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Cazadero Communications - December 2015

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Cazadero Communications - December 2015

by Natasha Pehrson

After receiving a wonderful one inch plus rain, the large redwoods outside of my cosy cyber-hut are outlined in a clear and golden light. As we approach the annual holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving, we definitely give thanks for being able to live here in our beautiful and special corner of the world. We do have a shared responsibility to maintain and even better our natural world.

We began the holiday season with the festive Annual Cazadero Holiday Craft Fair, which was held at the Firehall and was full of beautiful handmade items and friendly cheer. I wish to thank all Cazadero Community Club members who joined in to make this a very pleasant event for all! The delicious food in the Craft Fair café added to the relaxed environment. It was so nice to see many friends catching up and shopping together. The Bodega Holiday Craft Fair will be on Friday, November 27 and Sat. November 28-from 10-5 p.m. at their historic Fire Hall. Cazadero artisans join other local folks presenting an eclectic display of gift items. The famous handmade Quilt Raffle always attracts a crowd. The Monte Rio Holiday Wonderland Craft Fair will be held at the lovely MR Community Center, located across from the Rio Theater, from 10-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 5th & 6th. More Cazadero craftspeople will be found exhibiting their fine wares at the Occidental Community Craft Fair, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 12th (10-5) & 13th (10-4), at the YMCA/Community Center on Bohemian Hwy. Featuring their awesome Bucket Raffle, with donated items from event artisans and fabulous community donations!

Be sure to check out seasonal goodies at Raymond’s Bakery where their wonderful Friday Pizza & Music Nights continue until 9 p.m. The Cazadero General Store will help you with everyday groceries and many specialty items. Shop Cazadero Supply’s 1st Saturday 15% discount day for a great assortment of useful household, garden and vehicle items for your winter projects. Many of the stores in Duncans Mills are operated by Cazaderans and they are currently decorating with festive lights and boughs. The tempting Treats and Toys shop next to the P.O. will dazzle your tastebuds and your playful spirit. Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery is another popular meeting place for locals and visitors, with their great freshly ground coffee drinks, scrumptious baked goods and very friendly atmosphere. Cross #116 and reach the Duncans Mills General Store, with a great assortment of groceries and locally raised meat items, terrific wines and delicious sandwiches.The adjacent ‘Twice as Nice’ shop has pretty tableware, interesting art and books. Mr. Trombly’s Teas and Table emporiums offer an incredible variety of teas and splendid tea-related gift items. and entertaining gifts. A visual treat! Having a tasty meal or snack is also easy in Duncans Mills, with Gold Coast’s pizza and savory croissants, The Blue Heron’s fish and chips and craft beers, and the wonderful Cape Fear, with their California/New Orleans flavors-YUM!! See an incredible sunset and enjoy a flawless meal at River’s End in Jenner.

In the midst of all pre-holiday events, we must remember that by choice, we live in a very wooded area. The Pole Mountain Fire Lookout is the only lookout serving Sonoma County. Its primary purpose is the early detection of fires so they can be stopped when small. A qualified non-profit, Pole Mountain welcomes your donations to P.O.Box 568, Monte Rio, CA 95462-0568.

The Russian River Jewish Community invites you to the Annual Chanukah celebration on Friday, December 11th-5-8 p.m. at the RR Senior Center on Armstrong Woods Rd. in Guerneville. Enjoy delicious potato latkes and a potluck feast, accompanied by the Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble’s wonderful and very lively music for dancing. Bring your Chanukah menorahs and candles for a group lighting! Please call 632 5545 for more information.

As the students at Montgomery Elementary School finish up November by enjoying the Thanksgiving feast prepared for them by the Boosters Club. they begin practicing for their annual Winter Show, to be held on Thursday, December 17th at Firehall #1. The students promise to dazzle you with holiday singing and skits. Holiday break will be December 21st-January 4th, 2016. The students and staff at the MES wish to thank all those who have supported them in 2015.

I wish very happy December birthdays to local poet and good friend Mike Tuggle, celebrating on the 1st, Austin Bardsley turns 34 also on that date, with Heather Lough turning 29 also on the 1st, Mike Nicholls has his day on the 3rd, along with Ken Parmeter; Kristie Sheets celebrates on the 10th, Daniel Kane turns 32 on the 25th, my dear friend Angie Orr (timeless) of Monte Rio enjoys the 30th, along with Justin Kuby-Mosher, followed by Stephen Gross of Riens Beach on the 31st.

 I wish you all splendid holidays of Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanzaa. Stay warm and call me at 6732-5545 or email mayawrld@sonic.net with info for your Cazadero column!