The word from Hollywood is that moviemaker Michael Bay seriously wants to produce a remake of "The Birds," the Alfred Hitchcock thriller that put Bodega Bay on the map 40 years ago.

Already some folks on the coast are hoping that Bay, who directed "Pearl Harbor," "Armageddon" and "The Rock," will shoot the remake in and around Bodega Bay, too.

Evelyn Casini's attitude, on the other hand, is: ho-hum. Evelyn has run Bodega's Casino bar for 55 years and some of her favorite memories were born when Hitchcock was shooting murderous birds all around the area in 1962.

Ask Evelyn about Suzanne Pleshette coming into the Casino for lunch with fake blood and bird pecks all over her face. Ask her about the papier-mache bird props she's treasured ever since Hitchcock & Company left town.

"They can make all the remakes they want -- they'll never match the original," Evelyn scoffed. She's certain no new movie could do for the Bodega Bay area what the old one did.

To this day, visitors from around the nation and the world wander in and when Evelyn asks what brought them out that way they reply, "The Birds."

TIPPI HEDREN, who broke into pictures with her starring role in "The Birds," just so happens to be coming up this way this weekend.

She'll stay in Bodega Bay and on Sunday afternoon will be at the Tomales Town Hall for a benefit for her Southern California wildlife sanctuary.

If the remake happens, no matter where Michael Bay films it, he'll miss the boat if he doesn't offer a part to Tippi.

GALLO STEPS UP: As substantial donations began to trickle in to the Laguna de Santa Rosa restoration project, an unspoken question hung in the air like a fog:

What about the Gallos? Given that the owners of the nation's largest family-run winery hold large tracts of land along the Laguna, would they pitch in?

The suspense ended this week when Matt Gallo, a grandson of Ernest and Julio, kicked in $100,000. The Gallo gift matched those of the Codding Foundation and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

The Laguna folks, who figure they need $4.1 million, call it a very good start.

THE BLIND FARMER: Earle Baum was the no-nonsense farmer who used guide wires to feel his way about the land near Santa Rosa that he worked for 80-some years. When he died in 1986 he left 17 prime acres to the benefit of other people who are blind or nearly so.

He'd be surprised to learn what the bustling Earle Baum Center of the Blind on Occidental Road has just become.

A college, of sorts. The Baum Center has been designated a satellite of Florida State University, and as such will teach a master course in cutting-edge methods of helping the visually impaired to live independently.

Director Allen Brenner said the most amazing thing about the center is that it's "one of the happiest places you'll ever go."

GRANDMA'S LAST HURRAH: Sharon Wright will ride in a sweet old Thunderbird convertible as grand marshal of the May 21 Rose Parade, and she won't go solo.

Wright, Santa Rosa's former two-time mayor and 12-year city councilwoman, told grandson Jake, 5, and granddaughter Carrie, 3, they can ride in the T-Bird with her.

Jake's grin drooped a bit when he learned this is the end of the VIP treatment for his grandmother, who left the council last year. He told her, "I want you to be mayor forever."

Contact Chris Smith at 521-5211 or csmith@pressdemocrat.com.