You better be good-Super Heroes are coming to town!
It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
It’s a Nun!
The Russian River Sisters’ Bingo fundraiser this month is for two especially worthy causes and is appropriately dubbed Super Hero Bingo.
The beneficiaries are the Russian River Empowerment Center, which opened in mid-2007 and the emergency Winter Shelter for the Homeless which is generally open from November until March and located at the Guerneville Vets Memorial Hall.
The Empowerment Center, located at at 16390 Main Street, Guerneville, calls itself a “mental health and wellness drop-in center that provides a safe and supportive haven for those who want to transcend serious and persistent mental illness” and sees itself as “a mosaic of our life experiences.”
With services provided by both staff and volunteers its intention is to create a supportive community which offers support groups, workshops, stress management and life skills guidance and counseling, socialization and much, much more.
It’s currently open from Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. They may be reached by phone at 604-7264 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Jan Dewald is the supervisor.
The Emergency winter homeless shelter provides “a basic, life-saving place for homeless adults in Western Sonoma County to sleep indoors during winter months.” Open from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily, at least one meal will be provided to residents per day. Behavioral standards must be unwaveringly adhered to (or else face being prohibited from its use) and the community will be granted access to the shelter. Floor mats and bedding will be provided, and referrals to employment, substance abuse counseling, and other services will be made when staff are available.
The emergency shelter is minimally funded with a combination of Community Development Block Grant funds and affordable housing sub-funds (discretionary funds assigned by County staff coming from TOT revenues). Funds pay for rent, utilities, staff, and supplies for the shelter. There has been a concerted, committed effort by WCCS to pre-screen and promote the shelter to ONLY West County locals – and a promise to deny shelter access to anyone from outside of the West County region.
Super Heroes bingo will feature a costume contest and the possibility of Batman, Wonder Woman, Plastic Man, the Green Lantern, the Incredible Hulk and the androgynous Silver Surfer all buzzing around under the same roof should be a remarkable spectacle as well as making everyone feel ultra-safe.
Yummy morsels and what Renee of Ferns calls the “Best Pizza in Town” will be available, and there will also be a boatload of Super Duper Free raffle prizes along with the glam, glitter and healthy irreverence that only the Russian River Sisters can provide.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the Games begin at 7 p.m. no alcohol is permitted and
only those 18 and over will be permitted to play. Advance tickets available on line at R.R. Sisters.com.
When: 6 p.m., Saturday, January 12
Where: Odd Fellows Hall, 16219 First Street, Guerneville,