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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram
Sonoma Valley students will head out the door and back to school on Aug. 15.Photo by Oz Robledo

By Emily Robledo

The countdown is on! This phrase only means one thing at this time of year when you’re a parent … school is starting soon. Students who attend Sonoma Valley Unified Schools — including Dunbar Elementary — head back on Monday, Aug. 15. There is still plenty of summer to take advantage of, and just as much to plan for as we head toward fall.

While school is almost back in session, Glen Ellen and Dunbar School (Area 1) are seeking representation on the Sonoma Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees in this November’s election. Those who believe they can support local students through this elected position can learn more about becoming a candidate at; click on “Trustee Elections 2022.” The nomination window closes on Friday, Aug. 12.

The Sonoma Harvest Music Festival at B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company will be returning Oct. 8 and 9, and the lineup has been announced. The event will be the same weekend as the Glen Ellen Village Fair, so it will certainly be a weekend of fun. This year incredible headliners include Portugal. The Man and Gary Clark Jr. We attended the concert pre-pandemic and had an incredible time. Bonus points, that it was all happening just around the corner from our house! If you don’t want to attend in October, you can also check out the winery’s Summer Music Series, which has been ongoing and only costs the price of a tasting. Learn more about both events at

After a midyear hiatus in July, the Glen Ellen Forum returns for its monthly meeting via Zoom on Monday, Aug. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meetings are always packed with information that is vital for residents here in Glen Ellen.

Twice per month, Bouverie Preserve offers tours of the home where M.F.K. Fisher wrote 13 books during 21 years of residence, and where she welcomed friends such as Julia Child, James Beard, and Maya Angelou for conversations around her table. Learn more at

Transcendence Theatre Company brought Hooray for Hollywood to Jack London State Historic Park in late July. You can relive the magic, from the timeless classics to today’s top blockbusters, until Sunday, Aug. 14. More information and tickets are available at www.transcendencetheatre. org.

Grab your hiking boots, and head to Jack London State Historic Park for Let’s Take a Hike, a 5.5-mile trek on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m. Savor the stunning scenery and fresh air while you get a bit of exercise.

Finally, in this last bit of summer, don’t forget to do “that thing” that you thought about doing at the beginning of summer. Were you hoping to visit the regional park and check out the new path? Perhaps a visit to Bouverie Preserve or the Sonoma Botanical Garden was on your list. Whatever that “thing” was, be sure to check it off. You’ll be happy that you did.