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Guerneville Groove by Beth Rudometkin — March 2019

Hey groovy Guerneville! I hope everyone was able to get their property cleaned up after our little flood on Valentines Day; what is it with Mother Nature and Valentine’s Day on the River, anyways? We are very thankful to have our March sunshine and blossoms upon us now!

The Guerneville Regional Library really has a LOT of groovy stuff happening!! Every Saturday from 1-2pm is Read to a Dog….what a BRILLIANT idea! This program is where beginning readers, read to a therapy dog, to help those reluctant readers gain confidence and improve their reading skills. Also, don’t forget that every Wednesday there is FREE Homework Help from 3:30-5:30 for grades K-12 at the library as well. On Wednesday the 9th, The Global Guitar Summit with Matthew Montfort & Friends will be on hand from 3-4 pm. These instrumentalists are known for their stunningly rhythmic live shows that simultaneously feature subtle, elegant, melodic aspects of World Music. Really looking forward to this! For more information and the full schedule of available classes including Yoga, 3-D printing, Coding, Website Development and more, go to

The first Wednesday of every month at Guerneville School, parents are invited to have Coffee with the Principal at 8 am in the school office. This is a great way to learn more about the school programs, curriculum and events at our local school. And don’t forget, (I’m sure the kids won’t let you) that Spring Break is March 18-22nd! While we are on the subject of school, El Molino Project Grad is having a fundraiser on Saturday, March 9th at the Sebastopol Masonic Hall. Your $20 ticket includes a Pasta Feed and live music by “Who’s Your Daddy”! There will be raffle prizes, beer, wine and a dessert auction, donated by Culinary. 5-9pm; tickets available at Eventbrite. Whether you have children or not, these fundraisers are a lot of fun and you get to enjoy interacting with your community, eat yummy food and maybe win some prizes!!

Oh, and prizes, prizes, prizes there will be, raffled at Heidi Allen’s Shenanigans Fundraiser, which will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at Main Street Bistro...this fundraiser is to support Heidi’s medical and rehabilitation recovery after a horrible car accident. There will be live music, comedy and yes, a raffle from 6:30-11:30. All donations are welcome!

Wednesday the 6th is the Russian River Chamber of Commerce Mixer which will be held at Big Bottom Market from 6-8pm. This is your opportunity to mingle and converse with your local business owners while enjoying delicious eats and sips, compliments of Michael Volpatt, Donna Prowse and the fabulous crew at BBM! And don’t forget that Spring is just around the corner, so go online to Eventbrite and purchase your Russian River Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling tickets, which will be held on April 27th from 1-4! There will be an abundance of menu samplings from our local restaurants along with wine tastings.

Have you all had the chance to enjoy Chef Helena’s, Baked on the River?? Oh my goodness her desserts just melt in your mouth!! Open for Breakfast and Lunch, Thursday – Sunday until 3pm. 17071 Hwy 116 just East of Old Caz Rd/Ferrell Gas. Delicious pastries, breakfast sandwiches, espresso and much more!! I hear the Onion Soup is fabulous and the menu offers both Vegan and Gluten Free items. Here is just a little tease of some of her creations we enjoyed at a recent event:

We have been waiting so long for a local bakery!!!

In wrapping up, I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to Susan J. Packer, Zephyr/formerly Frank Howard Allen Real Estate! Hard to believe you actually retired!! After 43 years of dedication to and representing the River Area, we celebrate and thank you, my groovy friend!! I’m sure we will see Susan kayaking on the river or skiing down a mountain top, but she will truly be missed by the local “Real Estate Community”.

Have groovy news to share? Email me at or come by and see me at my Pinnacle Capital Mortgage office, located at 16190 Main Street Ste C in beautiful, downtown Guerneville!

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