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 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 12

Help celebrate Abe Lincoln’s birthday with a delightful $5 buffet on Give Back Tuesday at the Rainbow.  It’s likely that if Abe still walked this Earth and lived nearby, he’d show up and contribute a few raffle prizes.

“Happy birthday dear Abie, ….!”

This week’s benefit is for the Russian River Senior Center which strives to enrich and strengthen the lives of seniors living in  West Sonoma County…and to  empower seniors to live independently by strengthening their family network. Says director Diane Spain,  “We are often like a second family to those who come to the Senior Center, especially for those who have lost important people in their lives.” You may expect raffle prizes, unbridled hilarity, and full bellies.



11 a.m. Thursday, February 14

A Ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the recently-approved Creekside Park project   will take place and everyone is invited.

The long abandoned Monte Rio elementary school on Main Street just east of the heart of Monte Rio will be transformed into a community-focused destination where residents and visitors can enjoy a café, hiking trail, a skate park and a community farm. Says Supervisor Efren Carrillo,

“This beautiful, interactive and educational project is the culmination of several years of advocacy by community residents to remove blight while providing River area children, residents, and visitors with a unique opportunity to enjoy the creeks and open space in the heart of Monte Rio.”


Cupid turns the corner

5 p.m., Thursday, Februarty 14

In honor of Cupid’s most rambunctious day (Valentines Day) many local restaurants are offering special feasts and mood-motivators. To see prices, menus and locations, go here:



9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday, February 14
Pinniped Monitoring Orientation (Bring lunch)

Instructors: Dr. Joe Mortenson, Jessica Martini-Lamb, SCWA
Join Stewards’ pinniped monitoring program. Volunteers collect data required by the Sonoma County Water Agency to ensure the protection of harbor seals during Russian River estuary activities as they pertain to mandated work by the Biological Opinion. Stipends provided to cover mileage/meals. Location furnished upon registering.


8 p.m., Thursday, February 14

David Nelson Band and The Windshield Cowboys

“I’m goin’ to the River Theater – whaddya expect?”

Former New Riders of the Purple Sage guitarist, and Jerry Garcia sideman David Nelson helps celebrate Valentines Day  by  bringing his widely acclaimed band to the Russian River Theater on Saturday, February 14. The Windshield Cowboys will also be  there to remove any bugs you may have on your glasses. $25 gets you in the door.

9 am – Noon,  Saturday, February 16

Instructor: Dr. Sarah Allen, Ecologist

Seals at River mouth

Learning about the pinnipeds from Dr. Sarah Allen is always a treat. This seminar includes information about harbor seals, sea lions, elephant seals and whales. Location furnished upon registering.

Register on line at: volparks@mcn.org

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