Glen Ellen Telegram for April 1, 2019
“Find out about this earth, this universe; this force and matter, and the spirit that glimmers up through force and matter…” - Jack London, 1903
What better way to follow Jack's advice than to check out a copy of the new book, Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images, by Glen Ellenite Arthur Dawson. This book celebrates the force, matter, and spirit of Sonoma Mountain and helps to kick off what some are calling a “year of the mountain” as our part of the valley wrestles with the future of the SDC campus and the increasing awareness of the importance of open space in the context of the health of our being, the environment, resilience, and a need for proper management (i.e. formation of Fire Safe Councils, etc.) The Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) invites everyone to learn more about the book (supported primarily by Sonoma Mountain Preservation and other nonprofits/agencies, including SEC) during a launch party at the Vintage House on Wednesday April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The hills are aliveAs a lover of musical theater I was intrigued to learn that Transcendence Theatre Company was planning to mount their first full-length production up in the park. What might it be? Something with limited backdrop needs, or one that could make great use of the natural expanse and the ruins themselves? I instantly thought Sound of Music (which I do hope they consider at some point) but it will be A Chorus Line. My 13-year-old self jumped for joy! As a life-long dancer who hit rewind on that original cast recording tape over and over and over again, I can't be more excited. The musical production will be the first of their now-announced “Broadway Under the Stars” series. Tickets are on sale for the entire summer of shows. A few more housing sponsors are still needed to host performers, musicians, tech team, and other artists this summer season. Check out their website at bestnightever.org and I'll see you there!
Our local open spaces are so alive and this bloom is the first wave of an inevitable major crescendo due to the water load we've seen this season. Jack London State Park will be offering three “Wildflower Hikes” this month on April 6, 27, and 28. There is also a “Mindful Hike” on April 20, and a “Family Adventure Day” on April 28. Check out www.jacklondonpark.com for the details. The “Sugar-Hood Shuttle” will be running on April 14, 9 a.m.-noon. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park will be offering an edible plants walk that day, a forest bathing loss and resilience walk on April 15, and a “Headwaters to Headwaters: A Maycamas Hike Extravaganza” on April 27. This year, Sugarloaf is celebrating 50 years. For more information on any of these or other scheduled programs, or to show your support through a donation, go to www.sugarloafpark.org.
The Snark sails again?On Saturday, April 27, Sonoma Creek will be filled with the spirit of the Snark as more than 25 small replicas of the boat launch in heats from the Jack London Saloon patio on a 0.7-mile race downstream to the Jack London Village. Cleverly named the “Jack to Jack,” the Jack London Yacht Club is the non-profit who conceived of and supported this venture, sure to be fun for all and most certainly the first annual for this event. Sonoma Fire, California Fish and Wildlife, and Sonoma Ecology Center are in on the plans, so no worries about safety to humans and the riparian zone. Do you want to see the boats ahead of time? A distribution party is planned for April 14 at the Jack London Saloon. For more details on the event see www.jacklondonyachtclub.org.
The buzz from around the bendTracy Salcedo, librarian for Dunbar School, needs your help! Her assignment is 15 hours per week, whereas other elementary schools in the district are funded at 30 hours, so she has about half as much time to do a big job. Library time not only includes “open hours” for the library, but also hours of reading intervention, which is the most effective way to increase reading proficiency in students who are having trouble reading at grade level - and yet the library's books are also in need of updating. Salcedo is hoping some in the community might be able to volunteer their time to help pull the outdated books and/or provide financial help to buy more updated, cirriculum-appropriate books. In general, the community needs a better support system for our local public school. Please contact Tracy at email@example.com or 246-0694 for ways that you can be involved.
The next Glen Ellen Forum town hall meeting will be on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Garden Court Café. Nominations are now open for board and steering committee positions. They will close on Friday, April 5, and elections will be held during the Board of Directors meeting on April 13, 1-5 p.m. at Mayflower Hall. Discussion and possible ratification of by-laws and an operating manual will also be covered at this meeting. Nomination forms and information about the forum in general, can be found at www.glenellen.org. Other forms of communication include email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the group's Facebook page (Glen Ellen Forum).
The Glen Ellen Firefighter's Association asks you to save the date for this year's Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 12. Details coming. If you'd like to help volunteer (for this or any of the firehouse events) contact Helyna Derickson at email@example.com.
Planning for the Glen Ellen Village Fair 2019 has begun. Monthly meetings are open to all, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday, April 8, 6:30 p.m., in the pool room of the Jack London Saloon. If you have questions about the fair, or would like to be involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email email@example.com or call 996-3352.