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Betrayal and Resurrection

You look in the mirror, and you can almost see the spot. Somewhere floating between your heart and your gut. That is where betrayal lodges once you realize the rug had been pulled out from under you, the wool was pulled over your eyes, the sap was you.

Experience Education Redefined: Shade Canyon Invites Families to Monthly ‘Walk Through Shade Canyon’ Events

In announcing the start of open enrollment for the 2024-2025 academic year, Lake County’s newest tuition-free charter school, Shade Canyon, is hosting a Walk Through Shade Canyon event, inviting families to come inside and see the school while getting a glimpse of daily activities and student life. This event is held at the school, located at 4335 Sylar Lane in Kelseyville, monthly on every third Thursday.

Window On The Lake

What if quagga mussels were found in Clear Lake? Ooh, oh, what then? But first, what is a quagga mussel, and why is it important? The first thing to know is it’s an invasive species. One that has found its way to a new environment and is causing trouble. The Quagga is a species of Dreissena mussel that includes the Zebra mussel. Both the Quagga and the Zebra are about the size of a thumbnail and have two shells, like a clam. They originated in the Black Sea and developed an ability to survive in the freshwater of the Dnipro River in Ukraine.

Lake County 4-H Celebrates Outstanding Youth Presentation Day in Lower Lake

Lake County 4-H was pleased to hold an in-person Presentation Day at Lower Lake Elementary on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Public speaking is a cornerstone of the UC 4-H program. Lake County 4-H hosted a small but mighty group of presenters in competitive and non-competitive formats. Congratulations on your participation in Lake County 4-H 2024 Presentation Day.

Lake County Women’s Club News

The Lake County Women’s Civic Club (LCWCC) continues to work toward its philanthropic mission of serving the residents of Lake County and improving the resources and programs for everyone. On February 2nd, the group presented a check for $500.00 to Janine Citron of Lake County Hospice. 

Evie & Will: a meet-cute

Evie Macomber watched as a big rig truck, then a massive, articulated tractor, and a few cars passed, going either north or south on Main Street. A girl born and raised on the edge of town in a single-wide mobile home, Evie seldom ventured far from home by herself, never farther than her school.

Pianists Combine Talent to Benefit Education and the Arts

The Soper Reese Theatre will host the popular Pianists Benefit Concert on Sunday, March 3. The performance will feature six professional pianists combining their diverse musical styles to raise funds for the theatre’s Renovation Fund and scholarship programs of the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College.

Mendocino College Presents Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

The Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department will present Twelfth Night, the musical, March 7-17, in Mendocino College’s Center Theatre on the Ukiah Campus. Originally produced by the Public Theatre in NYC in 2016, this joyous jazz-funk musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy Twelfth Night is set in a modern world inspired by the music and culture of New Orleans. This musical comedy about love and mistaken identities will run for two weekends only, March 7-17, in the Mendocino College Center Theatre.

CLOGBA – Announces New Officers and Kicks Off Annual Catfish Derby

The Catfish Derby is a one-of-a-kind event that draws nearly 1000 anglers and their families and friends to Clearlake Oaks. “It’s a boost for our economy,” St. Clair said. “Nearby resorts, hotels and campgrounds fill up, and shopping at our grocery stores and bait and tackle shops benefit from the influx of visitors who also dine at our restaurants and take in the other sights and all our County has to offer,” he said.

Watch Seeing! A Photon’s Journey at the Taylor Observatory

Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star before traveling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone’s retina. This full-dome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain. Funded through a generous grant from ZEISS, the show is narrated by astronomer and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Mendocino College Gallery Presents ‘Creative Streak: Works in Series’

Mendocino College Gallery is excited to present ‘CREATIVE STREAK: Works in Series.’ The exhibition features a wide range of practices, from assemblage to cyanotype, ceramic sculpture, intricate pen + ink drawing and oil painting. The common thread is that these artists all work in series. ‘Working in series’ means that the artist creates a number of different pieces that all look similar, or have the same thematic content but are not identical.

Bingo Fun for Literacy Fundraiser

Come one and all to the Lake County Literacy Program’s newest fundraiser: Bingo Fun for Literacy. The event debuts March 23 at 5 pm at the Lakeport Senior Center, 527 Konocti Avenue in Lakeport (located behind Lakeport Blvd.). Food and drink are available for purchase, including pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw, vegetarian chili, hot dogs, chips, water, soft drinks, beer, and wine. Enjoy the games and festivity while supporting the worthy cause of promoting literacy in Lake County. 

CWA Annual Scholarships Available

The Lake County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture is offering scholarships from $500 to $2500 to graduating high school seniors and college or vocational students (regardless of gender) whose educational emphasis is related to agriculture and who will be attending a two- or four-year program as a full-time student. Scholarship recipients will receive their scholarship at the beginning of the first semester conditioned on proof of full-time enrollment. Selected students will be encouraged to attend a CWA Chapter meeting during the coming year to describe course of study and how the scholarship has assisted in the pursuit of educational and career goals.

Protecting Clear Lake’s Heart: The Keithly Ranch Acquisition and the Future of Wetland Conservation

In December of 2023, the Land Trust closed escrow on the purchase of the 86-acre Keithly ranch property in south Lakeport, adjacent to the Wright preserve. This means the Lake County Land Trust has now protected almost 300 acres of nearshore, upland wetlands, and riparian land in the south Lakeport area. Another 30-acre parcel at Holiday Cove in Big Valley is also part of the Big Valley Wetlands project.

Both the Keithly and Wright acquisitions have created a combined area that will protect 16 percent of Clear Lake wetlands.

Time Has Come: Revelations of a Mississippi Hippie

Some of you experts on new directions in Black music might be familiar with Betty Davis, née Mabry, the second wife of trumpet icon Miles Davis. Regarded largely as the Queen of Funk, Ms. Davis enjoyed a brilliant, genre-defying, standard-setting career and blew out her own flame, seemingly prematurely.

Sutter Lakeside Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2024

Jaylin Mora-Rivera was born at 10:26 pm on Monday, January 1st to proud parents Janette Rivera and Gustavo Mora Cueras. Jaylin is a 6lb, 6 ounce healthy baby girl and the first baby born in Lake County in 2024. Jaylin’s arrival was highly anticipated by big brother Dylan, 5 years old, who has already met his little sister.

Register to Join One of Multiple 4-H Clubs in Lake County

All 4-H programs offer projects that fall under four focus areas: STEM, Healthy Living, Civic Engagement, and Leadership. 4-H has over 100 projects for the youth members to find their spark! Archery, Robotics, Ham Radio, Astronomy, and Animal projects. What sparks your interest?Lake County 4-H hosts clubs around our lake communities. Locate them in this link.

Pay It Forward – Locals Barber + Salon

Locals Barber + Salon is a locally owned and operated salon offering a high-end grooming experience with exceptional service and a modern approach. Stacie the Barber has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2008 and a licensed barber since 2015 – she has been operating in Lakeport for 10 years.

Lake County 4-H Clubs kick off National 4-H Week at That Ranch

Lake County 4-H Clubs will kick off our National 4-H Week October 1-7, I Love 4-H, Many Hearts One Family celebration at That Ranch. The 4-H clubs of Lake County will be at That Ranch in Kelseyville the weekend of October 7 and 8 with activities and displays sharing the, I LOVE 4-H Many Hearts One Family National 4-H Week theme. Visit That Ranch during the I Love 4-H weekend to discover why your family wants to join 4-H club. That Ranch hours are 9 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday through October.

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