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Forestville - The Good Life - September 2015


Forestville - The Good Life - September 2015

by Richard Naegle

Celebrate Community 

The “Celebrate Community” event on 8/12 in the Town Square was terrific. Over 100 booths/tables were out; there was good music and a dance floor; hula hoops, ping pong, and face painting for the kids; lots of good food; many people, businesses and groups cross-pollinating; overall a friendly and mellow vibe. Again, all praise to Vesta Copestakes and the Sonoma County Gazette for sponsoring this event! (She knows how to put on a good party.) I heard several people comment, “When’s the next one?” 

Town Square/Central Park 

Check out the new benches in the Town Square. Thanks to Jeff Rebischung and Fine Tree Care, four split log benches were in place for the Celebrate Community event. They are great places to sit with a cup of Roasters coffee, nibble on a warm baguette from Nightingale Breads, and enjoy the views and ambience of this beautiful spot. Try it – you’ll like it. It’s a great way to begin or end a walk on the West County Trail. (Don’t forget the lovely walk from the Park to the Farmer’s Market at Russian River Vineyards – held every Tuesday, 4-7.)  

And now on Monday mornings there is free yoga in the Park from 7:30-9 a.m. Open to all ages and abilities, Andrea (Drea) Moore is offering these classes: beginning with a short walk down the trail to get the juices flowing, folks will then gather under the oaks for breathing exercises and a series of gentle opening stretches. Nothing is needed but your interest, an open mind, and a decent pair of shoes. This energizing and gentle strengthening routine will help us start our week off.

Frame of Mind 

I am sorry to report that Leslie Zumwalt is moving her store, Frame of Mind, to a Sebastopol location – probably in October. Her successful business needs more space. She has contributed much to Forestville over the years (think Youth Park parade, think downtown art banners). We will miss her, and wish her well.

Forestville Community Fund

$12,551 has been approved by the Forestville Planning Association (FPA) for 8 new grants. These include awards to Food for Thought ($1,000 towards new flooring for the community room), West County Health Centers ($1,200 for Forestville Teen Clinic renovation), Forestville School and Academy ($500 for materials for enrichment classes), Forestville Youth Park ($1,856 for a community bulletin board + $3,495 for roof and electrical repairs on the BBQ shack), Forestville Fire Protection District ($2,000 for a mapping and business pre-fire digitalization project), The Food Closet/United Methodist Church ($2,000 for the J.D. Kaiwi town beautification project), and the Forestville Prime Timers ($500 in support of its lunch program).

Established in 2007 by the FPA, the Community Fund is supported primarily by annual contributions from the Bodean Company and Canyon Rock Quarry. Awards are given for local projects that will enhance downtown Forestville and/or provide community benefit in the Forestville area (the 95436 zip code). For more information, go to 


Gary Harris forwards this email from Tom O’Kane, Deputy Director of Sonoma County Road/Transportation Operations: “You probably know that the court threw out the suit that has delayed the Hwy 116/Mirabel round-about project for more than 2 years… we are preparing to return to the Board to consider the contract w/the engineering firm to complete the design & to award the right-of-way contract to begin land appraisals for the required acquisitions – this will most likely be before the Board in late Aug. or early Sept. this year – once the Board has approved the contracts, the final design will be generated probably by this time next year – once that is complete & Caltrans has signed off on the plans & authorized the County to begin the land purchases, this phase of the project will begin – it is anticipated to take about 12 months – if these elements (final design & land acquisitions) proceed smoothly, I expect that the earliest that construction could begin would be the summer of 2017 – I may be optimistic.” 

Youth Park 

Outhouse Classic golf tournament, Friday, 9/18. Windsor Golf course.  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 100% of the proceeds go towards creating a new Youth Facility. 

Fred von Renner reports: “Thanks to the generous donations from Canyon Rock, Von Renner Construction, Argonaut Construction, and Bodean Quarry we were able to pave the Little League parking lot and access road last week. …I am happy to report that, after the proceeds of this year’s Golf Tournament on September 18th, we will be able to build the new Youth Center. After five years of dedicated community fundraising the new facility is being built this fall/spring.”

Fire District News 

The Forestville Firefighters Association is holding its annual raffle now through 5pm on September 7th. Proceeds from the raffle will purchase needed fire and rescue equipment. Thank you for your support.

Also, the District would like to thank Firefighter/Engineer Mike Franceschi for his efforts in securing the 2015 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant in the amount of $5,021! This Grant will help in the purchase of new pagers and portable radios to replace the older models.


The Hollydale Community Clubhouse has a rich history as a summertime Saturday social gathering spot for over 68 years here along the lower Russian River...Many little neighborhoods with proud family histories dot this area, and the Clubhouse strives to keep the old family values of community, strong. 

Hollydale “Last Sunday of the Month” Breakfast on 9/27 from 9-noon. $10 suggested donation w/ under 10 free. “We’re 1/4 of the way to our goal of $4,000 for a new vinyl plank floor in the main room. Everyone welcome...spend the morning at the Clubhouse. Good food, good friends, for the good times!”

Mark your calendars for Saturday October 10th for the Hollydale Harvest Pasta Feed, featuring the THUGZ...dinner at 6:00pm, music at 7:00, raffle at 8:00.

Bits and Pieces 

The Hawaiian Lion Golf Tournament to benefit the El Molino Foundation is coming on Friday, Sept 11 @ Windsor G.C. Price includes golf, dinner, green fees, range balls, cart, BBQ/beverages and gift. For info: or All proceeds benefit El Molino High School sports programs. Lots of fun and a good cause.

Forestville Teen Clinic 15th anniversary open house, October 16th, 5-7 pm!

Finally…if you worry that our Congress is incapable of getting anything done, did you know they made August National Catfish Month?!