Useful Links

See the Blue (Phone) Book, available in area shops, for phone numbers of community organizations (churches, libraries, post offices, schools) and services (health, self-help, service organizations, sheriff, humane society, and more). Click the following link if you have Blue (Phone) Book additions or updates.

The information below was gathered in October 2008 and has been updated periodically. We would appreciate your help in maintaining its accuracy; please contact the Association Webmaster to provide updates.

Community Services

Service Description

Action Network

In 1997, a group of individuals living on the Redwood Coast (Irish Beach to Stewarts Point) established Action Network to build a stronger coastal community.

Ambulance Services

Though the nearest hospital is two hours away, the Coast Life Support District (CLSD) provides paramedic ambulance response and transport. The CLSD ambulance district was founded by special state legislation, approved by a large majority of district voters, and is supported by fees for services and a per-parcel benefit assessment.

Air (helicopter) ambulance service is available on the coast from AirMedCare Network (covers services by both REACH and CalStar), and occasionally from Sonoma County Sheriff's Henry 1 helicopter. If helicopter evacuation is required it is not possible to choose which service will be used; whichever service is available at the time will be dispatched.

Memberships can be purchased for a small annual fee from AirMedCare Network to cover the cost of transport whether by REACH or CalStar - read more here.

Animal Rescue & Control

Animal Rescue and Control (see also Pet Services)

Marine Mammal Center - animals on the beach that might be distressed

Fawn Rescue - fawns that you think might be distressed

Wild Bird Rescue - birds that might be distressed

Redwood Coast Humane Society - for stray or abandoned dogs, feral cats (see also 'Pet Services' below)

Animal Services - County of Sonoma

Elementary School

Horicon is a one-school district in Annapolis with approximately 100 students, kindergarten through 8th grade, from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. There are five regular teachers, a Resource Specialist, a Library / Technology Aide, and one Administrator. Horicon has an excellent reputation for a motivated and committed staff. A number of websites offer data on the Horicon School.

Fire Protection

The Sea Ranch Volunteer Fire Department (TSRVFD) and North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District (NSCFPD and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)

Food Banks

Local charitable organizations that distribute food to those in need and accept donations of food or financial support:

Gualala: Contact Gualala Baptist Church at 884-4330, or drop off food directly at the church at 37300 Church Street, Gualala when someone is there (usually in the mornings).

Point Arena: Contact South Coast Seniors, Inc. at 882-2137 or see their website http://www.southcoastseniors.org/

Annapolis: Contact Starcross Community at 1-800-960-1500 or see their website http://www.starcross.org/donate/donations.htm.

High School

Point Arena Joint Union High School District extends from Fort Ross, at its southern end, to five miles north of the town of Elk. The High School itself is located in Point Arena; students from other areas commute by bus. It has a staff of 17 certified teachers and 25 classified consultants. Approximately 190 students are enrolled in the high school. Over 80 percent of Point Arena High School graduates move on to a college education, half of them going directly to universities. Point Arena High School was recently declared a California Distinguished School. Read the 2007 School Accountability Report Card with data from 2006.

Hospice care

Shamli Hospice/Respite is an organization of trained volunteers offering in-home support and counseling to terminally ill patients and their families. Phone: (707) 884-9474

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement on The Sea Ranch is provided by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, and on Highway 1 by the California Highway Patrol.

Medical care

Redwood Coast Medical Services (RCMS), a not-for-profit health center providing a broad range of family-oriented, community-based medical, dental and behavioral health services to residents and visitors within the coastal area of Southern Mendocino and Northern Sonoma Counties. RCMS health centers are located in Gualala (medical center, including Urgent Care) and Point Arena (medical and dental centers).

RCMS' healthcare services are designed to meet the needs of the community and include pediatric and adult medical and dental care; management of chronic diseases; prenatal care; women's health issues; mental health counseling; nutrition and health education; geriatric care; immunizations; x-ray and lab; and urgent care including minor surgery. RMCS also has a Visiting Nurse and Hospice program.

The Urgent Care Department at RCMS' Gualala facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Urgent Care services are also available on an on-call basis from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays - call 707-884-4005.

To learn more about RCMS, its services and its experienced team of medical, dental and behavioral health providers, please go to the RCMS website at www.rcms-healthcare.org or call 707-884-4005. Locations of all three RCMS health centers are included on the website including hours/days that each is open and phone numbers.

Pet Services

Veterinarian
Dr. Steve Bohn, DVM, Gualala Veterinary Clinic
38460 South Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445
Phone: (707) 884-3313

The Gualala Veterinary Clinic is a full service veterinary clinic serving the Mendocino and Sonoma coastal area.

Emergency 24/7 veterinary care is also available in Santa Rosa - check the internet for providers.

Humane Society
Redwood Coast Humane Society, P.O. Box 1072, Gualala, CA 95445
Email: redwoodcoasthumane@gmail.com, Phone: (707) 884-1304
Website: http://www.redwoodcoasthumane.org/

The Redwood Coast Humane Society location provides pet adoption assistance, lost and found support and spay & neuter services. This is a small facility providing adoption services primarily for cats with some limited referral for dogs.

Pet Sitters / Groomers / Boarding
There are a few pet groomers and pet sitters as well as a pet boarding facility in the
area. Your best resource for information on pet groomers and pet sitters are your
pet-owning neighbors and the local veterinary clinic and Humane Society office.

There is a dog and cat boarding facility in Point Arena (15-20 miles North of The Sea Ranch) called Bed & Bone.
Phone: (707) 882-2429
Website: http://bednbone.com/

Senior Services

Support Services for Seniors on the Mendomoma Coast

Also view Community Resources Connection.

For a report on some of these and other local senior services, see Soundings, Winter 2002, page 10.

Septic systems

The Sea Ranch Association OnSite Wastewater Disposal Zone (Zone). Please call them to review your septic plans and previous septic inspection records.The Zone Inspector may be reached by telephone at (707) 785-2756, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm. See also Septic Systems on this website.

The Sea Ranch Foundation

The Foundation works to advance the arts for the cultural and aesthetic enjoyment of the community; to facilitate the collection of artifacts relating to the history of The Sea Ranch locale; to facilitate support systems for maintaining the welfare of members of The Sea Ranch community temporarily in need; and to support education and the preservation of the natural environment in the north coast area.

The Sea Ranch Chapel

Designed by James Hubbel and dedicated in 1985, the non-denominational chapel was built for private prayer and meditation. It was a memorial gift to The Sea Ranch, along with a fund for its continued maintenance. Association members may reserve the chapel for memorial services, weddings, or baptisms. Call the Association for reservations and fees. The maximum occupancy is 20 people. Open daily, approximately 8 am - 7 pm.
(40033 Highway 1, opposite Bosuns Reach, Highway 1 mile marker 55.66)

Transportation

Mendocino Transit Authority (MTA)
Website: www.mendocinotransit.org, phone: 1-800-696-4mta (4682)

MTA Route 95: One Southbound and one Northbound trip daily. The Southbound route starts at Point Arena Theater with stops in The Sea Ranch at the apartments and the Lodge. The route continues on to Santa Rosa stopping at the 2nd Street Transit Mall with additional stops "by request" at Amtrak, Coddington (Library) and the Sonoma County Airport. Intermediate stops include Fort Ross, Bodega Bay, Sebastopol. Connection service is available to Oakland and San Francisco Airports and the Wine Country.

Based on distance traveled, fares from The Sea Ranch range from $2.75 to $8.00 for regular fares and $1.35 to $4.00 for Seniors. (fares effective January 1, 2014).

MTA service connects with: Greyhound, Amtrak, Sonoma County Transit, Golden Gate Transit, Lake Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus
call MTA for details.

Sonoma County Transit (SCT)
Website: http://sctransit.com/, phone: (707) 576-7433, (800) 345-7433
355 W. Robles Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Connects with Mendocino Transit Route 95 to most points in Sonoma County, San Francisco Airport, Oakland Airport and Greyhound bus terminal.
call SCT for details

Mendocino Limousine Service
Website: http://www.mendocinowinetours.com/, phone: (707) 964-8294

Community Resources Connection (CRC) offers transportation to seniors, disabled adults, youths, and other residents of the coastal area. Phone: (707) 884-4562. Website: www.crconnection.org.

Entertainment

Service Description

Arts

Gualala Arts and Arena Theater

Local Event Calendars


There is alot going on along our coast! Depending upon your interests, there are several websites with local event and meeting calendars to help you with planning.

The Independent Coast Observer (ICO) is a weekly paper published in Gualala and can be purchased locally. Go to their Weekly Events Calendar online at http://www.mendonoma.com/

The Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce website also posts a useful events calendar covering the area from Fort Ross to Elk at http://www.redwoodcoastchamber.com/events

For what's going on specifically at The Sea Ranch. See the Association's online calendar:
http://www.tsra.org/mod/comcal/index.php (Sea Ranch Member/Resident access only)

For the larger Sonoma County area including Santa Rosa, visit The Press Democrat newspaper online calendar at: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/events#/95403-santa-rosa/all/today

Don't forget to also search specific entertainment venues for their individual offerings, such as Gualala Arts, Arena Theater, and local lodges, restaurants and bars.

Vendor Services

Service
Description

Mail
Post office at the Sea Ranch Lodge

Home mail delivery is not available on The Sea Ranch. Post office boxes can be rented at the Sea Ranch Lodge, Stewarts Point, and in Gualala. United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express deliver to The Sea Ranch (requiring the street address, not a box number). Federal Express has outgoing boxes in the lobby of the Sundstrom Center in Gualala, and in Anchor Bay Village. Outgoing UPS packages can be left at The Sea Trader in Gualala.

The March 2008 Bulletin published a conversation with the postmasters at the Lodge and in Gualala covering many concerns regarding mail delivery.

Zip codes:

  • The Sea Ranch 95497
  • Gualala 95445
  • Stewarts Point 95480
  • Point Arena 95468
  • Annapolis 95412
Refuse, Recycle, and
Hazardous Waste

Each Sea Ranch Association Member is responsible for the disposal of refuse, recycling and hazardous waste from their property.

Redwood Empire Disposal (707-585-0291; 800-243-0291), a private firm, can be contracted to pick up refuse and recycling material. Please contact them directly.

The Sonoma County Annapolis Transfer Station (707 886-5204; 707 886-5204) is located at 33549 Annapolis Road (approximately 9 miles east of Highway 1). They accept refuse, recycling and certain hazardous waste material. Fees are related to volume of material deposited at the site. Call the Transfer Station or check the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency website to obtain fees, operating hours, material accepted and information on legal ways to dispose of a variety of hazardous materials.

The Sea Ranch Recycle Bins are located at the end of Verdant View, just east of The Sea Ranch Water Company office (and behind the Cal Fire station). A private firm, Redwood Empire, maintains these Recycle Bins. For recycling material ONLY. Please Do Not place other refuse or hazardous waste in these bins.

HazMobile - periodic Hazardous Waste Drop Offs are scheduled several times a year at The Sea Ranch North Fire Station on Highway 1. See HazMobile guidelines for materials accepted and the website calendar for dates.

The Sea Ranch Association Branch Collection Service - offered monthly. Sign up is required and can be done via online signup form or by calling the Association office.

Electricity

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)provides electricity to The Sea Ranch. Their website at www.pge.com provides customer service information on starting or stopping service, billing/payments, and electrical outages. The 24-Hour Residential Customer Service Center phone is 1-800-743-5000.

To report an electric outage to PG&E or learn about outages in your area, call the 24-hour Power Outage Information Center at 1-800-743-5002 or visit their website mentioned above.

Telephone

On April 1, 2016, land-line telephone service on The Sea Ranch transitioned from Verizon to Frontier Communications. To report a problem with your Frontier land-line telephone service, contact Frontier Residential Customer Service at 1-800-921-8101.

Local cell phone service is supported by a tower run by Verizon Wireless.

A privately published telephone directory (The Blue Book) covering the area between Manchester and Timber Cove and extending east to Annapolis can be purchased at most grocery and variety stores in the area. To add or delete your local Sea Ranch residential information in the Blue Book, please contact bluephonebook@gmail.com.

Broadband Internet Services

This chart lists Broadband Internet Access Options at The Sea Ranch and will assist you in investigating the available options.

Visit Sea Ranch Connect to SIGN UP NOW and learn about The Sea Ranch's own fiber optic network being installed to the curb of every house, lot and business on The Sea Ranch.

Newspapers

The Independent Coast Observer, a weekly paper published in Gualala, was founded in 1969 by Sea Rancher Joanna R. McLaughlin. Currently it is published and edited by her son, Steve McLaughlin.

The Press Democrat, a daily paper published in Santa Rosa covering Sonoma County news.

Daily newspapers are available at the Lodge and at TwoFish Bakery as well as in locations in Gualala, though you may need to seek your paper early in the day.

Radio

KGUA - 88.3 FM is a full-powered non-commercial radio station established to educate, entertain and inform. They carry a variety of global news and music alternatives and cover issues that affect coastal residents of southern Mendocino County and northern Sonoma County.

The Tide, KTDE - 100.5 FM serves the Redwood Coast to Bodega Bay. It features ABC and local news, weather and tide reports, and musical programming and local features.

Miscellaneous Links

Service
Description
Shellfish
Hotline

1-800-553-4133 This toll-free line maintained by the California Department of Public Health advises the public of quarantines that prohibit the harvesting of shell fish. The quarantines are issued to prevent human illness and death caused by paralytic and amnesic shellfish poisoning.

Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce

The Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting the general welfare and prosperity of the northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino County coastal area. This website includes a useful events calendar.

Sonoma County

Voting

The official website of Sonoma County, which includes information on county departmental services, contacts, and emergency bulletins.

To register online to vote, go to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters website. The polling station for The Sea Ranch is usually at the Ohlson Ranchhouse.

Marin/Sonoma

Mosquito & Vector
Control District

Mosquito, wasps, rodent control: Services are provided by the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District. Technicians visit the Sea Ranch approximately 10-12 times a year to treat the 47 sources of mosquitos at the golf course, water company, and low water spots. The District also advises on rodent control, and Lyme Disease carrying ticks, and helps with underground yellowjacket nests. You can call the District for help at any time. See http://msmosquito.com/programs-services for information about services.

According to The California Health and Safety Code, "vector" means any animal capable of transmitting the causative agent of human disease or of producing human discomfort or injury, including, but not limited to, mosquitoes, flies, mites, ticks, other arthropods, rodents and other vertebrates. (Division 3, Chapter 1, Article 5)

Local Travel Conditions

Best source of up-to-the-minute highway status: http://cad.chp.ca.gov/. Set Areas to Bay Area; set Searches to Hot Spots; and scan down the right-hand column for Santa Rosa (which is our CHP district).

CHP Phone [Business] - (707) 588-1400

For travel during the winter storm season, see Highway 1 - Flood Bypass Information for bypass instructions and a map of commonly affected areas. Emergency travel bulletins are also posted on the Sonoma County website referenced above.

For information about road construction, see http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/. Key in 1 for Highway 1.

CalTrans Phone [Fort Ross] - (707) 847-3239

Marine Vessel Traffic

MarineTraffic.com

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-126/centery:39/zoom:6

Click the above link to view the Marine Vessel traffic (real time) along the Northern California coast.

Sonoma Coast Surf and Swell forecast and advisory

http://www.swellinfo.com/surf-forecast/sonoma-county-california

Swell Info is the complete surf report and surf forecast tool. The page has full seven day detailed surf forecasts. Available also for for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices.

Weather

Up-to-date forecasts can be obtained from accuweather.com, a commercial weather site, or from the National Weather Service.

There are two personal weather stations on The Sea Ranch providing conditions; one near the airport (300ft elevation) and one in the west meadow near the white barn (65ft elevation). These are automated weather stations at private homes; the owners are here part time. There are rare times when the data is not available due to power interruptions. In addition to the standard weather parameters, the meadow station also measures solar data. Keep in mind that weather can vary greatly from location to location as well as at different elevations. There are two ways to view the data:

The "WeatherLink" weather server gives a snapshot of the weather conditions and is updated every 60 seconds. There are two pages; "My Weather" and "Summary" that display the conditions right now and the daily stats. If the data is not current the timestamp at the bottom of the first page will be red.

Airport
Meadow

The "Weather Underground" provides a historical view with charts, etc, updated every hour. It is a fine presentation showing the change of temperature with time through the day as well as data for the week, the month, and the year. If the data is not current there will be "flatlines" on the graphs.

Airport
Meadow

The Sea Ranch Sheep

Click Here to find out where the Sheep are grazing.