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Monday, June 27, 2011

Monte Rio Musings - July 2011

Small towns are famous for their hospitality and the river community is exceptional at hosting visitors.  Decade after decade, people return here to enjoy the weather, the river, the peace and the people. We do a great job making their stay with us memorable.  We all work so hard during these months and do such a good job creating vacation memories for so many so give yourself a pat on the back and a big and friendly “good job!” to your hard working neighbors.  Now get back to work!  July is a going to be a real zinger!

New Barber in town
Robert Gray opens Cuts on the Green at Northwood.
When you first meet Robert you will find him to be professional, kind, charming and knowledgeable.  Within about three minutes you will also find that he is friendly, accommodating and excellent company – all three are important components for being a good barber.  Robert recently hosted a barbeque on the lawn in front of his shop where the community came out in droves to enjoy live music and incredible barbequed oysters.  See what I mean by accommodating?  Robert’s shop is a wonderful addition to the Monte Rio Community and we’re very lucky to have him – Welcome Robert!

Cuts on the Green is located at 19420 Highway 116 at the Northwood complex (between Monte Rio post office and Mama Java). Call for appointment (707) 865-2887.

Monte Rio Independence Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 2
Noon to 4PM Big Rocky Games at the Monte Rio Beach
Games for kids of all ages
Noon to 5PM – Russian River Photo Exhibit
The Friends of Monte Rio is hosting this inaugural open house event at the Monte Rio Community Center.  Beautiful photography by members of the Russian River Photo Club, Russian River Historical Society display and information, Monte Rio Recreation & Park District will exhibit plans for phases one and two of the redevelopment plans for the Old Monte Rio School, including Skate Park, trailhead, gardens and more!

Beer Garden at the River Front Meadow – Noon to 10PM

Noon to 6PM Monte Rio Fire District Annual BBQ - Fire Station on Main Street.

Dusk – Water Parade - Handmade floats in all styles including lights and music!  Great entertainment!

Water Curtain - The annual (and unusual) cascade of water from the Monte Rio Bridge with patriotic images and music


Sunday, July 3 - 10AM-4PM Big Rocky Games at the Monte Rio Beach

Other July Events…

Saturday, July 16th, 9AM to 4PM (tentative hours) - Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County is “Takin’ it to the Streets” with their mobile spay/neuter at the Monte Rio Amphitheater (9925 Main Street).  Low cost spay/neuter for your cat or stray (no feral cats please!), including vaccines.  Take advantage of this local event and help Forgotten Felines reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens in Sonoma County.  Call Forgotten Felines for appointment at (707) 576-7999Thank you Monte Rio Chamber for sponsoring this event!

Also on Saturday, July 16th

Monte Rio Swap Meet & Market – 9AM to 2PM in the upper beach parking lot (in front of Community Center).  Seller spaces are $10.  Bring your own tables or displays and be prepared to clean up after the sale.  Contact Josh Dale at (415) 203-4350 to arrange a space or see for more information.  This is the same day that Guerneville holds their monthly flea market on the Plaza so it’s a great day for bargain hunters in the Russian River area.

This is the BIG One!  The 100th Annual Monte Rio Variety Show
Thursday, July 28, 2011 – Monte Rio Amphitheater
Members of the Bohemian Grove provide the entertainment for an evening of music, comedy and theater to celebrate their friendship with the Monte Rio and Russian River communities.

Tickets are available by calling 707-486-1739, or email them at
Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children ages 13 to 17. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult admission.
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