Bird’s Eye View

by Turkey Vulture, October 9, 2013

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Belated but still important are birthday wishes that are sent to Valley folks. Bobbie Tucker, Jo Gowan, and Sheri Hansen.

Public Service Announcements. Calendars and pens at the ready. #379. For those so inclined, the monthly Community Drum Session is this evening Wednesday, October 9 at The Grange. contact Rob 3897 or Andy 3020 for further details. #380. This weekend (Oct 11-14) sees the retirement party at Claudia Springs Winery for Bob and Claudia. Lots of bargains will be available and on Saturday, October 12 there will be a food and music too from noon to 4pm. #381. The weekly Boonville Farmers” Market continues this Saturday morning at the Boonville Hotel Parking Lot. It goes from 10am to 12.30pm and this week’s live music is provided by the Free Marketeers. #382. It’s that time of year already. The U-Pick Pumpkins and Wagon Rides will be at Gowan’s Oak Tree and Fruit Stand on Hwy 128 from 11am to 4pm on Saturday/Sunday, October 12/13. call 895-3353 for further details. #383. The next visit to the Valley by the vets from Mendocino Animal Hospital will be Thursday, October 17. unfortunately, due to staffing issues, this will be their only visit of the month. #384. The quarterly (?) visit to the Valley by the County Haz-Mat vehicle will be on Friday/Saturday, October 12/13, at the County Fairgrounds. I urge you take the opportunity to get rid of your nasty rubbish as these guys will take virtually anything that you cannot take to the County Dump, including batteries and toxic materials, but not dead animals. leave them to my relatives and me! Call 895-3011 for further details. #385. The local food Pancake Breakfast returns to The Grange on Sunday, October 13 from 8.30-11am. Upcoming events for your calendars include a Guest Chef Dinner at the unusual location of the Big Barn next to the AV Farm Supply. This will benefit the Sr. Center and takes place on Friday, October 25; a “Cops and Robbers Ball” at The Grange the next evening, Saturday, Oct 26; the Halloween Dark Carnival presentation at The Shed behind the Farrer Building; a Veterans Day Observation service on Monday, November 11 at the Evergreen Cemetery; hopefully November play-offs for all three of the school’s fall sports. volleyball, soccer, and football; Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 28; and of course the annual New Year’s Eve party at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville.

Here’s the menu for the Community Lunches at the Senior Center in the Veterans Hall in Boonville over the next week. The Center asks for a $6 donation from Seniors and charges $7 for Non-Seniors. Tomorrow, Thursday, October 10, the lunch, always served by Marti Titus and her crew at 12.15pm, will be Broccoli Beef, Noodles, Asian Slaw, Wheat Berry Salad, and Mississippi Mud Cake for dessert. Then next Tuesday, October 15, the menu will feature Pork with Peppers, Rice, Cauliflower, Tabbouleh Salad, with Dark Chocolate Cake for dessert. Remember, all ages are welcome! Hope to see you there.

Topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge — “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (and often Reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley. This week’s topic: Valley Statistics.

…There were 30 winery tasting-rooms open in the Valley this past weekend.

…34 raspberry picking tourists were spotted on the side of Hwy 128 in the month of September. Eight of them were also surrounded by poison oak. I wonder how that turned out.

…17 cyclists spotted on Hwy 128 in the month of September.

…26 lawyers/accountants spotted in the Valley on new Harley-Davidson motorbikes over the first weekend of October — the males of the species trying to look menacing, which was hard to pull off for those with man-purses.

…153 soccer-loving Valley folks were in attendance at last Sunday’s El Classico 2 at Tom Smith Field in Boonville. The match was the second leg of the Ukiah Adult Soccer League’s postseason semi-final and featured the two local teams. Valladolid and La Laguneta. Valla came out on top and now advance to the final this coming Sunday morning in Ukiah when they will be going for their fifth title in succession as they face Milan from Lakeport.

…33 players for the weekly General Knowledge and Trivia Quiz at Lauren’s Restaurant on Thursday evening. won by the “Witch’s Sticklers” that included Anne Fashauer, Robyn Spector, John McCallister, Susan Robinson, Len Feinstein and Mark Scaramella. Yes, that Mark Scaramella of AVA Fame. He’s actually much smarter than he may sometimes appear.

Oops, I’m outtahere. So, until we talk again. “Keep the Faith”; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; please remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle; and may your god go with you. Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. You can contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or at turkeyvulture1@earthlink.net. PPS. Hi, Silver Swan. behaving yourself? Hopefully not! On the sheep, Grace.

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