Kenwood Hometown 4th of July
Run, march, eat, party!
Summer is almost here and the annual 4th of July planning by the Kenwood Community Church, Kenwood Community Club, Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, and Empire Runners is well underway.
The Kenwood Hometown 4th of July Parade is an enduring tradition and is the major town get-together of the year. This year's theme is “The Great Outdoors” and features Bill Myers and Dave Chalk of Bill and Dave Hikes as Grand Marshals (although Dave Chalk will be out of town … hiking elsewhere, of course.)
If you would like to join in the parade, please go to kenwoodparade.com to enter online or download a form, or drop by the Kenwood Press office and pick one up.
This year, our national birthday party falls on a Thursday, giving a lot of people a four-day weekend and plenty of time to enjoy it. The day starts off at 7 a.m. with the Kenwood Community Church's 25th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction.
The starter's gun for the Empire Runners' Club 48th Annual 3K and 10K footraces is at 7:30 a.m. sharp. The 3K starts first, and the 10K race heads out three minutes later. Register online at www.kenwoodfootrace.com, which will answer any questions you might have. Entry fee includes timing, a commemorative finisher medal, T-shirt, and $5 off the pancake breakfast.
Both races start and finish at Kenwood Plaza Park, home of all the day's festivities.
The Big Parade - usually lasting about 20 minutes - starts at 10:30 a.m. with a salute to Old Glory led by the U.S. Coast Guard's Color Guard, accompanied by the National Anthem.
After the honors, the parade: people and cars and trucks and wagons and kids and bicycles and goats and dogs … the list is as varied as the entrants.
Candy will be tossed into the massive crowds lining Warm Springs Road between Clyde and Park Row, cheering the entrants. It's an extremely family-friendly event, suitable for small kids as well as the rest of us.
Right after the parade comes the party - The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood Shindig -an annual community fiesta starting at 11 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon, offering food, libations, kids games and live music by Blue Rock. This is an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.
The 4th of July Parade is sponsored by the Kenwood Community Club and is being directed this year by Nazar Eljumaily with some help from his friends. If you would like to volunteer to help, please go to kenwoodparade.com or leave a message at 234-8657.
Pancakes, more at Kenwood Community ChurchFolks at Kenwood Community Church are working hard to get ready for Kenwood’s big 4th of July celebration centered around Kenwood Plaza Park off Warm Springs Road.
Since 1994 the church has provided a hearty breakfast to start the day, serving early birds from the Redwood Empire Runners at 7 a.m., and ending at 11:30 a.m. Although famous as the “Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast,” the menu also offers scrambled eggs, sausages, fresh oranges and orange juice, coffee and tea. Cost is $10 for adults (13+), and $8 for children (4–12).
At 8:30 a.m. the Silent Auction opens, with tables set up in Kenwood Plaza Park. Hundreds of auction items have been collected from individuals, wineries, restaurants, and local businesses. The auction wraps up at 1 p.m., so get your bids in early.
Proceeds from this annual event go toward the maintenance of the historic church, as well as supporting local needs through such organizations as the Redwood Empire Food Bank, La Luz Center, The Living Room, and Catholic Charities.
If you have items you would like to donate to the auction, please contact Sally Doss at 484-9900, or Jenny Froyd at 708-8887. A receipt with the church’s tax ID number will be given to all donors, and a public “Thank You!” will appear in a future edition of the Kenwood Press, listing every donor by name.
Tickets on sale now for July 4 fireworks hikeCelebrate Sugarloaf’s 50th anniversary – and the 4th of July – with Bill & Dave Hikes. After the daytime festivities on July 4, climb the tallest mountain in Sonoma Valley, Bald Mountain, for a spectacular evening vantage point of area fireworks, from Windsor in the north, Berkeley, and Oakland in the east, San Francisco to the south, with possible views of the south bay. This strenuous hike covers 6.5 miles with 1,500 feet of elevation gain, including some steep sections.
Participants will enjoy a sumptuous mountaintop reception of hearty snacks and sweets, lemonade, libation, and water.
Meet at 6:45 p.m. at the campsite near the observatory. Tickets are $50. Reserve now at www.sugarloafpark.org.