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Fair’s grand marshal’s legacy is longer than her resume

Our Glen Ellen Village Fair is set for Sunday, Oct. 12, with the gala parade beginning at noon. The board members of the Glen Ellen Village Fair Association have chosen a most appropriate grand marshal to lead the parade this year. Any guesses for the identity of the prominent Glen Ellen citizen, who hailed originally from San Francisco, where she raised four children and countless flowers? Who once ran a garden remodeling business there?

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Browsing through the books of Valley writers

September is already on the wane and you know what that means. Yes, the annual day of frolic and fun in our town, the Glen Ellen Village Fair, arrives soon. Oct. 12, at high noon, is when the gala parade begins its slow roll down Carquinez, onto Arnold, bursting forth into an afternoon of food, friends and more fun. Latest news about that in a coming column.

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‘Shrew,’ ‘Alice’ are productions worth seeing

On a recent early morning my friend, blogger Stephanie Sugars, alerted me to the slight chill in the air, a turning toward autumn. She expresses it as the “arc into autumn,” and suggests we “look up at the sky and stand close to a plant.”

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Tea and talk with Fran Meininger

Often enough in this column I’ve sung the praises of local folks who do good in our town and in our Valley. Few, I feel, would match up to the subject of today’s column. Truly she’s an exemplary woman, someone I’ve admired for many years.

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Glen Ellen Fair set for Oct. 12; visiting the progeny

Despite the empirical evidence that we’re deep in the dry throes of summer – hot days, cool evenings as the fog moves in, and grasses already a golden yellow – we had a little rain last week, an early morning, brief shower, a blessing that was over too soon. Today already, I bring you news for October.

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Remembering the ’06 quake at Lotta’s Fountain

So far, in my long life, I’ve rarely gotten up at 2 a.m. In fact, at that hour I’m more likely heading for bed after an interesting evening. Such wasn’t the case on this past April 18 however. I was up at 2, well, 2:15 to be perfectly honest, unable resist my alarm’s snooze button at that hour. By 3:20, I was waiting on the street in Sonoma to meet a dear friend. A quick change of cars and we were off on an adventure.

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Lexy Fridell’s one-woman show; Jack London book group

Certainly this is not news to anyone who saw Lexy Fridell’s solo show this past weekend at Chateau St. Jean Winery: Wow! That woman is talented. Hilarious at times, then poignant and touching, she is a talented actress, with a singing voice to match. I was duly impressed with her control, be it comic, operatic or melodic.

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How green is your garden; enjoying tea at Filoli’s

This has been a summer of visiting grand and glorious gardens. It all started with urging by my friend Ann Peden, who was the co-chair of the Sonoma Master Gardeners Tour, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a new activity for me. I am not, by any means, a gardener myself.

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Morgan’s group leads charge for new marine sanctuary

Welcome to July, my natal month. Always the best month for parties. As a child, I celebrated my birthday with picnics, circuses and much summer silliness. Away from school, we could bike to the Carnegie Library, anticipating ice cream and cake as we hurried home, our bicycle baskets filled with books.

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Dedicating Hap Arnold’s roundabout; poetry open mic

See you all this Saturday evening, June 28, at the main Glen Ellen Firehouse, 13445 Arnold Drive for the annual dinner and dance. I guarantee great food, good fun, and neighborly visits. The party begins with a hearty dinner served from 7 to 9 p.m., while dancing continues until midnight.

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Glen Ellen has permanent postmaster; firefighters dance coming

Kiddo signups You’ve still got time to sign your kiddo into the Glen Ellen Community Church’s annual vacation Bible School, beginning Monday, June 30, through Thursday, July 3. All the details were in last week’s column, but if you still have questions, either visit the church’s website, gechurch.com, or call Pastor Jim Hill at 996-1479.… Continue Reading >>

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Watching another Dunbar class graduate; vacation bible school

Today’s Glen Ellen news is all about kids – their promotions, their awards and their summer plans. But as you read about all of these Glen Ellen stars, look around and find your own examples of stellar children in your own community, at your own local school.

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Garden tours, Miles Votek’s show and remembering Tim Murphy

Backyard blooms A reminder: If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket to tour some lovely local gardens in Blooming Backyards this weekend, you can still pick up a “day-of” tickets at Hanna Boys Center where one of the shuttle buses awaits you. Don’t miss these never-before-open-to-the-public gardens, each unique and special. Ann Peden has coordinated… Continue Reading >>

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Garden tours: bees, succulents, chickens, butterflies

Righteous nature My friend Ann Peden is a formidable woman. She spent the second half of her career as a headhunter and she can size up almost anybody with a glance. Plus, she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. But she is also a warm and loving grandmother, compassionate and fun-loving friend, and an engaged community volunteer.… Continue Reading >>

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All things Dunbar – the melodrama and the murals

Dunbar desperados rock the stage This coming weekend, folks from throughout Sonoma Valley are invited to attend the Dunbar melodrama, this year titled, “The Deadwood Desperado, or, A Mother’s Grief.” Don’t be mislead by the ironic title, this is actually not a grief-filled show at all, but a hilarious family-friendly melodrama complete with sound effects,… Continue Reading >>

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Fundraisers at Quarryhill, Bouverie; the quiet of the Ashram

Wild collections I can’t imagine anywhere better to spend this weekend than enjoying the two beautiful preserves here in Glen Ellen. May 17 and 18 feature two of the most exciting fundraisers our town ever sees. Both the lovely gardens of Quarryhill Botanical Preserve and the wilderness of the Bouverie Audubon Preserve hold fund-raisers to… Continue Reading >>

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Quilt unveiled at pancake breakfast; beautiful Quarryhill

Many hands at creekside Tomorrow evening, that is Wednesday, May 7, from 7 to 8 p.m., join your friends and neighbors sitting on the beautiful creekside terrace at the Jack London Lodge Saloon. You’ll have to buy your own brew (or soda or whatever cooling liquid helps ease you into the evening). True, there is… Continue Reading >>

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Glen Ellen’s Easter egg hunt, art show, ducks return

From the imaginary to the exotic Animals abound in this week’s Glen Ellen news, from the imaginary to the exotic, and everything in between. Let’s start with the most obvious. Egg-laying rabbit at Dunbar School Yes, the Easter Bunny and his cohorts from the Glen Ellen Volunteer Fire Department top the news today. Our annual Easter… Continue Reading >>

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Awesome hail storm, judging senior projects

Raining marbles Before I share stories of our friends and neighbors, I can’t resist mentioning spring. The wow – what a spring, it is. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting old and can’t really remember, but I’ve rarely experienced such a beautiful season in Glen Ellen. The clouds are right out of a Constable or… Continue Reading >>

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Dunbar grad publishes second book; losing a grad’s story

GEVFD brick projects slated We are happy to be the first to report that small team of retired gents and ladies of our local Glen Ellen Village Fire Department have banded together to resurrect the old brick works in Robertson Road Circle. Their brick kilns should be fired up and running soon. They plan to… Continue Reading >>

A geyser erupted on the corner of Henno and Warm Springs roads last week. Submitted photo.

Big trucks and small roads; Dunbar melodrama on schedule

Water, water everywhere A little bit of excitement flowered in Glen Ellen when a major geyser erupted on the corner of Henno and Warm Springs roads last week. Apparently the cause was a major truck trying to maneuver the minor roads, something we see frequently here in Glen Ellen these days. Attempting to back up… Continue Reading >>