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Bird’s Eye View (May 28, 2014)

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably I shall begin. It’s been a very busy time on the social scene this past couple of weeks as summertime has the events calendar fully stocked. It’s a little calmer this week but let’s start with the Public Service Announcements anyway. Calendars and pens at the ready. #313. May 31 is the last Saturday of the month and that means it’s time for the Community Sing-along at Lauren’s. Things get going at 9pm, prior to which some delicious food and a little wine is always a very good option. #314. The Mendocino Film Festival May 29-June 1 and on the Saturday and Sunday of the event there are a number of screenings at Balo Vineyards here in the Valley. Coupled with winery open houses and special receptions at The Madrones on the other side of Hwy 128, this would seem to be a civilized way to spend your weekend! For more details, check out #315. The Mendocino Bookmobile is in town next Tuesday, June 3. They are in the Valley on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am; the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm. Their next visit will be Tuesday, June 17. Phone 463-4694 for further details. #316. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital will be visiting twice next month. on Thursdays, June 5 and 26. #317. The monthly Barn Sale takes place at The St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on AV Way, just north of Boonville from 9am to 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. #318. Another reminder that sheep-shearer Matt Gilbert is setting up his schedule for the next few weeks of work in the Valley. If you have sheep to shear and/or good wool to buy do not hesitate to call 972-9144 and Matt will fit you in and you’ll be very pleased that he did. #319. It’s coming!! The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival hits town the weekend of June 20-22. Here is the menu for the Community lunches over the next week at the Senior Center at the Veterans Building in Boonville. $6 donation for Seniors for lunches and $7 for Non-Seniors. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 29, the lunch, always served by Marti Titus and her crew at 12.15pm, will be Chicken Diane, Potluck Potatoes, Carrots, Wheat Berry Salad, Pecan Bars. Then next Tuesday, June 3, the menu will feature Meatloaf and other goodies that I was unable to ascertain before going to press. Remember, all ages welcome! Hope to see you there. Topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge. yes it’s “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (and surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley — “A lie will get halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put on its pants.” — Winston Churchill. So I’ll put my pants on and continue.

…A couple of Three-Dot regulars and I had a wonderful dining experience at Stone and Embers at The Madrones, south of Philo, last weekend. This establishment continues to raise the bar with its unique pizzas from the wood-fired oven along with its home-baked bread and ice creams plus many other alternatives from the cutting-edge culinary mind of chef/owner Patrick Meany. Summer hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 4-8pm each day, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12-8pm and 12-5pm respectively.

…Those delicious eggs laid by the high school’s hens continue to sell out at $4 dozen, a great price for such a top product. You’ll never get eggs at Safeway or Raley’s again! Call Ag teacher Beth at 895-2514 to reserve yours. When school is out for the summer (last day is June 13), the eggs will be sold at Gowan’s Oak Tree stall.

…A couple of weeks ago I gave out a number to call. 901-7441. if you wished to make a comment about the ludicrously loud fans that some local wineries are using for frost protection in the middle of the night. In response, “Chewsome” comments “That phone number is the trap that leaves no legal record or recourse. Being a good neighbor, it would be nice to call. But if you do not follow up with recordable retrievable verified complaints to authorities of record, germane to public nuisances and noise ordinances, then you may be simply bleating in the wind until the legal precedent is set. Then it could happen to have the phone number disconnected in 3 years, grandfathered in by a steep burden to provide evidence, with all records destroyed on their end of their phone line, and not retrievable for equitable justice fair hearing in court of law.” I think “Chewsome” raises a good point and hope folks take heed of this advice.

…Three-Dot regular, The Raven, reports, “My mate, whose forage route includes trash bins behind tasting rooms along Rt. 128, happened to overhear (while alighted near one in Philo) a couple who had just been hiking in Hendy Woods discussing their observation of a film crew deep inside HW last week who were apparently using sophisticated cameras, lights, and fog machines (but no microphones) to shoot forest scenes. It's been reported on mainstream media that filming for Star Wars VII has begun. Recall that most of Star Wars VI was shot in redwood forests on the north coast. Can we assume a connection? Just wondering. Excellent scavenging and reporting, Raven, but I have to say that my other sources tell me it is not Star Wars, but more than that I am unable to reveal at this time.

…Are you “Tri-tip’d out” yet? Hopefully not because the season has only just started! However, it did begin with a deluge with three separate community events offering this delicious cut of meat on their menus in the space of four days. It began at the Senior Center lunch on Thursday, followed later that day by the High School Ag Dept’s Drive-Thru Dinner and finished at the Lions BBQ on Sunday for the AV ElderHome benefit. I enjoyed two of these and was glad I did. However, isn’t it about time somebody cooked up some babyback ribs for a change?

…Regular readers will be aware that during the summer I post a reminder in my closing remarks every week about leaving your dogs/pets in your car and having the windows cracked open a little. Hopefully I don’t have to remind people to do so with their kids. Anyway, last week in Canada, the awful results of not doing so came about when a paid dog-walker left six dogs in her car as she ran some errands. It was a hot day and yet she did not crack her windows. All six dogs died. As an experiment I sat in a car in the sun and closed all the windows. Within about five minutes it was difficult to breathe and I felt I was suffocating. It was a horrible feeling and I let myself out. The dogs had no such choice. Come on, think about it! I’m outtahere. Until we talk again, Keep the Faith; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; AND please remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle; and may your god go with you. And, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. We Turkey Vultures are monogamous and mate for life and sometimes, as if to prove our loyalty, we like to indulge in a display dance on our nesting grounds. So, contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or at PPA. Skylark, read any good books lately? … Keep on humming, Hummingbird. … Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is.

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