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Guerneville Groove - June 2015

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Guerneville Groove - June 2015

by Beth Rudometkin

The Harris Family hands over the keys to Johnson's Beach to the new owners, Nick Moore and Dan Poirier.

Are you the groovy Running Man? At the request of our readers, I have attempted to get your attention on numerous occasions (very early in the morning), only to have you turn away and run the opposite direction! Our groovy readers would like you to share your story! If you are the Running Man, please contact me at Community First Credit Union and if you are willing, I would like to print your story! 707-869-9063. I have heard numerous renditions, but only you can provide the facts!

On May 30th, I had the honor of attending a ceremony that ended one long journey, yet is also the beginning of a new one. The Harris family of Johnson’s Beach has officially “handed over the key” to the new owners, Nick Moore and Dan Poirier! In touring the grounds, already Dan and Nick have brought their vision to the property; they have refurbished some of the cabins, added their landscaping touches, and Mom, Kay has even hand stitched new curtains for the rentals! We all grew up listening to Clare Harris over the microphone at the beach and for several locals, Clare gave them their first job as a teenager! But where one journey ends, a new groovy one begins, so please join our community in supporting Nick and Dan in their new venture! We know you two will be very successful and we welcome you to our groovy family! It was a pleasure meeting your family as well and great seeing the looks on your faces when long-time friends, Vincent and Scott, arrived; what a way to begin the summer season: happy sounds and lots of smiles!

Speaking of beginnings, the first Friday of June is the First Friday ArtWalk. Community First Credit Union will be participating this month, with a one day sale of William Kent’s (AKA Bill) artwork. Bill was 88 when he gently passed away in Sebastopol. He was a ballet dancer and teacher for 30 years at the Joffrey Ballet School in San Francisco. Thank you, Mary Mount, for sharing his work and all sales will benefit the Russian River Sisters fund, so please do attend and purchase this special artwork, as well as all of the other groovy studios in Guerneville! I know Suzy Kuhr is having a reception upstairs from the Credit Union, at the Kuhr and Norris Gallery, so be sure to stop in and purchase their wares and congratulate Suzy on her newest venture as being the new owner of Andorno’s Pizza! Another end to an era; Jim has passed the oven over to Suzy and we know she will thrive in her new venture.

Another new business in town is Barker’s Pet Supply. Holly Stockon and Karen Young have recently opened this full line of pet supplies along with a self-service pet wash! Located at 15250 River Road (where River Plumbing use to be). With 26 years in the pet industry and vast knowledge about pets and their health, if they do not stock what you need, they will get it and guarantee a low price! Seniors 65 and over receive a 10% discount every Monday. With our town being the grooviest pet friendly place to live, these two are sure to succeed!

Sonoma County Pride Celebration will be held the weekend of June 5-7. This fun event kicks off Friday with the Art Walk / History Exhibit and Country Western dance lessons at the Guerneville Vets Hall. Saturday is the Rio Beach Party/Rio Theater, an afternoon of kayaking, BBQ, music, games and flicks followed by a Disco Dance at the Guerneville Vets Hall. Sunday at 11 am be sure to watch the parade on Main Street! This year’s theme is Equality Everywhere followed by the Pride Festival at the Guerneville Lodge. Don’t forget to check out St. Elizabeth’s Guild Rummage Sale on Saturday the 6th! 9am-noon.

Avente is holding a fundraising dinner on Saturday, June 20th at the Guerneville Vets Hall. Come on out for a delicious spaghetti dinner and participate in the silent auction and raffle! Avente is a nonprofit social service agency, serving those in our community that are in the greatest need via school programs, public venues and social media campaigns. Avente provides proactive education, prevention and assistance to those affected by domestic violence, mental health and homelessness in our community. This is a groovy and much appreciated organization, so please, stop into Community First Credit Union to purchase your dinner tickets ($10) and raffle tickets! See you all there!! And thank you Denise Mobley for coordinating such an important event!

On Saturday June 27th the Russian Riverkeeper will be having its Grand Opening of the Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in downtown Guerneville. Please come see all of the work that has been done to the park as it serves as a shining example of how we can all be stewards for the health of the Russian River. This park not only connects our youth with nature, it also helps educate local residents, businesses and visitors on how to take care of our river.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out our groovy Guerneville Regional Library! There are several summer programs for our youth (and adults)and all programs are FREE! They offer Summer Reading programs, 3-D workshops, photography shows and book discussion groups. Saturday the 27th at 2pm they will be hosting a harp & flute duo from the Santa Rosa Symphony! For more information on events, please call the library at 869-9004.

That’s all I have room for; just so many groovy things happening!