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Glen Ellen Telegram: 03/01/2017

Rain and hail and potholes, oh my…

Over the past three weeks at my house we have recorded 10, 3.75, and 5 inches of rain respectively. Our trees and roads are really taking a beating. Too much of a good thing? Supervisor Susan Gorin wants to remind everyone that the quickest way to get help regarding a downed tree or branch, illegal dumping of furniture, or a dangerous road condition (such as potholes – the one on the bridge! Oh my goodness!) is to use the service SoCo Report It which can be installed as an app on your smart device or accessed via the web at Reporting directly through this county website pushes your concern specifically to the people who need to respond. Gorin is always happy to have constituents call her office, 565-2241, but is just pointing out that this saves on one of the communication steps.

It may be late winter but several town groups are already in heavy planning for two uniquely Glen Ellen traditions that don’t take place for many months.

The play’s the thing

And this year it’s a REALLY BIG thing because Dunbar Elementary will be celebrating its 25th annual melodrama production. Over Memorial Day weekend, fifth graders will once again take to the Haver Stage under the oaks and transport us all to the “wild west” for a raucous audience-participation family fun ol’ fashioned play extravaganza! This year’s play will be directed once again by valley favorite Kate Kennedy, was tailored to this year’s class by original playwright Squire Fridell, and assisted by a squad of parent/teacher/staff volunteers. This year’s play is A Bad Day at Gopher’s Breath, and yes, alumni, they do expect to see you in the audience! So save the date for one of the best small town traditions around. Performances will be May 26-28.

Also, this play runs on generous donations either directly or via purchases of ad spots in the playbill. If you would like to donate, the school encourages you to send checks or cash to Dunbar School (fifth grade play in the subject line) 11700 Dunbar Rd. Glen Ellen, CA 95442. If you’d like to plug your business in the playbill, please email

A sense of community – Glen Ellen Village Fair 2017

Very soon the volunteer committee will start monthly meetings to get organized for the best day in town. Save the date (always the second Sunday in October) – Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 – for the 27th annual Glen Ellen Village Fair. The organizers have already settled on “A Sense of Community” as the theme. The committee wants you to know that more hands, ideas, and skills are always welcomed and encouraged. If you’d like to start joining in on the monthly meetings, or the preparations/planning in any way, please contact board president Leslie Vaughn at They also maintain an active facebook page: Glen Ellen Village Fair.

The buzz from around the bend

Transcendence Theater Company is debuting a spring “Best of Broadway Under the Stars” on two upcoming weekends – March 11 and 12 at the Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, and March 18 and 19 at the Marin Civic Center – check their website for details: Horatius coffee house and wine bar has reopened after its winter hiatus; go check it out! The next Glen Ellen Forum town meeting will be on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Dunbar Elementary School. This meeting is open to all Glen Ellen community members – businesses and individuals. Please spread the word. If you have questions about these meetings or the process that is underway, please consult the website, At the last forum meeting Jim Shere stood up in support of the Glen Ellen Historical Society, reminding everyone of past presentations sponsored by the society, giving an update on new projects, and announcing an upcoming presentation on our town’s historic bridges. He encourages everyone to enjoy the archives in the website, and to consider becoming an official member with a small donation. Another topic that was presented had to do with development and redevelopment in the town center, and most notably, the announcement that we will start to see “beautification” of the Post Office/Grocery corner block of buildings.

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

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