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Forestville - The Good Life - November 2014


Forestville - The Good Life - November 2014

by Richard Naegle

Holiday Tree Lighting  

One of the great delights of living in this small town: Sunday, November 30, 4 pm to dusk in the new Town Square area:  Santa Claus, caroling, hot cider, cookies, hanging out with neighbors, meeting new friends—what could be more fun? The El Molino Choir and Band will perform.

Youth Park 

A big THANK YOU to all the sponsors, golfers and volunteers that made the Youth Park’s annual golf tournament a great success. It is one of the more fun events around. One highlight:  Johnny Panino, a local 12 year old who plays in the Little League, came to the banquet after the tournament. He gave an incredible speech about how the Park has impacted him and kids in the community, and asked for more support for the Park so kids like him can continue to use the facilities, make new friends, hang out with their old ones and have a place to go.

Our River  

A beautiful documentary, THE RUSSIAN RIVER: ALL RIVERS – THE VALUE OF AN AMERICAN WATERSHED, underscores the precious, beautiful and fragile watershed in which we live.  It will have a special screening on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Rio Theater in Monte Rio. Not to be missed.

Cell phone tower downtown?!  

Verizon reportedly has a proposal to install a 75’ faux pine transmission tower with 12 antennas at 6320 Forestville Street (at the end of First Street near Casa and behind Rick’s Garage) on storage facility property. Plans are to be submitted to the County Planning Department in a few weeks. Some will welcome the better cell phone reception; others will be concerned about the health issues associated with the increase in electro-magnetic emissions in the neighborhood; still others might object to “the tree” as an eyesore. For the latest updates on this issue and where/how to make your opinion known, go to you can also sign up to receive email alerts about breaking issues affecting Forestville.

Unsung Gardener  

When you drive into town from the south, you are greeted by a sweet small flower garden at the foot of the retaining wall to Oddfellows Hall. This has been developed and lovingly maintained by Mindy Behrens. Thank you, Mindy. You are one of the many unsung volunteers who contribute quietly, graciously and generously to making our Town what it is.

Wendi Gianni-Flowers  

Wendi was in a terrible motorcycle accident recenlty. Fortunately she survived, but with many broken bones and a long stay in the hospital. Her recovery will not be immediate but at least she will recover! Recently I bumped into her (on her electric scooter) downtown. She has her usual spunky fighting-spirit as she embraces her long process of recuperation.  And she is grateful for the Chamber of Commerce Emergency Assistance Fund donation to help her over this bump in the road - and thanksful for her many friends who hosted a benefit on October 25 to raise funds towards her medical expenses. Meanwhile, her business, Shear Pleasure Salon and Beauty on Front Street, has remained open and conionues to serve her faithful patrons. Your continuing patronage is appreciated.

Music at the Church  

The Forestville United Methodist Church will hold its 23rd Annual Tea and Classics on November 9. The program of music, song and readings starts at 3PM and is followed by a Tea, with tea, sandwiches and sweets.  Donations requested.  

You are also invited to a Madrigal Dinner at the church on December 13th. It will be a visit to a bygone time at a 17th Century English manor house whose Squire and Lady invite the townsfolk to enjoy a Christmas Feast with a festive meal and pageant with Christmas music, song and dancing.  

While the staff and performers will be in costume, guests are not required to wear a costume, but may choose to do so. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children or $65 for family of four. Seating is limited so make your reservations no later than December 1st. To reserve a seat, call the church office at 887-2020 or the Squire at 887-2759. 

Forestville School & Academy  

Forestville School and Academy had another very successful Walk and Roll to School on 10/8. Half of the students, and many parents and staff, walked or rolled on bikes, skateboards, and scooters from the Youth Park to school.

El Molino News  

Interested families and students may come to El Molino Night (6:30 on November 4) where they can learn about the programs and activities that the School offers to prepare students to be successful in career and college. There will be food, performances by the dance team, a scavenger hunt and prizes.  

The AG Boosters is putting on their Second Annual Pasta Dinner and barn Dance November 22nd at the Dutton Ranch off Graton Road with dinner served at 6pm. For more information contact Marilee Mazur at 824-6585. Meanwhile “Pie Times,” a fundraiser for the music department, is being done in conjunction with Kozlowski Farms until November 14th with pies delivered prior to Thanksgiving on November 24th. Pies can be ordered through music department students.  Then On December 4, 5 and 6th the El Molino Dance Company will be hosting their Winter Dance Showcase. The show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 presale and $9 at door.

Finally, the El Molino Interact Club presented at the recent Russian River Rotary Meeting and shared some of the community service activities they have conducted.