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Monday, October 19, 2009

Monte Rio News & Events

December brings a variety of fairs around the area, the last of the season such event will be the Annual Holiday Wonderland Craft Faire at the Monte Rio Community Center. This three day fair (December 18, 19, & 20), will include a wonderful last minute shoppers paradise of crafts, art, children's toys, food --- you name it, you'll probably find it at this craft fair. Vendors interested in participating should call Dawn Bell at MRRPD at 865-9956 or email her at soon. Vendor spaces are going quickly!

The First Annual Autumn Faire and Market was attending by a couple hundred locals and a handful of visitors. The visitors were thanks to Camille LeGrande from Russian River Getaways who allowed MRRPD to place event postcards in their vacation rentals. Stars Day Care served up an excellent play area for kids and the Guerneville Library brought their own Uncle Dave to provide a story time -- a wild success. Gerard Nebesky's regional favorite paella was a huge draw for nearly everyone. And the Monte Rio Chamber/EcoRing beer and wine garden saw a lot of action in the afternoon. The artisan vendors showed off everything from ceramics, shrines, photography, kitchen items, jewelry and tie dye, all managed by Natasha Pehrson of Maya World, our local vendor extraordinaire (Thanks Natasha). Besides the Guerneville Regional Library, there as an interesting display from the Steward's of the Coast and redwoods with a bob cat and baby seal that drew the attention of everyone at the entrance. One Jack Russell Terrier mistook the bob cat for a live one and nearly attacked it! KOWS radio was also on hand as was the 4-H club and the Monte Rio School garden program who gave away lettuce seedlings for winter gardens. All in all it was a beautiful day with wonderful music by the Rhythm Drivers, great food (as mentioned) and a good time all around.
MRRPD is gearing up for a Meet the Candidate's night at the Monte Rio Community Center on Wednesday, October 14th from 6PM-8PM. Candidates Suzi Schaffert, Chuck Burger, Peter Andrews and Tim Parker will field anonymous questions presented by facilitator Philip Hampton, President of the Monte Rio Chamber of Commerce. Voters are urged to submit questions concerning the district and/or the candidates by Monday, October 12th at 5PM by emailing them to