Every dog has his day! And this is Humboldt's big one. HumDOG's 30th Dog Expo rolls around Sunday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds (free). Dog lovers converge for a day of dog exhibits and demonstrations. Trainers, breeders and rescue groups all have tables so you can learn more about your best friend, but please leave your furchildren at home.
Cacklin' geese get on board. (Come on, Neil's making a comeback.) It's Sunrise at the Refuge on Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5 at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (free). Thousands of geese leaving nighttime roosts, usually within 15 minutes of the 6:45 a.m. sunrise, are a sight and sound to behold. Gates open at 6 a.m. and family activities, coffee, tea and cocoa are inside from 7 to 11 a.m.
Love to eat? Have a philanthropic side? Put your money where your mouth is and help local organizations keep doing what they do. Choose between two benefit dinners this weekend — hey, or do both.
Humboldt CASA is an important organization working on behalf of local kids. Your dollars for dinner and auction items help support its work advocating for children in foster care. The CASA Big Night Dinner & Auction on Saturday, March 4, at 5 p.m. at the Sequoia Conference Center ($75) includes a catered dinner by Uniquely Yours and live and silent auctions. The event begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction at 8 p.m.
Digest and head back to the land the next day. One of the organizations keeping watch over the health of Humboldt's land is the McKinleyville Land Trust. Help keep things beautiful and available for generations to come at the McKinleyville Land Trust Dinner & Fundraiser on Sunday, March 5 at 5 p.m. at Azalea Hall ($30 adults, $25 students and seniors). After dinner, Jennifer Wheeler discusses restoration of native coastal grasslands using locally sourced native grasses. A silent auction and raffle of items donated from local businesses, artists and friends of the land trust is another way to show your support and take home something valuable.
Stop by Eureka Books during Arts Alive on Saturday, March 4 from 6 p.m. and you'll see columnist Barry Evans signing copies of his book Revenge of Field Notes (free). Feel free to try and stump him with science questions or fight him on chem trails while you're at it.
There's a fire of creativity that burns within each of us. If you want to stoke yours, the Zero to Fierce Festival (02F), a celebration of creative women in the community, offers tools and inspiration. The festival, presented by Playhouse Arts and running in and around the Creamery District March 2-11, is an "opportunity to discover, inspire and create" that fire through panel discussions, workshops, presentations, performances and more.
Participants navigate a chosen route following events that speak to health and self care, home and family, the environment and activism. Things kick off with the 02F Festival Opening Reception on Thursday, March 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio with Champagne, snacks and swag bags. Later that night at the Arcata Playhouse, catch a revival of the original play Women of the Northwest at 8 p.m. ($15, $13 members/students/senior). The production, starring an all-female cast and band, is a montage of women's lives behind the Redwood Curtain and the Northwest region. It continues March 3-4 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on March 5 at 2 p.m.
And hey, on Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m., catch the local media panel with the Journal's own Linda Stansberry, Kimberly Wear and Jennifer Fumiko Cahill as well as Sierra Jenkins of the Lost Coast Outpost (free).
For a complete schedule of 02F events, go to www.zerotofierce.com.