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April 2010

We are in full swing of spring this month. April starts us off with all the best of the river. Warm days, crisp nights and perhaps the tail end of rain. But we know that the wet weather is on it's way out. This is always in my mind a great month to reconnect with the outdoor activates that make living and playing here in West Sonoma such a great experience.

Speaking of a great outdoor activity, have you heard about the Zip Line tours out in Occidental? I have to say that I've not done this yet, but it's on my to-do list. Now if you don't know what a zip line tour is, let me tell you. You start out on a platform, up in the redwoods, and then jump out on a zip line (think spider man here...) and zip down over ravines and through the trees. The tour ends with a eighty foot rappel. So it's a great way to really get to experience the coastal redwoods and gives you a new view on life. You can find them online at

April also brings up some great community events. First I want to talk about a fun fundraiser for on of the great events that happens every summer. The Stumptown Days Parade is a celebration of all things River every summer. And the folks at Trio are helping out with a great event. On April 14th, from 3 pm to 10:30 pm half of the profits from that evening will be donated to put on this great parade. So come out and enjoy some great food and know it's for a good cause.

Now as I've said before April, weather permitting is a great month to really jump start the outdoor season. I know we get spoiled come July with the weather around here, this time of year I personally get antsy to get outside again. And I love a trip to the coast. It's not only just in our backyard, but a great road trip anyway. One of my two favorite things to do out on the coast is taking a trip to see the whales. April is the 'tail end' pun intended of the whale watching season, but I think it's the best time to do so. It really brings into my mind the wonder and splendor of the life that we share here on the North Coast. The options to view the migrations are many and I don't have the space to list them all. Your best bet is to take a look at the following website.

Another great activity that really gives us a chance to connect to the ocean live is get out to the tide pools. It's an amazing afternoon trip and so much fun. The best tide pools I feel are at Shell Beach, Sonoma Coast State Beach. It's just three miles south of Jenner. It's a rocky expansive beach and if you really want the full experience, make it out during low tide and take the time to have a volunteer naturalists help interpret the tidepools for you. Again check out for more information. And hey, just take a look at for a ton of fun information on so many things to do around Sonoma County.

Also in April we have some exciting news about one of my favorite groups in town. The Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are having their anniversary party. This year marks a bit of a milestone for the order, they are turning Ten! I personally can hardly wrap my mind around that fact. It seems like just yesterday I recall the 'ladies' just running around town for the first time. I am amazed that a small group of dedicated folks have grown the Order into what it is today. They do so much good work for such a wide swath of the Russian River Community. Now on Good Friday, it's a party! No fundraiser, the Sisters aren't asking for money, in fact they are giving it away to the community. On Friday April 22nd from 7 to 9 pm at 18100 Highway 116. This event is always a good time. Another event well worth taking the time to visit is the display of Archival materials documenting the last ten years of the Russian River Sisters. It's in the meeting room at the Guerneville library, located at 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd.

Now on other notes, a few shameless plugs. Have you had a chance to check out the new eats at Coffee Bazaar? They have some great new goodies made in house by Linda (my diet hates her, just saying.) and Sean is now making the quiche in house. It's a great spinach and feta or bacon and cheese quiche. Located at 140495 Armstrong Woods Rd.

Next shameless plug, is for the gang at Creation Salon. Just letting all my fans know that you can get full service manicure and pedicures at the salon. Including gel sets. But wait, there is more; you can also get some fun natural feather hair extensions. And the latest buzz around town is about the formaldehyde free hair straightening and defrizz treatments. Check out the salons website at

And finally, I don't want to forget to mention the Grand Opening of  Community First Credit Union. They have been open for a awhile at the new branch, but they are having a Grand Opening Party. Sometime this month, but you need to stop in and talk to them to get the date... (Ok, to be honest, they didn't know for sure when it would be at my print deadline.) They are at the corner of Armstrong Woods and Highway 116. And did you know they are doing a no closing cost Home Equity loan right now, also talk to them about the details. And yes I am not only someone who talk about how great they are, but a member.

So that's my story for April. Keep in touch by sending me some email about how much you love my articles here by sending a message to And of course tune into my radio show on KGGV 95.1 LP FM the Bridge every Sunday but the fourth of the month at 9 pm. Streaming if you are outside of our broadcast radius is at (click through to the blog website, and then on the streaming link in the upper right corner...)

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