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Healdsburg Highlights - July 2016


Healdsburg Highlights - July 2016

Duck Dash and Kids’ Parade July 4

The Rotary Club of Healdsburg Sunrise and the City of Healdsburg are bringing both rubber duckies and families to the Healdsburg Plaza for the second annual combined Duck Dash and Kids’ Parade. The festivities will run from 10a to 2p. The parade begins at 11a in the plaza. Admission is free and comes with family activities and games, prizes and live music from the Russian River Ramblers and Jimbo the Clown.

Duck dash tickets are $5 for one, and $20 for five. They can be purchased the morning of the parade at the plaza, from any sunrise Rotary member or from tables at Big John’s Market and Garrett Ace Hardware, starting around 10a on Saturday and Sunday.

Funds raised from the event go back into the community. Sunrise Rotary gave $16,000 in scholarships to local kids this past year, and other organizations the club donates to include the Healdsburg Boys and Girls Club, the Healdsburg Wonder League and local mentor programs. 

15th Annual Barb’s Race Triathlon

Race founder Barbara Recchia (left) celebrated with three-time champion Liza Rachetto last yearHealdsburg resident and two-time cancer survivor Barbara Recchia founded Barb’s Race, the only all-women’s half Ironman triathlon distance contested in the world. Each participant must raise $250. The event has raising over $900,000 for local charities in the fight against cancer.  

The 15th edition of Barb’s Race will take place on Saturday, July 25 in conjunction with the Full Vineman Triathlon and Aqua-Bike race. It could eclypse the million-dollar goal.

The race begins just after dawn at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville with a 1.2-mile swim, continues with a 56-mile bike ride through Sonoma County and ends with a 13.1-mile half-marathon, finishing up at Windsor High School.  

About two thirds of the funds have been donated to Sutter’s Institute for Health and Healing, which offers physical, emotional and spiritual care and comfort for cancer patients.

For more information on Barb’s Race and the Vineman Triathlon events visit the event website at

Community Conversations

Join the City of Healdsburg for a Community Conversations Neighborhood Meeting on July 14th at The Plaza from 6-7p. The goal is to connect city staff with residents in a casual environment to discuss city projects, ask questions and give feedback. Residents are encouraged to join these conversations.

On July 14th the city will focus on the neighborhoods around The Plaza.

Jason Boaz is Officially Fire Chief

Healdsburg's new Fire Chief, Jason Boaz.After 16 years with the Healdsburg Fire Department, Interim Fire Chief Jason Boaz became Fire Chief Jason Boaz. “I have been working toward this goal my entire career,” said Boaz. “I am excited and honored to be in this position and look forward to continuing my service as Fire Chief for the city of Healdsburg.”

Fluoridate the Water: Yes or No

in 2014 Healdsburg voters agreed to keep fluoridating the city’s water. It is due to go on the November ballot again, but anti-fluoride activists said the proposed language did not accurately reflect the text of their initiative measure. City Council members postponed placing the issue on the November ballot. Opponents want voters to propose a moratorium on the additive.

“That ballot language is not part of the petition I signed,” said Healdsburg resident Merrilyn Joyce.

Councilwoman Brigette Mansell said the wording was “a little convoluted, or very convoluted.” The council will consider new language on July 18.