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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram
This adult toy doll was found unresponsive in Sonoma Creek.Photo by Steve Raffaini


By Emily Robledo

Is it just me, or was September a weird month?

Did you see the first responders and coroner at the corner of Warm Springs and Henno Road early in September? They were responding to a report of a body discovered in the creek. Don’t worry too much, it was actually the result of someone who inappropriately disposed of a doll … an adult doll. I’ll let you take it from there. Clearly, whoever was responsible for the doll dump didn’t read my article last month inspired by Zero Waste Sonoma.

Cue the radio static of tuning in a new station … because it’s Fall Y’all! Bring on the spooky songs of Halloween, which will undoubtedly be followed — if not preceded by — festive songs of the holidays. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but there are less than 90 days until Christmas.

But first, October is bringing some exciting events, including the 31st annual Glen Ellen Village Fair on Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. This fun-filled afternoon will close down Arnold Drive between Warm Springs Road and London Ranch Road. We love to ride our bikes down to visit the vendors, eat delicious food, and enjoy the music. We look forward to seeing you there!

Another event happening that same weekend is the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival. As of the deadline for this article, there were still tickets available, including twoday VIP passes. It’s a great line-up, and there is not a bad seat at the B.R. Cohn Winery venue.

Before hitting the streets at the end of the month with the kiddos for Halloween festivities, there will be a Halloween Carnival at Dunbar Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 28. The time has yet to be confirmed, but be sure to pencil this in. For further details, you can call the office at (707) 935-6070.

Recently, I’ve seen signs for Passaggio Wines pop up at Jack London Village. Passagio originally opened in “Vine Alley,” off the Sonoma square, in 2014, then relocated to Treasure Island in San Francisco. Now, in addition to that location, Passaggio is returning to Sonoma County, opening a wine bar next door to Schermeister Winery. I visited Passaggio’s original location years ago and am happy to see the business return to our neighborhood. As of the writing of this article, it is not clear when the wine bar will open, but I am excited to visit.

The Sonoma 707 Candle Company is also in Jack London Village. A candle is a lovely host or holiday gift. Okay, that is the last time I will mention the holidays in this article, I promise. Visit the website at to book a candle-making workshop.

Seriously though, if there is something I have learned recently, it’s that sharing an experience with people is truly important, and this sounds like a good time!

One of my favorite things about Glen Ellen is trick-or-treating with the kiddos in the Marty/Martin Street neighborhood, just outside the Sonoma Developmental Center. It’s an easy neighborhood to walk, with a coffee, apple cider, or hot toddy in a mug, while the kiddos go door to door.