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Glen Ellen Telegram
I’m certain that this is an unpopular opinion - I like poison oak. Of course I don't want to trek through it with bare skin and I know it is basically a parasite, but I think it is a beautiful plant. And it's especially gorgeous this time of year when it starts to put on its fall color show (and thankfully becomes that much more obvious). Steve and I live on the edge of the Eldridge open space corridor and so we consistently enjoy the wild nature at our doorstep, both plants and animals (and even fungi)! Our wildlife camera on the driveway has captured everything from mountain lions and bobcats to fawns and jackrabbits. The creek near us is often visited by herons, river otters, and beavers. This time of year, there are many “families” moving through. We've enjoyed watching a family of quail whose babies are so tiny when they first hatch that all you can see of them is the rustling of the dry grass. And now the turkeys are out in force. Just this morning, at dawn, I was out in the lovely chill air and an ambulance siren pierced the peaceful moment as it echoed through the valley. I was about to feel tense and upset, but then I realized that the turkeys were “answering” back in that funny way that only they do. Fall is coming.
The Buzz from Around the BendBroadway Under the Stars is wrapping up on the weekend of Sept. 6 with their always-fun Gala Celebration at Jack London State Park. Tickets may still be available at their website, www.transcendencetheatre.org.
Have you marked your calendar for this year's Glen Ellen Village Fair? Sunday, Oct. 13, noon-5 p.m. The theme this year is “Small Town, Big Heart.” If you would like information about the fair, would like to sign up for a booth (very few spots remain) or the parade, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join the volunteer fair planning committee at their next meeting: Monday Sept. 9, 6 p.m. at the restaurant space in the Jack London Saloon.
The next Glen Ellen Forum general town hall meeting will be Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at Dunbar School. At the last meeting we heard about all the great works of the projects and traffic/safety committees. Have you noticed that the crosswalk was painted in the middle of town? Garbage cans and parking lot cleanups at the post office? Beautification is definitely afoot! The Forum is sponsoring a family meal in the back picnic area of Morton's on Sunday, Sept. 29, details pending. Ellie Insley, vice president of the board of directors for the Sonoma Ecology Center, spoke about wildlife-friendly and water/fire-wise landscaping. They are working with Sonoma Ecology Center, Cal Fire, and the county to develop a program for communities to access information.
The Glen Ellen Historical Society is working to save historic documents and the library materials from Sonoma Developmental Center. They have publicly expressed grave concerns about the recent steam plant shut down and what that means for the vermin and mold problems and other aspects of building decay. They are making a push for more community members to step up to lend their voices, signatures, and financial support to their efforts. Go to either their website, www.glenellenhistoricalsociety.org, or Facebook page. They can also be reached at P.O. Box 35, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.
As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email email@example.com or call 707-996-3352.