The Kenwood Press
: 12/15/2019

Glen Ellen Telegram for Dec. 15, 2019

Shannon Lee

shannon lee with roberta davis
Shannon Lee (left) with Roberta Davis at the Glen Ellen Forum holiday party.
What a village we have. From the festive garlands, wreaths, and lights on the bridge and beyond, the new Saloon décor, the Glen Ellen Stroll, and the annual Caroling with Santa, it sure is beginning to feel a lot like the holidays.

I'm writing this having just returned from the Glen Ellen Forum's holiday social. It was a warm coming together of old friends and new, neighbors and old timers over a potluck of appetizers and sweets. The Glen Ellen Village Market donated a gorgeous meat and cheese platter, Les Pascals supplied beautiful treats, and the Forum Board of Directors set up a “guess the number of corks in the barrel” game. Steering Committee Chair Nick Brown addressed the 40+ in attendance as our community family and thanked everyone for continuing to contribute and help to make our town the wonderful place that it is. The next regular meeting of the Glen Ellen Forum is scheduled for Feb. 3, 7 p.m., at Dunbar School. There will be no January meeting. For information or to make suggestions for topics/speakers, please email forum@glenellen.org and visit www.glenellen.org.

Vicki Hill with Nick Brown.
Vicki Hill with Nick Brown.
Also in attendance at the forum social was Supervisor Susan Gorin whose office has just officially announced the seating of the 15-person Planning Advisory Team for the SDC/Eldridge transition. Members of the team include long-time Glen Ellen resident Vicki Hill, Glen Ellen resident and Executive Director of the Glen Ellen Historical Society Nick Brown, Executive Director of the Sonoma Ecology Center Richard Dale, John McCaull, Sonoma Land Trust acquisition manager, and new Glen Ellen resident and co-director of Hanna Institute Nick Dalton. There is a general concern around town that the community of Glen Ellen feels a bit slighted and the PAT team seems heavy on the “real estate” side, but biographies of the team are now up on the website, so take a look for yourself (sonomacounty.ca.gov/PRMD/Long-Range-Plans/Sonoma-Developmental-Center). The criteria of the selection process was specified as: three representatives of the community organizations active in the Glen Ellen-SDC area, four community members with technical expertise relevant to planning for the SDC site, and eight community members at large, with at least five members residing/working within two miles of the SDC site. The team has a three-year term whose task is to 1) advise county staff and consultants, 2) review specific plan materials, and 3) serve as ambassadors to the public. The mission is “to advise County staff, consultants, and the public on the SDC Specific Plan. The PAT will promote a Specific Plan that reflects community needs and goals for the site while recognizing future development opportunities and constraints. The PAT will seek to represent the broad interests of the community, review Specific Plan materials and documents, and serve as ambassadors to the public, sharing information and encouraging participation in the planning process.”

The buzz from around the bend

Dunbar School's tradition of Pixie Corner is on for the last week of school before the winter break. They need volunteers as “shopping assistants” on Tuesday, Dec. 17, Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Thursday, Dec. 19. Please contact Joelynn Lee at mcintojo@sonoma.edu if you are able to help.

The folks at Jack London Yacht Club are well into planning for Year Two. They are excited to invite you to the Annual Dinner Auction, Sunday, Jan. 19, at Viansa Winery. Entertainment from Transcendence Theatre Company and The Smothers Brothers, and family-style seasonal menu from Cuvee Catering. Tickets are available now at www.jacklondonyachtclub.org. Also, save the date for the second annual Jack to Jack Yacht Race, Saturday, April 20, 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you missed the event last year you can't pass it up this time around. You might even see yours truly kayaking in the creek this year, helping to “shepherd” the boats in the various heats. It just looked like my husband was having way too much fun last year.

We should all do our best to shop local this holiday season. From wine to chocolate, restaurant gift certificates to art, from coffees and pastries to lovely gifts in all price ranges, you can find it all in our little town. Support your friends and neighbors! See you in the New Year, the new decade!

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email shannon@kenwoodpress.com or call 996-3352.