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.
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.
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.
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.
64-year Healdsburg tradition
With golden sunlight clasping the downtown Plaza, Healdsburg’s annual Future Farmer’s Twilight Parade & Country Fair kicked off on May 23. Standing in a 1937 Yellowstone National Park touring bus that the Healdsburg Center for the Arts entered into the parade, I could see hundreds of smiling and cheering people enjoying themselves immensely; in that moment I felt like we were all one. I even spotted our favorite local Bluesman, Charlie Musselwhite, fresh off his recent Memphis Soul performance at The White House, standing on the corner of Matheson and Center Streets, grinning widely at all the wacky characters riding by.
Sprucing up downtown
Recently I spoke with David Mickaelian, Assistant City Manager, to confirm that the City of Healdsburg is accepting bids for creating a roundabout for the awkward 5-way intersection at Healdsburg Ave., Vine St. and Mill St. “We’ve sent out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for design firms who have experience in roundabouts; the design phase alone will take about 6 to 12 months and then it will go for public review,” said Michaelian.
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