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Bird’s Eye View (May 16, 2018)

Public Service Announcements.

#542. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital will be here tomorrow, Thursday, May 17 at the AV Farm Supply from 2-4pm, and on May 31. New customers and their pets welcome. Previous customers can call 462-8833 and the vets will bring your pet’s charts.

#543. The AV Museum is open from 1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday in The Little Red Schoolhouse 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 and is open Tuesdays 1.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 2-4pm.

#545. The 21st Annual AV Pinot Festival is this weekend: Friday-Sunday, May 18-20. Technical Conference ($100) on Friday followed by a “casual” bbq ($60) at Husch Winery in the evening. Saturday’s Grand Tasting ($150) at Camp Navarro in the afternoon, followed by the Winemaker Dinner ($150) that evening. Reduced prices for designated drivers. Winery Open Houses are Sunday 10am-4pm when the Valley’s “aristocrats” offer the common people, the rank and file, the plebeians, the lumpenproletariat, and the great unwashed, their opportunity to taste wines paired with some delicious foods, often without charge. I never miss it! Go to www.avwines.com for more information.

#546. The AV High School Ag. Department presents their annual Drive-Thru” Dinner feast to raise money for the FFA program on Thursday, May 24 from 3.30-5.30pm. Dinner, to be picked up at the school parking lot, includes Tri-Tip, baked potato, 3-bean salad, watermelon, and rolls. $25 for two and $50 for four. Pre-order only: 895-2514 or bswehla@avpanthers.org.

#547. The Lions Club Memorial Day Barbecue to benefit the ElderHome is on the actual Memorial Day. a change to what is usually a Sunday event. So it’s Monday, May 28, 4-7pm at the Redwood Grove in The Fairgrounds. Beef, chicken, and a vegetarian option. And a silent auction. Music by the Ukeholics and Tiny Orchestra of Boonville. $18 in advance, $20 at the door; $10 for children 6-12; free for Under 6. Advance tickets at Lemons Market and AV Market.

#548. This Friday, May 18, noon to 5pm, is Customer Appreciation Day at our AV Farm Supply. Various vendors, food by Libby (yes, that Libby), and refreshments. And discounts on pet and livestock feed, soils and fertilizers pallets and plants and garden art as a thank you to customers.

Community lunches and dinners next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans Building in Boonville are $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 17, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Citrus Cod followed by Dot’s Coconut Cream Dessert. Next Tuesday, May 22, the lunch features Chicken Alfredo and Wendy’s Oatmeal Bars for dessert. Includes vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal. And, ALL ages welcome. 

Topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge:

…I mentioned the Unity Club above and some of their members stopped by at The 3-Dot last week and reminded us that they meet at The Fairgrounds at 1.30pm on the first Thursday of the month. Dessert and tea or coffee is served to accompany the business meeting and a guest speaker or some form of entertainment. I informed them that I’d be there and then read in their leaflet that “all ladies in the community are welcome.” I fully understand. A male in the room would create a different “vibe.” I get that, just as a woman in attendance at the local Gentlemen’s Military History Book Club would. Some things should not be messed with simply to address political correctness and surely there is nothing wrong with that. 

…Election Day approaches (Tuesday, June 5) and one race causing particular interest in these parts is that for the position of County Superintendent of Schools. This sees current AV Superintendent, Michelle Hutchins, running against Bryan Barrett, a fifty-year resident of the County and former teacher. As the race heats up, there have been reports of a rash of roadside sign-stealing, although I have found no evidence to support the vicious rumor that Hutchins or Barrett are going out late at night to remove each other’s placards. Meanwhile, from what I hear “on the streets” both candidates seem to be getting plenty of reverse support. i.e. folks reversing the usual inclination of “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t” and leaning towards picking the lesser of two “evils.” In this case, the one they don't know. Harsh, but possibly true. 

I’m outta here. Please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave them in your vehicle. “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. Contact me through the Letters Page or at turkeyvulture9@gmail.com. PS. On the sheep, Grace. Keep on humming, Hummingbird. Missing the Venerable Pheasant.

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