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Forestville - The Good Life - January 2017


Forestville - The Good Life - January 2017

by Richard Naegle

2017: Steps

As every blossom faces, and all youth sinks into old age,

So every life’s design, each flower of wisdom, every good

Attains its prime and cannot last forever.

At life’s each call the heart must be prepared 

To take its leave and to commence afresh,

Courageously and with no hint of grief,

Submit itself to other newer ties.

A magic dwells in each beginning, and protecting us

It tells us how to live. 

            ­­­Herman Hesse


One antidote to the anxiety and fear for the new year is to be grateful for all that is good in our lives. On Thanksgiving morning, I awoke to sunlight streaming through my bedroom window and to the sounds of drumming and chanting. The great “Mother Drum” had once again returned to YA-KA-AMA, which means “Our Land” in the Pomo language (125 acres owned jointly by County tribal groups at the edge of Forestville). The annual sunrise ceremony/dance of thanksgiving by our local native peoples was resounding through the hills, nourishing the land, greeting the bright sun, and thanking our beautiful earth.  And for a time, I felt blessed... and again able to bless.

What You Can Do

On 1/21, the day after the presidential inauguration, there will be millions of women and men across the country rallying in support of women’s/human rights. Support the Women’s March in Washington D.C. by rallying at noon on Saturday, January 21st, at the Santa Rosa courthouse.

On 1/6 and 7, partner with Forests Unlimited to plant over 1400 redwood trees at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker. Volunteer either day – meals included – come as long or as little as you can. More info:

Local Generosity

The Forestville United Methodist Church’s Food Closet provides a nutritious and life-affirming twice-monthly food give-out to up to 72 Forestville families all year long. Many thanks to its faithful and indispensable volunteers, and to all those who have generously contributed to it. Its 2016 contributors are celebrated in a letter to the editor on the “Letters” page of this paper. 

Food for Thought is a non-profit grassroots organization located in Forestville and dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of over 800 men, women, and children living with or affected by AIDS/HIV disease in Sonoma County. In November, it’s walk-in refrigeration unit, essential to the provision of fresh food, not only failed by fell through the foundation of the building. A cry for help went out to the community. Over 250 donations (including $1000 from the Forestville Planning Association) have put the organization well on its way to finishing the project. 

Thank you to Crossing the Jordan Thrift Store (Santa Rosa) for tying warm neck scarves around the trees in our Downtown Park for anyone in need to take. Warm necks from warm hearts.

Get Involved

Sebastopol Rotary Community Grant Applications Open: The Club is taking applications for their Community Grants Program for West County. (Apps due by 2/ 28.) On-line applications and instructions at

Several Sonoma County boards and commissions have openings for volunteer members. For example, there are current openings on the Advisory Council to the Agency on Aging, Agricultural and Open Space District Advisory Council, Alcohol and Drug Problems Advisory Council, Art Advisory Committee, and Commission on Human Rights. For more information go to:

Forestville Chamber of Commerce asks if you have any upcoming events that you would like posted on the Community Board on the corner of Covey and 116?  If so, email with your information.

Little League

The El Molino Little League is looking for sponsors from individuals and businesses. There are two main kinds of sponsors: Team and Sign. If you have questions or would like to be a volunteer for the League, contact Scotty Brown, Fundraising manager for the Little League, at  And “save the date” for the league’s Opening Day Ceremony this season: Saturday, April 1st at 10am, at the Forestville Youth Park – and be sure to attend the pancake breakfast from 8-10am that day – share in the excitement!


Are you ready for an emergency? The Russian River Fire Protection District has a program called Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The goal of the program is to be prepared to help your family, neighbors, and community if and when the need occurs. New classes are starting soon. Contact Marilyn Fox at