Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


Sowing seeds

On April 4, the Healing Garden at Sonoma Valley Hospital was dedicated to Norman Gilroy of who it is said ‘lives and breathes the hospital.’ Norman has proved himself to be the consummate hospital supporter. Out of respect for all the folks who made this a safe haven for patients, staff and visitors, here is an acknowledgement and thank you to the following folks: Paula Davis for leading the design of the Healing Garden; Jorge Alvarado of directing the construction of the Healing Garden; Rosa Construction for donating their time and material to the Healing Garden; Waldron’s Landscaping for donating their time and materials to the Healing Garden; Marah Marlette for creating the Healing Garden; Kelly Mather for envisioning the Healing Garden; Sonoma Valley Hospital Staff for healing; and to the Sonoma Valley Healthcare District for improving health. One more ‘here to’ to the cafeteria at the hospital. Ken says check out one of Sonoma’s wonderful secrets and enjoy a delicious and affordable meal. 

The 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival is in full major swing mode. To quote festival leader Kevin McNeely in festival stream-of- consciousness-speak ‘of few of the films that are must sees include the world premiere of “Last Call” (Chris Lloyd, Clint Howard)…world premiere of “Born & Raised” (Santa Rosa high school graduate with actress Sandra Staggs)…world premiere of “Sir Billi” on Fri at at 5 p.m. at Sebastiani Theatre… “Circus Dreams” with circus performers on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Sebastiani, “Roller Baby” Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sebastiani Theatre…John Waters Saturday nite…the Spanish language films at the Sonoma Charter School, “The Art of Flight” at Murphy’s & Community Center on w/Mia’s Kitchen Saturday.’

Please don’t be shy, don’t stand in the shallow end of the pool as my wife Jewel would say. Be a part of the magic. Keep dialing in on SVTV Channel 27 and streaming on sunfmtv.com to be in on the action. And catch many of the filmmakers and stars on the Mornings in Sonoma show from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. See you at the movies, the Plaza, the Community Center, Sebastiani Theater, Sonoma Charter School, Vintage House, Women’s Club and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and remember to always Shop Local. 

A lovely campaign event for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein was held at the beautiful home of Darius and Sarah Anderson here in Sonoma on Monday night. Senator Feinstein gave an excellent speech and fielded questions with great aplomb from the audience. Locals in attendance were Gary Magnani, Commander, American Legion Post 489, Richard Dale, executive director, Sonoma Ecology Center, Author Kathleen Hill, and Steve and Judy Page with Infineon Raceway as well as my Mayor Pro Tem self. The lovely food and beverage were presented by the staff from Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn owned by the Anderson’s. 

The evening’s most poignant moment came when the Senator saw her friend Kathleen Hill in the audience. Here’s Kathleen’s story. ‘Our friendship has ranged from political to girlie, from organizing Govenor Pat Brown’s campaign in San Francisco, to my driving her to African-American churches when she first ran for San Francisco Supervisor.  At a party 43 years ago, she decided I needed to meet a new man and took me over to introduce a longtime friend of ours, Michael Novelli and Jerry. And that was it. She and Bert danced at our wedding and she and I often celebrated later. The four of us used to try out tiny North Beach restaurants that were not on the Feinsteins’ normal itinerary. Eventually Senator Feinstein nominated me to be President Clinton’s Ambassador to Ireland and she called me very early one morning to tell me that Ted Kennedy wanted it for his sister and, while it was apparently down to the two of us, there was no way to prevail over Ted Kennedy. Everything works out for the best.’ 

Since I laced so many quotes through this column I want to include one written by Robert Louis Stevenson.

‘Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant’. 

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