Monica and Joe Hansen just celebrated their 10th anniversary as owners of Green Acres Manor elderly care home in Kenwood. They moved here from San Diego in July of 2005. Joe said, “It's amazing how time has gone by so fast to know that we have now been here for 10 years helping the elderly, and those especially with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. This is a very special place, and this is a special calling not only for us, but for our wonderful staff, most of whom have been with us for a long time. Caring for the elderly starts with caring individuals, and we have the best.” On July 25 they hosted a party for Green Acres residents and their families, former families, friends, vendors, you name it! Lunch was catered by Vineyards Inn, and everyone enjoyed the delicious food and camaraderie.
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We missed the Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department's Starlight Dinner and Auction this year, which took place Aug. 8 at Gordenker Ranch in Glen Ellen. By all reports it was a fantastic evening, with over 200 people in attendance, and raising over $25,000 for the fire department. People danced the night away to swing band Out of the Blue, and enjoyed a delicious meal by Glen Ellen's own Olive & Vine. This is the MVFD's major fundraiser of the year, and everything from the event goes directly to support the all-volunteer firefighting force, a dedicated group which has no easy task handling calls in the rugged terrain of the Mayacamas. If you've never been to the Starlight Dinner & Auction, mark your calendar for next year, the second Saturday in August. It's one of our valley's really special events.
Speaking of which, we were at VOTMA's Rancho Los Guilicos Day in Plaza Park last weekend, and who did we see there but Karl Keener, one of VOTMA's founders, who now lives in Portland, Oregon. Karl and his wife Carol moved there about four years ago, and we miss them! There was a fabulous dessert auction driven by the hilarious Dia Bondi who is the niece of VOTMA member Gini Dunlop. She should be a stand-up comedian, but she makes a great auctioneer. In typical Kenwood fashion, there were no bidder numbers. Dia simply referred to people by names like Dapper Dan (Karl) and Good Hair (That would be me. I kept bidding just to hear her say it again.) She coaxed a couple of fellows in sunglasses (Miami Vice?) to pony up $550 for a coconut cake. Well, it was a pretty big cake. Overall, the party was very successful and very fun.
[Zach is front row third from right in picture from Regionals.]
Constance Sharpe and Grieg Shepard were in Portugal last month and posed with the Press, of course. Thanks, Constance!
Nigel Hall would win a prize if we were having our summer photo contest, which we are not this year, for this picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. KP to the rescue!
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