Across the country, the movement for equity, community, and justice is growing. Hope Rising Lake County and CA4Health believes that increased collaboration, fostering non-traditional partnerships, and tackling tough challenges together will create impactful, lasting change in California. People Power Change! is a series of virtual workshops focused on advocacy and capacity building.
Get your appetites ready. The annual Dine Out with Hospice returns to Lake County on Thursday, September 24. Dine Out with Hospice is a local tradition that brings restaurants and community members together to support Hospice Services of Lake County. “This year in recognition of the tremendous past support of local restaurants we are encouraging our community to patronize our local restaurants either by dining in, dining outside or taking out meals,” says Hospice Services Community Relations Manager Beth Havrilla. Customers may dine at one of 23 participating restaurants during normal business hours with the option of donating to Hospice Services. Donation envelopes will be located at each restaurant. Proceeds from this fourth annual event will support the Wings of Hope Bereavement program and special needs of Hospice patients.
September 11 marked the beginning of the Lake County Literacy Coalition’s annual fundraising event, “The Virtual Walk/Run for Literacy.” Registration is open through October 1, 2020, and the event can be completed any time through and including October 11. All proceeds go to support the volunteer tutors of the Adult Literacy program and to purchase books to distribute through the Families for Literacy program, to help break the cycle of illiteracy.
Hospice Services of Lake County is offering a four-part workshop series for professionals and community members seeking to be more knowledgeable and skillful in their relationships with those who are experiencing grief from the death of a loved one. The series is designed to meet the variety of needs in our community and is recommended for caregivers, counselors, health care providers, human service professionals, volunteers and anyone else interested.
The Lake County Library today announced plans to expand its personal finance collections following receipt of a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation). The additional tools and resources will help ensure that residents have the information they need when making critical money decisions as they repair, rebuild, and recover following the recent fires and ongoing pandemic. “When disaster strikes, the community comes together,” said Library Director Christopher Veach. “We want everyone to know that the Library is both a welcoming convening place and a location where our families can obtain unbiased information to guide financial choices that will have lasting impact.”
The Sierra Club Lake Group will host a discussion on the Potter Valley Project, a project in response to PG&E’s intention to step away from its small hydroelectric facility at Lake Pillsbury, at their next community meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. The project proposal leaves the future of Scott Dam and Lake Pillsbury very much in doubt. The 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.
The Kelseyville Pear Festival is a one-day celebration of Lake County’s harvest of pears, walnuts, olives, and wine grapes. This has always been a family-focused event that showcases the rich agricultural heritage of many generations. It features a grand parade, historical displays, local businesses, craftsmen, food vendors, musicians, dancers, horses, kids’ town, and community services. This is the best-attended, one-day event in Lake County. Sadly, 2020 has seen traditional community events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And again, Lake County endures horrific fires and weather conditions that make any sort of outdoor event nearly impossible this September.
The challenges of serving the community have become different as the realities of a global pandemic make gatherings and social events are almost a thing of the past. Still, with that in mind, about 40 owners of vintage vehicles gathered at a socially-distant range to spend a Saturday cruising around Clear Lake to raise money for Operation Tango Mike.
The Cobb Area Council announces the first loans have been made to four local businesses through its low-interest loan program. The loans are designed to immediately assist local small businesses utilizing a portion of the funds from the $200,000 AHEAD economic development grant awarded to the Cobb Area Council by the Federal Home Loan Bank late last year. Initially, the loan fund was restricted to Cobb area businesses but due to COVID-19, the fund has recently been expanded to support businesses throughout Lake County.
The County of Lake, in a joint effort with our local partners and state and federal agencies including California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to support residents affected by the LNU Lightning Complex Event. The LAC will be a ‘one-stop’ shop, where individuals and businesses that have suffered disaster-related loss or damage can find assistance and access services all in one place.
The Lake County Chamber of Commerce will be producing a Candidate Forum on Monday, September 14th at 6pm for District 5. Candidates Jessica Pyska and Bill Kearney will be addressing questions provided by you, the public, during this Forum which will be conducted via Zoom and broadcast live on the Chamber’s Facebook page, the County of Lake Facebook page and Lake County PEG Channel 8.
Hospice Services of Lake County has an immediate need for volunteers at thrift store locations in Lakeport, Clearlake, and Middletown. Volunteering in the thrift stores is a rewarding experience for individuals from 16 years of age on up. Volunteers are key to the store operations stocking merchandise, assisting customers with purchases at the cash register and assisting with accepting donations. Stores are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in Clearlake and 9:30 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. in Lakeport with volunteers filling 3-4 hour shifts on the days of their choice.
Users of Clear Lake are advised to use extra caution when operating motor boats around shallow waters and near the shores of Clear Lake during the fall and winter months due to submerged debris near the lake’s surface. Due to low water levels, submerged debris such as rocks, trees, sediments, and other objects can cause significant damage if hit or come in contact with boats operating at normal to significant speed. Lake County Water Resources Department advises boaters to maintain a safe speed and keep a clear line of vision ahead of their vessel, especially in the shallow areas and shoreline of the lake.
The Middletown Art Center (MAC) invites community members to participate in Reframing Trauma: A Therapeutic Drawing and Writing Workshop, this Saturday September 5, from 12:30pm-3:30pm on Zoom. Artist Antje Howard and Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie will guide participants in a drawing and writing workshop to process and reframe trauma into creative expression. This class is the first of MAC’s current Second Responder series. The workshop will include a drawing process, a writing process, and time to share. “Drawing will help us to ground and explore the breadth of the emotions we are feeling at this current time,” explained Antje Howard. “We will use the Neurographica® technique, a simple intuitive drawing process that can help us to see things from a new perspective. No prior art experience is required, and all you need is a piece of paper, thin and thick black markers or pens and colored pencils, markers, or crayons.”
The Old Time Fiddlers’ Jam will once again gather at the Trolley and play some tunes that will get your toes to tappin’! The grounds at the Ely Stage Stop are open from 11 am to 3 pm. The house (museum) is closed to the public due to COVID. The music starts at noon and goes to 2 pm. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 people to arrive. Masks must be worn. Bring your own lawn chair so that you can social distance in the grove.
The Middletown Community Garden is pleased to announce its newly erected, locally made sign. Established in the summer of 2016, one year after the devastating Valley Fire, the Middletown Community Garden was built on a lot generously leased to the NCO Gardens Project by Calpine at The Geysers at no cost. A three year grant from Calpine Corporation aided in garden construction and fund garden needs. Today the garden consists of 35 plots continuously providing fresh food while serving as a safe, healing space for fire survivors and as a reminder that the Middletown Community is rebuilding.
Since so many parents now find themselves learning to be homeschool teachers, the Lake County Library invites them to join Jennifer Mills Kerr in an informative presentation “Inside the Classroom: Empowering Parents, Preparing Students: Essential Skills for High School English.” The presentation will take place September 10 at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. To register, contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-530-2662.
Curious About Mindfulness is a general introductory workshop to mindfulness. A brief history and definition of mindfulness, recent scientific findings, and simple guided exercises including stillness and gentle movement will be explored. The workshop repeats Thursday, September 17, 2020 and Thursday, September 24, 2020. Both workshops are from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
The Lake County Literacy Coalition has turned its annual fundraising event, “The Vineyard Run for Literacy” into “The Virtual Walk/Run for Literacy.” The Coalition invites individuals, friends, and families who enjoy walking and running to participate, and those who aren’t runners or walkers to donate to our effort to increase literacy skills in Lake County. “Virtual events have some real advantages in this time of COVID-19,” says Coalition President, Deb Ehrhardt. “Instead of a large group all running at the same time, the Virtual Walk/Run for Literacy can be completed any time between September 11 and October 11, 2020. And it can be completed anywhere you choose – in your neighborhood, on a trail, in a park, or even inside on a treadmill. All distances are self-timed, and submitting your result is optional.”
The Public Safety Power Shutoff Events of fall 2019 were extremely difficult for Lake County’s communities. As repetitive and overlapping events kept many of the County’s most vulnerable in the dark and disconnected from the outside world, and threatened the viability of area businesses, County residents resoundingly responded this could not be a “new normal” for California. Over the past year, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company has worked to limit the impact of PSPS Events, and harden their energy infrastructure assets against fire risk through their PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program. Their goal is to limit the number and frequency of PSPS Events, and by doing so, limit disruption of California communities. On Tuesday, September 1, at 10am, PG&E Officials will join the Lake County Board of Supervisors to provide an update on their Community Wildfire Safety Program, and respond to your questions.