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Village Chat: 02/01/2020

Village Chat for February 1, 2020

Kristian Hansen landed
Paraglider Kristian Hansen coming in for a landing

I was driving to work the other day, heading west on Highway 12 in Kenwood, when I saw something I've never seen here before - a paraglider. The man was sailing in the general direction of Shaw Park, descending across the highway and over Café Citti and the Fire Department, so I headed that way myself and sure enough, there he was, standing on the soccer field getting out of his harness.
Paraglider over fire station
Kristian Hansen at Shaw Park with all his gear.
It was 40-year-old Kristian Hansen, and he's been paragliding for three years now. This isn't his first trip down valley from his jumping off point in Hood Mountain Regional Park. He said that once he glided all the way to Sonoma. Generally, though, he said that paragliders take off toward the east and sail to St. Helena. What a trip!
FD check to KCChurch
Dave Crockett from the Kenwood Community Church (left) accepts a $3,000 check from Joe Platt, president of the Kenwood Firefighters Association.

The Kenwood Firefighters Association (KFA) recently provided a $3,000 grant to Kenwood Community Church to assist them in purchasing two AEDs (automatic external defibrillators). Joe Platt, president of the KFA, said, “The AED makes it possible for more trained people to respond to a medical emergency and we are pleased to help our community.” In September the KFA sponsored a CPR class that included learning how to use an AED, and it's surprisingly simple. You turn it on and the device gives you verbal instructions, so basically anyone could use one if they had to, and AEDs can save a life.

Yoga instructor Alicia Parks is offering a Beginning Yoga class, focusing on breath and gentle movements, at the Kenwood Fire Station every Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., and for the month of February your first class is free. Check it out.

The Kenwood Education Association is honoring Julie and Tom Atwood, Mary and Peter Klabunde, and Cynthia Coleman as this year's Big Hearts. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor! The Big Heart Award Reception is on March 6 at Deerfield Ranch Winery, and tickets are on sale now ($40 per person) at

The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood is holding its annual fundraiser, formerly known as “Crab in the Cave” and now “Fab Crab Fest” because of its new location at Valley of the Moon Winery. It will be March 21, and tickets ($90 per person) are available at It's really nice to have wineries around here that are so generous in providing their beautiful venues for nonprofit events, especially Deerfield and Valley of the Moon. Thank you!
Janie Soto in Ixtapa
Janie Soto in her beloved Ixtapa

Back in December, Janie Soto sent a picture from her most recent trip to Ixtapa in Mexico. It was a girls' trip with her sister Lesley Seipp, niece Devyn Cummings and Devyn's daughter Olyvia. Janie wrote, “I have been visiting Ixtapa for over 20 years. The warmth and kindness of the people is beyond heart warming. They have always treated me like family. One of the highlights of the trip was taking the water taxi (small fishing boat) to Los Gatos, an exciting adventure for my niece and her daughter. The island is small but beautiful. Lots of snorkeling, seeing beautiful fish. It was also mentioned in the movie The Shawshank Redemption because of the beautiful ocean and fishing village.”
Feeding stingrays
Barbara Katona and Paul Simpson combining two of their favorite things – outdoor adventure and the Kenwood Press!

Meanwhile, Barbara Katona and Paul Simpson were on the Atlantic side of the continent on Antigua in the West Indies, where they took this really extraordinary picture. Paul said, “These were female stingrays, which are safe to handle, as we did. Males are apparently not so friendly. They feed by suction, so you can loose a finger if you feed them the wrong way! You hold a squid in your fist with thumb tucked in.” And he said yes, the KP did get wet!

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your news and photos for Village Chat. It's easy to do. Just email, or call 833-5155 and chat me up! - AQP

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