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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Only in Guerneville - October 2011

I have many fond memories of October, one being the birth of my daughter as we neared my favorite holiday, Halloween.  There’s just something about the way everything changes that brings a renewed excitement to life; the colors of the trees and vineyards, the new rains, the migration of the birds.  It’s a beautiful time of the year. 

 Halloween falls on a Monday this year.  For parents, keep a close eye out for the orange “Trick-Or-Treat” fliers in stores so you don’t have to waste time and precious energy whilst marching the streets with your mini-monsters.  And, for peetsakes, people!  Slow down!  The zombie-apocalypse is not upon us; those are children in costume. 

We’ve got a long list of things happening this month:

Community Concert Series – The Finale.  Join us on the Plaza from 4-7pm on Thursday, October 6th for “The Dream Farmers.”  This will be the final Concert of the summer.  These concerts are expected to start up again sometime in spring.  Remember, bring your own chair if you like, no booze, no fur-bellies.  Keep it simple.

Fall Fling.  October 8th & 9th, in Downtown Guerneville.  Hosted by the Russian River Chamber of Commerce.  Saturday will have a Flea Market, from 9am-3pm, a dance performance at 3:30 by the Aztec Dancing group Capoeiria Mandinga, then at 5pm live music by “Dis N Dat.”  All weekend long, town will host an open house with sidewalk sales and such.  Our last HURRAH of the Summer Season.

Cemetery Tour.  Saturday, October 8th, Tour Times are 1pm and 3pm.  Presented by the Russian River Historical Society’s John Schubert.  This year’s theme, in light of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, is “Remembering the Veterans of the Civil War.” The cemetery is located off Woodland Drive, top of the hill above town. Parking is limited. Carpool if you can.  Suggested donation is $5.  For more information call 707-869-3764 or 707-953-6074.

Festival Do Brazil @ The River Theater.  Saturday, October 8th.  A Benefit for the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers organization (based right here in Guerneville, Ca), and their 10th Gathering in Brazil.  Visit their booth at the Flea Market during the Fall Fling, join us on the Plaza for Aztec Dancers at 3:30, then the film screening at the Theater at 5pm.  Many other performers are scheduled as well. Suggested donation of $10-25.  Visit or call Valerie Hausmann at 707-217-9613.

BINGO!!! Sister’s Bingo, October 8th, LINE UP EARLY!  Doors open at 6pm, game starts at 7pm-9:30pm or so (depending on how many people get punished!).  This month’s theme: “Bollywood Bingo.”  A benefit for the Christmas Holiday Dinner.  Cards are $15 for one or $20 for two.  18 and older, only.  Visit for details.

Town Clean-Up.  Saturday, October 15th, 11am. Meet at Community First Credit Union, where trash bags, gloves and trash pickers will be provided. Community First will provide water.  Let’s NOT wait until it floods to make downtown look beautiful. For more information, please call Beth Rudometkin at: (707) 869-9063

Guerneville School’s Annual Halloween Carnival.  Saturday, October 29th, 11am-3pm.  Games, haunted house, and fun!  Parents, keep a look-out in your children’s backpacks for the Flier AND the volunteer form.  FOGS (Friends of Guerneville School) can ALWAYS use the extra help!

The Reincarnation of the Triple R.  Ok, well it’s not the “Triple R” anymore; it’s the “r3 Hotel.”  Eh, potato, potahto.  Anywho, the rumors are mostly true, as previous owner, Ray Allen, has repurchased the previously foreclosed mainstay of the LGBT Resorts.  Back in business, give ‘em a call: 707-869-8399 and chat it up with manager Jeff Bridges (I know, I went there too…but he’s not “the Dude”).

E-Waste Recycle Event.  It’s been a couple years, but the Chamber has set-up yet another E-waste Recycle Event.  Saturday, November 5th, 8am-5pm.  The motto is “anything with a cord” so gather up your old microwaves, computers, monitors, TVs, washers, dryers, etc. and bring them to the Guerneville Park N Ride.  For more information, call the Chamber Office at 707-869-9000