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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Flash Fiction Season is Here

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 10:18 AM

Well, that went by fast. It’s already time again for the annual North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest, so get typing. Make your original stories 99 words or fewer (like this announcement), not including the title, for a chance to see your work of genius and brevity in the Journal. Email up to three entries as attachments or in the body of your email (no PDFs, please) to fiction@northcoastjournal.com with your full name and contact information (sorry, we don’t do pen names) by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8. The judges’ favorites will be published in December. Don’t procrastinate.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Photos: Migrations and Shoes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 5:06 PM

Described by organizer Laura Muñoz of Playhouse Arts as an ensemble-created multi-disciplinary, multicultural performance event, Migrations: Walking Together proved a fun and fascinating walk in the parks and other locations of Arcata on Saturday. It began in the Creamery District with a lovely dance performance and shoes — lots of shoes — and ended with a parade entering Carlson Park from Giuntoli Lane. An unexpected change in route due to construction blocking the way added an authentic touch to the “migration” experience for participants. (See the slideshow below for highlights.)

Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario.

"The procession provided a way for all participants to walk together, sharing the experience of time, space and the different cultures that find themselves in Goudi’ni,” said Muñoz. “Walking together grows our solidarity. Walking is traveling in human time; it connects us to the ground and to those who came before us. As we walk, we create new paths into the future." (Goudi'ni is the Wiyot word for the region now known as Arcata, meaning "over in the woods.")

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Humboldt Quilters Dress Capitol Christmas Trees

Posted By on Sat, Sep 18, 2021 at 6:10 AM

It's not even officially fall and Humboldt quilters have already finished their holiday decorations. Well, for the nations's Capitol, anyway. Since the Capitol Christmas tree (named Sugar Bear, by the way) and dozens of other smaller trees for congressional offices were selected from the Six Rivers National Forest, the quilted tree skirts are coming from our neck of the literal and proverbial woods, too.

Jeanne O'Neale's panel "Pacific Dogwood." - PHOTO BY YARA HAILEY, COURTESY OF REDWOOD EMPIRE QUILTERS GUILD
  • Photo by Yara Hailey, courtesy of Redwood Empire Quilters Guild
  • Jeanne O'Neale's panel "Pacific Dogwood."
In June, retired U.S. Forest Service worker Linda West reached out to Susie Freese of the Redwood Empire Quilters Guild and asked for a pair of tree skirts. Freese contacted fellow guild member Maggie Stimson and soon they were joining forces with the Moonstone Quilt Guild and Eel River Valley Quilt Guild. All together, some 30 women designed, sewed and assembled a pair of tree skirts — the 12-foot "Essence of Humboldt" and the 15-foot "Smokey, Woodsy and the Quilter's Trail" — that will adorn indoor Christmas trees at the entrances of the U.S. Forest Service office and the USDA office in Washington, D.C., respectively.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

2021 Apple Harvest Festival Canceled

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 1:45 PM

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Sad to say, but it looks like the Friendly City's annual Apple Harvest Festival will be put on the shelf again this year. Organizers had hoped to offer a limited and safe event this year, but didn't feel that was possible.

The annual event that sees the whole town transformed into an autumn cornucopia with orchard hay rides, apple pie and cider sales, live music, a lively downtown street fair and bushels of family fun has been a staple of the community for almost 40 years.

Organizers want to remind people that while the festival is canceled, the town of Fortuna and Clendenen's Cider Works are open for business, and apples and other fresh fall produce are still available.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Local Events Postponed or Canceled Due to COVID Safety Concerns

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 3:38 PM

Due to the sharp rise in local cases and hospitalizations associated with the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, a number of organizations are announcing the cancelation or postponement of their events in the interest of public safety. Eureka's Friday Night Market on Aug. 6 is postponed until further notice (see press release below), as is the Buddy Brown Music Festival on Aug. 7 (see press release below). The Morris Graves Museum of Art is canceling its participation in Arts Alive this Saturday, Aug. 7, as well as its Wine & Jazz program for this month (see statement below).
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The Journal's own Best of Humboldt party, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6, is also postponed. We will do our very best to keep you informed of further cancelations. Check the online calendar for event changes and contact information.

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Best of Humboldt Party Postponed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 1:49 PM

Tough break, kids. In light of spiking local COVID-19 case numbers, the unprecedented spread of disease Humboldt County is currently seeing and Public Health's recent recommendation against large gatherings, the North Coast Journal has decided to postpone its Best of Humboldt party scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6. We will not risk hosting an event that could compromise the health of the community we love and the wellbeing of the healthcare workers we all depend on. We look forward to rescheduling the event in the future, as soon as it is safe for us all to gather and celebrate the Best Of Humboldt.
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Thursday, July 29, 2021

KMUD Summer Movie Night

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 1:00 AM

A SPARK IN NOTHING, OFFICIAL THEATRICAL TRAILER
  • A Spark In Nothing, Official Theatrical Trailer
An outdoor movie night under the stars awaits you in Redway at the KMUD Summer Movie Night, Friday, July 30 at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy family-friendly silent short films by Charlie Chaplin before the feature film, A Spark in Nothing, by local filmmaker Griffin Lock. Lock will host a Q and A following the screening. While you're there, bid on the silent auction and enjoy a dinner of Buffalo wings, baked potatoes, salads, popcorn and treats, plus non-alcoholic spritzers, blended drinks and beer. 
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Friday, July 23, 2021

Get Your Motor Runnin'

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2021 at 1:00 AM

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It’s summer and Fortuna does not know how to slow its roll. On the heels of a wild week of rodeo comes the 30th annual Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo, getting its shine on this weekend, July 23-25. The massive motor event is three days of vintage and classic cars, trucks and tractors, plus a burnout contest, show & shine, cruise, tri-tip barbecue dinner, two outdoor movie nights featuring American Graffiti and Smokey and the Bandit, and loads more. There's so much to do it's exhaust-ing. Head to www.redwoodautoxpo.com for the latest news and schedule information.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Photos: Baduwa't Festival Gathers the People

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 11:47 AM

Last Wednesday through Sunday, a memorable Baduwa't Festival: A Gathering of the People (formerly known as the Mad River Festival) took place in Dadiqhoughuk (Blue Lake) at Dell’Arte’s outdoor performance spaces. To the chagrin of a few turned away at the door, a well-publicized policy required a vaccination card or proof of a recent negative COVID-19. See highlights of the events in the slideshow below.
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Friday, July 16, 2021

Summer Celebration Fundraiser at Redwood Discovery Museum

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 1:00 AM

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Take the kids to the Redwood Discovery Museum for its Summer Celebration Fundraiser on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. located outside in the museum parking lot. Kids can explore what the museum has to offer by checking out museum exhibits and participating in hands-on activities, plus enjoy huge bounce houses to tumble about in, face painting, performers to watch and more. The event is free but there is a $10-$20 per family suggested donation to help keep this valuable kids’ resource alive and well. For more info, visit www.discovery-museum.org.
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