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Forestville - The Good Life - August 2015


Forestville - The Good Life - August 2015

by Richard Naegle


Ah, summer is here in Forestville. Time to kick back, swing in the hammock, enjoy the sunsets, take a dip in the river, and generally procrastinate on the to-do list. Things are comfortably quiet in Town, and quite lovely.

Celebrate Community Party 

We can add spark to the summer pace on Wednesday, August 12, 4-8 pm, at the Celebrate Our Community Party in the new Forestville Downtown Park. In the tradition of past Town Socials and Business Expos, this free event will offer food, music, art, information, and fun. Over 50 organizations, businesses, and individuals already have registered to have booths. “Everyone is invited to mix, eat, drink & be merry.” Sponsored by our very own community-oriented Sonoma County Gazette, the event will give us imagination in the use of our new Town Square and Park—plans for the Square/Park will be on display. Come; celebrate the good life in Forestville! 

Keep Saving Water 

Yes, the drought is still on, and it is up to each of us to keep saving this precious resource. For more info on what you can do, go to

Summer Fun 

The Farmer’s Market at Cork’s/Russian River Vineyards continues on each Tuesday afternoon, 4-7. Food, crafts, music, wine tasting… Enjoy a delightful walk to the Market from the head of the West County Trail at the Town Square/Park.

Outhouse Classic golf tournament, Friday, 9/18, 1:00 shotgun start. Windsor Golf course. $125 per golfer, $150 after 8/31. Dinner, live and silent auctions, immediately after at Charlie’s Grill. To register, donate a sponsorship, contribute an auction item, or more info go to or call Fred von Renner, 707-479-5138. 100% of the proceeds go towards creating a new Youth Facility. 

Rio Nido Roadhouse Luau, multiple bands, 8/22. The pool and the snack bar are open, and there are plenty of Water Aerobics classes. Call the RNR for schedule. 707-869-0821.

Forestville School: Back to School BBQ, 4:30-7:00, Friday, 8/14, Library/Primary playground area. First day of school Wednesday, 8/19 at 8:30.

Northern California Center For Well-Being classes at Forestville Wellness Center: Classes are open to the entire community and are billed to insurance and/or covered by scholarships. Classes starting in mid-August include “Preventing Heart Disease and Pre-Diabetes” and “Diabetes Meal Planning”.

Hollydale Community Clubhouse: the Last Sunday of the Month Breakfasts are going great, averaging 50+, with Table Tennis following in the afternoon. Come, experience this very local, very community-oriented, very family friendly, and very welcoming organization. “It’s all about community, personal connections, and sharing the good times!”

El Molino High School

Construction on the new stadium has begun. A new synthetic turf is being put in place that will not utilize crumb rubber infill (with its problematic off-gassing) but instead it will utilize natural cork infill. Football, Soccer, PE Classes, Club Sports, and Youth Sports will be able to use this field year-round without concern for weather conditions like heavy rain or high temps, since the cork provides a much cooler surface. The renovation includes the track, which is walked daily by many community members. It will be closed to the public until completion in January. Construction fencing is up and signs are posted. I suggest we walk the West County Trail for the time being. 

The stadium project lacks one important piece: the El Molino logo at mid-field. In just 2 weeks El Molino has received donations totaling more than $7500. The El Molino Boosters are looking to their sponsors, supporters, alumni, and community members to make a TAX DEDUCTABLE donation towards this cause. You can donate online at Show your Lion Pride and help put the finishing touch on what will be the most state of the art multi-sport athletic field in California. Any funds raised over the stated goal will go towards a new sound system for the stadium and other stadium related needs.

Coming up, Sept 11 – Hawaiian Lion Golf Tournament to benefit the El Molino Foundation. Fri. Sept 11 @ Windsor Golf Club. For info: or All proceeds benefit El Molino High School sports.

And congratulations! El Molino was one of the four Sonoma County schools among 373 around the state to be named Gold Ribbon Schools this May by the California Department of Education. In addition, U.S. News World & Report has named El Molino to its “Best High Schools 2015” and ranked it among the top 25% of all public high schools in the U.S. 

O.K.—back to the hammock…Enjoy the summer…