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Monday, August 1, 2011

Monte Rio Musings

Internet Bullying – It’s Not Just For School Kids Anymore:  Dear friends and neighbors of Monte Rio, there is a fly on the wall armed with a keyboard who has been indulging in the sport of internet bullying by writing untruths about many local businesses and people.  While I understand the fascination of watching a train wreck please try and look away from this one if you can. Responding to it in any way gives this person the illusion of power so let’s not let them have that.  Like all bullies, this one will turn their attention to some other 98 pound weakling soon enough, meanwhile, let’s not give in to the irritation of a little sand in our eyes. 

Record Numbers Attend Monte Rio Independence Day Celebrations:  How many? It’s impossible to say precisely, but several thousand people swarmed the beach for the festivities during the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.  The community owes a big “Thank You” to Edward Huser and entourage for their organizational assistance and their tireless security and help throughout the long, hot day and well into the night.  This was the first time in many years that both the Monte Rio Chamber of Commerce and the Monte Rio Recreation & Park District agreed to give a coordinator the authority to organize parking, set up and all activities down on the beach where in past years’ there has been a kind of friendly chaos.

Also this year a donation was asked for parking and the parking volunteers reported that most people were more than happy to provide a few dollars to the MRRPD whose properties they have enjoyed for free for so many years at a time when they need the boost from the community.  In fact, several folks doubled or tripled their donation. 

Overall, reviews were favorable as most people preferred the help with parking and liked being able to visibly see security if help was needed. Edward had his crews armed with radios so that nothing was missed.  It was another wonderful Independence Weekend in Monte Rio, one with a lot more people and a visible difference in its organization.   

Monte Rio’s 2nd Annual National Night Out Event Was Held Tuesday, August 2nd at Koret Park and the Monte Rio Community Center.  Since 1984 this event has become known as America’s Night Out Against Crime. More than 37 million people in nearly 16,000 communities throughout all fifty states were expected to participate this year.  National Night Out is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention and to strengthen and expand programs for the remaining 364 days. Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with their friends, family and neighbors.  Hosts Monte Rio Watch, Monte Rio Chamber of Commerce, Monte Rio Fire Association and Monte Rio Recreation and Park District provided FREE hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and entertainment – THANK YOU!

Second Summer Swap Meet on August 13th – In the beach parking lot just below the Monte Rio Community Center, 9AM until 2PM.  The first one was so successful that the community decided they want to do it again!  Organizers, including Joshua Dale and Teri J. Foster or Loving & Learning Child Care, are even thinking of getting one together in September!  Spaces cost $10. Contact Josh at 415-203-4350 to reserve yours..

13th Annual Russian River Car Show – Saturday, August 20th  - Breakfast is back!  The Friends of Monte Rio are reestablishing the Car Show breakfast this year so bring your appetite for eggs as well as cars this year.  From 7AM until 10AM a sumptuous breakfast will be cooked up in the Monte Rio Community Center, where Car Show Registration will also take place this year. 

Volunteers sought:  We’re still looking for volunteers, so let us know if you would like to help out at the raffle table, Car Show check it, ballot tabulating or any of the many other tasks.  Call me at (707) 865-9956 or email to

Monte Rio Music Festival with Melvin Seals and JGB – September 3-4, Monte Rio Amphitheater:  Deadheads, mark your calendars!  This year this event is two days long with plenty of time for you to enjoy the beautiful Amphitheater, the great music and the amazing Melvin Seals.  Visit the event website for ticket information:

As always, let me know if you have an upcoming or event;