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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monte Rio: Winter News & Events Jan 2010

Happy New Year!!! Can you believe it is 2010 already! I hope that this year is one filled with peace, love, joy and prosperity, as well as health and happiness for all of you. I wish everyone success with their New Years’ resolutions, this year I am actually making some and do hope to keep them.

I wish all business owners in the West County the best for the New Year, I hope this economy comes around because I know how everyone is struggling to keep the doors open. From the closing of the Pink and all the businesses that have closed in Guerneville---it is getting to feel like a ghost town. If you love a local business, now is the time to support them in any way you can if you want them to be here next year!

The Rio Theater is now open 5 days a week again (Wed – Sun), as we get closer to the Academy Awards! There are some great movies out there and don’t forget, we have rolled our prices back to just $5.00 for a great film! Imagine that, $5.00, all ages, all movies! Make sure you dress warm though---it is very cold in the theater! Don’t miss Pirate Radio starting on January 10---the two local radio stations, Guerneville and Occidental, will be performing at 2pm with some great music, talks and all around fun!

Don’s Dogs Café is also open 5 days a week and putting out some great sandwiches, incredible breakfast burritos, great Peet’s coffee in the Espresso Machine, and of course all those yummy dogs and chili dogs---steamed or grilled!

The Village Inn will be closed for a short vacation from January 3 – 12 and will reopen with all those fabulous dinners on Wednesday January 13. Also, they have a locals discount on hotel rooms for your out of town guests—just $75.00 and up, per night!

Sophie’s Cellars has a great deal going with many of the local restaurants. Bring in a bottle of wine that was purchased at Sophie’s and there is no corkage fee, the limit is one bottle. You can do this at the Village Inn, Highland Dell, Cape Fear, and Rivers End---just to mention a few. Call for details.

Also, don’t forget the Highland Dell and Café Les Jummels for other delicious and different meals.

Well, that’s all for this month; please let me know if you have info for this column. You can call me at 865-4190 or email me at

Happy New Year and Happy birthday wishes to some pretty famous locals and friends: 1/1: my friend, Zelda Michaels, 63; and Rio artist Arthur Longoria; 1/2: J’Mari Curtiss; 1/3: Kei Lani Howard; 1/4: Kristina Haynes, 18; 1/6: Andy Bosch, 18; and Gregorio Pehrson---ageless; 1/7: Ricardo Silos, 66; 1/9: Philip Hampton of Village Inn fame; 1/12: Ashley Ogletree; 1/14: Josh Curtiss, & Gloria Potter, great lady!; 1/15: Georgie Gildea, sis-in-law & Andy LeCount; 1/16: William Palmer; 1/17: Morgan Conway-O’Neil, 21; 1/20: Sherry Chojnacki, ageless beauty and another ageless beauty---Sean Loundagin; 1/21: Allen Rivers, my forever “old” boss resting in peace; also Jared O’Connell; 1/23: Gideon; 1/25: Steven; 1/26: Consuela O’Malley, ageless & great! And finally 1/29: Waylon Nicholson, 27.