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Forestville - The Good Life - May 20155


Forestville - The Good Life - May 2015

by Richard Naegle

Town Meeting 

Forestville's Town Meeting is Sunday, May 3, 4-6, in the auditorium of the Forestville School. Don’t miss this update on plans for the new Town Square and Park. Supervisor Carrillo will also attend to discuss recent County developments that effect Forestville. Plus other important local news. Stay involved--be part of your Town’s future.

The BBQ is Here! 

At last, after we waited all year, the Youth Park Barbeque is back again! First, the Parade begins at 10 am Saturday, 4/30, at the corner of First and Front streets in downtown Forestville; its theme is "Take Me Out To the Ball Game." 

Watch out for the traditional ruckus between kids with water balloons and the fire truck!

The Parade wends its way down Mirabel Road to the Youth Park where the BBQ & festivities are held 11-8 both Saturday and Sunday, 4/30 & 4/31. Free admission.

This is a true celebration of the Forestville Community and what we can do when we join together for a good cause, our youth. Have a beer, soda, or glass of wine—enjoy the great live music—chat or dance with old and new friends—shop the handicraft booths—dive into a great barbeque meal—dare to enter the pie and watermelon eating contests. And for the young and brave, have a ball on the carnival rides. The live music is always great, and always danceable: Saturday 11am-12:20pm Bad Apple String Band (Bluegrass, local Forestville act!); 1-4pm McKenna Faith (Country Music singer songwriter – Ukiah’s rising star, Nashville recording artist); 5-8pm Foreverland (Electrifying 14-Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson); Sunday 11am-12: 30pm Chris Rovetti & Meatballs; 1-4pm; Pride & Joy (Bay Area staple for R&B/Motown the last 25 years!); 5-8pm Wonderbread 5! For more information and details, go to & click “barbeque news.” Volunteers are needed—consider helping out. 

Youth Park also announces that the Community Garden is ready for all! 

Forestville Community Fund 

$10,000 in grants is now available for local projects that will enhance downtown Forestville and/or provide community benefit in the Forestville area (the 95436 zip code). See (click the Community Fund tab) for important guidelines, further information, and a list of past projects. Applications must be submitted by June 15 either online or to FPA, Box 184 Forestville 95436--forms can be filled out online or downloaded at; paper copies are available at Forestville Pharmacy and The Service Station.

Downtown News   

The Chamber has been dialoguing with County officials and just heard that installation of energy efficient street lighting has been authorized. The current light standards will be retrofitted with LED lights in the next year. We hope the Chamber remembers that Town Meetings have identified “seeing the stars at night” as one of the beloved qualities of Forestville and that it will make sure any changes enhance that goal.

Hot gossip: Word has at that a well-known local publisher/owner of a local newspaper and her partner of many years are finally moving towards marriage. Some of us have waited for this for a long time--to honor them and to have a great party. (Come on, Alan, pick up the pace!) 

Fire Defense 

Mix Ming, our Fire Chief, reminds us to create and maintain 100 feet or more of defensible space around our homes and outbuildings. This is going to be a rough year for fires. For very helpful and clear information on what to do and how to do it:

Russian River 

Our local produced documentary, “Russian River: All Rivers – the Value of an American Watershed,” has been made an Official Selection for the 38th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival in Montana. It’s well worth seeing, since we all live in the environs of the River. Local showings are: Raven Film Center in Healdsberg, 4/30 at 7 pm; May 13 and 20 at 7 at Copia Center in Napa; at Monte Rio Theater, Saturday, 5/30, at 3:30; at the Rialto in Sebastopol on June 16 at 7.


Forestville Education Foundation presents “Beach BBQ Extravaganza” on Saturday, May 16, starting at 3pm with a Silent Auction and yummy Barbecue, and ending with the fabulous Forestville School and Academy TALENT SHOW, at 6:30pm. Auction items include SF Giants and Disney Tickets, Bodega Bay Escape getaway; BBQ will feature delicious specialty burgers with pasta, cookie and drink (vegetarian options available), $8 adult/$6kids. Talent Show is $5/person at the door. All proceeds benefit the arts, assemblies, field trips, sports, classroom support, and the Viking Yearbook. For questions or more information, contact Eleanor Gorman 707-328-2968.

Forestville Academy 5/6-grade girl’s basketball team rocks! Teri Hayman writes; “This season they had 9 wins and one loss. On Friday March 27th they played at the Guerneville school tournament and won their quarterfinal game against Windsor Middle School, won their semi-final game against Guerneville and went into the championship game against Willowside Middle school. The girls had an exciting game and lost 34-26. The girls came in second. They received a wonderful banner that will be hung at the school. Keith Nordby was a wonderful coach and taught the girls so much. As parents we are so proud of all the accomplishments the 5/6 girls basketball team had this year. WAY TO GO FORESTVILLE ACADEMY.

El Molino 

Outstanding students and teams: Lani Gaspar currently has the Empire best this season in the 100 and the 200 sprints as well as in the triple jump. He recently beat the school 100-meter dash record that had been set 40 years ago. Tony Gemini and Sam MacDonell were invited to the prestigious Brute Nationals Wrestling Tournament in Missouri. Tony received his All American and took 3rd place. Mountain bike team successes include Cassidy Mountjoy placing 1st in Men’s Sport U35 at the SonoMas Race and Isaiah Chass winning the Freshman D2 race in the Granite Bay race. The boy’s volleyball team has won two tournaments. The varsity baseball team went undefeated in its own Lee Walker Invitational Tournament. After winning 3 out of 4 of their first Sonoma County League game.

El Molino’s Speech Team swept the Sebastopol Rotary Club Speech Contest and FFA President Amanda Rafferty’s hog, Okley, recently gave birth to 14 piglets, the first on the school’s new farm.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Ag teacher Marilee Mazur will be giving a free floral design class on Thursday May 7th from 6-8PM. Participants will take their arrangements home. Call 824 6570 to RSVP.