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Forestville - The Good Life -February 2016


Forestville - The Good Life - February 2016

by Richard Naegle


“Today, like any other day, we wake up empty and afraid. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss and the ground.” These wise words, spoken by Rumi, a 12th century Sufi mystic, are just as true today. Whether it’s your garden, or your pet, or your loved ones, or your Town, make sure they know you love them by your careful doing. 

Little League 

And we all love kids’ baseball. The upcoming season, starting April 6, marks the 50th anniversary of the El Molino Little League. Scotty Brown, a member of the Youth Park Board, writes: “This park and league have been…a focal point within the community for…many years, and the kids having such a place to play ball really is something special...I know because I had the pleasure of playing for many years as a youth my self. …Yes, having a free spirited venture such as little league ball for the kids to be a part of is a treat…it really does touch on the essence of youth.” Play ball!

Let The Good Times Roll!

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” Fat Tuesday (“mardi gras” in French) is Tuesday, 2/9. But parades have already begun in New Orleans, Brazil, and other parts of the world. The tradition dates back to medieval times in France--a carnival celebration beginning on the Christian feast of Epiphany (12th night) on 1/6 and ending on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the fasting season of Lent before Easter. All this promises that, yes, spring will come! The Rio Nido Roadhouse is hosting some great Mardi Gras dance parties on the first two weekends of February ( + look for special meals at local restaurants.

Forestville Farmers! 

This is a late but important report on last summer’s Sonoma County Fair. Members of El Molino’s Forestville Future Farmers of America chapter took two lambs, two goats, 18 swine, 13 breeding hogs, 10 meat birds, and five show birds to the Fair. Members placed 1st through 6th in either market or showmanship, and several members went to the championship drive for showmanship. The chapter group took second for swine. Congratulations young Farmers!

Chamber News 

The Annual Membership Drive is in full swing. Memberships are extremely affordable & your money will go a long way--Business Level: $95; Non-Profit: $75; Individual: $25… 

The Chamber is a great supporter of the Town—our culture and economy.  I’ve been a member for years as a matter of principle. Go to for more info.

Russian River Health Center 

RRHC has provided a trusted “medical home” for thousands of people in western Sonoma County, including the most vulnerable and under-served. Sadly, its 30-year-old facility in Guerneville was destroyed by an arsonist on Christmas night. The intention is to rebuild it as soon as possible. In the meantime, a mobile medical unit has been set up nearby. For more information and updates about services and/or to make a donation:


The Hollydale Clubhouse “Last Sunday of the Month” Community Breakfasts2/28 from 9-noon featuring this month...Biscuits & Gravy w/ Hollydale Fries. $10, donation towards raising funds for new flooring in the main room. Real hot plates w/ tableside service. Table Tennis following from 1-4pm. Annual Hollydale Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed, Sat. 3/12 @ 6pm. Table Tennis every 1st & 3rd Thursday evening from 7-10pm. 707-887-0330.

Sheriff’s Number

Community Breakfasts2/28 from 9-noon featuring this month...Biscuits & GrSince the Sheriff’s Department cannot see or monitor conversations happening on, it asks that you report ANY incidents of theft and/or suspicious activity in your neighborhood to Dispatch (565-2121, 24/7/365) ASAP.

Rumi Again

With all the raucous debates and primaries about presidential candidates, we voters need to hold true to our core values and our best vision for our selves and our country. Rumi says, “Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” See you in the field!