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. 

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.

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!

Hammers for Hope: Outreach Coordinator Position

Operating since 2012, Hammers for Hope is a local nonprofit group whose sole mission is  providing “charitable assistance to low and moderate-income households in Lake County through a program of home repairs and improvements.” Our all-volunteer Board is currently recruiting a part-time to full-time Outreach Coordinator.

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