Come one, come all to audition for the Shakespeare at the Lake 2021 online production of All’s Well That Ends Well! Zoom auditions will be held May 27 starting at 6pm and May 29 starting at 2pm. Audition sides are available at lctc.us. To sign up for an audition time slot or to get more information, email director John Tomlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rehearsals and performances (scheduled for July 23-25) will all take place online. Actors must enroll in Theater 220 through Mendocino College in order to participate; scholarships are available! No experience is required, and we welcome actors from out of the county to participate! As a California Community College production, out of state tuition applies to non-residents. Actors must be entering high school or older to participate. Shakespeare at the Lake is a joint effort between the Lake County Theatre Company and Mendocino College, with generous support from the Friends of Mendocino College.
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The Lucerne Town Hall will be meeting in person for the first time since COVID has hit our county. The New Paradigm College has graciously allowed us to hold our meeting there. Please join us on May 21, 2021, at 6:00 PM. We will be discussing a hot topic, Elijah House. We will have representatives from that organization come back and explain what they are doing with the old visitors center on Hwy 20.
Join artists exhibiting in the current show at Middletown Art Center (MAC) for Apart and Connected, Conversations with Artists Saturday, May 15th from 6 to 8 pm on Zoom. Hear from the artists about their work in the stunning Apart and Connected exhibit. It’s on view until June 20th. There will be time for public participation and Q&A.
After an amazing Raffle Drive promoting beautiful gift- and certificate-filled baskets, LWCC was able to provide two $1,000 vocational study scholarships to Kelseyville High School students and at their meeting in June, will present donations of $1,000 to Kelseyville Presbyterian Church Food Pantry and $3,000 to Lake Co. Gleaners Food Distribution Centers all around the county. LWCC extends a very big thank you to all of you who bought raffle tickets and helped make this possible!
The Lakeport Main Street Association is proud to announce that the Lakeport Memorial Day Parade will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021. This year’s parade theme is “Honoring, Reflecting, Remembering” and will start at 11:00 am. We have approximately 50 entries for this year’s parade and entries include antique cars, horses, trucks, tractors, floats, and even a stagecoach! They represent individuals, organizations, and businesses from all over Lake County. We will be doing a Facebook Live Stream from the Lakeport Main Street Association Facebook Page. We encourage anyone along the route to tune in to hear the announcer during the parade, or to enjoy the parade from their home. Everyone who comes to the parade is asked to be Covid safe by wearing a mask and social distancing. Main Street will be closed to traffic from Martin to Clear Lake Avenue beginning at approximately 10:30 am on the day of the parade.
Rotary Club of Kelseyville is holding an online auction this weekend. Do you love Asian art? You might like “The Bride”, a signed and numbered framed serigraph by well-known artist Ting Shao Kuang. Looking for a staycation idea in Lake County – check out the overnight stay packages including the Visit Kelseyville Dine & Stay package featuring Suite on Main, an overnight stay at Laujor Vineyard Loft, and the Eat, Stay & Play package for Twin Pine Casino & Hotel. If you are seeking an experience, don’t miss your chance to be Deputy for a Day with Sheriff Brian Martin! Preview the wonderful auction packages and register to bid at rcks2021.ggo.bid. Bidding will open at 9:00 am on Friday, May 7th and will close at 9:00 pm on Sunday, May 9th.
The Shade Canyon School charter petition is now available for interested parents to sign from May 4 until May 18 at Studebakers Coffee Shop and Deli on Main Street in Kelseyville or at Mo’s Fusion Café, the drive-thru next to Store 24 in Middletown. To sign, parents may request the Shade Canyon petition clipboard. If unable to sign in person, parents may also sign the petition online here.
The Sierra Club Lake Group will host the incomparable Dr. Harry Lyons who will talk about Lake County geology at their next community meeting on Thursday, May 27, 2021 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.
Please join Lake County Behavioral Health Services in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month. Launched by Mental Health America in 1949, this is the most highly-recognized mental health awareness event in the United States. Last year, Mental Health Awareness Month media and materials were used and seen by over 230 million Americans.
Hospice Services of Lake County is planning its annual Wings of Hope three-day camp for families with children ages 5 years and older who have experienced the death of a loved one. The free camp is scheduled for Monday, June 21, through noon on Wednesday, June 23, at a beautiful local resort.
Hospice Services of Lake County is seeking volunteers to support patients, their loved ones and caregivers who are receiving comfort care at the end-of-life’s journey. Patient and family volunteers visit patients a few hours a week in their homes and provide companionship, light housekeeping, reading, respite while a caregiver goes shopping, and other activities that meet the family’s needs.
On Sunday, May 2, we will be enjoying the warmth of spring in front of the Trolley Stage. The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing our favorite tunes in a COVID safe setting. The music starts at noon and goes to 2 pm. The BBQ will be hot and a slice of pie will satisfy the sweet tooth. The Raffle basket theme will be “Let’s Get Gardening”! Be sure to check out the Treasure & Merchandise tables too.
On Saturday, May 1, 2021, local nonprofit Shade Canyon School will host its first-ever May Faire from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Peace & Plenty Farm, 4550 Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville, to celebrate Spring and give supporting families a chance to sign Shade Canyon School’s charter petition. Admission and activities are free.
Caltrans recently announced the City of Lakeport was awarded approximately $260,000 of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds. The grant award is part of a $227 million federal grant package awarded to California for important safety projects designed to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on city and county roads.
This year the Lake County community members came out in force, submitting 79 nominations in 22 categories! The wonder of this program is learning about all the outstanding efforts of so many making Lake County such a wonderful place. Many of the entities nominated each year would remain unknown to our greater population without the Stars Program. Chamber CEO Melissa Fulton states, ‘this is the highlight of each year, to find out about all these hidden secrets of Lake County.’
The Area Agency on Aging of Mendocino and Lake Counties is currently recruiting community members interested in joining the new “Seniors Thriving” committee dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of seniors in our local communities. The first meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, May 20, at 3:00 p.m.
The Rio Grande Borderland Ministries is sponsoring an online event called Canvas of Hope on to raise awareness and monetary support for shelters in Juȧrez and Ojinaga, Mexico that are becoming models for refugee centers worldwide. The even will be held on May 1, 2021 at 1:00 to 2:30 MST.
Show your cat how much it is loved, and at the same time protect birds and wildlife, by providing fresh air and outdoor enrichment in a “catio” or cat enclosure/patio. Life expectancy for an indoor cat can reach 15 years compared to a feral cat’s 3-5 years. A catio, or cat patio, allows your cat to explore the sights, sounds and smells of the great outdoors. Anyone with a window can have a catio!
At the end of April, five of the finest jazz and blues musicians in Northern California, called the WAMMY Quintet, will record a “Concert with Conversation” in the Tallman Hotel Meeting House for the benefit of the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. The show will be broadcast to ticketholders on SUNDAY MAY 2 at 3 PM and will be available to them for a two-week period thereafter. Access to the show can be purchased at the Soper Reese Theatre website for a donation of $10 or more. One hundred percent of the concert proceeds go to support the final construction project and post-pandemic re-opening of the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport.
The Sitka Rose Band has just released a new album, “Miracle Year: Songs from the Land of the Valley Fire.” Like many creative projects in 2020, “Miracle Year” is a hothouse project, literally. This music was conceived around the time of the 2015 Valley Fire in Lake County, gestated in the aftermath of wildfire evacuation, and has come to completion in the time of COVID-19.
Artists and community members interested in participating in the EcoArts Sculpture Walk at Trailside Park in Middletown are encouraged to submit proposals by Tuesday, April 20. For this 15th year of the Sculpture Walk, the primary purpose remains supporting revitalization of the land and mending of damaged ecosystems within a local natural preserve that was damaged in the 2015 Valley Fire. Work should relate to the natural environment and integrate the spirit and materials of the park and of Lake County. Trees and flora are coming back with vitality.