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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Photos: Flying High at the Redwood Coast Kite Festival

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2022 at 4:10 PM

For an event that members of Humboldt Kiters didn’t start planning until three months ago, the Redwood Coast Kite Festival in Eureka on Saturday, May 21 turned out to be an artistic display of kiting and kite creation. It was also a whole lot of fun for those who attended on the first day of the two-day festival. Event planners also had a bit of weather luck on Saturday, given that the high winds of Thursday and Friday had subsided to almost perfect kite-flying conditions under sunny skies.

This large inflatable dragon kite was flown east of the Samoa Bridge  by Darril Dela Torre, of Berkeley, a kite-flying enthusiast and member of the American Kiteflyers Association. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • This large inflatable dragon kite was flown east of the Samoa Bridge by Darril Dela Torre, of Berkeley, a kite-flying enthusiast and member of the American Kiteflyers Association.

Local members of Humboldt Kiters revived the Kite Festival in Halvorsen Park along Humboldt Bay this year decades after it had been moved to Oregon in the 1990s. Group members who regularly fly kites at Halvorsen Park and elsewhere locally had quickly organized a team effort among local sponsors, the Ink People Center for the Arts and local artisans who sold kites and other offerings in vendor tents at the event.

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Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 in Pictures

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 at 8:00 AM

It’s been a pandemic year of daily walking for my wife and me, and we never left Humboldt County. From January through April, we continued to explore our local trails and enjoyed the wildlife and emerging spring flowers without attending any events or gatherings.
Shore birds seek out a perch on driftwood during the exceptionally high King Tide at 10:18 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Shore birds seek out a perch on driftwood during the exceptionally high King Tide at 10:18 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Once we got our Moderna vaccination shots No. 1 and No. 2 as soon as possible last spring, we joined our vaccinated friends and neighbors in experiencing some euphoria, masked up to attend a mix of community outdoor events in May, June and July. Then our local COVID-19 positive-test rate and hospitalizations reach all-time highs from August onward. No county fair attendance for us in August and for the rest of the year, we only attended in-person events that required all attendees to be vaccinated. In this slideshow are some highlights of what we enjoyed throughout it all in our county.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Photos: Witches on the Water

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 1:46 PM

Participants in the second annual Witches Paddle on Saturday afternoon were invited by organizer Jody Himango to "wear your best witchy water outfit to artistically express the power of women while celebrating Halloween."  But those who showed up in the blustery weather under cloudy skies faced the power of Mother Nature and possible cancelation of the event.
The witches pause on the water at the foot of F Street before turning back to their put-in. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The witches pause on the water at the foot of F Street before turning back to their put-in.
"This year, the weather made the planning a bit more challenging," said Himango.  "I'm a very dedicated weather watcher so that is part of the fun for me. The timing of the rain finally stopping gave us the perfect break in the weather to go ahead with the event." See the slideshow below for highlights.

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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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Friday, August 27, 2021

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Launches Movie App

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 2:06 PM

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Here’s something you can do while everything’s canceled, postponed or shut down due to the rise in COVID cases in the area: The Humboldt-DelNorte Film Commission just announced the launch of its Map of the Movies mobile app. The app is based on a printed map brochure of filming locations from the past century in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. And you can enjoy it in a socially distant, outdoorsy way.

Our area has played host to a number of well-known and not so well known films: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, After Earth, A Wrinkle in Time, Lost World: Jurassic Park and others. Armed with the Map of the Movies app, film lovers can venture out to discover local spots where movie magic was made.


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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Friday Night at the Refuge

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

Summertime is the perfect time to get out and explore. With daylight lasting longer, there’s more time to enjoy the great outdoors. This Friday, July 2, treat yourself to Friday Night at the Refuge, where the Salmon Creek Unit and Shorebird Loop Trail at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge will be open until 8 p.m. Enjoy the later hours the first Friday of each month through October.
SONG SPARROW, HUMBOLDT BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Song sparrow, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Shutterstock
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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Music, Music, Everywhere!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 4:00 AM

This week, COVID-19 restrictions are lifting and so are our spirits. As if meeting the moment, the hills, gardens, bars and parks are alive with the sound of music. Every third Sunday of the month through summer, catch live Music in the Garden in the beautiful setting of Humboldt Botanical Garden. This Sunday, June 20, the featured band is California Poppies performing 1960s pop covers from 1 to 3 p.m. For ticket info, visit www.hbgf.org.

And in McKinleyville, shake out those lawn blankets and folding chairs
for Music in the Park. The family favorite event returns to Pierson Park every
Thursday during summer from 6 to 8 p.m. starting June 17 (free). This week, dance to live music from Blue Rhythm Revue and grab some grub from the Los Giles Food Truck. For more info, visit the event page here.
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Friday, June 11, 2021

Get Outside and Explore with Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 6:00 AM

Taking a photo of rockweed for a bioblitz! - COURTESY OF TRINIDAD COASTAL LAND TRUST
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  • Taking a photo of rockweed for a bioblitz!
Smell the fresh sea air and interact with some of our coastal creatures this weekend with two fun outings offered by Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. First, there’s a Geology of Trinidad Walk on Saturday, June 12 from 9 to 11 a.m with Danny O’Shea. He’ll take you on an in-depth journey back into the geologic history of the rocky shoreline. Solid. Reserve your spot and find out more at www.trinidadcoastallandtrust.org.

And, get your iPhones ready for the Snapshot Trinidad Coast Bioblitz on Sunday, June 13 (free). Meet Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Ambassadors at Baker Beach between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for free coastal species guides, stickers and an iNaturalist demonstration — then head down to any Trinidad Beach to gather observations for the Snapshot Trinidad Coast Bioblitz. Find out more on the BioBlitz here.
Blood star posing for an iNaturalist observation. - COURTESY OF TRINIDAD COASTAL LAND TRUST
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  • Blood star posing for an iNaturalist observation.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Photos: Redwood Sky Walk Grand Opening

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 11:17 AM

Beginning with a traditional Wiyot blessing by former Tribal Chair Cheryl Seidner and ending with the red ribbon cutting by Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman, the weekend-long grand opening of the Redwood Sky Walk began last Friday morning under the redwoods on the newly paved path at the Sequoia Park Zoo.

Three yoga instructors from the Pali Yoga Studio interspersed themselves among participants on the suspended walkways and tree platforms of the Redwood Sky Walk. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Three yoga instructors from the Pali Yoga Studio interspersed themselves among participants on the suspended walkways and tree platforms of the Redwood Sky Walk.

Over a decade long in planning and construction, the Redwood Sky Walk is owned and operated by the City of Eureka. Its grand opening ceremony featured speeches by the Eureka city manager and representatives from the Sequoia Park Zoo and the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, followed by recognition of donors, several community partners, vendors and contractors. The Forest Four, a local string quartet, provided live classical music. (See a slideshow of the ceremony and weekend events below.)


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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Take a Trip to the Tidepools

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 AM

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Explore, in person, the colorful and diverse tidepools in Trinidad at
Seaweeds and Invertebrates of the Intertidal Zone Walk on Saturday, May 29 from 8 to 10 a.m. Join Allison Poklemba and Michelle Kunst for a fun tidepool experience at Old Home Beach. As COVID-19 precautions are in place, reservations are required. Secure your spot by emailing michelle@trinidadcoastallandtrust.org or calling (415) 717-1838.
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