Over the last few months, we’ve added several artist profiles to help highlight our creative community. Big thanks to Patricia Roland-James for interviewing our locals to share their stories. Come meet all them at the 11th Annual Rio Nido Art and Crafts Festival on Sunday, August 2nd 2015, from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Rio Nido Homeowners Park. Admission is free. At the same time and place the Homeowners will be serving a delicious pancake breakfast from 9 AM to 12 PM.
SAT 13 JUNE, 11 am Friends of Rio Nido Community Meeting @ the Bruno Farnocchia park. Two vacancies for the FRN Board will be voted on. New ‘Dog Curbing’ signs can be ordered by emailing email@example.com
6 pm RIO NIDO ROADHOUSE hosts Rick Lenzi as Elvis. Listen & dance to the best three decades of Elvis music ever! $15 cover. Full bar, restaurant, swimming pool, snacks, games and more!
SUN 14 JUNE, 9 am to noon RNHOA Pancake Breakfast down at the RNHOA picnic and BBQ area next to Pee Wee Golf – join in the fun!
The summer pool season at Rio Nido Roadhouse is from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend – unless unusually warm or cold weather changes the dates. During the day a lifeguard is always on duty. They offer swim lessons, water aerobics classes, adult lane swimming, evening swimming, and other special water events. Check with the friendly staff to find out what’s happening! Order hots and hams from the outside Snack Bar, or off the restaurant menu for dining on the enclosed outdoor patio.
When’s the last time you played Pee Wee golf? Don’t forget we have our own miniature golf course in Rio Nido, operated by volunteers from the RNHOA, open 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 other family games! $3 Adults / $2 Children.
Friends of Rio Nido (FRN) member meeting will be held. All are welcomed to join!
This Saturday, May 16th, from 11am-noon,
at the Bruno Farnocchia Park picnic tables.
Meeting agenda has been posted here.
Two FRN Board seats are open during this election cycle, and check out the excellent FRN Board candidates we have in our midst! Voting will be by mail by for voting FRN Members… instructions to follow via in an email on or before May 20th — balloting will be open until June 12th. (Want to join FRN? Sign up for free here!)
Meet the candidates at this Saturday’s FRN member meeting!
MATT MALIK- Incumbent Vice President
I would like to help in improving our community. Great changes have occurred since FRN came into being. There’s still a lot that needs to be done to ensure a safe and healthy environment for every Rio Nidoan.
I have lived in Rio Nido for 10 years, and in that time have seen lots of changes in our community. Some of them I’ve been involved with personally and others I’ve watched with pride and a warm heart. The one thing I’ve come to realize is that progress is the result of hard work and investment by people. There are wonderful things happening in Rio Nido, and I want to be a participant and give something back to this little village I call home I hope the FRN board will give me that opportunity.
I’ve never written a Statement of Qualifications:
I am a resident of Rio Nido since October 2012.
I love Rio Nido.
I want to see Rio Nido as a community of people who take pride and care in their property, care about their neighbors, and the amenities in the village.
I want to help bolster a strong sense of identity and belonging in our village.
I love the Friends of Rio Nido organization and what it offers Rio Nido.
I have many talents and skills that can be useful as a Board Member.
I have no limitations or disabilities.
I am committed to invest my time and effort to the Board of Directors.
What else? Please don’t laugh me off the table…
I’ll still come to meetings.
Oh! Did I tell you that I just accepted a job in Guerneville working for D&G Equity Management?
Now I don’t have to commute to Santa Rosa anymore. That was disconcerting.
PS. I support our local businesses and the RNHOA.
(I just memorized some details after posting events to the RIONIDO.NET website for over a year now!)
PIP MARQUEZ DE LA PLATA
If I were elected to the Friend’s of Rio Nido Board, I would push to expand the work the Board has done to date. Specifically to improve Rio Nido’s standing and perception as a vibrant Russian River community that truly reflects the idea that when you come to Rio Nido, you just visited a little bit of paradise. Some ideas to that end…
More community involvement.
A better understanding from a larger group of Rio Nido residents about what they care about through simple questionnaires may help guide board/community activities that capture more interest and involvement.
More outreach to folks outside Rio Nido to promote the good stuff going on here to combat some of the misperceptions, attract new residents and instill a sense of pride in the community.
Real Estate agents, news outlets outside of Sonoma County, ets.
Expand clean up and beautification activities to be more rewarding to residents rather than a chore.
I.e. add a “Next Door Neighbor Day/Week/Month”. Sort of like an old-fashioned barn-raising day where neighbors helped build a barn for a local farmer. Helps beautify Rio Nido and builds a sense of community. Could be simple like painting a porch, planting flowers, fixing a fence, etc.
I’d like to use my 20+ years experience in marketing at some of the worlds largest ad agencies (McCann-Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi, JWT), CNET Networks (sold to CBS), Meebo (sold to Google) and others to truly make a difference in how both people who live in Rio Nido and the outside world feel/perceive Rio Nido.
Both the Wrecking Bells and Junk Parlor play 6-10 p.m., $5 at the door. And BOTH are fun to watch, listen and dance to!
You’ve been great with the parking challenge, the front no longer being available. But more than 100 cars parked on the side and around the back to the west for Saturday’s THUGZ show, so we know you can do it! Thanks for your understanding. Please do not park in the Lodge lot or you could get towed away. Really. Here are some additional summer bands for you to drool over and plan for: Rick Lenzi (Elvis!) and the Roustabouts; Gator Nation; Third Rail; Fleetwood Mask; Petty Theft; the Sun Kings; the Unauthorized Rolling Stones. And more!
Another round of thanks to the folks who stored the sign for us all these years… Larry and Elena most recently (for a year or more, whilst we sorted out funding, grant applications, and various committee processes). And even more unbelievably, for more than twenty years Vicki and Jim Cronander stored the sign in their little wooden shed, waiting for the right opportunity to have it return to use in our community.
The sign is installed and we’re having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 18th at 1pm at the site where the new sign will be installed (along River Road, between Canyon 7 and Rio Nido Roads). Join if you can!
You can donate to the FRN general fund by clicking on the “donate” button below or sending a check to FRN at PO Box 184 in Rio Nido.
Sunday, May 24: Memorial Day Chicken BBQ Food: 4pm – 8pm Dancing: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, July 4: Independence Day Celebration Food: 4pm – 8pm Dancing: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, August 1: Golf Tournament
Sunday, August 2: Pancake Breakfast/Rio Nido Art Festival Breakfast: 9am – 12 noon Art Festival: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday, August 29: General Meeting Time: 10am
Sunday, September 6: Labor Day Chicken BBQ Food: 4pm – 8pm Dancing: 5pm – 9pm
The Rio Nido Homeowners Association was established almost 50 years ago to build and maintain the Homeowners’ “volunteer” park and serve this community through sponsoring community events, supporting parks, seniors, improvements, toward the goal of a safe, secure and friendly Rio Nido. PeeWee Golf is a highlight of our park and a favorite of children of all ages. The Association also provided $6,000 to fund the equipment for the Rio Nido community playground.
The quarterly newsletter, the Reporter, has always been a key Association effort. The newsletter keeps members updated on Association activities, local events, local news and feature articles of interest to our members. Membership is $15/year.
FRI 3 APR 6:00 pm ~ Willie Perez kicks off our new “First Friday” with his folk, blues and pop! Come eat dinner to his soothing sounds and even dance a little if you wish. Asking $3 donation. SAT 4 APR 6:00 pm ~ Find the fun Fargo Brothers on our indoor “stage” with rock, blues, rock & roll, and their originals. There’s no Fargo in the band and the guys aren’t brothers, though they act it sometimes! SUN 5 APR 9:00 am ~ Easter Day at the RNR is always remembered for its wonderful Brunch, the Annual Peep Fling Competition, and the Diorama contest. OH, and the hilarious Easter Egg Hunt and other kid contests! Come on out for a really great family fun day! Have you noticed how beautiful the lawn looks right now? It’s still green from that last bit of rain we had–but it won’t look like that for long. In the interest of conserving water, we will do our part and not pour that precious liquid onto the lawn. We will save 1000’s of gallons, really. We’d rather have it in the pool than on the lawn. Bear with us and/or pray for rain!
Don’t forget–parking is on the side and around the back. You’ll notice lots more spaces back there. It all belongs to the RNR. Share it, take care of it. Thanks!
The Organgrinders, a band new to the Rio Nido Roadhouse, plays at the wedding on Saturday. Come dance and have fun!
1st Fridays is a new event at the RNR. We’ll have a small group or solo musician doing acoustic sets on the first Friday of each month–jazz, blues, pop, folk. We ask a $3 donation for the musicians. It’ll be a cool addition to our Friday evenings!
Don’t forget–parking is on the side and around the back. Notice how beautifully the various parking areas have been graded and rolled! Space is a premium, so please park accordingly. Thank you, ALL, for your continuing support!