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Glen Ellen Telegram: 05/01/2016

Mothers Day coming up

The Cork and Caulker Yachting Society of Glen Ellen
The Cork and Caulker Yachting Society of Glen Ellen (a.k.a. Chuck Palenchar, Rich Foster, Evan Foster and Silas Huey) took third place at Bodega Bay’s annual Wooden Boat Challenge on April 9.

I must begin this column in recognition of all our village moms! The Glen Ellen Fire House is the place to be on Mother's Day for their annual breakfast celebration. For only $9 a plate, adults can enjoy a hearty farm-style breakfast complete with eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit, coffee, and orange juice. Kids are $7; under 3 is free. Other beverages will be available for purchase from the Glen Ellen Firefighters' Auxillary. The date is Sunday, May 8, 8 a.m. to noon, 13445 Arnold Dr. Along with Fire House souvenirs and fire prevention information, you will also see the first reveal of a quilt that has been stitched for raffle at Jack London State Park in honor of the Centennial Celebration of Jack London's passing. Quilt raffle tickets will be on sale for $2 each, or 3 for $5, 7 for $10, and 16 for $20.

Glen Ellen goes boating…

On April 9, Bodega Bay held it's annual Wooden Boat Challenge and our little village was well represented by The Cork and Caulker Yachting Society of Glen Ellen, a.k.a Chuck Palenchar, Rich Foster, Evan Foster,andSilas Huey. At this event teams of four are given materials and three hours to build a seaworthy-ish boat that can traverse a short course (without sinking) in the shortest time frame. No power tools (save for a screw gun) or outside materials are allowed. The salty Glen Ellen team managed a third-place finish!

Go Dolphins!

Longtime Dunbar Elementary School champion Janice Davis is organizing a very informal Alumni Association. The idea is to keep alumni families connected to what's happening at the school and provide opportunities to get involved in a low-pressure, help-as-you-can kind of way. If you'd like to get in on this, please send an email to And speaking of Dunbar, for the past 24 years May has been Melodrama Month at the school! Join the community for a night of family-friendly ol' fashioned audience participation western theater. Performances are at 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday on Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29). Tickets are available at the door for $10 each or a family of four for $25. This year's play is Dastardly Deeds at Yoursin Mine, or Yukon Take it With You once again masterfully directed by Kate Kennedy and performed by the 30-plus fifth graders.

Eat your veggies…

Oak Hill Farm will re-open the Red Barn Store (15101 Sonoma Hwy.) on Saturdays starting on May 7 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) The Kenwood Community Farmer's Market (the closest local market to Glen Ellen) opens again for the season on Sunday June 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at a new location: St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Hwy. The market will include Bloomfield Bees Honey, Two Moon Family Farm, Rose Ranch, The Patch, Neufeld Farms, Eddie's Farm, Prickly Pig BBQ Sauce and Dry Rubs, Chai's Gourmet, June's Juicery and Sandra's Picnic Blankets, among others. Interested in having a booth? There may still be room - contact Kelly Smith at for more information.

The buzz from around the bend

A great cactus blossom is rising and distracting drivers on Arnold Drive! My grandmother used to call these 'century' plants, claiming that they only bloom once every 100 years, but I always thought that seemed like a bit of a stretch. In fact, this plant is Agave americana and it only lives a few decades, blooming once at the end of its life span. The flower stalk can be greater than 20 feet high and once the flower dies, so does the plant, but we should look to see new shoots or suckers forming at its base. I'm looking forward to the bright yellow inflorescence that will be developing over the coming weeks.

In other wildlife news, I'm hearing the first reports of rattlesnake sightings for the season. Hikers visiting the Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Sonoma Developmental Center/Jack London State Park, and certainly the Mayacamas side of the valley should take note and keep an ear and eye out.

Congratulations to Dunbar alumni Annie Greenslade on her acceptance and decision to attend U.C. Santa Barbara in the fall. Another congrats goes out to Glen Ellen native Miles Pimental who will be attending University of Washington. Please keep the news flowing so that the whole community can share in the celebration of our young people!

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email or call 996-3352.

Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email, or call 996-3352.

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