Friday, July 29, 2016

Thanks, Eureka!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Pokémon Go's been great for getting you out and exploring, but why not put your phone down for a few hours and recharge your own battery during Eureka Parks and Rec's third annual Get Out and Play Day on July 30 (free)?

The fun includes free water activities (paddle boarding, kayak demos, etc.) at Play on the Bay from noon to 4 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. If you'd rather stay in port, lace up your shoes and take the Old Town Historic Walking Tour starting at the Clarke Historical Museum at 2 p.m. or go on an Interpretive Tour of Hikshari' Trail at 11:30 a.m. There's the Kicks and Tricks Skateboard Competition at Eureka Skate Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Redwood Coast Grand Slam softball tournament from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Kennedy and Hartman Fields. Right across the street at Sequoia Park, all ages can take part in Zumba, yoga and body combat at Fitness in the Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., watch or participate in the Family Olympics, and top off the day at the park with Rockin in the Redwoods, featuring music from Taxi and barbecue from 4:45 to 8 p.m.

Elsewhere, for kids 12 and under with a paying adult, other free activities include golf at Eureka Golf Course from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., admission to Sequoia Park Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and rides on the Madaket at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. at the Foot of C Street.

You can download a GOPD passport at and have it stamped at each event for a chance to win prizes. And if you find yourself twitching to tap your devices, you can follow the events on all your social media by using #GOPD2016.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Stop, Drop and Roll

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  • Jennifer Savage

Stop wondering what you're doing this Saturday, drop a few dollars in your pocket and roll out to the Mattole Grange, July 23 for the 27th annual Roll on the Mattole from noon to midnight ($25, $20 students/seniors, free for kids 12 and under with an adult). The Roll is a full day in the sun with friends, food and firefighting bad-assery. In a word, hot.

The fun starts at noon with music by the Bluff Creek Boys, and the beat goes on all day with performances from Mehael Kavanaugh, Lost Coast Marimbas, Black Star Safari, Non-Prophets, Vidagua and Stevie Culture. Boogie and mingle with the good-vibed crowd, check out the local craft vendor booths, enjoy beer and barbecue, and watch the kids romp in the Kid's Zone.

Things heat up from 4 to 6 p.m. with the Wildland Firefighter Challenge, where crews from the Honeydew, Petrolia, Whale Gulch and Telegraph Ridge volunteer fire companies/departments compete in drills (in full firefighting gear) for the sought-after "trophy." This is tough work. And, did we mention, it's hot? After the challenge, there's an auction raffle and more music and dancing.

The HVFC is 100-percent volunteer run and a nonprofit, so the money raised at the Roll allows it to keep doing what it does — protecting and serving the four neighborhoods of Wilder Ridge, Panther Gap, Windy Nip and Honeydew. So come on out, have a great time and support your local firefighters.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fins, Fenders, Carbs and Chrome

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Ron Alexander

Every fourth weekend in July, Fortuna transforms into a city of nostalgia as hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and auto aficionados fill its streets, park and venues. Gear up, gear heads. The 26th annual Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo — three days glass-packed full of cars, cruises and old-fashioned fun — is here July 22 through 24.

Trip the chrome fantastic at Friday night's cruise down Main Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Then, head over to the Sock Hop at 8 p.m. at the River Lodge ($5). Peruse the Antiques Show at Veterans Hall on Friday and Saturday and the Artisans Faire Friday through Sunday at Rohner Park. Or ogle fender skirts and fadeaways at the Judged Car Show at Rohner Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the Show & Shine/Vintage & Exotic (non-judged) show Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fortuna High School parking lot. Trophies for both shows will be awarded at 10 a.m. Sunday in Rohner Park.

The Hit-and-Miss Antique Engine Gas Up and Antique Tractors and Farm Equipment (for fans of the old-oldies) happen at Rohner Park on Saturday and Sunday, and there's Antique Tractor Pull action Saturday and Sunday over at the Rodeo Grounds. Find that hard-to-locate part at the Swap Meet & Car Corral Friday through Sunday at Rohner Park, and try your luck at the Poker Run starting at Fortuna High on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Admission to all events is free (except for the Sock Hop). See for a full schedule of events.

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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
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  • 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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Friday, July 15, 2016

Poet Laureate Dana Gioia Reading and Lecture

Posted on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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  • Dana Gioia

Sometimes big things happen here in quiet ways. For instance, did you know that former chair of the National Endowment of the Arts and California's current Poet Laureate Dana Gioia will read poetry and lecture on July 18 at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eureka (free)? Now you do. He'll be joined by James McCubbrey of Eureka High School, Humboldt County's Poetry Out Loud champion.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Peter and the Wolf Returns

Posted on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM

  • Photo by Anthony Arnista

Pokémon isn't the only thing kids like that starts with "P." The Eureka Symphony's Peter and the Wolf is back at Dell'Arte's Carlo Theatre, July 17 at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (free, first-come first-serve basis), with the popular "Instrument Petting Zoo" at 10 a.m. at the amphitheater. Kids can touch and hear instruments before the show, then hear them "come alive" in the performance.

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School of Hard Knocks

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM

We love our clowns in Humboldt. They're artsy and political. Funny and serious. Schooled in Commedia dell'Arte, our clowns entertain us while elevating our consciousness. And so it is with our neighboring clowns. When these characters come to town, we go to hear their message, too.

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The San Francisco Mime Troupe brings its current show, Schooled, to the Mateel Community Center on Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ($22, $20 members). The original musical comedy by the Tony-award-winning group explores relevant issues of race, economics and politics.

Wanting to change the deplorable conditions at her son's new school, a mother challenges the status quo that puts up with outdated textbooks, crumbling classrooms and the racist treatment of kids like hers. She meets resistance in the form of the long-serving, fairly myopic history/civics/American government/basketball coach at the school (we've all had one of these, right?); an "efficiency expert" with Wall Street ties and potentially sinister plans; and the school board with its agenda.

What will become of the school and its students? Can public education in the U.S. find a way to put students first? The talented performers of the San Francisco Mime Troupe tackle these questions and more. It's socially relevant theater of the highest professional quality with plenty of laughs to wash it down. Doors open at 7 p.m. with Mime Troupe band at 7:30 and curtain at 8. 

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Humboldt is Burning

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

All that glitters is not gold? Really now, Mr. Shakespeare. We know you knew a thing or two about drag. And, as you like it, so do we.

The glittering Annie Hart
  • The glittering Annie Hart

Get ready, loyal subjects. Royalty reigns at the Bayside Grange this Saturday, July 16 when kings, queens and in-betweens take to the stage at Humboldt's Inaugural Drag Pageant at 9 p.m. ($10). We've had drag shows here before, but this is the first time gender illusionist beauties and baddies will strut their stuff in stilettos and scruff to determine who sashays away with the title of Ms. Drag Queen Humboldt and Mr. Drag King Humboldt.

Competing kings and queens, including April Shower, Mr. Mustachio, Hugh Johnson and Annie Hart, will duke it out in Formal Wear, Talent and Q&A rounds under the scrutiny of the judges: The Ninja from KISS FM, former (but forever) Rutabaga Queen Monica Topping, Debi Farber Bush and Queer Humboldt's Todd Larsen.

The evening's emcees, Jamie Bondage and Anita Lemonparty, keep things hilarious or disciplined – depending on what's needed – and DJs Anya and Joe-E provide tunes for the evening. Proceeds from the event go to PFLAG, Humboldt Pride, and Out and Proud in Humboldt Productions. The event is 18 and up with beer and mixed drinks available for 21+.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Northern Nights Music Festival

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 4:00 AM

  • Photo by Jesse Rather
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Summer Arts and Music Festival is over and Reggae isn't here yet. Maintain your SoHum summer music high with the Northern Nights Music Festival, happening July 15-17 at Cooks Valley Campground (see for ticket prices). Enjoy three days of fun, four stages of DJs and live bands, a river to float down, tall trees to look up at, vendors, food and more.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Alive and Kickin

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 4:00 AM

It's time to get a little mud on the tires. And boots. And faces. And ... ATV helmets? Oh yeah. That's how it rips in the Eel Valley in the summer. Grab your hats and shine your buckles, it's time for the 95th annual Fortuna Rodeo, July 11-17.

  • Photo by Carol Niles Photography

The fun begins Monday, July 11 with a chili cook-off and live music on Main Street at 5 p.m. (free to taste while the tastin's good) and continues Tuesday with children's games at the Redwood Village Shopping Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (free) and a hang-on-to-your-hat carnival Wednesday through Sunday starting at noon at Rohner Park ($25 wristband). On Wednesday, catch the Junior Rodeo at 5 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds ($3, $1 kids) and street games starting at 6 p.m. on Main Street (free). The next go-round takes place Thursday with fireman's games on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. (free) and more junior rodeo action starting at 9 a.m. ($3, $1 kids), with barrel races in the evening at 7 p.m.

Quad barrel racing, a diesel truck tug of war and more tire spinning happens Friday at Friday Night Motorsports, 7 p.m. at the rodeo grounds ($7). Saturday, enjoy a pancake breakfast ($6, $4), the parade down Main Street at noon and rodeo thrills at 2 p.m. ($8, $5). In the evening, it's Bulls, Broncs, Bands & Brews at the rodeo grounds with music by Chad Bushnell at 7 p.m. and bull riding at 8 p.m. ($7)

Sunday spurs on the good times with the Fortuna Rodeo Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on Main Street followed by a barbecue and live music at Rohner Park at 11 a.m. ($15). All the rodeo action bucks to life one more time at 1:30 p.m. ($8, $5) at the rodeo grounds.

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