Making The Rounds - Ken Brown


Carry the spirit forward

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.

- Native American Proverb

Earth Day is here in Sonoma Valley on Saturday, April 20. See Page 16 for a list of what’s happening but remember, it’s up to you to get involved and carry the spirit forward. For kid and family friendly events go to grapejuicekids.com. I will be doing the welcome at the Plaza on Saturday afternoon, but events start at 9 a.m.

From 9 a.m. to noon, join a volunteer event to give something back to beautiful Sonoma Valley: a Citizen Science biochar event at Sonoma Garden Park; a Sonoma Creek cleanup at Maxwell Farms Regional Park; a weeding work-party at Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve; a help-the-park event at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Then reward yourself and have a good time at the community celebration held on the downtown Sonoma Plaza from 1 – 5 p.m. Go to sonomaecologycenter.org for more information on the events above. Organizer Howard Cohen deserves a lot of recognition for his efforts and expertise in planning events.

The Epicurean Connection is creating a special Earth Day Menu featuring produce from Sonoma Heritage, Oak Hill Farm, Paul’s Produce, and Spectrum Farms  from 10:00 AM to 10:00PM. They will be also contributing a special Fava Leaf Pesto for the Day on the Plaza Earth Day Event.

The Sonoma Music Festival is coming to the Sebastiani Theatre on Friday April 19 with the Tommy Thomson All-Star Band, The Pine Needles and the Sean Carscadden Quartet. On  Saturday, it will be Frobeck, Creation and Big Brother & the Holding Company. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. both days. This is a benefit for the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation and Pets Lifeline and only $25 per day. You can order online at sebastianitheatre.com. SUN 91.3 FM host Leslie Tippell will introduce the bands. What a wonderful way to wrap up Earth Day, with stellar music and dancing.

“The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself,” the work of Dr. Eric Pearl is being presented by Patrice Fistor-Jaehing at the Yoga Community on Friday, April 19, 7:45 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Our local contact for this work is Keala Gerhard at kealamui1@hotmail.com or 808.878.8560. The Yoga Community is located at 577 Fifth St. W. Find out more at Yogacommunity.net.

Quarter Acre Farm is offering ‘What To Grow When’ for kids 5-8 years old on Sunday April 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Its time for the kids to be in charge of the backyard! Andrea of Quarter Acre Farm will lead kids in a demonstration of what vegetables to grow each season in there own backyard. Kids and parents will learn the basics of what they can grow to create a tasty backyard year round. Reservations are required so please go to quarteracre.sonoma@gmail.com or through Brown Paper Bag tickets. All classes are held at The Stone House 147 E. Spain St.

On Saturday April 27 at 1 p.m., the SV Library invites young children and their families to an afternoon of fun with Mariele: Bilingual Music and Storytime. Mariela is a native of Chile who performs and sings with young people throughout Europe and the Americas. Celebrate spring rhythms, songs, instrument, and stories in Spanish and English. This program is free of charge and will be held at the SV Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St. For more information call Clare O’Brien at 996-5217 x1112.

From Victor Frankel by way of Carol Peccorini: “Between stimulus and response there is a space and in that space there is choice, in choice there is power and freedom.”

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