Every spring, we celebrate students as they move to a higher level of education or into the workforce. It’s a time-honored tradition and most years, speeches sound a lot like they did the year before because students have had similar experiences. Not this year.
Continuing its mission to develop and support small businesses, The Hands Up Lake County Competition has announced an increase in prize money from $50,000 in 2021 to $85,000 in 2022. In addition, they have created a new category, Best Startup Business, with a $10,000 prize awarded to an exclusively new business idea.
Barry “The Fish” Melton brings his all-star band back to Lake County on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 PM outside at Cache Creek Vineyards and Winery for a benefit for KPFZ, Lake County Community Radio. Cache Creek Winery has donated the venue to KPFZ and is located at 250 New Long Valley Road, just off Highway 20, 2.5 miles East of the Clearlake Oaks roundabout. The gate opens at 1:00 PM. Bring lawn chairs. There is no advance ticket sales, just $20 admission at the winery. There will be wine, beer, water, and food for sale.
The Sierra Club Lake Group will host award-winning artist, April Lynch, on the diverse species of oak trees native to this region at their next community meeting on Thursday, May 26, 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.
Local author, Jordan O’Halloran, will begin teaching weekly writing workshops at the Main Street Gallery in Lakeport. Beginning Saturday, May 28th, 2022, her writing workshops will be offered to the public every week on Saturdays from 11 am to 1 pm for $10 per class. Registration is not required.
In response to the nationwide shortage of infant formula, Lake County Health Services and First 5 Lake County are issuing recommendations to families for easing the impacts of the shortage and obtaining appropriate substitutions. At this time, if you believe the availability of your preferred infant formula or infant’s feeding routine is at risk of being impacted as a result of this event, you are advised to consult with your pediatrician regarding any potential changes.
California’s graduation season has begun, and it’s important that all celebrants understand the public safety risks associated with helium-filled metallic balloons. If your graduation celebration involves balloons, make sure they are secured with a weight. Unweighted balloons can float away and come into contact with overhead power lines, causing power outages and public safety risks.
After qualifying at their Spring Regional Leadership Conference in late February, seven students from the Kelseyville High School (KHS) Advanced Culinary Arts class joined about 700 other attendees at the 75th annual California Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference held April 23–26 in Riverside, California. All KHS students received either gold, silver, or bronze seals in recognition of their scores. KHS senior Karina Sonato placed third in State for her charcuterie board.
One of the most important safety tips shared by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is to treat all downed powerlines as if they are energized and keep away. Circumstances, however, can become more complicated if a powerline is in the path of an evacuation route. “It’s very unusual for a powerline to make contact with a vehicle, but should that occur, we want our customers to be prepared with the knowledge that can save their lives,” said Frank Fraone, PG&E public safety specialist. “This is especially important when discussing evacuation plans with your family and friends since wildfires and earthquakes can cause powerlines to fall.”
Dry vegetation is required to be abated at least once between May 1 and June 1 each year. The weed abatement standards are not a one-time observance. A property owner will likely need to remove dry vegetation on their property more than once during the year.
Phil Mammano of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 88 of Lake County, instructed Boy Scout Troop 226 and their parents from Walnut Creek, California, on canoe boating safety at Clear Lake State Park.
“Welcome to the 38th annual catfish derby” Locke announced. “One thing we know for certain – while this is arguably the biggest catfishing derby west of the Mississippi – we know it is the largest fishing event of any kind, ever, on Clear Lake!” We appreciate your continued support – all nine hundred and fifty seven of you who entered the derby this year – and your families.”
After two years away, The Lake County Arts Council will host performers from around the county to share their love of dance with the community. The 41st Annual Spring Dance Festival hits the stage at the MAC Theatre at Clear Lake High School on May 21 at 1 and 6 PM. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Admission is $15, and tickets are available at lakearts.org.
The 20th annual Home Wine & Beer Makers’ Festival, a major fundraiser for the Lake County Symphony Association takes place from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Library Park in Lakeport. Homebrewers and garage winemakers throughout Northern California are invited to participate and supply samples of their products to the public. They also have a chance to win a coveted “Peoples’ Choice” award for their homemade beverages, voted on by event attendees.
The Lake County Weed Management Area is delighted to announce that after a two-year break we are again able to host our annual “Invasive Weeds Tour.” This year’s event will be held on May 25th, at Anderson Marsh State Historical Park. The weather will probably be pleasant and many weeds are likely to still be in flower. As always this event is free and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) held a virtual reception with students from California’s Fifth District who submitted pieces of art to his 2022 Congressional Art Competition. At the reception, Thompson celebrated all of the artists and announced the finalists from each county and the grand prize winner alongside a panel of judges.
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.
The floral design class from the Middletown High School will present colorful flowered wreaths in honor of our Veterans who have given so much for our Country.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Maintaining an active lifestyle is vital to our long-term health. Having options, and a variety of fitness activities, particularly if they are relatively close to where we live, can help each of us more consistently make positive choices. The County of Lake, in collaboration with the Cities of Lakeport and Clearlake and the Lake County Office of Education, invites your input regarding the future of recreational amenities in our region.
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) presented a $450,000 check to Lake County officials for the Kelseyville Sidewalk Project to create one continuous sidewalk along Konocti Road in Kelseyville. This funding will help the county implement the Safe Routes to School program.
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.
In the past two years, Lake County has lost a significant amount of trees. From Middletown to Upper Lake, brown branches fill the hillsides. Large sections of trees stand dead, serving as kindling to fuel Lake County’s already fire-prone environment. District 5 Supervisor Jessica Pyska recently flew over the affected areas. “I expected to see double mortality of trees,” she said. “And I can’t even quantify what I saw. But by the end of summer, it will be tenfold what it is now.” That’s why immediate action is needed.