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Kelseyville Pear Festival Returns

“Catch the small town magic.”   Vicky Parish Smith, then the Kelseyville Pear Festival’s publicity director, coined the phrase in 2014. A bigger and better Kelseyville Pear Festival is in store. Catch the small-town magic. Kelseyville Pear Festival, Saturday, September 24th, 9 AM to 4:00 PM, in Kelseyville.

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Lake County Music Guide – 9.14.22

What a wonderful and welcome surprise! I always put together the music guide on Monday, then post it on Tuesday. It was maybe around 3:00 Monday afternoon when I heard the distinctive sounds of rain dropping on my roof. So, I went out to investigate and, lo and behold, it was indeed raining. My first reaction was to race back inside to grab my keys so to close the windows on both my vehicles. Then, having taken care of that, I stood out in the rain with my face towards the clouds until it ceased 10 minutes later. Once done, I stood where I was until my clothes dried, maybe 15 minutes after that. Sometimes the simplest event can be most cathartic. Please allow me a moment to enjoy the memory…

Harvest Dinner & Silent Auction

Celebrate Fall at a gourmet Harvest Dinner & Silent Auction fundraiser for Shade Canyon School, Saturday, October 1, from 4-8 p.m., at Peace and Plenty Farm, 4550 Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville. The dinner will feature Lake County produce in a harvest-inspired menu designed and prepared by Rosey Cooks. Several servings of Lake County wine are included in the discounted meal price of $95 when you purchase by September 23. Thereafter, the price reverts to $125. Purchase tickets at shadecanyon.org.

New Round of Youth Poet Laureate Applications Open

The Lake County Arts Council and Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie Guardado launched the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Program in spring of 2022. Due to a limited number of submitted applications, a new application period has opened in search of Lake County’s first Youth Poet Laureate. Youth between the ages of 13-19 who live in Lake County, write poetry, and attend any public, homeschool, alternative, or independent school are eligible to apply.

Lake County Arts Council Announces Poetry Out Loud 2023

The Lake County Arts Council is currently recruiting for the 2023 Poetry Out Loud competition. Local high schools, including independent and alternative schools, are invited to participate. To participate or submit questions, contact the Lake County Arts Council Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Georgina Marie Guardado at gmarie@lakearts.org before December 2022.

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. 

Stoking the Flames: Revitalizing Good Fire at Sierra Club Lake Group’s First Fall Community Meeting

The Sierra Club Lake Group will host Tribal EcoRestoration Alliance’s (TERA) co-founder and executive director, Lindsay Dailey, at their next community meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 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.

Thompson, Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry Launch Student Leadership Council

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (CA-A04) announced that they are now accepting applications for their Student Leadership Council. This council allows high school students in our region to get an up-close look at how the government works and collaborate with other students on issues to build their leadership skills.

Lakeport Harvest Festival

The Lakeport Main Street Business Association (LMSA) welcomes you to Lakeport’s
Harvest Festival taking place right here in Historic Downtown Lakeport, between 1st & 5th on Main Street, from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday, October 1st. The festival
celebrates October and everything the Harvest has to offer!

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Talking about suicide can be uncomfortable.  However, open, honest discussion on this important topic saves lives.  Since 2008, September has been recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  This is a great time to raise awareness, move beyond stigma and promote healing. Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States.  Tragically, more than 45,900 people died due to self-directed injury in 2020.  It was the second leading cause of death among individuals 10-14 and 25-32, third among those 15-24, and fourth for individuals aged 35-44.

Hazard Mitigation Planning; Public Engagement Sought

The Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday, September 13, voted to approve a
resolution establishing a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC), formally beginning the 2023 Plan Update for Lake County’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The Lake County Office of Emergency Services (OES) will Chair the committee, comprised of County and local stakeholders. One representative from each Supervisorial District is invited to serve on the committee. Members of the public interested in this important position are encouraged to submit a letter of intent. Due by September 21, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

“Veterans Stand Down” Event Scheduled

Lake County Vet Connect members will host the annual Veterans Stand Down, an outreach event for local veterans and active military personnel who are homeless, experiencing uncertain housing or are vulnerable in other ways. Scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day, the event will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin Street. Veterans must provide their ID cards or DD Forms 214. Lake Transit will provide veterans free rides to the Stand Down. Lunch will be served by Vet Connect volunteers.

Growing Forward: An Economic Development Summit for the Redwood Coast

On September 22nd and 23rd, business leaders and economic development professionals throughout our region will be gathering for the 2nd Annual Redwood Coast Region Economic Development Virtual Summit. This two-day virtual economic summit is designed to foster innovative thinking throughout our region of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, as well as adjacent tribal lands.

Lake County Tourism Boosters to Strengthen Marketing Muscle

The Visit Lake County CA board is building on four years of success and will seek approval to renew the tourism assessment for ten years, increasing the fee paid by visitors from 1.5% to 3.0%. The proceeds will be used to promote Lake County as an attractive visitor destination and close the marketing gap when compared with Mendocino, Sonoma, and Napa counties.

Business Competition Workshop Primes Competitors for Success

The nonprofit 1Team 1Dream, hosted a workshop designed to prepare the 2022 applicants for phase 3 of the competition – a “mini competition” on September 24. In the mini competition, 18 workshop participants will present and pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges tasked with selecting 8 presenters who will advance to a final competition in November. In the final competition, the selected businesses and startups will compete for cash prizes ranging from $25,000 to $5,000 for established businesses and $10,000 to $3,000 for business startups. A total of $100,000 will be awarded.

Moonalice Will Rock Lake County on Sept 18 at Cache Creek Vineyards

KPFZ is excited to have another benefit concert at 4:20 PM on Sunday, September 18, at Cache Creek Winery, with Moonalice, a band of world-class musicians. Tickets are $20 in advance through Eventbrite and $25 at the gate the day of the concert. (Use Google search and type in “KPFZ  Moonalice,” and the Eventbrite page should appear.)  Bring lawn chairs. Gates open at 3:00 PM. There will be wine, beer, food, and water for sale.

Thompson, Calvert Lead 25 Members of Congress on Letter to Combat Wildfires and Prepare Additional Resources

Members of Congress sent a letter to the Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland urging additional support for combating wildfires and ensuring our communities have the resources they need to suppress wildfires. The letter asked the secretaries to assist in continuing to fight fires aggressively, communicate clearly and take administrative steps now to prepare additional personnel for when we need them.

Jewish High Holyday Services Planned

Congregation Beit Chavurah, Lake County’s Jewish Community group, announces its 2022 High Holyday services, led by Rabbi Richard Altman. Erev Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year 5783) will be on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. and will feature the blowing of the shofar.

Experience Earth, Sky, and Everything In Between – Contemporary Native American Art at the MAC

The Earth, Sky, and Everything In Between is a unique and powerful exhibit curated by acclaimed Pomo basket weaver and cultural educator Corine Pearce. It is Lake County’s first exhibit of contemporary Native artists and the first local exhibit to be curated by a Native American. It’s on view now through October 10th at the Middletown Art Center (MAC).

California Retired Teachers Association Quarterly Meeting for: 9.13.22 at the Riviera Hills Restaurant

Judy Fletcher, President of Lake County Division 35 of the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA), announced that the organization’s quarterly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The luncheon meeting will be at the Riviera Hills Restaurant located at 10200 Fairway Drive, Kelseyville, CA 95453

Celebration Planned for 40th Anniversary of Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) will host a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the founding of Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The day will begin with a guided nature walk at 9 am, followed by a welcoming address by AMIA President Roberta Lyons and a talk by Tom Nixon, former State Parks Ranger assigned to the park, about the founding of the park and its history since that time.  In addition to other surprise speakers, the day will feature music on the Ranch House porch by Don Coffin and friends, tours of the exhibits in the South Barn – and of course, a 40th Birthday Cake.

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