Russian River Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center


The Neighbor's Kid Auto Repair - Forestville

Thank You Renewing Members!

Guerneville School District - Guerneville
Ecco Docks and General Contractor - Guerneville
JLL Corp Coldwell Banker - San Francisco
Meadowview Cottages - Monte Rio

Check out Outsmart Disaster and the Resilient Business Challenge

Promoting disaster preparedness for vulnerable CA small business

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), today announced that it is relaunching the Outsmart Disaster Campaign with a new web portal featuring the Resilient Business Challenge (RBC) virtual training to promote disaster preparedness and proactive resiliency training.

The Outsmart Disaster Campaign was originally launched in 2021 by California’s Business Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH), supported by approximately $782,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance funds provided by the U.S. Economic Development Agency.

Outsmart Disaster has already helped more than 1,300 businesses in California access tools and the needed support to create a disaster preparedness plan, mitigate damages and accelerate recovery in the event of natural disasters or personal emergencies.

The Resilient Business Challenge is a virtual, no-cost, self-guided training that helps businesses:......Want to learn more?  Follow the above links to check out the program and take the challenge! The press release is linked below.
Read the Press Release

Sonoma County Tourism Changes Course on Proposed BIA Amendment

UPDATE: Sonoma County Tourism sent out communication over the last week indicating they are suspending their proposed expansion of the 2% BIA Initiative to include lodging and vacation rentals with annual revenue of less than $350,000.  They have not abandoned the proposal entirely, but will be communicating with more stakeholders, offering opportunities to learn more and seeking additional input from a larger segment of the businesses that would be impacted.   

DROUGHT VIRTUAL TOWN HALL Thursday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. - Register Today! (logos for Sonoma Water, Save Our Water and Sonoma County without links) Experts will answer your questions and provide the latest information on drought conditions. Scan the QR Code to register for the monthly town halls on Zoom. (to follow QR Code link: click on flier, or "sign up" button below) Link takes you to

Nov. 10 virtual town hall to feature state drought manager and expert on atmospheric rivers

Jeanine Jones, drought manager for the California Department of Water Resources, and Julie Kalansky, a climate scientist from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and an expert on atmospheric rivers, will be the featured speakers at the County of Sonoma’s drought town hall meeting in November.

The virtual meeting, scheduled for next Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at 4 p.m., will be the seventh in the county’s series of monthly public forums on the drought.
Sign Up to Attend
Videos of Pevious Drought Meetings

Update on Recycling and New CRV Opportunities

Learn about new state laws and local efforts to expand CRV redemption opportunities.
• Susan Collins, Container Recycling Institute
• Sloane Pagal, Zero Waste Sonoma
• Jeremy Hogan, United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay
Register to Attend

Sonoma County Continuum of Care [Board]

Sonoma County Meetings to solicit public input on Strategic Plan to reduce homelessness

The Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board will host the following meetings on Nov. 18 (9 am-12 pm at the Community Development Center) and November 30 (1 pm-5 pm) on Zoom to obtain further public feedback on its five-year strategic plan to reduce homelessness across Sonoma County.

The draft plan contains proposals to increase the permanent and interim housing stock in Sonoma County, increase homelessness prevention, and strengthen supportive services to ensure that we are meeting the complex and diverse needs of people experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County.
Info on the 11-18 CoC Meeting
Info on the 11-30 CoC Meeting

The return of Guerneville Parade of Lights at 7:00 pm Saturday, December 3rd 2022  Parade applications are available online at or at Boon eat+drink, Brot Modern German and the Russian River Visitors Center - sponsored by the Russian River Alliance and Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in partnership with the Russian River Chamber of Commerce

Looking for Floats, Participants & Volunteers for The Parade of Lights!!!
Saturday, December 3rd  7:00 pm


Get FREE Training to Become a Volunteer Whale Watcher!

Beautiful coast meets ocean while whales tail comes up out of the water.
Please register for this free event & become a Volunteer Whale Watcher at Bodega Head! 

Trainers: Norma Jellison (Whale Watch Program Coordinator), Richard and Colleen Draffin, Jeff Goldman, Richard Shipps, and Stewards and State Park staff

The Whale Watch Public Education Program was started in 1986 by our Whale Mother, Bea Brunn, as a response to the public’s growing concern and awareness of the fragile relationship with the dwindling population of remaining whales. In this training you will learn about Pacific Gray Whale physiology, migration, breeding habits, and other facts to share with the public. Docents are stationed at Bodega Head on weekends from January through May.

Meet: Bodega Bay Grange
1370 Bodega Ave
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
10am-12pm, meet at Bodega Bay Grange
12pm-1:30pm, bring your lunch and meet at Bodega Head

If you're unable to attend the in-person meeting at Bodega Bay Grange, you can also attend the meeting via Zoom

Meeting ID: 825 907 7190
Passcode: QqNke4
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River Arts - WINTER CRAFT FAIR November 12 to 13, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM at the Surrey Resort - 16590 Highway 116, Guerneville (west of the Safeway, on the right) QR Code takes you to www.riverartsguerneville/events/winter-holiday-craft-fair-1 - (pic of Christmas crafts) Art/Paintings, Candles, Cards, Ceramics, Felt Flowers, Gifts, Home Decor, Jewelry, Local Historical Novels, Organic Dog Treats, Ornaments, Screened Print Textiles, Stained Glass, Wood Signs - Meet Local Artists! Over Two Dozen Craft Booths! Fabulous Raffle Prizes! Food! Wine-Tasting! Children's Crafts; event put on in conjuction with Creative Sonoma and Sonoma County

Rainbow Cattle Company & Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County present Give Back Tuesday, November 15th 6 to 8pm - 16220 Main Street, Guerneville $5 Buffet Tickets & $1 Raffle Tickets

Free outdoor celebration - healing harp music by Shawna saline, meet and greet with volunteers guided tours - the Friends of Fife Creek Butterfly Garden Project (inset map showing the location by the intersection of Brookside Lane and River Road) Sunday November 20th 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - non-profit sponsor is Community Clean Water Institute, for more information:

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16209 First Street
Guerneville, CA 95446

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