FPA Blog

Forestville News & Events, October 2020

Action is the Antidote to Despair

by Lucy Hardcastle

That’s the quote on one of my pin-on buttons I’ve had in my collection for decades. I pulled it out the other day as a reminder we are all on this journey, in shock, in disbelief, in grief. When you think of all the big and little adjustments we must make to get through life on a daily basis it can get exhausting. Couple that with the political climate and it can seem overwhelming. That’s when it’s time to take action. Certainly vote. It’s the foundation of our democracy. Next decide what you think should be changed and what can you do about it? How can you contribute? How can you lend your voice? It’s not impossible. Collectively we can make things better. Trying to do it alone may no longer be possible. As Yoda says, “the force is strong.”

Town Hall Rescheduled!
Speaking of taking action, we’ve rescheduled the Town Hall for Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 pm. You can find the Zoom link & Lynda Hopkins’ Facebook page link to watch the meeting on Facebook Live here. Topics will be updates on County issues, the Skatepark, Quarry funds, summertime parking improvements, what’s happening in the Downtown Oaks park and the ever-important Emergency Preparedness plans for fire prep and evacuations during the time of COVID-19. Get informed, get involved because remember, Action is the Antidote to Despair.

Online Auction to Help Fund the Youth Park
Taking action to help fund the Youth Park (who lost two major fundraising opportunities this year) the Board of the Youth Park is hosting an online auction starting at noon on Sunday, October 4 closing at 6 pm on Sunday, October 11th. Check out the FYP website to see the cool prizes up for bid. Think about a getaway to Mendocino with dinner at Trillium Restaurant and an overnight at the Seagull Inn. How about a year’s supply of Taylor Lane coffee, lunch at Russian River Vineyards, wine tastings and more? It will be fun to see what they come up with, so be sure to check it out.

Forestville School’s Service Project: Massive Food Drive for the Methodist Food Closet
Taking action to help the Methodist Food Closet is Anne Fox, teacher at Forestville School. She and her students decided their Service Project would be to do a massive FOOD DRIVE the month of October. You can drop off your donations to the office. There are boxes outside the front door for your convenience. Thank you students. The Forestville School has a long history of helping people in our community. They are still in distance learning so send them positive thoughts as they work through all the glitches. The teachers there are dedicated to their students and realize the stress of long- distance learning on everyone. If this virus didn’t have such long ranging repercussions, and do such damage in the body, we would never impose hard standards so necessary to get through this. But we will get through this.

El Molino HS  Taking Action: Free Daily Breakfasts & Lunches for Under 18
Helping the high school students take action are all the programs going on online for El Molino. I noticed the Financial Literacy workshops and college preparation activities on their website. They give out free breakfast and lunches daily for those under 18. Just drive through the Bus Circle to pick your up.

The Skatespot Committee took action to get their nonprofit ID number and now it’s time to take your suggestions for design. Go to their website to give your feedback. It’s pretty cool.

Making progress on your dreams, like the Skatespot has done for years now, takes action and as we’ve said, “Action is the Antidote to Despair.” If they had given up when it got tough it would have been a shame. Instead they kept at it and are finding a way. One day Forestville will add this feature to our town and the kids going forward will benefit from the action taken toda

Who Am I Grateful for this Month?
Scotty from the Youth Park Board. He is one to take action. He has organized Little League at the park for years now has taken the lead on organizing the Silent Auction this year to help raise money for the Park. Normally this rather fabulous auction takes place during their Outhouse Classic Golf Tournament. Instead they are doing it online. It’s not easy to figure out as you can imagine but Scotty is full steam ahead. His positive can-do attitude is infectious. The kids are lucky they have Scotty to guide the Little League and now to help fortify the coffers of the Youth Park itself. Grateful for you! I love how you take action!

Board Meetings

• 1st Tuesday of mo.
• 5:30 – 7:30 PM
• In-Person at:
6550 Railroad Ave., Forestville
• Via Zoom: Get Link
• For more info, contact:
Board President,
Lucy Hardcastle
Everyone welcome.