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Guerneville Groove - March 2015

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Guerneville Groove - March 2015

by Beth Rudometkin

As the days grow longer and we continue to have such beautiful weather, it is very tempting to start pulling out of storage the outdoor furniture and umbrellas!  Ahhh, but wait, there is more rain in our forecast!  The meteorologists are predicting 20+ days of rain in the month of March!  They are calling it Miraculous March but all I have to say is groovy!  Despite all the welcome rains, the Russian River still in in a drought condition; we need everyone to continue conserving water!  Our fish, frogs, otters, beavers and birds in the River depend on us!  Check out this groovy website:  www.russianriverkeeper.com.  You will see tips on how to make a difference, along with updated information regarding the Grand Opening of the River Keeper Park in downtown Guerneville.  Better yet, come volunteer at the park on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am and be sure to bring your gloves, water and wear sturdy shoes!  It’s up to all of us to protect the Russian River forever!

Wednesday, March 4th please join your Russian River Chamber of Commerce at Community First Credit Union for their monthly mixer at 6pm; meet your local business owners who keep the grooviness happening in Guerneville!

Friday, March 6th is the 1st Friday Artwalk which will feature plenty of art and artists on our streets and in the venues along Main Street from 3pm – dark.  Check out the groovy old Bank Building as there may be a “soft opening” of its newly restored spaces.  The totem out front is a groovy sight, created by local artist Brian Williams out of Cazadero.  Need a pick me up?  Visit the exuberant work of Michelle Barnes who will be displaying at Coffee Bazaar.  Also on Friday, March 6th is the Forestville Wellness Center Open House from 5-7pm sponsored by West County Health Centers.  Be sure to join the very groovy Jennifer Neeley in this celebration!

Saturday, March 7th is the 63rd Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner and Raffle, brought to us by I.O.O.F. Redwood Lodge #281!  The Odd Fellows are sure to cook up some of the best corned beef at the Odd Fellows Hall beginning with the first seating at 5pm.  Come join us in remembering our dear Brother Larry Vestal while supporting our local lodge!  The raffle will be just as groovy as ever and thank you Mark Buck, Country Tire, for your endless hours of volunteering to this function every year!

Speaking of groovy organizations, it’s that time again for the Boy Scouts’ and Cub Scouts’ Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction.  Saturday, March 14th go on over to the Forestville United Methodist Church on Covey Rd to enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and OJ!  They have an abundance of groovy items that will be auctioned off.  Saturday evening, March 14th be sure to visit the Russian River Sisters at the Guerneville Veteran’s Hall for Beam Me Up Bingo!  Proceeds will be going to the El Molino High School Programs so please help support our local youth.

If all of that isn’t enough to keep your groove going, Sunday, March 15th at 4:30 pm is a Community Gathering for Fun and Friendship at our local Mt. Jackson Masonic Lodge located at Third and Church Streets.  They will be serving up FREE hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, salads and beverages.  Come on out to meet new people, make groovy friends and learn about Mt. Jackson Masonic Lodge, serving our community over the past 125 years!

Here is something very near and dear to my heart as I’m sure it is to yours as well.  Please join our groovy town at the Frank Lambert Senior, Memorial Poker Tournament, a benefit for the Prostate Awareness Foundation.  It will be held on Sunday, April 14th at Buck’s from 2-6pm, but they need sponsor NOW!  You can sponsor a table and/or reserve your seat at a table NOW by phoning Mary Agneberg at 707-529-1743 or go online to www.prostateawarenessfoundation.org.  Participants will raise critically needed funding for the Prostate Awareness Foundation’s education and outreach programs!  $60 buy in and $40 add-on.  Visa Gift Card Prizes for 1st-5th place finishers and consolation prizes for 6-12th place finishers.  Prizes for highest hand, aces cracked and bounty prizes!  This tourney is named to honor the memory of Frank Lambert Sr., a well-loved member of the West County community who lost his battle with prostate cancer after many years of fighting.  We sure miss you Frank!

Well my groovy followers, I am out of page space so be sure to contact me at Community First Credit Union if you have any groovy news you would like me to share next month!  Until then, keep on groovin Guerneville!