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Village Chat: 11/01/2016

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Oct. 7 was the date for the Sonoma County Bar Association's Careers of Distinction Awards Dinner, and Mike Mullins was one of the two honorees, along with his friend and colleague Sondra Persons.
Jim DeMartini and Mike Mullins
Mullins awarded by Sonoma County Bar Association
Mike, a longtime Kenwoodian, was a prosecutor for his entire career, and was Sonoma County District Attorney from 1994-2002. Kate Mullins Henderson, who practices family law in Santa Rosa, introduced her dad to the audience of about 250 members of the Bar Association, and calculated that over the course of his 38 years in practice he had handled or had overseen 550,000 cases! Jim DeMartini, President of the Sonoma County Bar Association presented Mike his very well-deserved award.

Over at Kenwood School, the sixth graders have returned from their five-day trip to the Marin Headlands, Oct. 17-21, participating in the Naturebridge outdoor education program. They were accompanied by two teachers, Sheila Morrissey and Mike Terwilliger, and four parent chaperones, Janette Eubank, Rayna Shinn, Jonathon Umholtz, and Patrick Sullivan. By all reports, the kids loved it. They were out all day, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., hiking with their Outdoor Ed teachers and learning about marine science, terrestrial ecosystems, watersheds, geology, and climate change… plus playing capture the flag, camouflage, shark attack, hanging out on the beach… what's not to love?

Some of the groups hiked up to 30 miles over the course of the week, and at one point two students found a wallet with credit cards and over $300 in cash, which they were able to return to its rightful owner. One day they all went to Muir Woods. Lots of fun and adventures, but five days is a long time to be away from your family, and everyone was glad to get home on Friday.

Last Saturday's Harvest Festival at St. Patrick's Church was way more successful than anyone expected. Part of the money raised was earmarked for Dunbar and Kenwood schools, and organizers figured they'd be able to donate about $500 per school. Instead, they're giving checks for $1,800 dollars to each school. The funds will be used for the garden and culinary programs at Dunbar, and the reduced and free lunch program at Kenwood. Thank you, St. Patrick's!

New Mentor Center
New mural at Dunbar School
The next time you're at Dunbar School, walk over to the Mentor Center and check out the beautiful new mural that adorns the outside walls. The mural was designed by artists Janet Self and Dunbar's own Beth Bierman, who donated their time and talents. Janet and Beth have painted other mural projects around the campus, in tandem with Dunbar students. The nonprofit organization Plein Air, and Mentor Center leader Mary Jane (MJ) Arner helped to fund the project. MJ says, “The bright, happy colors certainly spiff up the walls!”

Julie Threewit with the Press
A break in a week's Grand Canyon
The last time Julie Threewit was in Kenwood, visiting her mom Fran Threewit, she grabbed a copy of the Kenwood Press, and a MacLeod Family Vineyard hat, both of which she took with her on a recent rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. It was a 21-day whitewater adventure, and Julie's third trip down the Colorado. Her husband, Colin Hupp, is a raft guide, and this was his 12th time down “the big ditch.” Afterward, Julie said, “Although I appreciate the hot showers, indoor plumbing and refrigeration, sleeping indoors still doesn't feel quite right!”

Mr. Ken Wood
Ready for Halloween
This little guy has a way of migrating around the Kenwood Shopping Center. We call him Mr. Wood, Ken Wood. As you can see from the photo, he's been celebrating Halloween. We can't wait to see what he does for Christmas!

Here are some upcoming events you should know about. There will be a Holiday Boutique at Oakmont Gardens on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to stop by and pick up some gifts for friends and family. All the proceeds support scholarships for women, through the organization PEO Chapter JO.

If you like jazz and want to support the Maria Carrillo band program, get your tickets now for their Dec. 2 fundraiser at the Quail Inn. These kids are amazing musicians, and it's going to be a fun night of food, drink, silent auction, and lots of jazz. The theme is Gatsby, and tickets are at

And the Kenwood Community Club has set the date for their Holiday Party at the Depot, and you're all invited. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 3.

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

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