Grillin’ on the Green Returns to Lakeport

Some of the best grillers in Lake County will fire up their barbecues and pit their skills against one another Saturday, Aug. 7, in one of the hottest contests this summer, and the public is invited to help choose the winners. Attendees will enjoy samples and cast votes for their favorite grillers while supporting improvements at Westside Community Park at this year’s “Grillin’ on the Green,” returning after the Covid-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 event.

Clearlake Soapbox Derby Seeks Participants

Racers are wanted for the City of Clearlake’s Soap Box Derby. Happening this Sept. 11, 2021 at Dam Rd. Extension. Line up and Inspections start at 7:30am. For more information, contact Tina Viramontes at (707)994-8201 x 131 or

Get Ready For the Big Valley, Small Farms Tour – September 19

Save the date for a glorious Sunday drive visiting a group of small farms located close to each other in Lake County between Lakeport and Kelseyville, CA. Each farm is unique in presenting award-winning, nationally recognized certified organic produce, fruit, olive oils, event venues, and farm stays. On this day we will pull back the curtain and show you behind the scenes of what they offer. Meet and greet the owners of our farms. Leave as friends. Explore and experience the eat healthy social movement known as “farm to fork”.

Fueling Support for Armed Services

The hottest cars, trucks, military vehicles and vintage RVs will gather in downtown Lakeport after a year’s absence as the Old Time Machines for Operation Tango Mike car show returns with a new name on Saturday, August 14, surrounding Library Park. The annual car show skipped last year due to Covid but this year comes back to Library Park in Lakeport. There will be plenty of eye candy as registrations are coming in from all over the west coast with great cars, trucks, bikes and vintage RVs. 

Lakeport Encourages Summer Water Conservation

Water resources are vital for our community. As we head toward the middle of summer during historic drought conditions, the City of Lakeport wants to urge our residents and businesses to conserve water as much as possible. Summer’s rising temperatures coincide with rising outdoor water use, primarily due to an increase in lawn and landscape watering.

Farmers’ Market Moves Back to Steele Wines August 7th

For those of you who may not know, we had to move from the winery to the hot and dusty field when we opened our season last year, due to Steele Wines not opening up during the pandemic. Jed Steele retired in 2020 and eventually sold his winery to Clay and Angie Shannon. While we enjoyed our location at the fairgrounds, especially as it allowed for us to make the bold move in becoming a year-round market, moving back to Steele has distinct advantages.

2021 Clearlake Photo Contest – Living the Lake Life

The City of Clearlake is excited to announce the 2021 Photo Contest. This year’s theme is the City’s motto, “Living the Lake Life.” We want to see what Living the Lake Life means to YOU! We are looking for photos that focus on activities, events, and people in the City of Clearlake. Whether it’s fishing at Highlands Park, celebrating July 4th watching the parade down Lakeshore Drive, or eating at our great local restaurants, share your photos!

Support Shakespeare at the Lake!

Donations are being accepted for student scholarships for Summer Session fees and to support stipends for the technicians providing scenic design, costumes, music and video production, and ticket services.  Contributions of any amount may be sent to:  Lake County Friends of Mendocino College, 2565 Parallel Drive, Lakeport CA 95453.  Suggested categories are:  Royalty, $500; Gentry, $250; Merchant, $100; and Yeoman, $50.  Checks should be made payable to Mendocino College.

Tourism Board Hires Brian Fisher as Executive Director

The Lake County Tourism Improvement District (LCTID) board of directors has entered into a contract with a founding board member as its first executive director for the organization. Brian Fisher, a Kelseyville hospitality business owner, has resigned from the board to assume these responsibilities.

Lake County Chamber of Commerce Selects Laura McAndrews Sammel as New Chief Executive Officer

After an open search, on July 12, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Chamber voted to extend the offer of Chief Executive Officer to Laura McAndrews Sammel, which she accepted on July 16, 2021. Laura has numerous college degrees, including her MBA from Western Governors University. She leaves her role as CFO/Executive HR and Leadership Coach at Combs Consulting to embark on this new challenge.

Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Ely Stage Stop Museum

It’s finally here, the Tenth Anniversary of the opening of the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum and we have been working hard to present an exciting day of good old fashioned music, food and FUN. The date is Saturday, July 17th. The gates will open at 10 am with Dignitaries and Founding Members gathering at 1 pm to commemorate the occasion.

Calling Grillers and Sponsors for “Grillin’ on the Green”

Grillers are needed to help fire up the annual “Grillin’ on the Green” event, returning this year following its cancellation in 2020 due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Grillers are invited to once again compete in the barbecue cook-off that highlights the family fun activity. Sponsors are also sought and will be recognized at the event. The 11th annual “Grillin’ on the Green” cook-off, presented by the Westside Community Park Committee (WCPC) and Grillin’ on the Green Organizing Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 5:00-7:30 p.m., at Westside Community Park.

Beat the Heat at Lake County’s Libraries and Peer Support Centers

Triple-Digit Temperatures are forecast today-Tuesday of next week, and many members of our communities will be seeking opportunities to escape the heat. For some, County Library Branches and Peer Support Centers may be a great option. While none of these are formal cooling centers, and capacity is limited at each site, they are invaluable community resources when temperatures climb.

All’s Well That Ends Well is Coming Soon!

The Lake County Theatre Company and Mendocino College, the producers of the Shakespeare at the Lake project, look forward to putting on a live show again next summer. In the meantime, they hope you will tune in to this fabulous online play, chock full of talent from all over North America. Virtual performances will take place Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 at 7pm, and Sunday, July 25 at 2pm. Visit to reserve your free tickets and to obtain all the log-in information. This production is made possible with generous support from the Lake County Friends of Mendocino College and the cities of Clearlake and Lakeport.

It’s Summer! Time for the Rodeo

7pm each night is the opening of the CCPRA sanctioned professional rodeo with the Grand Entry during which the 2021 Grand Marshal, Bob Anton will enter the arena on a wagon drawn by beautiful Percheron horses. Bob just turned 101 on July 3rd and is joined by several family members on this occasion. A sight to behold is all the CCPRA competitors being led into the arena by the Clear Lake Junior Horsemen Drill Team.

Watch the Cutest Cowpoke Competition at the Rodeo

Rodeo is for all ages, and on July 9 at the 90th Annual Lake County Rodeo, the Cutest Cowpoke Competition takes place between 6 and 7pm at the Fairgrounds in Lakeport. This contest is open to boys and girls, ages 3 to 8, no limit on the number of entries. The Clear Lake Junior Horsemen and the Scotts Valley 4H sponsor the Cutest Cowpoke Competition. You will also see the Clear Lake Junior Horsemen each evening as they perform their very excellent Drill Team routines.

Tarin Benson and Justin Gaddy Appointed to First 5 Lake Commission

At the June 22nd meeting of the County of Lake Board of Supervisors, two new commissioners were appointed to the First 5 Lake Commission; Tarin Benson is the Coordinator of Student Services for Konocti Unified School District, and Justin Gaddy is the Program Manager for Hope Rising Lake County. Both appointees will each serve two-year terms as at-large commissioners. Ms. Benson qualified for consideration as a commissioner as a representative of a local school district, and Mr. Gaddy qualified as a parent of a young child, under the age of six, and recipient of project services included in the First 5 Lake strategic plan.

Don’t Let Earthquakes Catch You Off Guard: Sign up for Free Earthquake Warnings

Earthquake Warning California is managed by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and is the country’s first publicly available, statewide warning system. The warning system is designed to give California residents a few moments warning to take cover before shaking occurs. To receive earthquake warnings, Californians can download the free MyShake App, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

MAC New Logo Competition Offering $500 Prize

The premiere art gallery and destination of Lake County, the Middletown Art Center is entering its lucky 7th year, and officially transforming into the MAC For Lake County! As part of its renaissance, everyone (artist or not) is invited to enter a design for the new MAC branding, with a first prize of $500 dollars! The winning design will be the model for a new MAC logo, which will be installed as a sign on the MAC’s home at the junction of Highways 175 and 29 – the most traveled intersection in South Lake County.


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