COVID-19 resource page at WWW.GLENELLEN.ORG We’ve added a button on the WWW.GLENELLEN.ORG home page that will lead you to information about local restaurants and grocery stores that are offering take-out and delivery as well as links to state and county information about COVID-19 and resources to get help.…
What’s Open and When – Glen Ellen and Kenwood With the new Sonoma County “Shelter in Place” order in effect through April 7, 2020, there are still food and service options in our community. Residents are encouraged to utilize these local businesses, keeping our community…
Glen Ellen Forum Monthly Meeting Reminder
When: Monday, February 3, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 1100 Dunbar Road
Featured speakers include representatives from the Glen Ellen Kenwood Rotary and the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
Glen Ellen Forum Board Elections
Get involved! We are very grateful for the service of Jim Shere and Margie Foster on The Glen Ellen Forum Board. They both will be retiring this April and we will be holding elections for a new Board Secretary and Treasurer as well as for more Directors at our April 16, board meeting. If you are interested in running for election to the GE Forum Board, review the Forum by-laws here and our manual of policies and procedures here and send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest and ask questions. More information will be available at our monthly meetings on Feb 3, March 2, and April 6 and in our next newsletters.
GE Forum Landscape and Environment Committee Plans Workshop
The GE Forum Landscape and Environment Committee’s focus is on gardening that is fire-wise, sustainable and wildlife friendly. We are planning a workshop on the subject for the Glen Ellen Community, lead by a team of local experts, to be held in late March. Please watch for the date and location coming soon!
The workshop will include:
* Recommendations for fire-wise landscape design including appropriate hardscape, plants, and maintenance to create a beautiful garden that supports wildlife and biodiversity
* A practical understanding of what it means to garden sustainably in an ever-changing California climate.
You can find more details on the topic from the Sonoma Ecology Center here: Manage Landscape Now to be Fire-Smart and Wildlife-Friendly
North Valley MAC
It’s not to late to apply for the North Valley Municipal Advisory Committee
The County Supervisors extended the deadline to apply for the North Valley MAC to January 31. You can find out more about the MAC and how to apply here: North Valley MAC
Our Night Sky
Our Glen Ellen Forum Projects Committee has started a new initiative to research how to protect our night sky. You can find out more about avoiding light pollution in our Night Sky in BJ Blanchard’s informative article here: Glen Ellen, A Dark Sky Community?
Save the Date for the following upcoming Glen Ellen Forum and other Community Events:
Monday, March 2, 7:00 PM – March Monthly meeting, Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 PM — Glen Ellen Forum Quarterly Board Meeting, Restaurant space at the Jack London Saloon.
Saturday, April 18, all day — The 2nd Annual Jack to Jack Yacht Race from the Jack London Lodge to the Jack London Village
Please Donate to the Glen Ellen Forum
We need and appreciate your donations to support our ongoing operations and committees. You can make a donation to the Glen Ellen Forum in any amount, large or small, on our website glenellen.org. You can also mail a check payable to The Glen Ellen Forum to PO Box 464 Glen Ellen, CA 95442. Thank you for your support!
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The Glen Ellen Forum
Glen Ellen Forum Monthly Meeting Reminder When: Monday, February 3, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Where: Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 1100 Dunbar Road Proposed speakers include representatives from the Glen Ellen Kenwood Rotary and the Redwood Empire Food Bank We are taking a break in…
Glen Ellen Forum Board of Directors Meeting October 17, 2019 at Mayflower Hall; submitted by Jim Shere, secretary Present were Melissa Dowling (Board President), Angela Morgan (Board Vice President), Jim Shere (Board Secretary), Margie Foster (Board Treasurer), Nancy Padian (Board Member), Bettina Sichel (Board Member),…
Glen Ellen Forum Holiday Social!
We won’t have our regular monthly meeting for December and instead, we’re gathering as a community for a Holiday Social at the Jack London Saloon!
Monday, December 9
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Jack London Saloon – Restaurant Space
Snacks to share – Libations for purchase at the bar
The next monthly meeting of for the Glen Ellen Forum will be Monday February 3. All are welcome.
Glen Ellen Forum Monthly Meeting Reminder When: Tonight! Monday, November 4, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Where: Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 1100 Dunbar Road Our featured speaker is Jennifer Gray Thompson of The Rebuild Northbay Foundation. The December Glen Ellen Forum monthly meeting will be…
Glen Ellen Forum Monthly Meeting Reminder When: Monday, October 7, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Where: Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 1100 Dunbar Road Our featured speakers will be the owners of three new businesses in town. Sanjeev Singh of the new Mill at Glen Ellen…
Monthly Meeting Reminder
When: Monday, September 9, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Our featured speakers will be Jillian Beall, the principal of Dunbar Elementary School and Helen Sedwick, who will inform meeting attendees on how they can protect their rights regarding a potential PG&E settlement with or without a lawyer. Arthur Dawson will present plans for a 4-mile bike path linking Eldridge and Glen Ellen.
Marty Winter, presented his plans for the Rustic Shops and Apartments project during our August meeting. You can view the meeting minutes here. The conceptual design review presentation for the project with the county is tentatively set for Wednesday, September 18. You can view up-to-date information and status of the meeting on the county PRMD website here.
The next Glen Ellen Forum monthly meeting will be Monday, October 7th, at 7:00 PM, at the Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room. Speakers will be announced on the Glen Ellen Forum website.
A HUGE Thank you to the Jack London Yacht Club!
The Glen Ellen Forum is honored to be one of the recipients of funds raised by the members of the Jack London Yacht Club during this year's inaugural Jack to Jack race in April. Members of the Glen Ellen Forum will be on hand at the JLYC grant distribution event this Sunday, September 8, at the Valley of the Moon Winery. The event is almost sold out. Purchase tickets here.
Lottery for Fire Survivors for Trees and Shrubs
The Glen Ellen Forum is grateful and humbled to be in good company as one of Rebuild NorthBay's Rise Up Community Impact Grants Fund recipients. Please learn more about the Landscape Lottery program by viewing the application below. If you fit the criteria and would like to apply, your completed application is due no later than Wednesday, September 11th. The lottery drawing will take place on Wednesday September 15th.
Lottery applications are available here: Trees/Shrubs Lottery Application. Applications will also be available at the September 9th at the monthly Glen Ellen Forum meeting.
Proposed Bikeway Project for Eldridge and Glen Ellen
Our community has an outstanding opportunity to establish a bikeway between Glen Ellen and Eldridge. Running more than four miles north from Madrone Road, the bikeway will link residential neighborhoods to downtown Glen Ellen, Dunbar Elementary School, the former Sonoma Developmental Center, and two regional parks.
Essential elements of a Glen Ellen - Eldridge bikeway are already in place. According to Arthur Dawson, who has been leading the effort, "The bikeway will give everyone a chance to get out of their cars, reduce emissions, improve their health and strengthen ties within our community."
Arthur will be presenting details and next steps during the September monthly Glen Ellen Forum meeting.
Eldridge - Trespassing Warning
The authorities at Eldridge, the former site of the now closed Sonoma Developmental Center sent an open letter to the community. They would like to remind everyone that although the site remains open for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles in non-restricted areas, individuals are prohibited from accessing both reservoirs (for fishing or swimming), areas affected by the recent fires, and all vacant buildings and parking lots. For everyone's safety, these closed areas are clearly marked. Entering closed areas is considered trespassing. If voluntary compliance is not successful, officers will take the appropriate enforcement action to curtail trespassing.
If you’d like to stay informed on the progress of the planning process for the future of Eldridge or learn how to get involved, you can check current status and sign up for email updates here.
Post Office Parking Lot Beautification Project Update
The Projects Committee placed a Glen Ellen historical display and a town map in the new kiosk! If you haven't already, be sure to stop by to take a look.
The MAC has a Name!
As determined by an informal survey from the community, the new Municipal Advisory Council will be called the North Valley MAC. The Board of Supervisors will vote to finalize formation of the new MAC on September 18th and if approved, applications to represent your community as a member of the MAC will be available in late September. To learn more, you can read the recent North Valley MAC announcement here. View the North Valley MAC bylaws here.
Save the Date for the following upcoming Glen Ellen Forum Events:
Monday, September 9, 7:00 PM – September Monthly meeting, Dunbar School Multi-Purpose Room
Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 PM – Commerce and Tourism Committee upcoming meeting contact email@example.com for location details
Sunday, September 29 - Upcoming Family Picnic Day at Morton’s Warm Springs
Monday, October 7, 7:00 PM – October Monthly meeting, Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room
Monday, November 4, 7:00 PM – November Monthly meeting, Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room
We need and appreciate your donations to support our ongoing operations and committees. You can make a donation to the Glen Ellen Forum using this link: Donate or from our website glenellen.org. You can also mail a check payable to The Glen Ellen Forum to PO Box 464 Glen Ellen, CA 95442. Thank you for your support!
Please follow us on the Glen Ellen Forum Facebook Page.
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