Saturday, April 24, 2021

Humboldt Botanical Garden Presents Online Plant Sale

Posted By on Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 6:30 AM

“I have too many plants,” said no gardener ever. There’s always room for more. And now the prettiest garden of all is having an online plant sale where you can pick up plenty. The Humboldt Botanical Garden Plant Sale gets underway online April 25-May 8, offering an array of blooming flowers and native plants. Take note, Members Week starts Sunday, April 25 and then the sale opens to the public on Friday, April 30, at midnight. Make your selection online and arrange to pick up at the Garden. Head to www.hbgf.org.
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Friday, April 23, 2021

The Clarke Historical Museum Presents a Virtual Tea-Tasting

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 6:30 AM

PHOTO BY HOLLY HARVEY
  • Photo by Holly Harvey
Curious about cha-no-yu? Get the tea on this traditional Japanese cultural practice at Gateway to Zen: An Introduction to the Japanese Tea Ceremony, on Sunday, April 25 at 4 p.m., online ($30). Harvey II and Holly Harvey, founders of the Horai Center, lead a virtual tea-tasting and Zoom presentation on cha-no-yu (tea ceremony). Participants will receive a custom mug, matcha and sweets. Plus a captivating performance by Humboldt Taiko. Get tickets online at
www.clarkemuseum.org/gateway-to-zen.html.
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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Eureka Street Art Festival Goes Large(r)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 6:17 AM

PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WOODARD
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The Eureka Street Art Festival is back Aug. 7-14 for round four of beautifying the city with large, colorful murals and other vibrant art.

The annual event, whose mission is "to create intentional, accessible art that enlivens public spaces" as well as revitalize parts of the city, focuses on a different areas each year. Its inaugural year drew artists to Old Town, particularly to Opera Alley, where artist Blake Regan created a stunning mural depicting Billie Holiday that fittingly graces the outside of the SpeakEasy bar.

Last year during the pandemic, the festival invited a masked, socially distant public to Henderson Center to watch the artists work. For 2021, the festival is focusing on the U.S. Highway 101 corridor through town, setting its sights on some pretty impressive slabs of real estate — most notably the Humboldt County Courthouse, with its massive blank canvas on the south-facing wall. Other 2021 projects include a giant map of Eureka painted on the corner of Fifth and E streets and a piece coordinated by HAPI (Humboldt Asian and Pacific Islanders) in honor of Eureka's historic China Town.

For more on this year's event, including how to contribute to the GoFundMe helping cover costs, read the press release below.

And check out scenes from past Eureka Street Art Festivals here and here.

Eureka, CA – The fourth annual Eureka Street Art Festival will be spreading color throughout Downtown Eureka from August 7 - 14th, 2021. This year, we are focusing on the 101 corridor, and will be painting a number of wayfinding and welcoming murals. We currently have 8 murals in the works being painted by 9 artists, almost all of them locals.

This year we are working on bringing fewer, larger murals to Eureka: over 8,500 square feet of public art! This includes the massive mural being painted on the County Courthouse on I Street by Blake Reagan and Lucas Thornton; a big map of Eureka being painted on the corner of E and 5th Streets by Jenna Catsos (of Pen+Pine); a mural featuring a local endangered specie sponsored by the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC); a piece being coordinated by HAPI (Humboldt Asian and Pacific Islanders) in honor of Eureka's historic China Town; and a repainting of a current piece of public art, by Kati Texas.

Big murals mean big money, and if you want to support this year’s pieces of public art, you can contribute to the Go Fund Me: gf.me/u/zqcq9f

Businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring the Festival can contact the organizers at eurekastreetartfestival@gmail.com.

Due to the unknown nature of the virus, we are not currently planning a Block Party, and are instead focusing our energy on bringing some HUGE murals to town.

The Eureka Street Art Festival’s mission is to create intentional, accessible art that enlivens public spaces, stimulates community revitalization, and attracts visitors to Eureka. Our long term aim is to recreate this event annually and continuously introduce new public art in Eureka. Excess funds raised by the Festival will go towards the maintenance of existing public art throughout the city. ESAF is a DreamMaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

HumCo's First Cannabis Consumption Lounge to Open Next Month

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 4:36 PM

A sign beckons to the consumption lounge. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • A sign beckons to the consumption lounge.

The south end of Eureka is now home to a Humboldt County first: a legal cannabis consumption lounge where you can smoke, eat, and socialize to your heart’s content.

When local cannabis company Papa & Barkley converted the former K-Mart building into a manufacturing site, there was a concrete pad to the right which was destined for transformation. When arriving to the site, the outside looks as it should — an enormous industrial warehouse fit for the manufacturing of cannabis products. But just to the right, Papa & Barkley Social welcomes the public into a hidden oasis, lush and verdant. The other half of the partnership and namesake — evident by their signature aesthetic — is local hospitality brand Humboldt Social.
Guests 21 and over can enjoy a range of wellness experiences at Papa & Barkley Social. Upon entry, the reception area retail shop is stocked with locally made items, from books to clothing and swag from partnered brands.
Loren Maclaren serves up non-alcoholic cocktails. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • Loren Maclaren serves up non-alcoholic cocktails.
Outside is a seated patio area next to a new food truck and a mocktail bar. The 4/20 soft-opening event featured a fresh minted lemonade with lavender syrup, and an optional Papa & Barkley Lemongrass Ginger CBD tincture for patrons to drop in themselves. Humboldt Social’s growing partnership with chef Pawel Gago, of local Pizza Gago, inspired the creation of Pig & Leaf, with a menu of small bites, roasted meats, salads and sweets. While Pig & Leaf won’t be serving cannabis-infused eats, guests are welcome to consume cannabis edibles in the consumption lounge beyond the food truck.

A canna-booth in the cannabis consumption area. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • A canna-booth in the cannabis consumption area.

The consumption lounge — it’s what cannabis users have been waiting for. Patrons can relax and smoke, eat or drink cannabis products in one of three “canna-booths,” as named by Anea Bogue, the creative director behind the project. Plush seating surrounds fireplaces, with large umbrellas overhead to offer shade from the spring and summer sun. While the details haven’t been solidified, Bogue says a nominal fee will be charged to enter the consumption area, with possible membership plans to come, as well. Patrons are welcome to bring their own cannabis products to consume in the lounge, or they can purchase directly from the new dispensary inside.

The dispensary features five brands — Papa & Barkley, Social Nature, DewPoint, Emerald Queen Farms and Sunrise Mountain — the latter three being women-owned cannabis companies. If there’s a consistent theme throughout Papa & Barkley Social, it’s certainly that they are women-forward. As Jon O’Connor, one half of the husband and wife team behind Humboldt Social, said at the ribbon cutting, their core demographics are women age 30 through 60. Appealing to this demographic comes naturally with such a robust team of women at the helm; co-owner Amy Cirincione O’Connor, the creative team, the farmers, the retail and spa teams are mostly female.

Papa & Barkley Social's lobby. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • Papa & Barkley Social's lobby.
And, oh, yes, there is a day spa. Beyond the dispensary is a little slice of sanctuary offering massage and hot stone treatments. Guests can book online or over the phone, and can purchase Papa & Barkley or Social Nature infused topicals to be used during treatments. Lastly, no trip to this place would be complete without taking a swing in “The Nest,” a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation perfect for selfies.
"The Nest," a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation that's perfect for selfies. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • "The Nest," a collaborative, locally made botanical art installation that's perfect for selfies.
All of these indulgences are open to the public beginning May 6. So if this is your thing, go forth to smoke, sip, snack, spa and selfie out of the shadows of prohibition. This has been a long time coming.

A ribbon cutting opening the new space. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • A ribbon cutting opening the new space.
Papa & Barkley Social's front counter. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • Papa & Barkley Social's front counter.
A line of clones grown under Papa & Barkley Social's front counter. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • A line of clones grown under Papa & Barkley Social's front counter.
A signs explains the effects of different means of cannabis consumption. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • A signs explains the effects of different means of cannabis consumption.
On April 20, revelers filled the consumption lounge during a soft opening. - JESSICA ASHLEY SILVA
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  • On April 20, revelers filled the consumption lounge during a soft opening.
Jessica Ashley Silva is a foodie and cannabis propagation specialist, and works as a processing manager in Arcata’s Cannabis Innovation Zone.
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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Humboldt International Film Festival, April 19-25

Posted By on Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 6:30 AM

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of pandemic stays Humboldt State University’s film students from promoting the art of film. Year after year, the oldest student-run film festival in the world keeps rolling.

This year, the Humboldt International Film Festival celebrates its 54th year with an impressive line-up of independent films showing April 19-25.  In addition to  narration, animation, experimental and documentary categories, this year’s festival features two spotlight programs:
solidarity with Black Lives Matter and social justice issues, and self care and wellness amid COVID-19. Get an all-access virtual film pass for $50 ($25 students) or drop $10 per movie ($5 students). See www.hsufilmfestival.com for ticket and schedule details.
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Friday, April 16, 2021

Weekend Events Honor David Josiah Lawson

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 6:30 AM

David Josiah Lawson
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Two events are happening this Saturday, April 17, honoring the life of David Josiah Lawson. The 4Years-4Miles J4J Walk and second annual Coat Drive starts with a
run/walk/skateboard/stroll at noon at Arcata City Hall that then heads to the Humboldt Bay Trail and Arcata Marsh and ends up at the Arcata Plaza around 2:30 p.m. for a vigil with speakers, music and outreach services. Then, at 6 p.m., join the Eureka NAACP online for the David Josiah Lawson Oration Festival featuring voices of BIPOC youth and artists. Find out more at www.eurekanaacp.org.
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Godwit Days Are Here Again

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 10:37 AM

Godwits at the Arcata Marsh. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Godwits at the Arcata Marsh.
Get your godwits about you, birders — the 2021 Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival is here! The annual event is presented virtually this year via Zoom and runs April 16 through 18 with live-streamed sessions, pre-recorded lectures and more. Sessions include the Big Hour at the Arcata Marsh with Rob Fowler of Fowlerope Birding Tours and Gary Bloomfield, Curiosities and Oddities in the Humboldt State Wildlife Museum: A Tour with curator Tamar Danufsky, and “The Language of Birds” keynote lecture by Nathan Pieplow. The winner of Humboldt County’s Bird of the Year for 2020 and winners in the 18th annual student bird art contest will also be announced. Although free, festival goers are asked to drop a few clams to keep the festival alive and flapping for years to come. Get the full schedule and sign up at www.godwitdays.org.
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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Art Share April Activities with CNPS

Posted By on Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 6:30 AM

The Little Gallery
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The North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society’s 2021 Wildflower
Show goes virtual this year, hosting creative, interactive and informational opportunities to appreciate wildflowers all month long during April. On now, enjoy activities such as viewing Little Free Wildflower Art Galleries that will pop up at businesses and homes around the county, leaving miniature works of your own art in any of the Take-One- Leave-One galleries (map and details online) or Zooming into online wildflower presentations every Friday night in April. Find out more about all of these fun activities at www.northcoastcnps.org.
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Friday, April 9, 2021

SoHum Girls Streaming Live from the Arcata Playhouse this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 6:30 AM

Listen up, live music lovers — David Ferney at Arcata Playhouse has some news.

“The Arcata Playhouse is back with live music. We are now doing live-streamed shows at the Arcata Playhouse with our new video system and have two shows coming in April,” Ferney says. (Remember, baby steps lead to dancing steps.)

The first of the April streaming concerts is the SoHum Girls Band, this Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. followed by the RLL Trio with Francis Vanek on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. (suggested minimum donation is $5). Get tickets and a link to this week's show by visiting www.arcataplayhouse.org/events/sohum-girls.
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Weekly Zoom Series about the Eel River Watershed Starts this Week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:30 PM

The Eel River Recovery Project is hosting weekly Zoom meetings about the Eel River Watershed from April 9 through May 28. "Eel Zoom" is a new, happy-hour-timed presentation (bring your own beverage) on topics of interest about the Eel River watershed. Presentation topics include fish population trends, Sacramento pikeminnow management, flow, salmon parks, forest health, salmon run trends, how watersheds work, toxic cyanobacteria and more.

On Friday, April 9, catch the first of these presentations, The Secret Lives of Eel River Fishes Revealed, with Patrick Higgins at 5 p.m. (free).
ERRP Managing Director Pat Higgins would - rather be under water. - PHOTO BY DIANE HIGGINS
  • Photo by Diane Higgins
  • ERRP Managing Director Pat Higgins wouldrather be under water.

About this week's lecture:
ERRP Managing Director Pat Higgins is also a fisheries biologist and has been underwater all over the Eel River basin photo and video documenting fish since 2010. He is a fun presenter and he wants to share the good, the bad and the ugly. Videos of hundreds of Chinook salmon schooling at the mouth of the Middle Fork, swarms of coho juveniles in upper South Fork refugia, huge pikeminnow lying in wait to ambush native fish juveniles, territorial green sunfish dancing, and even balling catfish. Along the way, Pat will address the status and trends of Pacific salmon species and what we can do to help them have a better chance of survival in the face of climate change.
Go to www.eelriverrecovery.org or the Eel River Recovery Project Facebook page for Zoom links.
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