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Lakeport Seeking Art for Lakefront Park

The City of Lakeport is seeking proposals for mid-range to large-scale sculptural and/or innovative, mixed or multimedia installations to be showcased in the new lakefront park development in downtown Lakeport at 800 and 810 North Main Street. Awards to successful applicants will range from $5,000 to $20,000. All proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19.

Move, Lake County – Presented by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce

In partnership with its major sponsor, the City of Clearlake, the Lake County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the inaugural Move, Lake County! 5K Fun Run and Wellness Faire on August 27, 2022. The event will kick off that day at 8 a.m. with a 5K Fun Run that will start and end in Austin Park in Clearlake. The carefully curated course will allow the Fun Run participants (runners, joggers, and walkers are all welcome!) to enjoy the residential neighborhoods of the area, Red Bud Park, beautiful scenery of the business district along the shores of Clear Lake, with a finish line in Austin Park. Fun Run participants will enjoy a light, refreshing breakfast directly after the Fun Run.

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, the cause of more deaths in the US than breast cancer, guns and car accidents combined. Lake County has the highest rate of overdose in California, standing at two times the opioid overdose death rate of California. 58 people died of an overdose in Lake County within a single year. That is the size of a graduating Lake County High School class. 

Blue Zones Project Honors Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary for Becoming First Blue Zones Approved Project in Lake County

Blue Zones Project® Lake County is thrilled to announce that the Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise is the first organization in Lake County that has achieved designation as Blue Zones Project Approved™. Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary successfully completed the review process with guidance from Kamlin Fasano, Organization Lead for Blue Zones Project Lake County.

Interactive Makers Faire and Open Mic at Middletown Art Center – Friday Aug 5, 5-9 pm

Building on a foundation of solid entertainment with Open Mic hosted by Carlos Garay and the Dead Rabbits, and sourdough pizza and salad made with organic ingredients from the Goddess of the Mountain cob oven, the Makers Faire takes the local market to a new dimension. Introducing a featured maker each month who will offer an affordable experience.

PG&E Continues Vegetation Management Work in Lake County for Public Safety

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews in Lake County are helping to ensure that customers have safe and reliable electric service by pruning and removing trees that could impact overhead powerlines. This final phase of work will be focused on preventing wildfires in the highest fire-risk areas and conducted along approximately 94 miles of overhead powerlines through the end of the year.

Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College Announces Super Saturday and Culinary Roundup

The Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College (LCC) is hosting “Super Saturday” on August 6, 2022, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. If you’ve been thinking of taking college classes or completing your high school diploma or equivalency, this is your opportunity! We will provide application assistance, financial aid support and drop-in counseling during this event. All participants will receive LCC swag.

Symphony Winefest Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations: Amateur Wine Makers Win Awards in Professional Judging

The Home Wine and Beer Makers’ Festival at Lakeport’s Library Park was, according to organizers, “A great success.” The annual Winefest (as it has been abbreviated) is the largest fundraiser for the Lake County Symphony Association (LCSA) and helps provide operating expenses for the Lake County Symphony. Much of the funds raised go to support youth and community programs that include music lessons and scholarships and to help cover transportation and lodging costs for non-local musicians who play in the symphony. Conductor John Parkinson manned the Symphony booth with help from symphony violinists Andi Skelton and Sue Condit.

Sutter Lakeside Earns Fourth CMS Four-Star Rating

For the fourth time, the Centers for Medicare Service & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded Sutter Lakeside Hospital a four-star rating. “We’re truly honored at Sutter Lakeside to receive a four-star rating from CMS again. We first earned a four-star rating in 2018, and this accolade continues to reflect the pride our nurses, staff and physicians take in their work to care for and support our patients. As the only Critical Access Hospital in the Sutter network, we’re grateful to provide a high level of care to residents in our local communities,” said Pauline Orr, Sutter Lakeside chief nursing executive.

Northshore Fire Protection District’s Fuels Management Team is Making LC Communities Safer

Since 2015, nearly two-thirds of Lake County’s landmass has been consumed by wildfire.  Groups throughout the County are taking urgent action to make our communities safer. This work is possible, in part, thanks to a $662,000 donation from the Habematolel Tribe of Upper Lake. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has committed to support remaining anticipated first-year costs, up to $538,000 (of a total of $1.2M).

The LCCoC and LCBHS Announce the Availability of $300,000 through the Housing, Homeless, Assistance, and Prevention Rounds Program

The LCCoC and County strongly encourage first-time applicants, agencies serving underserved populations, and agencies serving special needs populations to apply for CoC funding. Scoring support documents are available on the LCCoC website: lakecoc.org. Potential applicants are invited and encouraged to attend the virtual Q and A Session on August 3, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89538409328

WIC Announces August Schedule

The E Center Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) released its August 2022 appointment scheduling notice. The nationwide, federally sponsored WIC nutrition program provides nutrition education, support and help with breastfeeding, community and healthcare referrals, and supplemental food benefits to eligible pregnant women, new moms, postpartum women, infants, and children under the age of five.

Thompson Announces $1 Billion Wildfire Defense Grant Program

Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture has launched a new $1 billion Community Wildfire Defense Grant program. This program, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by Congress, is designed to assist at-risk communities, including Tribal communities, non-profit organizations, state forestry agencies and Alaska Native corporations with planning for and mitigating wildfire risks.

Upper Lake Booster Club Announces Annual Fundraiser

The Upper Lake High School Booster Club is hosting its thirteenth annual fundraiser, dinner, dance, and auction on August 6 at the North Shore Event Center On Highway 20 in Nice.   It is an evening of fun that brings the community together for a common goal.   All proceeds from this Field of Dreams project are used to improve the athletic, social, and academic facilities of our students.

Redwood Credit Union Makes Forbes’ List of America’s Best Credit Unions
for Third Consecutive Year

For the third year in a row, Redwood Credit Union has been recognized as a top credit union in California in Forbes’ list of America’s Best Credit Unions in Each State. Forbes and Statista, who conducted the research, based these rankings on an independent survey of approximately 26,000 U.S. consumers from all 50 states who were asked about their banking relationships as well as their satisfaction in the categories of trust, digital services, financial advice, branch services, and transparency of terms and conditions.

August 20 Taste of Lake County Pairs Lake County Wine with Local Restaurants and Artisans

The 24th annual food and wine event, Taste of Lake County, will once again pair premium Lake County wines with gourmet food from local purveyors.  Taking place in Library Park on the shores of Clear Lake in  Lakeport on Saturday, August 20, the food, wine, and artisan event runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, with dancing under the stars following until 10:00 pm. 

Library Launches Books by Mail Service for Homebound Residents

For residents who have a hard time getting to the library, checking out books and other materials is about to get a lot easier. Starting this July, the Lake County Library is launching a “Books by Mail” service. This new service is for homebound residents in Lake County to get library books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks through the mail for free.

AMIA Receives $9,220 “Parks Improvement” Grant for Special “Senior Days” Programs

Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) has received a $9,220 “Parks Improvement” grant from California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to hold special twice-monthly “senior days” at the park over a four-month period in the spring of 2023. Seniors who sign up for the special program will be bused at no cost from Lake County senior centers to attend a day at the park.  Each day will include two educational programs and a free picnic lunch.

House Passes Funding Bill that Includes Key Lake County Priorities

Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass H.R. 8294, the six-bill appropriations package that includes funding for key projects within Lake County for which Rep. Thompson secured inclusion. The projects include the Middle Creek Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration project and the Clearlake Burns Valley Sports Complex & Recreation Center project.

NCO’s Online Fundraising Auction Celebrates Local Food Security Programs

North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is proud to present a special Online Fundraising Auction and Raffle in support of its programs building local food security throughout Lake and Mendocino Counties. This online fundraiser celebrates the anniversaries of Caring Kitchen Project, Mendo Lake Food Hub, and Gardens Project, which have served the community for 5, 7, and 15 years, respectively. Bidding starts at ncoinc.org on July 29th and will continue until August 1st at 7 PM.

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