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Guerneville Groove by Beth Rudometkin

Happy New Year Groovy Guerneville!

Jan 2, 2018
by Beth Rudometkin


Let’s hope 2018 shines above 2017 in many, many ways. No fires, no flood, no homelessness, no riverbanks full of garbage, no addicted or mentally ill wandering our streets, no hate, no violence, no more life lost. 2017 was tough. But what I love about our groovy community is we all pull together and rise above tragedy and help one another! Here’s to a year full of solutions and success!

What better way to start the year off than with a celebration with your local merchants? On Wednesday, January 3rd, the Russian River Chamber of Commerce is having its monthly mixer at The Farmhand. Have you been there yet? Check it out! Great food, great atmosphere… right on the river! Located on the “Rio Nido Strip” next to Stumptown Brewery. The fun starts at 6pm. Friday the 5th is the ARTWALK, all throughout our groovy down town area. Check out your local artists and street vendors!

There will be TWO very important meetings for ALL RESIDENTS in The Russian River Fire Protection District and surrounding neighborhoods! January 13th and January 20th at 1pm, at the Guerneville Elementary School gymnasium these meetings will address evacuation needs during an emergency such as wildfire, earthquake and flood. The information will cover numerous topics: Warning Siren Systems, Emergency Communication Systems, formation of Neighborhood Groups to inform and aid residents in our canyons, forests, town and will also include the CERT program volunteers. The programs will entail about 45 minutes of information, followed by discussion and questions. Thank you to the Russian River Fire Protection District,Monte Rio Fire, Cazadero Community Service District, CalFire and the Evacuation Planning Committee! While we all hope for no emergencies, we must be prepared!

And while we are on the subject, groovy Guerneville would like to give a big community hug to all of you that have found temporary housing in our area; we know you are here, we are here for you and we can’t begin to imagine what you are going through. Thank you to Friends of Stumptown for putting on such an incredible Parade of Lights last month, which helped those survivors think about something else, even if only for one night. Please know that you put a smile on all everyone’s faces and helped bring happiness to our community!

Speaking of keeping our community happy, if there are any Investors out there looking for a place to support, the Guerneville Community Church needs you! They are not closing the church or the radio station, but they are trying to sell the property. Ideally they would like to see an investor buy the property to develop the undeveloped portion of the property, while allowing the current tenants to remain. We need KGGV, our community radio station!

Big shout out to Keri and Paul, Postal Outlet Plus! They were hopping during the Christmas shipping madness and remained calm, friendly and always were smiling. We are so happy to have you as part of our groovy town!

Remember, Community First Credit Union is still collecting warm clothes, coats, jackets, gloves and sweaters for the those in need. If you are a fire survivor in need of any warm items, feel free to come by our branch on the corner of Armstrong Woods Rd and Main Street. You, along with any low income families or individuals, are welcome to help yourself to our donations!

Happy New Year Groovy Guerneville!


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