The Kenwood Press
: 10/01/2020

Community in need

Shannon Lee

I’ve been grateful to spend several Saturday mornings over the last two months volunteering with Valle de La Luna Comida Para Todos / Food for All. Every other week, this grassroots, all-volunteer group is serving more than 100 house-bound families in need. Bags of essentials / produce are organized by need and numbers in household and then loaded up in volunteers’ cars, who head out on their delivery route. The last time I helped, six of the recipients were Glen Ellen households. Items for the bags either come from direct donations, via Redwood Empire Food Bank, from local farmers (collected by the Sonoma Springs Community Hall), school gardens, and bulk purchases made possible from the monetary donations Comida Para Todos has collected. This group is committed to food, menstrual, elder and baby/toddler justice. If you’d like to donate, have questions, or would like to be involved, contact them at sfrfund@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.

An ode to Charmian

Jack London State Historic Park will be hosting a virtual live-streamed reading from The House of Happy Walls on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2:30 p.m. Author Iris Dunkle will offer an introduction and Q and A on her book Charmian Kittredge London – Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer. You can reserve your ticket at my.demio.com/ref/FgWqyLqUaFougAJY or go to the park website, jacklondonpark.com, and scroll down to find the event info.

October is fair time … but sadly, not this year

Glen Ellen Fair quilt

Our favorite fair (best day of the year) has been postponed, but the quilt raffle will take place as planned on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. You will be able to see the winner picked and announced on Facebook (power/internet willing) at the Glen Ellen Village Fair page. Do you want a chance to win? Time is of the essence. Send in your check (via mail – send from local addresses no later than Oct. 5 to ensure receipt) to Glen Ellen Fair Association, P.O. Box 96, Glen Ellen, CA 95442. Raffle ticket prices are three for $5, seven for $10, and 15 for $20. Specify your name and contact phone number so that the tickets can be filled out appropriately. Raffle donations go back into the community. Please email glenellenfair@att.net for more information.

Going out like a lion

Summer is giving us one (last?) full blast here at the beginning of October. Many of us are longing for that first bit of rain, the chilly fall mornings, and cool, wild walking. And yet, the transition feels strange this year, summer was just a bit off without Broadway Under the Stars. Hopefully many readers took advantage and enjoyed the free on-line season provided by Transcendence Theater Company this summer. Our family certainly did. TTC reports that this summer “we reached an estimated 71,000 total views which includes gaining a new, international audience from as far as the UK, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and Japan.” Generosity and gratitude was in great supply as the non-profit managed to raise over $680,000, surpassing their goal of $575,000. These donations “provide [TTC] the continued opportunity to serve through artistic performances, education and outreach programs, support the rest of our 2020 season, as well as share 10% of the funds raised from each performance to 15 partnering nonprofits, including Jack London State Historic Park.” Brad, Amy and the entire TTC family wanted to say thank you to the community and invite you to keep an eye out for the virtual holiday show and the educational services they are making available.

The Buzz from Around the Bend

Flatbed Farm continues to have their farm stand (13450 Sonoma Hwy.) open on Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Remember that Saturdays 9-10 are the “golden hour,” set aside for seniors and those with health concerns. The Farm is expanding their partnership with another Glen Ellen gem, Bee-Well Farms, which is transferring their popular pumpkin patch to Flatbed this year. Bee-Well’s Missy and Austin will be busy with a newborn! Congratulations to the Lelys!

The Jack London Yacht Club is extending memberships through April 2021. They have also determined their grant recipients for 2020: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Community Club (Kenwood Depot), La Luz Center, Marine Conservation Institute, Pets Lifeline, Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, Sonoma Conservatory of Dance, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Valley Communications Corp, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Teen Services Sonoma, The Jayc Foundation, Inc., Transcendence Theatre Company, Glen Ellen Forum, Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department, Glen Ellen Firefighters Association, and Kenwood Fire Department. In addition, the following non-profit organizations received support from the Yacht Club between March and August 2020: F.I.S.H. Pets Lifeline, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Jack London Park Partners, La Luz Center, Lazarex Cancer Foundation, and Sonoma Community Center.

The Glen Ellen Forum’s next monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. The link to the meeting will be up at www.glenellen.org and will be promoted on the Facebook page. To stay up to date with the happenings, request to join the email list at forum@glenellen.org.