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  • Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley (Theater)
    on Jul 18 2014 - at at Pegasus Theater

  • Rio Nido Homeowners Association Annual Golf Tournament (Food, Music, & Fun)
    on Aug 02 2014 - at Northwood Golf Course, Monte Rio

  • Art Festival/Rio Nido Pancake Breakfast (Food, Music, & Fun)
    on Aug 03 2014 - at Rio Nido Home Owners Association Picnic Area

  • Rio Nido: the Musical (Theater)
    on Aug 15 2014 - at at Pegasus Theater

  • Labor Day Chicken Barbecue (Food, Music, & Fun)
    on Aug 31 2014 - at Rio Nido Home Owners Association Picnic Area

Blues, Pancakes and more!

Saturday, July 19th 1:00 pm friends and neighbors honor the life of Vic Barfield at the HOA Picnic area. Bring some food + drink, good stories and memories! Scroll down to next post for more info.

Andy T & Nick Nixon RNR July 196-10 pm The Rio Nido Roadhouse welcomes back Andy T. and Nick, this time on the outdoor stage with dance floor – perfect for dancing to their Nashville Blues! $10 cover. Full bar, restaurant, billiards, horseshoes, sports TV and that  awesome swimming pool. 14540 Canyon 2 Road

Sunday, July 20th from 9:00 am – 11:00 the RNHOA is hosting a Pancake Breakfast at the Picnic Park (next to the PeeWee Golf Course between Rio Nido Road and Canyon 7). Even if you’re visiting, come meet the other guests and folks of our hamlet! $7 person.

Celebrate the Life of Vic Barfield July 19th

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Calling all Russian River Artists–Aug 3 Art Festival

Reserve your table for the Rio Nido Arts and Crafts Festival August 3 from 9:30am-2:30pm. All arts and crafts welcome–including literary arts and music. If you’d like to participate email a or or you can call 869-8284. And don’t miss the Rio Nido Homeowners Association breakfast from 9am-12pm.



Fourth of July Weekend in Rio Nido

What are your plans for the weekend? While you figure out where you’re viewing your fireworks (Guerneville, Monte Rio, Sebastopol) don’t forget that the Rio Nido Roadhouse  has Gator Nation on Friday, a marshmallow roast and night swim on Saturday, and Dginn on Sunday!

The Friends of Rio Nido are meeting Saturday at 11am next to the dog park (everyone is welcome) and the The Rio Nido Homeowners Association Independence Day Celebration starts Saturday evening  and is open to the public. Food: 5pm-8pm; Music & Dancing: 5pm-9pm. 



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Come Play Pee Wee Golf Friday + Saturday nights through Labor Day

When’s the last time you played Pee Wee golf? Don’t forget we have our own course in Rio Nido operated by volunteers from the RNHOA every Friday & Saturday until Labor Day weekend (6:30-9:30 pm).  It’s located on the corner of Rio Nido Road & Canyon 7. The clubhouse serves cold soda, snacks and family fun! Entrance fees: $3 Adults / $2 Children.


Pee Wee Golf at the RNHOA Park

Pee Wee Golf at the RNHOA Park

Hiland: Legend Guitarist Highlights Weekend


guitar wizard virtuoso

Saturday, June 21, 2014 Rio Nido Roadhouse 14540  Canyon 2 Road, Tom Finn presents: guitarist, Johnny Hiland. $25 door/$20 advanced. Swim Lessons @RNRPool coming soon!

This weekend = 2 great sounds at the RNR


Rio Nido Surf Festival June 14 2014

Rio Nido Roadhouse 14540 Canyon 2, Rio Nio, CA

Dance in the redwoods under the moon this Friday the 13th to the very cool SoulShine Blues Band. Then come back Saturday June 14 from 3 to 9 pm and dance in your bathing suit to four great bands during the Rio Nido Surf Festival! $7  Restaurant, bar and poolside snack bar. Serving brunch Saturdays  & Sundays 9:00 am.

Fire Safety For Your Home and Our Neighborhood

(We’re re-running this article to remind everyone about what we can do to prevent fires in our neighborhood.)

Huge thanks to our local RR Fire Protection District Firefighters, Cal Fire (i.e. CDF) and Fire Safe Sonoma, especially to Caerleon Safford (FSS) and Marshall Turbeville (CalFire)!

Following are some of the important points from a presentation and discussion with the three above agencies, who so generously attended a Friends of Rio Nido membership meeting. Please consider this information for your beneficial use, as appropriate for your residence in Rio Nido.

  • Fire travels up steep slopes more than 5 times faster than downhill. Thus, for people living on a slope, particular consideration should be given to “fuel sources” that lie downhill.
  • Although almost anything can be a “fuel source,” some primary examples of items that should be avoided or trimmed back to be more than 10 feet from your house: dead vegetation or trees, overhanging tree limbs, a collection of ornamental grasses/berries (e.g. junipers) since they are highly flammable, collected garbage and papers. For firewood piles, the distance should be greater (ideally >30 feet). Also related – gutter debris, brooms, and wood furniture prone to burning. And though ivy can hold moisture, it also can hide dead vegetation and kills its host tree.
  • “Defensible Space” around your house is a critical aspect of reducing the probability of a nearby fire affecting to your house. This includes trimming plants and small trees around your home to avoid “ladder fuel”: vegetation that allows a fire to travel from lower plants, to increasingly taller ones and ultimately treetops (which is when it can cover vastly greater distances).
  • In the case of an emergency: (1) Having your house clearly marked with reflective numbers is critical in the case of an emergency. Our local firefighters sell these signs for $15. Call 869-0553 to order. (2) Have an evacuation plan, ideally with two possible means out of your house and neighborhood.
  • Note that dead/dried wood is especially problematic because it is much more prone to creating problematic embers than living trees.

Excellent information sources are abundant! Check these out for starters:

Image from  Cal Fire (

Image from Cal Fire (

FRN 2014 Meeting Calendar

(Updated May 23 with new dates for July, August, and September.)

The Friends of Rio Nido has scheduled the member meetings for the year. They’re as follows :

Everyone is welcome to attend (whether you live in Rio Nido or not!)

January 25th, 11am-noon, at the Rio Nido Lodge
April 5, 11am-noon
May 17th, 11am-noon
July 5th, 11am-noon (FRN Board election day!)
August 16th, 11am-noon
September 27th, 11am-noon
November 8th, 11am-noon


Open Season This Memorial Weekend!

Summer is here! Here are just a few of the things happening in Rio Nido this weekend:

  • The Roadhouse swimming pool opens for summertime fun starting Friday, May 23 @ 11:30 am. Check out the for more info and the water aerobics schedule too!
  • Stompy Jones stars on the outdoor stage at the Roadhouse Saturday evening, 6-10 pm ($12.00 at the door). Big time band for dancing!
  • The RNHOA is hosting their annual BBQ at Homeowners Park as neighbors, visitors, friends, family and others gather for a delicious meal, Pee Wee mini-golf, the Children’s talent show, music, dancing, and more. Everyone is welcome on Sunday–Food: 4pm-8pm. Music & dancing: 5pm-9pm.
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday–Pegasus Theater at the Rio Nido Lodge–The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) runs all weekend long. See the schedule and prices at
  • Have you stopped by the Rio Nido lodge and Moon River Marketplace yet? They’re open for coffee and smoothies Saturday and Sunday until noon.