Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Eye on the sky

My current focus is on rain. We are getting to a desperate state with lack of rain. All the ballot measures, politics and social life will take a backseat to the crisis that will descend on all of us if we do not get our needs met by rain. Please conserve as much water as you can. I hate to be a downer but when folks comment to me on our beautiful weather here in Sonoma Valley I respond by saying we need rain to live. Please join me in focusing on rain. Thanks.

I am creating an extended Thanksgiving list that I started last week (including rain). By far my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to stay aware of all our multiple blessings.  I check on this daily and have found that each day brings fresh opportunities for thanks. One of the items on my list is the Fryer Creek Bike and Pedestrian Path that runs through my neighborhood. Kept in pristine condition by Sonoma’s Public Works Department it offers locals and visitors a tree and creek lined gentle stroll through our city. It offers an easy commute by bike to the downtown and a friendly dog path for leashed dogs. Take a walk there, say a friendly hello to the citizens you pass by, the air is clean and sweet-smelling, so breathe deep and taken in all the current fall colors. 

I also want to congratulate Sonoma’s new Mayor Tom Rouse and Mayor Pro Tem David Cook. I am certain they will continue to serve our City and Valley in the manner we have come to expect. 

Friday, December 6 is the annual visit to the Plaza by Santa Claus will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall, thanks to he City of Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau and Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Department, with the Sonoma Soroptimist Club serving hot chocolate. The festive lights are compliments of the Tourist Improvement District. There will be dancing by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and a very special Hula Mai Flash Mob thanks to Betty Ann Bruno. Following this event you can head off around the Plaza to shop local, participate in the Plaza Window Holiday Contest and check out the new Disney movie “Frozen” at the Sebastiani Theatre, too.
Tuesday, December 10, is the City of Sonoma Open House Workshop on Climate Action 2020. Climate Action 2020 is a collaborative program among all Sonoma County communities to take further actions in reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions community-wide and respond to the threats of climate change. Learn how it can benefit residents, local businesses and overall community health, and give feedback on actions that may apply to residents, homes and businesses, learn about the planning process and time line. The workshop will be held at the Sonoma Community Center, room 209, 276 E. Napa St. at 630 p.m. For more information and dates of public meetings visit 

More dates to save: The Sonoma Community Center and Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company team up to present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in Andrews Hall opening December 13, at 7 p.m. The show will play December 14,15,20,21 and 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” is directed by Jim Kent, produced by Anne Petersen and Aidan O’Reilly and stars Bob Smith as Ebenezer Scrooge. For more details call 707.938.4626, x1, or go to 

Sonoma Valley Democrats hold Holiday Party on December 16. Everyone is invited to celebrate this festive season at the Sonoma Valley Democrats’ annual Holiday Party on Monday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m. at the Seven Flags Club House, 300 International Boulevard, in the Seven Flags Mobile Home Park off Watmaugh Drive, in Sonoma. There will be live music and the main dish and beverages will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, side dish or dessert. With more than 100 members, the Sonoma Valley Democrats have been an active voice for democracy in Sonoma Valley since 1956. For more information go to

If you belong to a political Sonoma Valley club please let me know about the upcoming meetings and events so I can use this column space to get your word out.

“Hey Neighbor,” the show on KSVY 91.3 that I co-host with Avi Goldman, Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m., is having a very special event on Wednesday December 18 in the Snug at Murphy’s Irish Pub: “A Holiday Gift From KSVY to the Sonoma Valley Community.” This will be a live show produced by Ms. Irma Kay featuring Laura and John Benward, Stephanie Ozer, Misty Adana, Morgan Harrington, Greg Grabow and some special guest appearances. Come on down to Murphy’s Snug located down the alley at 464 First St. W. and be part of the audience, share a beverage and some food from Murphy’s and sit back and enjoy. The show will air live on SVTV Cable Comcast Channel 27, and 91.3 on the FM dial. For more information contact me at 938.8623 or email

My quote of the week is from Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 

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