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Bird’s Eye View (June 13, 2018)

I’m leaving the Valley for a few weeks to visit my European Vulture buddies and also attend the Birds of Prey World Conference in England, where I shall be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for Carrion-eating. I hope to continue to send back reports of my visit for publication. If I miss a week, it will be due to excesses of both a libatory and culinary nature.

“Evening Dining in the Valley” — summer hours. Lauren’s Restaurant: Mexican Mon, 5-9pm; Lunch Thu-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm; Dinner Tue-Sat, 5-9pm. Lizbby’s Mexican Cuisine: Open every day from 10am-8pm. Closed Thursday. The Buckhorn Pub’s hours are Mon, Wed, Thur: 11am-11pm; Fri: 11am-midnight; Sat: 10am-midnight; Sun: 10am-11pm. Kitchen open until 9pm every night. Brunch weekends 10am-3pm. Closed Tuesday. The Boonville Hotel is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, family-style, prix fixe menu, also on Sunday at 5pm for Paella. Reservations: 895-2210. The Redwood Drive-In & Gas Station: 6am-8pm everyday; Sunday lunchtime BBQ. Ricardo’s Specialty Grilled Chicken Dinners, noon-3pm. Stone and Embers, at The Madrones just south of Philo, is open Noon to 8pm, Thursday-Sunday, and Monday Noon-5pm. In the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig at The Floodgate’s dinner Thu-Sun, 5-9pm, last reservation at 8.30pm, plus Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm. 

The Poleeko Roadhouse, “a classic American Grill” in downtown Philo, formerly Libby’s, nears renovation and hopes to complete the interminable permit process by the end of June, opening first week of July. Perhaps. For more dining out options refer to the new light-grey-colored June issue of the AV Community Bulletin. 

Public Service Announcements

#538. The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital will return tomorrow, Thursday, June 14, as was their original plan. Also on Thursday, June 28. Next month on July 12.

#539. The always-fun General Knowledge and Trivia Quiz at Lauren’s Restaurant continues at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month. So! Tomorrow, Thursday, June 14.

#540. This Saturday, June 16, is AV Community Park Clean-Up Day. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Park (next to the Health Center) at 9am. Bring work gloves and any gardening tools. A great cause and the more the merrier. Call Elizabeth for more details at 415-713-3833.

#541. The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival returns for its 13th year here in Boonville at The Fairgrounds Friday-Sunday, June 22-24. More info:

#542. The AV Museum is open 1-4pm Saturdays and Sundays in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on AV Way, a perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. “The Best Little Museum in the West.”

#543. The Unity Club’s AV 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 next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and $7 for Non-seniors for lunches, $8 for the dinners. Tomorrow, Thursday, June 14, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Sausage Skillet with Banana Pudding for dessert. Next Tuesday, June 19, lunch featurse Beef and Broccoli followed by Doodle Cake. Include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. A great value! ALL ages welcome!

Topics and Valley events from The Three-Dot Lounge – “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley. 

…Regulars at The 3-Dot like the wonderful transformation of the AV Museum at the Little Red Schoolhouse. The ‘New’ Museum has renovated, reorganized, and continues to work on digitizing their inventory. Led by the inexhaustible Sheri Hansen, with much assistance from local Handyman Tom Towey, the Museum is gearing up for their Annual Open House in August featuring an updated Boontling exhibit and many other wonderful displays that take you to Anderson Valley’s fascinating past. 

…This coming Sunday (June 17) is Father’s Day and I’m sure many Valley folks will be thanking their Dads for the contributions they have made to their lives, or at least buying them tools for household maintenance! This occasion has been celebrated since the early 1900s but was not officially recognized as a holiday until President Nixon did so in 1972. one of the more honorable acts by ‘Tricky Dick.’ Anyway, for all of my offspring out there, wherever you are, a new set of beak and claw cleaners and some gift certificates for various AV restaurants and wineries would be gratefully accepted. 

…Graduation Day for AV High School seniors is tomorrow evening, Thursday, June 14. Most seniors at the high school will receive deserved congratulations. They have partaken in video games, boy/girl friends, texting and social media, playing sports, goofing off, all of which are part of the school experience in these times of course. Graduates have managed to partake in such activities without excess and have shown that there is still plenty of time for academics. This is a school after all. We all wish them well as they begin the next stage of their journey through life. 

I’m outta here. Gotta see a man about a sheep. Remember: keep your windows cracked if you leave pets in your vehicle; And, “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! Keep up the good work, Round-eyed Robin.

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