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Glen Ellen Telegram

Springing up in Glen Ellen
Glen Ellen Telegram
Some of Glen Ellen’s smallest residents test out the new blue slide at Moran Goodman Regional Park in Glen Ellen.Photo by Emily Robledo

By Emily and Oz Robledo

Sunday, March 20, officially marked the first day of spring. Everyone and everything seem to have understood the assignment, with mustard blooming, gorgeous weather, and invitations to gatherings.

On Sunday, April 3, from noon to 3 p.m., the Glen Ellen Forum’s Engagement Committee invites you to a community picnic at Jack London State Historic Park. It’s likely to be a lovely spring afternoon, with Jaydub & Dino playing tunes. Enjoy light snacks and water, which will be provided, but feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy at the picnic tables or bring a blanket to stretch out and relax.

Sonoma Young Professionals invites young professionals, and those professionals who are “young at heart,” to Benziger Family Winery on Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This networking mixer is open to the public and is a joint mixer between the Santa Rosa Young Professionals, the Hispanic Chamber of Young Professionals, and the Sonoma Chamber of Young Professionals. The organizers shared that they are “very excited to be able to get back out there, network, make connections, and develop our professional networks as we seek to grow and develop our businesses.” Sonoma Young Professionals is a sub-group associated with the Sonoma Chamber of Commerce.

With the weather warming, the cars parked at either side of the Sonoma Valley Regional Park are stacking up. If you have driven along Highway 12, between the CalFire station and the joint driveway to Imagery Estate Winery and Arrowood Vineyards & Winery, you may have noticed a team of folks working on the hillside. In a quick phone call to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department, a representative told me that what we’re seeing is trail restoration in progress. Keep your eye out in the coming month or so for a renewed route around the regional park.

Fun fact: Glen Ellen is home to Sonoma County’s smallest regional park. Moran Goodman Park is located in the neighborhood between Madrone Road and the Sonoma Developmental Center. There is a lovely grassy area, a small park for kids, and picnic tables in a neighborhood setting. Since fall 2021, the slide has been closed due to a growing crack in the aging structure. Due to supply chain delays, the replacement slide has only just arrived and has been installed in the park. Thanks to some very scientific testing by some of our smallest Glen Ellen residents, we can report that the new blue slide is fun and fast! If you haven’t made a stop at this sweet little park, we highly recommend it.