The Kenwood Press
: 05/01/2017

Racing towards summer, otherwise known as, “What happened to April?”

Shannon Lee

This time of year is always so packed and for me this translated into nearly missing my deadline! For some, this is the last push before summer break, and for others this is the last bit of calm before the busy season. How are you holding up?

There were many ways to celebrate Earth Day in the valley, but in our little hamlet about 20 dedicated volunteers (organized by the Glen Ellen Forum Community Projects Group) donned gloves, grabbed bags and scoured the village for trash. They managed to collect 12 big black trash bags. The group says, “Once the creek dries up we'll tackle it. Look for future opportunities to join your neighbors for sprucing up Glen Ellen.” The next Glen Ellen Forum town meeting will be on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Dunbar Elementary School. This meeting is open to all Glen Ellen community members, business and residential. Please spread the word and check out the forum website, glenellenca.org.

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, and the only place to be is the Glen Ellen Fire House where they will be serving up the annual Pancake Breakfast. For a reasonable donation you can enjoy a hearty plate of traditional breakfast plus coffee and juice, among your friends and neighbors. This is a small-town event at its finest. Fire department swag and information will also be available, as well as morning cocktails, offered by the Auxiliary. The Glen Ellen Village Fair folks will also be on hand reminding us all to save the date for the 2017 fair (Sunday, October 8), as well as kicking off this year's sale of raffle tickets. And on the topic of the fair, the committee has officially announced that the theme this year is “A sense of community” and the Grand Marshal position will honor the history and people of the Sonoma Developmental Center. If you would like to be involved with the planning of the fair, the group encourages anyone to join the monthly meetings (every second Monday) at 7 p.m. at the Jack London Lodge in the pool room, or on the patio if the weather is amenable. The next meeting is on Monday, May 8.

If it's May, then it's the play. Dunbar's fifth-grade melodrama project is set once again to take the stage over Memorial Day Weekend. Another “not-to-miss small-town tradition,” this western-themed family fun experience is celebrating its 25th year! Alumni are expected to attend and relive their first real stage experience - costumes, sound effects, rubber chickens, your “first $1 in show biz” - but the entire Glen Ellen community is invited to come out to Dunbar's open-air Haver Stage tucked under the beautiful oak woodlands of the back campus. This year's play is A Bad Day at Gopher's Breath, with performances (rain or shine) at 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, May 26-28. Ticket sales, first-come, first-served seating (bring a low chair or picnic blanket), and concessions open at 5 p.m. each night, except for Saturday when there will be a BBQ dinner plate option available starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child, and the family corral option (two adults/ two children) for $25. These kids come alive under the direction of Kate Kennedy with help from a team of school staff/teachers and dedicated parent volunteers. Don't miss it!

Bad Day at Gopher’s Breath
Shelby Derickson (left) and Abby Sparks (right) play two of the narrators in A Bad Day at Gopher’s Breath. Photo by Pat Adams Photography

The buzz from around the bend

Need a little pick me up? Get “Hooked on Horatius” in Jack London Village. Now promoting a daily soup, and as I recently found out, delicious new coffee options like a Nutella Latte (personal endorsement: it's really, really good). They are open daily (except Tuesdays) 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

One local group that is gearing up for a busy summer, Transcendence Theater Company is poised to launch it's sixth full season at Jack London State Park. The first of the four-show run is Another Openin' Another Show!, scheduled for three weekends, June 16-18, June 23-25, and June 30-July 2. Artistic Director Amy Miller said, “It's hard to imagine summer in Sonoma without Broadway Under the Stars… we are humbled and proud to be an integral part of the community bringing people together to connect with each other, experience the power of the performances we present onstage as well as our deep commitment to inspiring them offstage.” Go to TTCsonoma.org to read up on the full line up of shows, to find out how you can volunteer, or to purchase tickets.

June's column will be filled with graduation information, but only if you send it to us! Please let us know where your high school/college seniors are graduating from, what they studied, and what they are doing next. And as always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email to shannon@kenwoodpress.com or call 996-3352.