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Guerneville Groove - January 2017


Guerneville Groove - January 2017

by Beth Rudometkin

Happy New Year groovy Guerneville readers! What a year 2016 was and I am looking forward to 2017 being the grooviest ever…

December 2016 was started with our Merchant Open House and Parade of Lights, which was a HUGE success, thanks to the Friends of Stumptown! Congratulations to all of the entrants, as your participation was very much appreciated; you are all WINNERS!

The County has backed out of the purchase of George’s Hideaway for use as a “Transitional Shelter and Support Facility” as most of you have heard. At this time, there is no replacement property / location decided on, nor has there been any new development on what will become of the historical “Angie’s/George’s Hideaway” building in the future. At press time, no final decisions had been made. We will keep you updated on the future projected use of the groovy place.

December also brought us news about the Palm Drive detachment. For those of you who are not familiar with the subject, Margaret Benelli (God rest her soul) originated TAUT (Taxpayers Against Unfair Taxes) to detach the geographical boundaries of three Russian River elementary school districts, Forestville, Guerneville and Monte Rio, from the Palm Drive Health Care District, due to a changed landscape for the provision of health services in Sonoma County. This group has been working a long, long time at this and the detachment has been approved! They still need your help with contributions/donations, as the attorney and publishing fees must be paid in order for this to go on record. At this time, I believe they are about $2,500 short, so if you would like to help them out, please go to the R R Taxpayers Support Detachment GoFundMe page. 

Now, on to the groovy New Year! January 4th, the Russian River Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Mixer at Applewood Inn & Spa. The groovy, gracious host will be non other than Bob Reeves! Don’t forget every Tuesday is Give Back Tuesday at the Rainbow Cattle Company. This month’s beneficiaries are River of Praise, The Billy Club, Clean River Alliance, Guerneville Farmers Market and Center for Sacred Studies

Readers Theatre kicks off its 13th season at the Guerneville Regional Library in January 2017. Readers Theatre is a one hour program of one-act plays read by groovy local residents. Produced and presented by the River Friends of the Library, the programs take place on the last Wednesday of January, February and March at 7pm, with an encore on the following Saturday at 2pm. A potluck mixer follows the Wednesday night presentations. The potluck is a great opportunity to see neighbors and friends, make new friends, and meet authors during our usual groovy Guerneville winters. All programs are free and open to the public, although recommended for adults and older teens. 

Speaking of winter, are you ready for an emergency? The Russian River Fire Protection District has a groovy program called Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) that is trained to help if and when an emergency occurs. They are looking for people to join them! The goal of the program is to be prepared to help your family, neighbors and community, if and when the need occurs. It is the goal that each neighborhood would have trained members. For more information about the program, please contact Marilyn Fox at They are hoping to start new classes right after the holiday season, so sign up groovy peeps!

I must wrap this column up now, but not before I mention one more groovy person… Have you noticed a change at your local Safeway? Well, there are LOTS of changes recently, thanks to the new Manager, Joy! She is a local gal, who lives right here in Guerneville! She made it possible for the $10 food bags collected during December (that normally go out of our area), all were donated to our local Food for Thought! This is the first time in 26+ years this has happened! We also saw Safeway employees in the parade again, after a long time of being absent; all local fundraisers were donated to by Safeway; they gave to Give Back Tuesday, FOGS (Friends of Guerneville School), and turkeys and hams for the annual Christmas Dinner at the Vets Hall were provided… the giving of joy, from Joy, seems to be endless… for many years, Corporate Safeway backed away from community involvement, so we thank her for her support and the next time you are in Safeway, please let Joy know how groovy she is!