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January 2012

Happy New Year! So I'm just going to start in with the great American Tradition for January, New Years Resolutions. My personal goal for this year is to be more gentle with myself. Anyone who knows me can say that I am my own worst enemy. Not only am I usually quite hard on myself, I usually get in my own way in so many ways for success. I have decided this year, I'm going to work towards getting out of the way of being the perfect being that the Divine made me to be and when my thoughts turn towards myself I pledge to walk lightly.

But enough about me. A great Resolution is to exercise more. And I have to say I've been a bit slack in my duties as the River Social Diva in talking about a friend of mine Taylor who does Zumba classes here in Guerneville. If you haven't heard of Zumba it's a fusion of Latin inspired dance and movement that really works up a sweat and the core body. His classes are in St. Hubert's Hall (located at 14100 Armstrong Woods Road.). Class times are Saturday at 10:30 am, Monday at 6 pm, Tuesday at 7 pm and Thursday at 5 pm. Cost is drop in at $8.00 and he has some great package specials, 10 classes for 2 months at $45. If you want to get on his email list, drop him a note at  

Now the big news in my humble opinion, is the fact that the R3 (formally know as the Russian River Resort) at the corner of 4th and Mill is open. Now they have been open for rooms for a little bit now. But the restaurant and bar are now open. I have to say I'm so happy. I love the vibe that is coming back to the venue. I also want to make sure that everyone know the menu looks great. The selection of items is growing, but for the present I'm sure you will find something that you will enjoy. For example, starting with a Lasagne Bolognese featuring a house made marinara at $15.00. Also if you are more of a seafood fan, you may want to try the Coquille St. Jacques; ocean scallops sauteed in a rich white wine and cheese sauce. Served with mashed potato and house vegetable at $19.00. And what I'm most likely to be ordering most of the time is going to be the R3 Beef Burger. A generous 8 ounce house patty with all the fixings and potato fries julienne at $9.00. And what kind of a space would it be if they didn't do a Sunday Brunch. With a well balanced menu offerings of  eggs, pancakes and such you will not be disappointed.  The brunch menu for $16.00 includes endless champagne. For all the details of course check out the web page at

Another great Resolution is to take some time out to pamper oneself. Besides the full body work I do three days a week (Thursday through Saturday) at Creation Salon, I'm doing on site chair massage at Twice Told Books on Tuesday and Wednesday. Located inside Coffee Bazaar at 14045 Armstrong Woods Road. It's $20 for a 15 minute session and I'm there 11 am to 5 pm. Drop in for some great reading and a little relaxation.

On a similar note of self care, I am so happy to let everyone know that the HIV Testing Van is gonna be back out this way. Due to budget cuts, the county had to stop this service awhile back. But if you need to know what your HIV status is, you can now do it twice a month. For January they are going to be in the parking lot of the Bank of America ATM Building on Main Street on January 4 and 18. From 3:30 pm to 6 pm. It's a rapid response test, so you will know where you stand in 15 minutes or so. The van is staffed by the good folks of the Drug Abuse Alternatives Center. I have to say that I'm so happy to see this service again available to our community.

And finally I want to round out the first Dish of the year with a quick request. I just want to say thank you to everyone who enjoys this article. Drop me a line at if  know of anything going on around the river that I should be talking about. And of course tune into my radio show “The River Dish” every Sunday but the fourth week of the month on KGGV 95.1 LP FM The Bridge. (Streaming online at  


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