The Kenwood Press
: 04/01/2018

Bonjour Printemps

Shannon Lee

Et bonjour Pascal et Pascale, the lovely team behind the new French boulangerie and patisserie, Les Pascals, in the heart of the Glen Ellen village. Numerous times I’ve witnessed a line eight-deep streaming out of the bright yellow building, locals and tourists alike salivating over the offerings. The coffee is Petaluma-local roaster Mountanus and there are savory as well as sweet food options. Come early for a full selection of the daily items because they have been selling out! The hours are Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-6 p.m., and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. Bienvenue et merci!

Of flowers and garden angels…
Have you witnessed the post-fire super-duper super bloom in the Sonoma Valley Regional Park? The poppies, the lupine, it’s off the hook. Definitely a not-to-be-missed event and a lovely silver lining as we head into the six-month anniversary of destruction/re-birth. There is something about six months after a tragedy, isn’t there? A new round of grief, a new stage. And lots of anger stemming from the sinking in of the situation, the red tape, the money, the paperwork. We all need multiple peaceful, flower-filled, long walks in our gorgeous Glen Ellen open spaces.

Transformation of fire-survived objects into keepsake art pieces has become a new passion for professional artist and Glen Ellen local Helena Donzelli. Like so many others, Helena lost her home to the Nuns Fire but she has found an artistic rebirth and is working on fire art as part of her personal journey of recovery, and helping others to do the same. Her work and new venture “Resurrected” has been featured in several local media articles as well as in Rolling Stone. She continues to be contacted by fire-touched families and welcomes you to get in touch: 974-1517, or Donzellihelena@gmail.com. Visit her website to learn more of her story: helenadonzelli.com.

And on the subjects of open space and renewal, the Dunbar School teaching garden was a scorched blank canvas for garden teacher Alissa Pearce to re-envision. For the last several weekends rebuild Phase 1 has begun with the help of myriad community partners in funding (Glen Ellen/Kenwood Rotary, Friends of Dunbar School PTO) and in volunteer hours of manual labor. The “usual suspect” volunteers (Pearce, McIntyre, Dunning, O’Hara, Marino, McCambridge, Bryant, Lee, and Saadiq families) were happily joined by former principal Melanie Blake, current principal Jillian Beall (and family), current librarian Tracy Salcedo, retired teacher Mike Witkowski, play director Kate Kennedy, and district trustee John Kelly. The PTO encourages everyone in the community to spend some time helping with the rebuild. There will be many more work days to come. You can follow the happenings at the school on Facebook – Friends of Dunbar School, where you’ll also see the progress on the stage rebuild.
The buzz from around the bend
The Glen Ellen Inn has re-opened for food service, Thursday through Monday, 5-9 p.m. Glen Ellen resident Julie Atwood’s Halter Project is hosting a Home & Ranch Readiness Summit, May 17-19 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Register and see details at HALTERproject.org. The Glen Ellen Historical Society is joining forces with the Glen Ellen Forum, the Sonoma Ecology Center, and the Sonoma Land Trust in developing a proposal for what happens to Eldridge after SDC has closed. They are inviting all Glen Ellen stakeholders to attend a public presentation on Monday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. at Dunbar School. The next Glen Ellen Forum town meeting will be on Monday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Court Café. If you have questions about these meetings or the forum in general, email forum@glenellenca.org. Glen Ellen Village Fair planning meetings for 2018 will begin on Monday, April 12. If you’d like to be involved please email glenellenfair@att.net.