Just about all of Windsor is pitching in with the giddy, flour-dusted students who'll prepare a UFO-sized apple pie that will be served up Sunday on the Town Green.
The latest mega-creation of students of Windsor High teacher Marie Ganister will be six feet across and weigh about 500 pounds. Every bite will contain organic Sonoma County apple.
Culinary-arts students and helpers will bake it Saturday at Cousteaux French Bakery's commercial kitchen and Windsor firefighters will lift it from the oven.
Before the pie is trucked down Old Redwood Highway on Sunday, North County Supervisor Mike McGuire and Phil Demery, the county's director of transportation and public works, will post signs officially renaming the road Old Redwood Pieway — for a day. Give KZST's Brent Farris credit for the name.
The apple pie, conceived as the largest ever in California, will be ceremoniously sliced and eagerly eaten starting at noon at the Windsor Farmers Market.
Five bucks a serving. A la mode.
ON HER TOES: The thrill of young ballerina Shelley Scott's life came in 1979.
The late George Balanchine, praised by some as the world's leading contemporary ballet chorographer, chose her to lead a New York City Ballet production of "Swan Lake." She was then 15.
"It was a life-changing experience," said Scott, who went on to dance two decades for the NYC and San Francisco ballet companies.
She and David have for the past 17 years operated Ballet Califia in Cotati. Their current thrill: Their daughter, Mariah, 19, dances the lead role in the "Swan Lake" that they'll present Friday, Saturday and Sunday in west Cotati.
THIS EMPTY CHAIR has nothing to do with Clint Eastwood.
This over-sized chair is a sculpture in a garden in Forestville and it's a new attraction to Calabash, the festival of gourd art and gratitude that returns Sunday to Food for Thought/Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank.
The graceful metal chair is central to an AIDS Memorial that features a stone fountain and a wisteria arbor hung with leaves of copper bearing the names of loved ones lost to AIDS.
An inscription near the chair reads, "We shall meet, but we shall miss you. There will be one vacant chair."
BLUE'S THE COLOR at Analy High, but on Friday junior Gianna "Gigi" Pendleton will go to the football game vs. Healdsburg clad in pink.
Thanks to Gigi's initiative, many of her fellow students are likely show up in pink, too. Members of the varsity team will sport pink socks and the Sebastopol school's chapter of FFA will collect donations and sell pink t-shirts.
It'll happen because Gigi proposed that the school raise some research money and awareness as a sign of support for local people impacted by breast cancer. Come Friday night, the Tigers change colors.
(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and firstname.lastname@example.org.)