2021 Friends of Rio Nido Member Meetings

Mark your calendars! Here’s the schedule for our meetings this year. Locations TBD and will be announced along with the agenda through the mailing list.

• Sunday January 31, 11 am-Noon
• Sunday May 23, 11 am-Noon: Meet the Board Candidates
• Sunday June 27, 11 am-Noon: FRN Board Election Day!
• Sunday July 25, 11 am-Noon
• Sunday September 19, 11 am-Noon
• Sunday November 21, 11 am-Noon

Come Roll Up Your Sleeves, The Forest Needs You! The 2nd & 4th Sunday Every Month


MEET at 10 AM at Bruno Farnocchia Park

We can make our forest home much more healthy! Help us welcome more native plants and animals back to Rio Nido by getting together to remove invasive species from our public spaces this summer and fall. We’ll also begin planting more native species this winter and spring to help encourage more native growth and natural diversity and restore our forest home.


  • Gloves: durable palm-style and/or durable garden-style
  • Clippers
  • A small axe if you have one (for removing advanced ivy from trees)
  • Water for yourself
  • Wear your masks

WHY? English Ivy and other invasive plants have taken over many of the public spaces in Rio Nido, creating an “Ivy Desert.” If you wonder where some of the birds, butterflies and animals have gone, they are attracted to areas with more native growth, which is why you see so much more diversity in Armstrong Woods. This displacement directly impacts birds, butterflies, and animals that require the native plants for food and shelter.


–It weakens trees: making them more likely to fall during storms, or lose limbs during heavy rains.– It decreases soil and water quality, is poisonous to humans, and (contrary to popular belief) makes for very poor erosion control.– It acts as a “fire ladder” speeding the spread of fire to the crowns of trees and homes.– It provides a home for rats (the primary animal to benefit from it)We will be careful to ensure we are appropriately distanced during our work outdoors, so that we can hand-remove the invasive species and plant anew — to make it safer and healthier for plants, animals, and Rio Nidans!

QUESTIONS? Contact: Restoration@RioNido.netWe hope to see you there!

BIG THANKS to Brad and Raena at the Rio Nido Roadhouse for hauling away our debris.


Meet the FRN Board Candidates on Sunday, May 24th at 11am–online

The applications are in, and the 2020 FRN Board Election is underway!

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be having a Zoom “Meet The Candidates” Event in lieu of our traditional member meeting. Please join us for this opportunity to get to know the community members who aim to serve on the FRN Board in 2020.

There will be three (3) FRN Board seats available, with four (4) candidates running.

The three (3) candidates with the highest vote counts will be elected to the FRN Board and will serve two year terms.

Election ballots and voting instructions will be sent via this email distribution list no later than May 24th, 2020.

All ballots must be received by the FRN Election Committee no later than June 13th, 2020.

Ballots will be counted at the June 14th FRN Member and Election Meeting.
No ballots will be accepted at the election meeting.

A draft ballot, which includes the Candidate Statements is available for review here.

Meet The Candidates
Time: May 24, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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Welcome Postal Outlet Plus!

Postal Outlet Plus located at 14580 Canyon 7 Rd, Rio Nido, CA is the go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing, and business service needs of the residents and businesses of the lower Russian River. Our team of dedicated, professionally trained experts understands the meaning of Super-Star Customer Care—we focus on saving you time and money by ensuring you get the right products and services at the right price—in a single, quick visit. We can pack and ship [almost] anything to [almost] anywhere in the world, but shipping is only one way we can help to make your life easier. In addition to our pack and ship service, we are also Rio Nido’s premier copy, print, and document services center.  Large or small, black and white, or color; if it can be printed, Postal Outlet Plus can handle it! Postal Outlet Plus is a one-stop-shop for dozens of business products and services that will allow you to do what you’re good at while we take care of the “other stuff” you need to succeed. (707) 604-7796  

Sonoma County Emergency Preparedness: Sonoma Ready Series is coming to the Russian River!

The Friends of Rio Nido Emergency Preparedness Committee cordially invites you to attend these informative County sessions on Preparing for Emergencies.  These seminars are offered over 3 different Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Guerneville Library.

Beginning in January 2020, the Sonoma County Library began hosting the Emergency Preparedness: Sonoma Ready Series to spread the message of emergency preparedness to members of the community.  The series will be held at 12 Sonoma County Library branches, giving residents across the county the chance to participate. Each branch will host three separate classes on topics relating to emergency preparedness: Emergency Kits and Go Bags, Family Planning (and your pets, too!), and Sources of Information and Community Support.

This series is now coming to Guerneville!  Here is your chance to get some great information!

March 9, 2020 – Your Preparedness Kit and Go-Bag:

March 16, 2020 – Family Preparedness Planning and Pets Too!

March 23, 2020 – How to Stay Informed and Connected

Friends of Rio Nido, Emergency Preparedness Committee

COVID-19 Update for Sonoma County

Local Emergency Declared After New COVID-19 Case
This special bulletin is to help keep you updated on coronavirus in Sonoma County. The County has a new case where a patient was infected during travel. The County resident returned from a cruise ship 10 days ago that departed from San Francisco and traveled to Mexico. The patient was not infected in Sonoma County. The County of Sonoma has declared a Local Public Health Emergency as well as a Local Emergency to respond to COVID-19. These proclamations will allow the County to prepare to respond for the possibility of community spread of COVID-19. Additional details are below.

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) today confirmed a presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a resident with recent international travel unrelated to the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. A presumptive positive case is defined as likely to be positive for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will conduct another test to confirm the diagnosis.

Tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and in close coordination with the CDC, County and hospital officials led to the presumptive positive diagnosis.DHS, CDPH, CDC and hospital officials are currently in the process of identifying individuals this patient has had contact with during the time they were in the community before being hospitalized.

The names of the hospitals providing care for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be disclosed to protect the privacy of patients and prevent disruption of hospital operations.

This is the second case of COVID-19 in the County in the last week, the first of which was announced on February 25, 2020. The first case was a patient transferred to Sonoma County on February 24 from Travis Air Force Base. That first patient was among the US evacuees from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, and is in the County receiving care to lessen the burden on the local health care system in the communities near the base. 

The hospital and County health officials are working closely with the CDC and CDPH to ensure the patients receive excellent care and that all procedures are followed to protect the community from COVID-19.

County Declares Health and Local Emergency to Respond to COVID-19
To respond to this most recent development, the County of Sonoma has declared a Local Public Health Emergency as well as a Local Emergency to respond to COVID-19. These proclamations will allow the County to prepare to respond for the possibility of community spread of COVID-19. This includes a partial activation of the County Emergency Operations Center to support necessary activities.

These proclamations empower the County to more effectively respond to the outbreak, seek and utilize mutual aid, potentially obtain reimbursement, coordinate communications with stakeholders and the community. The proclamations will also ensure that the County’s public health professionals have all the necessary tools at their disposal to keep the community safe.

The Local Emergency and Public Health Emergency will be considered for ratification by the Board of Supervisors this week at a special meeting on COVID-19 at a yet to be determined date.

DHS is working closely with CDPH and the CDC to monitor these cases of COVID-19 in our County. The Department continues to work closely with local public health partners/healthcare providers to take action to isolate and test any high-risk individuals in consultation with the CDC to prevent the spread of disease and protect the public’s health.

“This recent presumptive positive case of COVID-19 is a cause for concern, and the County is declaring these emergencies to activate and deploy its resources to adequately respond to an increase of cases,” said Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip. “They will allow us to work in tandem with our cities and health care providers to ensure we are prepared to combat an outbreak of COVID-19 in our communities.”

On February 28, Dr. Philip sent out a Health Alert to local health care providers with updated guidance on how to screen for possible cases of COVID-19.

The County is currently awaiting test kits for COVID-19 to be used at its public health lab to be more responsive when there are suspected cases and have a better understanding of what is happening in our communities.

County residents should contact their healthcare providers if they have symptoms such as fever and cough and had close contact with someone with symptoms who returned in the last 14 days fromChina, Italy, Iran, Japan, or South Korea.

Important to Remember
DHS encourages everyone to practice good hygiene to reduce your risk of becoming infected with are spiratory virus, such as influenza or COVID-19, which includes:
• washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,• avoid touching your eyes and face,
• coughing or sneezing into your sleeved elbow,
• and staying home when ill.
• If you have not received your flu shot yet, it’s not too late; annual flu shots are the best protection from flu, which still sickens and kills thousands of people in the US every year.

For more information, go to the coronavirus website here:https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Information-About-Coronavirus/
Key Points to Remember
The CDC is maintaining a website with an updated list of locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Any residents who are ill and need medical attention should first call their medical provider first who can provide specific guidance.

What is the County Doing to Prepare and Respond?
• We have been actively monitoring the situation and preparing for several weeks to respond to keep the community safe.
• We are working closely with CDPH and the CDC to monitor these cases.
• In response to this presumptive positive case, we have declared a Local Emergency and a Local Public Health Emergency.
• The Board of Supervisors will consider ratifying these emergencies at a special meeting that is being scheduled for this week.
• Declaring these emergencies empower the County to:
-More effectively respond to the outbreak
-Seek and utilize mutual aid
-Potentially obtain reimbursement
-Coordinate communications with stakeholders and the community
-Ensure that the County’s public health professionals have all necessary tools at their disposal to keep the community safe.
• A website has been set up for people to learn more about the Coronavirus and information about prevention measures: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Information-About-Coronavirus/
• County Health Officer, Dr. Celeste Philip is providing Health Alert information to all local health care providers on guidance for how to screen and care for possible cases of COVID-19.
• To respond to potential cases of COVID-19 in the County, DHS has activated a cross-agency team to monitor the situation and is collaborating with the Department of Emergency Management (DEM).
• DHS is working closely with other Bay Area health departments, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
• DHS is working closely with local public health partners/healthcare providers to take action to isolate and test any high-risk individuals in consultation with the CDC to prevent the spread of disease and protect the public’s health.
• A letter was sent to parents regarding novel coronavirus and schools was sent by Dr. Philip through the Sonoma County Office of Education
Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins | County of Sonoma | 707-565-2241

2020 RNHOA Community Dates for Rio Nido


  • May 23, 2020 at 12pm: General Meeting at the homeowner’s park
  • Sunday, May 24, 2020: Memorial Day Chicken BBQ  4:00 pm until it’s gone, (and it will go!) Dancing 5:00 – 9:00 pm; $10 dinner includes all the trimmings; Soda, Beer & Wine sold separately.
  • Saturday, July 4, 2020: Independence Day Celebration 4:00 pm until it’s gone, (and it will go!) Dancing 5:00 – 9:00 pm; $10 dinner includes all the trimmings; Soda, Beer & Wine sold separately.
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020: Annual Golf Tournament!
  • Sunday, August 2, 2020: Rio Nido Art Festival + Pancake Breakfast 9:00 am – 12 noon Art Festival: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Artists/Craftsmen, please reserve your table/space before July 1st.
  • Sunday, September 6, 2020: Labor Day Chicken BBQ  4:00 pm until it’s gone and Dancing 5:00 – 9:00 pm; $10 dinner includes all the trimmings; Soda, Beer & Wine sold separately.

Spring Flooding in… in Rio Nido

Despite harsh flooding this winter that impacted everyone along the Russian River, Rio Nido is working very hard to restore and rebuild in time for our celebrated Summer Season. Stay tuned, and please check the many social media sites for updates and more information!

Happy Holidays in Rio Nido!

HopTown Road Rally and Hot Cocoa Social

SAT 17 NOV 6-10 pm Previously a three piece rock trio called “HopTown”, the new “HopTown Road Rally” lineup maintains a more contemporary folk sound utilizing banjo and mandolin along with guitar and bass. A show with HopTown Road Rally show is a toe tapping event sure to please its listeners. $5 cover at the Rio Nido Roadhouse 14540 Canyon 2 Road

SUN 18 NOV 11 am – Noon Friends of Rio Nido hosts a Hot Cocoa Social free for everyone at the Rio Nido Lodge at their regular community member meeting. Bring cookies to share and your ideas for goals in the coming year!