The Bohemian Grove encampment just now starting up near Monte Rio hasn't drawn much in the way of protests in recent years. But following the 2011 encampment there was born Occupy Wall Street.

Owing to a presumption that many of the men bound for the gala camp-out under the Russian River redwoods are solid members of the 1 percent, it appears all sorts of Occupy-inspired people with a bone to pick also are preparing to converge at or near the grove.

There will be a counterpoint event, sponsored by groups that include Mary Moore's reactivated Bohemian Grove Action Network, on Saturday at the Monte Rio Ampthitheater. Beyond that, who knows who is coming to Occupy Bohemian Grove, and what may happen.

We do know that a Zen priest and independent-movie producer named Susan O'Connell will come this weekend, seeking grist for "The Hidden Agenda," a Grove-based comedy she's making with partners that include director/writer Alan Rudolph.

O'Connell and others with Bumbershoot Productions of Texas will meet with Moore and attend Saturday's protest event, shoot some footage, take in the scene and listen.

O'Connell said, "We're just coming up because we're looking for that extra bit of information to take the script to the next step."

She said the filmmakers look forward to being in Monte Rio and "in the mix of what we think will be pretty powerful."

COTATI LOVES KIDS and on Saturday there may well be no better place for a youngster to be than the town at the hub of Sonoma County.

For 20 years, Cotati people have put on the children's festival and parade that will launch downtown at 10 a.m. For three hours before, the town's Church of the Oaks serves up free pancakes.

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( is "Under the Sea."

Small-fry can meet Sebastopol author Megan McDonald, creator of the popular Judy Moody Book series. She's grand marshal of the 20th-year parade and afterward she'll chat and sign books at the festival at La Plaza Park.

CRATE FROM JAPAN?: Darren Moffet thinks he found one of the first substantial pieces of Japanese tsunami debris to wash up in Northern California.

It's a plastic, yellow Kirin beer crate imprinted with Japanese writing. Moffet, a Sonoma Coast surfer, beach cleaner and rock climber, didn't simply pick it up off the sand.

The Windsor resident said he used a rope to descend about 40 feet down a seaside cliff south of Fort Ross. He can't be sure the weathered crate is a tiny part of the millions of tons of personal possessions and property of all kinds washed into the Pacific by the earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people 16 months ago.

Even so he's treating it not as a piece of beach junk but of history.

(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and

Spreading Love

Jill Valavanis’ Love Letter Art Walk already is spreading good cheer, with the following Creative Sonoma Pop Up Creativity Grants planned for upcoming months:

Judy Kennedy’s yarn-bombing of 50 bike racks in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square, with colorful, hand-crocheted sleeves. (Date to be determined.)

Global Student Embassy is engaging high school students with community residents through the construction of an outdoor community pizza oven and gathering space. (Date to be determined.)

The Village Builders are creating a mobile exchange booth and traveling art station using a repurposed phone booth on a trailer. (Oct. 22)

Womb Space Collaborative Arts celebrates Roseland’s past, present and future via love letters addressed to the community in a public celebration. (Nov. 4)

Della Fattoria’s Petalumagic Garden, a temporary public artwork and social sculpture. (January 2018)

Jake Ward’s free block party-style music and art festival in the Roseland Village neighborhood. (Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 1,

Mark Lowe’s “My Life: In 90 Seconds or Less,” invites independent and amateur filmmakers to create their video self-portraits. (Oct. 8, Facebook Events page)

Nicoletta Camerin is working with middle school youth to photograph and interview Latino residents in Boyes Hot Springs to showcase their contributions and value to society. (Fall 2017, Facebook Events page)