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Guerneville Groove by Beth Rudometkin

Autumn Events on the River

Aug 31, 2017
by Beth Rudometkin


Fall is in the air and we all need to be reminded that the rains are just around the corner, so it’s time to take advantage of our current weather and get to work on preparing for winter! Whether you own a business, residential home, renting or are camping, please remember whatever is outside on the ground, will end up in our river. Look around and pick up all hazardous material, garbage and yard waste that would be harmful to our waters or clog the storm drains! Clean debris off of your roof, clean your gutters, set up your water barrels to catch rain water, cut back vegetation. Best to do it now and not get caught with overflowing gutters and drains. Also, school is back in session, so please remember to slow it down when driving and be aware of the kids waiting on the sides of the roads for the bus, walking or riding their bicycle to school.

There is still a lot of groovy activity happening in September for you to enjoy after you have completed your chores! Of course, we start off with Labor Day Weekend, which will be full of local barbecues and river fun. Wednesday the 6th at 6pm is the Russian River Chamber of Commerce Mixer which will be held at the Chamber office on the Plaza. Go check out the remodeled office and interact with your local business owners; you do not have to be a member to attend! Another groovy meeting that is open to the public is the Library Advisory Board Meeting which is held on the second Wednesday (13th) of the month. Get involved with your groovy community and bring your ideas to life!

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festivalwill be Sept. 9-10 and the line- up is just incredible. It’s still not too late to purchase your tickets at As always, it will be held at Johnson’s Beach, so expect a lot of traffic congestion and no parking in town. Go to Safeway by Friday and prepare to hunker down at home if you don’t plan on attending… Might be a good weekend to get those chores done! Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market is still being held behind Hubert’s Hall every Thursday from 3-7 for your fresh produce. If you decide to venture out and go the opposite direction of the festival crowd, head out to Jenner and go visit Juan and his family at el Tiburon. Located at the Jenner Inn, serving seafood, pasta and BBQ. Be sure to ask for the Peruvian fruit juice; it’s so refreshing!

Rockin’ the River will have its final concert for the summer series on the Plaza, Thursday the 14th. Best Intentions,Motown Mania, will be thegroovy entertainment, so don’t miss this from 7-8:30 pm. Sept. 15-17 at the Russian River Rodeo Grounds will be the venue for the 25th Annual Best Buck in the Bay Area Rodeo. On the same weekend, Saturday the 16th will be the Indulgence Taste West Sonoma, a benefit for theRussian River Sisters’  Nuns of the Above Scholarship Program for Analy, Laguna, and El Molino high school students, SRJC Re-Entry Students and a newTWS Viticulture Scholarship. From 1-4 pm it will be held at the Barlow Event Venue in Sebastopol. There will be award winning wine, food, music, wine trivia contest, fun and games and of course the Sisters! Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets

One of our grooviest, best kept secrets, according to Shirley Valley (remember Shirley’s Hair Salon for how many years in downtown Gville?), is the Guerneville Bible Church, located in the redwoods at 17290 Highway 116 (across from DuBrava), which has been a part of our community for over 50 years! After Pastor Jenkins, who served a Pastor for over 20 years retired, a few hardy souls kept the church going and now it’s a growing congregation that wants to be a part of our community once again. Go and check them out on Sundays at 11am. Or you can view their website at or facebook page Guerneville Bible Church.   

Have a splendid September everyone!


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