were on hand to sample their cheeses straight and to answer questions about their unique cheese making styles – Beehive Cheese Company, Valley Ford Cheese Company, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., and Cowgirl Creamery, just to  name a few of my favorites. Needless to say, it was a night of over indulgence of amazing foods, coupled with perfectly paired drinks, excellent entertainment and lots of our local Sonoma County friends.


Sponsors include: Visit Santa Rosa, Life Opens Up, Jackson Family Wines, Sonoma Jet Center, City of Santa Rosa, Bellwether Farms, Cowgirl Creamery, Cypress Grove, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, Beehive Cheese, Mike Hudgon Distributing, Pisenti & Brinker, Pure Luxury Transportations, Ellipses, Real California Milk, and Clover Sonoma.



Venue................................. 5 stars

Entertainment/Program... 5 stars

Food.................................... 5 stars

Drinks................................. 5 stars

Décor.................................. 5 stars

Flow.................................... 5 stars

Overall................................ 5 stars






Women in Conversation Event Review

Women In Conversation

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts


A mid week delight to inspire and help us look forward to finishing the week stronger than the last.


With an excuse to cut out of work early on a Wednesday, my friend and I arrived at the event to retrieve my tickets from will call, where there was no line at all. We had our choice of meals from gourmet food trucks, The Fig Rig (The Girl and the Fig Restaurant), Black Piglet (Zazu Restaurant) and a pop up from Ramekins. We chatted with the vendors and said hello to Duskie Estes, owner of Zazu Restaurant who had been spending the past several weeks dealing with the aftermath of the flood of their restaurant in Sebastopol. As always, Duskie had a smile on her face and was embracing thankfulness.


We selected riblets at the Fig Rig, and as I watched others with their trays of different foods walk by me, I suddenly wanted to try everything, and questioned my current food choice. Kale Caesar salad, loaded baked potato, herb French fries and tomato soup with grilled cheese. There really was no bad choice. We walked into the lobby to be seated at cozy couches with tiny tables – just enough space for everyone to sit and eat and then motivate and mingle. The riblets were a delicious, yet messy choice, so I held off hugging my friends as they walked through the lobby, so as not to soil their stylish clothing. We stood in a line that moved quickly at the concessions stand to get a glass of champagne. We chatted with other women in line, whom we did not know, but were happy to be there. We visited the sponsor booths with interesting offerings. We left motivational messages inside books for the United Way children’s reading program. We felt the smooth top of a marble table showing off North Coast Tile & Stone’s expertise. We chatted with familiar faces and others we had just met.


I was struck by the strong upbeat, supportive energy in the lobby, as women we didn’t know started conversations that were positive and fun. It seemed as though all of the women there were ready to connect with other amazing women. Lively conversations, laughter and smiles were abundant in that space. There were a few men there too – a couple that had been dragged there by their wives or required to be there by their jobs. My friend Abraham who came with his wife, said that maybe he would learn something! Smart man.


It was finally time to take our seats for the start of the show. Maya Homicz, a young woman of fifteen, walked on stage and told a short story about how she was diagnosed with anxiety disorder at a young age and how she had struggled to live with it. She found her voice, literally, while attending Camp Roustabout at the Luther Burbank Center. She said that when she was on stage and able to sing, all of her troubles washed away and she felt like her true self. Her voice was beautiful as she sang an inspirational song and shared with a room of over a thousand people, her true spirit and her God-given gift. She was an inspiration to kick off a night that would only get better and better.


The first speaker of the night, was Lucia Garay, a young woman and a junior at Casa Grande High School. She spoke with passion from her heart about the inequality among women, blacks, Hispanics and whites as well as environmental justice. She was bold, she was courageous and had a wonderful message of change for her own generation, and our current generation. I was in awe of these two young women with so much courage, conviction and passion for what they believe in to step on stage and share what they know in their hearts is important for others to hear.


The keynote speaker who participated in the “conversation” part of the evening was Tracee Ellis Ross. She is best known for her portrayal of Rainbow Johnson on the Golden Globe award-winning television series, Black-ish. She was undeniably funny, witty, raw, elegant and smart. She shared a small bit about what an amazing and caring mother she had, who just happens to be the one and only Diana Ross. In just a few sentences, I had a new-found respect for Diana Ross in how she raised her children to be kind, caring and to embrace who they really were. Tracee carries that same spirit into her life, even though she is not ashamed to say she does not have children and is proud to be single. Although she did say that she would like to eventually find a man to be a partner with, she is not afraid to embrace the concept of loneliness. She calls it conscious singledom. She wanted women to remember that THEY get to choose who comes into their life, not the other way around. Her realization that she was “not everyone’s cup of tea” was a hard pill to swallow, but after completing a list of things she loved about herself, she realized that was okay. Some of the things she loved about herself most, she knew some people wouldn’t like – she’s a straight shooter and not afraid to say what she thinks. That can be hard for some people to handle.


I felt that the takeaway from the entire evening’s message was about authenticity – being who you truly are, standing up for what you believe in, especially believing in yourself and being kind to yourself are the best ways to bring your gifts to the world. Now go out and spread your tremendous gift!


Presenting sponsor: Summit State Bank

Founding Sponsor: St. Joseph Health

Supporting Sponsors: United Way Women United, KM Herbals

Contributing Sponsors: Hansel Suburu, SOMO Village, North Coast Tile & Stone



Venue................................. 5 stars

Entertainment/Program... 4.5 stars

Food.................................... 4.5 stars

Drinks................................. 5 stars

Décor.................................. 4.5 stars

Flow.................................... 5 stars

Overall................................ 4.75 stars


Photo Credit Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)


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