Lake and Colusa Counties Democratic Party organizations co-hosted Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry on a virtual meeting July 29. The conversation was very informative, with Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry answering questions from an audience of engaged citizens.
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The Community Food Drive Project (CFDP) is a collaboration between several different organizations who are devoted to supporting Lake County throughout the Covid pandemic. With the current surge in local Covid cases, the CFDP is resuming operations. Applications are being accepted at (707) 993-4644 with the first delivery slated for mid-August. The CFDP aims to deliver food directly to the homes of Lake County residents impacted by COVID-19, focusing on those who do not have transportation, are medically vulnerable, symptomatic and/or Covid-positive. The goal of the project is to fill a gap, serving those who are not currently accessing other community food resources. Food is delivered directly to people’s homes by vehicles provided by Lake Transit Authority. Any community member in need of food is encouraged to call (707) 993-4644 or email CFDP@lakecountyca.gov and apply for assistance. Support for Spanish speakers is also available.
With the RV industry in the midst of a huge boom, many Americans are taking to RVing as the only form of safe travel in COVID times. But these novice RVers are discovering the challenges of a new type of experience and many are experiencing serious difficulties. As such, StressLess Camping and Clear Lake Campground have teamed up to offer several two-day workshops for new RVers where owners can bring their own RVs and learn tips, hints and secrets to making the experience more StressLess.
Konocti Vista Casino, Resort and Marina has been working with Bass Tournament Directors, in taking extra steps to ensure participant and public safety during this COVID Pandemic. Although, as concerned community members, we have watched numbers continue to spike in the spread of COVID-19 in California, we feel we need to do our part to assist in lowering the numbers. That is why starting August 15th, 2020, Konocti Vista Casino, Resort and Marina will no longer host any fishing tournaments thru the end of the year. While it was a difficult decision to make, we feel it will allow us to more efficiently maintain social distancing and safety protocols on our property, in an effort to keep our guests, team members, fisherman and community safe.
At one of the last in-person Rotary Club meetings at O’Meara Brothers Brewery preceding the shelter-in-place, Rotarian Jennifer Strong was presented as the Rotary District Governor for 2022-23. In attendance to honor Jennifer was District Assistant Governor Duane Barnes from Middletown, District Governor Kathy Flamson from Calistoga, as well as a multitude of past District Governors from throughout the District.
Expanding its services to residents of Lake County, the Lake Family Resource Center (Lake FRC) will now be overseeing operations of the Lakeport Senior Center. “Seniors comprise almost 25% of Lake County’s overall population,” says Executive Director Lisa Morrow. “While undertaking such an expansion of services in the midst of a pandemic certainly presents its challenges, we are excited to now be serving this important section of our community—especially during these challenging times.”
This message is to assure you that the show goes on and the collaboration between Mendocino College and the Lake County Theatre Company continues in 2020 with a production of Romeo and Juliet on July 24 and 25. Please see the attached poster and note the link to register for the performances, www.lctc.us, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. each evening. Your past support through financial and in-kind donations has been vitally important to successfully presenting these FREE performances to our community. Residents and visitors alike have been delighted to experience Shakespeare at the Lake for the past four years.
The Middletown Community Farmer’s Market and Makers Faire continues at the Middletown Art Center (MAC) this Friday July 24 and every Fridays thereafter through September 25. The market features localfresh organic produce and makers wares including crafts, self-care items, and clothing. Come support your local Farmers and Makers!
First 5 Lake County works to build the early childhood systems and supports needed to ensure Lake County’s children are safe, healthy and ready to succeed in school and life. We cannot achieve this without a network of strong community partners, and employers have never been more crucial collaborators in promoting children’s health and academic achievement than during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to announce the winners of our 2020 Lake County Children’s Champion Employer Awards. Employers were nominated for this award by at least one of their employees for enacting family-friendly policies during the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order. Policies varied across employers, but focused on making sure families had what they needed to be successful during this unprecedented time.
The third session in the Community Call to Action: A Loving Response to Systemic Racism in America series will host guest speaker Joy Chiu, MPA, who will present Committing to Everyone’s Genius and Well-Being: A No-Regrets Strategy for Social Justice and Restorative Economics. The event takes place on Sunday, July 26, 2020, 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. through the Zoom platform. Pre-registration is required.
EcoArts Sculpture Walk is happening a little differently this year due to Covid-19. But, thanks to an award from the National Endowment for the Arts for LOCUS, A Sense of Place, work is currently being co-created and installed at the park. This Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18 from 8-11 am, the public is invited to join Laura Kennedy to co-create an owl and learn some of Laura’s sculpture making techniques.
Having said all this we were extremely excited to bring the event again to Library Park in July which was approved by the City of Lakeport. We made the decision to postpone the event to October 17th however, with the continuing challenges of the COVID pandemic we have now determined that we must cancel Rhythm and Brews for 2020. This was not an easy decision however we will return on July 17, 2021 with Rhythm and Brews, feature many local restaurants, great family owned breweries. Another event produced by the Lake County Chamber is the Annual Seaplane Splash In, 2020 was to be the 41st Annual! We had applied to the City of Lakeport for the permit and provided our COVID compliance program to the City and Dr. Pace. With the latest developments announced by Governor Newsom yesterday and all the continuing concerns about ‘large’ gatherings we are also cancelling the Splash In for 2020. The tentative date for 2021 is September 18th.
The Sierra Club Lake Group will host Sarah Ryan, Deputy Tribal Administrator and EPA Director of the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. via Zoom video conference and live-streamed on Facebook. The presentation, ‘Clear Lake’s Cyanotoxin Monitoring Program: Highlights, Resources, Next Steps’ will reflect the ongoing collaborative effort with Elem Indian Colony since 2014 to assess and address cyanobacteria (commonly called “Blue-Green Algae”) in Clear Lake.
How does the Lake County Library operate? What services does it offer? What would you like to know about the library? A new library service, Zoom with the Director, will offer the public the chance to meet on Zoom with library director Christopher Veach on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Veach says, “Come learn about library services, ask your questions about the library, and share your suggestions. Veach will also highlight a different library service in a short presentation each month.
The Lake County Democratic Party is reaching out to local residents for help in recruiting Democrats who would be good leaders in our community! We need candidates to run for several local offices in the November general election. Think of the people you know (including yourself) who are go-getters – the people that you know the community can count on when there is a need for leadership. Ask them, “Have you ever thought about running for…”
Middletown Art Center (MAC) invites children ages 5-15 to engage in Art for Art’s Sake summer camp. This enriching and fun creative adventure begins July 13 and runs through July 24, Monday thru Friday from 9:30am-12:30pm. The Instructors for this second session of camp at MAC are Jessie Beck, First Grade teacher at Cobb Mountain Elementary and Dance teacher, and Artist Lauren Schneider who has taught Grades K-8 multiple subjects, Art at Lower Lake High School, and Homeschool Art classes at MAC.