Special Meeting for Sale of Old Firehouse Site
More than 40 people showed up at the new Graton firehouse Tuesday, February 21st to attend a special meeting called by the Graton Fire Protection District Board of Directors to consider an offer to purchase the site for the board's asking price of $429. The community attended the meeting to represent the offer made by the community via the Graton Green Group last December and to ask that the community’s offer be considered as well. That so many attended with such late notice (the community only learned about the meeting late Friday night) speaks very well for community interest and support for the project.
However an hour before the meeting the offer from the other party was withdrawn, leaving the GFPD Board with only one offer to consider - the community’s. Those community members in attendance spoke thoughtfully and eloquently about all the issues involved in creating a park, and the issues before the fire board regarding their needs for money to purchase equipment, etc.
The result of the meeting is that the GFPD Board has agreed to meet with members of the Graton Green Group Board of Directors to discuss the community’s offer on the property presented to them last December. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear everyone's concerns and to hopefully come to an agreement that gives the community a chance to keep the property in the community good.
For more information, call 829 9440. New membership is always welcomed to the Graton Green Group which is a nonprofit organization. Donations to the park will be acknowledged with a receipt that can be used for tax purposes.
"Graton's Got Talent!"
The annual Graton talent show sponsored by Graton Community Projects has become such a success they have moved to a larger venue this year. Local talent will be appearing March 10 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Oak Grove School, 8760 Bowers Street in Graton.
Priscilla Branthaver, show coordinator says there are new as well as returning acts from last year including the 21st Century Band of Blondies; concertinist Riggy Rackin accompanied by Becca Richman, fiddler and guitarist Michael Harmon; musicians Doug & Kathy Rogers; Amazing Caine the magician and Ruth Richard with the African Drumming Ensemble. Local students have created an all-inclusive opening number with music through the ages and new student “moves.” Priscilla is pretty hopeful that some of the tricky pets from last year will be returning, also. This year’s music maestro is Robert Rockefeller. Gordon Yaswen will close the show with his biting political poetry. If you have any questions, please call Priscilla at (831) 428-2343.
It’s not too late to donate to the raffle! Please call Judy at (707) 829-0636
Graton Community Club Spring Flower Show and Plant Sale
“Garden Creatures” is the theme of the spring show at the Graton Community Club, downtown Graton April 13 and 14 from 9:00 to 4:00 both days. Homemade lunch will be served from 11 to 2 for $10 and includes dessert and beverage. Coffee/tea and home made desserts are served all day all day for $4.
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Deal!
A few tickets are still available for the 6th Street Playhouse production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” March 7. A fund raiser for repairs to the old club house building, the Graton Community Club is sponsoring the Wednesday night production for only $20 per person which includes complimentary dessert and beverage and door prizes. Dessert starts at 7:15, the play at 8:00. For more information and tickets, call Charlene at 542 0797.
Public Invited To Dahlia Talk at the Club
At the March 2nd meeting of the Graton Community Club, China Dusk will provide a program on the general culture of dahlias, their history, how to divide and store them for winter. China has been growing showing dahlias for years and last took Best of Show and Best of Section. The public is invited to come for tea at 1:00 before China’s program from 1:30 to 2:00.