Music Brings Us Joy and Helps Our Brains: By Camm Linden, D. Mus., LCSA Board President

It’s a fact. Music reduces stress, anxiety, and depression – a quality that is particularly attractive in this moment of lock-down fatigue. The LCSA is proud to be a part of bringing musical joy into the community. It is through your memberships, gifts, donations, sponsorships, and advertising dollars that we are able to provide this service. Please visit our website to explore all of these, and other tax-deductible opportunities to contribute. And, as always – and in keeping with the season – the LCSA is grateful for your continued support.

LCSA Fall/Christmas Concerts Go Virtual This Year: Camm Linden Plays Haydn’s Piano Concerto in November

Members of the Lake County Symphony Association got a taste of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in August in a virtual presentation featuring LCSA Board President Camm Linden. Now, Linden returns to the stage to play all three movements of Haydn’s Concerto in another virtual performance, conducted by John Parkinson. The November concert premieres November 21st at 2pm on Lake County Symphony’s YouTube channel.

Lakeport Community Cleanup Day a Success

The City of Lakeport and the Lakeport Public Works Department express appreciation to all who participated in the Fall Lakeport Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 16. Collection totals reported included: household trash and junk – 10, 360 pounds; appliances and scrap metal – 1,960 pounds; and electronics – 859 pounds.

Enhancing Retail in Lakeport: The Retail Coach Presents Findings

In July of 2019, the City of Lakeport engaged with The Retail Coach to conduct an assessment of the Lakeport area and provide targeted data sets and educational opportunities focused on sustaining and enhancing existing businesses as well as recruiting new ones. The presentations offered over three days will cover retail trends and opportunities in two sessions and retail and franchise opportunities in two separate sessions.  Businesses and residents are encouraged to participate in these two-hour learning discussions. October 26-28, 2021 – Lakeport City Hall
225 Park Street.

October Topic for Redbud Audubon: Cultural Attitudes Toward Owls Around the World Through History

The Oct.  21 program for the Redbud Audubon Society will once again feature Karla Bloem,  Executive Director of the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota. Bloem’s presentation to Redbud last February was met with such enthusiasm that it was decided to ask her to return. The program starts at 7 p.m. and will be a Zoom presentation. Register by clicking on the link on the home page of Audubon’s website:

Officer Katie Hutchins Joins Lakeport Police

The Lakeport Police Department and the City of Lakeport are welcoming Katie Hutchins as the newest police officer on the local force.  She is a Lake County resident and graduate of Middletown High School.  In 2019 she graduated from the Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center Police Academy and has served as a Calistoga police officer.

LCSA Delays String Classes, Community Orchestra Rehearsals Due to Covid Concerns

String classes and rehearsals for the new community orchestra originally scheduled to begin in September have been postponed by the Lake County Symphony Association. Sue Condit, conductor of the LCSA Community Orchestra, said the sign-up date for strings classes has been changed from September to December. Classes and rehearsals will likely start in January of 2022.

October is LGBTQ+ History Month

Each October, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+) History Month.  This observation was created in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school history teacher.  October was selected to coincide with the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (October 14, 1979) and National Coming Out Day, October 11th.

New Baby at the NEST

What do you do if you’re a young mom, struggling to make it, and have no place to turn? In Lake County, the NEST is a welcoming option, offering shelter and opportunities for growth in a supportive learning environment. “A sad societal reality is the need to house those who are experiencing homelessness,” said Tina Scott, President of the Soroptimist International of Clear Lake club. “Young women and their families, often impoverished and in crisis, need a way out. The NEST provides safe-haven, helping 18 to 24-year-old women build confidence and learn the skills needed to make a better life for themselves and their families,” she said.

Public Meeting Seeks Input for Mt. Konocti Park

On Wednesday, October 20th Lake County Parks & Recreation will host a community meeting to solicit input for potential improvements and increased recreational opportunities for Mount Konocti County Park. The meeting will be held at 6pm at the Kelseyville Elementary School multi-use room at 5065 Konocti Rd., Kelseyville, CA. For more information, contact Lars Ewing: Lake County Public Services. Phone: 707-262-1618.

Tallman Hotel Hosts Roadscholars

Bernie Butcher, owner-operator of Tallman Hotel/Blue Wing Saloon, got busy in 2008 and developed a magnificent Lake County wine country tour for  Chris Skarada, a local resident and employee, works with him to bring travelers from all over the country to mix, mingle, and learn everything they can about Lake County wines, wineries, and vineyards. This season’s tour included eighteen travelers from Allentown, PA, Camano Island, WA, Clemson, SC, and Corralitos, CA. 

October 3-9 is Mental Illness Awareness Week

During the first full week of October, Lake County Behavioral Health Services is raising awareness of mental illness.  Every year millions of Americans deal with the reality of living with a mental health condition.  Mental illness affects all of us directly or indirectly, through family, coworkers or friends.  Each day, Lake County Behavioral Health Services staff provide support, fight stigma, advocate for equal care and strive to educate the community around mental health.

Lake County Land Trust Announces Weekly Saturday Self-Guided Walks at Rodman Preserve

The Lake County Land Trust is continuing to open its Rodman Preserve at 6350 Westlake Road for weekly Saturday walks. For the winter schedule gates will open at 9 a.m. when visitors are welcome to arrive. The walk at Rodman Preserve is a moderate walk on well-groomed trails. Total distance is about a mile and half and sturdy walking shoes, water, and hat are highly recommended. Bring your binoculars to enjoy views of songbirds, raptors, and water fowl.

Local Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses Get Ready for the Hands Up Lake County Competition

Hands Up Like County, 2021, a small business competition created to support the local economy, drew 50 applicants this year.  Of these, 19 will compete in a mini competition on October 23rd, where 5 will be selected to advance to the final competition and a chance to win from $20,000 to $4,000.  A total of $50,000 in cash awards plus a “fan favorite” prize and other gifts will be awarded.

$30,000 of New Wildfire Safety Funding Will Benefit Two Agencies Serving Lake County

The California Fire Foundation (CFF) has announced $680,000 in wildfire safety grants to 55 local fire departments, fire agencies and community groups through its Wildfire Safety and Preparedness Program (WSPP). Among the local awardees serving Lake County is the Lake Pillsbury Fire Protection District and the Lemon Aide Project, with each receiving $15,000. 

What’s Up This Week in The Bloom – 9.24.21

Sure, it’s still warm, but this week we tipped into Fall. The grape harvest is in full swing, and the bears are making sure they take full advantage of it. Throughout south Lake County, black bears have been popping up everywhere, fattening for winter. This week, we’re sharing a great article by Kathleen Scavone about our local black bears and their habits. And, if you’re in the woods, here’s a helpful piece of advice: Watch where you step! They’re big animals and leave big markings.
Also, this week author Charise Reynolds interviews local thespian Tim Barnes. If you’ve been to any theatrical event in Lake County, odds are you’ve seen him, either onstage or off. In Charise’s piece, you’ll get to know him a bit better and learn what he’s up to now.
Of course, summer hasn’t left yet, and there’s still plenty of live music to keep you occupied. So kick back, have a great weekend, and stay safe.

Lake County Hot Ones: Not Your Parents’ Fundraiser

Welcome to the Lake County Hot Ones. The format involves an interviewer host and nine “Lake County Community Champions” eating seven chicken wings (or alternative if vegetarian/vegan), each prepared with a progressively hotter hot sauce. “The show with hot questions, and even hotter wings.” After each wing, interviewer, Jennifer Strong, asks her guests an interview question. As the wings get hotter, the guests typically begin to display the effects of eating the spicier wings and the interview becomes less focused on the guests and more so the struggle to finish the wings…and the questions.

“Dine Out with Hospice” Supports Local Restaurants

Dining out at a favorite restaurant can also support your Hospice care provider. The 5th Annual Dine Out with Hospice returns to Lake County on Thursday, Sept. 30. Dine Out with Hospice is a local tradition that brings local restaurants and community members together to support Hospice Services of Lake County.

New “LIGHT” Exhibit Opens at MAC and Virtually this Saturday

Join the MAC this Saturday, September 25th, from 6:00-8:00pm for a hybrid opening reception of LIGHT in-person at the MAC or live-streamed on Zoom. Conversations with artists begin at 6:30. The exhibit speaks to the theme of Light through diverse materials and content. It features work by five artists new to MAC alongside longtime MAC gallery artists and includes Aimee Marcinko’s multi-sensory interactive installation.

Twin Pine Casino & Hotel Raises Minimum Wage for Employees

“As a Tribe and business, we are committed to providing the best wage we can for our dedicated employees. Our employees are the backbone of the casino and we appreciate their hard work,” said Middletown Rancheria Tribal Chairman Jose “Moke” Simon III. “We hope this will help our employees and their families through these difficult times.”  


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