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Cloverdale Comments - December 2014


Cloverdale Comments - December 2014

by Carol Russell

Kiwanis Crab Feed Sat., Dec. 6  

One of the most popular “All you can eat!” dinner events anywhere. Enjoy Dungeness cracked crab, pasta, salad, fresh bread and dessert with wine and beer included. Incredible live and silent auctions, plus lots of good old holiday fun in a relaxed, “Share our table” atmosphere—all for $50 per. 6-9p.m. at Citrus Fair, 100 Citrus Fair Dr. Hurry! No tix at the door. Buy from Kiwanis members or at

47th Annual Tree Lighting Sun., Dec. 7  

Carolers! Santa! Hot Cocoa! Cookies! Memory making photo opps! Thanks to the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce, this truly classic home town holiday tradition happens in The Plaza on Cloverdale Blvd. - 5 to 7 p.m. Hope to see you there so I can wish you and yours the happiest of holidays in person. 

It’s Show Time!  

We’ve already bought our incredibly affordable tickets for The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center’s 2015 season of six plays that kicks-off February 20th with Tom Stoppard’s “verbally dazzling and witty intellectual treat” Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. (A play I recall seeing on Broadway in – Gasp! – 1968.) 

You’ll be amazed at the line-up offering something for every taste and age. Speaking of which, this delightful 99-seat theater is the ideal place to introduce youngsters, who only know Netflix and 90 inch TVs, to sharing their laughter and tears with an audience in a live theatre experience. 

Purchase your season ticket(s) before December 15th and a anonymous donor will donate $50 per ticket to each of four Cloverdale non-profits – the Boys and Girls Club, Senior Center/Meals on Wheels, Food Pantry and Wallace House (max total $10,000). INFO: or call 894-2214. 

Alexander Valley Film Festival!  

Cloverdale knows and loves Kathryn and Ryan Hecht as the brilliantly creative couple responsible for the renaissance of The Clover, our local movie house that for too long languished in dank decline but is now thriving. 

Kathryn is also Executive Director of their brainchild, the recently launched non-profit Alexander Valley Film Society. AVFS is “dedicated to capturing and engaging audiences, cultivating new fans of film, and celebrating our collective humanity using cinema”, while enriching “educational opportunities for students in Alexander Valley public schools.”  

The Society’s innovative, inspiring and culturally significant trio of projects is to begin October, 2015, with the first annual Alexander Valley Film Festival. Celebrating international, independent filmmakers plus our region’s food, wine and hospitality, the Festival will be anchored at The Clover with screenings in Geyserville and Healdsburg.     

Kathryn is working with volunteers, philanthropists, independent film makers, and a host of other dedicated, knowledgeable partners that includes the Cloverdale and Healdsburg School Districts, S.S.U., the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, and the County Office of Education. Their three major goals include year-round educational film programs (such as documentary film making for students) and a Film Lab incubator for artists from around the world. 

Discover more on Facebook;; 893-7150. 

Heartfelt Thanks   

I cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity to thank the voters who made my campaign for a third term on Cloverdale City Council successful. 

While being aided by endorsements from a cross section of respected elected officials and major organizations, the endorsements that mattered most were from the people of Cloverdale. When I committed to a self-funded, campaign budget of less than $1000 and agreed to act as my self-appointed campaign manager, everyone, including business owners, who permitted signs on their property and walked neighborhoods after a busy work week to help distribute clearly self-typed, one page campaign “literature” (which yet another friend helped design!) became a major component. Thank you all!

Thanks as well to the other four candidates competing for the three council seats. It’s never easy to put yourself out there, especially for the first time, but that’s what our democracy requires to remain vibrant. Each made a personal contribution to a campaign season in our city that was unmarred by the assorted political ugliness that can so easily arise in the heat generated by competition.