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2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

As we began talking about what is happening in Cloverdale this month, our first meeting came to mind. Reece was tabling for the Human Rights Commission in 2003 and Carol walked up to the table and started talking – truth be known she is still talking. She had been in town three months; Reece had been here three years. Their friendship started that day 16 years ago and obviously is still going on – together we are writing“Cloverdale Comments” for the Gazette.

2019-08-26Aug 26, 2019

Fun continues into the fall with Cloverdale’s 26th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show featuring 200-250 classic vehicles.  Alexander Valley Film Society creates nostalgic, yet timely Drive-In Movie fun. Blues Night opening its fourth season at the Arts Alliance. “Kitchen Witches” at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. Classic Rock at the Citrus Fair Grounds .

2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019

If our city does get into trouble, we’ll need to know who’s close-by, who can help or, conversely, whom we might be able to help. If we ever have to leave our homes and even this entire area, we’ll need to know how we can all get to safety without causing congestion and other problems. For instance: what are the surest routes in and out of our neighborhoods?


2019-07-14Jul 14, 2019

Anyone looking to liven up the midsummer doldrums should head on over to theCloverdale Performing Arts Center for “a hilarious evening of murder and mayhem” in the form of their stage production of The 39 Steps.I’ve used the words “fast” and “fun” more than once in this review. I could change a few to “rapid” and “amusing” but the meaning would be the same. Fasten your seat belts for this play. It’s not a bumpy ride, but a wild one and you’ll be laughing all the way. 

2019-07-12Jul 12, 2019

We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. — Ellen DeGeneres. Walk around Cloverdale today and look for painted rocks left by an artist for you to find. Wonderful works of art—an owl, a ninja, a cat on a fence, or a simple color with the greeting, “Hi!”. Generosity of spirit, beauty, goodness, kindness, and talent all waiting on the ground for you. Good feelings are not just limited to painting rocks, there was plenty of good feelings Last Friday night at Friday Night Live street fair and live music on the Plaza.


2019-05-31May 31, 2019

Join us in celebrating one of Cloverdale’s signature events, the 2019-2020 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail Artists’ Reception on Saturday, June 8th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Meet artists whose works will adorn the streets of Cloverdale for a year. This free public celebration is dedicated to the artists and to Cloverdale’s entire community and beyond for supporting Cloverdale’s one-of-a-kind Sculpture Exhibit. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Tracy Valva, wines by Kelley & Young, sculpture themed cocktails and dessert by The Flour Girl at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. This celebration is open to the public. 

2019-05-24May 24, 2019

One of the wonderful things about Cloverdale is its ever-increasing diversity, including  personal perspectives and views on life. Both of us have lived here for almost 20 years. Both of us have been active in our community, meeting different people, listening to them, interacting with each other in many positive ways. Recently, we began thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great to start a community dialogue?” Vicky Groom is one community leader whose special path we often cross. We asked Vicky to write her personal story of why and how she got involved doing “something” on a local and  national level. Here, in her own words, is her inspiring story:


2019-05-06May 6, 2019

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is an important part of the American canon of literary works. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center’s production of this classic will be a comfort to those who know the story and a pleasant discovery for those who don’t. This production proves how powerful live theater can be.


2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Spring Festival (Saturday, May 4th 1-5pm - Free) starts May in Cloverdale and the Rotary Club’sCinco de Mayo carry the festivities into the evening (3-9pm) with music and a buffet dinner ($15). Along with these opening festivals are free comic books from Next Door Comics, Maypole Dancing in the South Paseo, a Scavenger Hunt supported by Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, and the North Market next to Plank. Downtown merchants and restaurants are open. Are you one who enjoys the theater? The classic Of Mice and Men comes to Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. (207 North Cloverdale Blvd.; May 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th,18th, and 19th; Students $12, Adults $25) John Steinbeck brings a moral dilemma to the stage for all to explore. How would you resolve it? That is always the question, what are the options available? For more info:

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