PRESS RELEASES

NCPA and Silicon Valley Power Execute 12-year Agreement with The Geysers Power Company, LLC for Renewable Geothermal Energy Supplied from the Geysers

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.

Hospice Services Now Offering Free Eight-Week Grief and Loss Group

Hospice Services of Lake County is beginning another series of meetings to help adults who have experienced the death of a loved one, either recently or in the past. Recognizing there is not just a single way through grief, Hospice Services’ bereavement program will present “The Journey of Grief,” a free, educational series. The grief and loss group will meet once a week for eight weeks starting January 12.

Get Ready for Lakeport Rotary’s 3rd Annual Drive Thru Crab Feed and Online Auction

The Rotary Club of Lakeport will hold its third Annual drive-through Crab Feed and Online Auction at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The theme of this year’s event will be “Under the Sea.” Tickets, which are available on the club website lakeportrotary.org , cost $70 per person. That will get you a complete crab dinner featuring two pounds of hot cracked crab and a pound of fresh shrimp, as well as tossed salad and warm bread rolls.

Lake County Wine Alliance Distributes $300,000 Raised at the 21st Lake County Wine Auction

On Monday, December 12, 2022, the Lake County Wine Alliance, along with this year’s Wine Auction Sponsors, distributed $300,000 to 40 community organizations representing education, arts, health, and community. The check distribution event was held at Bell Haven Flower Farm and attended by the wine alliance board members, sponsors, and representatives from all 40 organizations. It was a lively and festive evening.

Middletown Community Caroling Group Looking for Members

This group advertises itself as an “inclusive singing group,” so people who cannot sing are encouraged to join. In other words, if you enjoy singing, but you or others consider your singing off-key, this is the group for you. Those who are experienced or skilled at singing as also welcome!

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.

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.

Pickleball Comes to Lake County

Looking for a way to meet people, get some exercise, and have so much fun that you won’t even notice all the calories you’re burning?  Head on over to the new Pickleball courts located on Lincoln St. in Kelseyville, adjacent to the Gard Street Tennis Facility. Invented in 1965 by three dads trying to amuse their kids, Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. The sport has a welcoming vibe, is inexpensive, and is easy enough that newcomers can immediately play.  Named The Fastest Growing Sport in the Nation for the last two years by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, Pickleball is equally enjoyed by men and women of all ages. 

State Parks Announces Anderson Marsh Nature Walk Schedule for Remainder of the Year

The California State Parks Clear Lake Sector has announced the schedule for the remainder of this year’s 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.

Lakeport Seeking Art for Lakefront Park

The City of Lakeport is seeking proposals for mid-range to large-scale sculptural and/or innovative, mixed or multimedia installations to be showcased in the new lakefront park development in downtown Lakeport at 800 and 810 North Main Street. Awards to successful applicants will range from $5,000 to $20,000, depending on the scale and budget of the proposed work, which includes materials, artist’s labor, installation needs, and any necessary travel expenses. Proposals with interactive components are encouraged.

Contemporary Native American Art Exhibit Opens This Saturday at Middletown Art Center

The public is invited to the opening reception of Earth Sky and Everything in Between – an exhibit of contemporary Native American art curated by acclaimed Pomo basket weaver and cultural educator Corine Pearce. The exhibit opens at Middletown Art Center (MAC) this Saturday evening July 9th, from 6-8:30pm. An introduction and blessing will take place around 6:30pm. This is the first exhibit of its kind in Lake County.

Adult Literacy Program Schedules Virtual Tutor Training

The Lake County Library’s Adult Literacy Program has scheduled a new Virtual Literacy Tutor Training for June 2022. The training consists of two 2-hour sessions on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, and Thursday, June 30, 2022. The training will take place on Zoom from 11 am to 1 pm for both required sessions. They will be hosted by the Adult Literacy Program Coordinator, Georgina Marie Guardado, and facilitated by Lake County Literacy Coalition Board Member and Literacy Tutor Pam Klier.

Free Personalized Home Risk Assessment Program Offered in the Cobb Mountain Area

The current drought is making many homeowners interested in reducing the likelihood of damage to their homes during a potential wildfire, but they may lack informed guidance on where to start, and in what order.  The Seigler Springs Community Redevelopment Association (SSCRA), a Cobb area-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is offering free personalized home risk assessments during 2022 with potential, qualified funding assistance for homeowners to address hazardous fire fuels starting in Loch Lomond and Salmina Meadows.  

Book to Action A Success in Lake County

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. 

Enjoy Tea and Poetry with County Poet Laureate and Studio 127

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 georgina.marie@hotmail.com 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.

This May, Everyone Can Do Something to Help Kids in Foster Care

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.

Lake County Hot Ones: “Brew, Sip, and Burn” Tickets Now Available

Lake County Hot Ones is back again for another “not your parent’s fundraiser” raising money for nine local Lake County non-profits. The format involves an interviewer host and nine guests representing nine non-profits eating seven chicken wings (or an alternative if the guest is vegetarian/vegan), each prepared with a progressively hotter hot sauce. Yes, based on the hit show, Hot Ones.

Mendocino College Lake Center Hosts College Day

On Thursday, March 17, the Mendocino College Lake Center hosted their first campus event in over two years. Nearly 200 students from Kelseyville High School, Clear Lake High School, Upper Lake High School, Terrace Middle School, and Mountain Vista Middle School were able to attend College Day to explore the Lakeport campus while meeting with college staff and faculty representing a variety of support services and educational programs. The focus of the event was to provide potential incoming college students with information about the many career paths possible through an education at Mendocino College. 

Regenerative Farmers’ Guild Workshops Coming to MAC

Friday, February 25, the MAC will be hosting the Regenerative Farmers’ Guild. This event features leaders in the agriculture and cannabis community and will serve as a demonstration of a strategy to build a regenerative farming guild for owner-operators who are faced with economic hurdles and possible extinction. The supply chains are a broken system for the smaller noncorporate business community. The event brings leaders from all over the cannabis industry to build successful business networks for producers to be successful in a very challenging year ahead. It will discuss hurdles in each part of the supply chain as well as best practices towards regenerative farming. 

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