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Bird’s Eye View (Mar 23, 2016)

Greetings one and all. Are you are sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin. Not for the first time, let’s start with the Public Service Announcements.

Let’s start with a couple of important ones that are far more infrequent. #474. It’s time for the bi-annual visit of the HazMobile vehicle to Boonville. They will be here from 9am-1pm this coming Saturday, March 26 at The Fairgrounds in Boonville. Items accepted include motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, gasoline, solvents, paint thinner, all paints, auto and household batteries, fluorescent light tubes, acids, pesticides, herbicides, and medicines. They do not accept explosives, ammunition, radioactive wastes, medical waste, compressed cylinders larger than 5 gallons, and human bodies. They won’t be back in the Valley until October. However, the HazMobile facility in Ukiah is open every week at the following times and days. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and the second Saturday of each month from 8am to 2pm at 3200 Taylor Drive, virtually opposite the junction of Hwy 253 with Hwy 101, on the other side of the freeway. For more information call 468-9704. #475. AV Health Center Board Chair Ric Bonner and Board Secretary Heidi Knott invite the public to a Strategic Planning Discussion, on Thursday, March 31st, 6:30pm at the AV Grange. (See separate announcement.) #476. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one visit this month at the AV Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. Thursday, March 24 from 2-3.30pm. If you go around 3pm you will definitely be seen. New customers and their pets are always welcome and previous visitors should be aware that they can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts with them. #477. On Sunday, March 27 from 8-11am at The Fairgrounds in Boonville, it’s the annual AV Lions Easter Breakfast to benefit the Senior Center which will be followed at noon prompt by the Easter Egg Hunt open to kids from pre-school thru 4th grade. #478. The Mendocino County Museum Road Show returns to the Grange on Friday, March 25, at 7:30pm, bringing the county’s history to the stage with new true stories and songs! Tickets $15 adults; $12 youth (20 & under) and seniors (65+). Youth under-12 discouraged from attending. For tickets and more information, please visit or call 459-2736. #479. On Saturday, March 26, it’s the Open Mic at Lauren's Restaurant in downtown Boonville. Dinner served 5 to 9 before the Open mic at 9 pm. All are welcome. musicians, singers, poets, writers, impressionists, magicians, comedians, actors, fire-eaters, pole dancers, sword swallowers, ventriloquists, raconteurs, exotic dancers, animal callers, etc. No clowns. apparently they would scare any kids who might be there, and no mimes, please. they scare almost everyone else! For more information call 895-3869. #480. The Boonville Farmers Market continues every Saturday at its winter venue, outside The Boonville General Store, from 10am-12:30 pm. For more info call Cindy at 895-2949. #481. Need a burn permit? From 11am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays you can get one from the Firehouse in Boonville. Call 895-2020 for more information or stop by. #482. The AV Lending Library, run by The Unity Club, is open at The Fairgrounds on Tuesdays 1.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 2-4pm. #483. The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Remember, no dead animals! The number for the Dump is 895-3569. (The Recycling Center in Boonville at The Fairgrounds parking lot is open Wednesday-Saturday, 9-4pm (489-2033).

Here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in 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, March 24, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Steak Pizzola and Strawberry Lemon for dessert. I was misinformed about this month’s evening meal which was not March 22, as mentioned last week, and will actually take place next Tuesday evening, March 29 at 6pm. This dinner will feature Chicken Gloria, with Rum Cake for dessert. And everyone is invited to stay around for a game of “Bunko” to follow dinner. 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! Furthermore, Tai Chi is now available every Tuesday from 10-11am, while on Thursdays at the same time it is the water color painting class, leading into yoga at 11am. All ages are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge.

…Three Dot regulars joined many other interested folks in expressing surprise, and a little concern, upon hearing that Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo computer has beaten world champion Lee Se-dol of South Korea by 4 games to 1. This is the first time a computer has beaten a world champion at the Asian board game of Go. Computers had already beaten the world’s best chess players, but Go is much more complex. I don’t know what this means but I don’t like it.

…In bars/restaurants with older refrigeration systems there is a need for draft beers to be poured frequently to stay fresh. I speak with perhaps too much experience on this. One has to hope that all such bars/restaurants which feature in their radio ads the fact that they have 15, 18, 27, whatever number of draft beers, are pretty busy. Beer should not sit in beer lines for too long before being served and, with that many on tap, some will inevitably do so, even in quite busy establishments. Of course, asking the bartender to pull off a pint if they have not poured any of a particular one recently is not unreasonable. In most cases, a good bartender in a good bar would certainly do this.

…I am pleased to inform you that Yorkville resident and long-time Valley shepherd and musician, Kevin Owens, will be back in the Valley after his month-long rehab in Ukiah following knee replacement surgery. All being well, he hopes to appear with his splendid band ‘Reverb’ at Lauren’s Restaurant on Saturday, April 2nd. He tells me that he does not sing but he will be doing vocals, and that the band plans to do some songs that they actually know. Hope to see you there.

…They’re back! No, I’m not referring to the helicopter-like sound pollution of the frost protection fans used by certain Valley wineries; not yet anyway. I’m referring to the beautiful sight of blossoms on the apple trees; the delightful vistas of buttercups and daisies scattered around the hillsides; the heart-warming glimpses of lambs prancing in the pastures; and the comforting sound of the metal bats of the high school baseball team crushing balls into outfields and beyond. One and all are just some of the gloriously bucolic sights and sounds of the Valley in springtime.

I’m outtahere. I’ve got see a man about a sheep. Besides, that’s enough for now, so “take me drunk, I’m home.” Until we talk again. “Keep the Faith’; be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; show love to your pets; remember to keep your windows cracked if you have to leave them in your vehicle for even the shortest periods of time; 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 through the Letters Page or at PS. Skylark, read any good books lately? Hi, Silver Swan. behaving yourself? Hopefully not! Everything cool with you, OJ? Of course it is.

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