Nov 24, 2017
by Natasha Pehrson
Rain is falling gently as I write this from inside of my cosy cyber-hut. We are happy that the forest has become damp again and breathe a bit easier to have some of the fire danger lowered! Our hearts are truly extra grateful as we approach Thanksgiving! As Autumn marches on I am reminded that Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah will soon arrive. Traditional winter holidays, portrayed in snowy ads; for those of us in coastal areas with mild weather look to greening hills for our inspiration.
The Cazadero Community Club sponsored the recent successful Holiday Craft Fair, which attracted many creative vendors and avid shoppers. My thanks to all of the volunteer helpers, includingSusan Moll, Linda Baswell, Christine Canelis, Roberta Pollard, Gregorio Pehrson, Nancy Caplan and others. There was a cosy country atmosphere with neighbors catching up and new and old friends shopping and having lunch together. The Club meetings are on hiatus until March – you may always join for only $15.00 Family and $10.00 Individual memberships – P.O. Box 3, Cazadero, CA 95421.
Other local craft fairs coming up are Monte Rio’s Holiday Wonderland Crafts Fairwhich will be held at the pleasant MR Community Center on Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd from 10-5 p.m.The Monte Rio School Parent’s Club will provide tasty snacks and baked goods. Also present will be the Monte Rio Firefighter’s Association with shirts and other items. The will once again festively occupy theOccidental Area Y/Community Center building on Bohemian Hiway on December 9th and 10th. Featuring many local artisans along with baked goods from Salmon Creek School students and warming gourmet foods create a very pleasant setting. Proceeds benefit the Occidental Community Council. The amazing ‘Bucket Raffle’ offers fabulous prizes from many local businesses and artists.
SHOP CAZADERO! Contact Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer in the lovely Sky Garden. Their surplus produce will continue to be offered free at the Cazadero General Store, now run by Duncans Mills General Store owners and Cazaderans Justine and Darrell. Both stores feature daily grocery items, sandwiches and soup(yum!) and local specialties. ContactRaymond’s Bakery for their current hours and Friday Pizza nights. Cazadero Supply offers 1st Saturday 15% Discount Day. Caz Central (located next to the General Store) has new items to warm your home and your heart during the holiday season. Get cozy with naturally colored sheep pelts from McKenzie Creek Ranch (Tanya and Greg) locally owned since 1935. Custom made Cazadero Winery and Wild Hog Winery candles, and beautiful hand turned mini-Redwood vases by octogenarian “Still Turning”Sam Lefkowitz.
December brings a festive air to Montgomery Elementary School children’s Christmas and Chanukah excitement. Much energy will be poured into all the preparations and rehearsals for the annual Winter Show. The date is to be determined but flyers with details will go home with the students and will be posted at the General Store and Post Office. The winter break will start on December 22nd and end on January 5th with students starting up classes again on January 8th. The staff and teachers send wishes of Peace and Joy to all of the community.
I wish to extend special condolences on the recent passing of dear Heather Granahan, a lovely person who wrote the Graton column for this publication.
The Russian River Jewish Community’s Annual Chanukah latke and dance party will be held on Saturday December 16th. INFO: 632 5545
A Very Happy Birthday to ageless Bob Moll who celebrated on November 23rd. Austin Bardsley Dec. 2nd, Mike NIcholls and Ken Parmeter share the 3rd, Brittany Kelly on the 6th, Kristie Sheets on the 19th, Daniel Kane on the 25th, Katy King on the 27th, my wonderful Monte Rio friend Angie Orr on the 30th, along with Justin Mosher -Kudy
The Cazadero Community Church announces its Release-Time Bible Class on Fridays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Transportation from the school is provided. Please call Nixie at 609 790-4720 for more information. A Christmas to Remember will be held at the church at a 5 p.m. Candlelight service on Christmas eve. Sing along to Christmas carols and hear from Pastor Pete.
I send you all very good wishes for your favorite holiday and continue to be very grateful for our local natural wonders and inspiring landscapes.
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