Free Compliments of our Advertisers
Sonoma County Gazette
How can you support those of us effected by the flood and fire evacuations? Shop and dine locally!
How can you support those of us effected by the flood and fire evacuations? Shop and dine locally! Image:

As we Transition
from Fire to Flood season...
Shop and Dine Locally!

Nov 25, 2019
by Chuck Ramsey, Russian River Alliance


As we transition from fire to flood season, let’s hope 2020 brings us changes to the status quo on many levels. One large positive from this past year has been the outpouring of support to help those of us effected by the flood and fire evacuations. I am astounded by the generosity of people donating to help our area. What can you do this Holiday season? Shop and dine locally!!! Our businesses and their employees have had a rough year and your support during the slow season means more now than ever. 

Look forward to changes at  Fern’s Market. Mike and his sister Linda Kahrau’s family have owned this property since inception. His great aunt and Fern originally started the business. Mike and Linda recently bought the business in October. Mike has been busy improving the property and hopes to re-open Fern’s on Dec 1st. The property also has two 2 bedroom units in the back with Mike living in one of the units. Fern’s will have the original deli, pizza, smoked meats, and outside seating available. Mike is promising quality food at fair prices and will be community oriented. What more could we want?

Looking for a break?  Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is playing at Curtain Call Theater  through Dec 14th. Monte Rio Supper Club presents dining by Russian House & music by Joyride Dec 2nd. Monte Rio Rec & Park District’s Holiday Craft Faire is Friday 11/29, Saturday, 11/30, and Sunday, 12/1. Local craft vendors will sell jewelry, home décor, holiday decorations, candles and art of all mediums.

This is also a good time of the year to consider security. There has been an increase in car break-ins in Monte Rio recently. Motion sensor lights, and cameras such as Ring Doorbell, are inexpensive and easy to install. Do not leave anything of value in your car (including garage door openers). Please keep an eye out for your neighbors and report any incidences to the Sheriff Department as well as Nextdoor. 

Regarding winter air quality and burning cleanly, we now have 6 local air sensors monitoring air quality from Drake Road (across river from Rio Nido) to Cazadero! We still need one in Rio Nido. Yes, we have one in Villa Grande and one on Starrett Hill. Thanks to everyone that installed one. Visit to view air quality in your area or to obtain your own sensor. 

Good news coming regarding our Amphitheater. Monte Rio Rec and Park District is working on bringing more events to the amphitheater. Next summer will be two evenings of Rockin’ on the River as an expansion to their Guerneville Plaza events. We are hoping to have more music events, weddings, and possibly a farmer’s market at the amphitheater as well. 

Got any ideas or suggestions for the greater good of Monte Rio? Send me an email at

Wishing you the best of Holidays with family and friends as we close out this year and look forward to 2020. 

Vacation Wonderland, we just keep getting better. 



Login to Make a Comment

Please support our sponsors:

Local Guide for takeout food

Sonoma County Restaurants who offer Take-Out Food during the Corona Virus Shelter-in-Place.
NOT on our LIST & MAP? Get LISTED:

SENIOR Resources during COVID-19 Pandemic

SENIOR Resources during COVID-19 Pandemic - Grocery Stores, Meals, Caregiving, Transportation and more to Shelter-in-Place. NOT on our LIST - Get LISTED HERE:

Family Guide for Corona Virus Shelter-in-Place - Sonoma County - with link to SCOE activities and more 

Fine Tree Care - Sonoma County Tree Services

Visit Fine Tree Care WEBSITE for a List of our SERVICES - Testimonials and to request a FREE Estimate

Flip through the pages of the print edition of the 2020 Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide

Your 2020 GUIDE to support locally-owned garden businesses and natural landscaping practices.

LOCAL GUIDE to Cannabis Dispensaries and Delivery Services, Sonoma County & Beyond.

LOCAL GUIDE to Cannabis Dispensaries and Delivery Services, Sonoma County & Beyond.All dispensaries have verified their information.

Sonoma County Bicycle Shops and Groups

Sonoma County Bike Shops and Groups. Find LOCALLY-OWNED Bicycle Shops for NEW, Used and Rental Bicycles as well as REPAIR. Look for a bike-riding group that suits your needs and style.

Locally-Owned Jewelry Businesses in Sonoma County

Find Goldsmiths and Jewelers who create custom designs, offer jewelry repair, estate appraisals, and gems.

Bookstores of Sonoma County - LOCAL GUIDE

Find a LOCALLY-OWNED Bookstore near you - CLICK HERE

Flower Shops and Florists of Sonoma County

Please support locally-owned businesses and tell them the Gazette sent you - THANK YOU!