The real thing in London won't have much on the Royal Wedding Party being plotted by six Sonoma County women working through the bucket list of things they are determined to do while they're alive and together.
Judy Adams, Nancy Garcia and their friends decided to start traveling together and seizing more opportunities for celebrating life as a group after Nancy was diagnosed with a stubborn, second case of breast cancer.
They've laughed, eaten and talked and talked and talked on adventures in Ashland, Pebble Beach, the Russian River and elsewhere.
For Saturday's celebration of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Judy worked up an invitation that looks like it came from the Royal Chamberlain himself.
The ladies will arrive at a home in Oakmont dressed in smocks befitting a British country occasion, complete with hats and gloves. Husbands with precise instructions will dress and act as men-in-waiting and servants.
Nancy and her pals will watch some of the festivities in London on TV, opine, sip, sample and savor the blessings of friendship.
"We're just very thankful that we have each other," Judy said.
BASEBALL FOR ALL: Would you imagine there are children in Sonoma County who watch friends or siblings play Little League but assume that their own physical or mental disabilities will forever keep them off the field?
George Lawson does. A full-time Healdsburger for nearly the past two years, George discovered a passion while living in Washington and helping to run a league for kids who wouldn't normally expect to play ball.
He's the driving force behind The Wonder League, a new endeavor of the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary Club. He's keen to see how many parents of special-needs children aged 4 to 19 will come to an hourlong orientation meeting at 5:30 p.m. WednesdayApril 27 at the Healdsburg Senior Center on Matheson Street.
George said there will be six games in May and June, all on Saturday afternoons at the community center at Foss Creek School. Every player will be accompanied by an adult or teen helper.
"There are no outs. Everybody scores," George said. He invites everyone to come see a great game played at last by courageous kids eager for their first at bat.
CATCH "HAWAII FIVE-0" this past week?
Healdsburg's Gene and Barbara Toschi aren't regular viewers, but they had a special reason to watch this latest episode. Much of it was shot — literally! — in the house on Oahu that's been in Barbara's family a long time.
The plot involved the bullet-perforated encounter of two men who happened to be on the island at the same time: an East Coast crime lord and an undercover cop who'd been trailing him.
The producers of "Hawaii Five-0" leased Barbara's family's home and used it as the location of much of the action. Barbara watched feeling grateful those weren't real bullets.
"A bit violent for me," she confessed. But, my, she thought the old Hawaiian house showed well.
EAT PIZZA AND RIDE: Fred Poulos, who owns the Mombo's pizza houses in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, is baking up what may be the greatest community bike ride ever.
On Saturday, May 14, Fred will treat cyclists of all ages to pizza at the Sebastopol Mombo's, then dispatch them in bunches onto an easy, scenic ride to his pizzeria near SRJC. Members of the county Bicycle Coalition will monitor intersections all along the way.