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|2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020
The January 2019 column focus has thankfully come to fruition. The Occidental Communit Center new gym floor is great, much improved over the tired, old floor it replaced. It sure is nice to have both lanes of Coleman Valley Rd. open again. I give thanks to the County for making this a priority and hope that their efforts will pay off in the form of this fix being a long lasting solution.
|2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
As I write this, Coleman Valley Rd. is closed for repairs to the slide just up the hill from town. As I understand it, the County finally gave up on waiting for funds from FEMA for the permanent fix and has moved forward on their own with a more temporary solution.On December 7th and 8th the Occidental Craft Faire returns for another fun filled weekend of wonderful crafts, sumptuous foods, splendid raffle prizes, local music and Santa sightings. That same weekend the Occidental Community Choir will be performing across the street from the Craft Faire at the Occidental Center for the Arts. Performances will be Friday & Saturd
|2019-11-02Nov 2, 2019
As our community arrives at the 2-year anniversary of the 2017 North Bay Fires on October 8th, we are reminded about our vulnerabilities, our struggles to recover, and our continued need for resiliency. Fire and emergency services have been elevated issues over the past two years. They deserve our attention, our respect, and our support. As fire departments countywide are grappling with how to best serve their communities, the local Fire Protection District Boards of Directors in Graton, Gold Ridge and Occidental have decided to take matters into their own hands by placing funding measures on the ballot for a special election this November 5th.
|2019-10-31Oct 31, 2019
On Saturday, November 2nd the Bodega Land Trust host their annual dinner with live and silent auctions. Tuesday the 5th is Election Day-Measure C is our local parcel tax measure to fund the Occidental Fire Department, allowing for the hiring of paid staff to supplement the volunteer force.
|2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019
This time of year is always full of conflicting emotions for me. It is some of our best weather of the year, and yet we are losing minutes of daylight every day. My garden is still going strong, yet the farmers market is winding down for the year.
|2019-08-24Aug 24, 2019
The OAEC annual performance tradition of the Chataqua event is upon us the 4th - 7th of September. I went last year for the first time in a while and it was super cool. OAEC is also hosting in their fabulous new Heron Hall a film screening of the documentary Artifishal. The annual Occidental Holiday Craft Faire is starting to gear uptowards the event which takes place this year on December 7th and 8th. We are currently accepting vendor applications until September 20th
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