Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


Not bowled over

I am currently viewing the ads that ran during the recent Super Bowl. I am very curious what was produced and sold to the American people. The why I already know. More on this in next week’s column. I will reserve my thoughts on the entire package of the game and its reflection on our American culture till I’ve figured it out.

I spent the game time soaking up the sun in our backyard. It felt incredible and I know it was good for my soul, spirit and skin. Seek out a protected place and try it. For sure it did not make me want to go out and buy something I don’t need. I do know it influenced me to keep on sunbathing whenever I can.

Valentine’s Day is next Thursday February 14. We have a special Mornings in Sonoma show that day at 9:30 a.m. My dear friend Irma Kay is hosting a musical segment with local Sonoma star Morgan Harrington, accompanied on the piano by Sherrill Peterson. They will sing and play a concert of love songs to Sonoma, a Valentine for you all. Visit with us on SUN TV Comcast 27, SUN 91.3 FM and Sonomasuntv.com

Save the Date: February 26 at Lagunitas Brewery in Penngrove, to commemorate the anniversary of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, there will be a benefit for the children of La Maison des Petits de Diquini orphanage. More information to come.

Benefit Shopping Night for SV Mentoring Alliance, this Saturday, February 9, at Baksheesh Fair Trade, 423 First St. W, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information go to Sonomamentoring.org or call Baksheesh at 939-2847.

Friends of the SV Library sale is this week, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students preschool through Grade 12, don’t forget your free book! At the Library on February 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be an E-Reader Workshop. Learn how to download e-books from the Library. Bring your e-reader device or there will be some available to practice with. 755 W. Napa St.

Hula Mai presents “Hawaii in Sonoma, Kanohona Hawaii, the Hawaiian Way of Life,” on Sunday February 17, 1 p.m. at Vintage House. Featuring talk-story, hula, obana, oli, lei-making, legends, history, ukulele workshops, Kanikapila Hawaii Plate Dinner and Kalua Pig. For more information go to hulamai.org/upcomingevents. At the February 11 Sonoma City Council meeting I will be presenting Hula Mai with a proclamation making February 17 “Hawaii In Sonoma Day.” Hula Mai will present the council and the citizens a dance and a song. Watch the Council meetings, starting at 6 p.m., on SUN TV Comcast 27 or Sonomasuntv.com.

At last Thursday’s Alcalde reception the El Verano Glee Club sang an original song to our 2013 Alcalde and Alcaldessa, Les and Judy Vadasz. It was the highlight of the evening and here are the lyrics to “The Ballard of Les and Judy,” sung to the tune of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer:

There’s Prince William and Kate

And Michelle and Obama

Then there’s always your Daddy and Momma

But do you recall the most famous couple of all……

Les and Judy Vadasz

Live way up on the hill

And if you ever ask for their help

They will surely say ‘we will’

They’ll tell you they’re lucky

And that they really care

It seems their reach is boundless

And they like to help and share

You see,

Les was in his counting house

And he was heard to say

‘We’ve got all this moola now,

We should just give some away!

Some for the Boy’s and Girls Club

Anything for our youth

And science, and computers’

They’re good, ain’t that the truth

so, now,

Judy’s the Alcaldessa

Les is the Alcalde

For what they’ve done in Sonoma

They’ll go down in hi-stor-y!

I gave a good speech at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast last week as well. That event was filmed too and will air soon. More news on that next week, but all economic indicators are doing real well. The City of Sonoma is in the black and that’s the tax, Jack.

I want to close this column and open my heart forever to this wonderful quote from 1 Corinthians 13:13: “Three things will last forever— Faith, Hope, and Love— and the greatest of these is Love.”

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