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Village Chat: 04/01/2016

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Kate Samples and Matt Williams
Just married – Kate Samples and Matt Williams at Beltane Ranch.

Two Kenwood brothers, Matt and Mitch Williams, both got married within the past seven months. They are the sons of Marion Williams of Kenwood and Mitch Williams of Vancouver, Washington. Sept. 12 was the wedding date for Matt and Kate Samples at the beautiful Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen. Kate is the daughter of Dr. John and Dianne Samples of Santa Rosa. The newlyweds had a 10-day honeymoon in Greece, and now are living in Santa Rosa with their two dogs, Roscoe and Murphy. Matt works for the County of Sonoma and Kate is a speech language pathologist in private practice with her father at Santa Rosa Speech and Language.
Heather Ryan and Mitch Williams
Newlyweds Heather Ryan and Mitch Williams are all smiles.

On Jan. 30, Mitch Williams and Heather Ryan were married at Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg. Heather is the daughter of Tim and Kathy Ryan of Mountain View. Mitch's grandfather Ronald Williams officiated the ceremony. After a 16-day honeymoon in Australia, Heather and Mitch are back home in Cloverdale with their dog Harvey. Mitch works for PG&E as a gas compliance representative while Heather works for the State of California at the Board of Equalization.
Hunter MacNair
Ian, Kyle and baby Hunter

Ian MacNair and Kyle Kergan Dunlop welcomed baby Hunter William Dunlop MacNair, who was born on March 16 at 11:50 p.m. Hunter weighed in at 7 lbs., 7 oz., and is 20 inches long. Mom, dad and baby are doing well, as are happy grandparents Don and Amy MacNair, Louise Bouton, and Lisa Dunlop. Congratulations, everyone!
Oakmont Ukesters
Some of the Oakmont Ukesters practicing at Oakmont Gardens.

The Oakmont Ukesters is a newly-formed group of both experienced and beginner ukulele players who meet once a week at Oakmont Gardens for a two-hour “Kanikapila,” which means a get together in Hawaiian. Everyone is welcome to come play, join the group or just listen on Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. One of the Ukesters, Linda Webster, has recently started teaching a group of true beginners who aspire to join the Tuesday ukulele jam sessions. For more information, contact Linda at 978-2790. Already the Ukesters have been asked to play at some local Oakmont functions, so keep your ears open for the sound of aloha along White Oak and Oakmont drives.
Baby Stella
Baby Stella

Spring has sprung, and I can't resist this photo from Two Moon Family Farm. It's a little Mini-Nubian doeling (girl) born on St. Patrick's Day and named Stella. Shannon Lee reports that in the course of one week, Two Moon increased their small herd by seven, with one mom birthing triplets!
Rev. Karen King
Rev. Karen King at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Troy, Montana.

Cameras were out on Palm Sunday. The Rev. Karen King, who is affiliated with St. Patrick's in Kenwood, was visiting Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Troy, Montana, which was her home church for many years. Karen said, “They put me forward to become a priest so whenever I am in the area, I celebrate the Eucharist for them. Actually, they haven't had a priest for at least three years. We had a beautiful Palm Sunday service and an even more beautiful Easter service with a potluck brunch afterward.
Jini Bauer, Connie van Loben Sels, and Bobette Watson
(L. to R) Jini Bauer, Connie van Loben Sels, and Bobette Watson at St. Patrick’s on Palm Sunday.

And speaking of St. Patrick's and Palm Sunday, Laddie Watson sent in this picture of three gals in their nineties - Jini Bauer, Connie van Loben Sels and Bobette Watson (Laddie's mother), all three of whom are amazing and beautiful. We should all look so good when we reach our tenth decade!

A number of fundraisers and worthy events are coming up in April and May. Tickets are still available for the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood's Crab Feed in the cave at Deerfield Ranch Winery on April 16. You can buy them here at the Kenwood Press, or go to Also on April 16, Quarryhill Botanical Garden is hosting an Earth Day celebration ($5 parking but otherwise free). Kenwood School's Lights, Camera, Auction is the following week, April 23; you can buy tickets at And May 14 is the date for the big Quarryhill fundraiser, Wild Collections: Expeditions for Education. Mark your calendar!

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