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Forestville - The Good Life - February 2017


Forestville - The Good Life - February 2017

by Richard Naegle


...means a beginning. Let us remain hopeful, vigilant and active! ...and grateful for the progressive community in which we live.

The Rain

Donate to relief efforts and to local residents impacted by the flood: One hundred percent of our donations will go directly to support relief efforts and those affected by the flooding:

West County Winter Shelter Needs: The Winter Shelter in Guerneville could use blankets, sleeping bags, sock and shoes. They are also looking for volunteers during the day between the hours of 8-4. Contact:

Still, it is a relief to again have rain and hope that the drought might be over. My neighbor, Durs Koenig, reports that since October, or when the first rain was after summer, we have received 43.205” of rain up to now – the same amount as we received all last year October through May, 43.05”.

Local Updates

The Forestville Planning Association will host a Forestville Town Meeting on Sunday afternoon, March 26, 3-5, in the Social Hall of the Forestville Methodist Church. Come meet our new County Supervisor, Linda Hopkins, hear about County issues which impact Forestville, and get an update on the development of the Downtown Park. Mark your calendars!

The Chamber of Commerce has a new President, Wendi Gianni (Flowers). To post something on the Chamber website or on the community board at the corner of Covey and 116, contact Wendi at or call her salon number (887-2561). 

Widening of Mirabel Road: We were promised by the County that work would begin on the widening this year. Now we hear that the whole project has been postponed. The estimated cost to complete the construction work is approximately $5.9 million. But the project is not fully funded and will remain “idle” until TPW can secure the construction funding needed to complete the project. Meanwhile, the road remains unsafe for pedestrians, runners, and bikers. ...A good issue to bring to Linda Hopkins at the Town Meeting in 3/26!

Tiny Town Cafe! Welcome to the Cafe’s new owners/hosts: Sreypov (Julie) Ga and Federico Aguilar (Lico). Julie and Lico are a charming couple who have brought new energy to the Cafe, along with an expanded menu (hot and cold sandwiches, breakfast foods, fresh/warm pastries, as well as good coffee). I just had the #6 egg sandwich (avacado, salsa & cheese on a croissant)--hefty and delicious, along with my usual yummy latte. And for El Molino students, before or after school, they are offering a 20% discount through the end of February.

El Molino Little League reports that try outs on the 4th & 11th of February at the Youth Park, and, yes, kids can still register in February. “We like to get them signed up before that but we’ll take em if they want to play ball.”

Forestville United Methodist Church will again be holding an Irish Potato Supper with music and a silent auction on Sunday, March 12th in Wiebe Hall at the church. The event starts a 6PM. Food and music is free - donations accepted. Call 887-2020 for more details. And save April 30 for the Church’s 26th Annual Variety Show.

Hollydale Community Clubhouse 2017 “Last Sunday of the Month” Breakfast season starts on 2/26 from 9-noon featuring the hands down, most requested, meal of the morn...Eggs Benedict w/ Hash Browns--with Coffee, Tea, Juice Bar, second’s and a wee bit of the local chatter. $10. donation, kids under 10 free...Table Tennis following from 1-4pm. ...Plus annual Hollydale Corned Beef & Cabbage Feed, Sat evening March 18th @ 6pm.

Forestville School & Academy

The Forestville Education Foundation thanks all the generous businesses who participated in another festive Holiday Window Painting fundraiser. With their support and the creativity and efforts of many volunteers, over $1000 was raised for the Arts at Forestville School and Academy. What a great community and wonderful tradition! 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Forestville Academy this March! Save the dates! Your family won’t want to miss this magical production, directed by Noelle Huberty with Costume/Prop design by Judy Bellows. Opening Friday, March 10, at 7pm, with other 7pm evening shows on Saturday, March 11, Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, and Matinee shows (2pm) Sunday, March 12, Saturday March 18, Sunday March 19. $8 Adults/$5 Kids. 

2/16 - 8th grade Parent Night at El Molino H. S. Library 6pm.

El Molino

El Molino Theater Arts will be presenting the Tony Award winning musical “In The Heights” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 26 – February 4, 2017. Mark your calendars now to see this groundbreaking musical by Linn-Manuel Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer of the phenomenal Broadway hit Hamilton. Show time is 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $10 at the door.

And to support ElMo’s and other County high schools’ culinary arts programs: The Sonoma County Lodging Association invites you to join them for the Annual Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow fundraiser. This entertaining night of great food, local wine, silent and live auction raises funds for these wonderful culinary programs.: Event Center at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, 5:30, Wednesday, April 26. “Help us make this evening a brilliant success as we dine on superb appetizers and raise money to help educate our future culinary and hospitality success stories. Please consider joining us as a sponsor or guest.” For more information go to and click “community events,” or contact Judy Groverman at 707-837-1928 or email