Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Happy birthday to…me!

Monday, April 2 is my 65th Birthday! It is a milestone for sure and one that I have been anticipating for a long time. A good thing I learned at an early age is that we all grow older and there is nothing that can be done about it. I have tried to remain graceful and face the inevitable squarely and truthfully. I feel blessed to live in Sonoma where I have raised my family and where I get up each morning and go to bed each night. It’s never been political rhetoric for me when I repeatedly comment that Sonoma is the very best place to be in the 21st century, in California, in the U.S.A., and in the world. As an Aries I gravitate to the essence of the Bear Flag Republic. The additional layer of independence and history resonates with my inherent nature. On April 2 I will raise a glass of Sonoma Valley wine to my wonderful fortune to be with my wife, my children, my grandchildren and my fellow citizens. I will dance and eat. And the, God willing, I will get up the next morning and do it all over again.

The Sonoma International Film Festival is ramping up for their coolest happening from April 11-15th. So many flicks, so many visitors from all over the world, so much wonderfulness and magic. This year’s celebration brings Spanish language films to the Sonoma Charter School because it the right thing to do and it’s the festival’s Quinceanera as well. The venues for the festival are the Sebastiani Theater, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma Valley Women’s Center, The Back Lot at the Plaza, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sebastiani Winery, Vintage House, Murphy’s Irish Pub, and various Special Event locations as well. There are multiple ways to be a volunteer so please call Kim at 933.2600 or go to The Mornings in Sonoma Show, voted the #1 show this year in this newspaper’s poll, has already begun devoting multiple segments to the festival and will continue till after it’s over. See you at the movies!

The Timoun D’Haiti fete I have been supporting has decided to postpone the event till January 2013. You can find out more at their website or email at

On Saturday I saw the Quetzalen Ballet Folklorico dance at Whole Foods. So joyful and colorful it brought tears to my eyes. For more information go to

Local Sonoma resident Nicole Katano opens a photography exhibit at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts that runs from April 4 through May 6. The exhibit is called ‘Laughing Matters’ and more laughing is one of my birthday wishes for myself. The gallery is located at 130 Plaza Street in downtown Healdsburg. For more information go to
Here it comes again!! The famous and beloved Grange Pancake Breakfast is coming up this Sunday April 1. It starts at 9 a.m. and go till the food runs out, which has been quite early recently. Great volunteer opportunities abound and for more information about the Grange and the breakfast contact This not an April Fool’s joke. 

I want to close with a quote shared with me by Sonoma City Manager Linda Kelly. Written by Marianne Williamson it says it all. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


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