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December 6, 2019

City Manager's Office

Join us Dec. 11 for Coffee with the City

Coffee with the City flyer

Our final Coffee with the City event of 2019 will be held next Wednesday December 11, 2019. The event will be held at the Healdsburg Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. Please join us for a casual discussion about current City projects, programs and events.

Community Services

Dia de los Muertos Recap

Woman dancing
Kids in front of an old car
Man and Woman playing an instrument

Thousands of community members came together on Sunday, November 24 to take part in the 4th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration.  The event originally planned for October 27, was rescheduled due to the impacts of the Kincade Fire.  This year’s event included traditional Dia de los Muertos aspects of music, dance and ofrenda altars, but also focused on community unity and served as a fundraiser for fire relief.  The new venue of the City Hall grounds and Grove Street served the event elements and crowd-size well.  City and Corazón Healdsburg Staff are in the process of debriefing and making preliminary plans for a 2020 event.

36th Annual Senior Citizen Appreciation Dinner

A group of people walking along a red carpet

The 36th  Annual Senior Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Villa Chanticleer on Sunday, December 8th  from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The event is a refined Healdsburg tradition that honors the senior citizens and active adults of our community.  Each year approximately 200 seniors attend this dinner and an additional 50-60 seniors receive a home-delivered meal.  This year’s dinner has a “Dickens” theme and will include valet parking, a red carpet entrance, a wine and cheese reception, a three-course meal, a prize raffle, and a few more special surprises.  There is still space available to both attend (free of charge) and volunteer.  To secure your dinner reservations or volunteer spot, please contact the Senior Center by calling 707-431-3324.

Winter Break Mini Camp

Two girls smiling for the camera

The Community Services Department is hosting a Winter Break Mini Camp January 2-3. This camp is designed to accommodate working parents and provide children a fun camp atmosphere during the holiday school break. Mini camps are perfect for children ages 5-11 and will feature arts, crafts, games, songs, and food projects. The program will be held at the Fitch Mountain Elementary School campus from 8am-5:30pm each day. For more information and to register, please visit

Planning and Building

North Village Master CUP Workshop

On December 10, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. the Planning Commission will hold a workshop to receive a presentation from the project applicant regarding the North Village Project.

Public Safety

Annual Toy Drive

The Fire Department’s Annual Toy Drive is underway for the kids in our community. Anyone can bring in NEW, UNWRAPPED toys for children ranging from infants to 18 years old. Toys will be collected at the Fire Department through December 19th and delivered to the Healdsburg Community Center. 

Meet Leo

The City of Healdsburg's Therapy Dog named Leo

Over the past few weeks, a new member of the Police Department, Leo, has been walking the halls of the department.  Leo is a two-year-old golden retriever who is the department's therapy dog.  The police department partnered with Canine Companions for Independence and is part of their pilot program for placing dogs into organizations to provide comfort to people in times of need.  Leo will be used to provide support to our employees and our community members during and after stressful, traumatic incidents.

Public Works

Self-Fill Sandbag Station Available at the Community Center - 1557 Healdsburg Ave.

A sandbag station

The National Weather forecasts that the next bout of wet weather will happen today, Dec. 6, through Sunday morning, Dec. 8, with expected rainfall accumulation of 2-3 inches in that time period.  We  opened a self-fill sandbag station  today at the Community Center (1557 Healdsburg Ave.) that will be available to all community members for free. The station will be open through Sunday, and it is located in the parking lot next to the soccer field.

Please use these tips on how to safely use the sandbags:
  • Fill sandbags 1/2 to 2/3 full; lay them flat in place.
  • Wear gloves to protect yourself. 
  • Filling sandbags is physically demanding work and can easily cause back and other injuries if not careful. Always lift with your legs and not your back. Do not throw sandbags -- doing so will stress your back and shoulders.
  • Only place the sandbags on your property. Do not place sandbags on City property (such as streets and sidewalks) and on the public right-of-way.
  • We will not pick up the sandbags. After you've finished using the sandbags, please return them to the Community Center or dispose of them properly.
  • Do not allow sand to go into our storm drain system -- it pollutes the water and erodes pipes.
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