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Jim Grant will be retiring as Fire Department Secretary of nearly 20 years, he wants to “get back into the studio” with his multi-faceted skills.
Jim Grant will be retiring as Fire Department Secretary of nearly 20 years, he wants to “get back into the studio” with his multi-faceted skills.

It's August
BIG Things in BODEGA! 

Jul 22, 2019
by Eva Granahan


Sunday, August 4th. Bodega Fire’s Big Event is entirely FREE to attend and park. 39th Annual, Sonoma County’s Shortest Parade 10:30 a.m. Live music 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Bands include Blue Rock, Used Goods and Bohemian Ukuleles. Enjoy crafts fair, games, beer, wine and desserts. BBQ tri-tip or chicken plate w/ chili, salad and garlic bread all for $15/adults $10/children! More information at

Volunteers striking a pose at the the famous Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival last year.

Then August 24-25, the famous Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival. 25th Annual! Drawing about 10,000 attendees from the Bay Area and beyond, this is a must-see fun time for all. Great music and entertainment for the whole family. 

In addition to the amazing wine, microbrews and cider, the main attraction is the wide variety of eats. Boundless seafood and countless tasty treats will provide options to please everybody in the group and keep you going back for more. I will be heading for salmon, artichoke, shrimp and Gazpachos’ refreshing fruit - my all time favorite!

There are 90 different advanced artist and crafter booths to explore. You will find jewelry, ceramics, photography, sculpture, glass, metal, wood, leather, mixed media, wearables, artisan foods and two-dimensional art amongst other things. 

Admission is free if under 12, discounted for seniors, teens and military, $15 for adults in advance and $20 at the gate. Located at Watts Ranch - 16855 Bodega Highway, Bodega, CA 94922. Learn more: & visit, where you can buy a combined entry & tasting ticket ($10 off).

Non-profit beneficiaries are the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department and the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, which partners with California State Parks in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River region and will have exciting and interactive environmental displays for all ages. 

Jim Grant got involved in his Bodega community, being drawn to the Fire Department (FD) because it's essential service. He began by attending meetings, observing, doing chores, helping at events, then a need arose for secretary. He has served as such for nearly 20 years. He is officially stepping down after joining the department 25 years ago. 

He shared that he’s “going to turn it over to the next generation,” as he wants to “get back into the studio” with multi-faceted skills in what he calls “confusion coming together.” 

He suffered a stroke two months ago and can’t easily write anymore since his right hand is injured. He is going to therapy - adapting, exercising, trying to regain strength and learning to do things with both hands. He joked that they “Can’t have a secretary who doesn’t write.” 

Jim might be retiring, but he’ll still help out and do what he can, just not in the same capacity.  Even now, he’s working on the Newsletter and getting permits for the Big Event. Every year, it’s their most intensive event for permitting, but it’s worth it. 

He invites you to “Come out to the Big Event!”

His favorite part of the FD is “participating in a useful way in the community.” 



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