Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen

IMG_0590The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer an 18-hour cold-water safety and drill conductor workshop in Bodega Bay, CA on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Bodega Bay Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Avenue. Instructor, Beverly Noll, will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; flooding control and dewatering pumps; immersion suits and PFDs; emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts, and abandon ship procedures. In addition, there will be an in-the-water practice session where workshop participants will practice skills with PFDs, immersion suits, and a life raft.

This workshop meets the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. This two-day workshop is offered at a reduced cost of $75 to commercial fishermen, thanks to support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The cost is $195 for all others. All mariners are welcome. Those interested in attending the workshop may register online at or call (907) 747-3287 or

Bodega Volunteer Fire Department Polenta Dinner Fundraiser Oct 3rd


California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 19, 2015!

seaweedCoastwalk sponsors the Sonoma County cleanup on over 15 beaches and 8 inland sites.  Look through the lists below and pick from the beach sites or from our partner organization cleanups! Scroll down to register Today!Come to the cleanup prepared for coastal weather (hat, shoes, sunscreen, water bottle) and bring buckets and gloves if you have them. Please bring your reusable water bottle to minimize waste!

Local Coastal Plan – Preliminary Draft

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The comment period on the Preliminary Draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP) has been extended by 4 weeks to September 30, 2015.

Submit your comments on the Preliminary Draft LCP in one of the following ways:

  • E-Mail:
  • Letter: Permit & Resource Management Department, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    (Attention: Lisa Posternak)
  • Phone: (707) 565-7383 (Lisa Posternak)

Public Workshops

Public workshops on the Preliminary Draft LCP have been held at The Sea Ranch/Gualala, Santa Rosa, Monte Rio, and Bodega Bay. (Public Workshops (PDF: 44 kB))

NOTE: An additional Public Workshop (PDF: 45 kB) on the Preliminary Draft LCP has been scheduled at Timber Cove:

September 14, 2015 (Monday)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Timber Cove Fire Station
30800 Seaview Road
Timber Cove

Review Preliminary Draft LCP

Electronic Copy

If you want to review an electronic copy of the Preliminary Draft LCP, you can:

  • View the documents and maps by clicking on this LINK.

  • Purchase a $6.00 CD from PRMD:
    • pay by cash or check at the PRMD office (2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa)
    • contact Lisa Posternak at (707) 565-7383 or email and provide your name, telephone number, mailing address, and credit card information – card type and number, 3-digit code on back, and expiration date
    • mail a check payable to PRMD and include your mailing address (PRMD, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, 95403-2829, Attention: Lisa Posternak)

Printed Hard Copy

If you want to review a hard copy of the document, you can:

  • Go to the PRMD office: 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa (Directions)
  • Go to one of the following public libraries or post offices:

    Bodega Bay Post Office
    537 Smith Brothers Road
    (707) 875-3529

    Forestville Library
    7050 Covey Road
    (707) 887-7654

    Guerneville Regional Library
    14107 Armstrong Woods Road
    (707) 869-9004

    Jenner Post Office
    10439 State Highway 1
    (707) 865-2822

    Monte Rio Post Office
    19420 State Highway 116
    (707) 865-2328

    Occidental Library
    73 Main Street
    (707) 874-3080

    Santa Rosa (Central) Library
    211 E Street
    (707) 545-0831

    The Sea Ranch Post Office
    60 Sea Walk Drive
    (707) 884-3759

Bodega Volunteer Fire Department Polenta Dinner Fundraiser


Plans floated for Mason’s Marina in Bodega Bay cause stir on Sonoma Coast

imageThe Santa Rosa Press Democrat is reporting about Sonoma County’s plans to study the creation of a new interpretive center and recreational hub at the site of Mason’s Marina in Bodega Bay have triggered alarm among coastal residents who fear the region could be overwhelmed with additional tourists and traffic if such a project were to go through.

Though still an unformed vision, the prospect of a new visitor destination in the busy harbor has critics deriding what some have dubbed a proposed “theme park” that they worry will spawn unwanted development and what one called “the plasticization of Bodega Bay.“

The complete article can be found HERE.

September Beach Cleanups

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Sep 19 – Oct 11 ~ International  Coastal Cleanup
An astounding 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash in our 2014 International Coastal Cleanup.


Sep 19 ~ Beach Cleanup ~ Register through Coast Walk
9am- noon ~ Please  register at or call 829-6689 to sign up and learn more about clean-up locations and the volunteer BBQ.  All volunteers must have a signed waiver. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature. If you are not able to bring a signed waiver, site captains will have them available at each site.

Come to the cleanup prepared for coastal weather (hat, shoes, sunscreen, water bottle) and bring buckets and gloves if you have them. Please bring your reusable water bottle to minimize waste!

(Optional) A clipboard might be helpful as you fill out your data card.

(Optional) Pack a waste-free lunch! Coastal Cleanup Day ends at noon at most locations, which makes for a great opportunity to have lunch at the beach or creek! Help us reduce waste on Coastal Cleanup Day by bringing a bucket or reusable bag and reusable gloves with you for the Cleanup. If you don’t have them the Site Captains at your Cleanup will have supplies on hand.

Beach Cleanup Locations
(Please register at except where noted)

Blind Beach
Goat Rock Beach
Portuguese Beach
Bodega Dunes (drop in only – 9 am)
North Jenner Beach (short, but steep hike to beach)
Russian Gulch
Sunset Beach
Bodega Head
N. Salmon Creek Beach
Shell Beach
Wright’s Beach
Doran Beach – Kid Friendly!
Pinnacle Gulch (1.2 mile hike to the beach)
S. Salmon Creek Beach – Kid Friendly!


Russian River Watershed Cleanup

Sep 26 & 27 ~ Russian River Watershed Cleanup
The actual Cleanup will occur on Saturday, and the sorting of debris and haul-off will occur on Sunday. The mission of the Russian River Watershed Cleanup Committee is to coordinate cleanup and removal of trash in the Russian River and its tributaries between Cloverdale and Jenner. We organize and coordinate teams of volunteers for an annual cleanup and promote stewardship of the Russian River

8:00 – Leaders arrive to help set up.
8:15 – Leader meeting
8:30 – Participants start to arrive / Leaders start to sign in participants
9:00 – Walker orientation Shuttle bus to Rio Lindo leaves
9:15 – Paddler orientation
9:30 – All volunteers depart for their assigned beaches or canoe routes.
Shuttle to Warnecke via Alexander Valley Camp.
10:00 – Arrive at Warnecke (Unload Warnecke, Load AV drivers)
10:30 – Have Park and Ride cleaned and cleared
10:45 – Shuttle arrive at AV (Unload AV drivers)
11:00 – Volunteer drivers and pick-up crew arrive at Preston Bridge area in Cloverdale to begin picking up collected trash from there, First Street Bridge, Asti, West Soda Rock Road.



Sep 19-27 ~ Creek Week ~ Our creeks and rivers are part of a rich and diverse system that provides water supply, wildlife habitat, flood capacity, recreation, and aesthetic values to all who live near or visit them.

Sep 19 ~ Olive Park
9:00 am – noon. Meet at live Park footbridge. Near 105 Olive Street. On-street parking. Contact Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or

Sep 19 ~ Roseland Creek Cleanup
9:00 am – noon. Meet at Pear Blossom Park, 2850 Pear Blossom Drive.

Contact Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or All children must be accompanied by an adult for all events. FREE parking will be available for the Family Fun Day event at the City Hall Parking Lot (100 Santa Rosa Avenue, located across the street from Prince Gateway Park) and at Parking Garage 12 (555 1st Street).

Sep 19~ The Friends of Gibson Creek, Ukiah
Contact Linda at for more information.
Friends of Gibson Creek, Ukiah 

Sep 26~ The Upper Russian River Clean-up
9:00 am Taylor’s Tavern, 6951 East Rd, Redwood Valley. For more information contact Deborah at Last year, we removed 3 tons of trash and recycling from the river. Come out in sturdy closed-toed shoes and leather gloves. Mendocino County Resource Conservation District

Sep 15 ~ 4th Annual Petaluma Watershed Fall Trash Cleanup
9:00 am – noon (arrive at 8:30 to sign in and get geared up) Meet at 260 H North Water Street To participate in the event, you will need to sign a liability waiver and anyone under 18 will need their waiver signed by a legal guardian. Register at


Ongoing Cleanups

Prince Memorial Greenway (ages 5 to adult)
10:00 am – noon. Meet at Olive Park. On the first Saturday of every month help take care of restored Santa Rosa Creek flowing through the heart of downtown. The Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, egrets, and steelhead trout as well as parks, public art, and recreation along the six mile creek trail. Clean-up supplies provided.

Park-A-Month Volunteer Program (family friendly)
9:00 am – noon, rain or shine. 2nd Saturday of the month from March to October. Discover a new park every month. The Park-A-Month Volunteer Program offers fun, family-friendly events where residents can make a difference in their parks.

Laguna Keepers
Saturdays, 9:00 am – noon. Volunteers assist in willow sprigging, exotic plant removal, native plant and tree planting, trails construction and maintenance, and restoration project monitoring. Little or no experience or knowledge is needed, training is provided. Only heavy rain cancels. Snacks are on us, but do bring gloves, water, and a friend!  No RSVP required. For locations contact John Guardino at (707) 527-9277 x108 or email

The Coastal Commission runs a year-round cleanup program called Adopt-A-Beach®. Help us keep the California coast debris-free all year long.

Schoolyard Cleanups
Want your students to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day but can’t get them out on a field trip to a beach or local waterway? Want to show them that environmentally responsible behavior can begin at their school and in their own neighborhood? You can organize a Schoolyard Cleanup and accomplish all of these

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Cleanups
Join us in helping to clean up tsunami debris! We have mobilizing people all along the California coast to clean up debris that was washed away from Japan during the March 2011 tsunami. Cleanups have taken place in all coastal counties.

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival – Sept 12 & 13

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For the last 39 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community, and Omega Events is proud to have owned the festivals for the last 10 years. Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville offers a picturesque venue that rests along the beach of the Russian River, only a few miles from over 100 wineries. Music lovers have enjoyed a stellar history of acts, including the Doobie Brothers, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Etta James and many more.





Tippi Hedren Coming to the Inn at the Tides – Sept 5th-7th













bodega-logo-squareIt may be held on a rugged, rural ranch but the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival is no country bumpkin event. On August 29th and 30th in the sleepy little burg of Bodega, this 21 year old festival opens the gates to a truly unique venue with exceptional quality throughout, making it one of the premier art, wine/beer and food festivals in California. An annual benefit, it attracts thousands of foodies, art aficionados, wine and beer connoisseurs and music lovers to picturesque Watts Ranch in the village where Alfred Hitchcock once filmed his classic thriller, “The Birds.”

A bevy of restaurants and catering companies offer a bounty of seafood dishes and other edibles. Options like barbecued oysters, crab cakes, Key Lime calamari, fish tacos, albacore wrapped in bacon, grilled salmon, fish and chips, and swordfish souvlaki, are just a few delicious items on vendors’ menus. There are lots of new and yummy edibles this year like Caribbean pizza, sweet and savory crepes, Indian cuisine, Lebanese cuisine and much more. The festival focuses on seafood, but there is plenty of meat, chicken, and vegetarian options to please all pallets, as well as sweet treats, so this is a food lover’s dream festival.

The Wine and Microbrewed Beer Tasting is always a huge draw and this year will be the largest tasting yet: with over 35 wineries and 20 microbreweries. The tasting is a wonderful mix of known companies, as well as many small boutique wineries and up and coming breweries. Previous participants, such as Alexander Valley, Cline Cellars, Jacuzzi Family, Korbel, Frey Vineyards, Laugnitas, Lost Coast Brewery, Bear Republic, Sierra Nevada, and Woodfour, to name small handful, will be joined by many newcomers to our tasting like Meadowcroft, Azari, E Erin Wines, Stone Brewing, Golden State Brewing and more. The tasting is $20 for a commemorative wine or beer glass and 6 tastes. The festival also has a WINE AND MICROBREW SHOP. Patrons can sample wines and beers, and then buy them on site.

The quality of the art and fine craft is unrivaled in Sonoma County and beyond. This juried show attracts artisans from throughout California and other parts of the country. The festival aims to appeal to a broad range of attendees, by providing a mix of higher end fine art and craft and more moderate ranged craft work. The festival producers are artists themselves, and know the ins and outs of doing shows from both sides, having each traveled to do festivals for over 30 years.

SeafoodFestival4 stage of entertainment give festival goers a full day of musical and non-musical diversion. This year Carolyn Wonderland, It’s a Beautiful Day, Caravanserai and David Luning will all grace the Main Stage for the first time at our festival, as well as perennial favorites Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums and Poor Man’s Whiskey. The Wine Stage will feature Celtic rock sensations Brother, as well as Dgiin, and gypsy jazz Cascada. The Entertainment Stage is sure to amuse with Benny & Bebe’s Magic Circus and the Mark and Dre Show.  And this year we have a new stage with CHEF DEMOS AND FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CARVING! We are excited to have the very talented Becky Selengut from Seattle showing us how to cook fish, and Jimmy Zhang from Oakland who is a master fruit and veggie carver.

This is a fun family event so we have jump, slide and rockwall, face painting, as well as ceramic painting for kids. A unique new addition this year will be the “color-in giant mural” for all ages. It depicts many favorite photographs shot at the festival over the years which have been converted into black and white images to fill in with washable paints: an art project for all our visitors. Also added will be interactive environmental exhibits presented by our sponsor: Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods.

A portion of the proceeds from the event supports two vital non-profits — Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, which works in partnership with the California State Parks in the Russian River/Sonoma Coast region, as well as the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 30.  Admission is $12 in advance for adults, discounts for teens, seniors and military, and free for children less than 12 years of age.  Watts Ranch is located at 16855 Bodega Highway in the village of Bodega.  For additional information, go to