Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

Happy birthday vibrations

Wednesday April 2 is my 67th birthday. It’s been quite a ride, and God willing it’s got far to go still. I am currently experiencing a growing decision on how to become a better champion for peace in our Valley and to further harmonious vibrations for our community. In my 2014 campaign for Sonoma City Council my plan is to make that goal my focus. I look forward to a productive and inclusive dialogue.

The recent “Every 15 Minutes” program was a two-day program for high school junior and seniors, challenging them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends and many others. Mayor Tom Rouse, Mayor Pro Tem David Cook and myself attended this event, and it was challenging for us as well. This is a strong tool for the City of Sonoma, our Sonoma Police Department, the SV Educational Foundation and Sonoma Speedway Children’s Charities to these teenagers a gut level reality check on drinking, texting and driving. Very well done, and much needed.

Great opportunity coming our way. Whole Foods “Nickels For Non Profits” program will benefit The Common Bond Foundation from April 14 through July 6. When you shop at Whole Foods Market Sonoma, be sure to bring your reusable bags. KSVY will receive a nickel for each reused bag when the customer chooses to “donate” instead of “deduct” when asked at the register. With the Sonoma County 10 cent paper bag charge starting in September now is a great time to swing by the new KSVY studio, pick up a free reusable bag and make a contribution to a local non-profit! The Common Bond Foundation is the sponsoring organization that provides our Valley with community radio on KSVY 91.3 FM and SVTV Ch 27 Cable Comcast. This includes bringing citizens the Sonoma City Council, Sonoma Planning Commission, SV Unified School District Board, SV Hospital Board meetings, plus a multitude of SV sports. See you at Whole Foods!

Excellent news: Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) has been ranked among the 15 safest hospitals in the country by Consumer Reports in an article published in the magazine’s May 2014 issue. “We are delighted to receive this news because we value patient safety very highly,” said Kelly Mather, SVH President and CEO. “In recent years, we have worked diligently to provide our patients with the highest quality care at every level, and this has included an organization-wide commitment we have made through our Culture of Safety initiative. We work every day with the safety of our patients in mind. It’s great to see the efforts of our physicians and staff acknowledged by a national organization like Consumer Reports.” Great job by our local hospital!!

The Sonoma Valley Grange, with its focus on ‘Healthy Farms, Healthy Food and Healthy Communities’ will host The Not Your Usual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning April 6, from 9 a.m. till they sell out. The SV Grange is located at 18627 Sonoma Highway in Boyes Hot Springs. For more information call 935-1322.

From Laura Ortiz: “Hello friends of the Overlook Trail! We would love to invite you to support the trail, enjoy a good guided walk, fresh lunch and meet lovely people! A Mountain Cemetery Walk, Saturday April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Overlook Trail Docent Program. Proceeds will fund a free school bus program for Sonoma Valley fourth and fifth graders to participate in docent led walks on the Sonoma Overlook Trail. The cost is $35 per person and includes the walking tour and a picnic lunch. This walk is led by KSVY Host Fred Allebach, amateur historian. To RSVP send an email to Laura Ortiz at or call 707.287.6270. Prepare to walk moderate terrain of the cemetery, water and walking shoes.

Today’s quote is from my friend Robert Demmler in response to my plea for rain:


“I don’t pray much now

God listens selectively

rain’s a good reason”.


Hopefully it will be raining while you read this. Please continue to conserve water wherever and how ever you can.

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