Oct. 7 was the date for the Sonoma County Bar Association's Careers of Distinction Awards Dinner, and Mike Mullins was one of the two honorees, along with his friend and colleague Sondra Persons.
Over at Kenwood School, the sixth graders have returned from their five-day trip to the Marin Headlands, Oct. 17-21, participating in the Naturebridge outdoor education program. They were accompanied by two teachers, Sheila Morrissey and Mike Terwilliger, and four parent chaperones, Janette Eubank, Rayna Shinn, Jonathon Umholtz, and Patrick Sullivan. By all reports, the kids loved it. They were out all day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., hiking with their Outdoor Ed teachers and learning about marine science, terrestrial ecosystems, watersheds, geology, and climate change… plus playing capture the flag, camouflage, shark attack, hanging out on the beach… what's not to love?
Some of the groups hiked up to 30 miles over the course of the week, and at one point two students found a wallet with credit cards and over $300 in cash, which they were able to return to its rightful owner. One day they all went to Muir Woods. Lots of fun and adventures, but five days is a long time to be away from your family, and everyone was glad to get home on Friday.
Last Saturday's Harvest Festival at St. Patrick's Church was way more successful than anyone expected. Part of the money raised was earmarked for Dunbar and Kenwood schools, and organizers figured they'd be able to donate about $500 per school. Instead, they're giving checks for $1,800 dollars to each school. The funds will be used for the garden and culinary programs at Dunbar, and the reduced and free lunch program at Kenwood. Thank you, St. Patrick's!
Here are some upcoming events you should know about. There will be a Holiday Boutique at Oakmont Gardens on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to stop by and pick up some gifts for friends and family. All the proceeds support scholarships for women, through the organization PEO Chapter JO.
If you like jazz and want to support the Maria Carrillo band program, get your tickets now for their Dec. 2 fundraiser at the Quail Inn. These kids are amazing musicians, and it's going to be a fun night of food, drink, silent auction, and lots of jazz. The theme is Gatsby, and tickets are at mchsjazznite.bpt.me.
And the Kenwood Community Club has set the date for their Holiday Party at the Depot, and you're all invited. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 3.
That's all for now. Thanks to everyone who sent in their news and photos. You can, too! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP