Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

In the know

Its always a great idea to keep your car radio tuned to 91.3 F.M., your TV to CH 27 Cable Comcast and your computer to That way, you won’t miss any of the happenings in Sonoma Valley. With over 60 shows playing music, giving local, regional and national news, I know that if you keep dialed in, you will be dialed in.

Common Bond Foundation, our parent non profit, holds the license and you the folks and businesses of Sonoma Valley can support the station by being members, sponsors and simply just listening and viewing. If you tune into the Mornings in Sonoma Show on Thursday October 18 at 9:30 a.m., you will learn that ‘Real Men Drink Pink’ is coming to the Envolve Winery tasting room, 27 East Napa Street (at the end of Vine Alley) this Saturday. Also, October is Breast Cancer Month and women who are without insurance or underinsured can access free mammograms through the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation. Harmony Plenty, Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation will be live in the studio to tell you all the details.

As I stated at Monday night’s Sonoma City Council meeting (broadcasted by SVTV) my evening as a judge at the Sonoma Bar Battle for the American Legion Post 489 and Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 111 was like going to Las Vegas: details will stay at the Sonoma Veterans Building. Needless to say, it was a lot of fun and raised lots of money for excellent causes. 

On Saturday my daughter Eden and I went to Sonoma Skypark’s Family Fun Day. Fun for us both it was. We both had a complimentary hamburger with all the trimmings, chili, potato salad… all very yummy. The next day the airport provided free plane rides for kids between 8-16 years old. Quoting Darrel Jones, “The annual Sonoma Skypark Family Fun Day evolved from the many fundraisers held at the airport over the years benefiting the Sonoma Valley Hospital Auxiliary with 1940’s themed USO parties and the Children’s Cancer Foundation with Airport Days, to name a couple. Jeanette Woods was coordinator this year, with Kathy Carmichael and Nelleke Cooper assisting. All three have put in countless hours organizing volunteers and resources for the day, as well as soliciting donations for the raffle and silent auction. The proceeds of the day all go to the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance and Air Explorer Post 1268. The cost of the free food,” Jones continued, “was provided by the pilots and shareholders of Sonoma Skypark Airport as a thank you to the community of Sonoma Valley.”

On Sunday, Eden took a plane ride with Frank Russo, one of EAA Chapter’s most active members. He is a retired corporate pilot who owns a beautifully restored 1940’s era Piper Cub. Frank has given nearly one hundred Young Eagles rides from Sonoma Skypark in his airplane. He is also a past officer of Chapter 1268 and is always one of the first to volunteer for chapter projects. To say that Eden loved flying with Frank Russo is an understatement. We will be back for sure on the second Sunday of each month. Sonoma Skypark is located at 21870 8th Street East and for more information you can go to

Next week I will talk about my friend and Tuesday Night Farmers Market music maven Liz McDonald, the Glen Ellen Village Fair, and the candidates I’m endorsing. I also want to remember Michael J. Kelly. Stay safe. 

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