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News: 09/15/2019

Funky Fridays audience picks three beneficiaries this year

funky fridays finale
Photo by Bob Favreau

The audiences who turn out to listen and party with some of the Bay Area’s top rhythm and blues bands at the summertime Funky Fridays concerts have chosen their favorite projects to receive $5,000 each by the sponsoring Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation (Foundation).

“While the proceeds for Funky Fridays are distributed to parks projects in the Sonoma Valley, we want to help Funky Friday audiences to become better informed about the types of projects that are being funded and to have a say about how their contributions are spent,” Melissa Kelley said. She is director of the Foundation.

This year’s audience picks are the Youth Crew Van, a new trail on Hood Mountain, and Maxwell Farms Regional Park.

The van will transport a new, year-round youth crew to work in the parks, garnering work experience while keeping the parks in shape and clearing out fire fuels and hazards.

The new Lawson Addition to Hood Mountain Regional Park (see story, page 7) will soon have new trails built to get hikers from Pythian Road up the mountain. The trails will have spectacular views all the way to the ocean.

And now that the Master Plan for Sonoma’s Maxwell Park has been completed, there are any number of projects ready to get underway, including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a bicycle pump track, skate park, and more.

“We were thrilled with the last show’s attendance,” said Funky Fridays co-founder Linda Pavlak, adding that over 1,400 people came to hear the Funky Dozen on Aug. 30. “A record crowd for the show,” said Pavlak, who created the event along with her partner Bill Myers.

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