Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

The Sonoma way of celebrating

The 40th Anniversary party at Broadway Market last Saturday was just how folks should celebrate a big anniversary. A full free bar, plenty of BBQ, plus the Tommy Thomsen band with Wendy DeWitt, brought together the real Sonoma folk for a party of the very first magnitude. It was a truly amazing afternoon. So many good friends! Real America right here in Sonoma Valley. I moved here 40 years ago myself, so I celebrated as well.

The Fourth of July parade and party, presented by the Sonoma Community Center, will be happening on Friday. This year the parade salutes the Arts in Sonoma valley. The Grand Marshals will be several past Sonoma Valley Treasure Artists. I will be riding with the City of Sonoma in our antique fire truck, Sonoma Splash, and with Sonoma Valley Mentoring. I love the parade and will be in as many floats as possible. Don’t miss it!

The Rett Hamer Blues Band will be performing from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday at the Sebastiani Winery.  Come down for some Fourth of July blues and then lay back on the lawn or head up the bike path for the fireworks.

Old Sonoma Summer Night, Tuesday July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Select flowers and vegetables at the Tuesday Farmers Market then stroll a block to the Eastside for a backyard BBQ at the Hughes’ 1907 house and barn. Enjoy grilled burgers and brats, local brews, and a little night music from John Burdick. This event is a fundraiser for the SV Museum of Art and you can call Maggie at 939.7862 x14 for more information.

Come one, come all to the Living History Extravaganza at Buena Vista Winery on Saturday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buena Vista Winery comes alive with history, wine, music and food. $25 admission includes one logo glass, wine, music & food and historical performance. The Bear Flag Revolt Re-enactment will be presented at 2 p.m.  p.m. featuring Jean-Charles Boisset as Victor Proudhon. I’m in it too so we hope to see you all there. Tickets are available at or 934-8209.

Sonoma Valley Hospital has updated its strategic plan to identify hospital priorities for the fiscal year that began July 1. The latest plan notes that while the hospital has made great strides in such areas as patient services, facility modernization, and creating a positive culture, financial sustainability remains a priority. It is the fourth update of the strategic plan since 2010. The current plan emphasizes four strategic priorities for the hospital: Redesigning the community hospital model for greater viability, increasing community use of the hospital, continuing to upgrade and modernize the hospital facility and increasing the hospital’s focus on community health and wellness. A copy of the new strategic plan, along with copies of previous plans, can be found at the hospital website at Check it out!

The “Hey Neighbor” radio show on July 9 will have Jaime Love with the STA update, Wendy Atkins and Eileen Carroll informing  us on the upcoming bicycle workshop, Farmers Market President Bill Dardon, Tim Christianson with the Ugandan Orphan Choir concert and Ms. Lexy Fridell talking about her show with Transcendence Theatre Company. Join Avi G and me for a two hour show of music, chat and your favorite neighbors. KSVY 91.3 FM or streamed at

Hula Mai, Saturday night past in the Amphitheater, produced by Ms. Betty Ann Bruno, brought the Hawaiian islands to Sonoma. Go to to find out all about it. Just beautiful. The General Hap Arnold Roundabout Official Dedication Ceremony at Hanna Boys Center was a smashing success. While not a big fan of the roundabout the event was just perfect.

Assistant City Manager/Sonoma City Clerk Gay Johann has updated the commission vacancy notice to reflect that we now have three vacancies on the Community Services and Environment Commission: one regular member, one alternate and one youth representative.  Please recall that although we like to have a high school student as the youth representative, it does not have to be.  The position is intended for anyone who represents the youth of the community. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014.  If the position is not filled as a result of this recruitment, it will remain open until filled. The commission advises the City Council on matters related to the preservation and enhancement of parks, recreational facilities. There is also an opening on the Countywide Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee as well. This commission was formed to promote bicycle and pedestrian facilities through out Sonoma County and meets six time a year in Santa Rosa. You must reside within the City of Sonoma to apply. Become a member of city government and help out.

Folks can purchase $10 wine to go, Rose, White and Red at the Epicurean Connection for the Farmers Market. Cups and wine openers are available, too. They are located at 122 West Napa Street.

Quote of the Week is from the Sage Mahatma Gandi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” It worked for me.



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