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Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner
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Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner

Healdsburg, California
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David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard selected for Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry
August 20, 2014
The 2014 Harvest Fair is pleased to honor David Stare, founder and owner of Dry Creek Vineyard, for his Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry. Few people have had as significant an impact on the quality and variety of the wines produced in Sonoma County as David Stare. And few have been as vocal and persistent in spreading the word about the wines being made in the county, putting the region on the global map for world-class wines. 
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Highway 101 North - Windsor to Cloverdale Sonoma County Hwy 101 North ready for Repair Funding
August 19, 2014

Big Fix Coming to the Worst 14 Miles of Hwy 101

California Transportation Commission to consider $67M funding package on August 20th

After more than a year of hard work and collaboration, North County Supervisor Mike McGuire, Northern Sonoma County City Council members and Caltrans announced today that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) will take up a $67 million funding package to completely rehabilitate Highway 101 between Windsor and Geyserville. The final approval vote will be considered at the CTC’s August 20th meeting.

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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Gina Riner
Healdsburg’s town Plaza, the place where we congregate, celebrate and commemorate, the place Travel & Leisure magazine named as one of the most beautiful small town squares in the U.S., has transformed many times in its 157 years. “With all it has seen, the Plaza, which stands as the heart of our community, would have quite a story to tell if, in fact, it could speak,” said Healdsburg Museum Curator Holly Hoods
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Healdsburg Residents Discuss Fluoridation with New Interest Healdsburg Residents Discuss Fluoridation with New Interest
August 1, 2014
With the Fluoride-Free Healdsburg measure heading for a vote in November, Healdsburg residents are discussing water fluoridation with new interest, asking questions, and looking for answers. 
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - July 2014
July 1, 2014
by Gina Riner
When a friend is sick or injured, nearly all of us help out, even if it’s not convenient. Often there isn’t enough time to keep up with our life and commitments. That’s what happened to me when my friend Walter fell and broke his hip in mid-March. Surgery and rehabilitation at age 101 is a big deal. He needed help, support and to know he could count on his friends and community. That happened. His community in Healdsburg came through for him. One thing that fell by the wayside for me though was writing this column. But I’m happy to tell you that Walter, whose family has lived in Healdsburg since 1900, is on the mend and enjoying his life once again.
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McKenna Faith - Let's Get Lost McKenna Faith releases Let's Get Lost at Christopher Creek Winery in Healdsburg, CA.
June 27, 2014
Country Music Singer/Songwriter & Nashville Recording Artist (& Sonoma County native!) McKenna Faith is celebrating the release of her new album Let's Get Lost, and you're invited! Toby Keith's band played on her album, she tours the country performing, and was the #1 Selling Independent Female Country Artist on iTunes in 2013. 
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Children drinking water Fluoride-Free Healdsburg initiative ready for Healdsburg City Council
May 27, 2014

OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR A FLUORIDE-FREE HEALDSBURG

Healdsburg is the only city in Sonoma County to fluoridate its public water supply.

Until recently, many Healdsburg residents were unaware that their tap water has been fluoridated for over 60 years. As a result of growing concern, residents formed the grassroots organization Fluoride-Free Healdsburg and, working with Clean Water Sonoma-Marin, began the ballot initiative process to allow a long-overdue vote to end fluoridation.

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Healdsburg Jazz Festival Leads off with Blues Bash Healdsburg Jazz Festival Leads off with Blues Bash
May 21, 2014
Harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite teams with stars of jazz, blues and Latin jazz
 
In just a few weeks the 16th Healdsburg Jazz Festival blasts off in spectacular fashion with one of America's blues legends – Charlie Musselwhite – holding down a weekend of creative pairings that promise revelations. Born in Mississippi, reared in Memphis and schooled in Chicago by blues masters like Muddy Waters and Junior Wells, Charlie – this year's Healdsburg guest of honor – is set to unleash his harp virtuosity and gritty vocals in four different settings on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, at the Jackson Theater.  The blues events launch when none other than guitar hero Elvin Bishop joins Charlie in an acoustic trio rounded out by country-style crooner-guitarist-banjo player Guy Davis. Charlie then switches gears for a blues-meets-Latin Jazz extravaganza featuring John Santos y Sus Soneros. With this project Charlie re-creates a unique 1999 album he released called Continental Drifter on which he performed Cuban standards such as “Chan Chan” and “Sabroso” with his own English-language lyrics.
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Team Albers’ Racing for Fallen Firefighters in the RAAM 2014 Team Albers’ Racing for Fallen Firefighters in the RAAM 2014
April 30, 2014
We, Bill and Debbie Albers, live in Healdsburg.  Bill is a firefighter with the City of Healdsburg and Debbie is a Math instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and current department chair. We have 2 boys that attend schools in Healdsburg.  We will be racing in The Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,000-mile bicycle race from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD as a 2-person relay beginning June 14. 
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Noises Off at Raven Theater, Healdsburg, CA Noises Off live theater at Raven Theater Healdsburg
April 15, 2014
Folks – get your laughing faces on and prepare to witness the “the funniest farce ever written”. The Raven Performing Arts Theater cannot wait to entertain you with Noises Off!
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Gina Riner

Mandatory Water Conservation

We can’t take our water for granted! Even though we’ve been enjoying some rain in Healdsburg recently, it’s not making up for several consecutive dry years on top of 2013, the driest year on record. City of Healdsburg’s City Council adopted a Stage 2 Water Conservation measure last month. If you have a leaky faucet, get it fixed; it could save you at least 1500 gallons of water a month. Another easy way to conserve water is to collect water in a bucket while you are waiting for the shower to heat up then you can use it to water your plants. Check out other water saving tips by visiting the City website at www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/water

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Don't Drink the Water-1 REVIEW “Don't Drink the Water” A Raven Players Production by Harry Duke
February 5, 2014
When one thinks of the works of Woody Allen, one usually doesn’t think of the stage.  The prolific filmmaker (writer and/or director of 72 films and still going strong) has also written the occasional play over his 50+ year career.   The Raven Players are presenting Allen’s “Don’t Drink the Water” - probably his most successful play - now through February 16th at the Raven Performing Arts Theater in Healdsburg.
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Big Hearted Healdsburger - Colby Groom Big Hearted Healdsburger - Colby Groom
January 31, 2014
With his irrepressible spirit and twinkling eyes, it’s hard to believe that Healdsburg resident Colby Groom, who turns 16 on February 6th, has endured two open-heart surgeries in his young life. Born with a congenital heart defect, Colby had his first surgery when he was eight years old and his second surgery when he was almost ten years old. “Afterwards, he hit the bottom rung of the ladder. He was depressed for about a year, and spent a lot of time crying and being sad,” says his parents, Lisa & Daryl Groom. 
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Healdsburg Freedom Jazz Choir Sign-up Healdsburg Freedom Jazz Choir Sign-up
January 17, 2014
Of all the programs and initiatives the Healdsburg Jazz has undertaken in our 15-plus years, one of the most popular has been the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir. The volunteer all-vocal ensemble, initiated last year, far exceeded our expectations for community participation. We ended up with a 100-voice strong choir to accompany the Marcus Shelby Orchestra in their presentation of Shelby’s oratorio, “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”, a musical suite inspired by the music of the Civil Rights Movement. 
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - Dec 2013
December 1, 2013
by Gina Riner

Community stretches far and wide

“I came back to Healdsburg because I wanted to have more community in my life,” said Healdsburg metal artist Jennifer Utsch when I met her earlier this year at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts (HCA). She had me at community! I truly admire people who actually walk their talk.  And Jennifer does it in spades. Her commitment to creating and strengthening community has shown up time and again. Without her advise and counsel on how to create a more community-oriented Healdsburg Arts Festival last September, I don’t think the HCA Festival would have been nearly as successful, drawing not only tourists but a lot of locals, too, and raising enough funds for HCA to continue to provide arts education programs for the community.

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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - Nov 2013
November 1, 2013
by Gina Riner

It Takes a Village

Hey, did you miss me in October? I was so busy producing the 7th Annual Healdsburg Arts Festival in the downtown Plaza on Sept. 28 that I missed my October column deadline. (Sorry, Vesta!) But good news about the Arts Festival, which is Healdsburg Center for the Art’s largest fundraiser of the year. We raised 122% more money than last year, which translates into more funding for our arts education programs.

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Pinot on the River BENEFIT for Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma County Pinot on the River BENEFIT for Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma County
October 17, 2013

Join the Sonoma County Boys and Girls Clubs at this year’s Pinot on the River Festival on the Healdsburg Plaza in Downtown Healdsburg.  The festival held this year on Sunday, October 27, will showcase exclusive wines from 11 AM to 4 PM. 


 
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - Sep 2013
September 5, 2013
by Gina Riner

Investing in All “Our Kids” is the Right Thing To Do

Somehow I forgot to have children of my own. Although as a young girl I had a master plan: get married at 24, have a boy and a girl by 26, then boy and girl twins by 28. Since I am one of seven kids and twins run in my family, I assumed my 4-kid plan would work. But it didn’t turn out that way. 


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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - Aug 2013
August 1, 2013
by Gina Riner
One glorious Friday afternoon in the summer of 2001, I arrived in Healdsburg for the first time from Oakland to attend a neighborhood party given by some friends of mine. A year earlier these South Bay exiles shocked their families and friends by moving to this one-zip code town with over 28 different types of churches and religious communities. Even though it was Friday and the height of commuter traffic, I gamely drove north. I was curious about what lured my sophisticated high-tech friends to such a small town.
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Dry Creek Habitat Restoration - Healdsburg, CA Meeting Slated to Discuss Dry Creek Construction this Summer
July 3, 2013
Major construction will be happening in the Lambert Bridge area of Dry Creek this summer on the first mile of habitat enhancement for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead and Chinook.
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