Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Photos from Saturday's Zombie Apocalypse

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 9:33 PM

On Saturday ahead of Arts Alive, the annual Zombie Walk from Eureka's courthouse through the streets of Old Town brought out the undead. The loose  scrum of leg-dragging cannibals stopped to terrorize people in cars, wait for street lights to change and take selfies with the living. A few brave machete-wielding souls waded into the gory scrum but seem to have been overwhelmed.
The dead rose and walked the streets of Old Town on Saturday. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • The dead rose and walked the streets of Old Town on Saturday.
Photographer Mark McKenna was on the scene documenting the brain-eating horde for the slideshow below. If you see any friends in there, remember: They're not your friend anymore. 
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Southern Humboldt Feast

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 8:59 PM

This past weekend was a celebration of Southern Humboldt bounty in Garberville, with the Feast of Fields hosted by Southern Humboldt Business and Visitors Bureau. After Friday's Meet the Farmers Dinner at the Historic Benbow Inn, participants strolled Southern Humboldt Community Park on Saturday, sampling local produce, foods and beverages. The fruits of the region were represented via barbecue, locally made wine and beer, fruits and vegetables, oysters, sushi and more. The Garberville Rotary was on hand for drink sales.

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Cannabis farmers, too, showed off their crops, with some earning trophies at the inaugural Feast of Flowers Cup sponsored by Country Club Cannabis. Winners included Canyon Farms' Orangeade for Best Sativa, Humboldt's Finest's Sour Diesel x Lemon Kush for Best Hybrid and Greenlight Farms' Ice Cream Cake for Best Indica.

Those wanting to learn a little something about how local growing conditions affect cannabis got a lesson at the International Cannabis Farmers-sponsored Taste of Terroir event.  See the slideshow below of Journal See the slideshow below for highlights from Saturday.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

The Flash Fiction Contest Returns

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 1:08 PM

Let’s cut to the chase: The annual North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest is on. Tell your tale in 99 words or fewer, not including the title, for a chance at a prize or to see your story in the Journal.
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Email up to three entries as attachments to fiction@northcoastjournal.com with your full name and contact information (the latter won’t be printed) by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Our esteemed judges will publish their favorites in November. Ninety-nine words is more than you might think — look at last year’s batch for a sample. Or, you know, look at this.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Photos from Sunday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM

Sunday at the 46th annual North Country Fair featured another splash of the popular rhythms and dances of Samba da Alegria's Samba Parade, along with the usual mix of live music on multiple stages, vendors of all types and — atypically for the season — occasional rain. See highlights of the parade in the slideshow below.
The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers.
Fortunately for the paint-daubed musicians and samba dancers in a mix of costumes symbolizing Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival, the weather cleared in time for their 1 p.m. performance in front of a packed house around the Arcata Plaza. After the Samba Parade left the plaza, fair attendees took shelter for a half hour or so of heavy rain and then returned once warm sunshine appeared for the rest of the afternoon's fair activities.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Photos from Saturday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM

The 46th annual North Country Fair on Saturday lived up to its reputation on Saturday for lovely fall weather, lots of food, art, clothing and craft vendors, and — in memory of the Northcoast Environmental Center's Tim McKay — a fun, all-ages All Species Parade frolic around the Arcata Plaza. See highlights of the day in the slideshow below.

Live music spanning multiple genres played on multiple stages at the event, including the first performance of the year by the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir and its new director Valetta Molofsky.
An owl sculpture/puppet flying above the All Species Parade. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • An owl sculpture/puppet flying above the All Species Parade.

And in keeping with the event's ethos, Zero Waste Humboldt volunteers were at all corners of the plaza helping educate attendees on how to keep the event environmentally friendly. Come back for more photos from Sunday's festivities, including the Samba Parade. 
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Photos from the Lost Coast Tattoo Expo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 5:18 PM

If you heard a buzzing around the Bear River Recreation Center this past weekend, it might have been the Lost Coast Tattoo Expo. More than 40 ink artists showed up to needle folks on site, while a cornhole tournament and a vintage car show went on next door. Photographer Mark McKenna was there to capture some of the body art and artists. Check out the slideshow below for highlights of the event.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Real Thing: Poets in Orleans (Video)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 6:59 PM

As we listened to the three poets spin their webs last weekend in Orleans, it was easy to fall into a trance. I glanced around at the 50 people who filled the room at the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, arranged in its community events incarnation. The poets had all of us hypnotized.

The three of them — Jerry Martien from Lost River, Shaunna McCovey from downriver along the Klamath and Brian Tripp from Orleans — were all veterans at the craft of spellbind.
Poet Jerry Martien reads. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
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  • Poet Jerry Martien reads.
Some part of me strayed back to the teachers who tried to teach us poetry when I was in high school. This was a long time ago, before the invention of computers, even before the advent of ballpoint pens. Those classes made poetry, even the good stuff, hard to swallow.


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Monday, August 26, 2019

Photos from Ladies Hat Day at the Races

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 5:26 PM

A large crowd of fans of horse-racing and ladies in hats showed up for Saturday's free admission to the eighth annual Ladies Hat Day at the Races at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale.
Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category.
The hat wearers moved onto the racetrack for the Parade of Hats competition in "Hatagories" that included Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, Most Original, Youth and Best Couple or Group. Generous prizes were offered after the sixth race for the Grand Prize winner, the Runner-Up winner and the best hats in the four categories. See the slideshow below for shots of the top toppers.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Eureka's Poet Laureate David Holper

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 4:26 PM

Congratulations, Eureka, you have your first poet laureate. David Holper, a 61-year-old professor of English at College of the Redwoods and brave judge of the NCJ annual Flash Fiction Contest, got word of his selection this week and a press release from the city is expected soon. Holper is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's MFA English program and his second book of poems The Bridge (available in local bookstores) was published this year. You may have seen a poem or two of his in the Journal (catch up here, here and here for starters).

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The position, created this spring, is the brainchild of  Eureka City Councilmember Leslie Castellano and Kristi Patterson of Trajectory, an Ink People project. Castellano felt a poet laureate would be "a strong component of what Eureka is trying to do in terms of arts and culture." The pair brought a proposal before the Eureka Arts and Culture Commission for approval and to hammer out the program.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

You Need a Little 'Wonderful Fantastic'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 11:15 AM

Enjoy a mood lifting three minutes of the happiest music you'll hear all day in the some of the prettiest places in our neck of the woods. Raashan Ahmad's video for  "Wonderful Fantastic" is a joy-driven tour of Humboldt beaches and forest featuring local talents Jonny Woods and Brian Swizlo of Object Heavy. We defy you not to tap your toes and challenge you to spot all the locations in the video below.

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