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Hospice Services of Lake County Hosts Free Eight-Week Grief and Loss Group 

Hospice Services of Lake County is beginning another series of meetings to help adults who have experienced the death of a significant person either recently or in the past. Recognizing there is not just a single way through grief, 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 June 9.

WIC Scheduling Notice for June 2022

Due to the formula shortage, WIC has Temporary Options for Powdered Infant Formula. California WIC now has over 100 different baby formula options to purchase with the California WIC Card. WIC has added as many options as possible to increase the chance families can find formula in stores.  

Lake County Vet Connect Members Host Mobile Stand Down Outreach Event

Lake County Vet Connect members will host a quarterly mobile Stand Down, an outreach event for local veterans who are homeless or experiencing uncertain housing. The event will take place on Thursday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church located at 5340 Third Street in Kelseyville. Veterans must provide their ID cards or DD Forms 214.

Adult Literacy Program Schedules Virtual Tutor Training

The Lake County Library’s Adult Literacy Program has scheduled a new Virtual Literacy Tutor Training for June 2022. The training consists of two 2-hour sessions on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, and Thursday, June 30, 2022. The training will take place on Zoom from 11 am to 1 pm for both required sessions. They will be hosted by the Adult Literacy Program Coordinator, Georgina Marie Guardado, and facilitated by Lake County Literacy Coalition Board Member and Literacy Tutor Pam Klier.

County Library Annual Summer Reading Challenge to Begin

The Lake County Library’s annual summer reading challenge begins Saturday, June 4. This year the theme is to “Read beyond the Beaten Path.” By signing up for summer reading with the library, children, teens, and adults can win various prizes, including stickers, small toys, a Kindle Fire tablet, or local business gift cards. 

Lake County Winegrape Commission Announces New Advertising Campaign

The Lake County Winegrape Commission is “raising a little dust” with the introduction of a new advertising campaign, taking a slightly different approach from the expected wine industry messages. Slated to appear in the June/July California edition of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, a full-page ad taps directly into the “disruptive” volcanic nature and overall rugged personality of the region.

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

In partnership with Lake County Tribal Health, Adventist Health Clear Lake, and 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.

Middletown Pool Opening June 4th

The Lake County Public Services Department is excited to announce that Middletown Pool located at 20962 Big Canyon Rd. will open on June 4, 2022.  The hours of operation will be noon to 5:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. 

Metamorphosis In The Oaks: The 2022 Catfish Derby

On the shores of our highly productive ancient lake, the little town of Clearlake Oaks transforms once a year when the best catfishing tournament west of the Mississippi draws hundreds of fishing enthusiasts and their families into town for the ever-popular Catfish Derby. The traffic along state highway 20 through the Clearlake Oaks community gets heavy at times but increases substantially at Derby time as trucks hauling fishing boats line up to check in for the 3-day Derby. “It gets pretty congested, but nobody complains,” said Dennis Locke, the Catfish Derby Committee Chairman. “It’s like a festival setting in any small rural town, where people gather and excitement builds in anticipation of a grand finale. In the case of the Derby, the grand finale occurs on the last day at noon, when the announcement ceremony draws a huge crowd.”

Book to Action A Success in Lake County

In partnership with Blue Zones Project Lake County, the Lake County Library hosted several discussions, cooking classes, and walking groups all designed to help patrons apply the principles of The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People by Dan Buettner. All events were free to the public, and free copies of the book were made available to the public. 

Enjoy Tea and Poetry with County Poet Laureate and Studio 127

Tea & Poetry is open to everyone, whether you’re new to poetry or an experienced writer, a fan of reading poetry, or a complete beginner to any creative writing. Email georgina.marie@hotmail.com with any questions or to RSVP. A suggested donation of $10 is requested however no one is turned away due to lack of funds. Seating is limited to 8 spaces.

This May, Everyone Can Do Something to Help Kids in Foster Care

Growing up in Clearlake, Hope Forti saw the power of community to help people get through the struggles of life. Cancer, postpartum, wildfires: Lake County people know how to show up for each other. When she became a foster mom in 2015, she saw the heightened need for small acts of support to help families persevere through the challenges of mental illness and traumatic childhoods. Hope founded The Neighbors Program in 2018, and brought it to Lake County through a partnership with Lake County Department of Social Services. You can hear the full story on Michelle Scully’s Gathering podcast here. The vision is simple: Matching families who feel isolated with volunteer “Neighbors” who show up to say “You’re not alone.” Delivering meals, groceries, or care packages to one specific family for six months, Neighbors build a friendship through encouraging visits and phone calls. Neighbors often match with foster and adoptive families, and others struggling with mental health needs amid the pressures of raising kids.

Shade Canyon to Host May Faire

On Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Shade Canyon School will host its second annual May Faire at Peace & Plenty Farm, 4550 Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville. A beloved tradition at many Waldorf schools, May Faire celebrates Spring with old-fashioned fun including flower crown making, Maypole ribbon dances, strawberry shortcakes, and games.

Lake County Hot Ones: “Brew, Sip, and Burn” Tickets Now Available

Lake County Hot Ones is back again for another “not your parent’s fundraiser” raising money for nine local Lake County non-profits. The format involves an interviewer host and nine guests representing nine non-profits eating seven chicken wings (or an alternative if the guest is vegetarian/vegan), each prepared with a progressively hotter hot sauce. Yes, based on the hit show, Hot Ones.

Mendocino College Lake Center Hosts College Day

On Thursday, March 17, the Mendocino College Lake Center hosted their first campus event in over two years. Nearly 200 students from Kelseyville High School, Clear Lake High School, Upper Lake High School, Terrace Middle School, and Mountain Vista Middle School were able to attend College Day to explore the Lakeport campus while meeting with college staff and faculty representing a variety of support services and educational programs. The focus of the event was to provide potential incoming college students with information about the many career paths possible through an education at Mendocino College. 

Applications Now Being Accepted for Annual Small Business Competition

Lake County small businesses and start-ups are encouraged to apply online for the 3rd Annual “Hands Up Lake County, 2022” competition. The business competition involves several steps. From the pool of applications submitted, twelve applicants and two alternates will be selected to advance to a 1-day workshop and mini-competition where Judges will select six applicants to take part in a final competition on November 5, 2022. Cash prizes totaling $85,000 will be awarded. In 2020 and 2021 combined, $75,000 in cash prizes were awarded to 11 small businesses.

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