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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dreaming of a Brass Christmas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Jude Carter, 6, of Eureka, played in his fourth TubaChristmas performance, along with his father and grandmother, in front of a crowd of 100 or more at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka on Saturday, Dec. 3 - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Jude Carter, 6, of Eureka, played in his fourth TubaChristmas performance, along with his father and grandmother, in front of a crowd of 100 or more at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka on Saturday, Dec. 3

For many, it's not officially Christmas in Humboldt County until you've attended one of the all-brass Tuba Christmas performances, which have been led locally by Fred Tempas since 1988. Santa also showed up for Saturday's 1 p.m. performance at the Gazebo in Old Town Eureka, along with board members of the Redwood Coast Music Festival, who unveiled this year’s poster. The local all-tuba performances are part of an international Tuba Christmas movement started in 1974.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Arcata Welcomes Santa

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Julian Gillespie meets the Man in Red. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Julian Gillespie meets the Man in Red.

Under clear skies, the Wonder and Light event on Friday, Dec. 2 attracted a crowd of adults and children to the Arcata Plaza with entertainment, social-awareness messages and a chance to decorate the Christmas tree and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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By Mark Larson

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Little Monsters

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Committed dad David McBroom goes all out with daughter Aubrey. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Committed dad David McBroom goes all out with daughter Aubrey.

Halloween isn't over yet — aggressive candy-handlers will be fanning out across our county tonight to fill their plastic pumpkins, come whatever weather. For many, it's round two, after chasing that high-fructose high from shop to shop along Main Streets and plazas on Saturday. Eureka's Old Town was packed with ghouls and game characters galore, some adorable, some disturbing. Enjoy this slideshow of the costumed fun and let it inspire you for tonight — even if it rains.

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Halloween Old Town 2016
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By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Cheer the Walking Dead

Posted By and on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

A zombie family out for a stroll. That's quality time. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • A zombie family out for a stroll. That's quality time.
Last Saturday's Zombie Walk jump started the Halloween season with its third annual lurch and drag through Eureka's Old Town by a small army of the undead. Fake blood enthusiasts of all ages, from toddlers with barely enough teeth to gnaw the living to adults with serious makeup skills, groaned and dragged their decaying corpses from the Humboldt County Courthouse to Old Town as the Arts Alive crowds looked on in amusement/horror. Photographer Mark McKenna followed along, capturing the gory stroll with nary a scratch. But don't worry — if he starts to turn, we'll put him down. Promise.

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Zombie Walk 2016
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By Mark McKenna

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Inside and Outside the Lines

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Work in progress. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Work in progress.

Saturday's annual Pastels on the Plaza event, benefiting North Coast Children's Services, brought out artists, dabblers and kids of all ages to draw and view vibrant sidewalk masterpieces. The Arcata Plaza was ringed with sponsored squares and rainbow-stained fingers. Photographer Mark McKenna was on the plaza (and up on the firetruck ladder) getting shots of the art and artists before it all washed away. 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

All Species, All the Time

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Local puppet master James Hildebrandt, of Arcata, led the All Species Parade with an avian creation. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Local puppet master James Hildebrandt, of Arcata, led the All Species Parade with an avian creation.
The Same Old People's 43rd annual North Country Fair continued on Sunday with a large crowd gathered to watch the All Species Parade. It featured the Arcata Playhouse’s large and small creatures and a wide mix of puppets and other life forms marching twice around the plaza. Attendees also checked out performances by local bands and dancers, along with a large array of food, jewelry and clothing vendors.
Two new additions to the festival this year included a zero-waste kids’ craft zone sponsored by SCRAP Humboldt and a Wellness Row of information tents featuring community health information, tea samples, massage and yoga.

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North Country Fair 2016 Day 2
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By Mark Larson

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dancing in the Streets

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 4:14 PM

A large crowd filled the space between Los Bagels and Wildwood Music to listen to SambAmore at the I Block party on Monday. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • A large crowd filled the space between Los Bagels and Wildwood Music to listen to SambAmore at the I Block party on Monday.
Featuring good barbecue, local microbrews and live music from The Latin Peppers, SambAmore, Lizzy and the Moonbeams, and Timbata, the 31st annual I Block party attracted a large crowd in Arcata on Monday. The family-friendly event had face painting, pastel chalk supplies and a popular water-pump demo from Engineers Without Borders for the children. The goal of the event is to raise money for the Arcata-Camoapa Sister City Project.
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I Block Party 2016
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By Mark Larson

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fair Competition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Justin Noga, of Arcata and the Arcata Bottoms 4-H Club, led his Boer goat, Thrasher, in the entry-level age group in the showmanship competition. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Justin Noga, of Arcata and the Arcata Bottoms 4-H Club, led his Boer goat, Thrasher, in the entry-level age group in the showmanship competition.

Entering the west gate at the 120th annual Humboldt County Fair on Wednesday afternoon, I was drawn to the tantalizing smell from the third annual Surf & Turf Barbecue Contest. A large crowd was at the racetrack grandstands sampling the free seafood, pork, beef and poultry. The offerings were quite a contrast in taste and quality from the usual "fried anything" fare.

The barbecue specialties were also submitted to a judging contest overseen for the second year by guest expert chef Guy Fieri, who grew up in Ferndale. The volunteer judges got some helpful advice on what to look for and how to evaluate the taste of the contest entries from Fieri.

"The quality of the food, especially the seafood, was outrageous," said Fieri at the awards ceremony. "None of the judges sent any of it to the dog bowl."

Mike Barrer Barbecue of Ferndale won the Grand Championship Award trophy for its entry.

A visit to the fair is never complete for me without a tour of the livestock barns and a look at the midway rides. The highlight this year was watching a group of youngsters participating in the entry-level showmanship competitions with their Boer goats.

The fair continues on Friday through Sunday. The dairy cow, goat and vegetable auction and 4-H large animal round-robin competition will be on Saturday, followed by the Junior Livestock Auction on Sunday.
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Humboldt County Fair 2016
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Folklife Does 'Send me Back Home' for Merle

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Rick Levin and Steve Irwin helped close the Merle Haggard tribute with "Okie from Muskogee."  "Everything I love about playing music was all there yesterday, and I will long remember it," said Levin. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Rick Levin and Steve Irwin helped close the Merle Haggard tribute with "Okie from Muskogee." "Everything I love about playing music was all there yesterday, and I will long remember it," said Levin.

A full house experienced a magical “Sing Me Back Home” tribute to Merle Haggard at Saturday’s closing performance of the Humboldt Folklife Festival in the Dell’Arte Amphitheatre in Blue Lake. The “Merle choir,” which performed the tribute, was put together with members of different local bands who shared a common bond in that they all knew and loved to sing Merle Haggard songs.

“The day Merle died, Ken Jorgenson (of The Mighty Rovers) called me up, knowing I was a big Merle fan, and suggested the idea of doing a tribute show at the Folklife Festival,” said Steve Irwin of the Delta Nationals and The Yokels. “I was thrilled with the idea and got to thinking that I knew lots of local musicians who were fans of Merle. Then it snowballed into kind of a ‘Merle choir.’”

The musicians on Saturday included, among others, Steve Irwin, Ken and Maria Jorgenson, Paul DeMark, Dave Ryan, Hal Krohn, Jake Wiegandt, Doug and Libbey Eastteam, Rick Levin, Bruce Johnson, Fred Neighbor, Joyce Hough, Gary Davidson and Marc Jeffares.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Two Parties on the Fourth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:52 AM

The Yoyo was in full swing down by the water in Eureka on the Fourth of July. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The Yoyo was in full swing down by the water in Eureka on the Fourth of July.

A large crowd of all ages enjoyed the warm afternoon sunshine and the family fun at the Fourth of July Festival in Eureka along five city blocks in Old Town. Informational and food booths lined Second Street, along with classic cars and electric vehicles. A children's petting zoo, face painting and a bevy of rides offered fun for children, along with the carnival at the foot of D Street. Live music from two sound stages played all day and a fireworks show sparked over Humboldt Bay after sunset.

Meanwhile in Arcata, "Bubbles Promenade" led off the festivities, as children and adults circled the plaza two times blowing soapy spheres. The parade started — where else? — in front of Bubbles, which donated bubble-making supplies to the first 100 families. Vendors and info booths lined the streets and live music, aerial dancers and other performances entertained the large crowd.

Check out the slideshow below for sun-filled highlights from both parties.

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Fourth of July 2016
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