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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram


By Shannon Lee

Let’s go summer!

Here’s to all the stuff of the season: the heat, BBQs, pool parties, celebrations, sunscreen, cold drinks, long, warm evenings — all of it. I’m actually not so good with the heat, unless I have plenty of water and shade. I’ll be in Puerto Rico when this goes to print, so wish me luck; it’ll be hot and humid, so I’ll be in the water whenever possible.

Around Glen Ellen at this time of year, outdoor explorations are best planned for morning and late evening. There are so many beautiful places and events to explore — just brings lots of water and watch for the rattlers.

Jack London State Park is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On July 3, the park will host a redwood fitness hike from 10 a.m. to noon. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; on July 3 at 10 a.m., you can enjoy a creek-side nature hike, or join the Fourth of July fireworks hike at 6:45 p.m. on July 4 (reservations required). Remember that you can also camp at Sugarloaf; I can attest that an occasional night on the mountain truly feels like a world away from the village and valley floor. Sonoma Valley Regional Park is the best place for a stroll on relatively flat paved or well-maintained trails. We think it’s a must-see short destination when folks come to visit us. The park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset. On July 26, there will be a two-hour Junior Ranger program at 9:30 a.m. titled “I Spy Nature Signs.” For more detailed information, visiting guidelines, and program listings and events, visit the websites of each park.

Glen Ellen at the summer games

Japan is hosting the Summer Olympics and one of Glen Ellen’s own will be there competing! BMX rider Nikita Ducarroz will be representing Switzerland in this Olympic debut for the sport. Born in France and raised in Glen Ellen, Ducarroz, 24, has been placing first or second in international competitions for the past several years. Together with her friend Patrick Kelly, Ducarroz cofounded a mental health awareness campaign called MindTricks. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, and keep an eye out for her during the Summer Games. The Olympics will air on NBC July 28 through July 31.

The buzz from around the bend

The 2021 Glen Ellen Village Fair is on track and scheduled, as always, for the second Sunday in October from noon to 5 p.m. So save the date of Sunday, Oct 10, and plan to celebrate “the good ol’ days.” Arnold Drive will be closed between the Lodge and Warm Springs Road, and there will be vendors, two stages with music, and (we think) a parade, although the permitting details have not been clarified quite yet. The nonprofit Glen Ellen Fair Association is looking for some direct donations to put it on more solid footing after last year’s hiatus and this year’s revival. Any donations (via check) are greatly appreciated and can be sent to: Glen Ellen Fair Association, P.O. Box 96, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. The nonprofit volunteers also want to encourage everyone to get involved. Join them at their monthly planning meeting on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be probably be held on Zoom. Please email [email protected] for information and inquiries about the fair.

The next Glen Ellen Forum meeting (agenda to be determined) is scheduled for Monday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. You can register to receive the meeting link at Not on the Forum email list? Send a message to [email protected].

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