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Forestville - The Good Life - August 2016


Forestville - The Good Life - August 2016

by Richard Naegle

The Dog Days of Summer

No rain, hot days – the Dog Days of Summer have arrived – to run through August. These were thought by the Greeks to be brought by the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, with the sunrise. It’s a beautiful and quiet season in Forestville. Even the dogs are flaked out in the shade. 

Downtown Park

The lovely trees in our park are a type of Valley Oak endemic to Forestville. They are a unique genetic strain of its own found only here. 

You can sit or walk under those trees anytime, or enjoy their beauty and shade during the Farmer’s Market, every Tuesday, 4-6. The Market continues to be a wonderful addition to the community. Relaxed atmosphere, fresh produce, gourmet food, wine tasting, beautiful crafts, good music, chatting with neighbors – I look forward to it every Tuesday afternoon.

Youth Park Golf

The Youth Park’s 11th Annual Outhouse Classic Golf Tournament at the Windsor Golf Course is on Friday, September 9. 12:15: Putting Contest; 1:00: shotgun start; 6:00: dinner, awards, auction & raffle at Charlie’s Grill. $125 per golfer ($150 after 8/31). Always a delightful and fun event – don’t miss Raynetta’s cookies and other amazing treats. This event is a big part of the YP’s fundraising for the year, and 100% of proceeds go to the new Youth Center. If you don’t know how to golf, this is a marvelous and fun way to learn. For more info contact Sunoma Northern,

Food Pantry

The wonderful Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church regularly serves about 72 families in our community with an all-volunteer staff. Funding for groceries is particularly challenging this year, so please consider a tax-deductible cash donation. In addition, fresh, home-grown fruit and vegetables donated by local gardeners would be most welcome but only if delivered to the Church’s back door (6550 Covey Road) properly boxed or bagged on the 2nd and/or 4th Monday of each month between 11 am and 11:30 am. It is only during this time frame that deliveries can be accepted by Food Closet Volunteers and set out properly for the recipients in a timely manner. Inquiries can be directed to the church office at 887-2020 on weekday mornings. 

In addition, the Church will hold an E-Waste & Rummage Collection in the church parking lot from 9A-2P on Saturday, August 27. Goodwill of the Redwood Empire will provide collection bins & staff to assist church volunteers in accepting electronics, gently used clothes, furniture and housewares.  Donations are tax deductible. Sorry, NO refrigerators, washers or dryers can be accepted. Contact FUMC at 887-2020 for more info.

El Molino

Congratulations to the Class of 2016, El Molino’s 50th graduating class. The High School is proud to announce that its 136 graduating seniors were accepted to 65 colleges and universities in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Impressively, each senior had to complete a senior project about an issue or topic of interest. The project included at least 30 hours of fieldwork, working with a mentor, interviewing an expert in the field and giving a presentation about their project to a panel of community judges. 

El Molino has been honored as one of the State’s outstanding schools more often than any other high school in the County, according to Sonoma County of Office of Education. This is doubly impressive since El Molino serves a wider community than any other district in the County. It’s boundaries are fort Ross, Montgomery, Guerneville, Forestville, Monte Rio, Harmony, and Oak Grove districts. This year the Russian River Rotary raised a record $26,500 for ElMo students, contributed $5000 for laptops, and $6,200 for the culinary department. Thank you RRR!

We are privileged to have the El Mo campus here in Forestville. If you haven’t walked the new track yet, try it!

A Bit of Our History 

The Victorian farmhouse at Case Ranch (7476 Poplar Drive, off Giusti Road...not far from the Youth Park) was designated as a Historic Landmark by Sonoma County to recognize the architectural style of the original ranch residence built between 1888 and 1895. The current 2 acre property was once part of much larger 50 acre apple ranch and showcase home of Methodist minister James L. Case who became a figurehead in a landmark legal case protesting mortgage foreclosures against farmers during the Great Depression that reached all the way to the White House and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Currently, it is a charming B & B:

More interesting historical tidbits can be found via the Forestville Historical Society: