Free Compliments of our Advertisers
Sonoma County Gazette
Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights
Come down to Main Street for the third annual Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights.


Hospice Volunteer of the Year 2018

The Nutcracker &

Holiday  Parade of Lights

Nov 11, 2018
by Lyndi Brown


“The average person can volunteer and change someone’s life.
The life you end up changing is also yours.
Ordinary people can make an extraordinary contribution.”   

Earth McClelland, Penngrove

Hospice Volunteer of the Year 2018

Volunteer of the year, Eartha McClellandPenngrove’s own  Eartha McClelland  was named  Volunteer of the Year  by  Memorial Hospice  for her work with Hospice of Petaluma. She has filled many roles with hospice since she began in 1997, doing everything from direct care to grief support. Eartha wants “to be of use to someone, to lighten the load of daily tasks for a family who could use a hand.” She recalled a time while her patient was napping, she thoroughly cleaned and polished the stove and fridge. It was a simple task but an impossible one for her client.  The look of joy on her patient’s face was priceless.

Currently, Eartha leads a  Holiday Grief Group  at the Memorial Hospice office every Wednesday through December, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. It is open to any community member to come in and touch base. 

Eartha grew up in New York (never in the suburbs) and moved to Penngrove from San Francisco in 1987. She was amazed to experience a small town where neighbors still lived in the home they’d grown up in, after their parents had passed. Many had gone to high school together. “I went to the post office for stamps and was amazed when the postmaster said ‘your husband already bought stamps today’”.

Eartha also serves on the  Board of Court Appointed Special Advocates in Sonoma County (CASA).  “There are 65 kids waiting for volunteer advocates,” said Eartha. “We are ordinary people, appointed by the court to interface between the child and his/her parents, foster family, doctors, and caring professionals. It’s like being the hub of a wheel.” CASA volunteers humanize the juvenile court process. They get a full picture of the circumstance, and advise the judge. If you are curious, contact the CASA office before the end of the year at 565-6375  or go to 

The Nutcracker – December 7 & 8

Is there a Sugarplum Fairy in your heart this season? Get tickets to see  The Nutcracker,  presented by  Contessi Ballet  and  Napa Valley Ballet  at Spreckles Performing Arts Center  on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 pm. For tickets phone 588-3400 or search Brown Paper tickets for event 3742915. For more information and group discounts, call (707) 338-1013. The Contessi Ballet resides at Penngrove Station, as the non-profit North Bay Performing Arts Association. We congratulate Contessi on its 40th anniversary! The Association teaches ballet, pointe, Pas de Deux, core conditioning, tap and Jazz for all ages. 

Holiday Parade of Lights – December 16

Burr Wilson & Chuck Lucas watching over the parade of lights.Bundle up, and come down to Main Street for the third annual  Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights  on Sunday, December 16 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Penngrove Social Firemen  offer the spectacle of glammed up tractor trailers, farm vehicles, and decorated farm tractors covered in lights. It’s not all farm equipment! Last year, North Bay Performing Arts Center’s Contessi Ballet  dancers waved from their Cinderella Carriage float.

Local merchants will serve soup, pizza, hot cider street food to keep you warm. The parade stages in the Penngrove Park, 11800 Main St., and rolls up Main Street toward Adobe Rd. Watch out for the train. There is no entry fee for participants, who must register, and gather an hour early at the park. To join the parade, go to  JavAmore Café  or contact Kim for your entry form at 794-1516 or email


Login to Make a Comment

Please support our sponsors:

Local Guide for takeout food

Sonoma County Restaurants who offer Take-Out Food during the Corona Virus Shelter-in-Place.
NOT on our LIST & MAP? Get LISTED:

Shelter-in-Place Sonoma County Business Directory - Coronavirus-COVID-19 Mandate.

Shelter-in-Place Sonoma County Business Directory - Coronavirus-COVID-19 Mandate. This is a work-in-process. PLEASE HELP US by sending missing info to

Fine Tree Care - Sonoma County Tree Services

Visit Fine Tree Care WEBSITE for a List of our SERVICES - Testimonials and to request a FREE Estimate

Flip through the pages of the print edition of the 2020 Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide

Your 2020 GUIDE to support locally-owned garden businesses and natural landscaping practices.

LOCAL GUIDE to Cannabis Dispensaries and Delivery Services, Sonoma County & Beyond.

LOCAL GUIDE to Cannabis Dispensaries and Delivery Services, Sonoma County & Beyond.All dispensaries have verified their information.