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Village Chat: 03/01/2011

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On Feb. 19 Taylor Greenleaf and Jacob Lange explored the winter wonderland that was Hood Mountain Photo by John Reiter.
On Feb. 24 as I write this, the weather is getting colder and colder, with the chance of snow tomorrow as low as the 500 foot elevation. And that is not the first snow of the year here in Kenwood. A week before, there was snow on the mountaintops and many of you went up to play in it. Thanks to Jon Reiter who sent us a picture from the top of Hood Mountain. He was up there with Taylor Greenleaf and Jacob Lange. Talk about a winter wonderland!

But spring is coming, and along with it are some events you won't want to miss. St. Patrick's Episcopal Church will be hosting their annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Saturday, March 19. This is your opportunity to feast on corned beef and cabbage, and don't forget to eat your carrots, too! Call the church, 833-4228, for tickets. Also, Guy Sla-ter wants you to know that Open Mic at the Depot will be starting up again on April 21. That's the third Thursday of the month, same as last year, so you can plan accordingly.

If you missed the Kenwood 4th of July parade last year (because there wasn't one) you can help resurrect this long-standing tradition by attending a meeting on March 14, 7 p.m. at the Kenwood Depot. The Kenwood Community Club is spearheading the effort, but they can't do it alone. Putting on the parade is not too complicated; no one has to reinvent the wheel. If enough people pitch in and help, it should work out, so we hope to see many of you at the meeting.

Kenwood School wants to remind people that they also operate the Kenwood Preschool on the campus and it is open to all children, whether or not they live in the district. If you're interested in finding out more, call Preschool Site Supervisor Mary Dodson at 833-6551, or the Kenwood School at 833-2500.

Daymon Doss is the new Executive Director of the Northern California Health Care Authority, a joint powers authority comprised of five members - Palm Drive Healthcare District, Sonoma Valley Health Care District, North Sonoma County Healthcare District, Mendocino Coast Healthcare District, and South Humboldt Community Healthcare District. Daymon has been head of the Petaluma Health Care District and will certainly do a great job with the JPA. Congratulations, Daymon!

The Kenwood Education Foundation held its Big Heart Awards luncheon on Feb. 16, honoring Cory and Mike O'Donnell, Mary Liberatore, and the Benziger family for all their outstanding contributions to the Kenwood School and the larger community as well. As usual, the event was heartwarming and fun. After presenter Jay Cobb listed all the thousand and one volunteer things that Mary does, he mentioned that she just had her 85th birthday. No one could believe it! The Kenwood School Chorus, directed by Karen Haslag, sang their hearts out, and they looked pretty snappy, the girls with their white gloves and the boys with their red bow ties. The music program is one of the many beneficiaries of KEF funds, and that is certainly money well spent.

Rosalie and Mark Johnson are just back from a trip to Costa Rica.
Rosalie and Mark Johnson are just back from a trip to Costa Rica. It was a surfing vacation for Mark, who caught the wave of his life at dawn at Playa Negra, according to Rosalie. For her, the highlight of the trip was seeing a local parade in La Fortuna, with 500 horses, mostly Paso Finos ridden by their proud owners, stepping by. That's a lot of horses! Rosalie said they took many pictures with their Kenwood Press, which was quite waterlogged by the end of the trip!

Marlene and Mike Higgins took a Caribbean cruise on the world’s biggest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.
Marlene and Mike Higgins took a Caribbean cruise on the world's biggest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Mike says, “This ship is so large that it could carry everyone who lives in Oakmont, plus the usual crew of around 2,000, and still have room left over. (Just imagine everyone from Oakmont getting together on one cruise ship at the same time!)” In one of the pictures Mike sent, you can barely see Marlene as she stands with the docked ship towering above her.

That's all for now. Thanks to everyone who sent in their news and information. Remember, if you have an item for Village Chat, you can email it to, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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