Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Not a Halloween guy

I will admit right up front I do not enjoy Halloween. I am easily scared, and I’m too old to be scared by folks big and little sneaking up on me and saying ‘BOO’ in loud voices. I really am offended by the sights and sounds of Zombies and Vampires, and it does make me wonder at the choices these days by the public and what we are being force-fed by the media. I have never been under the sway of candy, thank God. However I do honor Sonoma’s traditional Dia de los Muertos Celebrations like the one each year at the Community Center, this Friday, November 1 at 5 p.m. This event is a respectful honoring of loved ones who have passed onto another realm we all are heading for. Please keep your kids safe, and be safe yourselves out on Halloween night.

Sunday morning I awoke and went down to the Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Station 2 to enjoy the annual Pancake Breakfast. The station was already packed with families taking rides on our antique fire truck, gathering safety information and chowing down a great breakfast while supporting our public safety personnel. I want to thank the Valley of the Moon and the Montgomery Village Lions Clubs for cooking up a meal for over 400 folks on a Sunday morning. I’ll be back.

The holidays are approaching and this is to advise you that the lighting on City Hall has been accomplished already.  This project, previously undertaken by the City’s Public Works Department is being done this year through the Tourism Improvement Board.  This will save approximately $2,600 for the City for lighting costs.  Normally only City Hall is lighted, but this year the TID Board funding will also include lighting the Carnegie Library building and the Palm Tree, and all with LED Energy Efficiency lights. Please save the date of December 6 for Santa in the Plaza plus other surprises. Keep checking in with this column for additional information.

Hear the stories of yesteryear on Saturday, November 2, when the Glen Ellen Historical Society presents its next installment of the popular series on the heritage and legacy of the Valley of the Moon. Titled “Those Were the Daze, My Friend: From Londonside Lodge to the Rustic Inn,” it will feature a rambling and far-ranging conversation about what can be remembered of the Valley music scene during the 60s and 70s. It will take all place at the Old Grist Mill in Jack London Village, at 14301 Arnold Drive, at 2 p.m. Taking part will be many surviving veterans of the day such as Tommy Thomsen, Steve Kahn, Hugh Shacklett, Diamond Jim Corbett, Judy Williams, Tim Dixon, Tobi Smith, Yvonne Giambrone-Martin, Larry Brookins and Jeffrey Norman. Guests are invited to bring their own tales to tell. (I have multiple tales myself: Glen Ellen is where I got off a dusty Greyhound Bus on an August afternoon in 1974.) There will be a no-host buffet as well as a beer and wine bar. The program will include live music from the times, and names from the past that could be brought up include Alex Horn, Chef Cardini, Rita Booth, Jack Coffee, Hunter S. Thompson and Juanita Musson. As always there is no charge, although donations and membership to the Glen Ellen Historical Society are encouraged. I will be there for sure with more tales to tell and you can go to for more details.

The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission’s 2014 Student Creative Arts Award Program is now open for entries.  This award program is open to Sonoma Valley residents between the age of 16 and 21 who are studying visual, literary or performing arts.  Lisa Carlsson, Chair of the Cultural and Fine Arts Commission, recently stated “We are pleased to again be able to offer a $2,000 award to local up-and-coming artists to help them further their studies in the arts.  I have been truly amazed by the talent demonstrated by Sonoma Valley students.” Applicants must submit a completed application form including a statement explaining the role that art has played in their life and what their plans are for continuing their artistic training, and a portfolio of at least five works. The application form may be downloaded from the City’s website or by contacting the City Clerk at 933-2216 and The deadline is January 17, 2014.

A Celebration of Andean Music and Dance Concert benefit comes to the Sonoma Valley Veterans Building on Sunday, November 10 from 1:30 – 5 p.m. Two outstanding Bay Area groups, Trio Chaskinakuy and Colectivo Anqari, will perform, to benefit the Sonoma nonprofit Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls, in Cusco, Peru. Tickets $35 ($10 under 12) and includes the pre-concert reception beginning at 1:30 p.m. with wine, soda or water, and tasty Peruvian bites. Go to to purchase or for information 939.7162. Readers Books is selling tickets as well.

Save the dates: November 13-16 for the next Friends of Sonoma Valley Library Book Sale. Look at this column each week for more information.

Please check out the concept of Moral Imagination, defined as “standing in the shoes of a stakeholder and asking how a proposed decision will affect that stakeholder”. This concept was a major factor in making my decision regarding leaf blowers.

Quote for this week is from poet, songwriter and singer Joni Mitchell.

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on a carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round
And round in the

circle game

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