Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Walking with the children

On Tuesday, October 22, I had the honor of being a chaperone on my grandson Anthony’s fifth grade El Verano Elementary School’s field trip to Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen. His stellar teacher David Neubacher had all the students prepared, and they were very excited and very well behaved. We met our two guides and off we went on a three-hour hike. The mission of Quarryhill Botanical Garden has been bridging cultures for over 25 years to advance the conservation, study, and cultivation of the flora of Asia. More than 1,000 elementary students come to Quarryhill annually for science education. Winding gravel paths pass among flowering shrubs and exotic shade trees, by tranquil ponds and seasonal waterfalls, and over gently rolling hills planted with rare and endangered species grown from seed that was wild-collected in East Asia. I’d like to thank my chaperone group of students for helping to make this experience such a good one: Anthony, Leonel, Osvaldo, JT and Brian O and El Verano Principal Maite Iturri for a job so well done. Quarryhill Botanical Garden is located at 12841 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen. The website is and the office number is 707.996.3166. Bring the family, go by yourself and experience a treasure right here in our Valley.This Saturday (10/26) there will be a Celebration of the Life of Michael Hinton from 1-4 p.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, located at 126 First Street West. Michael Hinton was born and raised here in Sonoma Valley and went on to play in many major bands, tour the world and bring joy and artistic creativity to everyone who heard him. Here is a partial list of the musicians who will honor Micheal Hinton’s memory: Tony Saunders, Bill Vitt, Mitch Stein, Stu Allen, Tommy Thomsen, Mike Emerson, Barry Melton, Peter Albin, Banana, Roy Blumenfeld, Brad Jenkins Dave Aguilar (just selected as Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year(, David LaFlamme, Linda LaFlamme, Oscar Mooneyhan, Chris Owen and many more. This event is free and open to the public. See you on the dance floor for sure. The Jewish Winemakers Tasting & Nosh is Sunday October 27, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building. This year they are featuring ‘Matzo Ball Shooters’ – can’t wait. Brought to you by Congregation Shir-Shalom Sonoma. Please go to for more information. Congregation Shir-Shalom President Avram ‘Avi G’ Goldman and I have a new show on KSVY. Here’s our copy: “Radio hosts Ken Brown (aka Da Mayor)  and Avi Goldman (aka Avi G) are a natural combination on the air. Whether they are remembering their shared Jewish upbringings, talking about how much they love Sonoma or talking about staying positive about life, they interview fascinating folk, Avi plays awesome music, and they keep a steady flow of conversation flowing.” Tune in ‘Hey Neighbor’ each and every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. on KSVY 91.3 FM and

The 2nd Annual Sonoma Chili Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the local Meals on Wheels Association, is set for Saturday, October 26, Noon- 4:30 p.m. at the Carneros Brewing Company. From classic con carne to chili verde and everything in between, there will be something to please every chili-loving palate, so join in the fun and help select Sonoma’s best chili. For more information, please contact Roger Declercq at

Sonoma Valley resident Howard ‘Bo’ Sapper invites folks to a Sunday Blues Brunch to benefit Bread & Roses and Everybody is a Star, on Sunday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is no ordinary brunch, with world-class harmonica player Mark Hummel’s Blues Blowout leading the charge, and special guests Nick Gravenites (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) and Ron Thompson (John Lee Hooker, Etta James) sitting in, you can be certain that you’ll feel like you’ve been to a Sunday service of a different kind. In addition, Sonoma  Foundation Everybody is a Star’s young stars Mikayla Barber, Loren Moale , Eva Sapper, Jeannette Denny and Glen Legion will be performing song selections too. For more information go to

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