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Valley People (August 23, 2023)


Early reports from Cheer camp are that the girls are getting worked hard and responding well. They were nervous and standoffish at first but the instructors broke down their hesitancy and they are fully bought in - sounds like it was/is a great experience. (Coach John Toohey)

POST ON LAST WEEK’S VALLEY FACEBOOK PAGE: “People of Anderson Valley: There's toxic algae in the water at Hendy Woods.” (Unconfirmed.)

REDWOODS NEAR DIMMICK (vintage) (via Marshall Newman)


Senior Driver Education Class

Take part in the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Age Well, Drive Smart senior driver education class. Age Well, Drive Smart was developed to assist senior drivers, 65 years of age and older, to continue to drive safely. This is a FREE class is taught by a CHP Officer and co-taught by a CHP Senior Volunteer. The curriculum addresses such topics as aging and its effects on safe driving, maintaining good physical health, self- assessment, and more. Completion of course may even help you save on your car insurance. The class will be held from 1-3 pm (just after lunch) on September 5th at Anderson Valley Senior Center. No registration required. Call AVSC at 707-895-3609 or CHP at 707-467-4420 with any questions.

Renée Lee

Executive Director

Anderson Valley Senior Center



Saturday, September 16 at the AV Brewery in Boonville.

$10-$15 sliding scale. 3-7pm: Food, Raffle, Auction & Music. 7-9pm: Music After Party. 

Music on the Lawn: DJ Morning Glory, Log Lifters, Surf Squatch, Mama Grows Funk. After Party: DJ Nasty, Cement Eater, Middle Children, Thirty Aut Sicks. 

Food&Drink: Tacos by BoonMex, Paella by Brennon, Pizza by General Store, Beer by AV Brewing, Desserts by Boont Berry Farm, Wine by Weatherborne Wine Co

Auction&Raffle: Skate Decks painting by students artists, local, goods, goodies & skate gear.

More info:

CHORALE FOR OLDER ADULTS CLASS IN BOONVILLE- Meeting once a week on Thursday nights, only $12!

This Mendocino College class will be offered in Boonville this fall (please note, the Adult School is not directly involved in the administration of this class, but helping to spread the word)

Chorale for Older Adults (Mendocino College class MUS 580-0733)

Information about the class:

This is a non-credit course and will cost $12 for the entire semester.

The class will run on Thursdays from 4- 6:50 p.m. from August 22nd to December 14th, 2023

Location: Anderson Valley Elementary School campus, room 24

Information from the teacher about the course:

How to register for these classes: If you have never taken a Mendocino College class before, you will need to apply to the college. If you are a returning student you will need your Mendocino College student ID number. Some people have found it tricky to apply on the college's website. Whether a returning student or a new one, you are welcome to call Tammy to register by phone at 707-459-6224. You can pay Tammy by phone with a credit card or mail a check made out Mendocino College and mail it to Mendocino College-North County Center, 372 E. Commercial St., Willits, 95490. Payment can also be made at the Ukiah campus.

CLASSES offered in Boonville this fall (please note the Adult School is not involved in offering this class, but helping spread the word).

Chorale for Older Adults (MC class MUS 580-0733)

Information about the class:

1. This is a non-credit course and will cost $12 for the entire semester.

2. The class will run on Thursdays from 4- 6:50 p.m. from August 22nd to December 14th, 2023 

3. Location: Anderson Valley Elementary School campus, room 24

Information from the teacher about the course and teacher bio:

Chorale for Older Adults is a place to sing together! Studies have shown that everything about singing in a choir makes you healthier and happier. We will choose repertoire that fits our group, learn to sing it together and hopefully have a "sharing" of some sort at the end of the semester. There is no pressure with this group. You do not need to audition, or know how to read music, or have ever performed in a choir before. You must come only with an open mind and open heart. 

IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER than sitting on the porch on a hot summer day, and enjoying a freshly picked Elberta peach from Potter Valley’s Langdon Day Farms.

ED NOTE: I'll second that. Geniella gave me three of those Langdons, and I'm here to tell you there are peaches and then there are Langdons.

THE BOONVILLE CONNECTION: Jason Page, formerly a teacher at AVHS and an AVHS graduate, now teaches at Ukiah High School where his son Jaxon stars on the Ukiah High School football team, just as his dad did back in the day as a Boonville Panther. Ukiah football is coached by Ryan Parrish, also a former star at AVHS and an outstanding semi-pro footballer. Ryan's son Shay Parrish is also a starter on dad's Ukiah High team 

CALTRANS: Utility work on Highway 128 will occur near Yorkville at Big Oaks Drive on Monday, Aug. 21. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays.

Tree work will occur on Highway 253 west of Long Valley Ranch Road to east of Knittleville Lane on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 22-23. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays.

Utility work on Highway 253 from Stipp Lane to east of Park Creek Lane will occur on Tuesday, Aug. 22. One-way traffic control will be in effect from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists should expect up to 5-minute delays.

A CALLER alerts us to the small print on the flier from the Post Office announcing that the proceeds from its Breast Cancer Awareness Month stamp goes 70% to the National Institute of Health and 30% to the Department of Defense, which kinda makes this guy want to buy only the first 70% of the stamp.

A BOOK NOTICE wafted down out of cyber space onto my computer screen the other morning. It was a blurb for a history of Jonestown called, “Snake Dance: Unravelling the Mysteries of Jonestown” by Laurie Efrein Kahalas. 

MS. KAHALAS is a former parishioner of the berserk pastor's church — Jones also taught school in Boonville when he first arrived in Mendocino County — says she was “contacted by an Angelic Presence four years prior to what the world would come to know as ‘The Jonestown Tragedy’” and has written up an insider’s guide to subsequent events. 

FOUR YEARS advance warning apparently wasn’t sufficient to propel Ms. Kahalas out of the church prior to Jones massacring his congregation, which she says she somehow survived. Ms. K now attributes the Jonestown tragedy to a vast U.S. government conspiracy to wipe out Jones’ “left wing, interracial church” because our government doesn’t like “leftwing, interracial churches.” 

THE BEST BOOK on the Jones phenomena, in my opinion as somewhat of a scholar of macabre Mendo events, is by the late Shiva Naipul, V.S.’s brother. It’s called “Journey to Nowhere, A New World Tragedy.”

JONES was hardly a left-winger, whatever that political Rorschach means these days, but he was adept at being all things to all people, depending on the circumstances he found himself in. In a very short time after his arrival in Redwood Valley, the alleged Leninist was foreman of the Grand Jury and was throwing dinners for everyone from the inland libs to Walter Heady of the John Birch Society. 


PG$E is launching an all-out attack on trees surrounding my property yet again. They told me that several large mature trees outside my fence line are set for removal or major dismantling. I said they are not within 4 feet of wires. they said PGE changed the distance to 12 feet, as in, they have to be at least 12 feet away from the wires.

Also, they are wise to the fact that these trees are on county right of way and tell me I don't have a say. i've been told that CPUC does not have settled law on this, but PGE doesn't care what CPUC says anyway. Do you have any words of advice for me? I have called to have an arborist from Davey come out and discuss with me. I am heartsick.

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