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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.

County of Lake Basic Business Credit Assistance Workshop: 5.23.24

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 10 am the County of Lake will host its final no cost small and micro business training workshop under the current Microenterprise Technical Assistance program.  This workshop will help current and prospective business owners understand the basics of credit.  It will be held at the Lower Lake Town Hall located at 16195 Main Street Lower Lake, CA 95457.

Kelseyville Schools Honor Community through Murals

Last month, we unveiled beautiful new murals on the campuses of Kelseyville High School (KHS) and Kelseyville Elementary School, designed and painted by members of the KHS Native American Club in collaboration with local students and community partners. It was an amazing feat of engineering (these murals are massive), creativity, and cooperation.

Community Sculpture Making Honors The Resilience of Nature at Middletown’s Trailside Park

The Middletown Art Center is excited to extend a heartfelt invitation to the community to join us in a transformative art project.  Titled Ouroboros, the project aims to unite residents in creating a new sculpture for the EcoArts Sculpture Walk at Trailside Park. The sculpture symbolizes the cycle of life and the remarkable resilience of nature after the fire. The piece is a component of the MAC’s ongoing RECIPROCITY project, which utilizes art to foster community and provide healing to both individuals and the environment.

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Ely Museum’s Richard Paddock Blacksmith Shop

In the 1800’s, every town in Lake County had a blacksmith shop. Without the blacksmith’s wares, there would be no transportation (wagons and horse equipment), no houses (nails, hinges, etc.), no farm equipment, and very little infrastructure (roads, communication, etc.).  The blacksmith shop WAS the hardware store of the period.

The Ely Museum is bringing a working Lake County Blacksmith Shop back to life as a window into the past.

Come out to the Historical Society Member’s Picnic and watch blacksmithing in action.  The picnic is free to members and $10/person for non-members (but free if you become a member at the gate).

Get Ready for the 40th Annual Catfish Derby!

The Catfish Derby, known as the biggest west of the Mississippi, is about to launch.  The widely popular event in Clearlake Oaks runs from May 17 through the 19th when the winners are announced and the community joins in to enjoy some bar-b-que, catch up with friends and  celebrate the winners. 

L.C. Symphony Plays Favorites from “Golden Age” of American Music for Mother’s Day Pops Concert

This year’s Mother’s Day Pops Concert is not to be missed! Conductor-music director-arranger John Parkinson will lead the Lake County Symphony in an unforgettable program consisting of some of the best of American music from the “Great American Songbook” on May 12 at the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. This timeless collection of melodies and jazz standards were recorded by top vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, and Doris Day during what has been called the “Golden Age” of American music. Many of these songs were written specifically for stage and screen productions by some of our most celebrated composers, including George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Stephen Sondheim.

Hands-On Nature Experience: Lake County Students Delight in ‘Field Day on the Creek

The Lake County Resource Conservation District (LCRCD) held its annual “Field Day on the Creek,” on Earth Day, April 22, allowing scores of young Middletown and Cobb area students to enjoy hands-on nature experiences. Students learned about local birds and their feeding behaviors, native trees to Lake County, fish that live in Putah Creek, and the unique geology of this area.

“Senior Days” Returns to Anderson Marsh State Park

Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) has announced that registration is now open for a special series of “Senior Days” events to be held during June and July at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park.  The Senior Days events will offer a series of special enjoyable programs for seniors designed to help them learn more about Lake County and the park.  The Senior Days will feature separate morning and afternoon sessions every other Saturday, beginning on June 1 and ending on July 13.  There will be a $5 registration fee for each program attended.

Come Discover the Untold Story of Apollo 15

Come along for the ride as we simulate in the planetarium an epic yet seldom told tale of adventure and discovery. In July of 1971 Astronaut Dave Scott landed the Apollo Lunar Module high in the Apennine Mountains of the moon at the edge of a deep canyon. It was the most dangerous and daring  of all the Apollo landing sites. The site was chosen for its potential to answer the most questions about the history of the Moon and Earth. What were the risks and what was discovered?

Water, a Cosmic Adventure: Showing at the Taylor Observatory

This show celebrates our relationship with water and the cosmos. Join astrophysicist Eva Luna as she explores the turbulent origins of hydrogen and oxygen in the Universe and discovers how they combined into the most essential molecules on Earth, H2O. Thanks to realistic 3D animations and breathtaking live footage, this story takes you on a journey to the Atacama Desert in Chile, where ESO’s ground-breaking telescopes assist in searching for new planets that contain this essential molecule. Where there is water, there can be life.

Please Join Resilient Lake County’s Comprehensive Prevention Plan Launch May 23, 2024, 11am-2pm, at Robinson Rancheria

Resilient Lake County is pleased to invite the Community to Comprehensive Prevention Plan (CPP) Launch on May 23, 2024, from 11-2 at Robinson Rancheria. Resilient Lake County is a subcommittee of the Lake County Children’s Council with a current mission of implementing the CPP to lessen Child Abuse in our community.  This process is part of the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) which allows counties to use funding to develop child abuse prevention strategies particular to their community. 

Public Input Sought to Select Designs for the Water Basket Project

The Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California, Callayomi County Water District, and the Middletown Art Center (MAC) are pleased to invite residents from Middletown Unified School District and South Lake County Fire Protection District areas to vote in the Water Basket project design selection.

Konocti Women’s Service Club (KWSC) Hosts Exciting Luau Fundraiser to Support Local Children in Need

The Konocti Women’s Service Club (KWSC) supports our local schools, charitable organizations, and Lake County families in need. One hundred percent of the money raised is used to help children who are at risk or in need in Lake County. Our Club’s largest fundraiser this year will be an enjoyable and exciting “Luau.” It will take place at Konocti Harbor Resort in Kelseyville on Sunday, June 2, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ukiah Proudly Announces Upcoming Community Events

Buffie Campbell-Schmidt: 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.

Stitched Up – By Tom Squitieri

It is a sunrise in the middle of the night, an aberration of moments, the jarring of history and hope, of that seismic shift in life. The full force of the universe from the past, reminding of the day and the moment. That path is one that can no longer be followed. On March 5, 1993, it happened. The dodging that had been so successful in so many war zones faltered.

The Hitch in the Oxbow – By Jim Steele

As I sat listening to a presentation about the plight of the Clear Lake hitch, I daydreamed a little about how the County looked many years ago when the small fish ruled the lake. Back before the time of agriculture and flood control districts, streams meandered across the low-gradient valleys, coastal plains, and the shores of Clear Lake. Fish species like the hitch, roach, and sucker occupied these slow-moving, mostly shallow streams and lakes and were the food for indigenous tribes on their shores. Their life history and habitats dictate their survival.

Congratulations, You’ve Won a Pandemic! By Ondine Kuraoka

“Congratulations, you’ve won—” Rainie turned off the car radio and sat in her driveway. A fresh splatter of bird poop decorated the corner of the dusty windshield. A siren howled in the distance. Maybe working from home would be less stressful anyway. She was about to open the car door but leaned back against the soft, moon-grey upholstery, cocooning a moment before whatever came next.

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