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Bird’s Eye View (May 9, 2018)

This Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day, and while Hallmark and other merchants of crass commercialism have done their best to spoil such a wonderful celebration, they have failed, and it continues to give us an opportunity to sit back and think about how appreciative we should be of our mothers. after all, where would we be without them?

Boonville's Boxcar Boardwalk, opposite the Redwood Drive-In, is now open for additional businesses. Torrey Douglass of Lemon Fresh Design subcontracted with the Shapiro family (and enlisted the expert services of contractor hubby, Alan, perhaps better known for his hen-clucking, to perform the renovation work), to create usable business spaces for three local women: Ballantine Books & Business Services operated by Dawn Ballantine, and coming soon Hedgehog Books, the tiniest bookshop in Boonville; Lemon Fresh Design, Torrey’s graphic design etc business; and AbraKaDebra Bodywork, wherein Debra Keipp provides structural integration for the human body. All are in the rear two train cars (not to be confused with the caboose that houses the North Coast Realty office). Dawn’s bookstore will open soon to the public, while Torrey and Debra see folks by appointment. We wish them well. 

For current restaurant hours of opening and much more, please refer to the new (pink-colored) May issue of the Anderson Valley Community Bulletin available throughout the Valley. 

Public Service Announcements.

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

#542. The always-fun General Knowledge and Trivia Quiz held at Lauren’s Restaurant continues continues its schedule of 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month. So: tomorrow, Thursday, May 10, 7pm.

#543. The County Dump is open from 9am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

#544. After a period of uncertainty, the Boonville Farmers Market has reopened under the management of Steve and Nikki of Petit Teton Farm. Open through the summer every Saturday from 9:30am to noon at the Boonville Hotel parking lot. 684-4146 or contact for more info.

#545. The Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, May 15. Alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm.

#546. The AV Grange Second Sunday Pancake Breakfast is this Sunday, May 13 from 8.30-11am. Prices range from $5-10, kids through hungry folks, for a delicious, locally-sourced breakfast.

#547. The monthly meeting of the AV Village, formerly the “Preparation for the Rest of Our Lives” group, is at Lauren’s Restaurant, 4pm on Sunday, May 13. Social-mixer at 4pm with complimentary snacks and refreshments followed by a presentation by Gabrielle Visco entitled “Self-care Practices to Enrich Life,” at 4.30pm.

#548. The Bueno Yabbelow Music Concert Series continues at The Grange next Monday, May 14, at 7pm when Duo Cortona. a violinist and mezzo-soprano duet, will perform. $10 at door; 18-and-Under free.

#549. The 21st Annual AV Pinot Festival is coming soon: Friday-Sunday, May 18-20. 

Here is the menu for the Community lunches next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans Building in Boonville. $6 donation from Seniors and $7 for Non-seniors. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 10, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Beef Stroganoff followed by Grasshopper Squares. Next Tuesday, May 15, lunch features General Tso Chicken with Bread Pudding for dessert. Include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. 

Remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave your pets in your vehicle. And a final request, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me through the Letters Page or at

PS. Keep on wagging that tail, Fred. Hi, Silver Swan – behaving yourself? Hopefully not! Welcome back to the Bubble, Round-eyed Robin.

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