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Guerneville Groove - January 2016


Guerneville Groove - January 2016

by Beth Rudometkin

Happy New Year, fellow groovy Guernevillians! I hope you all had a heartwarming, safe holiday and are looking forward to this New Year! We congratulate our Parade of Lights Princess, Bridgette Neeley, for the fantastic job she did representing our groovy town, selling over 2,000 raffle tickets to help support our groovy Parade of Lights! Thank all of you and the other contestants for participating and enjoying such a spectacular event!

Bridgette received a $500 CD sponsored by Vanguard Properties and Community First Credit Union, her beautiful tiara, donated by Don, at Rose’s River Jewelers, the opportunity to work with several business owners while promoting our groovy town and also Bridgette donated numerous hours of Community Service. Congratulations Bridgette! Thank you to the Russian River Chamber of Commerce for their endless work and those who helped make our Holiday Extravaganza a huge success!

While we are on the subject of our local youth, be sure to support El Molino High School’s Drama/Musical performance of “Once Upon A Mattress”! This is a musical comedy adapted from the fairy tale The Prince and The Pea. Performances will be held at the Café Theater January 21-23 and 28-30.

Readers Theatre (presented by the River Friends of the Library) will open its 12th season this month! Performances are at 7pm on the last Wednesday of January, February and March, and a 2pm matinee the following Saturday. The Wednesday performances are followed by a pot luck mixer for performer and audience members. All programs are free and open to the public. (Content is intended for adults and older teens). This year’s season includes a play by our very own groovy Guerneville resident, John Rowan, as well as 2 plays by San Francisco playwrights! Readers Theatre is a stimulating and fun opportunity for friends and neighbors to mingle in a safe and comfortable environment!

I am saddened and disappointed this month to report once again, the Russian Riverkeeper Park has been vandalized and riddled with spray paint “tags”. Unfortunately, the future of this much needed park for educating youth, is in jeopardy. Please report all suspicious activity by phoning the dispatch line of Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept. at 707-565-2121. Calls to this number are recorded onto an activity sheet and the more activity that is reported, the more justification will be made for additional support in our area. 

Please do not feed the homeless away from the shelter! I realize your heart is in the right place, but providing food on the “street” leaves nothing but a huge mess for us all to walk around and have to clean up! This morning our sidewalks were covered in food waste and garbage, the remnants of a Good Samaritan, feeding a group of people on the sidewalk! If you want to help, please contact Debra Johnson at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and sign up for a shift at the shelter to provide and serve food! She has informed me that there are several shifts that need to be covered by our groovy volunteers! You can reach Debra at 707-869-9011. And congratulations to Debra Johnson who was presented the Sonoma County Spirit Award by the Board of Supervisors, for all of her endless Community Service! Groovy Girl!!!

Happy New Year to All!