A Bird’s Eye View #504 – 19th July, 2017

Greetings one and all. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin… First, let’s briefly leave the bucolic bubble that is Anderson Valley and check in with the big world beyond…
Life in the ‘real world’ #1…Violent protests marred the end of the G20 summit in Germany as 20,000 police struggled with several hundred anti-capitalist looters and rioters, and tens of thousands of more-peaceful demonstrators. The bloc’s leaders managed to craft a unanimous communiqué to close the meeting, and 19 countries affirmed their commitment to the Paris climate accord—all but the U.S.A… Grow up!…
Life in the ‘real world’ #2…The International Committee of the Red Cross said that more than 300,000 people across Yemen have been infected with cholera. Two years of war between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels allied with Iran have destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. Some 14.5 million people are without access to clean water; a devastating famine looms… The Yemeni civil war is nothing short of a civil conflict in a fractured society, fueled by the region’s major powers – Iran and Saudi Arabia. who play similar roles in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Bahrain. The reality is that the civil war cannot be won militarily, a fact repeated during endless Security Council meetings and donor pledge conferences by U.N. officials and even America’s own diplomats. Obama started this mess, Trump is escalating the U.S. involvement, and the people of Yemen are at the center of one of the world’s greatest humanitarian disasters… It is so terribly tragic…

Let’s move on to the Turkey Vulture’s update on ‘Evening Dining in the Valley’… Work continues on a new restaurant going into the building in downtown Philo that until recently had been the home of Libby’s Restaurant. The kind of eatery has yet to be announced but rumors abound about a quality breakfast/diner establishment that the Valley lacks at this point. Steak and eggs anyone?… Meanwhile, in geographical order, as you travel through the Valley on Highway 128, here is the latest on dining options. It’s ’The Nighttime Nine’… The latest addition to this distinguished group is Bruxo, the brightly colored, high-end food truck owned and operated by Brooks Schmitt who will be moving between the A.V Brewery Visitor Center (Friday and Sunday, noon to 7pm), the Boonville Hotel (Wednesday, noon to 8pm), and perhaps a spot in Philo on Thursdays, while Saturday remains a weekly mystery. He is presenting a constantly-changing menu featuring a range of cuisines and street foods from around the world, with the weekly menu information spread via social media… Lauren’s Restaurant sees Libby (of Libby’s Restaurant in Philo fame) as the Guest Chef on Monday evening from 5-9pm, while their regular hours remain Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-2.30pm for lunch, and dinner on Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm… Lizbby’s, the Mexican Restaurant in downtown Boonville, can be enjoyed Monday to Saturday from 10am-9pm, serving breakfast on Saturday, closed on Sunday… The Buckhorn is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-midnight, serving weekend brunch each day from 10am-3pm. They are open weekdays at 11am and are closed on Tuesdays… The Boonville Hotel continues with their family-style, prix fixe menu and have now expanded their hours to Thursday thru’ Monday evenings. They cook by reservation so call (707)-895-2210… The Q and Aquarelle, formerly Aquarelle Cafe and Wine Bar, has a new ‘Santa Maria BBQ’ menu, featuring ribs and chicken, added to their previous favorites. Open 4-8pm from Friday thru’ Taco Tuesday… The Redwood Drive-In just keeps on doing what they do, with reliable hours that everyone can remember and rely on (6am-8pm every day!) – don’t forget to try the donuts… Stone and Embers in The Madrones is open from Noon to 8pm five days in succession, Thursday to Monday – now that’s keeping it simple and easy to remember!… Finally, down in the Deep End, The Bewildered Pig is open Thursday-Saturday, 4.30-5.30pm Happy Hour with supper served from 5.30-9pm, and then on Sundays they have new hours – brunch from 11am-2.30pm followed by dinner from 5.30-9pm as usual. You can check out all of their “insane!” offerings on their well-maintained Facebook page… And that’s it for now… Meanwhile, I encourage you all to eat, drink, and be merry at one of the above establishments whenever you can – remember ‘eating out is fun’…

Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.’s)… Calendars and pens at the ready… #5444 – The Anderson Valley Museum and Historical Society’s annual open house and meeting will take place on Sunday, July 23 at 1.30pm in the Rose Room alongside the Museum. Refreshments will be provided and the event will feature the annual meeting plus a presentation of ‘Stories of the Valley’ – entertaining and fun readings of Valley events and tales of Valley folks taken from old newspaper clippings. Meanwhile, the Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Situated in The Little Red Schoolhouse next to the Elementary School on A.V. Way, visiting the Museum is a perfect thing to do in the Valley when you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekend afternoon. It is not without reason that it is generally regarded as ‘The Best Little Museum in the West’… #545 – The Vets from the Mendocino Animal Hospital have one more visit this month to the Anderson Valley Farm Supply on Highway 128, north of Philo – that is on Thursday, July 27 from 2-4pm…#546 – I believe that the Mendocino Bookmobile returns to the Valley next Tuesday, July 25. Phone 463-4694 for confirmation. They are usually here on alternate Tuesdays for 45 minutes at each of these places and times: Navarro Store 9am (for just 30 minutes before heading out to Comptche); the Floodgate 12.30pm; Philo 1.30pm; Boonville (Apple Hall) 2.30pm.… #5467- Velma’s fruit and veggie stand on Anderson Valley Way, a little northwest of the Elementary school, is now open Friday, Sunday and Monday from noon-5pm and on Saturday from 11-4pm. Blueberries, peaches, plums, olive oil by the gallon, half gallon, 750 and 500ml, and much more… #548 – The Boonville Farmers’ Market continues each Saturday from 9.30am-Noon, at the Boonville Hotel parking lot generously donated each week by community-spirited hotelier J Schmitt. For more information, call Cindy at 895-2949…#549 – This year’s Actually-Quite-Difficult Living Fair (officially titled The Not-So-Simple Living Fair) will take place from Friday-Sunday, July 28-30 at the Fairgrounds in Boonville. This event is all about sharing rural living skills and celebrating country life. The gates open at 3pm Friday; 9am Saturday and Sunday, and the entrance fee is $35 daily, $50 for the weekend, cash or personal check only at the gate. Youth under-16 free. Tickets available at Brown Paper tickets and locally from Boont Berry Farm in Boonville…

As a bonus P.S.A. here is the menu for the Community lunches and dinners over the next week in the Senior Center at the Veterans’ Building in Boonville. The Center asks for a $6 donation from seniors for both lunches and dinners and charges $7 for Non-seniors for lunches and $8 for the dinners… Tomorrow, Thursday, July 20, the lunch, served by Marti Titus and her crew at Noon, will be Hot Dogs on Buns with Cherry Crisp for dessert… Then, next Tuesday, July 25, the evening meal served at 6pm, will feature Chicken Enchiladas followed by Mango Pound Cake. All meals include vegetables, salad bar, and fruit, plus milk, coffee, tea, and lemonade. What a deal – it maybe the best value for money you’ll get all week!… Furthermore, on Thursdays the Center offers a Diabetes Workshop – in English from 1-3pm and in Spanish from 5.30-7.30pm. These are hosted by the A.V. Health Center and to register please call 707-895-3477… Meanwhile, on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9.45am the Center offers ‘Young at Heart Exercise’ with Linda Boudoures and Tai Chi with Karen DeFalco… Thursdays at 11am, it is Kathy’s Easy-stretch Yoga class as part of the Active Life Club which runs from 10am-2pm and features games, crafts, and music. The Senior Center Community Bus goes to Santa Rosa on the first Wednesday of the month. These trips fill up fast so don’t forget to sign up early at 489-1175… Hopefully you will be able to attend some of these events and certainly the lunches and dinners, and remember – ALL ages are welcome! Hope to see you there…

Moving quickly on to a few of the topics and Valley events under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge – yes it’s “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant (yet surprisingly reliable) Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley, a somewhat secret location that sees people get together and share their thoughts about life in Anderson Valley and often far beyond…
… Rumors circulating the Valley suggest that both school principals will no longer be in those positions when the fall semester begins. Jim Snyder has already been announced as the replacement for High School Principal Keri St Joer, while the official status of Katherine Reddick at the Elementary school remains a mystery, but the ‘smart money’ is on her imminent departure… Based on many conversations with parents/teachers/students, I must report that neither will make the A.V. School District’s ‘All-Time All-Star Team’… Their successors will hopefully be significant upgrades who will possess the qualities required to provide the respected and effective leadership our schools need as they move forward and upward after a disconcerting year…
… I flew over Wilits last week, which I rarely do, and I could not help but notice the large number of motels in that town. There must be close to 200 rooms available – and that’s just on Highway 101 through the town. Surely not everyone is gong to see the home of racehorse Sea Biscuit? How ironic that here in A.V., where we currently have 28 tasting rooms for people to visit all day long, there are so few places to stay after a long day’s imbibing, while over in Willits they have few such venues at which to spend the day, and yet so many places to spend the night… It would seem that life really is ‘not-so-simple’…
… At some point, many of you have no doubt commented there are so many events taking place in the Valley, particularly in the summer months, that you are often forced to choose between those you wish to attend as a result of two happening on the same day, often at the same time. On the other side of things, folks organizing these events often feel at a loss deciding what day works best for their function. Having studied this at some length, it was not rocket science to work out that, relatively speaking, very few events actually take place on Friday evenings. So, if you are planning something and don’t want to clash with other gatherings, and if evenings are not an issue, I humbly suggest you think about Fridays – just trying to help…
I’m outta here – I’ve got see a man about a sheep… So, until we talk again: be careful out there; if you break a leg don’t come running to me; stay out of the ditches; be wary of strangers with more dogs than teeth; show love to your pets, they will be faithful and true to you to the last beat of their hearts, and please remember to keep your windows cracked if you leave them in your vehicle for any amount of time; think good thoughts; ‘Keep the Faith’; try to not let life get in the way of living; may your god go with you, and may your dog go with you too… Oh, and of course, one final request, “Let us prey”… Sometimes poking, often stroking, but almost always humbly yours, Turkey Vulture
p.s. You can contact me with words of support/abuse either through the Letters Page or by e-mail at <turkeyvulture9@gmail.com>
p.p.s. Keep on humming, Hummingbird… Missing the Venerable Pheasant… On the sheep, Grace…

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