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Guerneville Groove - December 2015

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Guerneville Groove - December 2015

by Beth Rudometkin

Hey there groovy Guerneville! Thank you to Valerie Munthe for being our guest columnist, while I was on vacation last month! It was refreshing to read your writings again!

There is a lot going on in our groovy town this month, so let’s get right to it. The Holiday Season is upon us and December is full of groovy events!

Thursday, Dec 3rd, is the kick off the Russian River Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Holiday Extravaganza! Beginning at 4pm, is the Merchant Open House. Come down to Main Street and enjoy free food, local sales, and holiday cheer. King’s Sport and Tackle always puts on a feast not to miss, along with all other businesses offering up yummy niblets to keep you energized, while you shop at your local stores! The feeling of the community spirit will be throughout the evening, leading up to “The Great” Tree Lighting Ceremony from 7pm-8pm. You will not want to miss this, as I hear there will be a special guest appearing in a red suit, along with our local carolers performing throughout town! Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets from your groovy local contestants of the Princess and Prince Competition, who will have tables set up and down Main Street as well. The competitors receive a percentage of their sales and the Crowned Prince or Princess will be awarded a $500 Certificate, sponsored by Community First Credit Union and VanGuard Properties! This event is the main fundraiser that supports our Extravagana! On Friday, Dec 4th, the Juicy Pig will be hosting the Crowning Ceremony and Raffle Drawing from 6pm-9pm. Tickets are $40 per person which includes a delicious dinner, while watching the ceremony and raffle ticket drawing. Purchase a $1 ticket and you receive coupons for a discount at Coffee Bazaar and River Inn Grill, along with entries for the chance to win numerous prizes donated by our local businesses, including $300 in cash!!

Be sure to come down town early enough before the dinner to experience the 1st Friday Art Walk venues! Kuhr-Norris Gallery will be showing the work of five local artists at their gallery and as Suzy states, “This is a great time for everyone to start their holiday gift shopping”! There will be several galleries open for your viewing and shopping pleasure, along with the Street Artists. Rio Crest Winery has offered to donate wine to those pouring in all the Gallery’s! Why would you pass this up?!?!

Saturday, Dec 5th is the 2015 Russian River Holiday Parade of Lights beginning at 7pm. This is the grooviest parade of the year, with this year’s theme being “Russian River Winter Dreams”. Spectators travel from near and as far as Gualala to view this spectacular parade, so you don’t want to miss it! Contact the Chamber at 869-9000 or go to www.russianriver.com to enter your float into the parade. A big shout out to a few of the groovy businesses that sponsor this event: Russian River Realty, Boon Hotel & Spa, Community First Credit Union, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Johnson’s Beach, Vanguard Properties, Taqueria La Tapatilla/River Inn Grill and many more!

Now for some serious business. As we all know, there is a LOT of trash in our town, not only on our streets, but also strewn all along our rivers banks. This is polluting our precious watershed, and this trash is going to end up in our ocean if we don’t do something about it! Chris Brokate’s Clean River Alliance, Russian River, is starting up a new program where we all are going to join together to clean up our community and “Take Back Our Town”! Every Monday from 4-7pm, we are to meet at the Town Square where we will begin to “Talk Trash” and clean up the Square, Footbridge, Riverkeeper Park, streets/sidewalks, etc. I am appalled at the condition of the Riverkeeper Park at this time! So much time, money and effort, heart and soul, was put into making this park a beautiful addition to our community to teach our school children about the importance of preserving our watershed and at this time, it is covered with graffiti, garbage, drug users and their infestation they leave behind, not to mention the fact that anyone who it was created for, doesn’t feel safe enough to even attempt to enjoy it!! Shame on us if we do not do something about this! Please step up and participate by meeting in the plaza on Monday’s at 4pm and don’t forget to dress warm. Gloves, pickers and water will be provided. Local businesses will be sponsoring and/or providing snacks or a meal afterwards, in the plaza. The mission is to remove the trash from the Russian River Watershed and educate citizens about the problem of river trash in our waters. Thank you Chris Brokate and Clean River Alliance for organizing this!

In closing, I wish you all a very safe and warm December and look forward to seeing you throughout our groovy Community….. Happy Holidays Everyone!