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.

A Night to Remember: Middletown High School Sober Graduation Committee Announces Wine and Chocolate Tasting Event to Support Safe Grad Night Celebration

Middletown High School Sober Graduation was formed to create a “Safe and Sober Grad Night Celebration.” This is not a “school event” and is not financed by the school district. The night’s events are provided 100% by fundraising and donations, hard work, and support of parents, family, friends, and businesses. Middletown High School has had a wonderfully successful “Safe and Sober Grad Night Celebration” for the protection of the Middletown High School Students as well as the safety of the community at large.

20th Annual Lake County Father-Daughter Dance Promises Unforgettable Valentine’s Celebration

The Kelseyville Father-Daughter Dance Committee is thrilled to announce the upcoming 20th Anniversary celebration, scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2024. This highly anticipated event, open to participants of all ages, promises an enchanting evening dedicated to fostering and celebrating the cherished bonds between generations.

Three Charities Vie for 100+ Women Strong in Lake County Funds

The first meeting in 2024 for 100+ Women Strong in Lake County will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (doors opening at 5:30 p.m.) at the Soper Reese Community Theatre. Enjoy all the excitement, members are welcome to bring your friends. There will be mingling, networking, food and beverages, and, most importantly, at the end of the night, a local Lake County charity will be selected to receive a very generous donation that is made possible by women of Lake County.

PG&E Partners with Lake County First Responder Agencies on Wildfire Safety Program

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a partnership with fire protection associations, safety organizations and environmental sustainability groups to advance wildfire resilience in Lake County. The partnership, called the Hometown Wildfire Safety Collaboration, provides financial support for local fuel reduction projects, a dynamic Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) specific to Lake County and an environmentally friendly biomass usage program. 

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.

Lake County Probation Department Hosts Resilient Re-entry Event Offering Resources and Guidance to Justice-Involved Individuals

The event aimed to facilitate the reintegration of justice-involved individuals into society by offering a range of services, including record expungement, information about college education opportunities, and even free tattoo removal services. Additionally, attendees had the valuable opportunity to learn from inspirational keynote speakers who have successfully transitioned from incarceration to leading fulfilling lives.

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.

Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise Online Auction is Open

A weekend of fun is here. Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise is hosting its third annual online auction to raise money for scholarships and community projects. Visit the auction website. To bid on the fabulous and fun auction packages now. Click the Get Started button on the top of the page to register to bid. Bidding is now open and will close at 5 PM on Saturday, June 3rd.

Start as Visitors, Leave as Friends: The Big Valley, Small Farms Tour

There’s nowhere like Big Valley and no farms like these. Mark Lipps says the tour is simple; just bring yourself, a positive attitude, and a smile. And if you didn’t come with a smile, you’re sure to leave with one. “We would love all visitors of Lake County to experience the different priorities a Lake County Big Valley small farm can embrace,” Mark says. “Come explore all of our farms for a great drive around the area. Start out as visitors, leave as friends.”

What’s Up This Week – 5.5.23

I may have already mentioned this, but I’m going to mention it again. One of my favorite things about living in California is great, authentic Mexican food. Whether we’re visiting our favorite restaurant, taco truck, or market, we take it for granted. It’s an everyday part of our lives. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. So it seems fitting to put together a list of The Bloom’s favorite Mexican restaurants in Lake County in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The great thing about this list is that it will grow as we visit more restaurants around the county. How fun is that? We’re also pleased to bring you our next Pay It Forward article. Believe me, I’m as excited and surprised as you to learn which small business will be featured next. And we forgot to add a book review by our own Lake County resident and author last week. Better late than never. I see myself enjoying a margarita in just a few hours! Whatever your plans are for the weekend, Lake County, make it a great one. Cheers!

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