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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram

By Shannon Lee

The hills are alive!

The deciduous oaks are leafing out, the mustard is in full show mode, the mornings are still chilly, the afternoons are comfortably warm, and all is right with the world. Spring is here. I’m still holding out for an “Awesome April” since we didn’t get the “Miracle March” of rain that we desperately need, but you can’t beat the look of the valley right now.

You also can’t beat the palpable anticipation at Dunbar School. As I’m writing this, the school staff and teachers are making all the final preparations to bring students back to campus. It will look different, but the excitement to make connection is tangibly hanging in the air. The littles are going back first, with in-person classes four days a week from 8:20 to 10:55, dismissal, and then work from home in the afternoon. Some students will continue online full time, with their “teacher-time” happening in the afternoons during those four days and independent work happening in the mornings. On Wednesdays all students are online from 8:30 to 10:20 and then asynchronous after that. As you can imagine, masks are required full time, sanitizing stations are available, handwashing will be heavily encouraged, and physical distancing will be enforced in the classrooms and in congregate areas (such as during drop-off and pick-up). Upper grades begin hybrid learning the following week and then Altimira and the high school will start up as well. We are slowly coming back from a year of what has felt like suspended animation. It won’t be back to February 2020, but life is beginning to feel a bit more normal.

What will be allowed?

This is a question popping up in many conversations, and it certainly has come up multiple times within the board of the Glen Ellen Fair Association. October may seem a long way off, but planning for the Glen Ellen Village Fair begins in earnest six months in advance and includes securing vendors, music acts, county event permits, insurance renewal, and all the other logistics to pull off this annual beloved event. The group is pushing forward with hope but without any assurance from the county that a permit will be granted. If you’d like to join in on this year’s planning, their first planning meeting will take place on Monday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please email [email protected] and request the link to the meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to participate with this all-volunteer, nonprofit team.

The buzz from around the bend

A cannabis dispensary has been proposed for the “firehouse” property at the south-east corner of Arnold and Madrone Road The project information is Permit Sonoma File No. UPC17-0094. Written public comment is open until Tuesday, April 6, at 5 p.m. and can be sent to Crystal Acker at [email protected], or she can be contacted on 565-8357. You can also request access to all of the pertinent information through Ms. Acker. The public hearing will then take place virtually and is open to all on April 8 at 1:10 p.m. The agenda will be posted at no less than one week prior to the public hearing.

The Glen Ellen Forum Board of Directors will be holding their annual elections at the upcoming board meeting on Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to nominate themselves or someone else should send a letter of intent to [email protected] org. The terms are two years. Multiple positions are vacating, including president, vice president, and members at large. Nominations are due April 1. The next Glen Ellen Forum meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. This month the Steering Committee has prepared a Sonoma Mountaincentric agenda with three presenters: Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma Mountain Preservation, and Jack London Park Partners. Looks like another must-attend meeting! Links to meetings are up at www. and will be promoted on the Facebook page. All meetings are recorded and you can find a link to those on the website as well. To stay up to date with the happenings, request to join the email mailing list at [email protected]

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email [email protected] or call 996-3352.


Site of proposed cannabis dispensary at Arnold Drive. and Madrone Road.Photo by Paul Goguen

Agustin Robledo, age 5, is a transitional kindergarten student in Mrs. McIntyre’s class. In response to a question from his grandmother on where he was going, Robledo responded “to Dunbar School … In real life! Yay! Yay! Yay Yay!Phohto by Oz Robledo