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This Week's Things to Do: April 4

City Council tackles Staples, hospital digs into construction plans, and the Sonoma International Film Festival kicks off!

HOT TOPICS ON CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

Tonight's meeting could result in some heated discussion. Hot agenda items are: a public hearing on new regulations using residential power equipment (leaf blowers); possible changes regarding large commercial spaces (Staples in Sonoma); and an update on state budget negotiations. If you're not attending the meeting in the Community Meeting Room at 177 First Street West,  get a minute-by-minute report fromright here on Sonoma.Patch.com, starting at 6 p.m.

DINNER AND FREE FILM AT THE GRANGE

and take a hard look at organic farming and sustainabililty this Tuesday, April 5. The evening begins with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the film, “The Farmer and the Horse” directed by journalist Jared Flesher. Admission: bring a dish to share to the Grange Hall, 18627 Sonoma Highway.

HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

If you’re wondering how ’s construction will affect you, plan to attend the April 5 meeting when the hospital’s project manager and architect review the construction schedule. They’ll answer questions dealing with traffic and other effects of remodeling. The meeting will be held at Sonoma Valley Hospital, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

BEST SELLING AUTHOR SPEAKS ON NEW BUSINESS FRONTIER

brings New York Times’ best selling author Gary Vaynerchuk to Reader’s Books to discuss his newest work, The Thank You Economy. Vaynerchuk will also talk about social media and this new era of business. At Wednesday, April 6, 7:30p.m. RSVP: 939-1779

OPENS THIS WEEK

The Film Festival opens Wednesday, April 6, with a choice of two flicks: You May Not Kiss the Bride at the and Journey from Zanscar at the  Both shows begin at 6:30 p.m. (See complete schedule here.) On Friday, April 8, the Street Food Court debuts at 5:30 p.m. For pass-holders, the “Backlot,” complete with chandeliers and sofas, provides a comfortable place to relax with food and drink. For ticket information click here.

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