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Forestville News & Events, July 2018, Summer's Here

Special July 4th Farmers Market
I’ve got a great idea for you. Kick off summertime in Forestville by coming to the 4th of July Farmers Market (Wednesday). Think pig roast, beer and wine, yummy food and bands! Joy Ride plays from 12-3, then Dog Gone Honey’s from 3-7PM. Bring enough money to buy the usual fresh produce, gourmet olive oils, breads, crafts and treats.

Forestville Chamber of Commerce
It’s the Chamber who hosts this Market, giving the rest of us a place to hang out on Tuesday evenings (ok, the 4th is on a Wednesday, but normally it’s Tuesday.) In fact, attending Chamber Board meetings is a great way to have a voice in what’s happening in our community. They normally meet the first Wednesdays of the month, 5:30PM at the Fire Station’s community room. Memberships are $95 for businesses, $75 for non-profits and only $25 for individuals. They are getting us new “Welcome to Forestville” signs and will erect local artist banners soon. Want to get more involved in your town? They are looking for Board Members so come check them out!

From One Baba to Another
Fun news in case you didn’t know. Robert Baba, who I’ve known as Robbie for years, is taking over ownership of Ideal Hardware from his dad Bob. It’s one of my favorite stops. I love the wood floors and you can get just about anything there. I like how they will help you figure out how to use, replace or fix whatever’s wrong, …well with household things that is. If you’re talking about fixing or replacing a relationship, that may take a different skill set. If that’s the case, perhaps having an ice cream cone will help (see below). That is if you are an emotional eater like me.

Scoop of Sonoma for Your Tastebuds
So, I can report with confidence that Scoop of Sonoma is now open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-6PM through the summer. Owner Alain LeCloux says business is too slow to be open every day so if we want to keep this treasure in Forestville… indulge. Alain in fact was the MC for the Radioland Hour featuring Forestville last month. He’s super cool, and not just because he makes amazing ice cream (try his peanut butter chocolate chip) he also owns the Rio Café and Theater in Monte Rio. It’s a great stop on the way to visit the ocean, which we all should do more often don’t you think?

CalFresh + Singing Frogs Farms
If you are on CalFresh, Singing Frogs Farms is offering local organic farm fresh produce to you at half price, $13 a box. Call the Forestville Wellness Center at 823-3204, extension 6453 to sign up. You can pick up your box right at their office. Remember, “you are what you eat.” All of us could use better nutrition to improve our health so even if you are not on Cal Fresh, you could still get a Singing Frog box. Check out singingfrogsfarm.com to register for your box, which you can pick up at the Sebastopol and Santa Rosa Farmers Markets.

Forestville Youth Park BBQ
Over a hundred volunteers made this year’s Youth Park BBQ successful in early June. It was an amazing sight to see how it all came together. Thank you Patti Baxman, and the Youth Park Board, for your behind the scenes orchestration. If you’d like to join these folks having a good time doing terrific things for the Youth Park, go to: forestvilleyouthpark.org and sign up: About Us, then Membership.

Hot Rod Show & BBQ Competition
Next on the Forestville Youth Park’ agenda? The Hot Rod Show and BBQ Competition at the Youth Park Saturday, August 4. Vehicle registration is $25. Find all the information you need on their site: forestvilleyouthpark.org. There will be BBQ, Chili and music too.

Youth Park Parade Winners
And I’m sure you are curious as to who won first place for the Youth Park Parade. In the Commercial Division it was Rick’s Garage and the Forestville Outlaws Hotrod Crew followed by Canyon Rock and BoDean Quarries. In the Nonprofit Division it was the Sonoma County Youth Wildcats Cheer team followed by Paws and the Methodist Church. The first-place winner for Musical Group was El Molino Marching Band followed by Guerneville Elementary Marching Band and the Friends of Music Community Band. In the Individual Category it was Vira Fauss followed by Clowning Around and Baby Beluga. Don’t ask. I was too busy setting up the Ticket Sales booth at the BBQ to actually watch the parade, but it sure sounded like fun.

A Bit of News on Forestville Planning Association
At the Youth Park BBQ, the ticket sales booth is staffed by the Forestville Planning Association, who also do impressive things for our community. They are the ones who put on the Town Hall meetings. The most recent one in June brought 150 people to the library to hear our own Lynda Hopkins field dozens of questions on how funds collected from Forestville can be used for our purposes.

I can speak from experience when I say that those FPA Board Members, who produce the Town Halls, are to be admired. They also donate hours and hours each month working with the County to (eventually) transform our downtown park space, they oversee the park itself, they are responsible for the Community Fund Grants and more.

Yes, something will happen in that downtown park some day and you may be asked to participate when the time comes! In fact, count on it. Together we can generate remarkable outcomes.

Categories: 2018 Posts, ⇒ Town Square & Park, Farmers Market, Local Businesses, Local Organizations, Music Events, People, Special Events, Youth Park


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