Local Notes – Fort Bragg Advocate-News
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If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call the County Public Health Office at 707-472-2759. To contact the City of Fort Bragg, call 707-961-2823. All Fort Bragg citizens may contact the Fort Bragg Police Department at 707-964-0200 and staff will direct you to the appropriate agency.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse’s Birthday on June 10
At midnight on June 10 of 1909, the Fresnel Lens atop the tower at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse was lit for the first time with a gathering of local families and friends celebrating the first light at Point Cabrillo. 112 years later, that Fresnel Lens at the Lighthouse is still lit, albeit with a 1000 watt bulb and not kerosene. While we can’t gather together to celebrate the 112th birthday in person, you are invited to join with them online. All day on June 10 they’ll be celebrating with historic pictures on social media, giveaways to subscribers and followers, a question and answer session with Point Cabrillo staff, and a live view of the sunset from Point Cabrillo on the evening of June 10. To be a part of the celebration, go to Point Cabrillo Lighthouse celebration on their Facebook page here.
The Inland Mendocino Democratic Club is hosting a Zoom Cannabis Land Use Forum June 10
The following announcement was received from the Inland Mendocino Democratic Club:
“Our Board of Supervisors has proposed a land use for cannabis cultivation – Phase 3. There have been many years of permitting regulations and detailed meeting testimony. Scientists from UC Berkeley’s Cannabis Center will talk about the effects of Cannabis cultivation on water, wildlife and the environment. Viewpoints from the big growers, small growers and environmentalists will be represented. The Planning Commission and majority of Supervisors are moving forward quickly with adoption of Phase 3, thus avoiding the State mandated EIR, which becomes effective June 30. What is the rush? Environmental Impact is what we care about! Right? Tune in for an hour of straight talk about the potential changes in our immediate Cannabis Land Use future.”
The meeting will be held Thursday, June 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. For more information, visit inlandmendodems.org.
Coast Women in Business meets June 10
Coast Women in Business will meet on Thursday, June 10, 8 to 9:30 a.m., via Zoom. The subject of this month’s meeting is “For Business Owners: How to Get Paid on Time” featuring a panel consisting of Catherine Marshall, Cynthia Sharon and Dr. Teresa Larsen. To register via Zoom, visit http://bit.ly/3fDYlNo. For more information on Coast Women in Business, visit coastwomeninbusiness.com.
MendoRecycle is accepting old tires (17″ wheels, max) free of charge at the Caspar Transfer Station on Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, noon to 4 p.m., both days. For more information, go to mendorecycle.org. Caspar Transfer Station is located at 15000 Prairie Way.
Reading Colors Your World!
Fort Bragg Library’s Summer Reading 2021 will be held June 11 through July 23. Read and get prizes! Stop by Fort Bragg Library between June 11 and July 23 to sign up for Summer Reading. Pick up a reading log to track your progress. Summer Reading is supported by the Friends of the Fort Bragg Library and local businesses. For more information, visit fortbragglibrary.org.
Virtual Forum: Scams Targeting Seniors on June 15
Redwood Coast Seniors is hosting a free virtual forum with Officer Tanner Smith from Fort Bragg Police Department who will offer detailed information on how to protect yourself from being scammed. Scams aimed at taking advantage of seniors are potentially financially dangerous to uneducated seniors. Specific scams will be described that put seniors at a higher risk due to the trained scammer playing on their emotions and sympathy. Tips will be provided on how to recognize a scam and how to report it. Email email@example.com to register for the Tuesday, June 15 forum from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Latino Outdoors North Coast is holding a Wildflower Walk
Springtime is coming to an end so let’s go outside to check out the coastal flower blooms at Noyo Headlands Park on Wednesday, June 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Spots are limited so sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/157689113383
Latino Outdoors North Coast presenta una Caminata de Flores Silvestres- Vamos afuera a mirar los hermosos senderos florecidos de nuestra costa, aprender sobre los principios de no dejar rastro, y admirar el océano. En Noyo Headlands Park el miercoles, 16 de junio, 10:30 am hasta las 12:30 pm. Espacios limitado registrarse en: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildflower-walk-tickets-157689113383
Willits Frontier Days June 18-July 4
It’s back – the longest, continuously running rodeo in California (excusing 2020) plus events and festivities leading up to the 4th of July!
Events include: Hometown Celebration kicking off two weeks worth of events, Sweetheart Contest, Horse Show, Truck Pulls, Carnival, Street Dance, Junior Rodeo, Lions Cowboy Breakfast, CCPRA Professional Rodeo, Western Dance, and a 4th of July Parade, BBQ, Horseshoe Contest, Concert and Rodeo Finale. Willits Frontier Days will be held from June 18 through July 4. Call 707-459-6330 or visit willitsfrontierdays.com for more information.
15th Annual Classic Car Show
The 15th Annual Classic Car Show will be back in downtown Fort Bragg Saturday, June 19. Cars will be on display on Laurel and Franklin Streets, which are closed off to traffic that day. If you want to show off your car contact the Nor Coast Rodders at norcoastrodders.com. A portion of all proceeds from show are donated to the Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund. There will be some changes/modifications for this year due to COVID restrictions at show time.
Volunteers for Fireworks
The Fort Bragg Police Department is looking for volunteers to help with the City’s firework display on Saturday, July 3. Volunteers will be paired with police officers to help with parking, traffic control and other law enforcement duties. If you are interested, contact Captain O’Neal at 707-961-2800 ext. 120 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mendocino 4th of July Parade not planned this year
REMINDER: The Mendocino 4th of July Parade is not planned for this year. There have been posts on various social media pages stating that it is happening, those are incorrect. Please mark your calendars for 2022!
Birdhouse Auction 2021
The Friends of the Gardens (FOG) annual Birdhouse Auction will run through Aug. 13! Bidding closes on Friday, Aug.13 at 11:45 p.m.
Now in it’s 15th year, this annual silent auction is comprised of uniquely beautiful, quirky, and just plain fun birdhouses to decorate your garden or home. This year they are moving the auction online where you can still enjoy a bidding war or purchase your favorite for the “buy-it-now” price.
Proceeds from this FOG FUNdraiser benefit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. For more information, visit gardenbythesea.org.
Paul Bunyan Days canceled for 2021
John Skinner, President of the Paul Bunyan Days, recently wrote the following: “This year’s Paul Bunyan Days has been canceled due to COVID. At the time we started planning, the direction of COVID was still too uncertain for us to make a positive decision. We will be meeting soon to plan a really big Paul Bunyan Days celebration for 2022. If you would like to join us in continuing an 83-year-old tradition, please email us at email@example.com.”
The Attic at Redwood Coast Senior Center is now open Tuesdays through Fridays
The Attic at Redwood Coast Senior Center has a great selection of clothes for the family. All the clothing is washed and priced reasonable. Along with clothing you find surprises like housewares, decorative items and more. The Attic is now open Tuesdays thru Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from sales at the Attic go to support the Redwood Coast Senior Center, 490 N. Harold St., Fort Bragg. For more information, call 707-964-0443 or visit rcscenter.org.
Fort Bragg Library
Fort Bragg Library has new hours! Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. for grab and go browsing Monday through Friday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. During open hours you can browse the stacks, return items, check out materials, use the computer for up to one hour, print documents and make copies. Secure masks and social distancing are required. They’ll have limited, socially distanced seating available but they encourage you to make your visits short to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Donations can be made directly to the Friends of the Fort Bragg Library. The first Saturday of the month is a drop off day (noon to 3 p.m. behind the library) or you can contact them to make special arrangements if you can’t make it on the first Saturday. They can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. No donations are accepted by library staff and they ask that you, please, not drop donations at the library. Thank you.
For more information, call 707-964-2020 or visit fortbragglibrary.org.
Temple of Kwan Tai docent tours
The Temple of Kwan Tai, California Historical Landmark #927, is located at 45160 Albion St. They offer free docent tours May to October, Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mendocino Historic District Tours are back!
For years Kelley House tour guides have led visitors and locals around our unique historic preservation district, regaling them with stories from Mendocino’s past and present. Thank you to volunteer guides David Tahja, Mary Jackson, and Jane Tillis, who are now taking tours by appointment only (two person minimum). Feel free to join a tour or to volunteer. It’s a great way to meet new people, enjoy a scenic walk, and help the Kelley House. Kelley House walking tours of the Mendocino Historical District are available by advance reservation by emailing email@example.com.
Free Supportive Telephone Counseling
Redwood Coast Senior Center offers Senior Peer counselors who provide weekly telephone counseling to other seniors. This free program utilizes the skills and life experience of seniors to provide emotional support and encouragement to their peers.
Seniors can connect with someone their age who has experienced similar life changes. These changes can be stressful and bring feelings of depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Talking to a Senior Peer Counselor can bring emotional support and assistance in making goals that can better ones life. This program can be life changing! For further information, call the Senior Center at 707-961-4310.
Kids Activity Kits
Mendo Parks has free park activity kits you can download. The Backyard Jr Ranger Kits are perfect for younger kids, packed with games and nature-based learning activities. The Park Adventure Coast Kits (available in English and Spanish) are great for family activities at our 17 State Parks in Mendocino County and feature a park activity key, educational activities and games, health and wellness prompts, and more. Mendo Parks is a nonprofit organization that supports State Parks in Mendocino County with educational activities, park improvements, and visitor center services. Your donations and volunteer services make a difference for State Parks in Mendocino County. For more information, visit mendoparks.org/education-programs.
Housing Action Team (HAT)
Help is available for people struggling to pay their rent or mortgage. The Housing Action Team – North Mendocino Coast (HAT) has created a list in English and Spanish of government and community programs that can supplement lost pay, help with utility bills, provide protection from eviction and free up income to spend on housing by saving on food and nutrition. HAT is distributing small cards and using social media to let the public know they can view or download the list of programs and resources by going to HAT’S website www.HATMendoCoast.org.
Kids Bags available Monday through Friday
Fort Bragg Food Bank families can get one Kids Bag per week, they are available Monday through Friday during curbside pickup, from noon to 3 p.m. The Fort Bragg Food Bank thanks their Kids Bag sponsors Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund and J. G. Cummings Foundation. The Fort Bragg Food Bank is located at 910 N. Franklin St., Fort Bragg.
Stay apprised of the latest information on the virus
To stay apprised of the latest information on the virus, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for preventing the spread of the disease. Their website is cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. To stay informed of developments in Mendocino County, follow the updates at mendocinocounty.org.
Coronavirus information for schools and families
Mendocino County education leaders are in continued close contact with the County Department of Health and Human Services to obtain the most current guidance and information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. For more information, visit www.mcoe.us/.
Please observe current mandated public health precautions.