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A Holiday of Gratitude

Native populations sharing food with early refugees

West County Community Services Self-Care Fair
helping anyone impacted by the fires and more...

Nov 1, 2018
by Lucy Hardcastle


Year-round I’m filled with gratitude for living in such a beautiful place. I feel lucky, don’t you?  Plus, after 33 years working for hospice, I realize just being alive and well is a big deal. Getting to live in Forestville is icing on the cake. I’m sad though that our national holiday for gratitude seems more about eating a lot and getting good deals on stuff we, or our friends and relatives, may or may not need.  It’s like we’re stuffing our stomachs first, then stuffing our egos (acquiring stuff) but not so much feeding our souls these days.  Hope that changes before we infect the next generation with greed instead of gratitude.  According to everything I’ve read in history, that never turns out well.

Anyhow, I started thinking about how this holiday got started.  You know, the story we learned early on that the native populations shared food with the oftentimes starving early pioneers (also known as refugees.)  Am I the only one who thinks it strange to have a national holiday in appreciation for how we were treated then, compared to the way we treat those who come to this country now?  See what I mean? We need to feed our souls with compassionate actions.  What will yours be?  Just asking.

Talk about a group that feeds people’s souls, West County Community Services is putting on a free Self-Care Fair Saturday, November 3rd from 12 to 4 pm on the Russian River Pub lawn.  It’s in conjunction with California HOPE, the group that’s helping anyone impacted by the fires last year. They’ve learned a lot about how we should care for ourselves during stressful times. Expect all kinds of health practitioners showing you how to do just that!  Amazing prizes donated by local River businesses to win, and a taco truck too! This event is Free so come enjoy.  You might even learn something wonderful.  

Just in time for the holiday the Methodist Church is having another one of their great Craft Fairs. It’s alsoSaturday, November 3rd from 9 am to 2 pm.  ThenSunday November 18th is another Soul Café from 5 – 6:30right at the church hall.  It’s a spirit-filled celebration of unity and community. The performance by Second Wind Band is free (donations welcome) and theSoup and Salad dinner is once again $10 for adults, $5 for kids with under 5 free. They are fun.  They bring community together, which feeds our souls.  The name says it all.

Your Vote is Crucial this NovemberDon’t forget how important November 6th is.   Find your voting place and show up that Tuesday, even if it’s hard with work and kids and all. We not only get to pick who leads us into the next phase of our lives  on a national and state level, but on a local level as well with 5 candidates running for 3 positions on the School Board.  It’s important.  It does make a difference. We need your voice.  It matters.

 A shout out to the Woods/Trappe family who’ll be putting up the Holiday Tree. The actual lighting,hosted by the Forestville Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Sunday November 25, starting at 4pm.  Bring your donation of cookies to share that night, have a complimentary hot dog, hot chocolate and cider, visit with Santa Claus, sing along with the choir, all under our very own town oaks. 

Wonderful changes for our little downtown park.  Check out the newly revised plan on site drawn by Forestville’s own talented Ken Smith after learning we have more “wetlands” than we realized in the four acres we acquired in 2013.  All those elaborate plans the FPA has worked with for the past several years have to be scrapped for something way simpler and, quite frankly, way more do-able.   For those of us who felt “less is more,” it’s great news and I’m personally rejoicing.

Another great piece of news! That super large PG&E pole I wrote about awhile back on Trenton Road between Mirabel and River Road is going to be moved.  A caring neighbor’s given permission to move it in front of their less impacted property. Wow. A great win for everyone. The property owner who is helping make that happen? That kind of action feeds their soul. Plenty of examples, so what again are you going to do?

El Molino Little League reminds us registrations open in November for next season. 



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