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  • Labor Day Chicken Barbecue (Food, Music, & Fun)
    on Sep 06 2015 - at Rio Nido Home Owners Association Picnic Area

…”Rolling” into Labor Day Weekend

dbfd9162-f10f-4ccd-a48c-a14e063dc073Summer season may be coming to an end in Rio Nido, but! there’s plenty of time to create more Memories That Linger…

14540 Canyon 2 Road 

 SAT 29 Aug GarageLandRodeo, as usual, will rock the Roadhouse this weekend with the Killbillies opening. $5 pp ~ Music starts at 5:00 pm.

Get refreshed at the swimming pool and outdoor snack bar! There are plenty of Water Aerobics classes with Walter. Call the RNR for a schedule (707)869-0821.

Unauthorized Rolling StonesLabor Day Weekend
FRI 4 Sep The Pulsators
will be having a blast and YES!…
SAT 5 Sep … The Unauthorized Rolling Stones will usher the end of another fabulous summer in Rio Nido!

SUN 6 Sep Chicken Barbecue @ the RNHOA Picnic Place ~ Join us for this popular annual event, as family, friends, neighbors, guests and others gather for a delicious meal, Pee Wee mini-golf, music, dancing, and more. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!! Food 4:00 – 8:00 pm; Music & Dancing 5:00 – 9:00 pm. 

Do you have an event taking place in Rio Nido? Send an email to with all the details for consideration.

Your Weekend Oasis Awaits…

14540 Canyon 2 Road Weekend@Bernie's

Sat 15 Aug
Everyone on the River is talking about WEEKEND @ BERNIE’S. Their bongos and reggae tones mixed with funk are sure to get you on your feet. Don’t miss Saturday’s show, $5 cover at the door.D'ginn

Sun 16 Aug
D’GIIN, as usual, will bring down the Redwoods on Sunday night! Come see this popular gypsy folk band and watch their fans spin and jingle as they dance across the floor. $5 cover, doors open at 6:00 pm.

Remember, the pool and the snack bar are open and there are plenty of Water Aerobics classes with Walter. Call the RNR for schedule (707)869-0821.Rio Nido Surf Music Festival

Stay tuned for our end-of-summer
Family Luau and Surf Fest Music

Saturday August 22
Games and prizes for the kiddos!

Don’t forget to Park Smart all around the side and back…
Get ready for another great weekend!

11th Annual Rio Nido Art and Crafts Festival August 2



Come meet your local artists 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–the RNHOA will be serving a delicious pancake breakfast from 9 AM to 12 PM at the same time.

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.

Live Music Every Weekend @RNR…

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July 11 ~ STAX CITY, a premier old-time R&B and soul band that plays throughout the Bay Area features three horns and great sounds! Come on out and support these guys!

942157b9-9612-4d11-a297-4e66eb99d86bJuly 17 ~ Fleetwood Mask and its fabulous tribute to you-know-who!  They’ll take you back! $12 cover.  

July 18 ~ Get ready to Party with the Pulsators! Never a dull moment with these guys! Dancing all night! $8 cover.     

Je08c86e6-9bd1-420f-811b-943eb89cd0fculy 25 ~ The fabulous 50s-and-beyond dance band, the Poyntlyss Sistars! Choreographed songs and costume changes between sets! Lotsa fun!

Aug 1 ~ Petty Theft – the best Tom Petty tribute band ever!    

Family Fun for everyone with a Full Bar, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Pool-side Snack Bar, Billiards, Horseshoes and more!
Don’t forget to Park Smart all around the side and back!

Rio Nido’s Artist Community


Howard Dernberger


Beverly Bird

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Patty Bird


John Underwood

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.


092738e1-9467-40e7-a252-15ec23f968b0SAT 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

6 pm RIO NIDO ROADHOUSE hosts Rick Lenzi as Elvis. Listen & dance to the best three decadd750efe7-4c7b-48f8-a3f4-4caba257baa8es 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!


SUMMER IS HERE… IN RIO NIDO! 14540 Canyon 2 Road #(707)869-0821photo 3

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. PeeWee Golf Rio Nido CA

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.

Meet the Candidates–FRN Election News

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!)

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…

  1. More community involvement.
    1. 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.
  2. 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.
    1. Real Estate agents, news outlets outside of Sonoma County, ets.
  3. Expand clean up and beautification activities to be more rewarding to residents rather than a chore.
    1. 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.

(listed according to the date of application)

Mother’s Day Weekend @ RNR 14540 Canyon 2 Road (707)869-0821

8a21cd6bbcda3c3b0c48abf68b916be7.jpgSATURDAY MAY 9 Come listen and dance to the cool sounds of the HOT ZONE from 6-10 p.m., $5 cover.

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SUNDAY MAY 10 Mother’s Day Brunch from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eggs Benedict, Scrambled, Fruit, Pastries, Belgium Waffles and More! $17 pp.

Don’t forget, there’s always Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. Weekdays we’re open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Plus great daily specials!

Parking, parking, parking… plenty to share in the back and on the west side grove.

Outdoor Stage open for the Wrecking Bells & Junk Parlor! 14540 Canyon 2 Road (707)869-0821

3a516e5c31de81a97395cf309f3fbe95    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!3b718ea882411794d271509ebce21e96
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!