Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


Hope begins in the dark

I apologize for missing last week’s column. It was a combination of funky computers and over-amping on the Sonoma International Film Festival. What an amazing festival it was. The City of Sonoma shone as much as the bright stars of the films. I did have a favorite though and that was the short film ‘Love Is All You Need.’ Imagine a world where Straight is Gay and Gay is Straight. How would you live if you couldn’t find love? Written and directed by K. Rocco Shields this film is a strong look at bullying and its effects on children and families. For more information go to wingspanpictures.com

Before you know it the VOM Certified Farmers Market will be here! We’ve all waited patiently and now the May 1 opening day is upon us. I encourage everyone to turn out and be a part of this stellar community event. There will be more booths than ever so shop for companionship, produce, crafts, food, music and much more. My office hours will begin again so stop by and talk.

As a father of three ladies I love Father/Daughter Dances. I am helping my friend Stefania Girish with the dance at St. Francis Solano School on Saturday night, April 28. The theme of the night is ‘Dancing Into the 50’s, Grease, Hot Rods, Pink Ladies & More.’ There will be two classic 50’s cars parked in the gym but wouldn’t it be cool for 1950’s classic cars to circle Church Street and West Napa St. during the dance from 6 to 9 p.m.? I sure think so. If you can help please contact Stefania at 415.812.3491 (cell and text) or sonomamom2000@yahoo.com. 

Way back in the annals of the Ken Brown story I worked for the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County here in Sonoma. It is located between Safeway and Sassarini on 5th Street West and functions as a wonderful preschool for working parents. At that time I was a single parent with two daughters and in need of a job where I could have my kids with me. There is always a need for responsible men to work in childcare and I got the job. This Tuesday was their Open House which I attended. What a beautiful place it is with a staff focused on the needs of the children. On the wall in a photo dated 1982 was my daughter Shoshana, the mother of my granddaughter Penelope May Valentine. Astonishing. For more information about the 4C’s program contact Mira Wonderwheel – don’t you just love that name – at mwonderwheel@sonoma4cs.org.

Thursday, April 26 is the 1st District Supervisor Candidates Forum put on by the Sonoma County League of Woman Voters held at the Sonoma Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Watch it live or tune into SVTV Comcast Cable Ch. 27 and stream it at sonomasuntv.com. This is of upmost importance to the citizens of Sonoma Valley so please learn all you can.

The KSVY 91.3 Annual Membership Drive runs from April 29 through May 5. Featured events are May 1, Farmers Market Live via Radio. We’ll be taking memberships at our non-profit table. May 4, Telethon Day TV/Radio 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  May 5, our membership drive will end with our Live broadcast of the 2nd Annual Sonoma Dragons Alumni baseball game, starting at noon. Come to any of the events to become a KSVY Supporting Member or visit our web site and sign up online at SonomSunFM.com. 

First time members will receive a choice of either a cotton tote or a stainless steel water bottle with our logos on it. Plus, you will receive our bi-monthly email newsletter. Your support through memberships helps keep local radio and television alive and well in Sonoma Valley. 

I sent the following letter to all the folks at the Sonoma Community Center who created and produced the Trashion/Fashion show on Saturday April 21. ‘I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for producing last night’s magical show. My daughter and I will treasure the gift you have provided for us and everyone in the Center yesterday. Days like yesterday are the very fabric of our daily experiences and will certainly be recycled when we need to remember how creative and kind we all can be to each other.’ Ken & Eden

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott

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