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Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner

Healdsburg, California
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Hello Dolly - Tina Lloyd Meals and Steven Kent Barker Review - Hello Dolly at the Raven Theater – Healdsburg – by Harry Duke
July 3, 2015
In the dark days before the advent of such social apps as eharmony.com, farmersonly.com and Tinder, if a marriage-minded gentleman sought an introduction to a marriage-minded lady, he would engage the services of a matchmaker – a person who arranges relationships and marriages between others as a formal occupation. Matchmaking has long been a prominent plot device in literature and theatre. Often a subplot, like Yenta’s activities in Fiddler on the Roof, American musical theatre’s most beloved matchmaker is Dolly Gallagher Levi, the titular character in Hello, Dolly!, the Raven Players’ latest production now running at the Raven Theatre in Healdsburg.
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Upstairs Gallery - Ron Sumner - Healdsburg Upstairs Gallery - Healdsburg, Celebrates 18th Anniversary
June 1, 2015
The best kept secret in Healdsburg is a secret no more! This June ushers in the 18th anniversary of Upstairs Art Gallery, the oldest gallery in Healdsburg.
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Gina Riner

Earlybirds Place Begin New Venture

After 26 years as a vendor at the Healdsburg Farmers Market, lifelong Healdsburg resident Myrna Fincher and her husband Earl have retired from the market but not from the garden. They custom grow organic vegetables on their three and a half acre Alexander Valley farm for seven of Healdsburg’s restaurants, including Agave, Valette, Barn Diva, Dry Creek Kitchen, Café Lucia, El Farolito, and Casa de Mole.

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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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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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