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Funky Fridays love their new home.  In fact, it is held on the spacious front lawn of a mansion – The Hood Mansion. 

Funky Fridays will continue to raise money for Sonoma Valley parks in the summer of 2017.  Every Friday, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends, the 15-week FUNdraiser for Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation offers live music from some of the best bands of Northern California, 7 to 9 PM. The outdoor concerts are conveniently located in Sonoma Valley off Highway 12 at North Pythian Road – between Santa Rosa and Kenwood.

Funky Fridays is family-oriented for kids and adults of all ages in a festival-like atmosphere including live music, dancing and picnicking.  Gates open at 5:30 PM and concert-goers can park in one of three parking lots in the Los Guilicos complex. Ticket prices remain the same - Adults / $10 and Kids (18 and under) FREE.  Parking is $10 per vehicle or FREE with a Regional Parks pass.  Advance ticket sales are available online through this website.

“Our organization is honored to be involved with Funky Fridays,” said Melissa Kelley, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. “Funds raised from this concert series help support our parks, and this concert location also introduces the attendees to the historic landmark of Hood Mansion and the potential for improvements at this site.”  Funds raised from the 2017 concerts will support projects related to Hood Mansion, Hood Mountain Regional Park, and other county parks projects in the Sonoma Valley.  

A recent press release conveyed the positive impact the 2016 event had on local parks by providing support for many park programs and projects.  In addition, significant upgrades at the properties to improve the Funky Fridays experience for the summer of 2017 were announced. Guests will enjoy a more amphitheater-like experience, with the stage moved to the south end of the lawn. In response to requests from many attendees, a new dance floor in front of the stage will be installed. "The Parks Foundation is deeply grateful to Funky Fridays - including its organizers, Linda Pavlak and Bill Myers, and all the Funky Fridays guests and bands - for raising this substantial amount of money for our parks," stated Kelley, "We appreciate all the time and energy contributed by Funky Fridays volunteers, and the attendance and generosity of the audience."

In 2015, Sonoma County Regional Parks constructed a Bay Area Ridge Trail section at the Pythian Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. Regional Parks completed road improvements connecting this trail to the intersection of Highway 12 and Pythian Road. The improvements include a road crossing and signal modifications at the Pythian Road and Highway 12 intersection.  These improvements enhance both the traffic flow into the Funky Fridays concerts and the safety for residents of Oakmont who may walk to the new concert location.

“Since the emergence of this fundraising event four summers ago, many Oakmont residents are devoted attendees and park supporters. This venue offers easier access for them to continue enjoying live music and dancing every Friday evening in a beautiful outdoor setting,” Bill Myers, Event Coordinator, said.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation raises funds, fosters partnerships and advocates on behalf of Sonoma County Regional Parks. The Parks Foundation has directed more than $3.5 million to county parks projects since its inception in 1998. The nonprofit currently is raising funds to build more trails at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, sponsor environmental field trips for local school children, and support swim classes and water safety programs operated by Regional Parks.

Please direct further inquiries, suggestions or comments about this music series to event coordinators, Bill Myers or Linda Pavlak, by calling 707.833.6288 or email Bill is a park docent, volunteer and half of the well-known ‘Bill & Dave Hikes’ duo that has been leading hikes in area parks for over seventeen years. The past five years, Bill and Linda have volunteered their time and efforts to coordinate this ‘FUNdraiser’ to benefit parks in Sonoma Valley.

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