Coastal Commission Meeting on State Park’s Sonoma Coast parking-fee plan: The Coastal Commission will hold a public hearing in Santa Rosa on April 13th where the issue may be decided and will likely be discussing the issue around 1pm. The decision will have statewide significance and could result in additional fees in undeveloped lots, lower standards for environmental review of state park projects and reduced access to the coastline. More information can be gathered at sonomacoast.surfrider.org
Celebrate Earth Day! Volunteer at Sonoma Coast State Park! Saturday, April 16, 2016 Registration Required: calparks.org/earthday Pomo Canyon Campground Restoration: 9-12 PM, 20 Volunteers needed. North Jenner Beach Clean-Up: 9-12:30 PM , 75 Volunteers needed. *Russian River Estuary & Penny Island Paddle Clean-Up 8:30 AM, *Register for Paddle Clean-Up with WaterTreks 707-865-2249. See attached flyer for more information.
National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day at the Forestville Teen Clinic: April 8th from 4-8 pm at the Teen Clinic. People will have the opportunity to learn more about how HIV and AIDS impacts young people and to get tested. There will be free testing, fun & educational carnival booths and games, mural painting, raffle prizes, and an outdoor movie screening of the documentary “It’s Not Over.” Flyer attached.
Registration open for the Great Russian River Race! Great Russian River Race is May 21st: 6th annual canoe, kayak and SUP race. Adding to the excitement is the change of race course, which is moving downstream to Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville this year. There will be 2 separate races, a 4 mile race for recreational paddlers and an 8 mile race for experienced paddlers and pros. Both races begin at 11 a.m. and both end at Johnson’s Beach with a free River Race Party from Noon-4 p.m. for the community to enjoy. There’ll be live music with Cahoots and the Bad Apple String Band, food trucks and beer and an award ceremony for the racers. This race is a fundraiser for Russian Riverkeepers educational programs and the Russian River trash clean-ups. They need volunteers and sponsors to make this race a success. More info and registration here.
Russian River Food and Wine Spring Fling: The event will feature local restaurants and local wineries, offering small bites and wine tasting from some of the Russian River’s best. Saturday, April 23 at 1 PM – 4 PM in the Lark Drugs Parking Lot in Guerneville. Check back here for a list of participating restaurants and wineries. Advanced ticket prices: $20 for Food Only, $30 for Food + 4 Wine Tasting Tickets, $50 for Food + Unlimited Wine Tasting. Tickets at the door (limited availability): $30 for Food Only, $40 for Food + 4 Wine Tasting Tickets, $60 for Food + Unlimited Wine Tasting. For questions please contact the Russian River Chamber at 707 869 9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How Your Early Childhood Affects Your Path Forward: Co.Exist.com-
Blue Collar Blues: Chattanooga Times Free Press: Employment among undereducated American men in their prime is free-falling, statistics show, creating an underclass of able-bodied males who don’t have the income stability or social capital to become good husbands and fathers. This contributes to a cycle of multigenerational poverty that has hollowed out Chattanooga’s middle class and threatens to stop economic progress dead in its tracks. But local approaches that connect those lost boys, many now lost men, to pride and purpose, are proving a rebound is possible. Read more here.