Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fuggeddabocce!

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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These days you can't throw a bocce ball without hitting, well, a bocce ball. Might as well join 'em. Have a ball this Sunday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sons of Italy Italian Festival at Redwood Fields Bocce Court in Cutten (free admission). This family friendly festa features a bocce ball tournament, raffle and live music by the Golden State Accordion Club's Humboldt Accordionaires (they're everywhere this weekend). Enjoy tasty bocce dogs (Italian sausage, grilled onions and peppers on a French roll), hot dogs, drinks, desserts and camaraderie while learning about Italian culture and tradition. The bocce tournament is open to all ages and experience levels. Sign up your team and battle "Bocced Fossils," "Bocce Bambinos," "Barely Bocce," "Pastaluego" and others for bragging rights. Proceeds from the event go to the Pinochi and Stagnoli scholarship funds. Have fun and help the community in true stile Italiano.

Maybe you like a little beer with your bocce? After all, whose accuracy isn't better after a few drinks? Sponsored by Ferndale Kiwanis, Lost Coast Brewery and Ferndale Bocce Court, check out the Lost Coast Beer & Bocce Tournament on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ferndale Firemen's Park ($25/person, $100/team or free to watch). It's is a great way to show off your skills (both beer and bocce). Shoot single, form a four-person team, or just sit back and watch while you listen to live music from the Sanderson Band, the Lowell Daniels Band and the Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band.


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Class by the Glass

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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The beautiful Fieldbrook Winery (so we're a little biased) is the setting for Fieldbrook School's largest annual fundraiser, the Fieldbrook Art and Wine Festival on Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free admission, no pets, please). With the late September weather as gorgeous as it can be in Humboldt, and picturesque Fieldbrook Valley bathing everything in its lovely sunlight, it's a pretty perfect afternoon of art, wine, food and music. This year's event features barbecued oysters, albacore, chicken and homemade desserts, as well as vino from Fieldbrook Winery and Steelhead Pale Ale on tap from Mad River Brewery. Festival goers can wander the grounds, sip and peruse the local fine arts and crafts booths and check out all the swag up for grabs in the raffles and a silent auction. Lively music by the Spindrifters and others provides the perfect background for a bit of bocce ball.

The cash raised in previous years has gone toward art and language programs, helped purchase new computers for classrooms and established a scholarship fund. And all you have to do is show up and start enjoying the finer things.


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The Wurst of Times

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Shake out your lederhosen, dust off your dirndle and get to Fortuna this weekend for Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Rohner Park from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (free admission, $20 dinner, $5 beer, $5 dinner for kids 12 and under). The fundraiser for Fortuna Senior Services features a traditional German-style dinner where damen und herren can feast on brats, sweet and sour red cabbage, German-style potatoes, apple strudel and German and local beer. And the little schnitzels can enjoy kiddie food as well — hot dogs and mac and cheese. There's plenty of Old World merry-making, drinking and dancing. Fill up the steins and dance in lines — maybe even get your chicken dance on. (Ever wonder where that silly tradition originated? You got it. After plentiful drinking at an Oktoberfest.) The good times keep rolling with beer barrel and stein races, polka dancing and "oompah" music by the Scotia Band and Humboldt Accordionaires.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Flash Fiction 2015

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 2:18 PM

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Got 99 problems but a plot ain't one? Crack your knuckles and start typing — the North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest is back. Send your original story of 99 words or fewer to our judges for a chance at publication and a prize.

Email your entries to fiction@northcoastjournal.com between Sept. 24 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number on your entry (contact info won't be printed). Send all the stories you want, but no poems.

Peek at past winners here and here. Wondering how long 99 words is? This long. 
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Monday, September 21, 2015

All Species on the Plaza

Posted By and on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 4:58 PM

The All Species Parade kicks off by springing the salmon. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • The All Species Parade kicks off by springing the salmon.
Miss the sunshine, music and dancing on the Arcata Plaza already? Here's photographer Alexander Woodard's slideshow of the North Country Fair and All Species Parade on Sunday, Sept. 20. (See Saturday, Sept. 19 photos here.) The parade started with a symbolic busting of the Klamath Dam and a flood of fish, feathers and fantastic creatures into the streets. Hit play and go right back to your happy place.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dancing around the Plaza

Posted By and on Sun, Sep 20, 2015 at 11:11 AM


Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival.

The first day of the North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 19 with more drums, dancers, jugglers and giant puppets than you could shake a belly dancer's jangling belt at. It was all blue skies and bright costumes, as you'll see in Alexander Woodard's photographs here in the slideshow. Like many of the revelers and performers, he's going back for the All Species Parade today — so wave and smile while you're there or check back with us tomorrow for photos of what you missed.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Golden Ticket

Posted By and on Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Primus brought their sugar rush to the Muni Thursday night.
  • Primus brought their sugar rush to the Muni Thursday night.
Primus was back at the Eureka Municipal Auditorium on Thursday night, Sept. 17, with a Willy Wonka-themed show that took the packed-in audience on a sugar-fueled trip into trippiness. The Primus and the Chocolate Factory tour with the Fungi Ensemble brought movie clips, swirling lights, top hats and enormous Oompa Loompas to the stage as the band cranked out candy-coated rock. Photographer Mark McKenna was in the midst of the madness. Enjoy the slideshow and see what you missed — or just to make sure what you saw was real.

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Feel the Burns

Posted By on Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Kilts. Bagpipes. Whiskey. Need more proof that the Scots throw a good party? Never mind that they invented golf, they brought the world its best adult beverage and their national animal is the unicorn. Aye, they know how to have a good time and the North Coast Scottish Society shows us how at the Frolic in the Glen and Highland Games on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Rohner Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free).

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The annual event began as a gathering of local Scots four years ago and has grown larger every year. This year, local clans are joined by the Shamrock Club of Sacramento, Scots from Dixon, and a beard oil company is sponsoring the frolic's first Beard Contest. From the Humboldt Highlanders pipe band opening welcome at 10 a.m. to the closing thank you at 5 p.m., expect music, dancing, eating and more. Laurene Thorpe of the North Coast Scottish Society says, "The event is a way to let the public see what we're all about, learn about Scotland and Celtic history." Peruse Celtic-themed arts and crafts booths, have a tarot reading or get a Celtic henna tattoo. There's also hair braiding, cooking demonstrations and, for the wee ones, bouncy castles and story-telling. Lay down a few coins for the 50/50 raffles and a raffle for (what else?) a huge flask and bottle of the good stuff. Enjoy performances by the Academy of Irish Dance and live music by the Vanishing Pints, Michael Ross and Twisted Thistle. Kilts are wildly popular (have they ever really gone oot of style?) and you can see what the men are sporting at the Bonnie Knees contest. The lads line up while the lasses have a look and let 'em know who's the bees knees. Don't forget the games: caber toss, Wellie toss, clan vs. clan tug of war, stone put and ax throwing (heads up, everybody). New this year: haggis, meat pies and bangers for sale. So really, there's no reason to miss this shindig. There's a bit 'o fun for everyone.


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Friday, September 18, 2015

Come One, Come All (Species)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza, Saturday Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (free) is the quintessential Arcata festival. With arts and crafts vendors, beer, a samba parade, giant puppets, political and nonprofit booths, kids games, live music and more, the plaza's got a groovy thing goin', baby. And naturally, a city that celebrates diversity would host an all-day party that features an all-species parade.

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This Humboldt County tradition, put on by the Same Old People for 42 years, welcomes the fall equinox with nearly 200 booths all around the plaza, features two stages for music and speakers (at Eighth and G streets, and Ninth and H streets) and opens the north lawn for dancing and recreating with family and friends. The Samba Parade (Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. with Samba da Alegria) and All-Species Parade (Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. with Synapsis, Bandemonium and the Northcoast Environmental Center, in memory of Tim McKay) are two of the fair's biggest attractions. Along with sumptuous food and drink, enjoy live music from a cavalcade of local performers and musicians like the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Lost Coast Marimbas, Ya Habibi Dance Company, Josephine Johnson, Dynasty One, the Movers and the Shakers, the Jim Lahman Band, Bayou Swamis, the Miracle Show and many, many more. Admission to the fair is free, but bring money for all the goodies you'll want to eat, imbibe and gift to someone later on.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Where the Dinosaur Roam

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Parents, you've taken the kids to all the Jurassic movies — and you know your little ones love The Big One. Now it's time to take things to the next level. You may not be able fly a twin engine to Isla Nublar, but you can load everyone into the car and head over to Redwood Acres this Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 20 for serious dino adventure at Jurassic Quest — the ultra-realistic animatronic dinosaur show with almost as much bite as something out of Spielberg's studio ($18, $16, $13 for kids 12 and under, $22 kids VIP).

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What could be more fun than riding a moving dinosaur (15-foot T-Rex, anyone)? Or taking a picture with walking dinos, T-Rex and Spinosaurus? How about petting a baby Triceratops (Not the mama!)? There are towering dino bounce houses and an exciting bungee cord pull, dino scooters, educational exhibits and a fossil dig where young paleontologists can get their hands dusty uncovering the bones of a T-Rex. Kids can create their own paper dinosaurs at the crafts station or have their faces painted to look like their favorite extinct giant reptile. Right now the kid in you is getting amped. No need to scale back your excitement or develop thick skin. No one's judging. They're too busy making plans to be there. Don't dino-might — dino do it.

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