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Bird’s Eye View

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Here’s an important bit of information I was asked to pass on this week. If you come across, or are in a position to save, a bird of prey in some sort of distress — birds we see around here such as barn owls, hawks, and yes, even Turkey Vultures — please do not think there isn’t anything you can do to help, or that you will be presented with a bill if you take them in for vet care. Not true. Wrap them in a blanket and get them across to the Mendocino Animal Hospital in Ukiah where the excellent vets there will carry out any necessary surgery, free of charge to you. From there, the bird will be taken to the Willits Wildlife Rescue for rehabilitation and all costs will be covered. Good to know, eh?

Now to this week’s Public Service Announcements. #225. It’s the first Independent Career Women meeting of 2011 tonight (Wednesday, January 26th) at the Veterans’ Hall in Boonville and, following the disappointment of the Christmas Party cancellation, one hopes for a very good turnout. Regular readers will not be surprised to hear that my invitation has once again been lost in the mail... #226. This coming weekend sees the Fifth Annual AV Film Festival, once again at The Grange on Highway 128. Movies, 17 in total, including some excellent documentaries, high school films, and several classics of various genres, will be screened from Friday, Jan 28th through Sunday, Jan 30th. The details can be found at (All proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations.) #227. The ‘Original’ Crab Feed, arguably the best pure Valley event of the year, benefiting the St Elizabeth Seton Church, will take place on Saturday, February 5th. Tickets will sell out — I guarantee it! You can get yours at Lemons’ Market in Philo, Laughing Dog Books in Boonville, or by calling Gloria Ross (895-3071), Eva Holcomb (895-3307), or John Schultz (895-9552). #228. On the following Saturday evening, February 12th, you will get the chance to see local resident and very accomplished actor of stage, screen, and television, Rene Auberjonois appear in a play, ‘Off Their Cuffs’, along with co-star Howard Hesseman (Johnny Fever, hip d.j. on television’s ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’). It’s at The Grange for one night only, with a 6:30pm social hour and curtain at 7:30pm — a fundraiser — for the AV Education Foundation. #229. Very early heads-up for an entry on your calendar: The Lions Club Easter Sunday Breakfast Fundraiser will be for the Fire Department this year, and there is talk that they will become the beneficiary at this event every year. This time round it is on Sunday, April 24th. Details to follow.

Moving quickly on to several of the topics under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge. Yes it’s “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…As one regular wisely observed the other day, “Sometimes a Guinness and a bowl of French fries at Lauren’s Restaurant is all a man needs to complete a satisfactory day.”

…Along with several other regulars at the 3-Dot, I shared in the positive reviews of the AV Teen Drama Group’s production at The Grange last weekend in which eight young actors enthusiastically, and with no shortage of talent, performed an excellent version of John Hughes’ ‘The Breakfast Club.’ Kudos to one and all, and particularly Marcus Magdaleno, whose direction showed that he clearly knows a thing or two about ‘treading the boards.’

…Several of the former Boonville Lodge employees will be working at The Buckhorn when it opens, in actual fact probably more than half of them will be. Meanwhile, I am told the opening will be around mid-February and, as further confirmation, I saw the pizza ovens going into the renovated kitchen on Saturday afternoon. Yagotta like that!

…The Senior Center Crab Feed was a big success and their profit target was reached, despite the price of crab going up by about 40% since last year. Next up, their St Patrick’s Day event in March.
…What were that group of Valley ‘movers and shak-ers’ discussing fervently over coffee at The Redwood Drive-In last Thursday afternoon? They included Cheryl Schrader and Jim Teresinski of the AV Animal Rescue, The Lions’ Club’s secretary Judy Long, and Steve Sparks. A little bird tells me that we may have a fundraiser on the way for the Valley’s animals and pets in need — a good thing too.
Time to take my leave. Be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; and may your god go with you. One final request, “Let us prey.” Poking and stroking egos wherever necessary and, as always, humbly yours, Turkey Vulture.

PS. Keep the Faith.

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