Thursday, August 9, 2018

Scenes from the 2018 NorBay Music Award Winners Party

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 11:21 AM

A couple weeks ago, over twenty North Bay musicians, promoters, venue owners and other musical luminaries came together for the Bohemian's 2018 NorBay Music Award Winners Party at Beer Baron in downtown Santa Rosa. Scroll through the slideshow to see the fun. All photos were taken by Candace Simmons and Tony Perrot of FourReels Studios LLC.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

New Documentary on Tubbs Fire Premieres in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner were among those in attendance last night, Thursday, Jul 19, for the world premiere of the new documentary “Urban Inferno: The Night Santa Rosa Burned” at the Roxy Stadium 14 in downtown Santa Rosa.
Now screening daily at the nearby Third Street Cinemas, the 40-minute, locally-produced documentary recounts last October's devastating Tubbs Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history, and focuses on the initial impact of the fire on Santa Rosa.
Speaking alongside director Dr Stephen Seager, a longtime Santa Rosa resident, and co-producers Metta Seager, KSRO president Michael O’Shea and KSRO news director Pat Kerrigan and others, the sheriff and fire chief took questions from the local crowd who attended the sold-out premiere and heard from others who shared their experiences.
(From left to right) KSRO president Michael O’Shea, news director Pat Kerrigan, Berkeley firefighter Mike Shuken, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner attend the premiere of "Urban Inferno."
  • (From left to right) KSRO president Michael O’Shea, news director Pat Kerrigan, Berkeley firefighter Mike Shuken, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano and Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner attend the premiere of "Urban Inferno."
Told through on-camera interviews and raw video compiled from cell phone footage, police body cameras and other sources which captured the firestorm that swept through parts of Santa Rosa in the late night and early morning of Oct 8-9, 2017, "Urban Inferno" is at times harrowing and heartbreaking, though it deftly tells the complex story of the unprecedented event and highlights the heroism that rose up to meet the chaos. In particular, the film explains how Gossner's decision to focus on evacuation over firefighting likely saved hundreds of lives.
"Urban Inferno" also shines light on the work of the news staff at KSRO 1350 AM, who broadcasted commercial-free for 24 hours a day as the fire unfolded and who largely became the only line of communication for thousands of Santa Rosans forced to flee their homes.
For some in the audience, the screening was a raw reminder of last October's events, and footage of destruction was met with gasps at times, though the film takes a respectful and hopeful tone. "Urban Inferno" opens today, Jul 20, with regular screenings, and all proceeds from the premiere and the subsequent screenings will go to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund. Click here for times and tickets.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Silver Scream Festival Scares Up Good Times in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 9:51 AM

Monster lovers from around Northern California and beyond gathered in Sonoma County last weekend for the third annual Silver Scream Festival, which took place at the Roxy Stadium 14 Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa and boasted a lineup of both classic and new horror and sci-fi films, with celebrity guests, panel discussions, special effects makeup demonstrations and more.

Hosted by Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine and the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the Roxy Stadium 14, the festival welcomed horror and film fanatics from Friday, Feb 16, to Sunday, Feb 18. Overall, the event was a blast for fans of the genre with dozens of feature-length and short films to see in an intimate setting and many of the genres brightest stars in attendance.
Writer/Director John Russo (right) and the Heroines of Horror chop the ribbon to open Silver Scream Fest.
  • Writer/Director John Russo (right) and the Heroines of Horror chop the ribbon to open Silver Scream Fest.
Opening night kicked-off with a ribbon cutting in the Roxy’s upstairs lobby featuring actresses Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney and Suzanne Snyder–collectively appearing in the festival’s “Heroines of Horror” panel and each screening one of their films – as well as writer and filmmaker John Russo, best known as the co-creator of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead.

From there, attendees had several options for film screenings and events, starting with 1988’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space, starring Suzanne Snyder, who spoke with affection for the film’s outlandish practical effects and who also revealed that she scares easily in horror films.

A handful of brand-new indie films opened at the festival, including the vampire thriller Living Among Us, with director Brian Metcalf and several members of the cast on hand for a Q&A.

Friday night also held a reception nearby at Third Street Aleworks to celebrate the birthday of Silver Scream’s special guest Ricou Browning, best known as the Gill-Man in The Creature from the Black Lagoon films. Browning is the only living actor to portray one of the classic Universal monsters, and at 88 years old, he still revels in the chance to meet fans and talk films.
From left to right: Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney and Suzanne Snyder are the heroines of horror.
  • From left to right: Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney and Suzanne Snyder are the heroines of horror.
Saturday, Feb 17, started with a screening of Barbara Crampton’s not-yet-released film, Replace. Crampton also received Silver Scream’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, accepting a large butcher knife trophy with graciousness and thanking the fans for embracing her in the horror genre. Crampton’s 30-year career in horror films includes classic ‘80s fare like Re-Animator and From Beyond, and modern day films like We Are Still Here and Sun Choke.
Barbara Crampton thanks the fans during her Silver Scream  Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech.
  • Barbara Crampton thanks the fans during her Silver Scream Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech.
Kelli Maroney was on hand for the screening of her 1984 cult classic, Night of the Comet, and she spoke of her friendship with co-star Catherine Mary Stewart and recounted how the film depicted an abandoned Los Angeles after a comet turns everybody to dust.

Maroney then joined Crampton and Snyder for the Heroines of Horror panel, moderated by director Jackie Kong. Unfortunately, this was the festival’s only real let down, as Kong seemingly never got the message that this panel was a celebration of these women’s strength rather than their screams, and as a moderator she failed to really let the panelists speak fully on the breadth of their experiences.

Classic horror lovers soaked up Saturday’s lineup of all three Creature from the Black Lagoon films, which mostly hold up to today’s standards with excellent costume design and stunning underwater sequences. Saturday also including the brand-new Criterion Collection edition of Night of the Living Dead on the big screen, and co-writer John Russo appeared for a Q&A in which he spoke about creating the modern zombie movement almost by mistake, and how the film’s legacy has impacted his career in horror.
'Night of the Living Dead' co-creator John Russo shows off his zombie swag at Silver Scream Fest
  • 'Night of the Living Dead' co-creator John Russo shows off his zombie swag at Silver Scream Fest
Saturday concluded with a special VIP dinner across town at the Flamingo Resort, and attendees at that dinner rubbed elbows with the stars and enjoyed live entertainment, all while raising money for North Bay fire relief efforts.

Sunday was a short day, opening with screenings of classic horror/comedy Blood Diner, with director Jackie Kong on hand, and Maniac, with director Bill Lustig in attendance. This reporter was honored to moderate the Q&A with Lustig, who is a natural storyteller. Lustig offered insight into going to grindhouse theaters as a kid in 1970s New York City, and how he made Maniac on a shoestring budget.

Throughout the weekend, dozens of short films also screened in blocks, and selections included films by several local filmmakers like Sean Pettis, who premiered his stop-motion short film Baba Yaga Origins, and Miranda Limonczenko, who directed the Black Mirror-esque short film Sleepo. Many of the shorts were impressive exercises in horror, comedy, science fiction and drama.
EllieMacs SFX applies makeup to a zombie at the Silver Scream Fest.
  • EllieMacs SFX applies makeup to a zombie at the Silver Scream Fest.
During the weekend, the lobby was also filled with the ghastly goodness of horror makeup demonstrations by experts Walter Welsh, seen on the television series Face Off, and Ellinor Rosander, who’s YouTube makeup tutorial channel EllieMacs SFX garners millions of views.

At the end of Sunday, the awards ceremony celebrated the best of the fest, and winners included Horror feature Butterfly Kisses, comedy feature Killing Diaz, documentary Monster Kids, horror short Lunch Ladies and comedy short Late.
Famous Monsters of Filmland and Santa Rosa Entertainment group present awards at the Silver Scream Fest.
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland and Santa Rosa Entertainment group present awards at the Silver Scream Fest.
All weekend, Silver Scream Festival offered a strong weekend of entertainment, and the fans who made it out were treated to a stellar lineup of cult classics, never-before-seen features, and a supportive horror film community that hopefully keeps the event coming back for years to come.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

'Stand Up Sonoma' Gathers Comedy Giants for Fire Relief

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:30 PM

In the wake of October's devastating North Bay fires, the community's strength and resolve has manifested in several massive concert and benefit events that have supported displaced victims and bolstered fire relief efforts. Now, a committee of local hospitality professionals are adding comedy to the mix with the upcoming Stand Up Sonoma fundraiser featuring Joel McHale, Nick Kroll, Nikki Glaser, Kyle Kinane, Chris Porter, and more in January at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Fans of the recent TV comedy "Community" know McHale as the wisecracking Jeff Winger, and the actor has become a go-to TV host after several years of heading "The Soup." Kroll is a comedian of many voices, and his two-man show with John Mulaney, "Oh, Hello," recently ran on Broadway and is now a Netflix special. Glaser, Kinane and Porter are all some of the busiest working standup comedians working today, each with a distinct voice and wickedly funny worldview.

Proceeds from the show will go to the Sonoma Pride Fundraiser and King Ridge Foundation, which directly help those in Sonoma County affected by the October wildfires. Additionally, a portion of ticket proceeds will go to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Fire Recovery Fund.

Tickets for Stand Up Sonoma will be available for purchase on Thursday, Dec 7, at noon. The show takes place on Thursday, Jan 4, 2018, at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. $55-$125. 707.546.3600.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sonoma County Plans Day of Remembrance

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 10:43 AM

The death toll from October's wildfires stands at 42, and thousands more have lost homes in the most devastating natural disaster in the North Bay. Now that the community is turning towards rebuilding, Sonoma County is taking a day to remember those who died, comfort those who lost homes and businesses, and thank the tireless first responders who saved so many.

Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Day of Remembrance invites the community to gather at the Santa Rosa Junior College for an event that will feature the Fire Department color guard, local law enforcement honor guard, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano, CalFire chief Ken Pimlott, Santa Rosa fire chief Tony Gossner and others.

On behalf of those who died, the color guard will perform on bagpipes and ring the firefighter memorial bell. Music from Transcendence Theatre Company and messages of healing from interfaith leaders will inspire resilience for those who are struggling, and community leaders will be on hand to reflect on what it means to be "Sonoma Strong."

Sonoma County Day of Remembrance takes place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Bailey Field, SRJC campus, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. Doors at 10am, event begins at 11am. Free admission and parking. There will be seating in the bleachers, and families are welcome to bring blankets and sit on the grass field. Click here for more info.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

North Bay Events Turn into Fire Relief Benefits

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:33 PM

No one in the North Bay has been left unaffected by the recent wildfires that ripped through Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties this month. As a result, several events and festivals planned this month have been cancelled. Those that are continuing on are almost all now acting as fire relief fundraisers and several events are popping up specifically to benefit victims of the fires. Aside from the events listed in this week's issue, here's a round-up of some of the ways you can enjoy community gatherings and support families who lost everything in the fire.

Tonight, Oct. 18, San Rafael's Key Tea House, located inside Open Secret, is turning its weekly open mic into a North Bay Resiliency Event, featuring music from Lauren & the Arrows, Kendra Current and After the Fall, as well as a silent auction. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will go to various fire departments and relief funds.

Also tonight, the final week of the popular Songwriters in the Round event at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol features host Jon Gonzales and musicians Pete Stringfellow, Mimi Pirard, Chris Haugen and Kate Magdalena performing to raise funds for Redwood Credit Union's Fire Relief Fund.

Tomorrow, Oct. 19, Redwood Cafe in Cotati is hosting "People Helping People," a benefit concert featuring members of Onye & the Messengers and Afrofunk Experience as well as Amadou and DJ Loisaida. Proceeds and monetary donations will go to people affected by the Sonoma County fire and clothing donations collected by non-profit Bloom will be redistributed to those who need it most.

On Friday, Oct. 20, Silo's in Napa presents an evening of music to benefit the four-legged victims of the fires, featuring Blues and R&B band Second Street and donating a portion of the ticket proceeds to Napa Humane, which is caring for lost and displaced pets.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, Sonoma Cider and Black Sheep Revival Productions team up for a benefit concert featuring Two Lions Band, Three for Silver and Fast Heart Mart to benefit those impacted by the recent Sonoma County Fires.

Also on Oct. 21, the Healdsburg Hotel hosts a community gathering featuring jazz music by Chris Amberger Group, comfort food by chef Scott Romano and local beer and wine. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.

On Sunday, Oct. 22, Catelli's Restaurant in Geyserville is holding the previously promoted "Harvest for Harvey" event, now renamed "Harvest of Hope," to raise funds for Sonoma County fire relief victims.

These and other events are displaying the supportive, selfless attitude that many in the region have taken in the wake of the wildfires. The Bohemian has also set up our own relief fund, Rebuild Sonoma, and you can donate by clicking here.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Several North Bay Events Cancelled Due to Fires

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. - STETT HOLBROOK
  • Stett Holbrook
  • The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

If you had tickets to a concert, theater performance or festival this weekend in Sonoma and Napa counties, chances are high that event will not happen. That's because, five days after several massive wildfires started burning through the region on Monday, Oct. 9, flames are still threatening communities and safety is priority number one. Many venues, event centers, museums and galleries were among the over 3,000 structures that have been lost or the countless more still at risk, and most have opted to delay, postpone or cancel events scheduled this weekend.

In Santa Rosa, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts was severely burned in the initial firestorm, and while the main building seems largely intact, much of the campus was damaged and all performances and events are cancelled through Oct. 15. The center provided a statement that read in part, "Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has been a part of the North Bay community for more than three decades. We are devastated by the destruction in our community and will support our neighbors and their loved ones in any way we can. We hope to open our doors to our community soon."

The Sonoma Laughfest was scheduled to happen at the Luther Burbank Center this weekend as part of its three-day festival this weekend, though now that fest has been cancelled. Organizer Brooke Tansley said many comedians were booked to stay at the Fountaingrove Inn, which was completely destroyed, and added, "We also don't want to bring our performers in from out of town who would take resources that need to be free for displaced locals."

Santa Rosa's 6th St Playhouse has cancelled all classes and performances through the weekend, including the opening of "Steel Magnolias." The theater said it will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and carry on from there.

Sonoma County Art Trails has been delayed one weekend because of the fires, moving to Oct. 21–22 and Oct. 28–29. The organizers of the county-wide self-guided art studios tour cited a desire to keep cars off the road in consideration of first responders. The Sebastopol Center for the Arts will remain open with a preview exhibit. Also in Sebastopol, Main Stage West is delaying the opening of its world premiere production of "Mary Shelley's Body," written by Bohemian contributor David Templeton, until Oct. 19.

In Rohnert Park, the Green Music Center has cancelled its event with Garrison Keillor tonight and will remain closed through the weekend as directed by Sonoma State University, who closed the entire campus yesterday until further notice. Cotati has also cancelled the Cotati Oktoberfest scheduled for Oct. 14, and Redwood Cafe is canceling shows tonight and Sunday, though Saturday's show with Midnight Sun Massive is still on and will act as a musical sanctuary space according to the venue.

In Petaluma, the Mystic Theater has been operating as a daytime evacuation center, though this weekend's concert with New York rock-fusion band TAUK has been cancelled. In addition, The Tolay Fall Festival announced it will not be held Oct. 14-15 in southeast Petaluma.

In Sonoma, Gundlach Bundschu Winery's concert on Oct. 16 with English rocker Spiritualized has been moved to the Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. In addition, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art's opening reception for David Ligare's "Magna Fide (The Great Belief)," originally scheduled for Oct. 14, will be postponed to Oct. 18. Sonoma Arts Live has also delayed the opening of it's production of "The Rainmaker," a drama about a Depression-era town fraught with drought, to Oct. 19.

In Glen Ellen, the Wine Country Ragtime Festival at Jack London State Park has been postponed, and Quarryhill Botanical Garden has cancelled its lecture with author Andrea Wulf tonight. Many other Sonoma Valley venues remain closed as flames continue to move through the area and evacuation orders stay in place.

In Napa, the Blue Note Jazz Club and JaM Cellars Ballroom, both located within the Napa Valley Opera House, announced they will be closed until Nov. 5. The Uptown Theatre has cancelled tonight's "Take Me to the River" Blues and R&B revue and rescheduled Boz Scaggs' shows from Oct.19 and 20 to April. Silo's nightclub is closed through the weekend. Napa theater company Lucky Penny Productions is delaying the opening of it's production of "The Crucible" to Oct. 27. The CIA at Copia has cancelled its inaugural Oktoberfest, scheduled for Oct. 14, and in Yountville, the Lincoln Theater has cancelled its two performances this weekend. In addition, the entire town of Calistoga is still under mandatory evacuation, and many Napa Valley wineries and businesses remain closed due to ongoing fire conditions.

The list of closures and cancellations goes on. If you have plans at all in the North Bay this weekend, double-check with the event venues or organizer for information.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Local Makers Create Comprehensive Database on Sonoma Fires

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

A team of volunteers based out of Chimera Arts and Makerspace in Sebastopol has spent the last four days creating, compiling and sharing verified up-to-date information, resources and news regarding the Tubb's, Nunn's and other fires in Sonoma County on the website

"We all woke up early in the morning (on Monday) and decided to figure out what we could do to help out," says Dana Woodman, founder of Chimera and a key figure in "One of things we were noticing was lack of information, there wasn't a lot of data being generated that was accurate."

A software consultant by trade, Woodman and his fellow makers put their computer skills to use to make a translatable website that funnels information from different sources regarding the status of shelters, local markets, gas stations, pharmacies, and animal assistance, as well as accurate information about donations and volunteering options. The volunteer group has ranged from 10 to 30 people at a time on site at Chimera gathering data and calling officials and businesses to get accurate information.

"It started as a Google doc shared on social media with a list of resources, by the end of Monday, it was converted to a website, structured to be useful on phones and browsers," explains Woodman. Ninety hours into the ordeal, has over 75,000 unique visitors and over 1,000 followers on Twitter. Woodman expects to keep the site going even after fires have been put out, and says it will transition from emergency response to recovery information. "Right now the site's geared toward short-term, life-saving stuff, but when the fires die down we're going to keep doing this until it's not needed anymore."

If you need updates or resources, or if you are looking for ways to help, visit and @sonomafireinfo on Twitter.
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Santa Rosa Toy Con Is A Smashing Success

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Star Wars storm troopers, Marvel and DC superheroes, pirates, ninjas and other colorful characters took over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for the fifth annual Santa Rosa Toy & Comic Con, which celebrated its biggest year yet with an estimated 7,500 attendees and lots of special guests on Saturday, Sept 23.

Stepping into the fairgrounds' Grace Pavilion, fans of all ages were greeted to dozens of vendors specializing in collectible figures and playsets, vintage comic book collections and other nerdy paraphernalia. Collectors got their hands on both old-school toys, like original Mattel action figures from the 1977 Star Wars, as well as the latest in toy trends like the art big-headed Pop! figures from Funko.


Other booths included Petaluma-based Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine, and Santa Rosa's CULT Film Series, giving horror and movie geeks a thrill. Several independent artists and comic book writers were also on hand to show off their original art and self-published or small press works.

  • photo by Melissa Pagluica

There were a few vendors also selling amazing hand-crafted props, costumes and armor for those interested in cosplay, in which fans dress as their favorite fictional characters, and LARPing (live action role playing), in which players dress in costume and wield foam weapons in fun.

  • photo by Rebel Legion.

Anyone unfamiliar with LARPing got the chance to see for themselves with supervised exhibitions in Shade Park behind the Grace Pavilion, and the fairgrounds' Hall of Flowers held interactive art demos and card-playing stations. This year's con also included a high-flying pro wrestling show from the folks at Petaluma's Phoenix Pro Wrestling and Sacramento's Supreme Pro Wrestling.


Last, but far from least, the showcase cafe next to the fairgrounds' racing grandstands held several intimate panel discussions featuring special guests like actors Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols, two of the original cast members of "Star Trek," who spoke with the attentive crowds about their respective 50-year careers and indulged fans with autographs and photos after their panels.

Packed with families and filled with positive vibes, the Santa Rosa Toy & Comic Con succeeded with shared passions coming together for infectious fun. Anyone who missed out this year should head over to Santa Rosa's Batcave Comics & Toys Shop, run by toy con founder Mike Holbrook and equally impressive in it's collection of classic toys and comic books. Holbrook promises the toy con will continue to grow bigger and better when it returns in 2018.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin Returns

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 12:34 PM

  • Alex Chiu
Written by James Knight.

Routinely called “the most fun guy in pro cycling,” retired German cyclist Jens Voigt—known everywhere by his nickname, Jensie—returns to Marin County on Saturday, October 7, to headline the third annual Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin.

The Jensie has been named among the Top 15 U.S. Gran Fondos by Grand Fondo Guide.

I survived 70 miles of the inaugural ride in 2015, and am trying to decide whether to stick with that pretty fair slog, or step up to the challenging 100-mile category in 2017, thanks to a press ticket provided the Bohemian by the Fondo. There are a few changes to the routes this year—but first, let’s back up and answer the “what, exactly, is a Fondo, again?” question.

A Fondo is an organized, recreational bicycle ride that’s open to all cyclists and is not a race, but is timed, and which is supported by some road closures and rest stops. If you’ve biked West Marin, you know the views are superb and the smooth road surfaces, in many areas, are a fine sight, too. Just imagine all that, plus traffic control, rest stops at just the right intervals, plus energy snacks, water and…beer? For me, it’s a little too early in the morning for that.

Plus, there’s gregarious Jensie himself, who manages meet and snap photos with half the peloton and make it to the finish line. Everyone has a German-inspired meal and beer or other beverages afterward.

As with most Fondos, the Jensie has a fundraising component. Ticket sales benefit MCBC and their efforts to make cycling in Marin even better, and safer, for everyone. Three programs currently top their list of priorities: Safe Routes to School helps to educate school communities in cycling skills and advocates for infrastructure improvements that encourage people to choose “green” transportation option; the Road Advocacy Program promotes bike routes in Marin through partnerships with public agencies; and the Off-Road Program helps to expand and restore mountain biking trails—with the goal of a future off-road trail from the Golden Gate to Point Reyes.

All Jensie routes start out together from Novato’s Stafford Lake Park in a throng of cyclists. It’s both exhilarating and a good opportunity to brush up on your peloton etiquette—no crossing wheels!

I can recommend the 40-mile “Break Away” route to anyone who can stay upright on a bike for half a day and climb a moderate grade or two, but if you’ve got the stamina and want a bigger challenge, step up to the 70-mile “Presidential.” However, only the 100-mile “Shut Up Legs” route—so titled for Jensie’s catch phrase during his pro riding days—includes the grinding Alpine Dam climb this year.

Maybe this year I'll get wise, and makes one of those promo water bottles from the previous service stop useful with beer, for the end of that climb.

The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin leaves Stafford Lake Park very early in the morning of October 7, 2017. $95–$195 For tickets and details, click here.
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