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Healdsburg Highlights - February 2016


Healdsburg Highlights - February 2016

Love is Not Just About People

So many of us this month will celebrate the people we love on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14. Florists will have a field day! Restaurants will be packed. But love is also shared with our four-legged friends. A primary example of that love is the new Shelter being built by the Sonoma Humane Society in Healdsburg. 

“Two years ago the Sonoma Humane Society (SHS) learned that the Healdsburg Animal Shelter (HAS) was dissolving and the partially built facility on Bacchus Landing Way was in danger of being abandoned,” said Board President Evelyn Mitchell. “Recognizing the need for humane animal services in Healdsburg, our Board of Directors worked together with representatives of HAS to ensure the future animal shelter would not be lost.”

SHS began providing animal services in mobile trailers behind the construction site.

“In January 2015, SHS received the land and building in a transfer of assets from the now dissolved HAS. Since then, we have been hard at work assessing the building’s construction and humane housing needs, while planning for expanded services,” said Ms. Mitchell. “As the Healdsburg facility nears completion, we expect to receive our Certificate of Occupancy in Spring 2016.”

Their current offices in the trailers at 14242 Bacchus Lane – off of Westside Road in Healdsburg, remain open during construction, continuing to serve the Healdsburg community. Visit for more information, or to sign up for tours of the building. There is a close-to-sold-out event called “Give Me Shelter” taking place to benefit the Center on February 20th. More info is available by contacting

Healdsburg Century Bike Tour Moves Up – Register now!

The 30th Annual Healdsburg Century Bike Tour is an energizing and moderately challenging event normally held in July, attracting up to 1,000 people. It is a major fundraiser for the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, raising upwards of $35,000 for the Chamber. But the Tour will be held this year in April, a benefit for the hotels, inns, and restaurants that could use the business.

“When it was started it was to bring people into Healdsburg, but the problem we have run into with doing the tour in July is there is no lodging available,” said Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Carla Howell.

The tour used to be called Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour. It rides through the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys and distance options include 20, 40 and 60 miles. Howell said that the majority of riders come from outside of Sonoma County. Staging will be at the Foss Creek Community Center. Register now at

Brighton Beach Memoirs: 2 More Weekends at The Raven

This hilarious semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon stars Eugene Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who is obsessed with baseball and girls – but not in that order. He lives in a household with his wacky immediate family and other quirky relatives. Eugene makes witty and sarcastic quips to the audience throughout the play. 

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The last show is on Valentine’s Day, February 14.