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How can you support those of us effected by the flood and fire evacuations? Shop and dine locally!
How can you support those of us effected by the flood and fire evacuations? Shop and dine locally! Image:

As we Transition
from Fire to Flood season...
Shop and Dine Locally!

Nov 25, 2019
by Chuck Ramsey, Russian River Alliance


As we transition from fire to flood season, let’s hope 2020 brings us changes to the status quo on many levels. One large positive from this past year has been the outpouring of support to help those of us effected by the flood and fire evacuations. I am astounded by the generosity of people donating to help our area. What can you do this Holiday season? Shop and dine locally!!! Our businesses and their employees have had a rough year and your support during the slow season means more now than ever. 

Look forward to changes at  Fern’s Market. Mike and his sister Linda Kahrau’s family have owned this property since inception. His great aunt and Fern originally started the business. Mike and Linda recently bought the business in October. Mike has been busy improving the property and hopes to re-open Fern’s on Dec 1st. The property also has two 2 bedroom units in the back with Mike living in one of the units. Fern’s will have the original deli, pizza, smoked meats, and outside seating available. Mike is promising quality food at fair prices and will be community oriented. What more could we want?

Looking for a break?  Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is playing at Curtain Call Theater  through Dec 14th. Monte Rio Supper Club presents dining by Russian House & music by Joyride Dec 2nd. Monte Rio Rec & Park District’s Holiday Craft Faire is Friday 11/29, Saturday, 11/30, and Sunday, 12/1. Local craft vendors will sell jewelry, home décor, holiday decorations, candles and art of all mediums.

This is also a good time of the year to consider security. There has been an increase in car break-ins in Monte Rio recently. Motion sensor lights, and cameras such as Ring Doorbell, are inexpensive and easy to install. Do not leave anything of value in your car (including garage door openers). Please keep an eye out for your neighbors and report any incidences to the Sheriff Department as well as Nextdoor. 

Regarding winter air quality and burning cleanly, we now have 6 local air sensors monitoring air quality from Drake Road (across river from Rio Nido) to Cazadero! We still need one in Rio Nido. Yes, we have one in Villa Grande and one on Starrett Hill. Thanks to everyone that installed one. Visit to view air quality in your area or to obtain your own sensor. 

Good news coming regarding our Amphitheater. Monte Rio Rec and Park District is working on bringing more events to the amphitheater. Next summer will be two evenings of Rockin’ on the River as an expansion to their Guerneville Plaza events. We are hoping to have more music events, weddings, and possibly a farmer’s market at the amphitheater as well. 

Got any ideas or suggestions for the greater good of Monte Rio? Send me an email at

Wishing you the best of Holidays with family and friends as we close out this year and look forward to 2020. 

Vacation Wonderland, we just keep getting better. 



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