Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


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I can’t get my mind around the big national picture, so I decided to keep it regional. My election endorsements are for the following folks and please remember that all politics are local. For Sonoma City Council I support Laurie Gallian and David Cook.

Ms. Gallian is an experienced and very well respected council member. She currently serves on many countywide boards and committees for the city of Sonoma. She is always well prepared for our meetings and responds directly to constituents in a very timely way.

I am supporting David Cook for Sonoma City Council as well. He has consistently attended council meetings for the last three years, speaks on the issues and in my opinion is the best of the non-incumbents to step into the job. The following have received my endorsements as well: Jared Huffman for Congress; Mike Thompson to stay in Congress; Prop 37 to ensure that the foods we eat are properly labeled; and Susan Gorin for Sonoma County First District Supervisor.

On Saturday, November 3, there will be a wonderful memorial service for David ‘Lumpy’ Williams at the Sebastiani Theatre beginning at 1 p.m. Come and pay your respects to a man that served his community in a caring and loving manner. A reception at MacArthur Place, will begin at 2:30 p.m. There will be more details in next week’s column. 

I am saddened to say that Liz MacDonald has resigned from the Valley of the Moon Farmers Market board. I used to book the music, and Liz was always willing to step in and help. I know it was a very difficult decision for her to make. Digging into her own pocket at times to cover the costs of musicians, for over two years Liz has done her community an awesome service and has provided stellar music that has enhanced everyone’s experience. In her own words, “The challenge has never been about me. Music is a huge part of my life, my Dad played in a big band and music feeds my soul. The opportunity I had to bring incredible talent to the City of Sonoma has been a trip. My goal was always to provide quality entertainment for the market and with some wonderful friends in the music industry, I know I accomplished that goal.”

Liz and I both share a desire for our very successful market to pay the performers. The Tuesday Night Market is the coolest happening in Sonoma Valley from May-October and the musicians are just as intrinsically important to its appeal as the vendors. As this year’s market ends on Tuesday October 30 with the annual Halloween Parade I am already looking forward to next year. Paying musicians that grace our experience in 2013 is the right action to take.

Sonoma is a nonprofit town for sure. As a community benefit resulting from the Sonoma Community Center’s funding partnership with the City of Sonoma, a number of free room-uses of various facilities at the Center will be available to all Sonoma Valley non-profits with official IRS designation. A scheduling conference to award the rooms through a lottery system will be held at the Sonoma Community center on Thursday, November 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rotary Community Kitchen.

Dates available for the free use are December 1, 2012 thru October 30, 2013. The rooms available in the selection process include: six uses of room 110, six uses of the Movement Studio and six uses of the Conference Room. Each participating organization will be allowed one free room use only. Non-profit organizations interested in taking part in the lottery can register by contacting Janaea Martin at 938-4626 x2 or email janaea@sonomacommunitycenter.org. Organizations wishing to participate in the lottery must have a representative at the gathering on November 8. Refreshments will be served too. Check this out.
Right near our headquarters of KSVY and The Sun is the Golden Hawk Café, located in the Studebaker Cheesecake Café at 248 West Napa Street. Omelets are the specialty, with buckwheat crepes made by your friendly host Stephan Wells. Along with organic French Roast coffee other bakery treats and delicious cheesecakes are available. Hours for breakfast are Wednesday through Sunday 7 a.m to 1 p.m. It’s yummy, quiet and a great location. 

Please stay focused and informed about your life. No one can live it but you.

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