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SMITH: Next up, Boho Grove, the movie

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.

Bohemian Grove Through The Years

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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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