Myrna Wills, who's 82 and lives in Rohnert Park, probably is breaking a law.

But I believe her when she says that when she moved near Sonoma State seven years ago she didn't know her new city doesn't allow residents to keep backyard chickens.

Myrna bought two chicks shortly after settling into her home, and she's had them all this time. She named them Lunch and Dinner. She said they're wonderful pets that run to her when she calls and rarely make any noise.

"They squawk once in a while," she allowed, "maybe when they lay an egg. They're so proud of it. Or maybe it hurts, I don't know."

Regardless, Myrna is disappointed and heartsick that after seven years, somebody evidently complained to Rohnert Park City Hall about her pet birds. An officer knocked on Myrna's door and told her the chickens must go.

She's pleading for an exception, and for Plan B seeks a family that lives where chickens are allowed and might want to take in her two.

It goes without saying that suitable candidates must not imagine the pair as lunch or dinner.

FROM BABES' MOUTHS: If someone offers to sell you a nice, new redwood planter bed or two, call the cops.

Teacher Diana Lowry arrived at Petaluma's Corona Creek School the other morning to help place rich Sonoma County soil into the two boxes the PTA purchased to expand the school's garden program. Lowry and fellow teacher Marj Clagett were working to get the boxes ready for the students who'll return to class in two weeks.

But both beds — each 6 feet long by 3 feet wide by 2 feet deep — were gone.

Dismaying, isn't it? Somebody'd driven a truck onto the school yard and stolen the beds in which children were to grow vegetables.

They're nice boxes, made at Sebastopol Hardware and lined with gopher wire. If only gophers were the worst of the pests the Corona Creek kids had to worry about.

TOO HOT FOR SCHOOL: <MC>Also in Petaluma, the Cinnabar Charter and Elementary School boasts an electronic sign that displays the temperature — for days now a steady 262 degrees.

A part's been ordered.

YALE COSTS MONEY <MC>even on a scholarship, so artist and Master of Fine Art graduate student Maria de los Angeles is selling artwork to help pay for this next phase of her training.

Maria had a tough childhood in a fractured immigrant family and even as a Santa Rosa high schooler got by through sales of her paintings and drawings.

After graduating with honors from the fine arts program at SRJC she was accepted into New York's Pratt Institute, which months ago awarded her a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Next, Yale.

Maria and her works will be at art collector Jack Leissring's studio, 622 Davis St. in Santa Rosa, from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Aug. 17 and 18.

Have her tell you about the fire at Pratt.

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com.