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Guerneville Groove - July 2016 - Beth Rudometkin


Guerneville Groove - July 2016

by Beth Rudometkin

Summer is here and there are so many events this month in our iconic town of Guerneville! We are blessed to live in such a beautiful area, full of groovy, Community Spirit.

Friday, July 1st, is the First Friday ArtWalk which continues to offer us an opportunity to be visually enlightened by our local, artistic talent. Such a fabulous event where you are able to speak to the artists personally and really get a groovy vibe! Held throughout town at all galleries and along Main Street, this event is a must experience.

Saturday, July 2nd, the Russian River Chamber of Commerce presents Uncle Sam’s River Dance, to be held on Main Street in downtown Guerneville! This groovy event begins at 8pm and continues on until Midnight. Come on out and enjoy DJ Rotten Robbie, Lights and Lasers and Dancing in the Streets…..there will be food vendors, drinks for all ages and of course, dancing in the street!

If you want to see fireworks this 4th of July weekend, head down the River to marvelous Monte Rio on Sunday, July 3rd! They will be having their annual, historic Parade of Floats followed by fireworks. All of this fun begins at dusk, on the beach.

The Russian River Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Mixer at Armstrong Woods Park, hosted by the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods on Wednesday, July 6th from 6-8pm. Come and mingle with your local business owners, while enjoying the beauty of the park! The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods contribute so much to preserving our cultural and natural history, while providing fund outings for our groovy residents and visitors. July 11-15th is a free Summer Day Camp for 5th to 7th graders with a Thursday night overnight campout! There is also an opportunity to become a Junior Ranger during the two 5-week sessions, for a total of 10 days of summertime fun and exploration! July 28-31st is the free Youth Environmental Camping Summit and July 23rd, is Art in the Park… just a few of the happenings the Stewards have this month; check out their website at for more details.

Don’t forget that every Thursday from 3-7pm is the Farmer’s Market, now at its new location behind St. Hubert’s Hall…groovy new venue, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you are really missing a delicious treat! Speaking of Thursdays… yes, it’s that time again for Rockin’ on the River: Community Concerts at the Guerneville Plaza. July’s concerts will be held on the 7th with Kingsborough, an electrifying original Rock and Roll band and then on the 21st with Native Elements, a groovy feel-good Reggae and Caribbean Beat band! The concerts are throughout September every other Thursday from 6:30-8pm on the Guerneville Plaza.

The Guerneville Regional Library along with River Friends of the Library have opened the Friends of the Library Book Store situated in the Forum Room. The hours will coincide with the Regional Library and selected books will be offered for sale at comparable prices as the book sales. All proceeds help to fund the Library extras, so be sure to visit and show your support!

Another local, Sonoma County home-grown event that needs your support is the IRONMAN Vineman Triathlon, the longest running IRONMAN distance race on the mainland! The 70.3 distance on July 10th and the IRONMAN Vineman (140.6 miles) on July 30th, need athlete support at the courses and finish line: body marking, wet suit peeling, kayak sitting, course marshals, finisher medals and more! Grant opportunities are available for group volunteering and individuals are welcome also. The swim course and bike start is at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville and the bike and the run, ends up at Windsor High School. For more information, contact Laura Wilson 

In closing, with local beaches on the mind, did you know there are currently NO public beaches in Guerneville? In the West County, there currently exist two public beaches in Forestville and one in Monte Rio, but none in Guerneville. The Guerneville area provides a large amount of Bed Tax money to the County Fund. There is a petition circulating that proposes that the County appropriate the “Dubrava” beach property and give Guerneville its public beach. The Dubrava Beach makes a natural location for a public beach for our groovy town, as it already has a designated 25 parking spaces that run with the property for local use. This was part of the original Dubrava Subdivision. According to the petitioners, “We in West County have been paying into Open Space for years and have nothing to show for it… it would be a great use of Open Space money to purchase a Beach for the area”.  If you are interested, come and see me at Community First Credit Union and I can direct you to more information.

Enjoy your summer, everyone and keep on groovin’ Guerneville!