Glen Ellen Telegram
The continuing rains have yielded green, green, green, and a multitude of wildflowers not seen in recent years. The buzz is that one of the very best places for flower viewing is the Sonoma County Regional Park, especially if you go off the paved bike path and venture onto one of the many single-track trails. Keep an eye out everywhere for poison oak, which is also very robust this year.
This month also marks the beginning of local spring produce availability. In Glen Ellen we are lucky to have several great options for picking up ultra-local goodies. Oak Hill Farm is a consistent vendor at the year-round Friday morning farmers' market at Depot Park and will re-open the Red Barn (15101 Sonoma Hwy.) on Saturdays starting May 7 (9 a.m.-3 p.m). Flatbed Farm (13450 Sonoma Hwy.) is open on Sundays (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and on April 10 and 17 they will be selling veggie garden plants in addition to eggs and produce. Farmer Rachel Kohn Obut says, “We will have over 15 varieties of tomatoes, 10 varieties of peppers, as well as eggplant, cucumbers, summer squash, basil, parsley, dill, cilantro, kale, chard, and maybe a few other surprises!” Also, on Saturday, April 23, Flatbed Farm will be holding a Spring Launch Event from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music, crafts/foodie fare, food truck, continuation of the plant sale, produce, and a few live goats with a milking demonstration early in the day. (Full disclosure, our farm, Two Moon Family Farm, might have something to do with that.)
April is also the month when graduating seniors are working hard to wrap up their senior project requirements at Sonoma Valley High School, while they also fight off senioritis. Two Dunbar Elementary School alums recently shared with me what they are up to. Annie Greenslade says, “For my senior project, I decided to put on a Stop Hunger Now event. For those who don't know, Stop Hunger Now (SHN) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to packaging meals for starving children in foreign developing countries. With the help of 40 volunteers, SHN allows you to package over 10,000 meal bags in just a few hours, each of which feeds about six people on average. Each bag contains grain, dried vegetables, a vitamin pack, and rice. With just these bare essentials, SHN provides many children with nutrition. In addition, the meal packages are often handed out at school which encourages children to get their education! I first learned about SHN through my local church, and I had participated in a few events myself so I saw the senior project requirement as a great opportunity to learn more about this organization and help out children in need, while also interacting with my church community and connecting them with local high school students.” To raise money for the supplies (she needed $2,900), Annie relied on social media outreach, a dine-and-donate event at Mary's Pizza Shack, and, to fill the gap, two very generous members of her church loaned her the balance, for which she is extremely grateful.
Colin McIntyre, son of Dunbar kinder teacher Dawn McIntyre, plans to teach wilderness survival to teens while on two hikes in the Sonoma area. A long-time scout and outdoor/hiking enthusiast, Colin simply wants to take others out into the wild (even if close to home) and show and teach them about the things he is into. For example, what to do when you feel you are lost, how to survive if weather conditions turn, etc. If you are interested in learning more about his project or going on one of his hikes, he will be happy to have you email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we enter the graduation season, please pass along any information you have for Glen Ellen seniors so that we can recognize them here and share any good news regarding future plans - travel, jobs, school, etc.
The buzz from around the bendJack London Park Partners has kicked off a capital campaign to help fund the sprucing up of informative displays, exhibits and other improvements within the House of Happy Walls Museum. If you would like to learn more or contribute, go to jacklondonpark.com and while there also visit the “centennial events” page where they now have celebratory hikes and events listed through the month of May.
Would you like to be involved with the planning and discussions regarding next fall's Glen Ellen Village Fair? Monthly meetings will begin soon, and the team of longtime volunteers invites everyone to step up and provide ideas and hands. Please contact Leslie at email@example.com and connect with Glen Ellen Village Fair on Facebook.
The village woke one recent morning to lack of an iconic sign! But then it reappeared a few days later and the Marshall's corner looks fab and fresh now with it's sprucing up. Also new in town is Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery in Jack London Village. It's fun and refreshing, check it out! One last kudo to our town's great friends at Yeti who won The Bohemian's Best Indian Restaurant of Sonoma County 2016.
As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 996-3352.
Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email email@example.com, or call 996-3352.