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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Forestville Community Column - December 2010

So hear we are, smack in the center of the Holiday Season. My seven-year-old, after seeing yet another Christmas themed commercial yelled at the television, “Would you please stop showing that, it’s making me think Christmas is already here. I can’t take the excitement!” And though I too get annoyed that we can’t blow out the candles from the jack-o-lanterns before images of sugarplums are forced in our heads, I love the excitement in the air this time of year. I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce and the families of Forestville School for bringing such festive flair to our town with the beautiful tree, lights, and window paintings.

Student Snippets
The Forestville Academy Student Council recently sponsored a Spirit Week for the entire school, providing the opportunity for students to dress up and show their school spirit. The week ended with a school-wide assembly where students were honored for being Kind, Safe, and Responsible. Seeing kids from Kindergarten to 8th grade come together to celebrate their school was priceless!

“Chateau La Roach” is coming, a hilarious comedy directed by Noelle Huberty, running Dec. 3rd, 4th, 7th and 10th at 7 p.m. and Dec. 5th and 11th at 2 p.m., in the Auditorium. Tickets are $7.

Come by the school library Dec. 6th thru 11th and buy Christmas gifts at the Scholastic Book Fair. All proceeds help keep the library open!

El Molino High School held Challenge Day early in November. This national program encourages students to “Be the Change” and celebrate their diversity. This year was special because El Molino was chosen to be filmed as part of a USA television special to be aired early in December.

The El Molino Lion Varsity football team made history with its first winning season since 2003 and a bid in the NCS playoffs for the first time in 10 years. They hosted Kelseyville on a cold, wet Saturday night, beating them 35-0, sending them to the quaterfinals in Middletown. We are proud of you!!

Both schools are thankful and excited for the support from the community in the passing of Measure K and Measure I. And on a personal note, I’d like to thank you all for electing me to serve on the Forestville School Board. I am excited and honored to serve in this way.

Chamber Chatter
Don’t miss the meeting on Dec. 8th at 5:30 p.m. at the Food For Thought meeting room. It’s time to renew memberships and consider serving on the board. There are four openings. The chamber is also accepting nominations for the 2010 Volunteer of the Year, and Business Person of the Year. Send nominations to, or PO Box 546, Forestville.

The Forestville Historical Society is also looking for new members. Contact Ron Davis at

Hollydale Happenings
The 2011 season of great activities is coming up at the Hollydale Club:
Jan. 15th- Ping Pong Tourney 1-6 p.m.
Feb. 5th- Russian Dinner 6 p.m.

Your participation in these events helps keep the Club running and brings in funds for the various charitable gifts they give to families, individuals and even our schools, such as the classroom they recently adopted at Forestville School. Thank you to John and all who give through this great community outreach!

The Season of Giving
There are many opportunities to give locally this holiday season. Both Celeste at Front Street Studio Hair Salon and Forestville School collect gifts for children in Child Protective Services and students in need. The Methodist Church collects food for their Christmas Food Basket giveaway. The  

Active 20-30 Club of Sebastopol, a wonderful group of local men and women, has chosen to adopt 4 local families in need and provide them with everything possible to ease the stress of the holidays.  
They will be collecting toys, clothes, games, gift certificates and non-perishable food items through December 16th to ensure they can deliver everything to the families on December 18th! If you would like to donate please call Samantha at 707.536.3252 or e-mail And of course, you are giving to our community by shopping and dining locally all year around!

Have a Joyous and Blessed Holiday Celebration and I’ll see you in the New Year around Forestville!