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2019-07-15Jul 15, 2019

The biggest show of the year, the Monte Rio Variety Show will take place at the Monte Rio Amphitheater on Thursday July 25. Join us for a special evening of music, comedy and theater. With a uniquely wide range of acts, from Jazz to Classical, from Country to Rock, the Monte Rio Variety Show has been a Russian River tradition for 108 years.

2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019

Will we see this as an opportunity to change the way we live and do business, or will the next flood just be a rinse and repeat?This time around it was a very local response. Business owners were out there doing what needed to be done day one. Our supervisor Lynda Hopkins fought to get us relief funds, so we could clean up and recover. Our county Board of Supervisors were there for us. First responders and neighbors did whatever was needed. As President of ts, I am proud of the work of Jeniffer Wertz hitting the streets immediately after the flood handing out Safeway gift cards. She was also without power or propane heat for a week and took time off her job to make a difference.

2019-03-11Mar 11, 2019

Driving along River Road west through Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville into Monte Rio is going through a flood war zone with piles of debris stacked on the side of the road ready for pickup this week. Curbside collection will be provided to residents impacted by the flood in the unincorporated lower Russian River and will take place daily from March 11 – March 15, 2019 with a final sweep for remaining items from March 18 – 22, 2019.

2019-03-02Mar 2, 2019

The County of Sonoma will host a community meeting on Sunday, March 3, to discuss the impacts of recent storms and share information on how to get started with the recovery process. The meeting will be 2 to 4 p.m. at El Molino High School, 7050 Covey Road, Forestville.

2019-02-27Feb 27, 2019

It seems Monte Rio has taken over Cazadero as the second rainiest place in Sonoma after Venado. Now it’s time to move on to Spring and new beginnings!  There have been a lot of changes recently on the food front. Winter is always hard on local restaurants and many have closed or changed hands. For some after dinner entertainment head over to Curtain Call Theater for Spike Heels, March 1-23. The play is about women’s issues in the workplace.

2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019

It's a big deal on The River. The Lower Russian River area has wanted a voice of influence at the Board of Supervisors and now, thanks to Fifth District Supervisor Lynd Hopkins, the first public meeting will be held February 25 at Guerneville Elementary School. The public is welcome and encouraged to be involved in making decisions about the present and future of the Lower River Communities which extend from Forestville to Cazadero/Duncans Mills.

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019
2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Come join the festivities on July 5th at Monte Rio Beach as we celebrate Independence Day Monte Rio style beginning with the Big Rocky Games for children from 12-4 followed by a float parade at dusk. See the famous Monte Rio water curtain which shows images of the American Flag projected off the bridge and then get ready to view an amazing fireworks show - the best on the river - bar none.

2019-06-05Jun 5, 2019

William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is saturated with a mystical, charged atmosphere of shrouded moors and supernatural omens echoing through castle halls. In this unique adaptation by Avilynn Pwyll, magick takes center stage through the antics of witches and Lady Macbeth’s dark arts. 

2019-05-22May 22, 2019

I was on time to the Park & Rec board meeting when I saw a guy planting the flowers at the Welcome to Vacation Wonderland sign. I stopped. The board meeting could start without me. I thanked Ed Brochu, who lives in Cazadero, for beautifying our gateway and asked him why was he doing this? He said his mother, Nola Dianne Abbott, had passed away recently in November in Houston. Park & Rec is also still working on trying to get Monte Rio a public EV charging station. Technology is advancing so rapidly. When I bought my EV a few years ago, VW was not able to deliver the car I wanted with Driver Assist package. With fire season approaching, updates on installation of air quality sensors. As previously reported Cazadero Fire has approved Russian River Alliance’s request to install local sensors to protect residents and school children. Russian River Fire did not see it in their purview to do this and decided not to approve the request. A follow-up request has been sent to MRFPD for an update on their end. 


2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Recovery. It’s good to see our area cleaned up and most businesses re-opened with other businesses re-opening soon in time for the tourist high season. The county did a great job helping us when we needed it the most. Hopefully this will be another strong tourist season. Understanding how our government works is always a moving target. It seems that whenever you think things are better, under-control, and on auto-pilot, they aren’t. While criminal activity is up in Guerneville as well as Monte Rio, our Sheriff’s department is cutting back folks in the Guerneville sub-station due to budget cuts again.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Congratulations to Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman who is the recipient of the April North Bay Spirit Award. The award is given to celebrate and recognize people who make a difference in our community. No one can dispute his dedication and commitment to not just Monte Rio but surrounding communities as well. I’m sure everyone on the river has a “Steve story”- I have several myself. He has served Monte Rio as a volunteer for so long that he predates the 911 emergency call systems. As a result many residents have his phone number and call him FIRST before calling 911. Monte Rio without Steve Baxman would be like Bedford Falls without George Bailey! A grateful community sends a big THANK YOU to Chief Baxman and all firefighters and first responders.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

Here's what's happening in Monte Rio this May. Many small businesses are reopening for the first time after the floods, Monte Rio's Fire Chief won an award, and a Shakespeare production is coming to town.

2019-04-05Apr 5, 2019

Monte Rio has seen natural disaster before but this flood was a Big One. While many escaped unscathed, there were businesses and homes that experienced severe damage. But our community spirit is strong and we come together to help one another in times such as these.

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