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Lake County Music Guide – 6.12.24

Man, oh man! There sure is a lot going on this week in LC Land. The highlights will be Baconfest in Kelseyville and Middletown Days. So, fasten your seatbelts, folks, it’s gonna be an E-Ticket Ride. I only hope I get it all in the guide. And, fair warning – it’s gonna get hot this week. Here’s the live music schedule for the week of 6/11 through 6/17…

Opening Reception for The Space Between Exhibit at the MAC

The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is thrilled to announce the opening reception of its latest exhibit, The Space Between, on June 15th from 6:30-9:00 PM. This evocative group show brings together a diverse array of regional artists, both familiar and new, to explore and express their unique spiritual journeys through a variety of artistic mediums.

Chanele Hellwege Named Grand Marshal of Middletown Days

In a heartwarming announcement, Chanele Hellwege has been named the Grand Marshal for the 2024 Middletown Days parade. Known for her unwavering dedication to family and community, Chanele epitomizes the spirit of Middletown, making her a fitting choice for this honor.

Summer Sizzle Means More Mosquitoes: Vector Control Offers Tips to Stay Safe

June means lots of outdoor activities in Lake County—graduations, Father’s Day, barbecues, pool parties, the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. It also means mosquito season, and it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites and diseases like West Nile virus.

Pay It Forward – Chase My Hair Salon

Chase My Hair Salon is locally owned and operated by Stephanie Chase. She offers a high-end salon experience for all types of hair, nail, eyelash and waxing services. Her experienced team is dedicated to helping you achieve the perfect look that suits your unique style and personality.

Tangled Web – By Marina Gallegos

Nobody understood the unusual nature of her comments or behavior several years after she’d arrived in the new country. She’d been interacting with her relatives and working just fine.

Lake County Farm Bureau Presents Annual Love of the Land Dinner – 6.22.24

Lake County Farm Bureau (LCFB) is delighted to extend a formal invitation to community members for the highly anticipated Annual Love of the Land Dinner. Scheduled to enchant guests on June 22nd at the stunning Mt. Konocti Winery, this soirée promises an evening of entertainment, wonderful dinner, and philanthropy, all in support of Lake County Farm Bureau and the LCFB Scholarship fund.

Seniors Take Center Stage at Silver Foundation Event

The 5th Annual Senior Summit opened to a packed house on May 6 at the Twin Pine Casino Event Center in Middletown. Two days later, in a fortuitous turn of events, the Silver Foundation was selected as the nonprofit of choice in the 100 Women Strong competition to benefit their Senior Companion Pet Project.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Results

Community members safely disposed of 58 pounds of unneeded prescription drugs, including opioids. We thank the community for participating in this valuable program because removing these drugs from the community prevents abuse, keeps kids safe and protects the environment.

Their Score – By Tom Squitieri

The birds again
Fly up and sit on the corner
Of the railing on the deck.
They decidedly turn their heads to their right
To look at me through the writing window
They have little patience
And ruffle their displeasure
That food has not yet been scattered for them

It is a slow morning of melding,
I tell them.
They remain stern.
The coffee still needs to dance in me,
I plead.
They glare.
They refuse to sing again
Until breakfast is served

The sunrise offers new colors
To them
Even that, an unsuccessful cajole.
Squirrels wait anxiously;
They know they get leftovers.

So, soon seeds sown.
Sunrise can exhale
Landscape tells me its message
And magic songs follow

Tales from Cowtown: A Puppet Show Coming to Lake County

This June 21st and 22nd, Tales from Cowtown invites audiences of all ages across Lake County to witness a unique blend of puppetry, music, clowning, and storytelling. Created by artists Tayloranne Finch, Daniel Nickerson, and a large crew of creative collaborators, this family friendly show delves into themes of rural resilience and emotional intelligence in the face of climate challenges. 

Middletown Pool Summer Schedule

The Lake County Public Services Department is excited to announce that the Middletown Pool at 20962 Big Canyon Rd. will open on June 8, 2024. The hours of operation will be noon to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. The pool fees are as follows:

Families Reign Supreme at the 40th Annual Catfish Derby in the Oaks

Considered to be the biggest of its kind west of the Mississippi, the 3-day Catfish Derby closed to cheers on Sunday, May 19, the last day of the event. The big winners? The Mandujano family is from Healdsburg, California. Brothers Omar and Efrain both placed in the top tier.

First Senior Days Events Begin at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

The first in a series of “Senior Days” events to be held at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park is scheduled for Saturday, June 1. In the morning, the program will feature Rob Morgan, the Tribal Historian for the Koi Nation of Northern California, descendants of indigenous people who lived on the southern end of Clear Lake for thousands of years, including the land that makes up the park.

Upcoming Events in Mendocino

April 15, 2024: Memory & Legacy The Ukiah Branch Library staff invites the community to join us for Art Walk Ukiah on Friday, May 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. This month, we will feature Buffie Campbell-Schmidt and her art of traditional Pomo basket weaving.

Exploring Culture Through Art: Raíces Hermosas Exhibit Closes June 3rd

Over the past few months, almost 3,000 Lake County students have had the enriching experience of visiting the Raices Hermosas art exhibit. This exhibit, featuring the exceptional work of local and regional Latinx artists, provided not only a moving visual experience but also a deep dive into the cultural and artistic heritage of the Latinx community. It was heartening to witness young minds being exposed to such a rich tapestry of art and culture.

Everything’s Poetic: A Poetry Video

This is the 32nd official poetry video that Donihue has released this year, so if you have yet to see his series The Poetry Verse, make sure and visit the channel page when done watching.

Everything’s Poetic starts like the darkest of tales, a somber poem with a haunting original score carrying the desperate words of a former addict and present-day depressive. Yet in his momentary state of hopelessness, epiphanies are born. The philosophy of the empath is employed, changing his disposition entirely.

Everything’s Poetic will penetrate you in the beginning and then leave you cheering for our headless hero and life itself by the end.

Celebrate 75 Years of Conservation: Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest Anniversary Hike & Festivities Await

Please join us in celebrating the 75th anniversary of Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest in Cobb. Enjoy a leisurely two-and-a-half-hour hike on trails restored by Friends of Boggs Mountain while Forester Richard Bucher relates the history and current forest management practices utilized by Cal Fire on June 22 starting at 9:00 am.

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