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Forestville - The Good Life - December 2016


Forestville - The Good Life - December 2016

by Richard Naegle

Yes, Life Goes On

A friend recently asked me, “Have the redwood trees heard the election news?” In other words, despite political anxieties, life does go on. And now we begin the challenging work to separate facts from ideological fiction, to continue to clearly stand for our values, and to keep making our voices heard. As the late great songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen, puts it:

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There’s a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in. 

Forestville and the Michelin Guide

Forestville is ranked high in culinary delights! The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant again received a coveted Michelin one-star rating for fine food (one of three one star ratings in Sonoma County). In addition, our downtown Backyard Restaurant (“Californian cooking inspired by local ranchers & farmers, served in a rustic hacienda-style setting.”), won one of eight Michelin Bib Gourmand awards in the Wine County area, which recognize restaurants “serving high-quality food on their menus (that) make it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.”

Food Closet

You may see decorated Christmas Collection Containers (mason jars) on the countertops of some local businesses seeking donations for our wonderful Food Closet during the holidays – to make up for a recent shortfall of funds.  Please drop in your loose change and make a BIG difference in the lives of many Forestville families. And say “Thank You” to the proprietor for lending us that valuable counter space! Enjoy the rich sense of well-being, satisfaction and gratitude often experienced by those who give to the less fortunate among us. ...And if you have a gently used coat to donate, please drop it off at the Methodist Church by December 18.

Youth Park’s New Youth Center

The Youth Park announces that its new Youth Center has been built. It’s been a long multi-year effort to replace its old meeting room facility. $150,000 was raised ($30,000 from the September golf tournament!) along with generous donations of labor and materials from Davis Demolition, A.S.A.P Plumbing, Von Renner Construction and Excavation, Canyon Rock, Ironwood Builders, Glen Fricker Construction, White Cap Concrete Supplies, Bauer and Associates, Jim n-i Rentals, Tom Hughes Electric, Bill Ferguson Wood Works, Doug Wood Enterprises, and Supervisor Effren Carrillo. Thanks to everyone in the community who stepped up to help make this happen. Check out Youth Park news on Facebook or visit its website And mark your calendars for next year’s Barbeque: June 3 and 4, 2017; I can already smell the garlic fries!

American Heart Association Honors Lewis Griffith

Steve Griffith is well-known in Forestville for his good work for our schools and youth  - AND - because his son Lewis performed CPR and kept him alive until Forestville Firefighters could take over with their ambulance crew. Lewis was 13 years old at the time and is about to be flown to Pasadena with his family, to be on the American Heart Association and Union Bank Keep the Beat Alive float on January 2 in the Rose Bowl Parade, honoring young people who saved someone’s life. ALL the young people on the float saved someone’s life. In September of this year, California passed a law that CPR will be taught in all high schools. We’re proud of you Lewis!

Bits and Pieces

Forestville School and Academy Holiday Craft Fair, Thursday, December 15, 4-7pm (Multi-purpose room): Everyone loves a gift from the heart, so bring the whole family for a fun afternoon of craft-making and treats! Plus Santa will be there for photos! Purchase craft-making tickets at the door ($2-$5 per craft). Dinner available for $10/meal.

Twist Eatery: more phenomenal food in Forestville. Toni and Jeff Young announce that Twist is having its customer appreciation party on Saturday Dec 17 from 12 to 4. It then will be closed for the holidays and re-opening on Jan 17th.

Barbara Friedman announces that she is again teaching her fun and popular Washi Egg ornament classes in December. People can find more information by going to her web site calling her at 696-2009.

Beth at Nightingale Breads is now making killer Cinnamon Buns on Saturday mornings.


As my friend and Forestvillian, Francis Weller writes, “There is an old thought that says the strength of a community is reflected in the presence of gratitude. In other words, the richness of the village is made visible by the expression of appreciation, recognition and thankfulness for the ways the people support one another and the way the world holds the people together...”

So let us be grateful for our Forestville community and the beauty of our surroundings as we approach the longest night of the year. Let us embrace even more passionately our local values of compassion, mutual support, inclusiveness, independence, volunteeerism, and resourcefulness. And, if you would like to make a $ donation before the end of the year, please do support the Youth Park, the Food Closet, the Forestville Planning Association (Downtown Park), or other good cause near and dear to your heart. “...Gratefulness drives out alienation. Our belonging is celebrated in thanksgiving, in full appreciation that we are both giver and receiver in the exchange of blessings.”