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College Launches New Theatre Season With The Servant of Two Masters

The Mendocino College Center for Visual & Performing Arts is alive with laughter, joy, and energy as the college’s theatre department rehearses its delightful fall production of Carlo Goldoni’s comedic classic The Servant of Two Masters. This new musical adaptation of Goldoni’s hilarious comedy by contemporary playwrights Oded Gross and Tracy Young runs October 20-30 in the college’s Center Theatre on the Ukiah Campus. In this new version, a group of actors struggle to rehearse amidst a dizzying set of obstacles. The play they produce is full of broad physical humor, silly songs, hilarious confusion, and earnest love. Performances will run for two weekends only. 

Falling Leaves Quilt Show: October 1st & 2nd

The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild presents Carrie Fondi as the featured artist at the guild’s 20th annual Falling Leaves Quilt Show. The show will be held in two buildings, Fritch Hall and Little Theatre, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin Street, Lakeport. Show hours are Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Konocti Challenge Cycling Event: The Final Ride

The 30th running of the Konocti Challenge cycling event is set to take place Saturday, October 1st in Lake County for one final time. This cycling event, produced by the Rotary Club of Lakeport, brings in hundreds of cyclists and their guests to participate in this unique and fun, and fitness-oriented event. The ride is staged from the Skylark Shores Resort in Lakeport with the festivities beginning on Friday afternoon with local wine & beer tasting and the rider packet pick-up from 4-7 PM.  This final ride will feature the two “Nostalgia Rides” of 20 miles and 40 miles culminating in the after-ride BBQ and live music. 

National Night Out in Lakeport on October 4 

The Lakeport Police Department is hosting the National Night Out Against Crime in Library Park on Tuesday, October 4, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This community-building partnership brings police and other government agencies together under positive circumstances. This event is being sponsored by local citizens and businesses; many local partner agencies will be present with booths providing important public information and resources.

The Konocti Women’s Service Club Provides Snacks for Teachers

On September 19, 2022, The Konocti Women’s Service Club (KWSC) members Jane Simpson and Kathie Fossa delivered six tote bags full of assorted snacks for the teacher’s break rooms at Riviera Elementary, Kelseyville Elementary, and Mt. Vista Middle School.  Knowing how stressful and hard work goes into teaching our youngsters, the KWSC has made this one of their special projects for the past few years. This service helps our Club to stand by our motto, “For Kid’s Sake.”

Kelseyville Student Awarded Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Program

Kelseyville High School (KHS) is proud to announce that senior Rylan Murray earned the College Board’s National Rural and Small Town Award. College Board is a non-profit organization that connects students with college opportunities through standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, Advance Placement exams, and others. Murray’s award is part of a broader program that provides underrepresented students (in this case, those who live in rural areas) with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications, helping them stand out during the college admissions process. 

Board of Supervisors Proclaims September 2022 as Literacy Awareness Month

The County Board of Supervisors recognized that our county’s greatest resource is its people, and it is in our best interest to help increase the literacy levels of all our citizens. Over the years, the Lake County Library’s Adult Literacy Program has trained well over 1,100 volunteer tutors who, in turn, helped more than 2,000 learners. In addition, if an adult learner has children, the whole family is eligible for services under the Family Literacy Program.

City Launches Business Walk Program City Staff, LEDAC, and Volunteers to Contact Businesses

The Business Walk program in Lakeport is designed to familiarize the business community with the city and other resources available to them. City staff and members of the Lakeport Economic Development Advisory Committee (LEDAC) contact local owners and managers, allowing them to speak with representatives about issues of concern. The goal is to help local businesses thrive and grow. Sixteen teams of staff and volunteers, totaling 29 individuals, will cover the city and begin conducting their visits in early October, with completion anticipated by late in the month. Findings from the visit will be compiled by LEDAC and presented to the City Council in December.

“Mother May I?!” Opens Tomorrow Night!

Excitement is in the air for the premiere of “Mother May I” written and directed by local playwright Marcello Bice.  The show, which includes dinner, wine and dessert, will run September 23, 24, & 25, and the curtain opens at 6pm.  Lake Family Resource Center is hosting this fundraising event to support the local Meals on Wheels Program.  Denise Johnson, Senior Services Director, as well as an executive producer, is thrilled about launching more theater on the stage at the Senior Center.

Lake County of Woodland Community College Invites the Public to its 50th Anniversary Celebration – 10.13.22

Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College (LCC) invites the community to join the celebration of its 50thanniversary. Festivities on October 13, 2022, are planned from noon until 5:00 p.m. The celebration will kick off at noon with lunch provided by vendors from the community. Campus tours will follow.

Lakeport City Council Seeks to Fill Potential  Opening(s)

The Lakeport City Council is anticipating the vacancy of one or more City Council seats and seeking applications from interested parties. The person(s) appointed will serve approximately two years, with a term ending in 2024. Those interested in being considered for appointment to serve as Councilmember on the Lakeport City Council are invited to submit a Councilmember Vacancy Application. The application can be obtained online at www.cityoflakeport.com or at Lakeport City Hall, located at 225 Park Street, Lakeport.

Student Leaders Hold Press Conference on Impact of Climate-Related Disasters on Youth Mental Health

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05)led a press conference to raise awareness about youth mental health as climate-related disasters impact our communities. Rep. Thompson was joined by Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Rep. Kathy Castor, Reps. Troy Carter (LA-02) and Mike Levin (CA-49), Madigan Traversi and Giselle Perez from Schools for Climate Action, Moms Clean Air Force, and the Climate Mental Health Network. Congressman Thompson and Chair Castor introduced House Resolution 975 earlier this year, which was drafted by Traversi and Perez, to address the impact of recurrent climate-related disasters on the mental health of young people.

Mendocino College Faculty Art Exhibition

The Mendocino College Art Gallery is proud to announce a Faculty Art Exhibition, opening on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022, with a reception on October 6th from 4:00-6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays 12:00-3:00 pm, Wednesdays 3:00-6:00 pm, Thursdays 12:00-3:00 pm, and by appointment.  Ukiah Symphony ticket holders will have early access to the show on October 1st and 2nd. To purchase Ukiah Symphony tickets, visit: www.ukiahsymphony.org

Mendocino College to host College and University Day

Mendocino College’s Transfer Center will be hosting College and University Day on Tuesday, October 4th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event will be held at the Ukiah campus in Pomo Plaza between the Library and Student Center, with lunch sponsored by the Savings Bank of Mendocino County. Many local and out-of-state colleges and universities will be participating.

2022 Draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan Available

The 2022 Draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) was developed in partnership with the Lake County Fire Safe Council, Lake County Community Risk Reduction Authority, Lake County Resource Conservation District (RCD), Clear Lake Environmental Research Center, Lake County’s Fire Protection Districts and members of the Lake County Fire Chiefs Association. The County of Lake is excited the Draft CWPP is now available for public inspection and comment: http://www.lakecountyca.gov/Assets/County+Site/Fire+Safe+Council/cwpp/2022CCWPP_Draft.pdf

What’s Up This Week – 9.16.22

One would never know we were in the triple digits several days ago. This week has been a breath of fresh air and a welcome relief with these cooler temperatures. To top it off, we even got a little rain. In celebration, I made my first soup of the season. Nothing says fall like homemade chicken noodle soup. And if I’m perfectly honest with myself, fall is one of my favorite seasons in Lake County for its sheer beauty. In a few weeks, we’ll begin to see the season’s first fall leaves turn their brilliant autumn colors. I’ll be driving the scenic way to and from my destinations just because. And with less hustle and bustle, it’s a great time to enjoy a fall picnic at one of our local parks or wineries. Life is good, isn’t it? This week The Bloom is thrilled to share with you a review on Throckmorton and Jones, written by Lori Armstrong. Unique small businesses like this one are what make Lake County so special. I hope you get a chance to stop by sometime. We also have a piece on the beauty of nighttime by Kathleen Scavone and our third-place-winning poem from our Poetry of the Outliers competition. The Bloom is fortunate to have such talented writers and contributors. I hope your weekend brings you beauty, joy, fun, and, why not, a bit of laughter!

Napa’s Neighbor to the North Continues to Elevate Wine

In the mountains north of Napa, an undiscovered wine country continues to garner high scores from major wine critics. Sol Rouge’s 2018 Petite Sirah was recently awarded 97 points in Wine Enthusiast, a new high score for Lake County wines and
a sign of a rapidly developing wine region. Fifteen minutes north of Calistoga off Highway 29, is Lake County’s wine country. Lake County wines have obtained 94 points or higher ratings by Wine Enthusiast 46 times in recent years.

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