Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Help the Haitian orphans

Lagunitas Brewery, in partnership with the Center for Haitian Studies and Whole Foods Market, will host a fundraiser for La Maison des Petits de Diquini orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.,1280 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma.

La Maison des Petites de Diquini orphanage is home to more than 30 children who have been orphaned or abandoned in Haiti. Many of these children lost their parents in the devastating earthquake three years ago. Children at the orphanage have a safe haven, receive food, shelter, education and love from directors Marie-Carmel Franck and Philippe Salomon. The orphanage is located on the century old Salomon family homestead, and director Philippe Salomon will be present at the fundraiser.

Previous fundraisers for the orphanage have contributed to major renovations to the main house and the purchase of a large freezer to provide more economical and secure meat protein for the children. This year’s funds will go towards ovens to prepare the 90 meals per day served at the orphanage.

Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and tickets may be purchased online or in person at the Sonoma Valley Box Office at or at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. Lagunitas Brewery will donate proceeds from the beer sales during the event to the orphanage. Patrons will enjoy Creole-style grilled pork, pulled boar, spring salad, grilled vegetables, and chocolate dessert. Live jazz music by the Steve Rubardt Trio and Reggae music by DJ Robert Roots will enliven the scene. For more information contact Guilaine Salomon at 707.293.7341 or

The children need your help. I want to send a very special thanks to Sara Hammett for composing this information and for all the countless hours she has devoted to the cause of the children.

Hula Mai presents ‘Hawaii in Sonoma, Kanohona Hawaii, the Hawaiian Way of Life’ , Sunday February 17, 1 to 9 p.m. at Vintage House. See page 23 for more details. At Monday’s Sonoma City Council meeting I presented Hula Mai with a proclamation making February 17 “Hawaii In Sonoma Day.” Hula Mai presented the council and the citizens a dance and a song with live music and it was the loveliest council meeting I have ever been to in over 17 years.

February is Heart Health Month. The Cardiopulmonary department at Sonoma Valley Hospital is offering free blood pressure checks Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The department is located around the corner from the hospital cafeteria. The cafeteria at the hospital is a wonderful place for breakfast and lunch too.

The issue of Fluoride being added to our water is back. Check out the film “Dr. Strangelove” for my opinion about ‘our precious bodily fluids’. More to come.

Got Equipment? Need equipment? Check out the Home Equipment Exchange organized by Sonoma Homecare, keeping the Home in Homecare. Donate gently used equipment, borrow what you need and tell all your friends about this great recycling happening right here is Sonoma Valley. You can contact Jen Ladha at, or 707-938-7371. Sonoma Homecare is located at 255 West Napa Street, Sonoma.

From Dave with the Friends of the Library: “Thanks again to all of you that helped put on the book sale at the library. We were a bit short on total books available this time (298 vs. an average of 323 boxes), but we sold about 78 percent of what we put out, so the mount raised was good: a bit over $11,000.” That is an excellent total, and it all gets poured into the Sonoma Valley Library. On Wednesday, February 20 at 6 p.m. the library will present free live music with ‘Mid-East Tapestry: A Musical Magic Carpet Ride.” The Sonoma Valley Library is located at 755 West Napa Street and the number for more information is 996.5217.

Valentine’s Day is here! Please pour some love energy on yourself. We have to love ourselves before we can truly love another. Each and everyday is a gift we have been given. Nourish that gift with love. Please.

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