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Please look for the new column name in the March edition of the Gazette, which will be written by none other than our own, Yvette Richardson-Bidegain, AKA Saucy Mama! Come check out Saucy Mama's pop up on Friday 1/24/20 Barrel Brothers Brewing Company 4pm-8pm. Get there early. There will be brisket.
Please look for the new column name in the March edition of the Gazette, which will be written by none other than our own, Yvette Richardson-Bidegain, AKA Saucy Mama! Come check out Saucy Mama's pop up on Friday 1/24/20 Barrel Brothers Brewing Company 4pm-8pm. Get there early. There will be brisket.

Yvette Richardson-Bidegain
to Take Ownership of this Column

Feb 2, 2020
by Beth Rudometkin

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I have groovy news for you!!  As most of you know, I have been searching for that special someone to take over the writing of this column.  I feel that it’s time for a fresh perspective and have found a person who wants to share her spark and passion of our area with you.  Whether you are a long time local or new to the area, you most likely have been on the receiving end of this person’s beautiful smile and positive personality.  She was raised in the West County with her numerous brothers and sisters, who were all very active throughout West County.  She graduated El Molino High School in 1978 and has raised her own family here as well.  As a business owner and volunteer/member of numerous local committees, she has her finger on the pulse of our community and will bring you all  the latest groovy news about our town. Please look for the new column name in the March edition of the Gazette, which will be written by none other than our own, drum roll please…….. Yvette Richardson-Bidegain,AKA Saucy Mama!  For those of you with news to share in upcoming editions, please reach out to Yvette atyvesvet@gmail.com .  Thank you, Yvette, for volunteering your time and positive energy; we know you are going to be GREAT at this!  Come Meet her and check out Saucy Mama's pop up on Friday 1/24/20B arrel Brothers Brewing Company 4pm-8pm. Get there early. There will be brisket.

February is full of fun, loving stuff to do…..it is the month of love after all!  Oh, did you know that Yvette’s favorite color is red?  Here is some interesting history before we jump into our happenings:  July 28, 2020 marks the Sesquicentennial (150 years) of Guerneville.  John Bagley petitioned in February of 1870 to Washington for the establishment of a post office at Guerneville and was appointed the first Postmaster of “Guerneville” on July 28, 1870.

The Russian River Historical Society is putting together a committee to commemorate this occasion and solicit for sponsors and volunteers. Please contact Jane Barry at  guerneville150@gmail.com  orjbarry@russianriverhistory.org .  for more information.

We start out this month with Tuesday the 4th at the Guerneville Regional Library with some really groovy music with Onyemaechi, Master Drummer.  Onye will use rhythm, music and instruments to journey with children & families exploring the beauty and soul of the drum in African Village life.  This is from 10:30 – 11:30 and is free to the public.  There are so many wonderful things happening at our library!  Saturday the 8th is the workshop for Master Gardeners: Keep Your Soil Alive.  This cover crops, compost and mulch workshop will help gardeners learn options for fall & winter care of their vegetable gardens that will keep the soil healthy, alive and ready for Spring planting.  Learn about the importance of soil biology & the care choices for a living garden.  10:30-12:30. Every other Saturday is Read to a Therapy Dog…how fun is that!?  Be sure to go to the Guerneville Regional Library website for more information and the full list of groovy happenings! 

Wednesday the 5th is the Russian River Chamber of Commerce monthly Mixer, being held at Helena’s Baked on the River from 6-8 pm.  Check out the yummy offerings Helena has on the menu, as well as her delectable desserts!  Friday the 7th is the First Friday Artwalk throughout the downtown corridor, beginning at 3pm.  We have so much talent in the area; you really must take a stroll through town to admire all their work!  Perhaps you will find the perfect Valentines Day gift for your special someone…….

Saturday the 8th is Twilight Bingo with the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; be sure to dress up as the theme will be crossed with the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The beneficiary being CAPSC “Save our Smiles” Program & West County Dental Clinic offering dental care to low income children.  Dinner & dessert items will be available for purchase and remember, this is an Adults Only/Alcohol & Drug Free event!  Come on out and win some FREE SCHHHHTUFF!  Purchase your tickets online before they sell out!

Some groovy happenings a little further outside of town that I must mention:  On LEAP DAY, Saturday the 29th in Cazadero, the Montgomery School Boosters Club is having it’s annual fundraiser, ONLY fundraiser for the year, to help support activities for the kids and provide hot lunches throughout the year….this event is a LOT of fun for the whole family and the 300 tickets will sell out quickly as there is a huge raffle, music, dancing and of course pasta, salad and bread.  Another upcoming event you need to purchase tickets for well in advance is Perrish Sings Sinatra! Presented by the Monte Rio Chamber of Commerce on Saturday March 7th.  There will be a no host bar, pasta, salad, roll and dessert at 6pm with the show beginning at 7pm at the Monte Rio Community Center.  Enjoy the renowned Bay Area entertainer Perrish D’Andrea as he sings the songs of Frank Sinatra.  Tickets are available at Eventbrite or MonteRio.org.

More changes in the downtown corridor…..the Parcel Post has moved from The Plaza Building (which is for sale) to Rio Nido.  They are now located in the original post office just adjacent to the tunnel that goes under River Rd.  Country Tire, after 42 years, has closed its doors forever; thank you to the Buck Family for all of their generous support given to our community throughout those years.  Whether it was tire service, donating items for fundraising raffles, Friendship and Support through the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s, oh and keeping the Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed going all of those years!!!   We wish Stan, Mark & Sue the best in their future! (BTW, Mark is another El Molino Alumni; we were in the class of ’79 together).  Noel’s Automotive over in Monte Rio will now be offering tire services.  Thank you Chris Garske (another El Molino alumni) for providing a much needed service! Rumor has it that there is a new Sushi restaurant going in where Chef Patrick’s was…..but then again, I have yet to see the rumored Cider Ale House open where the Seafood Restaurant was……change is good…..and speaking of change,please be sure to welcome Yvette to the Gazette!!  It’s been fun groovin’ with all of you over the years!!

Guerneville Groove by Beth Udometkin

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