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News: 05/01/2018

Glen Ellen Telegram May 1, 2018

dunbar kindergarteners play on new structure
Kindergarteners enjoyed the opening of their new play structure on April 20. The old play structure burned in the Nuns fire last October. Photos by Alec Peters

It's May, which means there is a lot of news out of Dunbar School. On April 20, the school dedicated the play structure and playgrounds for the kindergarteners. This area that fronts Dunbar Road was completely burned in the Nuns Fire. The new structure is multi-accessible, colorful, whimsical, and even has a dolphin on it.

dunbar play structure

In April there was also a flurry of activity in the Dunbar teaching garden. Alumnus and Boy Scout Jason Pine offered to be part of the garden rebuild as the main component of his Eagle Scout project. To that end, a combo of nearly 20 fellow scouts, water polo team members, and parents joined garden coordinator and teacher Alissa Pearce on Saturday, April 21. In five short hours they built all 12 “classroom” raised beds and the remaining 11 production beds. The wood used to build the boxes came from funds donated by the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood.

Jason pine
Above, Glen Ellen resident Jason Pine and member of Boy Scout Troop 222. Below, some of the 23 garden boxes he and volunteers completed for his project. Photos by Alec Peters

stacked garden boxesb built by Jason pine

Look for announcements on upcoming community workdays to help continue the rebuild of the Dunbar garden. Future projects include installation of an outdoor classroom space, chicken coop construction, and greenhouse-raising.

The Dunbar stage rebuild is also coming along, with support for supplemental structures spearheaded by Bret McIntyre, husband of kinder teacher Dawn McIntyre. This past weekend, the sets for the 5th grade play started to go up. The 5th grade actors enjoyed their melodrama photo shoot on April 18, orchestrated by professional photographer Pat Adams. The new costumes look fantastic, a credit to an amazing team of volunteers led by Jane Witkowski, Deb Pool, Dawn McIntyre, and Sarah Teves. The play producers and directors want everyone to know how invaluable the assistance from Republic of Thrift has been in this process as well.

This year's performances are not to be missed. Everyone in town should plan to come on either Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26, or Sunday, May 27 for a 6 p.m. performance. Tickets available at “the door,” which is really “in the field,” since this is an outdoor performance. Light concessions will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission. The play team especially invites alumni and their families to attend.

On April 16, the Eldridge/SDC committee of the Glen Ellen Forum hosted a community gathering night with the support of the Glen Ellen Historical Society, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma Ecology Center, and Supervisor Susan Gorin. The event was very well attended, nearly exceeding the capacity of the meeting space. The topic of conversation was the transition plan after the closure of SDC in Eldridge in December 2018. The plan that has gained the most traction, the formation of a state nonprofit trust, was discussed after several presentations laid out the context regarding the property's history, geographic attributes and boundaries, resources, and natural history. The room then organized into small groups to discuss thoughts.

The tone of the meeting was positive and respectful, with many intelligent and passionate ideas and concerns being brought forward. As a participant and Glen Ellen resident (whose property directly borders the SDC on two sides) I want to personally thank the organizers for a very well-executed public meeting. As soon as I hear of the details regarding the follow up meeting, I will post in this column.

Recently seen on the firehouse signboard: “Your waist is a terrible thing to mind.” A great, eye-catching reminder of the upcoming pancake breakfast at the firehouse. Always held on Mother's Day, this year's event is scheduled for Sunday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to noon. Pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and more for $8 per adult and $5 per child. Gin fizzes and mimosas also available for sale. This is a “not-to-miss” annual, small town event that helps support the Glen Ellen Firefighters Association.

The buzz from around the bend…

The next Glen Ellen Forum town meeting will be on Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Court Café. If you have questions about these meetings or the forum in general, please email The next Glen Ellen Village Fair monthly planning meeting will be on Monday, May 14, at the Lodge, time TBD. If you'd like to be involved please email

It is nearly graduation season! If you have a graduate (high school or college) whose transitions and successes you'd like to tout in this column, please reach out and send me your information. 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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