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Forestville - The Good Life - October 2016

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Forestville - The Good Life - October 2016

by Richard Naegle

Taste of the Wine Country Craft Fair

Two Tuesdays, October 4 & 11. The Fair will mix with the Forestville Farmers Market, located under the shady oaks in our downtown park with plenty of picnic tables, giant red wood benches, and fresh air! A magical place where you can rest and relax with friends and family. This is a family friendly free event!

Talented local Artists and Crafters will be offering their unique works of art for sale! You’ll see handmade cards, fused glass, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, body beauty products, handmade candles and other unique abstract works of art! So much talent in one place!

The Forestville Certified Farmers Market will be in full swing offering farm fresh local fruits and vegetables. Eat dinner at the Market! Our fabulous food vendors; The Green Grocer, Poor Man’s Castle and Lata’s Indian Cuisine will be serving up mouthwatering specialty foods that you may take into the Wine Garden where you can enjoy wine with dinner! Also enjoy fresh delicious kettle corn, live music, therapeutic massage and more!

In our new Downtown Park, the Farmers’ Market is in full swing every Tuesday, 4-7p. 

Forestville Planning Association

Max Broome has retired as President of the FPA to dedicate more time and energy to his family and law profession. The public face of the FPA during its successful efforts to acquire the new Downtown Park, he has made invaluable contributions to the community and will be greatly missed on the Board. Mary Luttrell Cuoio is graciously stepping into the role of President. She has been a resident of Forestville for 34 years, a founding member of the FPA, and a skilled business consultant. For more information about the FPA, its vision, and its Board members, go to 95436.org. Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:30, in the meeting room of Food for Thought. Interested persons are always welcome to attend.

Food Security

Petaluma Bounty and Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaboratives have provided technical expertise to mentor a new Farmacy site--an innovative program to increase fruit and vegetable access for lower-income medical patients. Kaleigh Spollen, HealthCorps Alumnus of Forestville Health Center, writes: “We are currently offering the Farmacy alongside our services at the Forestville Wellness Center, including Group Medical Visits that help to support, empower and educate patients around diabetes management, mindful eating, and living with chronic pain. Individuals can sign up for a weekly box of fresh produce or choose to purchase individual items – all provided by Sebastopol-based Laguna Farm. The co-location of wellness services and Farmacy program is a viable model to address the growing challenge of food insecurity, empower patients and lead to improved health outcomes over time.”

Bits and Pieces

El Molino High School welcomed back its soccer and football teams to their new and improved all-weather field. (Local adults are also enjoying walking laps again around the field.) Also welcomed was the Class of 2020! Wow.

Forestville School and Forestville Academy: Oct 5th – Annual Walk & Roll to School. Students, families, administrators, and teachers walk, ride, or skate from the Youth Park to School at about 8am. 

The Youth Park reports: “The new meeting room is in place with utility hook ups, ramps and stairs to come. A good time was had by all at the golf tournament, plenty of food, drink, prizes and donations to the park.”

Hollydale Clubhouse 

Saturday 10/15 @ 6pm Annual Pasta Feed w/ the Thugz $15. donation. Sunday 10/30 from 9-noon Our last “Last Sunday of the Month” Breakfast of the year featuring Eggs Benedict, a neighborhood fave. You won’t be disappointed! $10. 1st & 3rd Thursdays 10/6 & 10/20 @ 7pm Hollydale Table Tennis @ the Clubhouse...all levels welcome.

Need a venue for Thanksgiving or small holiday gathering, give the Clubhouse a call 887-0330.

Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15. The theme tells it all: “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.