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Village Chat: 02/01/2019

Village Chat for Feb. 1, 2019

kindergarten at post office
Postal Clerk Lukas Osburn, left, with the Kenwood School Kindergarten class and parents. Standing third and fourth from left in back are Kindergarten teacher Karla Schloemp and instructional aide Kathy Chappell.

Last Thursday, Jan. 24, was one of our favorite days of the year, when the Kenwood School Kindergarteners take a field trip to the Kenwood Post Office. Postal Clerk Lukas Osburn told the kids how mail gets delivered, and showed them the inner workings behind the counter (it's big back there!) The kids also got stamps and mailed postcards they had written. Pretty exciting stuff!

It's an exciting year for the Santa Rosa Symphony, which scored big-time by hiring young new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. If you haven't been to the Green Music Center to hear them play, you should! The Symphony just announced that Gordon Blumenfeld of Oakmont has rejoined its board, along with two other new members, which now make up the 39-member Symphony Board. According to the Symphony's press release, Gordon has been a longtime supporter of the symphony and served on its board in years past. A U.S. Air Force Veteran and retired plastics manufacturer, he's also one of the founders of the Sears Point Raceways and sits on the Boards of the Petaluma Valley Hospital Foundation, the Santa Rosa Memorial Foundation and the Children's Museum of Sonoma County. We're constantly amazed and grateful at how many people around here volunteer their time, talent and treasure to various nonprofit endeavors. Sonoma County is a great place to live in large part because of all of you.

Last week we saw the dress rehearsal for the 6th Street Playhouse production of A Streetcar Named Desire - a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood - and it was great! I hadn't read or seen the play in years, and had forgotten how complex the characters are, and how masterful Tennessee Williams' dialogue is - so many memorable lines. There's a reason why it's a classic and still resonates today. The performers were all excellent, especially Ariel Zuckerman as Stanley Kowalski. This show is in the Studio Theater, which seats about 90 people, so it's a very intimate experience. The play runs through Feb. 17. Check it out,

Speaking of Rotary, mark your calendar for The Crab in the Cave, March 30 at Deerfield Ranch Winery. This is the club's biggest fundraiser of the year and it always sells out, so get your tickets now. You can buy them online at, or in person at the Kenwood Press office. We're right next to the Kenwood Post Office.

Congratulations to Gemma Guerrazzi of Glen Ellen, who made the Dean's List at Emerson College in Boston for the Fall Semester! That means a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Gemma is a class of 2019 Communications Studies major. I feel old now.

Karen and David DiPiero moved into their newly-rebuilt Kenwood home on Jan. 19.

Congratulations and hugs to Karen and David DiPiero. They've just moved into their new old home (old new home?) on Treehaven in Kenwood. Theirs was one of the 140 homes that burned in Kenwood in the October 2017 fire. Since the plans for the original house were on file with the county, they got right on it, quickly receiving a permit, and were one of the first people to break ground on new construction in this area. The new house is in the same footprint as the old one, although some of the interiors are modernized, with a more open floor, and a pass-through gas fireplace between the living and dining rooms. They're both very happy to be moved in and are busy putting things away. Let's hope to see more of this in the coming year!


Abigail and Dean Bordigioni were in Hawaii last month with their kids Anni and Coltrane, and sent in this picture, in which they even remembered their Kenwood Press!

That's all I have room for now. Thanks to everyone who sent in news and photos. It's easy to do - just email or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP


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