Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

The market is looking up

The Sonoma Farmers Market begins this coming Tuesday, May 6. We all have waited so patiently for this day and I for one am so glad it’s finally so near. I trust I’ll see you all there! Here are  jazz night at the market: June 10, Octobop; July 8, Nicolas Beard Quintet; August 12, saxophonist Richard Howell; September 9, Rolando Morales. All concerts start at 6 p.m. in the Grinstead Amphitheatre inside Sonoma Plaza, and are brought to you free by the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society. Contact them at or 373.0700.

The San Francisco Opera Education presents ‘The Magic Flute- The Movie’ with free screening for families on Saturday May 3 at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First Street East in Sonoma. Created from San Francisco Opera’s Magic Flute For Families in 2007, this one hour movie is a great introduction to the magic of opera. The performance is in English, with subtitles, and is recommended for ages 4 and up. The duration of the program is 75 minutes. A 15 minute live introduction will precede the screening. For more information, visit

The second annual Cinco de Mayo Festival and Tamale Cookoff returns to Cornerstone Sonoma on Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year’s bash raised more than $18,000 for Sonoma Valley schools and drew over 1,000 attendees. The event is organized by parent volunteers to support schools throughout Sonoma Valley.  For more information, check out

Congressman Mike Thompson is hosting “Connecting Latino Voices” and inviting the Latino Community to a reception honoring Latino leaders. Meet special guest Luis Gutierrez, from the 4th Congressional District of Illinois, an advocate for immigration rights. Saturday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. at VJB Vineyards & Cellars, 60 Shaw Avenue in Kenwood, just off Highway 12. Hors d’oeuvres catered by VJB Vineyards & Cellars. Please RSVP to Mary Jane Bowker at 226.8989, or to Edith Gonzales at 213.505.3589, ejgonzales@ucdavidedu. Thank you, Congressman Thompson!

This Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Farm & Ranch Readiness Emergency Preparedness Fair at the Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen. Preparedness can make a difference! When disaster strikes, animals as well as people need to be safely relocated. Effective, well-rehearsed strategies for pet and livestock safety must be in place before a disaster occurs. Learn how. Please, no pets. This event is free, but pre-registration is required at Event parking is at Dunbar School, 11700 Dunbar Road, Glen Ellen. Shuttle service is provided from 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It’s my daughter Shoshana and Julie’s birthday to boot!

Sonoma’s French Sister City Organization, “Chamson,” presents French wine, cheese and a little “Parlez Francais” at its 2014 Organizational Party to discuss this year’s plans for enjoying the wine, food, language and culture of our Sister City, Chambolle Musigney, located in the heart of Burgundy’s Cote-D’Or. Sunday May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. Call Pam for more information at 364.7829.

The Jack London Piano Club celebrates Spring with a ‘Rites Of Spring” themed piano recital to  benefit Jack London State Historic Park. Since 2011 the Piano Club has presented quarterly concerts, raising over $7,000 to benefit operations at the Park. Guest vocalist will be Laura Benward, an accomplished musician who has performed widely, locally and on tour in musicals, light opera and folk programs. This fine program will play Sunday, May 4 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at intermission

Sonoma Valley Hospital offers no-cost mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women during the month of May. The program is open to women who: are at least 40; live or work in Sonoma Valley; have not had a mammogram within the past 12 months; and have difficulty affording a mammogram because they are uninsured, underinsured, or have a high deductible. Please call 935.5215 to find out more, and make an appointment. Be sure to tell the scheduler that you want to take advantage of the Foundation’s Project Pink no cost mammogram program.

My good friend Stephan and I picked up the mighty Jewel on Wednesday at the Petaluma Airporter. She took New York City by poet and dance storm, and then she’s onto London, England in June. While our family misses her, she is doing what come naturally for her. To teach. Love you, Jewel.

The quote of the week: “Wishing does not beget anything. Act for it’. From the wisdom of Aghoreshwar Bhagwan Ram.”

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