Get out of the house! 5 things you can do tonight!

Summer isn’t going to last forever. Here are 5 things you can do tonight

1. Funky Friday

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Enjoy music and food in a family friendly environment at the Hood House.  If you haven’t been yet, there are only 2 shows left after tonight’s show.  Tonight, The Soulside Blues Band.

When: Tonight (Friday) 7pm – 9pm +/-

Where: Hood Mansion N. Pythian Santa Rosa

Cost: $10 plus parking unless you have a Son. Co. Reg. Park pass

Food: Beer, wine, food available for purchase

More info: Funky Friday

2. Friday Night Live in Cloverdale

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It’s a drive, but well worth it.  Great outdoor venue, warm weather, tons of food for purchase at the outdoor market on Cloverdale Blvd.  Tonight, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, a latin big band.

When: Tonight (Friday) 6:30 – 9:30 +/-

Where: Cloverdale Blvd plaza

Cost: Free

Food: Wide variety of food and beverages available to purchase, or bring your own.

More info: Friday Night Live

3. Rincon Valley Dog Park social

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Bring your best friend to the Rincon Valley Dog park for human food and beverages.  Well behaved dogs can play in the fenced park while adults socialize over pot luck type food and snacks.  Bring something to share.

When: Tonight (Friday) 5:30 – Dark

Where: Rincon Valley Community Park Montecito Blvd (near the library)

Cost:  Free

Food: Bring a beverage of snack to share

4. Sebastiani Friday Night Concert Series

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Food trucks are available on the last Friday of the month, otherwise, bring a picnic and buy a glass or bottle of wine and enjoy a meal out by the fountain in front of the tasting room.  Inside the Blues Burners will be entertaining an enthusiastic audience with danceable hits from the past.

When: Tonight (Friday) 6pm – 9pm

Where: Sebastiani Winery 389 Fourth St Sonoma

More info: Sebastiani Friday nights

5. Movies in the Park

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Bring the family and a picnic dinner to Howarth Park and catch Lego Batman.

When: Tonight (Friday) 7:30 – 10pm

Where: Howarth Park 630 Summerfield Rd

Cost: Free

More info: Movie

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner
  • Saint Francis Property
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  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
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Hike with your hound

Hey Rincon Valley, looking for some exercise that’s close to home? Take your dog for a Hike with the Hounds at Taylor Mountain Regional Park tonight (Thursday Aug 17) for an energetic sunset hike.

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Bagel and Jerry are up for the task
  • When: Thurs Aug 17th 5:30 pm
  • Where: Taylor Mountain Regional Park , 3820 Petaluma Hill Road
  • Bring: your dog w/ 6′ leash (or shorter), water, doggie waste bag
  • Registration: required at Son Co. Reg. Parks 707.483.0940
  • Cost: 7$ parking unless you have a park pass

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert. Tourism Ambassador 

Wine Country Horse Racing

It’s fair time in Sonoma County. The fairgrounds in Santa Rosa are alive with food vendors, carnival rides, livestock exhibits, concerts, the famous Hall of Flowers, and of course Wine Country Horse Racing.

The fair runs from now until Aug 13th and is located at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds 1350 Bennett Valley Road Santa Rosa, CA.

Horse racing dates:
Aug 3-6
Aug 10-13
Aug 18-20 (post fair race)

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Hat Day at the Sonoma County Fair

This photo was taken of Gwen and me at the track on opening day. We attended a special “Hat Day” event which included lunch, grandstand seating, and a hat competition. The photograph was taken by WB Photography of Santa Rosa who always does an outstanding job capturing the fair’s excitement.  Click on the link to see more great picture of the fair and opening day: WB Photography

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

Jack London State Park docent led hike

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Rincon Valley, looking for something different to do this weekend? Get outside and come hike 7.5 miles in Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen.

This is a great opportunity to be led by park docents through this beautiful state park. The hike is moderately paced but expect to be on the trail for about 4+ hours.

Where: Jack London State Park 2400 London Ranch Rd Glen Ellen
When: Saturday, Aug 5th 8:30
Cost: $15 (fee includes parking)

Bring:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Plenty of water
  • Trail snack
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I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

 

5 things to do tonight (Friday)

We have a friend visiting from Southern California, and Gwen asked me to find some things we could do with him tonight that are unique to Northern Ca.  After looking at the social calendar, I realized how lucky we were to have so many choices.

Summer of Love Art Night

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  • 6 pm – 9 pm Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
  • Cost is $25 but that gets admission into the exhibit, 2 drinks, and snacks.  Enjoy the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with live music by Rubber Soul, and taking in the art work of the 60’s.

Music and dancing at Sebastiani Winery Friday night music series

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Sebastiani Friday Night Music

  • This is a weekly FREE event. Wine is available for purchase at the winery.  Bring your own food and picnic in the courtyard.  Local bands play inside the tasting room.  Gwen and I hit this about once a month and it’s always a good time.  Wine is available for purchase by the glass or bottle .  Several food trucks are on site on the last Friday of the month. Tonight, enjoy music by Magic

Funky Friday lawn concerts at Hood Mountain

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Funky Fridays

  • Come sit, sip, eat, listen, and dance to local bands. Tonight its Frobeck which is a combo of jazz, soul, and rock and roll.  Think Tower or Power!  Tix $10, parking is free if you have a Sonoma County Park Pass

Punchline Palooza

More info

  • Tonight Amy Miller (Last Comic Standing) does a live performance at Palooza restaurant 8 pm – 10 pm 8910 Sonoma Highway.  Tix $20 and up

First Friday at Fog Crest Vineyard

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Fog Crest

  • Everybody enjoys the views of the west county hills from Santa Rosa.  Tonight is an opportunity to look back at Santa Rosa from beautiful Fog Crest Vineyard in the the west county hills of Sebastopol.  The event is free, and a gourmet food truck is on site dishing out great grub.  Enjoy some of Fog Crest’s great whites and Pinots while sitting on the deck over looking Santa Rosa.

 

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

Hood Mountain Regional Park

Rincon Valley’s Hood Mountain Regional Park is a wonderful 1,750-acre protected wildlife park on the east side of Santa Rosa. There are no attractions at this park other than hiking and wildlife. Don’t come to this park if you are looking for playgrounds or places to swim. This is strictly for getting away and enjoying nature.

The park is in the Mayacama Mountain Range and runs east/west on the north side of Hwy 12. There are 2 entrances, one at 3000 Los Alamos Road, and the other at 1450 Pythian Road. Each entrance access’ different trails so have an idea of what trail you want to hike then pick the appropriate entrance.

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The Mayacama mountains rise above the fertile valley floor

The Los Alamos entrance accesses the Hood Mountain Trial which is a fire road that leads to other trails that branch off it. There are moderate hills on the Hood Mountain Trail.

One of my favorite hikes on this side of the park is the hike to the Grandmother tree. Here is a link to this hike: Grandmother tree

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The Lower Johnson Ridge Trail is the place to start.

From the Pythian entrance (1450 Pythian Rd), expect a tough 1/4 mile hike up a steep paved road before you come to any trails. Once you hit the trailhead for Lower Johnson, the hike becomes less of a workout and more of a walk in the woods. One of my regular hikes is to hike to Merganser Pond, about 1 mile, then doing the Valley View Loop Trial, an additional 1 mile, and back to the parking lot for a total hike of 3+ miles. This is an intermediate hike with steep elevation.

Sonoma County Regional Parks recently established 2 environmental campgrounds at Merganser Pond that are “hike-in” only. There are 3 sites and only 4 people per site are allowed.

There is no running water to the campground, however, there is a creek nearby where water can be collected then filtered for cooking. There is a portapotty near the campground. Contact Sonoma County Regional Parks for more details about reserving these camp site.

Two of Sonoma County’s pinnacle hikes are at Hood Mountain Regional Park.

#1 is the hike to Gun Site Rock. This is an advanced hike for athletic people who can handle the 1700′ elevation ascent to the summit of Hood Mountain and then the descent back to the parking lot. Count on this being a 4-hour strenuous hike.

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Panoramic picture for Sonoma Valley from the top of Gun site Rock

#2 is a one-way hike from Sugarloaf SP, to Hood Mountain Parking lot on Pythian with an optional drop in at Gun Site Rock. This is an advanced hike for people who are athletic and can handle the steep uneven terrain. This hike requires setting up a shuttle or utilizing the once monthly shuttle offered by the Friends of Sugarloaf. For more shuttle info click: Shuttle

Hood Mountain Regional Park rules:
Parking: $7
Dogs: yes on 6′ or less leash
Hours: 7am – sunset
Emergencies: 911
Non-emergencies:
Sonoma County Regional Parks: 707.565.2041
Spring Lake Ranger Station 707.539.8092

Hood Mountain wildflowers

Wildflowers on the way up to the Grandmother Tree

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

Rincon Valley Library

We are so lucky in Rincon Valley to have one of the newest regional libraries in the city. Built in 1994, it resembles a modern country barn. It is simple but elegant. The inside is a “great room” concept with a kids section at one end. There is ample room to sit and read, or to do research at a table.

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The library is conveniently located between the Rincon Valley Community Park, and Maria Carillo High School.
The library offers the following services:

  • 19 one hour computers
  • video relay for the deaf
  • public printer
  • 2 copy machines
  • 6 one hour computers for kids
  • Cd listening station

The Rincon Valley Library offers the following programs:

Hours:
Open every day 10 am
Closed Sundays
Closes at 9 pm Mon & Wed
Closes at 6 pm Tue, Thurs, and Frid
Closes at 4 pm Saturday
Location: 6959 Montecito Blvd Santa Rosa, CA
Phone: 707.537.0162
More Info: Rincon Valley Library

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

Healdsburg Water Carnival

 

72cdefb7ba1f46c406ec5f1b89180038The annual Healdsburg Water Carnival is coming next weekend to Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. This has been a Sonoma County tradition since 1905. The carnival hasn’t exactly been uninterrupted, WWII, and the retrofitting of the Healdsburg bridge have caused the festival to skip some years.

The carnival brings in thousands of guests who want to enjoy a safe (lifeguarded) place to swim while enjoying water floats, a 60′ water slide, music, food, and vendors from around the county.

This year, the carnival benefits Sonoma County Regional Parks “Water Safety Patrol” program. The program consists of bilingual parks staff and lifeguards who travel up and down the river passing out free life vests for nonswimmers who want to play in the water.

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Come enjoy this one-day festival Saturday, July 15th 11 am – 5 pm.

Water Festival Events:
Floating wine barrel races
Zoom Flume 60′ river slide
Kids games
Live music: Rosetown Soul (R&B review)
Pedal boats
Food trucks to include:
     Diaz Catering
     Rossoti’s Hot Dogs
     The Wurst
     And more…

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A Healdsburg tradition since 1905

When: Saturday, July 15th 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Memorial Beach 15 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg, CA
Cost: Free for walk-in. Standard park parking fee
More info: Carnival

 

 

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

 

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  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

 Originally posted on ActiveRain 7/10/2017

 

New Listing: 315 Dominic Ct Windsor, CA

Sold $765,000 !

315 Dominic Court Windsor, CA 95492  $749,000

For Sale 315 Dominic Court Windsor, CA

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Get a jump on Windsor’s newest listing

  • Built: 1994
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 2595 Sq Ft home
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Recessed lighting
  • Granite kitchen counters
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Double oven
  • 5 burner gas stove
  • Built in refrigerator
  • Custom color paint
  • Gas fireplace insert (thermostat controlled)
  • 1 Bedroom and full bath downstairs
  • Master bedroom suite with attached bath
  • Master bath has double sinks, jetted tub, views
  • Indoor laundry
  • 3 car attached garage
  • Forced gas heat with A/C

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Lot:

  • 6712 Sq Ft level lot
  • Room for 3 cars in driveway
  • Full landscaped with sprinklers
  • Private cul-de-sac location
  • Hot tub
  • Parking for 3 cars in driveway

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Neighborhood:

  • Brooks Elementary School
  • Close to Foothill Regional Park
  • Near the Russian River
  • Close to world class wineries
  • Easy access to US 101

Call me today to see this great house!

 

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

Rincon Valley – Brush Creek Villas

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Brush Creek Villas

Brush Creek Villas, located in the western part of Rincon Valley, is one of my favorite townhouse complexes.  It was built in the 1970’s which means the landscape is mature and beautiful.  It is tucked against the Monticeto Hills, and boasts tall redwoods, oaks, along with olive and maples.

 

Development:

The development consists of approx. 100 units.  The style is Southwest or Early Californian, with stucco walls, tile roofs and heavy wood trim.  Generally speaking, the homes are grouped so that 4 – 6 homes share a circular driveway.  The homes share a common wall attached at the garage.  

Not only is the Brush Creek Villas a wonderfully landscaped development but there is a community pool, tennis courts, club house, and bocce ball courts. 

Generally speaking the homes share the following amenities:

  • 2 patios
  • Fireplace
  • Electric kitchen
  • 2 car garage 

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Association:

There is a homeowners association called Brush Creek Villas Association.

The association is currently managed by Focus Real Estate 

The association monthly dues are $190 and include:

  • Water/sewer
  • Ground Maintenance
  • HOA Management

 

Sales:

In 2016 nine homes sold 

  • Average sales price= $465,000
  • Average sq ft = 1258 sq ft
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Community Pool

Neighborhood:

The Brush Creek Villas is centrally located in Santa Rosa, close to Hwy 12 with easy access to US 101.  World class wineries are a 15 minute drive away.  State and local parks are within walking and bicycling distance.  Two major area hospitals, Kaiser and Memorial Hosp., are 10 minutes away. 

 

 

Rincon Valley schools are managed by the Rincon Valley Unified School District.  Click the link for a list of Rincon Valley elementry schools.  

Here is a link for a Rincon Valley elementary school locator: Which school is mine?

Rincon Valley is home to a number of churches and faiths.  Click the link for a list of places to worship.

The Montecito shopping Center, and McDonald shopping center are a few miles away.  To see a directory of the three major shopping centers in Rincon Valley, click this link Rincon Valley shopping.

There a number of really nice common interest developments in Rincon Valley,  here is a list of some of my favorites: Rincon Valley developments

Rincon Valley is a great place to live, and the Brush Creek Villas is a great neighborhood to own a home in.  Call me today if you want more information about these special homes. 

Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties

 

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa