Giants pizza, Betty Ann’s birthday, Kiwanis closes, new menu items
Just for the fun of celebrating the San Francisco Giants’ huge win of baseball’s 2021 National League West title, Mary’s is offering a one-topping large pizza for $20.21. The Giants’ 107 wins broke a long-standing record as well.
Is that a deal? Yes. I did the math for you.
According to their menu at maryspizzashack.com, a large cheese pizza costs $23.95. One regular topping adds $3.15, so that adds up to $27.10. That’s a saving of $6.89 for a one-topping large pizza.
The offer is good for sit down inside or outside, for take-out or delivery now through Oct. 22, “or sooner pending box supply,” according to Mary’s grandson and CEO Vince Albano.
Betty Ann Bruno’s 90 years of fun
Betty Ann Bruno, famous for her fame and energy, celebrated 90 years of making others happy at her 90th birthday party at the Moose Lodge last weekend.
An original Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” at age 7, she grew up to study political science at Stanford and worked briefly in the CIA’s personnel department, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Bruno was born Ann Ka’ihilani Bruno in Hawaii to a Chinese Hawaiian mother and a Dutch Irish father, leading to an occasionally confusing mixed identity.
As an activist in Oakland, she and her husband, Craig Scheiner, a KTVU cameraman, producer and editor, started a family. Betty Ann ran and narrowly lost a race for a seat on the Oakland City Council.
She started at KTVU as host of “On the Square,” a community affairs program, and then became a news reporter from the 1970s to 1990s.
Here in Sonoma she has been teaching hula dancing, fun, and respect for Hawaiian culture and its people for many years and created the beloved Hula Mai dance classes and dance group.
Hula Mai, in fact, means Come Dance. Betty Ann Bruno was named Sonoma Treasure Artist in 2020.
For Betty Ann Bruno’s 90th birthday party, friends decorated the Moose Lodge and turned it into “a tropical paradise” with flowers flown in from Hawaii, according to guests and volunteers.
The party was a lovely success that included mai tais at the bar for all.
According to Bruno, “The menu was a complete Hawaiian luau: Appetizers of sweet juicy fresh pineapple and mixed nuts including macadamias from the Islands. The island buffet consisted of Kalua pig, teriyaki chicken, laulau, poke, lomi salmon, poi, rice and green salad. The dessert of assorted shortbreads came from Big Island Cookies in Kona.
“Patrick Landeza prepared the buffet. Patrick was the first and maybe the only Mainland-based musician to receive a Na Hoku Hanohano award, the Hawaiian equivalent of a Grammy.”
She added, “Craig was the evening’s emcee for a ‘show’ which consisted of 16 different numbers. Faith Ako and Liko Puha played and sang Kaulana Na Pua for me to dance. Pam Gilberd, who has danced with Hula Mai for three years, choreographed an original hula to the Harry Owens’ well-known ‘Sweet Leilani,’ but by changing just a couple of syllables Sweet Leilani became my Hawaiian name, ‘Sweet Kaihilani.’”
She added, “Cynthia Tarr sang ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ a capella and with so much feeling, Frank Sinatra had to be rolling over. Kimo ‘Cowboy’ Kamahele played his ukulele, as did others who brought theirs. One son, Kalani, led a sing-along with lyrics he wrote for me. Another son, Steve, did a funny and loving stand-up comedy routine based on some childhood memories.
“Wendy Shepard, a four-year veteran of Hula Mai, put on her jazz hat to become, with her husband and son, The Shepard Family’s Jazz Trio. Stephanie Brucker (five years in Hula Mai) danced Raks Sharki an Egyptian-style belly dance and then drafted me and several other friends to shimmy along.”
And to top that off, Betty Ann Bruno led a few dances, still gorgeous and graceful at 90.
Kiwanis leaves the stage with style
Kiwanis of Sonoma Plaza held its “Last Gathering” at Sonoma Grille on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
After 35 years of dedicated work in the community, the club decided to disband and go out in style, which they certainly did.
Some of the club’s charitable highlights included loads of scholarships to Sonoma Valley High School seniors, supporting the Mentoring Alliance led by founding executive director and Kiwanians Kathy Witkowicki and Niels Chew, serving as mentors, supporting the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, their high school Key Club, Meals on Wheels, the Sassarini School Makers Lab and Sonoma Overnight Support.
The invitation said, “Dedicated for the past 35 years to improve Sonoma Valley one child at a time, one community at a time, (Kiwanis) has closed its chapter.”