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The much awaited 2019 Russian River Pride Parade will feature Grand Marshall Cleve Jones.
The much awaited 2019 Russian River Pride Parade will feature Grand Marshall Cleve Jones.

Russian River Pride
Featuring Cleve Jones...
Annual Old Grove Festival
and more...

Aug 22, 2019


By Marina McTaggart 

Happy September Guerneville Groovers!   My friend Beth ( who usually writes this column ) is taking a little time off this month and has asked me to step in. So here we go —

Russian River Pride -  The summer may be winding down but here in Guerneville things are busier than ever! The month starts off with the widely anticipated, much awaited 2019 Russian River Pride Parade – Flooded with Love on Saturday Sept 7 featuring Grand Marshall Cleve Jones. There will be a full day of events starting with pre-parade cocktails and culminating with a GAYlactic Celebration Space Spectacular at the R3 Hotel. There will also be a Pre Pride Party at the R3 on Friday September 6. There is still time to enter the parade- email Rodger Jensen for an application – Parade volunteers are also needed. Don’t miss this inaugural event. It’s going to be amazing!

Drop by Sept 12 for complimentary skin consultation, swag bags, raffle prizesCongratulations to June Bug Skin and Body celebrating its 8 year anniversary  on Thursday September 12. Heidi, Grace and Susanna invite you to drop by for a complimentary skin consultation, swag bags, raffle prizes and special pricing on services. Light refreshments and nibbles will also be provided.

Armstrong Woods SNR will once again host the annual Old Grove Festival   on September 14 and 15 from 4:30pm – 9:00pm. The festival takes place in the beautiful open air theater originally built in the 1930’s. This is a benefit for Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and Save the Redwoods League and features an impressive variety of musical talent. Event reservations are limited ( I hear they usually sell out ) so get yours today . You’ll have a great time and also help preserve the beauty of our State Parks and our Redwood Forests. Tickets at

Russian River Parks and Recreation District has announced the J.K Wright Playground has fully reopened! The basketball courts have been re-surfaced and striped with 3 point lines added. The playground and tennis courts are located at 16016 Drake Rd. Come and enjoy some fun in the sun! Pacheco Playground and Vacation Beach Playground remain closed post flood. Pacheco is scheduled to reopen in September or early October. Vacation Beach needs new play equipment – stay tuned for a status update on that one.

The Russian River Chamber of Commerce  will hold its monthly Business Member Mixer at Boon Hotel and Spa -14711 Armstrong Woods Road on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:00 The Chamber is also currently accepting applications for open seats on the Chamber Board. Applicants interested in applying should contact the Chamber Office at 707 869 9000

Don’t forget Russian River Sisters Bingo on Saturday September 14. celebrating the Golden Girls and benefiting the Russian River Senior Centers Intergenerational Culinary Program. This is a bingo game like no other! Tickets usually sell out in advance so get yours today .

And now the "not so happy stuff" 

“It is with deep regret  that we lost our longtime friend and hair creator,  John Bennie on August 13th.  John was a dear friend to many and will be missed by all. He gave the C a good fight over the past few years and actually made it home after spending a year in the hospital, only to pass peacefully. We shall miss you my friend” ( Beth Rudometkin) 

North Bay Donate - you may recall that North Bay Donate was the subject of this column a few months back. Founded by Jamie Whitelaw and with the help of volunteers, their mission was to help neighbors in need after the devastating fires of October 2017 by working with families and individuals to assemble and deliver custom care packages. They worked out of a donated facility on the corner of Woodland Drive and Armstrong Woods Rd. That shop was broken into about a week ago and many of the goods (mostly new items ) were stolen and the shop was ransacked. Who steals from an organization dedicated to helping people recover and get back on their feet? Unbelievable!! Jamie is currently fundraising through PayPal to ensure flood and fire victims get the promised supplies. You can help by donating at

Nicky Gibson reopened her shop Wishes & Secrets Hair DesignAnd finally - Congratulations to Nicky Gibson on the grand reopening of her shop Wishes & Secrets Hair Design. The new sign looks great.








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