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Giving to the community starts the season
Giving to the community starts the season! The 22nd Cloverdale Toy Run is hosted by the Cloverdale Lions Club. December 1st.

A Sampling Holiday Fun
in our Community

Nov 26, 2019
by Carol Russell

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“We don't heal in isolation, but in community.”
 S. Kelley Harrell

Once again, Cloverdale has had to cope with both the fires in Sonoma County and their after effects. Despite the fact that we have not had direct impact, we all experience the emotional upheaval from the fires and ask many questions. Is my home really safe? Oris this the time? How do I deal with it all? What route should I take to leave Cloverdale? 

Even more, my friend, neighbor, or someone else lost their home. And now the conundrum of the guilt from being grateful it was not me or my immediate community and, yet, sad and hurting that it happened to someone else.

There has never been a more important time to support our local community - that is eating local, shopping local and using local resources as well as helping your neighbor. We need to help our businesses survive the interruptions experienced during the power outages and fires. Last month, we talked of dark stores – pharmacy, grocery, hardware, etc. with people standing in doorways providing services, despite the lack of electricity, nearby fires, and all the emotional stresses associated to these events. Business people were there for us, now it is time for us to be there for them.

Staying local will help keep money in Cloverdale and the County for the services we depend on, support resiliency efforts, and keep institutions such as fire departments, police, the libraries, and mental health services out in the community also helping our neighbors. With tourism being impeded by the fires, our local support is even more imperative.

Join fellow Cloverdalians in supporting our community as we look forward, welcoming the holiday season and 2020!

A sampling of the holiday fun in our community:

Giving to the community starts the season! The 22nd Cloverdale Toy Run is hosted by the Cloverdale Lions Club. December 1st; Registration 9-11 am; Santa Ride 1-2 pm followed by BBQ with raffle prizes, silent auction and no-host bar; Citrus Fair Grounds, 1 Citrus Fair Drive; Admission $10 plus one new, unwrapped toy. Info:  707-280-5990  or 707-696-1841.

Singer  Paula Harris   will bring Cloverdale a show featuring seasonal classics. Reflecting the styles of Anita Baker, Diana Krall, Bette Midler and many others, Paula’s voice transports you into the holidays with jazz, blues, and soul vocal arrangements. December 5th at the  Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery   doors open 7pm with music beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets $15 members/$20 non-members; 204 North Cloverdale Blvd.

In the Plaza, Cloverdale’s Christmas Tree lighting opens the holiday season. The 5th Annual Winter Festival and Tree Lighting includes gingerbread cookie decorating, a Santa visit, live music, and artisans selling their wares. Cloverdale Boulevard from Lake Street to Third Street as well as East First Street from Main to Cloverdale Boulevard will be closed to vehicle traffic. December 6th; 4:30 to 8:30 pm.

Cinderella’s Christmas  provides us with“a pinch of Christmas magic” which “lights up this take on an old favorite”. We all know the story – Cinderella cannot go to the ball until her chores are finished, but with the help of two little mice and a friend of theirs, the “Christmas Fairy”, Cinderella manages to outwit her stepmother and attend the ball. Does she win the prince’s love? We all need to go to find out the end of the story . . . Suspense! December 7th, 14th at both 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm; December 8th, 15th at 2:00 pm; Students /Children $7; Adults $12; Pay-what-you-can preview on December 6th at 7:30 pm; Cloverdale Performing Arts Center 209 North Cloverdale Boulevard. See you there!

The  Sam Chase & The Untraditional  comes to Cloverdale to blend rock ‘n roll, folk, and punk music. Sam brings to us a booming voice melding the songsmithing necessary to blend these music genres. December 19th Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery doors open 7pm with music beginning at 7:30pm; tickets $15 members/$20 non-members; 204 North Cloverdale Blvd.

Beatlemania perseveres!  The Beatles Study Group   meets on the fourth Thursday, continuing to "deconstruct" two Beatles songs each month, learning the history of the songs, how they were recorded, and the actual musical parts played by the various instruments on the recordings. December 26th; Cloverdale Arts Alliance, 204 North Cloverdale Blvd.; 7-9pm; Free.

See what you can do – join your neighbors! Support your community! Have some fun!

And celebrate the holidays!

Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell & Reese Foxen

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