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Occidental Oriented - May 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton


Occidental Oriented - May 2016 - MacKenzie Nekton

The spring has sprung, and all around our quaint little village, things are changing before our eyes. Rumor has is that the Salmon Creek Harmony ARK Education Foundation, commonly known as the Ark, is changing its name. The Ark will now be the Arc, probably to rid biblical images from the mind. Until further notice, I will stick with the new name. The annual Arc Auction will be on May 14th, at a new location, Anderson Hall, from 5:30 to 10 pm. There will be Mark from Raymond’s Bakery’s famous pizzas, and tasty tapas from Hazel’s in Occidental, as well as local beers and wines. For more information, go to The Harmony Dragons will be vanquished and the Sharks will be victorious –which means that Harmony is going to adopt the shark as their mascot, so that the two schools will be harmonious. (Nice one, Kenz!) Along with those exciting changes, the school also welcomes a new School Board member, Eurydice Rorick-Maxwell, a former classmate of my mother’s from wayyyyy back when. 

Speaking of schools, the old school downtown has a new house being built on it! Welcome to the new residents of Occidental. If you need a babysitter, call me. That offer applies to anyone else who has children and wants a night out. My email is available in the header of this article. 

Other exciting news this spring: The Ethno-Botany Library will be offering classes at Occidental Center for the Arts this month; a welcome packet is being developed by the Salmon Creek Watershed Council for new residents of the watershed; and West County Health Services is starting to rebuild their Russian River Health Center. The Occidental Community Choir is going to be bursting into song for their spring concert series. You can find out more, and buy tickets at The concert will be accompanied by artwork from the Salmon Creek students, and will be available as a raffle prize at the Glazer Center performance. 

KOWS, our beloved radio station, has managed to get all the permits and pass all the requirements for the relocation of its antennae. However, nearby residents have been worried about aesthetics, and have slowed the process some. The Sebastopol City Council will review this issue on May 3rd. 

Woods-To-Waves, an annual fundraiser for St. Dorothy’s Episcopal Church that supports the costs of hospital camps that St. Dorothy’s runs, is this month. It’s on May 7th, which is Mother’s Day weekend, and it is a beautiful walk that starts in the redwood covered hills of Camp Meeker, and ends on Shell Beach. You can pick the length of your walk by picking your starting and ending points; with distances between 2 and 14.6 miles, there is something for everyone. Go to for more information. 

And on the note of Mother’s Day, remember to call your mom, and tell her you love her.

Momma, I love you.