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

Shell Game: Hunt for Red Abalone

Abalone2The sport is sustained not just by the succulent reward — a slightly sweet, buttery meat pounded out for tenderness and often breaded for the pan — but also by the family traditions it spawns and the adventure it holds in store.

The rugged coastline of Sonoma and Mendocino counties, removed only an hour or so from the urban Bay Area, accounts for all but 2 percent of the annual catch of red abalone, the only species of its kind open to sport harvest in California, and only in waters north of San Francisco. (The state banned commercial harvest of abalone two decades ago to curb overfishing, and it is illegal to sell wild-caught abalone.)

The divers who now arrive on these shores come equipped with little else than a wet suit, a modified pry bar and weight belts lashed around their waists. They must use only their own breath — no
scuba gear allowed — to find and unfasten the snail-like creatures from their dark, rocky roosts. Only those that would span a good-sized salad plate can be taken, with strict daily and seasonal “bag” limits for each diver.

From Sonoma Magazine.  The complete story can be found HERE.

Bodega Bay Public Utility District Drought Contingency Plan

BBwaterPlan1. Declaration of policy, purpose, and intent

1.1 General

In order to conserve the available water supply and protect the integrity of water supply facilities, with
particular regard for domestic water use, sanitation, and fire protection, and to protect and preserve public
health, welfare, and safety and minimize the adverse impacts of water supply shortage or other water supply
emergency conditions, the Bodega Bay Public Utility District (the “District”) hereby adopts the following
regulations and restrictions on the delivery and consumption of water.
The primary focus is placed on best management practices to manage water use demand, while evaluating
options for alternative water supply sources. Water uses regulated or prohibited under the Plan are
considered to be non-essential and continuation of such uses during times of water shortage or other
emergency water supply condition are deemed to constitute a wasteof water which subjects the offender(s) to
penalties as defined in thisPlan.

1.2 Water use priorities

The risks to public health from water shortages could be high and include issues of water quality, water
quantity, sanitation, and hygiene for personal use and food preparation. As a result of this, the Plan
establishes the following priorities for use in developing demand reduction programs and allocations during a
water shortage emergency. Priorities for useof available water, from highest to lowest priority, are:
1. Health and safety: residential home interior uses, sanitation, and fire fighting
2. Commercial, industrial, and governmental: maintain jobs and economic base
3. Existing landscaping: especially trees and shrubs
4. New demand: projects without permits when shortage is declared

Complete plan can be found HERE.

Bodega Big Event BBQ – August 2nd

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Fort Ross Festival – July 25th – 10:00am to 6:30pm

FortRoss_banner_ frf_2015California State Parks and Fort Ross Conservancy are pleased to welcome you to Fort Ross Festival where we celebrate the wonderful diverse international flavors and cultures of Fort Ross. This year’s event, sponsored by Renova Fort Ross Foundation, will highlight the Kashia, Russian, Alaska Native, and California ranch era peoples who have called Fort Ross home over the centuries. We’ll offer costumed historical vignettes, hands-on crafts, militia cannon firings, horse and buggy rides, music & dance from numerous cultures, an international food bazaar — and of course, the Fort Ross Beer Garden!

Fort Ross Festival Activities Throughout the Day

10:00 to 6:30—Fort Ross Conservancy Bookshop in the Visitor Center — open all day, offers great Fort Ross items for sale
10:00 to 4:00 – Historic crafts and cooking demonstrations in the fort compound
11:00 to 5:00—International Food Bazaar (Call Picnic Area)
11:30 to 5:30—Beer Garden (Call Picnic Area), also serving coffee & tea
12:30 to 4:30—Horse and Carriage ride (free!) between Windmill and Fort Compound
1:00 to 4:00 — Ranch era Call House walk through, and tea with Ranch era descendants
4:30 to 5:00 — Kedry and Kitka (marine terrace)
5:00 to 5:30 — Su Nu Nu Shinal (Dance Circle)
Schedule of Events (subject to change)

10:00 Divine Service – St Nicholas Cathedral (Fort Ross Chapel)
10:30 Windmill Interpretive Talk & Demonstration (Windmill)
11:00 Russian Orthodox Procession to the cemetery and Panikhida
11:15 Fort Ross History Interpretive Talk (Outside Ocean Gate to Fort)
11:15 Storytelling (Apple trees at Rotchev House, Fort Compound)
11:45 Militia drill and cannon firing (Fort Compound)
12:30 Horn Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Fort Compound)
1:30 Russian House Kedry & Kitka Women’s Ensemble performing traditional Russian song & dance
2:00 Fort Ross History Interpretive Talk (Outside Ocean Gate to Fort Compound))
2:00 Storytelling (Apple tree at Rotchev House, Fort Compound)
2:00 Windmill Interpretive Talk & Demonstration (Windmill)
2:30 Kitka Women’s Ensemble (trio) (Outside Fur Warehouse)
3:00 Horn Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Fort Compound)
3:45 Militia drill & cannon firing (Fort Compound)
4:35 Russian House Kedry Russian song & dance (Marine Terrace outside Fort Compound)
5:00 Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia dancers (Marine Terrace outside Fort Compound)

How Bodega Bay got its name

BodegaBayMapBodega Bay is named for Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. The name “Bodega” probably refers to an ancestor who worked in a wine cellar or warehouse, two meanings of the Spanish word.

Born in Peru in 1743, Bodega traveled to Spain as a young man to enter the Cadiz Naval Academy. Returning home an officer, his career was hindered by the navy’s prejudice against those who were not Spanish-born.

To prove himself, Bodega volunteered for a dangerous voyage in 1775, when Spain was beginning to colonize California. The mission was to sail as far north as possible, claiming territory while looking for the Russians who were rumored to be moving down the Pacific Coast.

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The complete story is HERE.

PUBLIC MEETING – Realignment of Highway 1 at Gleason Beach – July 29, 2015

Public MeetingPUBLIC MEETING – Realignment of Highway 1 at Gleason Beach – July 29, 2015 

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) as well as Public Question/Answer Panel and Open House/Map Display for the State Route 1 Gleason Beach Roadway Realignment Project

What’s Being Planned: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes realignment of State Route (SR) 1 at Gleason Beach in Sonoma County to maintain the highway, which has been damaged by multiple erosive forces, including severe storms in 1996 and later years. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates three Build Alternatives and one No-Build Alternative.

The proposed project is located in a rural coastal area in unincorporated Sonoma County approximately 5 miles north of Bodega Bay, California, on State Route (SR) 1 between post miles (PMs) 15.1 and 15.7, immediately southeast of Gleason Beach, and would move the current SR 1 alignment several hundred feet inland. The proposed project consists of constructing a two-lane roadway that would replace the current alignment, a new bridge where the new roadway would cross Scotty Creek, as well as other associated components.

The purpose of the proposed project is to protect SR 1 from coastal erosion while maintaining the Route’s long term connectivity.

Why this Ad: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Caltrans studied the environmental impacts of this project. The analysis shows that the proposed project will significantly affect the quality of the environment. The document that explains this conclusion is called the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (Draft EIR/EA).

This notice is to inform you that the Draft EIR/EA is available for a 45-day public review period from July 10, 2015 to August 23, 2015, and a public meeting is scheduled on July 29, 2015 at the Grange Hall in Bodega Bay from 6:00-8:00pm to accept comments on the Draft EIR/EA. Public comments may also be submitted at any time during the review period to the California Department of Transportation at the address listed below.

What’s Available: The Draft EIR/EA is available for review at the following locations:

  • Department of Transportation District 4 Office, 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA
  • Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA
  • Occidental Library, 73 Main Street, Occidental, CA

An electronic version of the document is also available online at:

Where you come in: You are invited to review the Draft EIR/EA for this project and provide comments to us. A Public Question/Answer Panel and Open House/Map Display will be held to solicit comments and questions on the environmental analysis and impacts evaluated in the EIR/EA. Verbal or written comments on the Draft EIR/EA may be submitted at this public meeting or at any time during the review period.

Comments must be received by 5:00 PM on August 23, 2015, and can be submitted via U.S. Mail, fax, or email to:

The email to submit comments is:

The fax number is: 510-286-5600

Oliver Iberien, Branch Chief

Division of Environmental Planning & Engineering

California Department of Transportation District 4
Attn: Thomas Rosevear

111 Grand Avenue

Oakland, CA 94612

Extras Needed for Film Shooting in Bodega Bay (sebastopol)

Lane1974Seeking 20-25 extras of all ages for the film Lane 1974 shooting near Bodega Bay this August. We are looking for both “straight” folk and hippie folk, but are especially in need of men and women with longer hair.

Unfortunately we are a SAG ultra low budget film, so while we can’t pay out for extras, we can offer a really fun experience on a film set, a catered meal while on set, along with a special thanks in the credits. You will also have the un-yeilding thanks of a crew full of ambitious filmmakers!

If interested, please send headshots, resume, and any black out dates for August via email.

About the Film:
It’s 1974. 13-year-old Lane runs wild and free with her friends on a beautiful Northern California commune, until a reckless decision made by her mother forces the family to leave the security and safety of the community land. Lane’s family is left to strike out on their own.

Her mother insists on living off-the-grid where Lane and her two young siblings scrounge for food, occasionally attend school, and rely on one another for care and security. After a series of dangerous and isolating events, Lane sets out on a 600-mile journey alone in search of the “normal” life she has always imagined.

Craig’s listing is HERE.