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Monday, August 1, 2011

Forever Forestville

Growing up in Sonoma County, I knew that the new school year was just around the corner when I’d awaken to the plunk, plunk, plunk of apples being dropped in the big wooden crates that arrived in the orchards in the late days of August. Now it seems as if the pop, pop, pop of firecrackers on the Fourth of July is the signal that classes will be back in session soon!

El Molino’s school year begins on Wednesday, August 17th, with the Freshman Welcome Party being held on Thursday August 11th from 6 to 8. Bring your El Molino Spirit and Lion Pride!

Don’t miss the 4th annual HAWAIIAN LION GOLF TOURNAMENT
on AUGUST 5th.  This year’s day of Golf, Silent and Live Auctions, Dinner and Raffle will honor principal Doria Trombetta and raise money for the El Molino High School Foundation, a Non-Profit organization that provides financial support for the school and it's programs. For Information, Sign-ups, Sponsorship and Donations visit

If you haven’t yet heard, state law now requires that all students have medical proof that they have had a Tdap (Whooping Cough) booster shot or have signed a personal beliefs exemption waiver. Students without booster or a PBE waiver may not enroll in school this August and may not participate in athletics or extra-curricular activities. See or email the Health Tech rconway-o' about the waiver process. All waivers must be signed in person at El Molino.

Forestville School and Academy begins on Monday, August 22nd. This year is full of changes, as six new teachers join the dedicated staff. Come meet and greet friends and new faces at the Annual Back to School BBQ on Saturday August 20th.

Hollydale Happenings

Come enjoy Pato Banton & the Now Generation, and Midnight Sun for the Taylor Atkins 2011 Memorial Scholarship Fund Raiser, Saturday September 3, 4:00 PM. Send $25 to P.O. Box 215 Forestville 95436 and your tickets for a great BBQ and show will be waiting at the door. Don’t delay, this event sold out last year!

Forestville UMC
For the past three years the volunteers at the Forestville Food Closet have found creative ways to find food for the most needy of our citizens, from encouraging folks to donate extra produce from their backyard gardens to actually picking up trash along the downtown corridor to earn matching funds from the Forestville Community Fund.

If you are out and about around nine o’clock Monday mornings, you may see volunteers picking up trash along 116 through Forestville.  The Forestville United Methodist sponsored Food Closet took over this project started by JD Kaiwi before his untimely death. To help keep this great community effort going, please send donations to the Forestville Planning Association at PO Box 184  Forestville 95436.  Mention it's for the trash pickup. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Community Fund, so let’s join together to keep our town beautiful and help those among us in need.

FUMC’s Vacation Bible School is just around the corner!  This year’s Shake It Up Café will be open August 8th-12th from 9 until noon.  Pre-Registration for The Shake It Up Café is appreciated.  Registration Forms and information can be obtained by calling Kerry in the office, 887-2020.  A donation of $20 is suggested for each child. If this is a financial hardship, please contact the office and they will be happy to work with you.  All children ages 4-12 are welcome!  

Forestville Favorites
Anyone who has lived in the Forestville area any amount of time knows Ray Bottron. He can be found walking around town with a happy smile and friendly manner sharing stories about his WW2 experiences. He is proud to have been one of the lucky ones to survive after landing on Omaha Beach as a member of the 741st Tank Battalion. Ray celebrated his 90th birthday at the end of July with a community party at the Youth Park. The Volunteer Fire Department was at the grill, Speer’s Market and other merchants donated items, and friends and family gathered to share memories and give honor to their dear friend.

It’s community events like these that makes our town so special and keeps us Forever in Forestville!