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Bird’s Eye View (May 2, 2018)

My friend and fellow drinking/eating partner, Steve Sparks, is on the AV Museum and Historical Society Board and has been charged with the task of completing the AV High School Yearbook collection at the Museum in the Little Red Schoolhouse near the Elementary School. The collection begins with the first edition, from 1921, and is just 13 issues short of being complete, most of which are relatively recent. Here is the list of issues still needed: if anyone has a copy of any of these editions gathering dust somewhere and willing to part with it, please contact Steve at 895-2460 or at Here’s the list of missing yearbooks: 1963, 1972, 1981, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014. Your contribution will be much appreciated and provide an important addition to the Museum’s archives.

Now for “Evening Dining in the Valley”

Lauren’s Restaurant: Mexican Mon, 5-9pm; Lunch Thu-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm; Dinner Tue-Sat, 5-9pm.

Lizbby’s Mexican Cuisine: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, serving breakfast on Sat; closed Sun.

The Buckhorn Pub’s hours are Mon and Wed: 4-11pm; Thur: 11am-11pm, with the Prime Rib Special; Fri: 11am-midnight; Sat: 10am-midnight; Sun: 10am-11pm. Kitchen open until 9pm every night; Brunch served at weekends 10am-3pm; closed Tuesday.

The Boonville Hotel is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with their family-style, prix fixe menu. Reservations: 895-2210.

The Redwood Drive-In & Gas Station: 6am-8pm everyday.

Stone and Embers, at The Madrones south of Philo, is open from Noon to 8pm, Thu. to Sun.

In the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig at The Floodgate serves dinner Thu-Sun, 5-9pm, with last reservation at 8.30pm.

I have been reliably informed that the new restaurant in Philo (formerly Libby’s) hopes to open in late May, county bureaucracy permitting. So who knows? Sometime in June methinks. There are many daytime eating options in the Valley too, also extremely good. For that info and more refer to the new (pink) May issue of the AV Community Bulletin available throughout the Valley. 


#539. Live music tonight, May 2, at The Grange, presented by the AV Theater Guild: The Bueno Yabbelow Music Concert Series starts at 7pm featuring The Del Sol String Quartet. $10 at door; 18 and under free.

#540. Saturday, May 5 at the Galbreath Wildlands preserve in Yorkville, is an important gathering on the Sudden Oak Death Blitz rapidly destroying our trees. A hike has been organized and volunteers are asked to meet at the Yorkville Post Office at 9am. Call Margot Rawlins for more information at 894-2076 or go to to pre-register.

#541. Live music again at Lauren’s Restaurant on Saturday, May 5 when The Ukeholics return to the stage (can anyone keep them off? Haha!) at 9pm. Dinner is served 5-9pm.

#542. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital visit the Valley on Thursdays, May 17 and 31 at the AV Farm Supply from 2-4pm.

#543. The AV Museum is open from 1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on AV Way, a perfect place to visit on a weekend afternoon: “The Best Little Museum in the West.”

#544. The Unity Club Lending Library at The Fairgrounds is open Tuesdays 1.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 2-4pm. 

Here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans Building in Boonville. $6 donation from seniors for lunches and dinners and $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 3, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Beef or Chicken Tostadas with Raspberry Whip for dessert. Next Tuesday, May 8, the evening meal served at 6pm features Pineapple Pepper Chicken and Holy Cow Cake. Second Tuesday of the month, so Bingo follows dinner at 7pm. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal! 

I’m outta here. Show love to your pets, remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave them in your vehicle; and, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me through the Letters Page or at PS. Missing the Venerable Pheasant. Keep on humming, Hummingbird. On the sheep, Grace.

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