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Things To Do in December

Nov 30, 2018
by Robin Joy Wellman


December is many things. Putting the hoses away from the garden, bringing in the cushions from the outdoor chairs, the prayer for rain (as compared to May when we pray for the rain to stop), traditional holiday gift giving, and hunkering down with a good book. A book in hand is the best of the best on our cold coastal days. And books are everywhere. Local lending libraries, your friend’s bookshelves, all of our technology offers any book at the push of a button, but there is nothing like walking into a small home town bookstore. I want to offer a shout out to  Four Eyed Frog bookstore  in Gualala. ‘The Frog’ as it is affectionately known by the locals is not only the best bookstore ever, it offers a place of respite, a local gathering place, book signings with the authors sharing their story, a place to sit and relax as you enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee – you can’t get that from the internet, or a box store.  They have all the best sellers, many titles from local authors, every genre of book, a great Children’s’ section, and a collection of trinket gifts as well as gift cards. Joel Crockett with the support of his brother Jeremy started the bookstore in 2003 and now they are owned by a collective group of shareholders, a truly independent bookstore. We have a full write up about their unique story in the gazette gift guide.  Oh, and did I say December was also about gift giving? Picture books of our coast, coastal history, natural and cultural history titles and more are great gifts. What’s better than something that lasts for ages and ages? 

For other local areas to do a little shopping try Uncle Sus’s Stocking Stuffers at the  Dolphin Gallery  of carefully crafted works by local artists or Uncle Sus’s Attic at  Gualala Art Center  with a selection of gently used arts, housewares, small furniture and more are all creative gift giving ideas.  And the Dolphin Gallery will have a special mailbox to drop off letters for Santa. At the art center local talent will perform on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3 pm featuring the Ernest block Bell Ringers. Friday, December 21, 7 pm a Holiday Concert with our local choir and Saturday, December 22, 2018, 7 pm we will have ‘A Christmas Cabaret!’ For all the details on these heartwarming events please visit the Gualala Art Center web page at

The Point Arena Lighthouse is a great place to visit during the holidays – even if it is raining. The visitor center is full of history, and you can tour the lighthouse. On Saturday December 16th, Hank Birnbaum will offer a talk on Fort Ross. To see all their events visit their web site at 

The Arena Theater on December 23 at 2:00 PM will showcase the Nutcracker, a timeless holiday classic on the Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast. It is almost like being there in Russia. A real treat for young and old alike. For more information on this live broadcast, movie times, and other events at the theater check out their web at  

I am going to include a New Year’s Eve party here just to give you a heads up. At the  Gualala Art Center “New York New York” from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (so we can all be back in bed by 10:00), is the annual celebration with all your friends. Great music, food, and dancing. 

Well, for me, I am going to grab a good book and snuggle in on the couch. Or maybe take a drive to view the river, or ocean listening to the waves as I sit in my car, or take a hike and bring a book as I sit under the redwoods, or go kayaking on the river and bring my book, or…..Many blessings to you all. 



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