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Isolated Seniors Receive Holiday Cheer

Re-usable cloth bags stuffed high with gifts provided by the Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Kelseyville Rotary Club were delivered this year to isolated seniors throughout the county. Additionally, the Meals on Wheels drivers, who made the deliveries, received a cash gift from the Lake County Silver Foundation. The gift bags are the brainchild of Cathleen Mondfrans, a Sutter Lakeside Emergency Department nurse. Since learning about the Silver Foundation at a Kelseyville Rotary Club meeting 4 years ago, Cathleen has organized a holiday gift bag drive at Sutter Lakeside Hospital for Lake County’s most isolated seniors. Mondfrans explained that this year, Sutter Lakeside employees and the Kelseyville Rotary Club members raised $1,000 towards the purchase of gifts. The Rotary members stuffed 50 bags. An additional 26 bags were stuffed by individual hospital staff from various departments including ER, Out Patient Care Services, Laboratory and Radiology.

Lake County Climate Action Network at Next Sierra Club Lake Group Community Meeting

The Sierra Club Lake Group will host Sally Peterson, Chair of Lake County Climate Action Network (Lake Co CAN), at their next community meeting on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:00 PM. The presentation and discussion will be held via Zoom video conference and live-streamed on Facebook. The meeting is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required to attend via Zoom.

Weaving Baskets, Weaving Bridges Continues at MAC this Weekend

The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is honored to present this weekend’s WEAVING events: Beginning Weaving with Corine Pearce and a unique presentation on contemporary Indigenous art with Jacob Meders. On Saturday, January 15 from 11-4 pm, Corine Pearce, Pomo basket weaver and cultural educator from Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians, returns to lead weavers of all skill levels. The workshop is an introduction to weaving and simple twining using traditional and contemporary materials and includes basic patterning. Explore contemporary Indigenous art on Sunday, January 16 from 5-7 pm. The MAC is thrilled to present Indigenizing 21st Century Art: Land and Its People with artist Jacob Meders, assistant professor at Arizona State University, and member of Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria. The public is invited to learn more about the WEAVING project and register for Zoom access to both events at middletownartcenter.org/weaving. Pre-registration is required. Fees are sliding scale and support the project and project documentation.

Free Eight-Week Grief and Loss Group By Janine Smith-Citron, Director of Development, Hospice Services of Lake County

Hospice Services of Lake County is beginning another series of meetings to help adults who have experienced the death of a loved one, either recently or in the past. Recognizing there is not just a single way through grief, the Hospice Services’ bereavement program will present “The Journey of Grief,” a free, educational series. The grief and loss group will meet once a week for eight weeks starting January 20.

Cooperation and Conflict in the Communal World of the Acorn Woodpecker

The Thursday, Jan. 20 program meeting for the Redbud Audubon Society will feature Dr. Walt Koenig, an expert on Acorn Woodpeckers and a scientist who has been studying these fascinating birds for years. The program will be on Zoom and starts at 7 p.m. To register, go to www.redbudaudubon.org and click on the Registration Link on the home page. The link to join will be sent to you on the day of the program.

New Pedestrian Bridge for Lakefront Park

Lakeport, Calif…The City of Lakeport is pleased to announce the completion of a new pedestrian bridge linking the Library Park parklands and the site of the future Lakefront Park along the Clear Lake shoreline. The bridge, located on the north side of the Fifth Street public parking lot and extending across a seasonal stormwater drainage course, is now open for use.

New “MOVE!” Exhibit Opens at MAC and Virtually this Saturday

Join the MAC this Saturday, January 8th, from 6:00-8:00pm for a hybrid opening reception of the new exhibit MOVE!. The event will take place in-person at the MAC and live-streamed on Zoom. The exhibit features compelling work by new and familiar artists. Conversations with artists begin at 6:30. Masking is required in the MAC Gallery. Please register in advance to join on Zoom.

Contemporary Indigenous Art with Jacob Meders, Mechoopda – Maidu, and Assistant Professor, January 16th at the MAC

Speaking about Contemporary Art tends to exclude Indigenous/Native Artists in America. Often Native Artists are outliers, and their work is not seen as work about or within the context of current times (contemporary). So, when this work approaches the contemporary art world it breaks barriers and disrupts the norm, in turn Indigenizing the Contemporary Art structure. This lecture will explore this path and approaches of many current Indigenous Artists as well as the many concepts that tie the people back to the land we call our homelands, our sacred lands.

District 3 Supervisor, Eddie “EJ” Crandell, Elected 2022 Chair by Lake County Board of Supervisors

Here is a statement from Chairman Crandell: The lens that focuses all of our work as a Board is seeking to promote the well-being of every Lake County resident.  I look forward to being a part of Community Visioning Forums promoting Tolerance, Respect, Equity and Inclusion this year, for example, and seeing us make real progress in celebrating our County’s diverse communities, including the rich history of our seven Tribal Nations.

Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild Brings Sandra Mollon to Lake County

The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild is proud to announce that Sandra Mollon will be giving a presentation at our Saturday, January 8 guild meeting. The lecture will take place at the Lakeport Senior Center at 537 Konocti Blvd, Lakeport, CA from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sandra Mollon comes to us from Valley Springs, California. She is a textile artist, instructor, author, and designer. She has spent many years working in traditional hand appliqué.

Lake County Fair Foundation Holding Annual Wrangler Roundup Dinner and Dance

The Lake County Fair Foundation is hosting a February fundraiser to support the goal of improving the county’s fairgrounds and hosting educational events. The 3rd Annual Wrangler Round-Up Dinner and Dance will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at Fritch Hall at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St. in Lakeport. The evening will include a BBQ Meal and a no-host bar, plus live music provided by a local band, the Time Travelers. There also will be a live auction, raffle, and dessert auction. The cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Table sponsorships also are available.

Mural Planned to Honor Essential Workers

The Lake County Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Lakeport, Lake County Rural Arts Initiative and the Lake Family Resource Center, is planning the installation of a mural in downtown Lakeport to honor essential workers.  The Meals on Wheels Thrift Store at 120 N. Main Street has been selected for its prominent location with a large wall facing First Street.

Lakeport Receives ReLeaf Grant to Plant Fifty-Three Trees

The City of Lakeport Public Works Department is pleased to announce they have started planting new trees received from an urban forest restoration grant from California ReLeaf that was awarded to North Coast Opportunities, Inc. NCO has partnered with the City of Lakeport and the city will be acquiring 53 trees which will be planted by Public Works staff in public areas including Library Park; Main Street (downtown area); Eleventh Street; and at Westside Community Park. The planting work started this week on South Main Street near Savings Bank of Mendocino County.

Local Agencies Collaborate to Assist Unhoused Neighbors

Yesterday, in collaboration with Sutter Lakeside Hospital and the Lake Family Resource Center a team was deployed to provide assistance to our unhoused neighbors within the City of Lakeport. The purpose of this outreach is to provide a helping hand and guidance to individuals experiencing homelessness and get them connected to the proper resources such as setting up medical care appointments, behavioral health assistance, housing assistance, other social services connections and care for any pets they may have. 

Rodman Preserve Closed on Holidays

The Rodman Preserve at 6350 Westlake Rd. near Upper Lake will be closed on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The preserve is generally open for walking on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will be taking both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day off. Both State Parks in the County will be holding “First Day Walks,” which all are invited to attend.

137-Acre S. Lakeport Annexation Moving Forward

Both the City of Lakeport and the County of Lake are pleased to announce that the respective negotiation teams have developed a draft Sales Tax Agreement for both the City Council and Board of Supervisors to jointly consider as it relates to the South Lakeport Annexation Project.   The South Lakeport Annexation Project includes an area of approximately 137 acres adjacent to South Main Street and Soda Bay Road.

The PG&E Corporation Foundation Announces Recipients of $400,000 in Grants to Support Local Climate Change Resilience Planning

The PG&E Corporation Foundation (Foundation) today announced the four 2021 recipients of the Better Together Resilient Communities grants, a program to support local initiatives to build greater climate resilience in Northern and Central California, with a particular focus on disadvantaged, vulnerable, and historically underserved communities. The program awarded $100,000 each to the Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance, the Blue Lake Rancheria, the Yurok Tribe, and the City of Richmond, California. The projects are designed to support wildfire prevention, disaster response preparation, and local emergency cooling for extreme heat events.

Lake County Nominated for Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast recently announced that California’s Lake County has been nominated for a Wine Enthusiast 2021 Wine Star Award for Wine Region of the Year.
“This nomination affirms Lake County’s reputation as a premium winegrowing region,” said Debra Sommerfield, president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission. “Growers in our region have consistently produced outstanding winegrapes for many years, and we’re thrilled that Wine Enthusiast, an authority on the wine industry, has recognized Lake County as one of the top winegrowing regions in the world.”

Music Brings Us Joy and Helps Our Brains: By Camm Linden, D. Mus., LCSA Board President

It’s a fact. Music reduces stress, anxiety, and depression – a quality that is particularly attractive in this moment of lock-down fatigue. The LCSA is proud to be a part of bringing musical joy into the community. It is through your memberships, gifts, donations, sponsorships, and advertising dollars that we are able to provide this service. Please visit our website to explore all of these, and other tax-deductible opportunities to contribute. And, as always – and in keeping with the season – the LCSA is grateful for your continued support.

Lakeport Community Cleanup Day a Success

The City of Lakeport and the Lakeport Public Works Department express appreciation to all who participated in the Fall Lakeport Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 16. Collection totals reported included: household trash and junk – 10, 360 pounds; appliances and scrap metal – 1,960 pounds; and electronics – 859 pounds.

Enhancing Retail in Lakeport: The Retail Coach Presents Findings

In July of 2019, the City of Lakeport engaged with The Retail Coach to conduct an assessment of the Lakeport area and provide targeted data sets and educational opportunities focused on sustaining and enhancing existing businesses as well as recruiting new ones. The presentations offered over three days will cover retail trends and opportunities in two sessions and retail and franchise opportunities in two separate sessions.  Businesses and residents are encouraged to participate in these two-hour learning discussions. October 26-28, 2021 – Lakeport City Hall
225 Park Street.

October Topic for Redbud Audubon: Cultural Attitudes Toward Owls Around the World Through History

The Oct.  21 program for the Redbud Audubon Society will once again feature Karla Bloem,  Executive Director of the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota. Bloem’s presentation to Redbud last February was met with such enthusiasm that it was decided to ask her to return. The program starts at 7 p.m. and will be a Zoom presentation. Register by clicking on the link on the home page of Audubon’s website: www.redbudaudubon.org.

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