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Guerneville Groove - January 2015

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Guerneville Groove - January 2015

by Beth Rudometkin

It’s always difficult to decide how to begin this column. Though I strive to only project positivity and grooviness throughout this column, reality is: there are mean people out there that need change their “spots” so to speak.

A recent Facebook post within our community has enlightened us all of the ugliness, so in bringing in the New Year, let’s hope that all of those angry and spiteful souls who create such chaos, find some peace and forgiveness within themselves and “pay it forward” in this New Year, to attempt to get back into our communities good graces.  

An example would be to donate your time in cooking a meal at our local Homeless Shelter! If you and your family or business could step up just one evening to gather together and share the gift of a warm meal to those in need, please contact Debra Johnson, Berkshire Hathaway at 869-9011. Also, the shelter is in dire need of sleeping bags and blankets, so please drop off your donations at the Guerneville Vets Building or to Community First Credit Union on the corner of Armstrong Woods Rd and Main Street. Thank you all for the donations you have contributed so far this winter; we can never have enough, so we will continue to collect items throughout these winter months.  

A huge thank you to all of you who participated in the River to Coast Children’s Services Gingerbread Tree giving! Your generosity helped spread happiness to our local children on Christmas Day!  Remember, River to Coast continues to accept donations to provide the much needed help within the community for children of low-income families. Please consider opening your heart and donating to: RCCS  P.O.Box 16  Guerneville  CA  95446. They also welcome visitors at their location of 16300 1st Street, if you would like to see firsthand where your generosity of contributions may be needed.

The recent flood left behind plenty of garbage and debris, so Don McEnhill, Russian Riverkeeper, is working with Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Russian River Chamber of Commerce, Russian River Volunteer Fire Dept and local businesses to organize a massive cleanup. As of this writing, there is no set date, so please keep your eyes and ears open for flyers and schedules the first week of January!  Our beautiful river banks, beaches and creeks need our help with hauling off the blight left behind not only by the water, but the homeless camps that were abandoned. This cleanup will not be limited to Guerneville. It will consist of the area from Guerneville to Monte Rio, North Jenner and Goat Rock!  The Ratto Group/North Bay Companies has generously offered to assist with debris boxes as well.  

Stewards of the Coast is offering free guided hikes on New Year’s Day, beginning at Armstrong Redwoods from 10-12. Meet at the Visitor’s Center at the Park. The hike will continue on to Sonoma Coast State Park from 1-3, meeting at Shell Beach. For more information contact pete@stewardscr.org. Although many of you will miss this opportunity, please stay in touch with the Stewards website (www.stewardscr.org) and sign up for email updates. The Gazette also lists Stewards’ hikes in our OUTDOORS Calendar both in print and online at the gazette website (www.SonomaCountyGazette.com). This is an extraordinary place on earth to enjoy.

Be sure to patronize our newest food/beverage shops: El Barrio is in full swing, offering exquisite beverages and scrumptious appetizers and 3 Alarm Grill is open full time, offering its firehouse chili, Chicago Dogs and now hamburgers, from their own ground beef!  Affordable and delicious!!  Help support the new owners of Flavors Unlimited as well: The Amaya family has taken over and is serving up not only ice cream, but quite an array of foods. Be sure to check out their new groovy logo wear that is available for purchase.  

Here is wishing you all a very Happy New Year and let’s all band together like our groovy community is known for and bring happiness and the gift of compassion to one another!