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Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner

Healdsburg, California
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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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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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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - July 2013
July 3, 2013
by Gina Riner
It’s a hot, sultry evening in Healdsburg as I write this column. Just after 11 p.m., the outside temperature is 81 degrees but inside my bungalow it’s at least 15 degrees warmer. I know this because my fingers are sticking to the almost melted keyboard!  All I can think about is jumping into a swimming pool but I know that Vesta, our dear publisher, is patiently waiting (maybe?!) for the last of her erstwhile columnists to get her column in. I guess instead of taking a dip I’ll have to settle for sticking my head in the freezer to cool down and press on.
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - June 2013
June 1, 2013
by Gina Riner

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.


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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - May 2013
May 1, 2013
by Gina Riner
Recently when I asked Will Howard, my friend and neighbor, what he values most about living in Healdsburg he blurted out, “I can walk downtown without worrying about being robbed or shot at.” I didn’t expect to hear that from this 13-year-old young man but it is true that in Healdsburg we feel relatively safe walking around. Sometimes people even leave their wallet and keys outside the barber shop on Healdsburg Ave. as one gentleman did last Sunday afternoon. I saw it sitting there and popped my head into inquire who had left their wallet on the bench. One man getting his haircut laughed and said, “oh well, it’s Healdsburg; it’s safe here.” 
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - April 2013
April 1, 2013
by Gina Riner
On April 22, more than one billion people around the world will participate in the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. But in Healdsburg we’ve lost some Earth Day traditions just like we are losing more redwood groves and heritage trees. We no longer celebrate Arbor Day in the Plaza with former City Arborist, Matthew Thompson. The Healdsburg High School Progressive Club use to produce an Earth Day celebration with environmental awareness programs and speakers but that too has fallen away. 
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Best of Sonoma - Doug Suma Best of Sonoma - Healdsburg
March 1, 2013
Welcome to The Best of Sonoma! Each month I will be highlighting unique businesses in a specific Sonoma county town or city. This month, Healdsburg. Next month I will be featuring Petaluma, so send me your suggestions and be sure to support your locally owned Sonoma county businesses!
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - March 2013
March 1, 2013
by Gina Riner

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.


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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - Mar 2014
March 1, 2013
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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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - February 2013
February 1, 2013
by Gina Riner
In Healdsburg, with a population close to 12,000, we are fortunate to have many forms of assets that make living here a rich experience. Lots of towns and cities across America face urban blight, poverty and socially isolated people but potholes and parking are among our top issues. Healdsburg is beautiful with redwood forests and spacious parks. We have Fitch Mountain. The bucolic Russian River meanders through town. We have a local government committed to and engaged with the community. Our farmer’s market provides convenient access to fresh food. We have Healdsburg General Hospital, Alliance Medical Center, the Villa Chanticleer, and a multitude of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
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Gina Riner - Healdsburg Highlights Healdsburg Highlights - January 2013
January 2, 2013
by Gina Riner
It seems that 2012 brought more change and upheaval than usual. We endured a contentious presidential election, struggled to cope with a slow moving economy and the impending fiscal cliff, and grieved as a nation for victims of mass shootings, but particularly the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT in December. 
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Healdsburg Museum Gets Creative
November 28, 2012
For the holidays, we are focusing on an eclectic mix of stockings and stocking stuffers. We have an assortment of handcrafted traditional Christmas stockings made from vintage quilts.
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