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Rancho Adobe Fire District

Penngrove Celebrates and Works to Save Our Fire Department!

Aug 30, 2018
by Lyndi Brown


 Last chance to wear your Hawaiian outfits. I love this mellow Luau in Penngrove Park. The food is great—kalua pork, yams, Hawaiian Rice, Asian salad, Hawaiian chicken, and dessert, exceptional performance by Taimalietane Islands of Polynesia dance troupe, and funds go to upkeep of the lovely Penngrove Park, owned by Penngrove Social Firemen. Oh, and it starts at 3 pm, with dinner at 5:00 pm. And someone’s got to win the raffle of a five-night trip to Maui with condo, air & car. If you haven’t pre-purchased tickets, you can still charge by phone by calling organizer Kim Hanson at JavAmore Café, 794-1516. Tickets may be sold out at the door. $25 adults; $10 children ages 6 -12, and under age 5 are free.

Honky Tonk Piano Competition – Sept. 15

To know him is to love him. John Maher aka Petaluma Pete is our local, inveterate music education promoter. You’ve seen him playing piano on sidewalks all over Petaluma or emceeing charity events. When named Petaluma’s Good Egg in 2017, the City also declared every Sept. 15 forthwith be celebrated as Petaluma Pete Day—forever! Well, now’s your chance to experience his latest promotion, the Petaluma Piano Festival & Honky Tonk Competition. The family-friendly fundraising event features artist-painted acoustic pianos played by gifted kids and grown-up musicians who compete for prizes and bragging rights. The Kids Kompetition starts at 3:00; grown-up Competition at 5:00.

WHERE: The Block (food trucks and beer gardens), 20 Grey Street and Petaluma & Trolley-Railway,110 Baylis St. Petaluma.
TICKETS: $10 at Eventbrite or see John Maher on Facebook.
TRAVEL TIP: Take the SMART train and walk 2-3 blocks to the festival: the Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival is being held on Water St. nearby.

Our Fire District - Rancho Adobe

It’s unthinkable that we are part of statewide conversations about down-staffing and/or closing fire stations during another terrible fire season.

Let’s not face the consequences of that happening here at home. Closures/down-staffing at any neighboring fire district in our area affects our region. If the Love in the air is thicker than the smoke, show your love and become informed, and active.

Throughout the Fall, Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District will host a series of Town Hall meetings to inform residents of the District about its financial projections for the next five years, and about its plans to keep the community safe. Topics will include the possibility that fire stations may be forced to close in the future, the opportunity to add ambulance service, the opportunity to upgrade the District’s part-time firefighters to full-time firefighters, and the content of the ballot measure they have submitted for the upcoming elections.

Upcoming Town Halls: September 5 and October 24 at Penngrove Station; October 29, at Cotati Fire Station. All are at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

There will be Open House events: September 11, Open House and Day of Remembrance for 9/11 at all 3 Fire Stations, and October 8,Day of Remembrance for Sonoma County Firestorms and Open House, at Station 1, Cotati. Open Houses are at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

The Committee to Save RAFD placed a measure on November’s ballot. For most homeowners, the old parcel tax was $40 per year. It hasn’t changed since 1993. About 1/3 of residents also paid an SRA fee (State Responsibility Area) of $115 to the state, which bought them no extra protection. The measure adds a 24/7 Advanced Life Support Ambulance, upgrades all firefighters from part-time to full-time, and keeps all stations open 24/7.

For all that, most homeowners would pay $300 a year, or 82 cents a day.

To help defray the costs of placing the ballot measure, join your neighbors at Twin Oaks Roadhouse on Sept. 29 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.


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