Thursday, November 26, 2015

Milling Around

Posted on Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 4:00 AM


Thanksgiving weekend is the start of holiday season traditions. Doing a little shopping. Stepping back in time to the good ol' days when life was simpler, slower and centered on things that brought people together. Of course, we're talking about the local tradition of visiting Blue Ox Millworks the weekend after Thanksgiving during its annual Craftsman's Days, Nov. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($10, $9 w/food bank donation, free for kids under 12).

This two-day nostalgic trip gives visitors the opportunity to explore the millworks grounds, see antique machinery and learn from the experts who know how to use them. Master craft workers show off their skills and wares with demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, spinning and weaving, foundry casting, ceramics and more. You can wind your way among vendors, listen to some storytelling and get something wholesome to eat. As always, the family-friendly event features some of the area's best toe-tapping tunage. While you're roaming the grounds watching the sparks and wool fly, you can feel extra folksy listening to live music from Kindred Spirits, Belles of the Levee, Jeff Kelley and Friends, Papa Paul Fowler, Dale Winget, Empty Bottle Boys and Sarah Torres.

— Kali Cozyris

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holy Craft!

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 4:00 AM

  • Courtesy of SCRAP Humboldt

This holiday season, you could cross every name off your gift list with something from a local artisan. Sure, you might spend a little more than you might with a click online or a trip to a big box store, but in the end, it's better all around — better quality, better for the environment, better for the local economy. It's even better for humanity because it connects us directly to the people who put their hearts and souls into creating each amazing, one-of-a-kind gift. Luckily, there are a multitude of places and events where you can find that better gift for your special someone. Here are a few happening this weekend.

Folks Christmas Crafts Fair on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ferndale Veterans Memorial Building (free).

Holiday Craft Bonanza at SCRAP Humboldt, Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free).

Art & Craft Holiday Fair, Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 4 p.m. at Mad River Grange (free).

Humboldt Holiday Market. Saturday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manila Community Center (free).

Small Business Saturday events are taking place Saturday, Nov. 28 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds for Humboldt Made businesses starting at 9 a.m. (free admission), and in Old Town/Downtown all day. They're also happening all over Humboldt. Just take a stroll down the street and pop into the mom and pop stores. Wish them happy holidays. Give them a little green and take home a full heart.

— Kali Cozyris

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Attitude of Gratitude

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 8:59 AM

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The holiday season is upon us faster than you can say "hashtagredcup." Store shelves are already ravaged for green beans, fried onions and canned pumpkin, like the days before a huge storm hits town. And a storm is coming, isn't it? It's the kind that shows up on your doorstep bearing sweet potatoes and unsolicited advice. All day. Why not give yourself an "out" and save your sanity? Here are some ideas:

Nothing fills you with the holiday spirit like helping others in need. The day before Thanksgiving, head down to the Eureka Rescue Mission to take part in its Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. (free). The feast features a traditional meal with all the trimmings and live music. While you're there, drop off some goodwill. The Mission is accepting food boxes, jackets, blankets and socks.

You don't need to watch the parade and every single football game. Take a break from the couch with the Turkey Trot 5K walk/run starting at 9 a.m. at the Old Town Gazebo. You can prime yourself for a day of button-popping feasting and burn off some pre-pumpkin pie calories. Register from 7:30 a.m. at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates.

Take part in a Thanksgiving Day tradition at the Blessing of the Fleet at 10 a.m. at Trinidad Head Memorial Lighthouse (free). For the 20th year, the community gathers with the local fishing fleet to give thanks and receive a blessing for the upcoming season. Hot beverages, snacks and all those good and grateful vibes will keep you warm.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Inkling of Autumn

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Circus of the Elements

The peer-run Ink People Center for the Arts provides area artists with space, resources and support to create and perform. This week, its multi-talented members bring you Autumn Delight, a variety show featuring all manner of splendor and magnificence at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio, Saturday, Nov. 21 from 8 p.m. to midnight ($15 to $40 sliding scale).

The show features emcee Kati Texas, Synapsis Aerial Dance with Sharon Hammond and Leslie Castellano, trapeze-suspended bartenders serving up (down?) wine and It's Alive Kombucha from the air during intermission. The dance continues with Te Reo O Te Moana Nui Polynesian dance group, Circus of the Elements illuminated poi spinners, Middle Eastern dancing from Ya Habibi and Shoshanna, and Capoiera Mestre Canguru, a Brazilian martial art form that combines elements of dance and acrobatics.

More performances include Theater of the Dedicated, Trish the Dish and Julian Lang. The evening also includes live music by the Humboldt Ukulele Group, Bandemonium and Jesse Jonathan of Samba Amore on piano. You can also bid in the silent auction featuring handmade items donated from Fire Arts Center, Libby Maynard's personal collection and other local businesses and artists.

Leslie Castellano from Synapsis says, "Autumn Delight is great time to experience the dynamic range of what different performance artists are creating in the area ... and to also see the Ink People's commitment to supporting the diverse backgrounds of the artists."

It's going to be bountiful. Don't miss this one.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Gather, Honor, Thank

Posted on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM

  • Photo by Manuel Orbegozo

November is a month for community and family gatherings, honoring ancestors and giving thanks for the bounty of life. It is also American Indian Heritage month, so it's a perfect time to come together and break fry bread with your neighbor at the Northwest Intertribal Gathering and Elders Dinner at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (free admission). The annual event, which sees thousands of visitors, is an opportunity for the community to celebrate its elders, veterans and the cultures and traditions of the indigenous people of this area.

"Celebrating Elders is a core value of American Indian people," says Northern California Indian Development Council's André Cramblit. And one way to do that is feed them well! A traditionally cooked salmon and turkey dinner will be served from noon to 3 p.m. (or until the food is gone) and is free to all those 55 and over, regardless of ethnicity. Younger folks are asked to make a donation of $8 or $4 for kids 10 and under. If you miss the meal, fear not, there will be food booths serving up fry bread, buffalo burgers, Indian tacos and more.

The event also features a veterans' honoring ceremony and an elders' gifting ceremony. There's also the impressive tribal dance demonstrations with Pow Wow and Hoop dancers, a drum group and native singers. Enjoy performances from the Tolowa, Miwok and Aztec dancers, and be sure to check out the vendor booths offering beautiful Native American arts and crafts.

— Kali Cozyris

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Top o' the Hops

Posted on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Photo by Heidi Walters

We're a hearty folk here in Humboldt and we like to get our beer on. And with good reason: We've got some of the best breweries/brew masters in the state, and our Lumbersexuals — er, regular Joes — look good with suds in their 'staches. We also love pitching in as a community to help out a good cause, like the restoration and upkeep of one of the area's most beloved landmarks.

The Eureka Theater's most anticipated fundraiser is back. ... Tip your hats and your commemorative glasses to Strange Brew, Nov. 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Eureka Theater when the theater challenges brewers to bring it on by creating their strangest and most delicious concoctions ($35). All the area's breweries are participating this year, as well as some out-of-towners, home brewers, and the fermented businesses' sweeter cousins, the cider makers. Past pioneering entries have included garlic beer, beer slushies, an IPA dry hopped with spicy grasshoppers (as in the actual little buggers), fruit and herb ales, and Pig Newton, a bacon and fig sour brown.

In addition to innovative suds, you can enjoy live tunes from The Uptown Kings and pair that porter with barbecued chicken, pork and sides for a reasonable price. Bring your ID and your sense of adventure, as this event is 21-and-up only. And if you've had so much that pourers ask you to hop along, Cassidy, Humboldt Bay Inn is offering discounted rooms and a free limousine ride between 5:30 and 10 p.m. for Strange Brew guests. Call 443-2234 and ask for the "Strange Brew room rate."

— Kali Cozyris

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Stand and Salute

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Fortuna Senior Center

Nov. 11 marks the end of World War I, and a day for Americans to thank and honor military veterans. If you have Veterans Day off from work or have some time on your lunch break, why not do just that?

At the Adorni Recreation Center, the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka presents its annual Veterans Day Observance and Program from 11 a.m. to noon (free). Retired Coast Guard Captain Arthur Snyder, commander of the Humboldt Bay sector, will say a few words and members of the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps will present the colors (that's the flag, for all you civilians). Eureka High School's Jazz Ensemble and Limited Edition, the Humboldt Harmonaires and Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band bring the patriotic music. Refreshments will be served after the program.

In Fortuna, the Veterans Day Tribute at the Fortuna Veterans Hall/Memorial Building at 2 p.m. (free) features speaker Olav Saboe, Coast Guard deputy commander of Humboldt Bay, presenting highlights of coastie history and videos of recent rescues. The tribute honors all veterans and their families with a color guard, music and refreshments by the Eel River Valley chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution. The raffle with prizes from Ferndale Meat Market, Ivanhoe Restaurant and Renner Petroleum benefits the Fortuna Senior Center.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Dolls in the House

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Missy Lisa Winston

Daylight savings is upon us and there's a noticeable nip in the air. Fortunately, you can brrr less by warming up with burlesque when the Humboldt Burlesque Expo shimmies and shakes the Sapphire Palace from Friday, Nov. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 8 at Blue Lake Casino.

Now in its third year, the burgeoning event brings the best in exotic and erotic dancers to Humboldt with a competition, showcase and classes for aspiring dancers. The expo's Kitty Cox says, "It is exciting to see it grow a bit more each time." Indeed.

Friday night things get twirling with the Miss Humboldt Burlesque Competition at 8 p.m. ($15), where local performers are judged on choreography, costuming, stage presence, hair and make-up. On Saturday night, the Burlesque Showcase at 8 p.m. ($30, VIP $120) features acts from across the country, including married duo Kitten N' Lou of Seattle, Missy Lisa and Ginger Lee Valentine from the Ruby Revue in Texas, and Kitty Kin-Evil, who keeps 'em warm all the way up in Ontario. "We are very excited for our headliners this year," says Cox. "We have living legend Shannon Doah who has been performing burlesque since the '60s." If your tastes run a little beefier, there's a bit o' boylesque this year, too. Special guest performer Tre' Da Marc muscles his way to the stage Saturday night. [And for more beefcake, check out the Mr. Humboldt Pageant — that's right — at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ($25 advance).]

Some big names are also offering classes on Saturday and Sunday, including the art of seduction, drag makeup, flexibility, twerking and more (classes run $20 per student). See Humboldt Burlesque Expo's official page on Facebook for more details. If the week's been a hassle, take in a little tassel.

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