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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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Halloween Old Town 2016


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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Zombie Walk 2016


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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Pastels 2016
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Pastels 2016

By Mark McKenna

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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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North Country Fair 2016 Day 2


By Mark Larson

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Samba and Sunshine

Posted By on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday.

The two-day 43rd annual North Country Fair got off to a bright start on a warm, sunny Saturday on the Arcata Plaza. Organized by the Same Old People since 1974, the zero-waste, family-friendly festival features 170 art and craft vendors, three music and entertainment stages, local food booths and activities for children. Members of Trillium Dance and Samba da Alegria led a lively Samba Parade in the afternoon. Add a little rhythm and shine to your day with the slideshow below.
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North Country Fair 2016 Day One
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By Mark Larson

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Minor Affair

Posted By on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The crowd beneath the lit marquee at the Minor's reopening. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The crowd beneath the lit marquee at the Minor's reopening.

On Friday night, after a furious round of renovations, the Minor Theatre opened again in Arcata with a black-tie celebration and a night of local independent films. After a decade of corporate ownership, the movie house is in the hands of Josh Neff and partner Merrick McKinlay, who promise a steady schedule of independent, foreign and mainstream movies alike. The theater, first completed in 1914, is the oldest surviving multi-reel feature film theater in the U.S. And now you can get a beer there. Photographer Mark McKenna was cruising the lobby and photographing the swells in their finery. Put your tux on and enjoy his slideshow of the festivities.
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Minor Theatre Opening
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Minor Theatre Opening


By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and Mark McKenna

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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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I Block Party 2016


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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Humboldt County Fair 2016


By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and Mark Larson

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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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Fourth of July 2016


By Mark Larson

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Party for the Parks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Landon Porter, 7, Crescent City, enjoyed the horseback rides offered by Hailey Ford, McKinleyville and the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. The group offers guided tours in Redwood National Park. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Landon Porter, 7, Crescent City, enjoyed the horseback rides offered by Hailey Ford, McKinleyville and the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. The group offers guided tours in Redwood National Park.

The former log deck of the California Redwood Company located just north of Orick, once covered with stacks of huge old-growth redwood logs, was filled on Sunday with the vehicles of visitors arriving for the 2016 National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods.

Dale Webster, a Redwood National Park employee and Yurok tribal member, displayed several of his handcrafted traditional items. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dale Webster, a Redwood National Park employee and Yurok tribal member, displayed several of his handcrafted traditional items.

Activities included horseback riding, hiking to the nearby Centennial Tree, storytelling, eating the submissions in the redwood forest cake contest, enjoying live music, participating in Junior Ranger activities and exploring a wide mix of exhibits and food vendors.

Michael Muir, Napa, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir and one of the guest speakers, described the the National Park Service  Centennial as a "grand event." - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Michael Muir, Napa, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir and one of the guest speakers, described the the National Park Service Centennial as a "grand event."

John Muir’s great-grandson Michael Muir, of Napa, spoke at the Centennial event along with Sam Hodder of Save the Redwoods League and Congressman Jared Huffman. The Save the Redwoods League recently announced a plan to build a new visitor center on the former site of California Redwood Company.

One of the more popular activities was cutting a round with a two-handled saw from "second-growth redwood, obviously!", according to Megan Boyle, 9, Havre, Montana. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • One of the more popular activities was cutting a round with a two-handled saw from "second-growth redwood, obviously!", according to Megan Boyle, 9, Havre, Montana.

The 100th birthday of the N.P.S. was celebrated even though Yellowstone National Park and others were created decades earlier. Stephen Prokop, superintendent of Redwood National Park, attributed the vision of national park system to Stephen Mather and the Scottish-American conservationist John Muir.

A woven basket used to catch Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels, was one of many items displayed at an exhibit of Yurok traditions. Eels enter the Klamath River to spawn and are part of the Yurok seasonal diet. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • A woven basket used to catch Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels, was one of many items displayed at an exhibit of Yurok traditions. Eels enter the Klamath River to spawn and are part of the Yurok seasonal diet.

Redwood National Park was formed in 1968 and expanded in 1978. Prokop described the cooperative management of the Redwood National and State Parks with local Native American tribes, including the Yurok, Tolowa-Dee-Ni, and Elk Valley Rancheria.

Dave Van de Mark, Trinidad, displayed maps and photographs and shared stories of the efforts made by Lucille Vinyard, himself and many others to lobby for first the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968 and then its eventual expansion in 1978. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dave Van de Mark, Trinidad, displayed maps and photographs and shared stories of the efforts made by Lucille Vinyard, himself and many others to lobby for first the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968 and then its eventual expansion in 1978.

Many of the visitors at the event stopped by a table to "Send a Postcard to the Future." Displayed during the event, they will be shown at a later date in the R.N.P. visitor center. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Many of the visitors at the event stopped by a table to "Send a Postcard to the Future." Displayed during the event, they will be shown at a later date in the R.N.P. visitor center.


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