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Bird’s Eye View (Nov. 9, 2016)

By the time you read this column the result of the election will be known. I hope that this particular 87 year-old English woman’s concerns about a Trump presidency did not come to fruition. “I can't believe what has happened in America. It was such a wonderful and enlightened country. Now their leader might be that terrible man Trump. He is such a bully, such a racist; he seems to be a hateful man. And the things he has said about women!? Besides, how can he be trusted with those horrible little eyes? And he is the choice to lead such a great country! Out of all of the millions of good Americans he is the one chosen to be their leader! I just can’t believe it.” Thanks for your input, Mum! PS. Growing up in the UK in the early 1960s, my own first insight to America was the shock of seeing my Mum in tears upon hearing the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated. I imagine she would not have the same reaction if a similar fate were to befall Mr. Trump. Just sayin’.

The special Veterans Day event held annually at Evergreen Cemetery on AV Way will take place this coming Friday, November 11 at 10.45am. There will be a minute’s silence at 11am to commemorate the end of World War I, “The War to end all Wars” (oh, had been so), which came to pass at the “Eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. In terms of taking a deep breath and thinking about what really matters, this is one of the more important community gatherings of the year so please think seriously about attending. It is hoped that this special occasion is not an overtly political, militaristic, or religious event. It does, however, offer a chance for us to show support and gratitude for both those who gave their lives or were wounded in wars of the past, and for those who have served or continue to serve so that we may have the freedoms and liberties that we continue to enjoy today.

Public Service Announcements. #543. This Friday, November 11, as just mentioned above, it is Veterans Day, and in recognition of that Mary Paffard will have a restorative yoga class from 4-5:30pm at the Studio SoBo in Boonville, with all donations going to the Veterans. #544. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have no more visits to the Valley this month. However, they will be here twice next month. Thursdays, December 1 and 15. #545. The always-fun General Knowledge and Trivia Quiz held at Lauren’s Restaurant continues on its winter/spring schedule of 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month, so: tomorrow, Thursday, November 10th. #546. The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, November 15. They are here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at: 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. #547. The AV Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 1pm-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on AV Way, a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. “The Best Little Museum in the West.” #548. And finally, Catlyn Gilman invites you to attend the Blackbird Farm Fall Festival located in Philo. Catlyn writes, “The festival will be on November 18 from 3-6pm and is free to the public. Our students will be leading games and activities that showcase the unique character of Blackbird Farms. Handmade food and treats will provided. We would be honored with your presence. No RSVP required, but if you have any questions, feel free to give me a call or send an email. Office: (707)895-3660 / Cell: (530)933-7468.”

Here is the menu for the Community lunches over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans Building in Boonville. $6 donation from seniors and $7 for Non-seniors. Tomorrow, Thursday, November 10, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Beef Stroganoff, followed by Banana Pudding. After lunch, join Ken Montgomery & Friends for music & singing. Tuesday, November 15, the lunch will feature Roasted Chicken & Winter Vegetables, with Blackberry Pie Bars for dessert. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade — the best value for money you’ll get all week! Tai Chi is available every Tuesday at 11am, Thursdays at 11am is Kathy’s Easy-stretch Yoga class and the Active Life Club from 10am to 2pm featuring games, crafts, and music. The Senior Center/Community Bus goes to Ukiah on Mondays and Santa Rosa on the first Wednesday of the month. Sign up early at 489-1175. All ages are welcome to the meals! Hope to see you there.

Topics and Valley events 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.

…Restaurant Report for evening dining in the Valley features “The Tasty 8.” For the first time, Lauren’s Restaurant is to continue their summer lunch hours of Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm through the winter months, along with their regular dinner hours. Stone and Embers has reopened and is serving their wood-fired pizzas and salad plates Friday-Tuesday, noon-6pm. Folks are flocking to Libby’s Restaurant to get their final taste of the delicious food before Libby, Jose, and family close the door for the final time on December 10. The Bewildered Pig presents their Sunday brunch on the first Sunday only, but starting November 23 they will feature a Mexican Night on Wednesdays. Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar suggests you contact them for your holiday plans. Call 895-2767. The Boonville Hotel, serves dinner Thursday-Monday: their cassoulet is a very tempting option on Sunday evenings. 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. And finally, discussions continue regarding The Buckhorn. The doors remain closed, and the possibility of enjoying a draft Guinness and spicy wings with friends during the upcoming holiday season remains in limbo.

…The normally sure-footed Hummingbird slipped and fell outside the Boonville Post Office last week. Immediately, two sprightly folks came to the rescue and provided her with assistance and kind words of support. She has some aches and pains and a few nasty bruises but apart from a little enduring embarrassment she is recovering quickly. You may know the two “angels of mercy” were none other than local octogenarians Donald Pardini and Berna Walker. Hummingbird, who is originally from Detroit, noticed that Donald was wearing a Detroit Tigers baseball hat that features the ornate “D.” She said “So you support the Tigers?.” “Err, no,” he replied, “The “D” stands for Donald.”

…Talking of seniors, on behalf of the Senior Center Board in appreciation of the recent successful fundraiser in The Barn at the AV Farm Supply, Executive Director Gina Pardini writes, “In addition to the wonderful article in last week’s paper the Senior Center would like to announce that the Octoberfest will be an annual event thanks to the continuing generous donation of ‘the barn’ at the AV Farm Supply property by Ardzrooni Vineyard Management. A special thanks to Marcia Martinez for the wonderful desserts the last two years, Dennis Hudson for his ever creative lighting designs and the Production Crew at GoldenEye Winery for the delivery and use of their tables. We hope to see you all there next year, bring your beer steins!”

…The AV High Boys soccer season came to a very sad end last Saturday. Coach Steve Sparks reports, “The suspension of nine players, including six starters, for drinking alcohol on the school bus returning from the final regular season game a few days earlier, proved too big a mountain to climb for the remaining squad members and, despite an extremely valiant effort we lost 0-2 in the quarter-final to Calistoga, a team the full strength AV team had beaten just two weeks earlier. Needless to say the remaining players, particularly the seniors, and coaches were hugely disappointed that the dreams of a postseason Championship victory had been brought to such a terribly unsatisfactory conclusion after five months of work.”

Sorry to hear that, Steve. I’m outta here. I’ve got see a man about a sheep. So, 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 remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave them in your vehicle; think good thoughts; Keep the Faith; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too. 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. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred. Hi, Silver Swan, behaving yourself? Hopefully not! Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin.

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