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Forestville - The Good Life - September 2016


Forestville - The Good Life - September 2016

by Richard Naegle

Community Fund

Grants totaling $10,000 have been given by the Forestville Planning Association through its Community Fund:  $750 to United Way for educational materials for kindergarteners entering Forestville School; $2,000 to the Methodist Church for the Food Pantry (and for the J.D Kaiwi Downtown Clean-Up Project) to support the provision of food to local families in need, and to provide regular clean-up of the downtown sidewalks and streets; $,1200 to the Chamber of Commerce to support the new Farmers’ Market; $1,500 to the Youth Park for promotional support of the proposed Skate Park; $500 to Food for Thought for a new community garden gate and arbor replacement; $500 to Russian River Cycle for a kiosk with trail maps and bike racks at the Downtown Park; $2,550 to El Molino High School towards the building of a new athletic field gate; $1,000 to the Hollydale Clubhouse for new flooring in its main room where community events are held.

The Fund is largely financed by annual donations from Canyon Rock Quarry and the Bodean Company (as mitigation for the impact of gravel trucking in our area).  8 of 11 applications were recommended to the FPA Board by the Community Fund Advisory Committee – composed of representatives from Forestville and El Molino schools, the Chamber of Commerce, Youth Park, Prime Timers, local businesses, the FPA, Canyon Rock Quarry and Citizens for Sensible Growth. 

Our Precious Forest

Forest Unlimited, based in Forestville, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, enhance, and restore the forests and watersheds of Sonoma County. It has joined with two other organizations – Friends of Gualala River and California Native Plant Society, to legally challenge a Sonoma County logging plan called Dogwood. This logging plan is for over 400 acres all within the floodplain and in the last 5 miles of the Gualala River.  Logging rules normally disallow logging within floodplains; however, exceptions to the rules were inexplicably allowed in this case. More information at

Forest Unlimited is already readying for its next annual redwood planting of more than 1200 seedlings over 2 days.  The location will be at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker in early January 2017. Contact Project Manager, Elaine Wellin   to sign up. To get on the F.U. email listserv for alerts and forest events, contact Larry Hanson

Youth Park Golf

Don’t forget the Youth Park’s 11th Annual Outhouse Classic Golf Tournament at the Windsor Golf Course on Friday, September 9. $125 per golfer ($150 after 8/31).  To register or to become a sponsor contact Sunoma Northern,

Business Expo!

Tuesday, September 20th, 4p-7p, at the Forestville Farmers’ Market in the Downtown Park (across from Canneti’s Restaurant).  Everyone is invited to meet under the shady oaks at this free event, where local business and the Farmers Market will mingle together for the day.

Our Forestville Farmers Market will be in full swing offering farm fresh local fruits and veggies, specialty foods and drinks, local crafts, and a massage therapist.  Plus Local Wines in the Wine Garden and live music.  Local Businesses are encouraged to apply for a booth--by Friday, 9/16. Space is limited, so apply early.  Email  Include the name of your business, phone number and address, and a brief description of the product or service that you offer. Upon email confirmation of your acceptance, an application with more info will be emailed to you. Vendor fee is $25 for general, and $20 for Forestville Chamber Members.

‘Carrying Your Own Water’

In this unincorporated town, who’s been “carrying your water” for all of the above events?  Forestville relies on its many volunteers.  So, what have you been helping with lately?  Get involved with the Chamber, the Youth Park, the Forestville Planning Association, the Schools, Forests Unlimited, Prime Timers, the Food Pantry or...”--whatever you love!  All praise and thanks to the volunteers that make our town/area unique.

Hollydale Clubhouse 

Last Sunday of the Month” breakfast, Sept 25, 9-noon:  omelets (mushroom or ham) coffee, tea, milk, juice bar, second helpings, sunshine...all included. Real plates, with tableside service. $10 to $15 suggested donation, kids under 10 free.  Table tennis follows.  ...Next year is the 70th anniversary of the Hollydale Club here in Forestville.