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Open for business, kind of

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Val Robichaud

Now that the C-19 reopening has begun, you can sit six feet away from your friends at an outdoor restaurant, drive 30 minutes to take a 20-minute walk, and attend a 99 person-or-less protest. Coming soon, if things continue to loosen up, haircuts and, thank God, summer camps (or at least contact-free Play Dates)… By the way, The Reopening — great name for a horror movie. So now that “acts of political expression” are allowed again (for groups under 100), maybe the “Back to Work” folks will pay the other 93 people to work the picket line. A win-win. 

Does your college-age kid still believe in the tooth fairy? Maybe they should. Dr. Tyler Boynton, of Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, is ready to give one deserving teen a big reason to smile: a free wisdom teeth extraction, through his Wisdom for Wisdom program. 

Food security is a critical issue, and most efforts count on the amazing work of volunteers, grassroots organizers, and innovative collaborations like Sonoma Valley Food Security. (The chair of that group, Sonoma Mayor Logan Harvey, puts his mask where his mouth is — that was him working a recent drive-through disbursement at Hanna Boys Center)… An absolute key player is the Redwood Food Bank, which, facing twice the usual demand, got some good news from the feds: produce, dairy and meat boxes as part of the national $3 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The idea is to buy food that might not otherwise be distributed — helping out farmers and such — and let the professionals, albeit nonprofit, use their expertise to get it to those in need… Wait, that makes too much sense; a federal program, you say?

Here’s a feel-good story (especially after the gummies kick in) that could only happen in 2020. The Sparc Farm grows biodynamic cannabis, legally of course, in Glen Ellen. It needed help. La Luz, the nonprofit based in Springs, strengthens the community through economic advancement. The two connected when La Luz funneled farm laborers, many sidelined from other work by the pandemic, to the open jobs. “The Sparc Farm employs a total of 10 farm workers referred by La Luz. One of our most eager employees is a hardworking 83 year old who still loves to be outside working with his hands,” said Sparc’s Erich Pearson. In a Cannabis Idol scenario, Sparc is one of five finalists for the city of Sonoma’s first, lone dispensary permit. The decision is coming soon.  

 Brad J, who is bald, can’t wait to go to the barber shop. To catch up on his reading. “I haven’t seen a five-year-old People magazine in over six weeks.”

— Val Robichaud, [email protected]


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