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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011 -- Page 5 What season .is it, anyway? By Paula Wrenn Morning fog throws bracing, wet air in my face when I~tep outside. Nights provide a quilt of exqqisitely cool sleeping tempera- tures. We are down to the last few Friday evening parties on the plaza. The temperatures climb to 90 and, for the most part, retreat quickly. We are blessed with the overflow of vegetables from gifted backyard gardeners among our friends. (My tomatoes failed worse than l~st year, due to lack of bees as much as my poor gardening skills.) i We usually expect a few scorching hot days in late September and October, but this has not been a hot summer. We can feel the air has changed somewhat, though I have yet to detect that distinct crackle when summer firs~begins to organically break down and slowly submit to advancemen~ of fall. Grape ranchers prepare for harvest. And, of course, school is backin session. This year I observed for the first time a relatively new sign of the seasonal change, a cultural one. Many of you must adjust your personal schedules when your children start school which comes earlier now. Morning routines must be carefully thought through and rearranged to get the young ones to their destina- tions before heads of household embark on their daily routines. I expected and immediately observed heavier traffic on the roads, which is probably made worse by the absence of most school buses. What caught me off- guard the first day of school was the huge snaking line at Starbucks' drive- thru window: Perhaps some >arents were queuing up to celebrate the return of the school year with a well-deserved morning treat. I Remember, watched car after car position itself at the end of a growing line that I would have had to pass up due to you heard limited time. It occurred to me that for some of those that coffee drinkers, the brew was nearly medicinal. They might as well swap their seasonal allergy prescriptions here first for a cup of jolting joe just to keep up the pace that busy parents must maintain to stay ahead of their busy school children. To them: Just remember the first couple weeks are the hardest. And now, brace yourselves for one of my spot-on prognostications: Christmas merchandise will start finding its way to store shelves in a matter of weeks. Remember, you heard that here first. No win situation Things seem dire when we try to understand the mess our governments (federal and state) have made of things. Even so, I couldn't help but chuckle and think to myself it was an interesting irony when the Lottery ticket machine recently went down at Ray's and the employees were on the hook to figure out the problem. I wondered if it was it just that machine or all of them. Could they dismantle and plunder the Lottery, too? I think we know that answer. Rail realities Now that freight trains will make use of long idle tracks through our county, it bears some consideration that anyone under age 20 is unlikely to have memory of trains in the local landscape. They may never have seen the proper behavior at the crossings. Many drivers under age 30 have no experience tapping on the steering wheel while waiting for a freight train to lumber past, nor are they likely to have added five minutes to their yommute time to allow for train crossings. They surely have no under- standing of sensory misperception in car and train collisions. Where there are trains, there will be accidentS, but I contend~they can be'" few and less tragic with extensive public education. I Would Urge parents of fledgling drivers to explain how a moving train appears and sounds farther off than it is as it faces you coming down the track. (You can't judge speed or distance looking at the nose of the engine, and the sound slips toward the back of the train, rather than carrying forward.) Let young drivers in your family know that patience and not taking chances saves lives. Also, urge them to turn down the music in the car when approaching the tracks. De-evolution Just as some drivers are tempted to try to beat a train despite the warnings and signs, we know that no sign or fence will keep the most determined daredevil from dancing on the edge of a cliff. If you've been watching and reading the news with respect to the loss of life and critical injuries suffered at Yosemite this year, perhaps you've found it curious, as have I. You have to ask yourself what is wrong with these people? Why aren't they obeying signs and observing some common-sense basic safety? Most especially, why do they allow their children to dance on the brink of danger? Swim with sharks and you might be bitten. Feed a bear and you may become dessert. A news story I read on the subject of man versus nature addressed the question of why people disregard nature's dangers in an unexpected way. A park official quoted in one story pointed out how our lifestyle and relative lowered exposure to nature has become an issue. Though they may be sufficiently fit to endure the rigors of an extended hike or climb, most people today get their fitness training in a controlled gym environ- ment. The many knee and ankle injuries park officials see are attributed to the fact that few of us regularly walk or train on uneven ground. Compounding the issue is that technology such as GPS and vehicles designed for dangerous terrain carry the uninitiated deeper into wilder- ness areas. This exposes lots of unsavvy and unskilled nature seekers to hazards and experiences they are unequipped to evaluate and circumvent. I found it appropriate yet surprising that the news story said we are "evolving" without the ability to cope with nature because we live our lives so removed from it. Perhaps that is something to think about when planning your next vacation. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. LOOKING FOR LOCAL COMING EVENTS? THEN CHECK OUT OUR WEEKLY CALENDAR ON PAGE 9 CLOVERDALE MINI STORAGE 35 INDUSTRIAL DR. (707) 894-3682 OUR RATES ARE LOWER THAN MOST, 6X6 = $45 12Xl 2 = $95 ] I 6X12 = $61 10X26 = $145 i SECOND MONTH FREE ON SELECTED SIZES NO ADMINISTRATIVE FEES NO DEPOSITS, 24 HOUR ACCESS ON SITE MANAGER OFFER SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE i 7oaz / ;es udn ac,atc at .-~O/'lOt'llCZ County "7"a;,. Sharon Kyriakos, of Cloverdale, won four awards at the Sonoma County Fair for her pies. She won first place for her chocolate cr~me pie, first place for her banana cr~me pie, first place for her crumb crust apple pie and second place for her blueberry- peach pie. She is a waitress at the Bluebird Caf6 in Hopland where her pies are available. Buy the Running Foot of Art at special show at First Street Gallery It's time for the fifth annual Arts Alliance community art show in the fall, an opportunity for you to dis- play your visual art. Anyone can "buy" wall space temporarily at First Street Gallery for $5 per hori- zontal foot, or $10 for a medium- sized piece of wall art displayed during the nearly two-month show. Exhibit your interpretation of an athletic shoe, an asteroid, an apple, or an aunt, or any other family- friendly subject of your choice. People of all ages and experience are encouraged to participate. You can draw, paint, create a mono- print, frame a photo of your sum- mer adventure, stamp with a cut potato, sculpt with clay, or carve in wood, but do hurry to have it ready on time. The show starts Sept. i and runs until Oct. 30 at 105 E. First Street. Hang:a screw eye On ed41a verti~ cal side of wall pieces and run pic~ ture wire between them. If you have never hung a piece of wall art yourself, the friendly Ace Hard- ware people will show you what to buy. If you need help inserting the screw eyes, the friendly volunteers at the gallery will help you. Chil- dren's lightweight paper artwork may be hung with string glued on the back. Then, take your or your grandchildren's art work to First Street Gallery Sunday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Monday, Aug. 29 from 4-7 p.m. Fill out the simple form. The volunteers will hang the art and make the name tags. No competition, no prizes. Just enjoy what you and your neighbors have produced. If you want to sell your work, you can list a price. If you have questions, you can ask the sitters at the gallery from 11 a.rn. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through ~unday. If you have an unusual ~uestion, leave a message for Bill Lambert at 894=4410. This is an Arts Allianceprogram, www.cloverdalearts alliance.org. - Beverley McChesney The dance floor was crowded all night with people enjoying the two bands featured at Friday Night Live last Friday evening in downtown Cloverdale. The music was sponsored by Radio Lazer-107.1. Richard Nicholls, DDS :::: Crown & Bridge Root Canal Dentures Bleaching Emergency Appointments CEREC Computer Design for New Crowns 894-3986 Edward Jones 114 N. Moin St. New Potients Welcome www.mycloverdoledentist.com Friday Night Live reflects the community With the summer music series, Friday Night Live, winding down (there are only two more scheduled), we believe that the Cloverdale Arts Alliance needs to be thanked for another memorable season. With less money available from the city to put on this community- centric event, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance done a commendable job of offering a wide array of music and musical styles for the enjoyment of residents and visitors to our fair city. This year's line-up featured an eclectic array of Americana roots music, rock, blues, high energy Mexican music and everything in between. We still have great bluegrass lined up for this Friday Night and an assimilation of jazz and funk set for the finale on Friday, Sept. 2. A hearty thank you also goes out to organizers of the Cloverdale Certified Farmers Market. In spite of a later than normal growing season, you offered a wide variety of vendors selling produce, baked goods, condiments, olive oils, vinegars and tables for local non-profit organizations. You also sought out local restaurants to offer great meat choices at the market. Both organi- zations have combined to offer a "Genuinely Cloverdale" experience for the past 11 weeks and we look forward to the final two Friday evenings of 2011. The fun continues on Sept. 9 But, take heart, Cloverdale, the music and fun continue in the plaza on Friday evening, Sept. 9, when the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce pre- sents a classic car cruise and sock hop featuring Johnny B and the Speed Shiflers. The event is free and open to the public and promises to be a lot of fun. The cruise is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center will be hosting their first annual BeerFest on the plaza that night, too, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance. Guests will be able to sample beers from 12 regional breweries and enjoy tastings from local restaurants. 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