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Forestville News & Events, April 2018

I don’t know about you, but I rarely gave Trenton Road much thought. I love the section that parallels River Road. I sometimes take it coming home from Santa Rosa when I want to get a sense of being on a sweet country road in the middle of the rich, luscious countryside we live in. And of course, when River Road is backed up it’s fun to know the local way around a traffic jam.

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Categories: 2018 Posts, Farmers Market, Local Businesses, Local Organizations, People, School, Youth Park

Forestville News & Events, March 2018

Have you done one of those DNA tests yet? Any surprises? I was sort of hoping I’d have something interesting show up in mine. But science tells me I’m still mostly Irish. The traditions from my childhood have formed me. The songs my mother sang doing the dishes. The lullabies to put us to sleep. The food. The folk dances. The proud green ribbon in my hair on St. Patrick’s Day. Generation after generation, firmly rooted traditions from County Cork Ireland were a huge part of my life. I always felt I had the “Luck of the Irish.” Maybe it’s just the gift of gab!

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Categories: 2018 Posts, Hollydale Club, Music Events, School, Special Events

El Molino High School Emergency Plea

El Molino High School Emergency Plea
Please join our 600 Lions campaign
Contribute at least $100 today

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Categories: 2018 Posts, School

Forestville News & Events, February 2018

As we celebrate, or possibly lament, Valentine’s month, I like to think about the concept of love a bit broader than who my date might be that night. So, it occurred to me to write why I love Forestville. What about you?

Perhaps you fell in love with our town simply by driving through. You thought, “Oh look, it’s tiny, it’s cute, different.” A sweet setting with two parks for the public. Your kids could get a small-town flavor growing up in this beautiful spot.

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Categories: 2018 Posts, Hollydale Club, Local Businesses, Local Organizations, School

Forestville News & Events, January 2018

Have you ever noticed how humans have this ability to re-set the clock? To pick a specific date in time to refresh and renew. Like how every Monday I’m determined to eat better or exercise more in the coming week. If I kept all those Monday morning promises, I’d be a lot thinner. On the other hand, if I didn’t at least try to keep my weekend pattern of indulgence limited to the weekend, I’d probably be facing some serious mobility concerns right about now.

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Categories: 2018 Posts, Farmers Market, People, School

Forestville News & Events, December 2017

Where Do Gifts Come From?

I have a great story of a gift.  Years ago the Chamber requested money from the Community Fund to pick up trash in downtown Forestville.  The grant paid JD Kawai, famous about town for his bikes and friendly banter, to take on this task. He did a great job of making the town spiffy, no more piles of cigarette butts or bits of flotsam here and there.  We looked like someone cared.

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Categories: ⇒ Town Square & Park, Food for Thought, Music Events, School, Special Events, 2017 Posts

Forestville News & Events, November 2017

When I think of Thanksgiving this year, I know I’m not waiting until the end of the month to count my blessings. You may be feeling that same way, especially since Forestville escaped the monster firestorm that devoured neighborhoods to our east.

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Categories: Hollydale Club, Local Businesses, Local Organizations, People, 2017 Posts

Forestville News & Events, October 2017

I got lost in Forestville the other day. I overshot my intended turn. Ended up in an unfamiliar neighborhood. As I drove through I was struck at how different this section of Forestville was from mine.

Some of us live in sweet neighborhoods with sunny gardens. Some of us are on ridgetops overlooking a vineyard, the river, or both. Some of us cling to hillsides hoping our trees hold the soil during winter rains. We all call Forestville home.

It’s interesting to explore our town’s neighborhoods. The more we understand each other, the better community we create.

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Categories: ⇒ Town Square & Park, Downtown, Farmers Market, Food for Thought, Local Businesses, School, Special Events, 2017 Posts

Forestville News & Events, September 2017

The call came at 3 am. A neighbor thought we might want to know. The house directly above us was on fire. We stumbled out the back to witness a roaring blaze 30’ up the hill. My mind froze. What to rescue…photos, laptop, grandma’s quilt? Embers rained down. My attempt to wet our roof with a garden hose felt pathetic.

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Categories: Farmers Market, Fire Protection, Hollydale Club, Local Organizations, People, School, Special Events, 2017 Posts

The Gazette's New Forestville Columnist Lucy Hardcastle's First Article

Special Addition
To all Forestvillians (and those who wish they were). What an honor to take over writing this column from Richard Naegle. It was Richard who got me involved in local projects in the first place.

His enthusiasm for all things Forestville was catching. Volunteer he said, you’ll like it. He was right. I’ve met some of the best people on the planet thanks to his encouragement. Because of that I feel a part of this community, and that feels good.

According to those whose grandparents pioneered this town, and you know who you are, I’m a latecomer. In October of ’89, in my 40s and newly divorced, I was looking for a new start.

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Categories: Farmers Market, Food for Thought, Local Businesses, Local Organizations, Music Events, Special Events, Variety of News, 2017 Posts

Historical Society Needs You - Please!

Forestville Historical Society (FHS) needs volunteers for the board to help preserve the history of our unique town.

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Categories: Forestville History, 2017 Posts

Forestville Farmers' Market Now Open

The Forestville Farmers' Market is now open every Tuesday, 4-7PM in the Downtown Park. Local farmers, delicious foods, local crafters, beer & wine!

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Categories: Farmers Market, 2017 Posts

The Sweet History We Have

While Forestville today may seem like a somewhat quiet, little blink-your-eye-and-you’ll-miss-it town, but a little digging into its history suggests otherwise.

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Categories: Forestville History, 2017 Posts

Report on the Development of Property Adjacent to Downtown Park

Catherine Bartolomei, one of the partners who owns the property adjacent to the Downtown Park, reports that the partners have submitted a preliminary design to the County for a hotel...

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Categories: ⇒ Town Square & Park, Downtown, 2017 Posts

Hollydale Club Breakfast & Table Tennis, 7/30

Last Sunday of the Month Breakfast followed by Table Tennis.

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Categories: In Memoriam, Special Events, 2017 Posts

New Writer for Forestville Column in Gazette

Starting in July, there will be a new writer for the Forestville Column in the Sonoma County Gazette. Lucy Hardcastle, on the board of the Forestville Planning Association, has stepped forward, taking over from Richard Naegle. Lucy has been deeply involved in serving our community for many years.

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Categories: People, 2017 Posts

Looking for Forestville Columnist for the Sonoma County Gazette

For the past 4+ year, Richard Naegle has been writing a column for the Sonoma County Gazette named “Forestville the good life”. He has decided to retire from the column and is looking for a replacement. Read more for details.

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Categories: Activism, People, 2017 Posts

Youth Park BBQ & Parade, 6/3 & 4

At last, the Youth Park BBQ is back! First, the Parade, "Stars and Stripes," (sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce) begins at 10AM, Saturday, June 3, at the corner of First and Front Streets in downtown Forestville.

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Categories: Music Events, Special Events, Youth Park, 2017 Posts

Senior Saunters, Upcoming Walks

Do leisurely walks with other friendly older adults who love the outdoors sound enticing? Join us as we stroll along the West County Regional Trail, while we explore signs of wildlife on an urban fringe. Please wear appropriate attire for the weather and bring water and a snack. Free.

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Categories: Local Organizations, Youth Park, 2017 Posts


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