Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

A vintage weekend

This year’s Vintage Festival was just beautiful. I want to congratulate VOM Vintage Festival President Maria Toimil for providing all of us with a memory that will stay forever, and another example of why Sonoma is the very best place on Earth.

The following is from Mario Castillo: “We here in Sonoma support a commonsense immigration reform with legalization that leads to citizenship, legal immigration rules that promote family unity and protect worker rights, an end to the destruction of our families through deportations, and a halt to the rush towards massive wasteful spending on unneeded border militarization and for profit immigrant detention prisons. We here in Sonoma support an America where our hard work is honored; where our many contributions to the nation are respected and where our families and children can dream of building lives of dignity and without fear. We cannot let the continued failures of Washington result in more families torn apart, more abusive employers and poverty wages, more children who cannot dream. We here in Sonoma support a better America for all, and we invite all our friends to join us.  It’s time to raise our voices and make sure Congress hears our call for Dignity and Respect” A vigil for immigration will take place this Saturday, October 5, in front of Sonoma City Hall from 6:30-7:15 p.m. For more information you can email Mario Castillo at I’ll be there for sure.

Those Were The Days presents “The Spirit & Songs of the 60’s” starring William Florian, former lead singer of the famous 60’s group The New Christy Ministrels, with Sonoma’s Laura Benward. Sebastiani Theatre, October 7 at 7 p.m. The program incudes folk and pop songs of the 60s by Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and more, plus a special tribute to John Denver. For tickets call 996.9756 or go to I grew up on these songs so please come out and support this event and lets keep hope alive through this music. Remember this is our legacy to our children

The Valley of the Moon Garden Club will host its Fall Plant Sale on Saturday October 5 from 9 a.m. to Noon at 698 Broadway (cross street is France behind the Big Pink House). Great plants and great prices!

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library is hosting an art exhibit from the Soul Sisters Art Circle through Friday, October 25 in the library’s Forum Room. The Souls Sisters Art Circle is a group of Sonoma women who have created together for over 10 years. Join Lisa Coleman, Tina ‘Constantina’ Hinkley, Antionia  Allawat, Maggie Bedord and Lynda Evans. The exhibit is open during the library’s hours of operation and is located at 755 W. Napa St. For more information about the exhibit or the library contact Library Manager Lisa Musgrove at 707-996=5 217 ext. 1111 or

Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation is once again providing no cost mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. This life saving offering is a special service to the women of our community during the month of October. See page 5 for more information. You can also listen to “Hey Neighbor” on KSVY 91.3 FM next Wednesday (10/9) from 2-4 p.m. and hear Jackie Lyons talk about the mammogram program. Jackie is the Director of Imagining & Women’s Health & the Spirit of Women Coordinator at Sonoma Valley Hospital. Please remember that this service saves the lives of our precious mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends and neighbors. More on this throughout the month of October.

The Sonoma Valley Grange is again hosting its highly acclaimed pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 18627 Sonoma Hwy. The pancakes are made from freshly ground organic wheat flour. There will also be free-range chicken sausages, fresh squeezed juice, frittata with free-range eggs, real maple syrup, organic coffee, tea, and espresso.  The all-inclusive breakfast costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Meet old and new friends at the Sonoma Valley Grange, promoting healthy farms, healthy food and a healthy community. Phone 935.1322 for more information.

My quote of the week is from good old Benjamin Franklin. True now and forever: “He that of the opinion money will do everything may be suspected of doing everything for money.”

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