It’s the little things….
Daffodils on Dunbar Road. The oak trees beginning to bud. Painted wooden stars appearing on burned-out lots. The replacement (finally) of that one dangling power pole shard on Warm Springs Road. A fleeting forecast of snow on the weather app; that little bit of winter we are finally getting after an unseasonably mild January. The birth of goat kids. New lambs. Birds singing just after sunrise.
On the subject of birds, there are several large flocks of band-tailed pigeons that now frequent the Sonoma Mountain side of the valley here in Glen Ellen. Have you seen them? From my vantage I can see them cruising over Hill Road and lighting on the oak trees. My understanding is that these flocks were residents of the Sugarloaf and Nuns Canyon region prior to the fires and relocated semi-permanently within days, but can now be found traveling back and forth. I love seeing them (new to us) and I’m sure the folks on the other side of the valley are happy to see them returning a bit as well.
Perhaps we can ask about this species and others at Quarryhill Botanical Gardens on March 24 at their bird walk, led by certified naturalist Carolyn Greene. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon and advanced reservation is required. Call 996-3166 to RSVP and for details on this and other events.
The haps at Dunbar School
In February, upper grade students at Dunbar participated once again in the annual “Backyard Bird Count,” a nationwide citizen science project. Spearheaded by librarian Tracy Salcedo and garden coordinator Alissa Pearce, and supported by the teachers and several community volunteers (including Mike Witkowski, Deb Pool and Andy Deseran), the students spent an hour counting birds in and around the campus. The collected data will be input to the large database and also be used as the focus of a science lesson in classrooms where students will compare this year’s findings to previous years.
Upcoming at Dunbar is the culmination of participation in the month-long “Read Across America” program. On March 5, The Cat in the Hat will visit, and community volunteers are encouraged to come read to students. If you are interested in volunteering at the school for this event, or in general, please email Principal Jillian Beall, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fifth graders are in full rehearsal mode for the annual western-themed melodrama. The performances (as always) are Friday-Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, 6 p.m. each night. Mark your calendars! The school is accepting donations to support the replacement of costumes, props, and sound equipment, as well as for the stipend for our professional director, Kate Kennedy. Checks can be made out to “Dunbar School 5th Grade Play” and dropped off at the school front office or mailed to 11700 Dunbar Rd., Glen Ellen, 95442.
Stars in town…
It’s no secret that celebrities come through our town from time to time. The most recent sighting was Seth Rogen at The Glen Ellen Star. And the “Ladies of Broadway” have just rolled into the valley to prepare for Transcendence Theater Company’s upcoming spring performances at Luther Burbank and at the Marin Civic Center. More info can be found at www.transcendencetheatre.org.
All the local stars will be at Valley of the Moon Winery on April 21 for music, food, drink, and live auction put on by the Glen Ellen Historical Society. Save the date!
Check out John Tyler’s newest work, “Sinuous,” now on display at Sculpturesite in Jack London Village. It might not be a star but it sure shines like one!
The buzz from around the bend
The hens at Flatbed Farm have been busy and the people are happy to announce the resumption of regular egg sales. Beginning on Saturday, March 10, (and every other Saturday after that) the farm will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They have plenty of eggs and limited produce, and are planning on hosting their annual spring plant sale on April 21 (more on that next month).
The next Glen Ellen Forum town meeting will be on Monday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Court Café. One of the agenda items is a presentation by Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue’s Captain Gary Johnson. If you have questions about these meetings or the forum in general, please email email@example.com.
Glen Ellen Forum’s Traffic & Safety Committee spokesperson, Stacy Vilas, did well to remind everyone at the last meeting that we set the pace in our neighborhoods. With so many out-of-towners around during this fire recovery/rebuild process it is incumbent upon us to drive slowly and provide the example. These truckers seem fine with zooming down our little country roads and it feels pretty dangerous to many of us who live on roads that have been impacted by such problems, even before the fire. Thank you for this plea and reminder, Stacy!
Glen Ellen Village Fair planning meetings for 2018 will begin next month. If you’d like to be involved please 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.