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Cazadero Communications by Natasha Pehrson

Pole Mountain Fire Lookout Reopened
for Early Detection of Fires

Nov 16, 2018
by Natasha Pehrson


As you read this, I hope that the promised rain has occurred! Today, the smoky, cold skies are still with us. The large redwoods outside my rather igloo-like cyber-hut are still and await a cleansing downpour.

I want to thank the members of the Cazadero Community Club for helping us to put on another pleasant Holiday Crafts Fair. We were not deterred by the lousy air and many folks stepped in to enjoy some locally handcrafted gift items and tasty snacks from the Fair's Cafe'.  We of course really appreciate that theCaz Fire Dept. shares their space with us for these community events. The 'Feast' was a fantastic success-drawing many folks for a wonderful holiday dinner.  Delicious desserts filled a long table and kids and octogenarians happy dined on their generous neighbors culinary delights! Many thanks to  Toni Parmeter and her crew!! The Community Club's monthly meetings will begin again on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019-7 p.m. at the FireHall.  You may join for only $10.(Individual) or $15.(Family) by mailing your payment to CCC, P.O. Box 3, Cazadero,Ca.95421.

As we enter the festive winter holiday season, the Russian River Jewish Community will host aChanukah party and klezmer music event on Wednesday, December 5th-at 5 pm. at the RR Senior Center on Armstrong Woods Rd. Please bring your menorah/candles for a group lighting(with metal plan for underneath), toppings for the yummy latkes to be made by Gregorio Pehrson and a dish or dessert to share. Call 632 5545 for more info. The Cazadero Community Church's  candlelight Christmas Eve Service is at 5pm. All are welcome to attend. Please check with St. Colman's for their special services.

The Annual Monte Rio Holiday Wonderland Craft Fair will be held at the lovely MR Community Center, located across from the Rio Theater, from 10-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec.1st & 2nd. More Cazadero craftspeople will also be found exhibiting their fine wares at the Occidental Community Craft Fair, to be held on Saturday and Sunday , December 8th(10-5) & 9th(10-4), at the YMCA/Community Center on Bohemian HWY. Featuring their awesomeBucket Raffle, with donated items from  event artisans and fabulous community donations!

Be sure to check out seasonal goodies at Raymond's Bakery where their wonderful Friday Pizza & Music Nights continue until 9 p.m.  The Cazadero General Store will help you with everyday groceries and many specialty items. Shop  Cazadero Supply's 1st Saturday 15% discount day for a great assortment of useful household, garden and vehicle items for your winter projects. The unique"Caz Central' offers locally made items for you or for gifts. Many of the stores in Duncans Mills are operated by Cazaderans and they are currently decorated with festive lights and boughs. The tempting  Treats and Toys shop next to the P.O. will dazzle your taste buds and your playful spirit. Feel better Michael!  Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery is another popular meeting place for locals and visitors, with their great freshly ground coffee drinks, scrumptious baked goods and very friendly atmosphere. Cross #116 and reach the Duncans Mills General Store, with a great assortment of groceries and locally raised meat items, terrific wines and delicious sandwiches. The adjacent  'Twice as Nice'  shop has pretty tableware, interesting art and books.  Mr. Trombly's Teas and Table emporiums offer an incredible variety of teas and splendid tea-related gift items. and entertaining gifts. A visual treat!  Marissa's shop near the Tea shop has men and women's clothing. Having a tasty meal or snack is also easy in Duncans Mills, with. Gold Coast's pizza and savory croissants, The  Blue Heron's fish and chips and craft beers, and the wonderful Cape Fear, with their California/New Orleans flavors-YUM!! See an incredible sunset and enjoy a flawless meal at River's End in Jenner. 

Remember that by choice, we live in a very wooded area.  The Pole Mountain Fire Lookout has been reopened and is the only lookout serving Sonoma County. Its primary purpose is the early detection of fires, so they can be stopped when small. A qualified non-profit, Pole Mountain welcomes your donations to P.O. Box 568, Monte Rio, CA 95462-0568.

The big December news from Montgomery Elementary School  is the annual Winter Show on Thursday, December 20th, at the Firehouse starting at 7pm. The students, teachers, and volunteers work hard to perfect their presentations. This will be a festive and fun event not to miss! The day after the Winter Show, Friday, December 21st, Santa Claus arrives for a visit. This is always a huge success and the little ones are particularly thrilled to sit on Santa's lap. The school will be on Winter break from December 22nd through January 4th, with classes resuming on January 7th. They would like to send out Holiday Greetings to all our friends and neighbors and our wishes for a prosperous New Year.

Before I wish folks a Happy December birthday, I apologize for making a big OOPS last month! My dear friend and fabulous poet, the late Mike Tuggle had his birthday on December 1st (not November). And endlessly young Bob Moll just and his day in late November.

December celebrants include celebrating on the 1st, Austin Bardsley turns 37 also on that date, with Heather Lough turning 32 also on the 1st, Mike Nicholls has his day on the 3rd, along with Ken Parmeter; Kristie Sheets celebrates on the 10th, Daniel Kane turns 35 on the 25th, Katy King celebrates on  the 27th,my dear friend Angie Orr (timeless) of Monte Rio enjoys the 30th, along with Justin Kuby-Mosher, followed by Peter Perlman of Monte Rio on January 1st. I wish you all splendid holidays of Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanza.  Have a peaceful ,healthy and prosperous New Year in 2019. Stay warm and call me at  632-5545 or email  with info for your Cazadero column!!




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