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Bird’s Eye View (Apr 22, 2015)

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. I’m tired and not really in the mood for the usual wit and repartee. So let’s get straight into the Public Service Announcements. Calendars and pens at the ready.

#933. The Goat Fest and Wildflower Show will take place this Saturday, April 25 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, with the Wildflower Show continuing the next day also. The event will feature a full day of Family Fun, Goat Education, and Goat Celebration and, along with such fun events as “Best Dressed Goat Contest” and a “Celebrity Goat Milking Competition.” There is also a schedule of workshops on two themes: Goat Dairy Products and Goat Husbandry. There will also be a Birria (goat stew) Cook-Off, a Zumba-thon, and a dance at The Apple Hall in the evening with Dean Titus, Susan Clark, and the Bootjack 5. For more information go to; or Facebook at Anderson Valley Goat Fest; or call King Goat, Jim Devine, at (707) 496-8725.

#934. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have two upcoming confirmed dates when they will be in the Valley: a week from tomorrow, on April 30, and then again on May 14. As usual, the venue and time is the AV Farm Supply from 2-4pm and new customers are always welcome. Previous visitors can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them making this an even better service than it already is! #935. The Barn Sale returns in less than two weeks time for its usual spring, summer, and fall run after a four-month hiatus. This 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, May 2 and 3. #936. The weekly Boonville Farmers Market has finished at the Boonville General Store until next Fall and, following its one day special appearance at The Goat Festival, they are moving back to their regular summer venue at the Boonville Hotel parking lot from 10am-12.30pm. Come by with your locally grown or made food or crafts, to sell or trade, or just stop by to shop. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949. #937. The AV Lending Library run by The Unity Club is open Tuesday and Saturday at The Fairgrounds. Tuesday 1.30pm-4.30pm and Saturday 2pm-4pm. #938. The County Dump is open from 9am. 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Remember, no dead animals! #939. Local artist Denver Tuttle's Crystalline Point project has a “kick-off” event next Wednesday, April 29 starting at 5pm at Aquarelle in Boonville. There will be food and drinks, entertainment (including the Ukeholics with the Tiny Orchestra of Boonville), art for sale, items for auction, and a raffle to support and promote the Crystalline Point public art project. Find out more about the project at

Here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week at the Senior Center at the Veterans” Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners. Tomorrow, Thursday, April 23, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Chicken Alfredo, fettuccine, roasted vegetables, garlic bread, kale farro salad, and strawberry dessert. Then, next Tuesday evening, April 28 at 6pm, the dinner will feature Rosemary Pork roast, gravy, cauliflower, bulgur chick-pea salad, raspberry gelatin, and Better cake for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal. It maybe the best $7 you’ll spend all week! Hopefully you will be able to attend, and remember, ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Moving quickly on to a few of the topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge. Yes, Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…A couple of insightful observations made at the Historical Society’s Roundtable discussion based on life here in the Valley during the 1970s each resonated with a number of 3-Dot regulars. One was that back then many outsiders coming in to make a new life here found that they needed to work together with the residents for everyone to make a living; in the last couple of decades this has not necessarily been the case and we have witnessed many instances where the influx of people have set up businesses of their own and perhaps relationships with many local folks has not been the same. And secondly, certainly in the last few years, locals have not been invited to undertake much of the construction work that has taken place in the Valley; this work often being performed by folks from outside the area. There are exceptions to both of these comments but, as general observations, they appear to have some validity.

…Surely the list of “the foods of the gods” must contain Heinz baked beans, particularly when served with bacon, sausages and eggs for breakfast. Lemons Market in Philo has realized this and in recent months has had their shelves stocked with tins of this “delicacy of the lesser deities.” Try some, you can thank me later.

…Despite having a loyal following and enjoying consistent business, Coq au Vin restaurant, the French country style restaurant owned and operated by the Richard family for the last 20 months or so at the Floodgate, is closing due to an ongoing family health issue. May 17 is rumored to be their final night of business. It really is too bad.

I’m outtahere. I’ve got see a man about a sheep. So, until we talk again. Keep the Faith; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle; and may your god go with you. A final request, “Let us prey.” Sometimes poking, often stroking, but almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or at PS. Keep on humming, Hummingbird. On the sheep, Grace. Everything cool with you, O.J.? Of course it is. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred.

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