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Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner
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Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner

Healdsburg, California
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Gina Riner
Who loves Healdsburg? Well, we know the national media does. And of course locals love it, especially our community spirit, and the Tuesday summer concerts in the downtown Plaza, and places like Wright’s Feed Store, the Bean Affair Coffee Shop and the B&B Lounge. New residents love the beauty and simplicity of living in a small rural city where you can run into your neighbors on a regular basis. The tourists LOVE the wine, the art galleries, the majestic vineyards and the many recreational opportunities. Fancy food restaurants, high-end shopping, wine tasting and the quaint Bed & Breakfast Inns delight the visitors.  For them, it’s an amazing and charming experience. “Healdsburg is like ‘Pleasantville, USA,’ offering big city luxury set in a rural background,” commented a recent guest of a local couple who operate a vacation rental business. (Yes, the vacation rental is legitimate but the City of Healdsburg’s Planning Commission required $14,000 in permit fees plus property modifications.)
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Chris Schloemp, Jeremy Boucher Review – “Of Mice and Men” at the Raven Theater Healdsburg - by Harry Duke
April 20, 2015
With memories of Cinnabar Theater’s award-winning production of Of Mice and Men still fresh in local theatregoers’ minds, the Raven Players tempt comparison with their production of the John Steinbeck classic now running at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg.  I’ll cut to the chase. Director Jon Vissman stages a presentation that is often on par with, occasionally weaker than, and in a few instances superior to that aforementioned production. While it never quite maintains the emotional resonance that the more intimate staging allowed, it stands on its own.
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - April 2015
April 1, 2015
by Gina Riner
A large crowd, including lifelong resident E. Walter Murray, age 102, turned out for a Planning Commission meeting at City Hall on March 24th to voice their feelings about a homeowner’s request to remove a 120-foot redwood tree planted circa 1904 near downtown. 
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Healdsburg Heritage Redwood at 325 Fitch Street Healdsburg Heritage Redwood SAVE THIS TREE mission for Locals
March 18, 2015
Folks in Healdbsurg are hoping to save a Heritage Redwood from the saw. It is 120' tall and 75" around at 4.5' high. The homeowner at 325 Fitch Street (between Plaza & North streets), Healdsburg (walking distance from Town Plaza) has asked for a permit to cut it down. 
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Gina Riner
In Healdsburg we cultivate the land and we cultivate the tourists. We are right smack in the middle of food and wine heaven with an overflow of national accolades that keep coming in: 20 Best Towns to Visit, America’s Most Romantic Small Towns, One of the 10 Best Towns in America. But we are also a small town that cultivates and invests in our community, especially our youth.
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Gina Riner
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Council on Aging Meals on Wheels home visit Big John's Market donates $12,000. to Meals on Wheels
January 6, 2015
Big John’s Market in Healdsburg recently sponsored, for the fourth consecutive year, its “Feed a Senior” campaign, with proceeds benefiting Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program. Over a three-week period in November and December, customers contributed $6,071.77, with John and Kim Lloyd, owners of Big John’s, matching the amount raised, bringing the total donation to $12,143.54.
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Gina Riner
I love food. I love growing food. I love cooking food. But most of all I love to eat food, especially with my family and friends. Growing up in a family of nine, most of our good times evolved around Italian food.
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Dr Bill Osmunson, DDS Healdsburg Community Health Forum
October 4, 2014

Fluoridation Discussion with Dr Bill Osmunson - September 20th

This November, Ballot Measure P will allow Healdsburg voters to decide whether or not to stop fluoridating their city’s tapwater. Most residents would like to know more about the issue before voting. 

On September 20, 2014, Fluoride-Free Healdsburg sponsored a Community Health Forum at the Healdsburg Regional Library. It was a rare opportunity for the public to ask questions about water fluoridation, and get answers from authorities on the subject. 


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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Gina Riner
When I moved, quite by chance, from Oakland to Healdsburg in the fall of 2001, my life altered dramatically. The stresses of big city life melted away. I quickly met friends of all ages, including several elders. Seeing the twinkle in their eyes and listening to them enthusiastically speak about their lives inspired me to start the Healdsburg Heritage Project. I’ve always loved history and thought it would be a good way to learn about Healdsburg. My first initiative was “Enduring Spirit: Ten Lives of Healdsburg,” an exhibit including contemporary 30x40 photographs, whimsical essays, and artifacts. It debuted in March 2006 at Hotel Healdsburg’s Carriage House, and since then has been exhibited at City Hall and a several other places. 
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Farm to pantry volunteers gleaning at Dry Creek Valley orchard 75 Tons of Fresh Produce gleaned from Sonoma County farms to feed hungry people
September 17, 2014
This month Farm to Pantry reached 75 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables gleaned and donated since its founding in October 2008.  Coordinated by Melita Love, Farm to Pantry founder, and Dani Wilcox, Gleaning coordinator, a group of new and experienced volunteers harvest surplus produce at the invitation of farmers and gardeners every week, twice a week.  All the fresh produce goes immediately to food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and afterschool programs – when school is in session.
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Gina Riner

Dear Readers:

Healdsburg is on the precipice of wonderfulness and woefulness. We get lots of national accolades in the press and loads of tourists visit but the locals complain that the downtown doesn’t feel like theirs anymore. Limos and luxury wine tour buses take up much needed parking and if someone wants to rent an apartment in town, good luck. Vacancies are at 1.5% with prices steadily climbing. Please send me your thoughts and ideas on how as a community we can effectively keep our town moving forward in a positive way while still welcoming our visitors.


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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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