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Guerneville Groove - September 2016 - Beth Rudometkin


Guerneville Groove - September 2016

by Beth Rudometkin

Hard to believe we are at the end of the summer season already! Where does the time go?! Please be aware that school is back in session and there are children riding their bicycles and walking along the roadways to school and back home. Keep your eyes open and slow your speed down! Sometimes the little tykes are hard to see, as they are lower to the ground.

It may be September, but it seems like this is one of our busiest months for groovy town happenings! With new businesses opening, a lot of fundraisers and festivals, September is sure to fly by as well…

Right out of the shoot on September 1st we have the Russian River Rotary’s Rockin the River on the downtown Plaza, with blues legend, Charlie Musselwhite, beginning at 6:30 pm. These concerts are free to the public, so be sure to come on down and enjoy the last of the Summer Concert Series. September 15th you can groove to the funky sounds of Frobeck! 

Remember that every Thursday from 3-7pm is the Farmer’s Market, located on 4th Street, behind the Fire Station and St. Hubert’s Hall. It moved from the plaza area to the field this year, giving more space to our local farmers and artists to sell their produce and wares. 

On September 2nd is the First Friday Artwalk, which has grown into one of our grooviest, monthly events! We are so fortunate to have so many talented, artistic people in our area. There are receptions throughout town, so be sure to pick up your map at the Chamber of Commerce or most of your local businesses have them on hand. There will be more information during the Artwalk about the upcoming Free Art Friday being held on September 23rd. I understand it is a sort of groovy scavenger hunt that will be beginning at 10 a.m.!

This month the Russian River Chamber of Commerce is holding its monthly mixer at the new AutoCamp Airstream park/campground, located on Old Cazadero Road. They opened for business towards the end of August, so now is your chance to check out the finished product! The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors also has 4 seats open for election, so now is your opportunity to join the Board and make a difference…you can get more information and an application at the Visitor’s Center located on the Plaza.

Get ready for a LOT of traffic the weekend of September 10th and 11th, as there are two groovy events taking place in our area: the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival with Chaka Khan, Jonny Lang, Brian Culberson, Sheila E., Keb Mo, Bobby Rush and more…is sure to bring in a lot of folks to town and let’s not forget the same weekend, is the San Francisco Bay Area’s Gay Rodeo & Festival which will be held in Duncans Mills! This will be the 24th Annual Best Buck in the Bay, so if Jazz and Blues aren’t your thing, go check out the rodeo action!

September 17th is the Old Grove Festival, a benefit for Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, at the Redwood Forest Theatre, at Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve. This year’s performers are Poor Man’s Whiskey and David Luning. You can purchase your tickets for concert, food and beverages online at Support your Stewards in providing education & stewardship in keeping our parks accessible! 

And speaking of supporting education and stewardship, The Russian Riverkeeper is holding its annual fundraising River Awards Gala on Saturday, September 24th, at Shone Farms in Forestville. This is a huge fundraising event for this organization, with great food, silent auction and live auction, with our own Senator Mike McGuire! This event celebrates those who inspire our communities within the watershed, to protect the Russian River. The Russian River is the single most valuable natural resource in our community and it has suffered from gravel mining, trash disposal, agriculture, logging, increased populations and channelization for decades. The Russian Riverkeeper’s mission is to inspire the community to protect the River. Russian Riverkeeper has partnered with Clean River Alliance in removing over 80 tons of trash from our river banks. Check out the Riverkeeper Park in Guerneville, which is used as an outdoor stewardship classroom for the community. They have conducted over 200 high school programs to educate our youth about environmental challenges, empowering them to find solutions. Buy your tickets in advance at or go to There you can also find information about the upcoming Low Flow proposals that will be discussed by the Board of Supes and the SCWA Directors on September 13th. Look for the article in this issue of the Gazette for more information on that very important topic!

Lastly, please, please, please, attend the Give Back Tuesday at the Rainbow Cattle Company on September 20th! This give back will benefit the Russian River Firefighters Association to purchase a new JAWS OF LIFE! The buffet, provided by the RR Firefighters’ Assoc families, begins at 6pm and all proceeds from the bar, raffle and auction items, will go towards the purchase of the rescue equipment. Thank you to the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their continued efforts in fundraising for so many of our community needs!

Out of time and space for anything else, so until next month, keep on groovin’ Guerneville!