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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Forever Forestville - December 2011

I don’t think there is anything that emphasizes how quickly time flies than the celebration of holiday traditions. Even my 8 year-old said to me the other day, “Didn’t we just put away the Christmas decorations?” When I was a kid, there seemed to be at least three years between each Holiday Season!

A big thank you to CESCO EQUIPMENT RENTALS and Spencer Sawyer of Santa Rosa for donating the use of a 40’ man-lift that made the decorating of our beautiful tree possible.

Hail to the New Chief!
Have you heard? There’s a new chief in town! Starting December 1st, Fire Captain Max Ming will be serving as the new District Fire Chief. He will also be serving as the Chief of the Russian River Fire Protection District. Max has been working in one capacity or another for over 27 years. He is a graduate of El Molino, has a Certificate of Completion in Fire Science and is a California Certified Fire Officer. He lives in Forestville with his two children and is active in El Molino Project Grad as well as Little League. Max will be taking over for Dan Northern who has served in the position for 3.5 of his 38-year career. He will resume his volunteer position with the District and help Chief Ming in his transition. Thank you, Dan for your years of service and congratulations to Max on his appointment!

El Molino Little League
This year’s Grand Slam Event to support El Molino Little League was a great success, raising approximately $14,800. Over the past three years this fun-filled event has raised over $47,000! This is a vital part of our community and a wonderful program for hundreds of kids every year. They are looking for a new Chairperson for this event, so please contact current chairperson, Tony Natale, if you are interested.

Special Message
Here’s a message from Deborah Padrick, art teacher at Forestville School: Thanks to all the young artists, parents, and grandparents who helped to paint the windows of our town of Forestville with winter cheer.  Many businesses participated in this year’s event: Paul Hobbs Wines – Mark Sever, Physical Therapy – Empire Drug Company/El Molino –  Ideal Hardware - Dr. Karol Scheiner, Dentist – Carr’s Drive Inn Food – Rotten Robbie Gas Station – Quicksilver Mine Co. Art Gallery – La Rosa Market and Resturant – Hans Bruhner (Ask The Loan – The Forestville Post Office employees – Aioli Gourmet Delicatessen – Off The Track Café –Richard Rosen Acupuncture and The Good Earth, Shear Pleasure Salon/Wendy Flowers, Employees of Bank of the West and Roaster’s Coffee and Bauer Associates, geotechnical consultants.  All the generous donations from the businesses go towards maintaining the K-3rd art program at Forestville School.  The K-3rd grades art program is made possible by business donations, the Forestville Education Foundation, and the California Arts Council. The children love the art program, gain understanding about art processes, techniques, tools, art history, cultural arts and create quality art.  Again, thank you to all the businesses from the K-3rd artists and artist/teacher, Deborah Padrick. This is the 23rd year the community has painted seasonal cheer on the windows!

Scholastic Book Fair
Don’t miss the Scholastic Book Fair December 5th thru 9th in the Forestville School Auditorium. There will be tons of books and gift items at low prices. Buy Christmas gifts and help raise money for the school library!

Other Festivities
El Molino High School’s Winter Dance Show is this weekend, December 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 7:30 in the Analy High Auditorium. And be sure to mark your calendars now for the Winter Musical at El Molino. They will be performing the fun-filled, history-loving musical “1776” the first two Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays of February. Don’t miss these talented kids and support the arts at El Molino!

There are lots of opportunities to help out those in need this season. Celeste Reimann of Front Street Salon has been sponsoring a Giving Tree for years. Contact her at the salon to find out how you can participate. Forestville School is collecting gifts through their Holiday Helper Program. You can pick a name of a student off of the tree in the school lobby and help make a child’s Christmas dreams come true.

Enjoy the festivities and blessings to everyone this holiday season.