Village Chat for April 15, 2018
That Funny Bunny with all the colored eggs was all over the Valley this Easter holiday, including Oakmont, where a good size contingent of little folk scrambled for the yolky yummies.
The Easter Egg Hunts at Dunbar School, Kenwood School, and Oakmont two Saturdays ago were the usual happy chaos, with kids running in all directions and filling their baskets in record time.
The hunt organized by the Oakmont Grandparents Club had over 140 kids outside the Berger Center, and included a bounce house castle, face painting, balloon animals, music and dancing, and, of course, the Easter Bunny. Leslie Brockman reports that this year they were blessed to have 14-year-old Eva Torsti singing for the crowd. She's the granddaughter of musician Mary Ellen Brown, and Leslie writes that she has “the sweetest smile and matching voice.”
Sponsors for the Oakmont Easter Egg Hunt were the Oakmont Community Foundation, Valley of the Moon Rotary, Oakmont Kiwanis, McBride Realty, Marie Bertolone McBride, Donn and Pat Paulson, Safeway, Oliver's, Trader Joes, and Walgreens.
In Kenwood, the Kenwood Firefighters Association dyed all the eggs and sponsored the event in Plaza Park, and in Glen Ellen it was the Glen Ellen Fire Department. Eggs were donated by Sonoma Market, and there were also “golden” duck eggs, donated by Woodfield Properties, that could be traded in for a chocolate fire truck handcrafted and donated by Wine Country Chocolates. Thanks also to Rite Aid in Sonoma.
So nice of all of you, and so nice that this year the weather was beautiful!
I don't think we'll ever run out of stories about people's acts of kindness since the fires.
Woodworker Eric DeWit has been taking care of a small memorial to people who lost their lives in the fires.
The Valley of the Moon Threshold Choir is a group dedicated to singing for people who are at the end of life. They go to a dying person's bedside and sing songs with simple messages of love and kindness.
Angela Morgan was at the Bouverie event, and she said that when the heirloom boxes were opened by people who had lost all their worldly goods, the results were astounding. Everyone received something that had great meaning to them personally. The same thing happened in Sonoma. As Kate wrote to the recipients afterward, “you chose your boxes and found the exact cotton dishcloths you had been knitting for gifts (that had burned up), the exact Victor Hugo quote on a card that matched the tile (that had burned up), the Quan Yin statue that you missed (that had burned up), the three eggs that seemed to represent the three chickens of your flock that you lost, the items from the altar of the giver that so matched the altar of the recipient, the red spatula that matched the red frying pan... Each report confirmed that the gifts you were receiving were from thoughtful people who were transmitting something very sacred and wise.”
It's nice when people follow through. That's what Vittorio and Maria Belmonte and their son Henry did when they rebuilt the Maroni house at 89 Shaw Avenue.
Over spring break, Janette and Brad Eubank and their kids Robbie and Josie went to Kauai for Janette's 50th birthday, where they were joined by 22 people from her extended family. She said it was a great trip, “filled with zip lining, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, and sun bathing for all even on the rainy days. Something for everyone!” She added, “We love Kauai for it's slow pace and dedication to green living.” Sounds like paradise!
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