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Forestville - The Good Life - April 2016


Forestville - The Good Life - April 2016

by Richard Naegle

Downtown Park

Chris O’Neil, lead owner of Russian River Vineyards (RRV), and Dennis Judd, owner of the American Winery property, are partnering to build a new production facility for RRV on the American Winery property.  RRV’s lease on its current production location in Graton runs out in 2017; a new facility is needed. Rather than build it in the limited area next to RRV vineyards and Cork’s restaurant, Chris is delighted to have found this site so close to home.  It will be only a short and beautiful walk on the West County Trail between Cork’s and the new facility.  

Since he will need to include restroom capacity in the construction, and since the building will border on the lower edge of the Downtown Park, he has generously offered to locate the restrooms so that they are accessible and available to those using the Park. Thank you, Chris!  This will significantly lower the cost of developing the rest of the Park. 

Farmers’ Market 

From its previous location at RRV, the Farmers’ Market is coming to downtown Forestville through a collaborative effort of RRV, Forestville Planning Association, and the Chamber of Commerce. Mary Rand, a local resident and the market manager for several years, has been meeting with downtown businesses and potential vendors in anticipation of its June 7 opening (then every Tuesday, 4-7, through October). She already has 13 vendors signed up – farmers, craftspeople, and food providers. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, contact Mary at (707) 766-4597 or go to

Chamber Awards

Let’s celebrate dedicated community members who have unselfishly contributed their time and talents for the betterment of Forestville. The Forestville Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 4-8 pm at Russian River Vineyards. The 2016 Honorees are – Business Person of the Year: Mark & Pam Olson, Forestville Pharmacy; Volunteer of the Year: Leslie Zumwalt, Frame of Mind; Citizen of the Year: Tom & Sandy Glover, Glover’s Scorebooks. Vesta Copestakes with be our Host for the evening. Tickets are $55 per person, available at RRV, 707-887-2016. Live music, wine & beer included. Great people.

Youth Park BBQ 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars, June 4 & 5!

Forestville Community Fund 

The FCF will be accepting applications from April 15-June 15 for grants to local projects that will enhance downtown Forestville and/or provide community benefit in the Forestville area (the 95436 zip code). $10,000 will be given this year. Established in 2007 by the Forestville Planning Association, the FCF is funded primarily by annual contributions from the Bodean Company and Canyon Rock Quarry, as well as by individual donors. 

Previous grants from $500-$7,000 have been awarded to local organizations, individuals, and businesses. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by June 15, 2016. Apps can be filled out online or downloaded at; paper copies are available to the Forestville Pharmacy and The Service Station. For important guidelines and further information, go to  and click the Community Fund tab.

Green Valley Creek 

As some of you may recall, in years past the Chamber of Commerce and then the FPA sponsored a federally funded project to restore the Green Valley Creek.  Once a major spawning ground for salmon, there were several years when none at all returned to the stream. Good news! Doug Gore, Dragon Fly Stream Enhancement, reports that in February he spotted several Coho salmon in the upper reaches of the creek. The hard work of dozens of volunteers seems to have paid off. The bad news is that the current owner of the Martinelli Ranch, where the major restoration work was done, has fenced off the area and not allowed any Green Valley volunteers to continue their important work there.   So much for public/private partnerships and cooperation. But I’m glad the salmon are coming back.


The Forestville Education Foundation hosts its 7th Annual Spring Fling Gala on Saturday, April 9th, from 4-8pm at Russian River Vineyards. Live music, silent & live auctions, food & wine, all benefiting programs for students at Forestville School and Academy. Tickets $40/adult at Forestville School main office or

And Finally... 

Forestville Fire Protection District Pancake Breakfast! Come for pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. $7 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors. There will be t-shirts and sweat shirts for sale, the Fire Safety Trailer, Free Book Mobile for the kids and a raffle with great prizes.

27th Annual Good Old Variety Show, April 10, 5 pm, at the United Methodist Church. Music, singing, and comedy acts – “dinner” at intermission.  Donations requested.

Hollydale Community Clubhouse: German Beef Rouland Dinner Saturday April 9th @ 6:00pm: Suggested donation $15….”Last Sunday of the Month” Guy Fieri’s Corned Beef Hash Homie Home Fries Sunday morning April 24 from 9-noon. Table Tennis following from 1-4pm.