Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

One busy little town

Sonoma’s grand tradition of the passing of the Alcalde’s Cane will be 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@ or me at I promise a wonderful experience and the most amazing wines.  Join us and become a part of a grand tradition, too.

January is National Mentoring Month so please come to the Mentor Recruitment Reception on Wednesday January 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at MacArthur Place. There will be complimentary food and drinks, and lots of information. We all have had mentors in our lives and there are over 130 deserving kids waiting for a caring adult. It could be you. Please call 938-1990 or check Be a part of the blessings of mentoring.

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance is hosting a Midwinter’s Eve Celebration and exciting season 2013 preview on Saturday January 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. Special guest Ellen Toscano from Beach Blanket Babylon, singers and actors performing selections from the 2013 productions, plus hors d’oeuvres and wine provided by J. Baldwin Wines and music by Tom Martin. The event will be held inside Burlingame Hal, 252 West Spain Street Call 206.1668 or email Be grateful that theatre is alive and well in Sonoma Valley.

I had the pleasure of having a coffee this week with Juan Hernandez III, executive director of La Luz. Juan is wonderful addition to our community and a fascinating man. La Luz is devoted to “Empowering our community trough education, leadership and self-advocacy.” For more information about La Luz go to The phone number is 996-1287.

Well, it’s book+ sale time again at Sonoma Valley Library! This wonderful sale supports our library and features all manner of books for all ages, plus CDs, DVDs, movie cassettes and more. The sale will be February 6 to 9, and you can go to for more details. For sure a worthwhile excursion. Also check out the musical group, Los Gu’achis appearing at the SV Library on Saturday, January 26. The free concert starts at 2 p.m.

Our favorite film expert, Terry Ebinger, will be teaching a Community Education course, “Symbol and Psychology in Hitchcock,” at Santa Rosa Junior College, February 21 through March 14. The class will explore four masterworks – “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Notorious,”  “Strangers on a Train,” and “Vertigo.” Join a community of movies lovers as they delve into the maestro’s art. or 707.527.4372.

On the Mornings in Sonoma Show this past Monday we celebrated Martin Luther King Day by having local author and historian Kathleen Hill on the show. Kathleen was there in person when Dr. King made the speech and as she read his wonderful words and thoughts came alive. Each and every phrase is as true today as it was back then. Google the speech and feel it for yourself. My co-host Wally Breitman played some music that was as equally evocative of that day. You can check out the Mornings In Sonoma Show each Monday-Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. on SUN 91.3 FM,  SUN TV Comcast Channel 27 and streamed live all around the world on If you’d like to be a guest send me an email at

I attended the art opening at La Haye Art Center for Brigitte McReynolds and was once again enchanted by Brigitte’s art. Located at 148 E. Napa St, the gallery is truly a treasure of Sonoma. For more information about all the folks who are there go to (Maybe you can check out the living roof, too.) At the reception was a basket of egg fortunes; Mine said: “Don’t forget: All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only upon the full use of your creative imagination.” I’ve been thinking about that ever since.

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