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Glen Ellen Telegram

Glen Ellen Telegram

By Emily Robledo

It’s beginning to look a lot like … (record scratch) my calendar is filling up and my list of to do’s is getting longer! Between getting the Thanksgiving plans confirmed and beginning my New Year card list, television and social media ads are pressuring us to buy, buy, buy! Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday are really the most impactful place to focus your energy and dollars.

Supporting locally owned businesses is vital to our sweet community. Consider a gift certificate to a local business for your child’s teacher, or give a locally made candle to someone who hosts a holiday get-together.

Gifting experiences are becoming more and more popular. We are surrounded by them here in Glen Ellen. Consider buying tickets for a Broadway Under the Stars show next season, or a special food and wine pairing from a local winery.

East to Zest is an experience at the Sonoma Botanical Garden that began at the beginning of November and continues until March 2023. The multi-month celebration of citrus will immerse visitors “… in fragrance and color. Visitors learn fun facts as they stroll, from the myth of the Meyer lemon to the cause of the grapefruit effect.”

I am a sucker for the holiday and craft fairs that are popping up. On Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Songbird Parlour at Jack London Village is kicking off the holiday season with a festive, shimmering winter soiree you will not want to miss! Activities include photos with Santa, mini-sessions with photographer Sakhon Nkek, crafting for the kids, food trucks, an artisan’s marketplace, and a buffet of homemade cookies, candies, and spiced apple cider. I will likely have the kids in tow and will see you there!

Giving Tuesday is on Nov. 29 this year. If you haven’t heard of this unofficial holiday, it’s like Black Friday, but for nonprofits. And there are so many local nonprofits you can support with a small (often taxdeductible) donation, including the Marine Conservation Institute, the Jack London Yacht Club, the Glen Ellen Forum, the Glen Ellen Historical Society, the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association (Jack London Park Partners), and more — all located here in Glen Ellen.

For many years I worked for nonprofits in Sonoma and Marin Counties. We relied heavily on the kindness of the community to support the programs and services they provided to the community. I urge you to support the cause close to your heart. No matter how small, donations make a world of difference to these organizations.

Happy Thanksgiving, Glen Ellen friends! I am so grateful for you and the kind feedback I receive from writing this little telegram.