I am thrilled to be taking over the Healdsburg column in The Sonoma County Gazette, a guide to what is happening and what matters in our County.
Holiday Events in Healdsburg
If you’re looking for a way to do some giving for Thanksgiving, join The Raven Performing Arts Theater in Healdsburg on Saturday, November 12 for the 6th annual “Dancing with the Stars at the Raven” competition. Professional dancers team with local celebrities for the theater’s primary fundraising event of the year. The proceeds of this fun charity event help to cover the theater’s annual costs. Hafner Vineyards is the official wine sponsor.
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd.
His skin was pale and his eye was odd.
He shaved the faces of gentlemen
who never thereafter were heard of again.
So begins Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, perhaps Stephen Sondheim’s most operatic musical program. How operatic? Well, the last major production in the Bay Area was in 2015 by the San Francisco Opera - which is my way of saying that it’s one helluva challenge for any community theatre to take on this show. So pre-review props to the Raven Players in Healdsburg for taking their shot.
On October 7 and 8, Healdsburg Flix Mix and the Mendocino Film Festival invite film- and art-lovers to a special screening of the 2016 Mendocino Film Festival Short Films Program at Paul Mahder Gallery in downtown Healdsburg. Featuring nine touching and funny short films on the triumphs and travails of being human, the Short Films Program includes two 2016 Oscar winners, Bear Story and Stutterer, and will kick off Healdsburg Flix Mix’s fall season.
The Healdsburg Council on August 17 took up the issue of what to do with the space occupied by the Cerri building. They came up with plans to keep the building, provide as much parking space as possible, provide public restrooms and a kitchen for public events, and provide a permanent home for the Farmer’s Market.
The Rotary Club of Healdsburg Sunrise and the City of Healdsburg are bringing both rubber duckies and families to the Healdsburg Plaza for the second annual combined Duck Dash and Kids’ Parade. The festivities will run from 10a to 2p. The parade begins at 11a in the plaza. Admission is free and comes with family activities and games, prizes and live music from the Russian River Ramblers and Jimbo the Clown.
Vineyards Will Use Recycled Water
Healdsburg has traditionally used potable – drinkable – water to irrigate their vineyards. But on March 21, the City Council began discussions about using recycled water during the five summer months that have previously permitted discharging its recycled water into the Russian River.
I met Jennifer Wertz at Camp Michela last week because she wants to learn from what they accomplished to see if lessons learned will benefit the homeless in her home town of Guerneville. This camp was established almost a year ago by OCCUPY Sonoma County as both a political and social statement to bring awareness to Sonoma County’s homeless population. What began as an experiment has become a working village of 18 residents, so in essence, what they set out to do, they have accomplished.
Andrew Taylor’s Showdown
Come out and watch the world’s best free ride mountain bikers compete Saturday, April 9th in the Chris Beck Arena at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in a head to head competition, launching themselves upwards of 30’ in the air. Two riders at a time will drop into the courses performing mind blowing flips, whips and stunts. Qualifying will be a jam-style session with the judges choosing the top 32 riders to advance to the finals for a battle you won’t want to miss.