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Forestville - The Good Life - June 2016


Forestville - The Good Life - June 2016

by Richard Naegle


In particular, our Board of Supervisors’ races are crucial to the future of Sonoma County.  Much is at stake—the general plan, development, environment, the economy…  Your vote counts!


A message from the Queen: “To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II…In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. …Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.  A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.”


Forestville’s annual grand event begins with the Parade on Saturday, June 4, starting at 10.  (Note:  Hwy 116 will be closed for the parade.]  Then follows the Youth Park Barbeque from 11-8 on both Saturday and Sunday.  Free admission-lots of fun, music, dancing, food, crafts—all to benefit our youth.  Not to be missed!


Now bigger and better, the Forestville Farmers’ Market has moved to the Downtown Park thanks to a collaborative effort of the Forestville Planning Association, Russian River Vineyards, and the Chamber of Commerce.   4pm to 7pm starting June 7, and ongoing every Tuesday thru the end of October.  Location:  6990 Front St., Forestville, California, (across the street from Wine Guerrilla).   See you in the new Wine Garden!


The 49th Annual Forestville Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner was joyfully held on April 27th at Russian River Vineyards.   Congratulations and gratitude to Citizen of the Year--Tom & Sandy Glover, Glover Scorebooks; Volunteer of the Year--Leslie Zumwalt. Frame of Mind; Business Person of the Year--Pam & Mark Olson, Forestville Pharmacy 

And our Volunteer of the Year, Leslie Zumwalt, having outgrown her small business space here, has moved Frame of Mind, her full service custom picture framing and art gallery, to Sebastopol.   New address:  2000 Gravenstein Highway (next to the 76 gas station on the corner of Occidental Road).  While we all glad for her success, we already miss her.  


Get your applications in by June 15 for grants to enhance Forestville.  More info and guidelines at where apps may be filed online.  Paper apps available at The Service Station and the Forestville Pharmacy.  


The Forestville Skatepark Committee, a sub-committee of the Youth Park, is working to fund and build a Skatespot in our town. The purpose is to provide a safe, fun place for our kids to skate and an alternative activity for youth that are not drawn to the Youth Park's organized sports. This project is spearheaded by 16 year-old El Molino Highschool student, Ellery Kuntz.  For more info or if you wish to help, contact her at 494-9773 or


The County Regional Parks Department is in the process of hiring a consultant to complete the design/engineering and environmental work for the bike trail in 2016.  It then plans to submit a request for a grant from the State’s Transportation Development Act for $200,000 to construct the trail in 2017.


Sharon Duggan, a leading environmental forestry attorney and climate activist, will speak at Forest Unlimited's Summer Dinner Under the Redwoods (Anderson Hall, Camp Meeker) June 11th from 3-6 pm.

She has fought for the watersheds and forests of California for many years and has embarked on a new project called Our Children's Trust.  This project is bringing what are referred to as Atmospheric Trust cases in federal courts.

Come learn the latest on this cutting edge approach to climate change.  You will not only be amazed but inspired.

For more information email:  or call 707-887-7433. Or just mail donations for tickets to PO Box 506, Forestville, 95436.  $30/person or $50/couple.  Forest Unlimited is focused on protecting Sonoma County's watersheds from irresponsible logging, on planting redwoods, and on supporting local watershed groups.


The track around the football field is again open to the public!  Because of the new synthetic turf, dogs (except guide dogs) are not allowed.  


Our Fire Protection District and CalFire recommend a defensible space around your home of 100 feet to protect your home and provide a safe area for fire fighters.  Go to for more information from CalFire.