Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

A fine state of affairs

The entire City Council plus senior staff attended last week’s State of Valley event put on by the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, which covered the nation, county and city. First up was Mike Thompson, our Congressman, then 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin, and the, batting third, was Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse. I can clearly tell you that the best news came from Mayor Rouse: Our City and Valley are doing very well. I know we all can feel it. Let’s keep it that way.

This past Saturday I joined over 400 locals at the memorial tribute to a great man, Bob Nobles. How fitting the event was held at Bob’s old stomping grounds, Sonoma Chevrolet on West Napa Street. Bob’s spirit is still strong at the dealership and the friendly, knowledgeable service, and community giving lives and thrives under the direction of owner Dan Roseland. Make a visit yourself and if Dan doesn’t have the vehicle you want. His team will find it for sure. Call them at 996.2141.

Breakfast and a show! “Jazz N’ Cakes,” on Sunday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., benefits the Sonoma Valley High School Music Department.  Up at the Sonoma Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 126 First St. West, there will be wonderful organic multi-grain blueberry pancakes, sausage, O.J., coffee, and a musical show from our talented students, alumni, jazz pianist Morgan Maudiere, local band Shameless and jazz favorites Mad and Eddie Duran. Popular Sonoma chef Marco Ilaria will be heading up the kitchen this year, assuring great food for all. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets for the fundraiser are $15 for adults, and $10 for children nine and under. Get them at the door.

On Thursday, February 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Building located at 126 First Street West, there will be a very important meeting: an introduction to Sonoma Clean Power, and a discussion about the potential opportunities for using the new power agency to support conservation, efficiency, use of renewable energy and other goals. Please come and participate in the conversation. Contact Woody Hastings, Renewable Energy Implementation Manager at 525.1665. I strongly ask you all to attend and learn as much as you can to make an informed decision.

Larson Family Winery is holding its annual Limerick Contest. Deadline for The “I Got Lucky at Larson Limerick Contest” is March 1. The contest is open to ages 21 and up and there is no purchase required to enter. Entries may be emailed to, or mailed to: Larson Family Winery 23355 Millerick Road Sonoma CA 95476. Official rules can be found at along with tips on how to write a limerick. I’ve been asked again to be a judge and it’s just a blast!

The Prestwood School Parent-Teacher Organization is raising vital funds with a Valentine Wine Raffle. Buy a ticket for only $25 to help support important programs at Prestwood. The Grand Prize is six (yes, that’s six) cases of wine. Plus five runner-up prizes of a case of wine each. It’s for such a good cause – the money raised from this raffle will go directly to fund art programs, technology, and to support the school library, which last year had to close due to government cutbacks Contact Caroline Brown at or Regina at Prestwood office at 935.6030 for more information.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, in partnership with the Pajama Program’s Open Your Heart Campaign, will deliver warm sleepwear and nurturing books to children in need. Celebrating its sixth year of participation, the hotel will be collecting new pajamas, books and cash donations from locals, guests, employees and community partners on Wednesday, February 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the resort’s front drive.  All of the collected items will be distributed to local Sonoma Valley agencies. Last year, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn along with sister properties collected over 1,400 pairs of new pajamas, 115 books and $5,000 in cash donations. You just have to love The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

Sonoma Valley Hospital has scheduled tours of its birth center to familiarize women with the benefits of delivering here in Sonoma. Tours of the hospital’s Birthplace are planned for February 18 at 3 p.m. and March 18 at 6 p.m., and will be conducted in English and Spanish. Those interested should call 935-5301 to reserve a place. My daughter Eden was born there and the experience was the safest and securest birth I have been at part of. Support your local hospital.

Here’s some info for a good sale that Whole Foods is having. From February 7-9, all face care products are 25 percent off, and February 12-16 all makeup will be 30 percent off. On Valentine’s Day, by appointment at 938.8500, Maybe I’m ready for a makeover, too!

Quote of the week from the book “God In Search Of Man” by  Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:  “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…… get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”

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