The planning for the popular fundraising event known as the “Biggest Catfish Tournament West of the Mississippi” is in full swing, and the 2023 Derby is expected to be another successful event. Online entries are being accepted. In-person registration starts at noon on May 18. Derby fishing starts at noon on May 19 and ends at noon on May 21.
On Friday, February 10th, at 6:00 PM in Kelseyville, there will be a public showing of the documentary by Cato’s Institute project on Poverty and Inequality in California.
Adventist Health Clear Lake Hospital is excited to announce the opening of its new Rapid Care clinic on January 9. Located at 15230 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 101 in Clearlake, hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Rapid Care will provide walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries, treating patients 60 days and older.
The Lake County Library is set to launch its 2023 NEA Big Read programming in February for the first time since pre-COVID 2018. The NEA Big Read will commence with a kickoff event at the Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College in Clearlake on February 9, 2023, from 12-2 pm. The kickoff event will feature an information session, free copies of the NEA Big Read book, and an open forum to celebrate love stories and language. District Supervisors will be joining college and library staff and the public for the kickoff event.
The Soper Reese Theater, Sierra Club Lake Group, and Middletown Art Center invite the public to a special screening and conversation with Filmmaker Luke Grisworld-Tergis, about his award-winning documentary film Pleistocene Park. The screening will take place on Jan 29 at 2:30 pm at the Soper Reese Theatre. Get tickets in advance at Soperreesetheatre.com, free/by donation, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.
The California State Parks Clear Lake Sector has announced the 2023 schedule for 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. Guided nature walks will be held on the second Saturday of each month in 2023. The walks begin at 8:30 am. Parking is free for those attending. No pets are permitted on the park trails.
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) presented a check for $2,000,000 to the City of Clearlake for the Clearlake Burns Valley Sports Complex and Recreation Center project. This funding was secured in the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill.
The first meeting of 100+ Women Strong in Lake County of the New Year will take place at the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (doors opening at 5:30 p.m.) Come and enjoy all the excitement and meet your new Steering Committee: Michele Carson, Gretchen Ferguson, Kim Darnell, and Nancy Johnson. There will be mingling, networking, food and beverages, and, most importantly, at the end of the night, a local Lake County charity will be selected to receive a very generous donation that is made possible by women of Lake County.
Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference invites Scholarship and Master Class applications through February 15, 2023 for its in-person annual summer conference. The 2023 conference includes morning workshops in 10 genres plus a juried Master Class, as well as afternoon seminars.
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-04) presented a check for $988,600 to Lake County for the Lakeport Armory Facility Repurposing Project. This funding was secured in the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill.
The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $14,250 to Lake County Arts Council as part of its Arts Integration program in its second round of funding for 2022.
A message from Jeremy Jernigan, musician and instructor at Mendocino College: Hello Lake County Community! My name is Jeremy Jernigan, and I was born and raised here in our beautiful Lake County. I am a musician and music teacher here at Mendocino College Lake Center in Lakeport. I have been teaching our music courses here for nearly 20 years and I am very passionate about keeping music alive in our community. I am teaching Jazz and Rock History (MUS 209) on Thursdays from 12-3 pm and Piano Class (MUS 210) on Fridays from 10 am-1:30 pm. These classes start on the first week of February. The college’s phone number is (707) 263-4944. If you have any questions, my phone number is (707) 245-0627. The second way to show support is by spreading the word and letting others know. Please help me with this as I am only one person, but I believe strongly in the value of music and its presence in our lives and culture. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and let’s pull together to keep music education alive in our beloved Lake County!
The IMPRINTS exhibit invites us to journey into experiences that leave lasting impressions as we reflect upon memories that have the power to both hold us captive and set us free. Be they traumatic or cathartic, these imprints stay with us and leave us changed. From birth to death, there are myriad events, some small and some monumental, that change who we are and how we see the world. IMPRINTS speak to the happenings that, although personal, are also human and universal: love, fear, triumph and grief.
After a two-year hiatus, Upper Lake High School’s Academic Decathlon, an event showcasing students’ learning and ability to think quickly, is now happening live. They are currently seeking volunteers for the following:
1. Judging speeches and interviews
3. Assistance with travel expenses
The first annual Lake County Restaurant Week will span the week of February 5th to 11th. Coordinated by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, residents will be encouraged to try a new restaurant around the lake – restaurants from every corner of the County will participate with prix-fixe menu, small plates, or feature Lake County produce or product at a discounted price.
The Sierra Club Lake Group will host recently appointed Lake County Community Development Director, Mireya Turner, at their next community meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 6:00 PM. Turner will discuss her plans and future directions for the department and be available to answer questions from community members.
The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild is sponsoring a class this winter, “Beginning Quilting 2.” In this class, participants will learn how to create a traditional Maple Leaf pattern. Quilters will learn how to piece half-square triangles, applique, and setting blocks with sashing. Kerrie Hershey, formerly the owner of Kerrie’s Quilting, teaches this class. Some sewing/quilting experience is recommended.
On December 21, 2022, the City of Clearlake received a $10,000 donation from the Lake County Wine Alliance to support the Clearlake Youth Center remodel project.
Since taking over the Clearlake Youth Center in October 2022, City staff have been working on an extensive remodel, including replacing kitchen equipment and flooring, painting, and all-new activity equipment.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 pm, Redbud Audubon will present a Zoom program on the explosive growth of Barred Owl populations in the Northwest and their impacts on Spotted Owls. Barred owls have been increasing in forests from Northern California to British Columbia for several decades and are now imperiling Northern Spotted Owls throughout their range. The newcomers outcompete the smaller owls for both territory and prey.
The Clear Lake Trowel and Trellis Garden Club will meet at 12 noon, Tuesday, January 17 at the Lakeport Scotts Valley Women’s Club House at 2298 Hendricks Road. Cookies, finger food veggies, coffee and tea will be provided. The featured speaker will be Wil Gonzales demonstrating the art of flower arranging. For 30 years, Wil has been creating unique and thoughtful floral designs for all sorts of special occasions. His talented team has worked at the White House and takes part in the Rose Parade every year. He also participates as a floral artist each year in San Francisco at the Bouquet to Art in Golden Gate Park at the de Young Museum.
The Lake County Library’s Winter Reading Challenge begins Friday, January 13. The library is hosting the Winter Reading Challenge as a fun way for residents to challenge themselves to read more in the New Year. Reading has a host of benefits that can have a positive impact on life. The library has programs for pre-K, kids, teens, and adults. Children who can’t quite read on their own can still sign up and parents can record the books that they read together.
On Friday, January 6th, at 6:30 PM, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lake County, in partnership with the Kelseyville United Methodist Church, launch a documentary film series. We will show the documentary: The Age of Mankind
Lake County Theatre Company is bringing laughter to the stage with its first show in 2023. Fishwrap, by Ben Bromley, is a hysterical comedy about the struggles of a small-town newspaper to survive in the digital age. While management tries to keep the “Independent” afloat, the news staff works to break a story that will ruffle feathers in the community. Along the way, the audience meets colorful characters inspired by the playwright’s decades in the newspaper business.
The Lake County Library’s Adult Literacy Program has scheduled an in-person Tutor Training for the New Year. The free training will take place from 10 am to 3 pm on Thursday January 12th, 2023, at the Lakeport Library.
The Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) is pleased to announce that it has signed a set of long-term Purchase Agreements with the Geysers Power Company, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, to supply renewable geothermal energy and capacity to the City of Santa Clara’s public power utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP), and potentially other NCPA members, for the period of 2025-2036.