The Kenwood Press
News: 06/01/2014

Spend July 4 in Kenwood!

Pancakes, races, parade, Rotary BBQ and music

It’s family fun time on July 4 in Kenwood, when locals and visitors alike can enjoy a smorgasbord of activities throughout the day.

The Kenwood Community Church will serve up pancakes and a silent auction from 7 to 11:30 a.m. This is your chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast, bid on unique auction items, and appreciate the beauty of the historic church.

The Redwood Empire Runners Club 10K and 3K footraces start promptly at 7:30 a.m. at Kenwood Plaza Park along Warm Springs Road. This will be the 43rd time the 10K has been run, earning it the distinction of being the oldest running 10K in Sonoma County. Early registration lasts through June 15. Cost is $30 for adults, $20 for youth 10 to 17, and children nine and under are $5. T-shirts are provided (must be ordered by June 15), and the first 1,250 finishers receive commemorative glassware. To register and for more information, go to

The Kenwood 4th of July Hometown Parade starts at the corner of Clyde Ave. and Warm Springs Road, heads down Warm Springs and then around Plaza Park. This year the parade, which is sponsored by the Kenwood Community Club, starts at 10:30 a.m. (note new time).

There’s still time to get your entry in. There are five awards for the top participants, plus a trophy for Best in Show. Stop by the Kenwood Press office to pick up an entry form, or go to

The winner for the best artwork, which was incorporated into this year’s parade poster, is Kenwood School student Gabby Rolland. Congratulations, Gabby!

After the parade, the party continues in Plaza Park with the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood’s Independence Day Shindig. Food and drinks are available for purchase, with Palooza Gastropub and Wine Bar donating the BBQ fare as well as beer.

Music will be provided by the Tommy Thomsen Band, well-known around these parts for their toe-tapping western swing. Make sure you bring folding chairs or a blanket so you can sit back in comfort, enjoy your meal and the music.

Plans are on in the works for kids games, and anyone who would like to volunteer to help out with this can call Dave Chappell at 328-1715.

In addition, there will be a pie-eating contest featuring participants representing some of our local groups and institutions.

Mark your calendar for a full day of fun on July 4 in Kenwood.