Thursday, December 1, 2016

O, Little Town

Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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There's something transcendent about a small town decked out in its holiday best, with carolers a-wassailing and brass bands root-a-toot-tooting on street corners as smiling folks window shop and sip hot cocoa. Every year, Humboldt's hometown jewel, the Victorian village of Ferndale, transforms into a type of Bedford Falls, delighting all of us with its timelessness and good cheer. If it's a wonderful holiday life you want this weekend, head to the little town over the bridge.

Hospitality Night Open House on Friday, Dec. 2 sees Main Street merchants staying open late (until 9 p.m.), allowing you to leisurely browse for that perfect gift — and enjoy free beverages and treats.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the big man himself, Santa Claus, arrives on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. to greet kids of all ages (free). Also on Saturday, the Ferndale Community Choir performs its 47th annual Christmas Celebration in Song at 7:30 p.m. at the Ferndale Community Church (free), with encore performances at Ferndale's Church of the Assumption on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. (free), and at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. (free).

The festivities continue on Sunday, Dec. 4 with the Portuguese Linguiça and Beans Dinner at the Portuguese Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. ($12, $6 kids 6-12). Stay for Sunday's main event, the Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. (free), a chance to gather and enjoy live music, cookies and cocoa as the enormous spruce at the end of Main Street lights up the night and everyone's faces.

— Kali Cozyris

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum

Posted on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 12:19 PM

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It's the holiday season and you know what that means. The rowdy revelers at the Arcata Playhouse have added an extra shot to their nog and extra merry into Merry Christmas with their annual holiday productions. Always lively, original and hilarious, the shows provide the fun, laughter and merriment that we need now more than ever. And so it is with the Playhouse's latest production Jack and the Holiday Beans, a "family fun musical romp for the holidays," playing Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 1 through 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. ($12, $10 students/Playhouse members, $8 kids 12 and under).

Gather up the family for this madcap take on the fairy tale favorite where Jack sells his beloved cow for beans. And all your local favorites are in this one: James Peck, Amy Tetzlaff, Sarah Peters, Alyssa Hughlett, David Ferney, Kit Mann, Jaqueline Dandeneau and the Blue Lake Community Choir. There'll be special guests nightly, including No Limits Dance, Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Sam McNeill's Academy Fiddlers, Tisha Sloan, Bandamonium, Dell'Arte Students, Shoshanna and more.

Performed in English pantomime style with campy characters, wild costumes and audience participation, the show carries on the Playhouse tradition of entertaining the whole family with humor and heart. Written by the cast and directed by James Peck with lighting by David Ferney, set by Lush Newton and live music by Tim Randles, Jack and the Holiday Beans is sure to raise your holiday spirits sky-high and keep 'em there for a while.

— Kali Cozyris

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

#Blessed

Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 9:48 AM

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On Thanksgiving, before you gather to bow your head with your family and give thanks, slip down to the seaside to send blessings to those who work on the sea. Every year, community members gather in Trinidad to offer prayers and well wishes for a bountiful and safe fishing season. Put on by a group of commercial fishermen's wives and loved ones for the last 21 years, the Trinidad Blessing of the Fleet takes place Thursday, Nov. 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Trinidad Town Hall(free).

The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce invites all to join the family-friendly community event, which features a traditional Native American blessing to the four directions given by Axel Lindgren III and his family, followed by a non-denominational blessing from Pastor Allison Berry from the Church of the Joyful Healer.

Entertaining the crowd are the Redwood Ramblers with their lively covers of classic country songs, and keeping folks warm and sated, the Trinidad Rancheria provides fresh coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. Don't miss Trinidad School's fourth grade students' pictures of fishing boats and poems hanging along the fence at Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast. Each year, one picture is chosen as the following year's event poster. This year's event will be held in Trinidad Town Hall due to the weather.

— Kali Cozyris

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Haul out the Holly

Posted on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 5:06 PM

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They're here. Faster than they came last year, it seems, the holidays are back. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, those seasonal siblings, are at our door with casseroles and kids in tow, ready or not. Thankfully, Old Town's got its tinsel together. The picturesque assemblage of shops and restaurants ushers in the most wonderful time of the year with events to get you into the holiday spirit.

On Thursday, Nov. 24, make a withdrawal from the old calorie bank before the big meal at the Turkey Trot, a 3-mile walk/run through Old Town starting at 9 a.m. at the Gazebo; late registration at 7:30 a.m. at Old Town Coffee & Chocolates ($10, $20 with shirt).

Santa swings into town via fire truck on Friday, Nov. 25 for photo ops with the tiny tots from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gazebo (free).

On Saturday, Nov. 26, leave the Big Box craziness behind and make local businesses your target. Small Business Saturday, the kinder, gentler shopping experience, takes place all day throughout Old Town and downtown. DJ KEv plays holiday music at the Gazebo from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Santa's back from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also on Saturday, bundle up for the Snowball Drop, a human-made blizzard with hundreds of snowballs (ping pong balls good for discounts, gifts and/or giveaways at local businesses), gently floating down to waiting shoppers after being shot out of a "snowball cannon" at 11:30 a.m. sharp – at the Gazebo (free).

— Kali Cozyris

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

T-Day in T-Minus 7, 6, 5 ...

Posted on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 4:43 PM

Thanksgiving is a week away, and if you haven't started already, it's time to prepare. No, I don't mean putting on your suit of armor and heading to WinCo for skillful cart maneuvering and last-can-of-green-beans battling (it's a thing). I'm talking about getting your body in shape for gluttony's biggest day. Your stomach's not going to stretch itself. Thankfully, there are a couple of events to prime you for all the prime rib, turkey, ham, rolls, potatoes, casseroles and pie in your near future.

First is Taste of the Holidays on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center ($30). Eat and mingle at this popular kick-off to the holiday season hosted by Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise. Sink your teeth into some of Humboldt's finest offerings from local food-producers like Cypress Grove Cheese, Los Bagels, Tomaso's, North Coast Co-Op, Bless my Soul Café, Blackberry Bramble, Ramones, Wildberries and more.

Next up is the Manila Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Saturday, Nov. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Manila Community Center (free). Consider it a delicious dress(ing) rehearsal for your own family gathering or a chance to eat, drink and not discuss politics with fellow community members — without the hassle of cooking and cleaning. Although volunteering to help feed others at another event is a great way to pay it forward.

— Kali Cozyris

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Stand up for the Sacred

Posted on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 4:43 PM

If the movement happening at Standing Rock has been calling to you but you can't make it there, or if you want to know more about what's taking place and lend your voice, join with others in solidarity and support at Humboldt Stands with Standing Rock on Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Mateel Community Center ($25, $20 advance, free for kids under 12).

Hosted by Fraktal Productions and Burningleaf Productions, this benefit raises funds and awareness supporting actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The event features speakers from the Hoopa, Yurok and Karuk tribes who have been on the front lines at Standing Rock, as well as a live feed and dialogue from Thomas Joseph II, a Hoopa tribal member on site. Donating their time and talents are performers Recycled Youth with music by Govinda, Marjo Lak, Cold Blue Water, Irie Rockers and the Altar Tones. There is also a silent auction, slide show and a dinner of vegetarian or meat tacos, or salmon available for purchase, as well as a full bar.

Cash raised at the event will go toward feeding and helping with legal challenges for people who are fighting to protect water, the environment, human rights and religious freedom. There is something you can do right here in Humboldt: Come out to the Mateel and stand up for Standing Rock.

— Kali Cozyris

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Communal Celebration

Posted on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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November is the time when families and friends gather to give thanks for the bounty of the land and to bask in the feeling of community. It is also Native American Heritage Month and the perfect time for the Northwest Intertribal Gathering and Elders Dinner, an event that honors seniors and celebrates the traditions of native cultures with the community at large. Join in on Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds (free admission, donations appreciated).

Sponsored by Northern California Indian Development Council and local community donors, the 35th annual event offers non-native people a glimpse at the depth and beauty of indigenous cultures while providing American Indians a chance to share and embrace their traditions. Throughout the day, there will be American Indian arts and crafts booths, native singers and tribal dance demonstrations that include Brush, Tolowa Honoring, Aztec, Shake Head and Hoop dancers , as well as a drum group. There is also a Pow Wow demonstration. Dances begin at 11 a.m. with the last dance at 6:15 p.m.

With a special nod to elders over 55, regardless of ethnicity, a delicious free turkey dinner (or $8 for adults, $4 kids 12 & under) will be served beginning at noon, followed by an elders' gifting ceremony at 3 p.m. Don't worry, if you miss out on the dinner, there are also fry bread and buffalo burger booths.

— Kali Cozyris


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Remembrance and Reflection

Posted on Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Looking for a place to honor our war heroes past and present, and pay your respects for their patriotism, service and sacrifice? There are a few events happening locally where you can tip your hat this Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, in partnership with the city of Eureka, hosts a Veterans Day Observance and Program at 11 a.m. at the Adorni Center (free). The event features music by Humboldt Harmonaires, the Eureka High School Symphonic Band and Limited Edition, and the Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band, with a keynote address by Kelly Stevens of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Eureka VA Clinic.

From 2 to 3 p.m., the 12th annual Veterans Day Tribute at Fortuna Veterans Hall/Memorial Building (free) honors all veterans and their families with a color guard, patriotic songs and refreshments, and features Wendy Lestina, speaking from the perspective of veterans' families.

Humboldt County Veterans are invited to "Remember Everyone Deployed" by wearing a red shirt to the R.E.D. Shirt BBQ on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Eureka Veterans Clinic (free). Vets can enjoy burgers, hot dogs and sides while getting information and support.

And Sequoia Park Zoo is celebrating veterans by having a Veterans Day Free Community Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free). Say hi to the resident bald eagles and if you see veterans or active duty members, thank them for their service.

— Kali Cozyris

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

The End is Near

Posted on Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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If you've found the whole 2016 presidential race absurd, why not go all the way into the weird? Spend election night celebrating the end of it all at Nikolai Gogol's 2016 Election Bonanza and End-Times Hullabaloo on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Arcata Playhouse ($110, or $10 with an "I Voted" sticker).

Presented by Vacation Mother, an ensemble made up of recent Dell'Arte grads Moses Norton, Kaitlen Osburn and Christopher Kehoe, the evening features original sketch comedy inspired by Nikolai Gogol's short story "The Nose." (Let's face it, this election has had its share of focus on body parts, from tiny hands to what they grab to, well, Weiner.) Gogol's satire about political posturing, pivoting and re-pivoting couldn't be more timely. And combined with the crazy events of the last 16 months, it should make for an evening of hilarity.

"Our thinking is that everyone in Humboldt is going to be glued to a TV in their living rooms," Kehoe says. "Why not do it together in good company, with a few laughs and some cold beer?"

The ensemble plans to craft six short pieces that blend Gogol's world with 2016's political rollercoaster, pausing between sketches for beer refills, bathroom breaks, live election results and chit-chat. Kehoe says, "Once 8 p.m. hits, we're going to switch over to a lounge vibe, stop the 'theatre' and let the news keep rolling on the wall, and watch a nominee be declared a winner live."

Don't cry or sigh alone at home. Prepare for whatever comes our way with friends, humor and booze. And they're serious about the steep admission price. Save the country, save a hundred bucks at the door. Get out and vote, folks.

— Kali Cozyris


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Keeping it Wild

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 12:37 PM

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Once a year, the Environmental Protection Information Center rolls out one big party — a fundraiser for lasting protection and restorations of Northwest California's forested ecosystem, the EPIC Fall Celebration. This year's celebration, taking place Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Mateel Community Center, is the organization's 39th and promises to be one for the books ($60 dinner and music, $20 music only).

The evening starts with specialty cocktails and an all-vegetarian, locally-sourced gourmet dinner catered by Uniquely Yours. Local favorite, Joanne Rand will perform on stage as guests dine and converse. During dessert (chocolate terrine with ganache sauce or a vegan chocolate mousse, anyone?), Greg King, a stalwart of the environmental movement who is credited with discovering and naming the Headwaters Forest, will be presented with the Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Activism.

Then, at 8:30 p.m., get down with festival favorites Woven Roots and Object Heavy. Dance to WR's roots reggae — mind the staff — and the soulful sounds of Object Heavy with its funky, bluesy, hip-hop beats.

The event also boasts a silent auction featuring many locally hand-crafted art and wares. So drop some dollars down in SoHum for a good cause.


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