Heating up for summer
There's no better place to be than Sonoma Valley on the 4th of July. Whether you choose the bustle of the Sonoma Plaza parade or the quaint festivities in Kenwood, Glen Ellenites have it made (if you're in the shade) for the holiday. This year we again have family rolling into town and this is our favorite holiday to share as we show off the best of what our small town and surrounding area has to offer. On the evening of the 4th, we enjoy picking up snacks at CVS, pizza at Round Table, and then walking in to stake our claim near Field of Dreams for the firework display. Truly still the best show I've ever witnessed! What are your summer traditions? Summer vacation plans? Please share stories and photos with us!
Jack London State Park in July
A newer tradition in the making for many is attending Transcendence Theater Company's (TTC) Broadway Under the Stars performances that are the flagship of their annual season. Such talent and summer magic right under our noses at beautiful Jack London State Park! Whether you're a volunteer or a patron, the experience never disappoints. In July, TTC hosts its Kids' Camp and that week culminates in two performances of “Fantastical Family Night” on July 14 and 15 (note that there are youth-priced tickets for those shows and the entire family is encouraged to attend). TTC describes the show as an adventure that unfolds “with an adult alone in the world and follows his attempt to reconnect with his inner child. Join in this epic journey told through popular songs from Broadway, Disney, Top 40 and some original music. You'll discover the crossroads where youthful joy and the wisdom of age meet in a vibrant celebration of life's adventure through music and dance.”
Jack London Adventure Writing Camp for middle-schoolers still has slots available for two of the three weeks. Runs Monday through Friday, 9 to 3 p.m. Go to jacklondonpark.com for more details. The Hiking for Fitness program continues with a nature hike on the Sonoma Ridge Trail July 8 and the culmination summit hike with John Lynch on July 15. All hikes begin at 8:30 a.m. A photography workshop - “The Art of Seeing Composition” - takes place July 29 at 8:30 a.m.
Peter H. Raven Lecture Series
Glen Ellen's Quarryhill Botanical Garden is hosting celebrated author and scientist Jared Diamond (of U.C.L.A.) on July 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., to speak on the topic of “Plants, the Key to Civilization.” Professor Diamond is planning to explore “the development of agriculture, beginning around 10,000 years ago, and how it launched the development of civilization, including writing and government. Agriculture - the domestication of wild plants - arose only in certain places and at different times around the world, because only a tiny fraction of all wild plant species have proved suitable for domestication.” This is in line with his life's work on the rise and demise of civilizations as being connected with both human nature and the parameters of the natural world - evidenced by two of his most popular books Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.
New location for Glen Ellen Forum
The Glen Ellen Forum is taking a hiatus for the month of July. Monthly meetings will resume on the first Monday of August, starting with August 7, at 7 p.m. at a new location: Mayflower Hall.
Stay tuned at glenellenca.org.
The buzz from around the bend
Sculpturesite Gallery is displaying new outdoor pieces by artist Richard Starks. They describe this artist as “a builder of shapes. Since his childhood, Starks has always thought three dimensionally. Because he taught metal arts to high school students for many years, he has built an intimate relationship with the process of creating flowing abstract forms from sheets of metal. This deep understanding of the various steps of cutting, assembling, welding and finishing is evident in each of Starks' sculptures, yet each work seems to have been effortlessly hewn from a single block of metal, as if carved from stone. His years of designing custom weight-lifting equipment gave him invaluable problem-solving experience, which is apparent in his gravity-defying sculptures.”
The Glen Ellen Village Fair Committee will hold its monthly planning meeting on Monday, July 10, 7 p.m., at the Jack London Lodge. Anyone with input or who would like to volunteer is encouraged to attend. With the theme of “A Sense of Community,” this year's Grand Marshal is Sonoma Developmental Center. After several decades of service as the music organizer, Matt Dickey has stepped back and handed the reigns to Pat Carlin. Pat will be managing the main stage and they already have a great line-up in the works. A second stage for small local and kids' acts will once again be set up and organized by John LemMon. If you have any questions regarding the fair, would like to request a booth application, have a musical act, or intend to sign up to be in the parade, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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