Guns? Claire Buchignani couldn't have cared less about them as she grew up in Sebastopol — a rare Palm Drive Hospital baby — and entered Analy High with the Class of 2006.
What Clair loved was theater. She absorbed everything drama teacher Starr Hergenrather taught and she won roles in productions on campus and off.
Claire continued her education and training at the University of Arizona, and of late she scored two professional milestones: She received her Actors Equity card and she landed the lead role in the revered Woodminster Summer Musicals of Oakland production of "Annie Get Your Gun."
Though she was thrilled to be picked to portray sharpshooter Annie Oakley in the musical that concludes its run in the great amphitheater this week, the thought did occur to Claire, "I had never touched a gun before in my life."
So, for sake of greater authenticity, she asked an uncle in Chico to teach her to handle and shoot firearms. Before they were done, she'd become familiar with firing seven different guns.
And the first time she aimed a rifle at a target — bull's-eye!
"I felt," she said, "like I was channeling Annie just a little bit."
THIS IS YEAR 102 that the Bohemian Grove encampment will load talent into open-air buses for a benefit music-comedy-drama show in Monte Rio — a genuine Sonoma County entertainment phenomenon.
It happens July 25 in the town amphitheater next to the defunct but perhaps soon to be reborn Pink Elephant bar.
"The Bohemian Club has promised us a great show with true variety," said organizer Michele McDonell. Headliners have included Art Linkletter, Merv Griffin, Bing Crosby, Clint Black, Zac Brown and Steve Miller.
The proceeds do great good for the Monte Rio School Foundation, St. Catherine's Church and the Monte Rio Fire Services Foundation.
It's easy to purchase tickets through www.monterioshow.org. The greater challenge is to haul low-lying lawn chairs to Monte Rio hours before the show and claim your spot.
A SOLDIER'S RIBBONS lay on the ground in an alley off Petaluma's F Street.
The finder of the military service ribbon bar gave it to Joe Noriel, president of the Petaluma Historical Museum and the leader of the successful drive to replace the Vietnam memorial stolen from Walnut Park.
Noriel would love to know how the ribbon bar wound up in the alley and, more so, he'd like to return it to the soldier or veteran who earned it, if that person wants it back.
The ribbons tell Noriel, who can be reached at email@example.com, that their owner "served his country well and was or is in the thick of it."
IT BOGGLES to imagine all of the issues — water, immigration, genetic modification, pest control, land use, climate change and on and on — that come into play over what Californians eat and what the state's farmers and ranchers grow.
So Joy Sterling of west Sonoma County's Iron Horse Vineyards is preparing for a steep learning curve and a lot of listening as she joins the state Board of Food and Agriculture.
Gov. Jerry Brown named the Sebastopol resident to the panel, which advises the governor and the secretary of food and agriculture. Sterling, who worked as a journalist before joining the winery founded by her parents, Audrey and Barry Sterling, isn't going in with a list of objectives.