Our hearts go out to South Korea's gorgeous but anguished Jeju Island, home to one of Santa Rosa's sister cities and intended destination of the ferry that sank Wednesday with more than 300 high-school students on board.
The teens were headed joyfully for a four-day visit to Jeju Island, a garden spot often praised as the Hawaii of Korea.
Today many of their parents wait in sheer horror as an army of divers attempts to get to the nearly 300 missing passengers.
You may have read the heartbreaking remark of Chung Hae-sook, whose 16-year-old son is among the missing. "There is no tomorrow for this. My heart is turning to ashes."
The tragedy comes as Santa Rosa is deepening its relationship with the city and island of Jeju. A contingent of Korean visitors came to town in February for special events that accompanied the opening of "Camellia Has Fallen: Contemporary Korean Artists Reflect on the Jeju Uprising."
It's the first exhibition outside of Korea of art inspired by the wave of killings and destruction of villages on Jeju that occurred between World War II and the Korean war.
The Jeju exhibit is still at the Santa Rosa museum and will remain there through May 4.
HER ANKLE HURT as 14-year-old Ava Woods of Santa Rosa set off for London and the Irish Dance World Championships — the Olympics of this high-energy, athletic art form.
"Literally, the night before she left she was practicing and she rolled her ankle terribly," said her dad, Marty.
Ava, who attends St. Eugene's Cathedral School, kept the injury to herself and tried not to limp.
Now comes word from the 44th Irish dance championships, the first ever held in England, that Ava's eight-girl team placed 10th in the world in its division.
And these Bay Area girls, who practice many hours every week and attend Dillon Magh Adhair Academy of Irish Dance in Walnut Creek, outscored every other U.S. team. That makes them the best at their age in America.
Take a bow, Ava. And mind that ankle.
PICTURE BRAD SCOTT: As John Ryan, the owner of downtown Santa Rosa's Sweet Spot pub, prepares for Friday afternoon's wake for affable Fourth Street fixture Brad Scott he's seeking photos to display.
John asks that anyone with pictures of Brad drop them by the tavern or bring them on Friday.
Brad spent a lot of time at the Sweet Spot, often chilling at one of the sidewalk tables and grabbing conversations with the many people who enjoyed engaging and laughing with him. Brad died early last week at his room on Fifth Street.
The wake at Sweet Spot starts at 4 p.m.
A WORLD RECORD will likely be set at Sonoma Raceway on Wednesday afternoon and supreme NASCAR fan Randy Ricci invites us to come witness it.
Randy's the collector of all things NASCAR who has amassed more than 300 unopened cereal boxes adorned with the sport's drivers and machines.
He was all set to display the boxes along the Sonoma track's start/finish line in February, but the day was rainy.
So he'll try again at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, during the weekly amateur drag races. The drags don't use the part of the track where Randy will lay out and stack his 312 cereal boxes.