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Double-header this weekend at the Rio Nido Roadhouse

Come watch the Fargo Brothers Saturday night and the Super Bowl on Sunday at the Rio Nido Roadhouse.

Don’t forget–parking is on the side and around the back. Don’t let a little extra walk slow you down. Tell your friends!


Tracking Fundraising for the Historic Rio Nido Sign–Any donation counts!

(modified photo - RN sign in its future home)

(modified photo – RN sign in its future home)

The community of Rio Nido and FRN have a fundraising task in front of us to close the gap between the generous grants we received from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and our total sign costs. Some excellent progress has been made on fundraising, and some updates on the not-yet-quoted costs that were anticipated to be $2,000 or more…As of December 21st, we had received $655 in donations, and needed more than $4,200 in donations.  Since that time:

  • The official estimate for the lane closure has come in at an affordable $400, thanks to the generosity of the owner of Von Renner, Jeff.  (We had been warned by others to  anticipate possibly more than $2k for these costs!)  A huge thanks to Von Renner!
  • The estimates we have for the re-installation of the sign (on a pole, in concrete, big trucks and augers involved) put us at $4,275.47 over our remaining grant funds.
  • Additionally, there are two more estimates pending (one for lane closure, the other from the refurbisher for storage fees given the extensive time it took us to obtain the County permit) which could total another couple of thousand dollars.

We have received a strong showing of support already in donations for the sign. Given the latest details on our total costs, we have already achieved 24% of our fundraising goal! HUGE thanks to our generous donors.

We need some additional assistance to fund the final phases of this project — even just $10 or $20 each counts towards the goal.  Here’s an updated chart with more details on what is included (since this project involves quite a lot more than many not on the Sign Committee would expect):



  • $50 or more, you’ll get an FRN patch,
  • $100 or more, you’ll get a women’s or men’s FRN t-shirt,
  • $250 or more, you get both, and we will thank you publicly at the dedication ceremony and in associated announcements!

Feel free to email us with questions, or you can donate by clicking on the “donate” button below, going to our RN sign website, or sending a check to FRN at PO Box 184 in Rio Nido.

FRN is a 501c3 so your donation is tax deductible.
Please help us track your donation properly by mentioning “Rio Nido Sign” either on your check, or on paypal, in the link for “Special instructions to the seller“.
Finally, another shout out to our sign refurbisher, Dick, from Econoline Signs, who made a generous donation by way of reducing the prices for his professional services (i.e. an in-kind donation).
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Help Keep Rio Nido’s Air Clean!

Here are some clean air tips from the Russian River Alliance and Air Quality District to ensure that this winter won’t be a repeat of last year.

In the winter many of us use wood burning stoves for heat. To be in compliance, after start-up there should be no visible smoke emanating from your chimney. How do you get a hot clean fire that actually produces more heat for the money and less smoke? Buy dry seasoned wood, keep the wood dry, and have sufficient air getting into the stove (leave door slightly open during start-up), so the fire is hot, versus smoldering.


Our Air Quality board has been responsive to calls made and are making site visits in our area. If you are experiencing poor air quality either from open burns or improperly operated wood stoves, call Air Quality at 707-433-5911, or email

Working together we are making a difference in our air quality.



FRN 2015 Calendar–Saturday Member Meetings

Save these dates for the upcoming Friends of Rio Nido Meetings. Location and agenda to be announced a week or two before each meeting.

  • January 24th, 11am-noon
  • March 28th, 11am-noon
  • May 16th, 11am-noon
  • June 13th, 11am-noon (FRN Board election day!)
  • August 1st, 11am-noon
  • September 12th, 11am-noon
  • November 7th, 11am-noon


January Line-up of Great Bands #707-869-0821  The back patio is definitely a more intimate setting in the winter, perfect for the smaller, less amplified bands. You can still get jazzed up with the bands we’ve booked–blues, jazz, folk, rock. Come dine, drink, and dance. Some of our customers are still singing Unchain Me, Unchain My Heart, and Unchained Melody…park on the side and around the back. Anything’s better than traipsing through a muddy, rut-filled lot! We’re still here to serve you and having fun while we do it!
(Sneak Preview: Couples’ Valentine’s Night Dinner, Friday, February 13!) 

Ring in the New Year with “OLD HOLLYWOOD” Style

214ac689-5972-4e6c-bf66-d6ba70f568bd14540 Canyon 2 Road #707-869-0821

This New Year’s Eve come to the “Old Hollywood” themed party at the Rio Nido Roadhouse. $12 for appetizers all night, great recorded music for dancing, champagne at midnight. Dress for the occasion. Be creative, think glamour… even your favorite Hollywood movie star!

Come have fun with your friends!


The Rain Won’t Soak Your Holiday Festivities @ RNR!

14540 Canyon Two, Rio Nido, 707-869-0821,

63d9c768-116f-4c4e-b785-6f90ad2932d8Don’t miss the THUGZ Holidaze Party on December 20. ALWAYS a lot of fun for everyone. $5 cover. Kids free.

Sunday the 21st is the Annual Cookies & Crafts night. 6 p.m. RSVP 869-0821. FREE.

OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY = Keep Brad company!

FYI: There’s no Band on December 27. The RNR will close at 6 p.m. for a private party.

Very soon we’ll let you know what we’re planning for New Year’s Eve.

Just Three More Chances to see Other Desert Cities at Pegasus Theater!

Other Desert Cities is a superbly written dark comedy (with a surprising and uplifting ending), beautifully directed and acted by a true ensemble cast. Make your reservations now…. online at or by calling 583-2343. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through December 21.

The Russian River in the early 1900’s

Take a tour of the Russian River resort area through classic postcards featuring the town and beaches of Rio Nido. There is no sound. Thanks to Antiques & Pioneer Relics for sharing this.

Storm Resources from the County

(From a recent press release from the county)

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 to report all emergencies, and utilize 2-1-1 for non-urgent informational needs.

Shelter Information

Guerneville:  The existing shelter at the Guerneville Veteran’s Memorial Hall, located at the intersection of Church and 1st St., will be expanded by an additional 20-25 beds beginning at 5pm today.  The shelter, operated by the Community and Family Service Agency, will be opened for at least the next 24 hours.

Information on existing and additional shelters can also be obtained through 2-1-1 and the Catholic Charities’ Cold Weather Hotline at 707-800-2027.

Roads Information

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 to report any dangerous road conditions that result from the storm, such as downed trees or flooded roads, so that law enforcement can provide traffic control as soon as possible.  To report issues that are not a threat to public safety, residents should call the road maintenance main line at 707-565-5100.

Updates on road closures can be found at

Flood Prediction information

Sandbags available from the County!

The rain, it is a comin’…. A quick heads up that we’ve heard that the County Department of Public Works is providing sandbags to folks in our area. You can pick sandbags up on Wednesday December 10th, at : the Forestville Youth Park (Mirabel Road in Forestville), on Armstrong Woods Road, near the old Rodeo grounds (in Guerneville just North of the fire station) either of the fire stations in Forestville or Guerneville.


Stay safe!