Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

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A note from Howard Cohen, this column’s Plaza Earth Day correspondent:  “On Saturday, April 20, members of the Sonoma community ecology gathered to celebrate the Earth for a Day on the Plaza. The Biochar and compost, neighbored the home gardener, next to the Farmers who connected with the Slow Foodies. Businesses focused on energy and transportation gathered near and across from the Integral Medicine and Wellness practitioners and Yogis who help us transform our bodies and transport our spirits. We chatted by the Poet Tree, juiced and blended, we informed, we danced and we sang; and we played together for a day in the sun on our Plaza, the heart center of Sonoma. It was a great day to be together, to network, to share our work and our stories. Our goal was to take a step that will strengthen the fabric of our community and create better communication, sufficiency and resilience in Sonoma. Transition Sonoma Valley and the Sonoma Ecology Center wish to give thanks to everyone who participated and experienced a taste of what we can do when we show up and we share. Stay tuned. More to come.”

Good job everyone and I, for one, am staying tuned in.

Welcome to the school of rock! This Mac-size practice space is your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, join George Koehler on Thursday April 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. GarageBand has everything you need. You can learn how to download any song you want, (there are millions available) from the Internet, place it in GarageBand, and then arrange it for your own fun, vocal or instrumental. Please bring your Apple Laptop and earphones if you have them. RSVP to

Staying in the Plaza is always a good idea, and this Friday, April 26 is the City of Sonoma Arbor Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participating in the events are the City of Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Sonoma Birding’s Tom Rusert, who will receive the Rotary Club Conservation Award, Supervisor Susan Gorin, Stephan Stubbins  of the Transcendence Theater Company, Crescent Montessori School, and poems and music. A beautiful Chinese Pistachio Tree will be planted. Be a part of planting a tree in the Plaza!

The Sonoma Community Center’s Third Annual Trashion Fashion Show plus the Grand Re-Opening of Andrews Hall is this weekend. Tickets are available online at There will be an Artist’s Reception following each show. More information is available at or by calling 938-4626×1. The definition of ‘Trashion’ is when art, ecology, and haute couture get together and put on a great show. See you there.

Save the Date: The Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Woman’s Health Fair is Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. till Noon at Ramekins. Admission is free. For more info  call 935.5238, and check out next week’s column.

Anthony Fanaro, my grandson, a fourth grader at El Verano Elementary School, describing his favorite fruit for Kid Scoop News. ‘The cherry is the best fruit. A cherry is an embrace of nature like no other embrace. There are many kinds of cherries. Cherries make me feel relaxed, I mean, awesome!’ The young man has talent. I’ll ask him if he wants to take over his old Grandpa’s column soon.

“Spring Sprout and Renewal” is the theme for the semi-annual Grange Flea Market on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grange Hall, 18627 Sonoma Highway. Celebrating re-emergence, the market will feature local arts and crafts, café lunch by local chefs, fresh pies by the Sonoma Valley Teen Services, tarot and hand reading, live music, as well as great flea market finds. To volunteer call Mike at 939-6488. Vendor tables are still available.

This Saturday, April 27 come to the Community Summit & Open House at Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 Seventh St. E. and learn what you can do to help Sonoma Garden Park survive and thrive. There will be a  free Gardening Workshop on Spring Food by Sonoma County Master Gardeners, and a Plant Sale featuring vegetable starts, California natives, drought-tolerant plants and more. Check in with the Harvest Market, too. The Sonoma Garden Park is a project of the Sonoma Ecology Center. For more information on all that the Sonoma Ecology Center does for Sonoma Valley go to

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