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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rockin' Rio Nido - September 2011

Friends of Rio Nido (FRN) undertake the Rio Nido Fountain Rejuvenation Project
The Landmark Rio Nido fountain at the entrance to Rio Nido which has been long forgotten and neglected is finally all cleaned up and painted. The Beautification Committee members of FRN have spent their free time assisting in the restoration of the fountain. Larry Tocmakidis handled the insect removal and power-washing of the fountain. Matt Malik, Elena Chronis, Nancy and Danny Drew all lent their time and talent painting the fountain. Still yet to be determined if the water feature will prevail or perhaps have beautiful native plants adorning it instead. 
A big heart felt thank you to the Vince Walsh family for their permission and generous offering of supplying the paint for the project. Kudos to Kim Holliday and Jennifer Ostrom for assisting with the communications process and insuring all went smoothly. And last but not least, Brad Metzger from the Roadhouse for supplying the water for the power-washing and treating the team to a scrumptious and generous lunch. Its all about progress and team work. On another relative note, Beautification Team vigilantes Larry Tocmakidis and Matt Malik removed old dilapidated fences from Rio Nido's roadways and hauled them to the dump once again.  Thanks guys for your persistence, hard work and generosity with your time. You are awesome!  More exciting news to come, soooooooo stay tuned.......For more information on the Friends of Rio Nido go to:

Is it September already?
Just when it seems like summer has just begun, its already over. It's back to school for all the kids and back to the grind for most of us. With the recent long winters in Northern California, this summer seemed especially short. Rio Nido has had a very eventful and fun-filled summer. The RNHOA bbq's, pancake breakfasts and art show were all successfully attended and provided for good, clean family fun. Thank you Doug Misner, President of the RNHOA for all your efforts in organizing all these fun-filled festivities for the community. The Rio Nido Roadhouse was also the happening place all summer. Many long and lazy summer days were spent enjoying numerous summer concerts, social and club events. The newly restored swimming pool and inexpensive treats for all the kiddos enabled local and summer families to savor summer by the pool. Let's all keep our fingers and toes crossed for a warm September so that we can ease on into October and enjoy the change of seasons with our local bountiful harvests and change in foliage. Remember.... Rio Nido is a welcoming community all year round and not just in the summertime.  The fall, winter and spring seasons are just as "magical" as the summer months with our abundantly lush and verdant landscape.  And, dont forget, it is now officially harvest time!

Pegasus Theater Company
Pegasus Theater Company presents Tapas -short plays by Bay Area playwrights.
August 26th thru September 25th at the Rio Nido Lodge. Pegasus's annual festival of Norcal's finest short plays will run five weekends thru Sept 25th. The lineup of plays includes: Authenticity, Glitter & Spew, It's Our Turn, Open the Door for Strangers, Playing with Knives and Stuff. For more information, please check or call 707/583-2343.

By popular demand, readers have been asking for simple recipes...., here's an EZ one...
Don't spend your hard earned dollars on pricey Dipping Oils, make your own
From start to finish = 10 minutes

1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. organic gray sea salt
1 tsp. dried basil, crushed
1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Crusty Italian Bread or Foccacia

In a medium bowl, combine garlic, sea salt, basil, oregano, rosemary and pepper. Using a wire whisk, whisk in olive oil until well combined. Or add all ingredients to a screw top jar, cover and shake to combine. Serve dipping oil with bread.  Makes 8 (1-tablespoon) servings. ENJOY!
Pet of the Month, Dale the Cat
Dale the cat resides on Bay Avenue with his two Dads Matt and J.
The only thing Dale has in common with a canine is that he too "howls at the moon".  He loves exploring the street in the still of the night and has made friends with all the raccoons and even a fox or two. He is an expert at cat-napping and eating. He's never met a bird, lizard, mole or mouse that he didnt find completely engaging. Dale's best friend is Jenner our dog. Dale keeps a close eye on Jenner to not only  keep him out of trouble but to get him into trouble. Dale always knows how to play the right angle to get what he wants as he is very street-wise. He is always a delight and Rio Nido would be a much lonelier place without him.