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Village Chat: 09/15/2016

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The Kenwood School Spaghetti Feed at the Maple Ring last Sunday was a huge success. The weather was cool, so the 31 cakes in the dessert auction didn't melt, and live music by Radar and The Trips added to the festive mood. Over 300 dinner tickets were sold, and the desserts brought in the usual astronomical prices. Auctioneer John LemMon and emcee Annalee Huber were masterful, especially at the beginning of the auction when the first cake slipped off its tray onto the newly rebuilt stage (courtesy of John LemMon - thank you!) John and Annalee coaxed a $50 bid from Ken Uboldi for the cake that nobody could eat, and from that moment they were off and running.

The highest bid was $425 by the Amand/Scheftner family for a cake made by Shelly Larsen, owner of Bram Cookware on the Sonoma Plaza. Overall, the event raised $14,000. That money, combined with funds raised at a walk-a-thon last spring, put them over the top, paying for a week of outdoor education in the Marin Headlands for all 34 sixth graders. Big thanks to Lesley LemMon for chairing the fundraiser! (To see photos of the Spaghetti Feed, click here.)

From left: Dave Crockett, Dennis Leonard, Leslee Bonino, Kelly Pennington, Deb Ross, Brian Fitzgibbons, Alex Leonard (grandson of Cathy Leonard, with paper), Eric Stevens, Roger Barrett, Cathy Leonard and Jake Barrett – all celebrating August birthdays.

A bunch of Warm Springs Road neighbors and friends got together to celebrate August birthdays at the home of Cathy and Tom Leonard, and the Kenwood Press was part of the festivities, as you can see in this photo taken by Tom Deininger. Thanks, guys!

Laura Benward and KCC Pastor Jim Fish.

The Kenwood Community Church marked the 15th anniversary of 9-11 with a special service dedicating their new Memorial Dedication Wall in the church garden. Laura Benward, Sonoma Valley singer/guitarist, was guest musician, and about 110 people were in attendance. Pastor Jim Fish officiated.

In the last issue I had an item about Charlie's Angels, the group of friends who took care of Charlie Masson during his chemotherapy. But I forgot to mention Juli and Marek Lorenc and David Strand, who were also very much part of that support group. In fact, it was Juli who drove Charlie to most of his appointments. Charlie's doing fine now, and did I tell you that he's 92 and going strong?

Folks have been traveling this summer.

Marie Theilade and a curious bear in Sitka, Alaska.

Oakmonters Marie and John Theilade and Eileen and Nick Beltrano cruised from Vancouver, B.C., to San Francisco aboard the Regatta of the Oceania cruise line. They had stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka after cruising the Hubbard glacier, followed by Victoria, B.C., and Astoria, Oregon, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge at 6 a.m. on Aug. 31. Marie said they had a blast!

Lilac-breasted Roller
Ruthie Rudesill, longtime Kenwoodian, took a dream vacation to South Africa in July. Ruthie is a birder and president of the Redwood Region Ornithological Society, and this was a two-week, guided birding trip. Ruthie writes, “I saw over 330 bird species and 47 mammals. My life list went over 1,200! We traveled to Kruger National Park, uMkhuze Reserve, to the coast at St. Lucia and up to the highlands in the Drakensberg Mountains.”

She sent some great pictures, including this beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller, and a photo of the KP on a giant termite mound at the Pretoriuskop Camp in Kruger. Thanks for carrying the Kenwood Press around the world. We appreciate it!

From left: Eva Atkin, Sue Infante, Lynette Meredith, Cindy Tucker, Jane Levin and Mary Helmke on top of the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland.

A group of Kenwood ladies who have been friends for decades took a trip to Switzerland this month, organized by Bern native and travel agent Eva Atkin. Along with Eva, the group included Cindy Tucker, Lynette Meredith, Jane Levin, Mary Helmke, and Sue Infante, and if you know them, you know this was a fun trip! They sent in this group shot from the top of the Jungfruajoch, and another of them riding the rodelbahn at a mountain overlooking the village of Gstaad. Looks like the weather was perfect!

Mark your calendar for these two dates:

The Glen Ellen Village Fair is Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Glen Ellen. This year's theme is “Jack London's Valley of the Moon.” Start thinking about your parade entry, and contact Dawn Kemp at to sign up. For other info, or to reserve a booth at the fair, email Leslie Vaughan at

Oct. 22 is the Harvest Fair at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Kenwood, featuring silent auction, raffle, food, beer and wine, pumpkins, games, you name it. Plan on being there to celebrate fall in our beautiful valley.

That's all for now. Thanks to everyone who sent in their news and photos. You can do it, too! Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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