Children’s Book Drive March 2018 By Rusty Smith •

SPRING GUIDE #1 March 4, 2018

Mini Concert at the Museum of Sonoma County featuring Dirty Cello and Duo Allegra

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the time to make a few plans, get inspired by past gardens/gardeners or just visit nurseries in our area and let their staff direct you or as- sist. Don’t forget the beautiful color pages of gardening books. Further. . .farther. . . ‘Everyone’ is poking ‘thru’ here and there as I walk down garden paths. It remains exciting and intoxicating still. Heirloom Crimson poppies, German chamomile, hundreds of bewitching bulbs and tubers, fresh kale and other healthy greens are reaching for sunlight, roots dig- ging under,

pulling up minerals

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ For some of us, it is hard to imagine a home without books, but local teachers tell us this is the case for many of their disadvan- taged

children have access

students. Low-income to


proximately one title per 300 children, compared to middle- income

neighborhoods that

have access to approximately 13 titles per child. The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the more profi - cient students score in reading and math. United Way of the Wine

Country (UWWC) works to tackle this inequality in our community through its Chil- dren’s Book Drive presented by Women United. Last year, over 7,500 new and gently used English

and Spanish books

were donated and distributed for free to children in Sonoma County through the Free Book

“Books have a unique way of

stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s

not forget this.” Dave Eggers

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Mobile of Sonoma County and UWWC’s early learning initiatives. During the month of March, UWWC hopes to collect even more children’s books for the 2018 book drive in order to make a difference in the lives of children in our community – and they need your help!

If you would like to play a part in increasing literacy and academic success for children in our community, please visit to fi nd book drop-off locations. If you are considering purchasing a new book to donate, please consider a bilingual book as these are the most needed at this time.

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of live mu- sic at the Museum of Sonoma County. Curated by bay area bluegrass and blues band, Dirty Cello, the mini-concert’s repertoire will present an eclectic mix of fi ne music from all over the bay area and beyond. Joining them will be Duo Allegra, featuring mem- bers Alex Volonts and Ting-

Ting Gu from the Santa Rosa Symphony. https://museumsc. org ~ 425 7th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

March 4, 2-3 p.m. Cost $7 - $10. Tickets: https://muse- (707) 579-1500

from the earth below. Good global stewardship often begins in the gar- den. Question everything and ev- erything else. To quote artist Paul Cezanne, “We live in a rainbow of chaos.”

Weird Facts & Trivia - 2

Dirty rice is a Cajun specialty. It is white rice cooked with chopped or ground chicken livers and gizzards, onions and season- ings. The ground giblets give the rice a ‘dirty’ appearance, but an excellent fl avor.

The fi rst book published by Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was ‘The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland’. He is much better known as the author of ‘Dracula’ (1897), about the blood drinking vampire!

Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885, at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store, probably by Charles Alderton, a young

pharmacist working there. It became known nationally, along with hamburgers and hot dogs on buns, and ice cream cones, at the 1904

World’s Fair Exposition in St. Louis.

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