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Bird’s Eye View (May 11, 2016)

Greetings one and all. Are you are sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin. The Unpresidential Race for the Presidency. Part 9. The presidential race is all but set. John Kasich, governor of Ohio and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, followed the Texas senator Ted Cruz by dropping out of the race. Donald Trump said he would unite his divided party and spent the next couple of days lambasting Hillary Clinton. An average of recent opinion polls gives the Democratic Party’s front-runner a 6.5% lead. I checked back to last summer, July 22 to be precise, when I wrote here, “So, according to the latest Newsweek poll, Donald Trump leads the Republican pack for his party’s nomination?! Unbelievable! Come on. behave yourselves!” Now look what a fine mess you’ve got us in to. Clinton v Trump, such a great country deserves so much better.

Public Service Announcements. #556. The Independent Career Women, a splendid organization, and certainly here in the Valley one of the most powerful, has announced its annual “Open House” that will take place on Wednesday, May 25. This will be held at the AV Brewery Visitor Center at 6.30pm. Small plates/hors d’ouevres will be served and all Valley women are welcome, members and otherwise. Males are not invited for reasons that remain unclear. #557. With regards to last week’s PSAs, I was incorrectly informed that there would be a Barn Sale last weekend. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond almost everyone’s control, it was postponed, and will now take place this weekend, Saturday/Sunday, May 14/15 from 9am-3pm at The Big Barn next to the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Refectory on AV Way just north of Boonville. #558. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one visit this month to the AV Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo. That is on Thursday, May 19 from 2-3.30pm. They will return next month. June 2 and 16. #559. Nahara will be performing live at Lauren’s Restaurant on Saturday, May 14 at 9pm. #560. As mentioned last week, the “Second Wednesday Drumming Circle” will be taking place at The Grange tonight, Wednesday, May 11 from 7-9pm. To confirm, perhaps call Andy at 895-3020. #561. The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, May 17. They are here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm. Phone 463-4694 for further details. #562. The A.V Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on AV Way, this is a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours spare on a weekend afternoon. “The Best Little Museum in the West.” #563. The Food Bank is open from 8-10am on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, next Tuesday, May 17. They will also be open the Monday evening before (May 16) from 4-6pm. Gardeners, farmers and produce growers of all kinds, remember to donate your extra produce and drop it off on the Monday behind the Boonville Methodist Church. If you need someone to glean your produce to take to the Food Bank, contact Valerie Kim at Denisse Mattei is the Food Bank director. You can reach her at 895-3763.

Here is the menu for the Community lunches over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors and charges $7 for Non-seniors. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Parmesan Crusted Cod with Chess Squares for dessert. Then, next Tuesday, May 17, also at noon, the lunch will feature Beef Stir Fry and Strawberry Whip 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! Tai Chi is now available every Tuesday at 11am, while on Thursdays it is Easy-stretch Yoga, also at 11am. Hopefully you will be able to attend some of these events and certainly the lunches and dinners, 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. “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…As I discovered upon a recent visit, the Yorkville Market has come a long way since opening last year. I was very impressed with all that is offered in terms of their menu and wine, in fact the whole place looks very well organized and welcoming to any customer. I hope they continue to prosper. Their efforts so far would certainly deserve to.

…The AV School Board meets this week to discuss whether or not to allow adult soccer to resume in the Valley after last season’s incident which led to all three local adult teams playing all games on the road. Two teams subsequently folded but one, La Lagunetta (not the one that was involved in the unruly behavior), survived this difficult period and now wishes to play home games at the school soccer field in the upcoming season. I for one believe they should be given permission to do so, assuming they understand what a privilege it is and will do their utmost to see that a similar situation does not arise.

…Featured in this year’s Mendocino Film Festival magazine/program, there is a series of photographs of chefs referred to as the region’s “culinary celebrities,” who will present at the upcoming event’s opening night on Friday, June 3. Many well-known chefs from restaurants mainly on the coast including Matt Barnes of the Valley’s Stone and Embers restaurant, where he and chef Patrick Meaney are doing a wonderful job since the restaurant’s re-opening in March. I had no idea Matt was now a “culinary celebrity”! I guess he should be congratulated. However, I’m not going to do that because as a current friend and, more importantly, one from the days when he was the “housekeeper” at a “gentlemen’s retreat” on the Mexican border, I need to keep him grounded. You’re welcome, Matt. I’ll have a Guinness.

…More Valley “Carrion” News. Summer brunch has just resumed at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville from 11.30am-2.30pm on Thursday thru Sunday (Dinners as always 5-9pm Tuesday to Saturday). Just down the street in downtown Boonville, live music will on the “menu” for the upcoming holiday weekends at The Buckhorn: Yorkville’s Rockin” Shepherd, Kevin Owens, and his band Reverb, will be performing at 8pm on the Friday night of Memorial Day weekend, May 27, and the appearance of another top music act is in the planning stage for Friday July 1 to start off the Independence Day weekend celebrations. People continue to rave about the “Valley’s best-kept food secret.” the freshly baked doughnuts at The Redwood Drive-In. I guess it’s a secret no more. Best fries in the Valley? It’s down to a three-way race for the title. Lauren’s, The Buckhorn, and Aquarelle.

…From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series. “The Approach of the Apocalypse.” Buzzard reports, “I have nothing of any interest to anyone to say at this point. I guess that in itself is a clear sign that the Apocalypse must be fast approaching.” Why can’t more folks be like that?. I’m outta here. I’ve got see a man about a sheep. Besides, that’s enough for now, so “please take me drunk, I’m home,” and until we talk again. Be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; show love to your pets, they will be faithful and true to you to the last beat of their hearts, and please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave them in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; “Keep the Faith’; and may your god go with you. Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey.” Sometimes poking, often stroking, but almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. saddened but ultimately comforted in the knowledge that the old hare has safely moved to his new burrow in the sky. Contact me through the Letters Page or at PS. Keep wagging that tail, Fred. Hi, Silver Swan; behaving yourself? Hopefully not! Expecting to see you soon, Round-eyed Robin.

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