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Anderson Valley Blasts Into Fall

Although some might argue that August 27th isn’t really fall, everyone must admit that fall is in the air. The AV Senior Center under the able leadership of Director Renee Lee and the generous services and donations of the AV Lions put on a super well-attended Tri-Tip and Chicken fundraiser last Sunday. The bar featuring many local wines, beers and Fal Allen’s scrumptious (and potent) margueritas was busy. The Senior Center had loads of enthusiastic volunteer help. It is obvious that many people care deeply about the welfare of the Valley’s seniors. The tri-tip was BBQ’ed to perfection by Justin Riley and his crew including Kevin Lee and Christy Kramer. All the fixings were as delicious as they usually are with Palma Toohey, Wynne, Dennis and James Nord, Christine Clark, Janet Lombard, Eric, Mea and Amy Bloyd, Joy Frazer, John Leal, and Bob and Terry Sites. Phillip Thomas and Evette LaPaille donated a mountain of desserts to be served with dinner and the Lions also brought many home made sweets. There was a very impressive and profitable silent auction — who ever collected the auction items really did a bang-up job. Lots of happy kids were charging around looking like a perpetual running machines while the adults caught up with each other or shopped the auction or competed in Corn Hole. The Corn Hole Tournament winner is to be announced. Dennis Nord won the raffle for SF Giants tickets. A wonderful time was had by all. As Yvette accurately stated after it was all over, “This event had a really good vibe.”

The Senior Center was the scene of two other events last weekend. Carolyn Short’s Funeral Reception and Potluck followed her 11:00 A.M. service at the Eversole Funeral Home in Ukiah. The Hall was decorated beautifully with purple and white flower arrangements which everyone agreed looked just like Carolyn. These arrangements served double duty as they were on also on display throughout the BBQ. 

In other news Elizabeth Wyant celebrated her 70th birthday at the Center as testified to by the enormous (and charming) balloon display also there for BBQ attenders to enjoy.

Beverly and Marvin Dutra hosted a Memorial for Mick Hausaur who was a co-director of Clear Water Ranch 1971-1976. The Dutras are the current owners of the Clearwater property, which at one time was a camp for children and eventually morphed into a full time live-in facility. Coordinated by Morgan Baynham, former Clearwater counselor and Mick’s co-director Bob Boetteger, a group of former Clearwater workers gathered to honor Mick. Doug Johnson, another Alumni, treated the attendees to a dinner at his Philo ranch following the memorial service. The consensus was that Mick had been instrumental in launching their careers in social service. Susan Richards was an earlier coordinator who wrote a book about her experiences. The group is in the process of collecting material about the history of Clearwater Ranch for the AV History Museum. If anyone has a copy of Susan’s Book that they would be willing to donate for submission to the museum contact Beverly Dutra at (707) 895-3447.

More excitement is on the way. On Monday, September 4th, 11:00-4:00 the Yorkville Ice Cream Social rolls out the welcome mat for the entire valley and anyone passing through on Labor Day. The Cake Walk returns with busy Bee Curtis Frost buzzing around urging the potential cake winners on. A breathtaking silent auction will include many high value and imaginative items dreamed up by Lisa Bauer and the generous Yorkville community. Tina Walters and Peter Gordon have done a great job publicizing the event with graphics and banner placement. Last year I bought a vacation at a southern California beach house in June for my family that made many memories for us. 

Of course the traditional book sale presided over by Val Hanelt and Hans Hickenlooper will ramp up with books selling on a per-inch basis. Come early to get the best books. 

Ice Cream, Oysters shucked by “Oyster Bob” Sites, custom Burgers, bake sale, salad bar, music and merriment will round out the events. Scott Hulbert, next door neighbor to the Yorkville Firehouse/Community Center and long-time guardian of the best interests of the Yorkville community, will be on duty. Come and see Yorkville’s new firehouse addition under construction. 

All proceeds benefit the Yorkville Volunteer Fire Station. 

If you wanted to describe the Yorkville Community in one word it would be “energetic.” Come and bring the family, tap into the Yorkville “Mojo” for a day. You’ll be glad you did. Probably a very good chance to be squirted by a firehose if the day is hot (and it probably will be) — but only if you want to be.

Moving further into September is the AV Skatepark Fall Fling Fundraiser. Tireless advocate Noor Dawood tells us it will take place at the Brewery in Boonville on Sept. 16th- $10-$15 sliding scale, 3-7pm music, food, raffle. The AfterParty for die hard party-on-ers will be 7-9pm. Tacos by TexMex, Paella by Brennon, Pizza by the General Store, Beer by AV Brewing, Desserts by Boont Berry, and Wine by Weatherborne. DJ Morning Glory with Bands: The Log Lifters, Surf Squatch and Mama Grows Funk (all very happening bands that are great to dance to). More information at Come out and support Anderson Valley Youth. They are the future.

If Fall makes you feel like singing and you are an older adult think about joining the Chorale for Older Adults through the Mendocino College on Thursday nights from Aug. 22 through Dec. 14 at the Elementary School in room 24. Information at Mendocino College. Call Tammy at (707) 459-6224 to register.

And of course there is the County Fair in Boonville. You still have time to register for submitting entries to the Fair. This is our moment to share with our neighbors our passions and accomplishments. If you arrange flowers, knit, make quilts, carve, paint, take photos etc., etc., etc. YOU can make the fair a better and richer place to visit. So go to the Mendocino Fair and Apple Show website and look at the menu for entry forms. It takes all of us to make the Fair exciting and dynamic. Little fairs everywhere are dying for lack of entries. Help keep our fair vital and ENTER. See you at the Fair Sept. 22-24th.

No doubt there are lots of other activities coming to Anderson Valley this fall. If you know of anything that the public is welcome to attend please write to the paper at for inclusion in “Valley People.”

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