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November 2011

November for me is the month that I really start to think about why I live here, what I've done the past year and really start to look at why I love the river. Did you know it's now been twelve years since I moved from San Francisco? And let me say I've been loving every moment of it for the most part, and why dwell on the bad?

So anyways, November brings out the Thanksgiving weekend and kicks off the holidays around town. And I would like to start off with talking about the 2011 Holiday Parade of Lights Princess/Prince Competition. Every year a group of amazing young adults from the various river communities come together to support the event. This is done through raffle ticket sales. You are going to see posters around town telling you about the various contestants in the contest. It's a great way for us as a community to support our youth. And if you are interested in being part of the event, feel free to stop in at Community First Credit Union or the Russian River Chamber of Commerce to pick up a application form. Finally you can also support the event by coming to the Crowning Ceremony on Friday December 2nd at Chef Patrick's from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Another great thing about the holidays that I would like to talk about is the fact that my BFF Bill at Twice Told Books, inside Coffee Bazaar is going to be open on Thanksgiving Day. Oh and of course Coffee Bazaar is also open so if you need some time from cooking the bird, stop by for some great coffee or a latte. Though keep in mind that Coffee Bazaar is doing holiday hours, open at 8 am and close at 6 pm. As for Twice Told Books, Bill is starting on the 14th a fifty percent discount on all cookbooks in stock; excluding any consignment books. And of course it's never to early to think about Holiday Gifts. I can't personally think of something more than a gift certificate from a book store as something I would love to have stuffed in my stocking.

On the same note, if you really don't want to do the turkey dinner at home, I wanted to let everyone know that my good friends over at the Village Inn in Monte Rio are doing a great Thanksgiving Dinner there. On Thanksgiving they are doing a set menu, Turkey with all the fixings. Or if that's not what you are looking for they have what sounds like a great vegetarian option. I have never had anything out of their kitchen that was anything less than amazing, so I'm sure it's going to be great. The seating times for dinner are at three, five and seven pm. You really should call for reservations. 707-865-2304 and they are located at 20822 River Boulevard in Monte Rio-Vacation Wonderland. On line at

In that theme I would really like to encourage everyone to think locally for gifts this year. With so much talk in the media around "Occupy" this that and the other, big banks and corporations that seem to be demonized with good reason; I feel one powerful thing we can do is talk with our money. Every bit of money that we keep here in the River is money that stays here in the River. I'm not going to spend time 'preaching to the choir' as they say, but I will talk about the fact that we are a great community and lets keep it local. I just wanted to again say that I personally keep my banking with Community First Credit Union here in Guerneville. I love them. Beth and Julie are a pleasure to work with. And while I always enjoy heading into the office, I don't always have the time. I can do just about anything I want to do on the web at or on the run on my phone with the mobile app from them. (I have a android phone, but it works on any smart phone, I Phone or Blackberry.) And they keep our money here locally and aren't out to make money for a bunch of Wall Street investors, for People not for Profit as they say. So while spending money locally, I also want to ask everyone to keep in mind that when you use a credit card, your still giving money to some big corporate something somewhere along the line. If you are using a debit card with a local finical institution, it's not as bad; but keep in mind that the processor of that card is taking a percentage from the merchant. If your using a credit card, more likely than not the card is with one of the big evil boys. And god knows I have one, and yeah it's a corporation that owns my credit. I personally try and either pay by check, or cash as much as possible. Again, shop and keep our money local. I'll get down off my soap box now.

Finally, I just wanted to touch on the Christmas Holiday Dinner that has been going on here on the river for years. This year it's being hosted by the Russian River Sisters. Sister Prudence Improper is handling the details for the dinner. I'm just giving a shout out to keep an eye on this space next month for more details as to what you can do to help with the dinner. But if you would like to help and just have to know the 411 now, drop her a line at Oh and one final note on the Sisters, did you know that waiting in line for hours to get into Bingo can now be a thing of the past? If you want, you can purchase your bingo tickets in advance off the web page for the order at It couldn't be more fun to spend time on the web if you were to ask me.

Well I think that's about it for the month, tune in and keep up on all things dishy and swishy on the river every Sunday at 9 pm (all but the fourth week of the month) for the River Dish on KGGV 95.1 LP FM The Bridge; an hour of listening to your favorite media personally talk about LGBT news, events or other things that I feel are worth talking about. And feel free as always to drop me a line at

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