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Bird’s Eye View (Oct 8, 2014)

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably I shall begin. I have been a little remiss by not always including the various AV Foodshed events in the column so here are some for the month of October. This Friday, October 10, Fri Oct 10. Paysanne Ice Cream in Boonville offers a free small coffee with any local crepe; the Buckhorn, Boonville features some local food dinners on the menu; and there is an AV Community Farm Benefit at 18500 Lambert Lane from 5pm-midnight. Lauren’s Restaurant and Mosswood Market have a number of local food specials throughout the month and the AV Framer’s Market continues on Saturday mornings in the Boonville Hotel parking lot from 10am-12.30pm, although they will move across the street to the Boonville General Store from November 1 for the winter months. That’ll do for now.

And now for the rest of the Public Service Announcements. #559. Bill Harper, President/Supreme Leader of our local Lions Club branch, informs us that “The Anderson Valley Lions Club with be conducting free eye screenings at the Adult School located to the left of the Elementary School on the following dates and times: Monday, Oct 13 at 7:30 to 11:30 am, 1 to 4 pm, and 7:30 to 8:30 pm; and also Wednesday, Oct 15th from 7:30 to 11:00 am and 5:30 to 8:30 pm. If you want to make an appointment call Community Health Corps members Matthew Tunzi (831-809-6462) or Brooke Angel (619-846-0167). The children at the Elementary School will be screened separately so adults/parents and high school students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity while they can.” #560. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital will be visiting the Valley on two occasions this month, the first of which is tomorrow. Thursday, October 9. As always, the venue is the AV Farm Supply but their hours have been extended. They will now be there from 2-4pm and new customers are always welcome. Their next visit is in two week’s time on Thursday, October 23. #561. The AV Grange is having its regular second Sunday Local Organic Pancake and Egg Breakfast on October 12, 8:30-11 at The Grange. Breakfast ranges from $5-$10 with Mendocino Grain Project wheat and local bacon and eggs. Gluten free is also available. #562. This year’s final Guest Chef Dinner, the series of community dinners to benefit the Senior Center takes place on Saturday, October 25 and will be in the form of an Oktoberfest celebration to be held in the unique and appropriately decorated Barn at the AV Farm Supply, just north of Philo. Prepared by Fal Allen and Friends, there will be a Happy Hour at 5pm and Dinner will be served at 6pm. Tickets are $30, which includes the dinner, one complementary drink, and a donation to the Senior Center of $10. Only a limited number of tickets; anyone who attended last year will surely be back, so get yours early for this very popular event. #563. I believe there may be a drumming circle night at The Grange this evening. Wednesday, October 8 from 7pm-9pm. Contact Rob 895-3897 or Andy 895-3020 for further details.

And as a special service, here are some standout events over the next few months. The annual Halloween Dark Carnival presentation at The Shed behind the Farrer Building; a Veterans Day Observation service on Sunday, November 9 at the Evergreen Cemetery; hopefully November play-offs for all three of the school’s fall sport’s teams, volleyball, soccer, and football; and of course the annual New Year’s Eve party at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville.

Topics and Valley events this week at The Three-Dot Lounge— “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (and surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley. A couple of regulars inform me that this coming Sunday (October 12) will be a special locals night at Coq au Vin Restaurant at the Floodgate. They will be closed on their usual locals night of Monday (Oct 13) for this week only, although there has been some talk of Sunday becoming the regular locals night.

… I was honored to be one of the guests at the “exclusive” celebration of Carolyn Eigenman’s 80th Birthday held at the Buckhorn last Saturday evening. A wonderful time was held by one and all with Carolyn’s family there in force along with many local friends. It was an open bar, with a secret code of “1934,” Carolyn’s birth year, to get complimentary drinks from barman Dan. The delicious prime rib dinner was prepared by Jared Titus and the crew, and served by hard-working waitress Amy who must have been up and down the stairs nearly 50 times! A good job by one and all, and a special thank you to Carolyn for “doing it right” by inviting friends and providing them with fine food and drink. A class act that is not always the case.

…A final note with regards to good times. I have had more of those at one particular place than at any other. The Mad Dog in the Fog pub in San Francisco on Haight Street at Fillmore, a place that will be 25 years old this coming Saturday. Thanks for the memories.

Time to take my leave, as I do have to see a man about a sheep. Contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or at PS. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred… Is that “lafter” I hear, Carroll?… Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin.

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