FRN Member Meeting, Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 AM, at the Lodge

Friends of Rio Nido’s first member meeting of 2013 promises to be a good one: the theme addresses illegal drug activity, in particular methamphetamine, in our hamlet. Speaking about this with members will be Fifth District Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carillo, District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Sheriff’s Office representative Capt. Rob Giordano, and Sonoma County Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Mike Kennedy. The meeting will be held at the soon-to-open Moon River Marketplace, 4444 Wood Rd., in the historic, and newly-restored, Rio Nido Lodge. Please contact, with any questions.

Report Criminal Activity or Problems Promptly

We encourage you to keep our community safe; report suspected criminal activity promptly.

Deputy sheriff Peter Quartarolo is based at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s River Sub-station in Guerneville. He’s assigned to Rio Nido, and will be making regular visits, as well. His contact information is below. If any issues arise please e-mail him at Peter.Quartarolo(at) or call Dispatch at 707-565-2121 or the River sub-station at 707-869-0202.

A big caveat is, do not wait until the deputy is on duty to report things: use the dispatch or sub-station numbers. You may also make an anonymous report.

Thanks for helping to keep Rio Nido safe and secure!


FRN Beautification Committee Meets Jan. 25

Beautify it!

If you like seeing how our hamlet is looking better and better, and would like to contribute, please join the Friends of Rio Nido Beautification Committee to discuss and plan the future. The committee will meet at a local residence, Thursday, Jan. 25 in the evening. The committee has done an inspiring job cleaning up the fountain, and painting the Canyon 2 Rd. planters, and much more. See what committee chair Jennifer Ostrom has in store for the neighborhood. If you’d like to join the committee, contact Jennifer at jennifer(at)

POSTPONED: Pegasus Theater Pushes “Jacob Marley…” Date

Due to the extreme weather conditions being forecast for the next several days, Pegasus Theater Company is is postponing the opening of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, at the Rio Nido Lodge, until next weekend. With high winds and rainfall and the possibility of streams flooding being predicted, the group doesn’t want to put patrons or cast and crew at risk.
The show will now open on Friday, December 7, with an opening night celebration of complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and will continue as previously scheduled through December 23.
Pegasus will be personally contacting everyone who made a reservation this weekend to see if we can move your reservations to another weekend.

All Saturday and Sunday performances are $15 general admission. The following two Fridays are pay-what-you-can. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m.  Reservations may be made up to 3 hours before a performance online at our web site at or by calling the Box Office at (707) 583-2343. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before the performance begins.

Water District Construction Wrapping Up; Roads Next

Many of you have experienced the ripped-up roads, detours, and torn-up dirt for the past few weeks–the visible evidence of water-line reconstruction to replace aging galvanized pipes with modern PVC. Sweetwater Springs Water District has told the Friends of Rio Nido that the water-line construction is finished; a second phase–of road reconstruction–will commence as weather (both rain and temperature) allows.  This second phase will involve some re-paving, finishing the edges of the roadway, lifting the meter-boxes to the new grade of the road, and grinding out some of the fractured “puzzle-pieces” of road. Rio Nido residents of Canyon 7 and Paradise Lane, now have new C900 PVC water lines–both the main line and the service lines, the district told us.

There is another water-line project planned for Canyon 1; however, this will not take place for a few years at a time to be determined in the future.



FRN Update

FRN (Friends of Rio Nido) did some hedge clearing along the roadways on Sep 8th.  We appreciate the volunteers who helped, and anyone who chips in to take care of brush along roads near your home!   We also cleaned the fountain and planters along Canyon 2 and 7, and trimmed the bushes in that area.  We have plans to paint the planters, clean the road signs, and other beautification efforts.  We’re also in discussions with the County on the crosswalk and radar speed signs, and even sat in on meetings regarding signage (since we’re still interested in getting a historic Rio Nido sign refurbished and mounted) and bike paths (since there was some interest in improving the bike path to Guerneville).  Let us know your interest or join FRN!  Email us at, leave a message at (707)200-FRN1, or join us at our next member meeting on Sat., Sep 29th from 11am to noon at the RNHOA picnic tables.

Hedge Clearing–Sept. 8

We will spend some quality time Saturday morning clearing, trimming, and pruning to improve visibility for drivers.

If you would like to participate, convene at Picnic Tables (between Post Office & Pee Wee Golf) at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 8.

We’ll drive around Rio Nido to trim hedges & overgrowth along roadways, to improve visibility for drivers.  Bring your clippers, trimmers, & gardening gloves.  If you’re OK with us putting trimmings into your yard waste bin, leave it out by the road with a note that says “OK FOR FRN”!

Thanks, and see you there!

FRN Member Meeting Aug 11

Come join us for our next FRN member meeting. We’ll hear the latest in the community and see what’s going on with the Rio Nido Lodge. The meeting begins at 11am near the picnic tables in Homeowner’s park between pee wee golf and the post office. All are welcome. Here’s the meeting agenda.

Friends of Rio Nido Seeks Board Candidates for 2012

A three member, independent FRN Election Committee has been established to oversee the FRN Board election on June 16th, 2012. All correspondence regarding the election process, while sent via the FRN email teplate for consistency, is generated from the Election Committee and is independent of the sitting FRN Board. The first step in the election process starts today!

There will be five FRN Board seats available for either a one- or two-year term. The five candidates with the highest vote count will be elected to the FRN Board. The three candidates with the highest vote count will serve on the FRN Board for two years, and the two remaining candidates will serve one year terms.

Interested voting Members are invited to fill out and submit their candidate application form to: FRN Election Committee, PO Box 184, Rio Nido, CA 95471. The candidate filing period is open from April 14th to May 14th. After the close of the filing period, candidate applications will be available for review on the FRN website. The Membership will have an opportunity to meet the candidates before the start of the FRN Member Meeting on May 19th, 2012.

Election ballots and voting instructions will be sent via this email distribution list no later than May 22nd, 2012. Voting Members without an email address will be sent a ballot to their mailing address. All ballots must be received by the FRN Election Committee no later than June 15th, 2012. They will be counted at the June 16th FRN Member and Election Meeting. No ballots will be accepted at the election meeting.