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Sounds of Liberation Featuring Andre Williams, Hosted by Clovice Lewis at Andre’s Lounge and on Zoom

Middletown Art Center (MAC) presents the fourth and final Sounds of Liberation conversation, this time with singer, songwriter Andre Williams on Saturday, November 12th, 5:30 pm at Andre’s Lounge in Lakeport and on Zoom. Williams, R&B vocalist, songwriter, producer and local entrepreneur, will be hosted by Clovice Lewis, composer, musician, educator, and social justice advocate from Upper Lake in a conversation about race and music. The evening includes an intimate performance by Williams and Lewis and an opportunity for audience questions. Doors open at 5:15 pm.

The Loch Lomond Community Firewise Project – A Huge Success

The Loch Lomond Community Firewise Committee would like to extend a “huge thank you” in appreciation to those who volunteered this past Saturday to complete a fuel reduction and defensive space project at a residence within our subdivision. The “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” event was extremely successful and met the initial and more of the committee goals, including making our neighborhood safer and reducing the fire risk for our community.

Lake County Land Trust’s Rodman Preserve is Open Saturdays from 10 – 2

The Lake County Land Trust’s Rodman Preserve at 6350 Westlake Dr. near Upper Lake continues to welcome visitors. On Saturdays, hours will change from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Volunteers have noticed that most people prefer arriving later in the day during the colder months, so an effort is being made to accommodate them. The preserve offers a moderate one-and-a-half mile walk where visitors will see birdlife and even some mammals like foxes and coyotes.

County Library Offers New Paid Literacy Positions

The Lake County Library is pleased to announce two new program opportunities for its Literacy Program. With recent approval for an English as a Second Language grant from the California Library Literacy Services, the Library will implement a new ESL program for adult English Language Learners to learn to read, write, and speak in English. The ESL program will offer one-on-one tutoring, small group classes, conversation club, and more. To implement this program, the Library is hiring for a bilingual Library Technician who will coordinate the program. Interested candidates can review the job posting and apply at http://jobs.lakecountyca.gov/.
The coordinator will work up to 16 hours per week. The application closes on November 7th at 5 p.m.

Lake County Library Offers Digital Newspaper Collection

The Lake County Library is happy to announce the immediate availability of its new digital newspaper collection, titled America’s News. This collection is available to all library patrons and is updated daily. America’s News provides online access to current and archived issues of over 3,000 full-text newspapers, including The Lake County Record-Bee, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Anderson Marsh Reforestation Project Update at Sierra Club Lake Group’s Next Community Meeting

The Sierra Club Lake Group will host Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) board member Henry Bornstein at their next community meeting on Thursday, November 10, 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.

State Parks Announces Anderson Marsh Nature Walk Schedule for Remainder of the Year

The California State Parks Clear Lake Sector has announced the schedule for the remainder of this year’s guided nature walks at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The leisurely walks are led by volunteer State Parks docents on a 3-mile trail over mostly level terrain. There is no charge for the guided nature walks, and parking is free for those attending.

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, depending on the scale and budget of the proposed work, which includes materials, artist’s labor, installation needs, and any necessary travel expenses. Proposals with interactive components are encouraged.

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.

Contemporary Native American Art Exhibit Opens This Saturday at Middletown Art Center

The public is invited to the opening reception of Earth Sky and Everything in Between – an exhibit of contemporary Native American art curated by acclaimed Pomo basket weaver and cultural educator Corine Pearce. The exhibit opens at Middletown Art Center (MAC) this Saturday evening July 9th, from 6-8:30pm. An introduction and blessing will take place around 6:30pm. This is the first exhibit of its kind in Lake County.

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.

Free Personalized Home Risk Assessment Program Offered in the Cobb Mountain Area

The current drought is making many homeowners interested in reducing the likelihood of damage to their homes during a potential wildfire, but they may lack informed guidance on where to start, and in what order.  The Seigler Springs Community Redevelopment Association (SSCRA), a Cobb area-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is offering free personalized home risk assessments during 2022 with potential, qualified funding assistance for homeowners to address hazardous fire fuels starting in Loch Lomond and Salmina Meadows.  

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.

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. 

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