Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


Manifest your destiny

This past Sunday my wife Jewel and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on the Epiphany. A powerful day, for sure. We got married on the stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center by our dear friend Donna Grace Noyes. All I can say is I love my wife and always will. Jewel’s in New York City dancing and working on her art, doing what she was destined to do. We should all follow her lead and do what we are inspired to do in this world. I certainly intend to. 

Sonoma’s grand tradition of the passing of the Alcalde’s Cane will continue on Thursday January 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Vintage House. Our current Alcalde, Whitney Evans, will pass the cane onto Judy and Les Vadasz, a wonderful couple whose contributions to Sonoma are legendary. We are asking for a $10 donation at the door. For more information you can contact Sonoma City Clerk Gay Johann at gjohann@ sonomacity.org or myself at ken@bearflagsocialclub.com. I promise a wonderful experience and more information to come in the weeks ahead. Join us and become a part of this tradition, too.

Sonoma Valley is a most generous place, never more so than when one of its citizens needs help. On Saturday January 12 there will be a “Hunting For $$$Bucks (not Ducks) for Jarred” event at the Moose Lodge. Jarred was injured in an accident and needs our support. Three great local bands have signed on to play: JoyRide, BackTrax Rock Band and Train Wreck Junction, from 3 to 9 p.m. There will be a silent auction, door prizes and a spaghetti dinner, all for $20 (kids under eight are free). Pre-sale tickets are available at Pharmaca, 303 West Napa Street, and WestAmerica Bank, 202 West Napa Street. For more information contact Katie at 486.5641 or katie_garcia@sbcglobal.net. The Moose Lodge is located at 20580 Broadway in Sonoma. Come out to help, party and dance. Its good for Jarrad and it will be good for you as well.

At the beautiful Sonoma Valley Library on Wednesday January 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m. there will be a program featuring a digital petting zoo/workshop to help people learn to use their new e-reader devices. Support the library, a true community asset that is here for us all. The library is located at 755 West Napa Street and you can call 996.5217 for more information. 

On Tuesday January 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sonoma Valley Hospital will have a presentation on joint pain — learn about orthopedic breakthroughs in surgery and pain management. Please RSVP at 935-5458.

On the weekend of February 2 and 3, the friends of Gary Ruiz will host a community rummage sale.  This “Friend-raiser” is a benefit to offset the financial impact of Gary’s post-op six-week recovery and healing time, which begins on January 28. This is an opportunity for all of us to purge those unwanted items that are in good repair and ready to go to a new home.  Large appliances and large electronics will not be accepted for this event; however, everything else from toys and games to original art and crafts, from handyman tools to furniture, from vinyl albums to kitchenware, from garden supplies to office supplies. We are also organizing volunteers to help with staging and pricing items, distributing flyers and spreading the word, staffing the sale days, etc.  Please contact Laura Dee at 938.2296 to join the list. More details in the weeks to come.

The Robin and Robert Rather family has recently relocated back to their hometown in Sonoma Valley. Robin has spent the last three years working as a doula, a guide through pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.  She is now creating a group, A Sacred Movement Experience, as a safe place for women to exist on a common ground, to surrender, release and heal in movement without the complications of words.  This group will meet on Jan. 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. to honor the full moon at Souluna  (the old Kenwood farmhouse), 9255 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood. For more information contact Robin at 601.7615.

My quote this weeks comes from my very dear friend Ms. Irma Kay and Albert Einstein and is being manifested at this exact moment by my wife Jewel in New York City: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” I say Amen and Hallelujah my Sisters and Brothers!!!

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