Tag: Lakeport

The Lake County Spring Dance Festival Returns to the Stage

After two years away, The Lake County Arts Council will host performers from around the county to share their love of dance with the community. The 41st Annual Spring Dance Festival hits the stage at the MAC Theatre at Clear Lake High School on May 21 at 1 and 6 PM. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Admission is $15, and tickets are available at lakearts.org.

LCSA 2022 Winefest Comes to Lakeport on June 11

The 20th annual Home Wine & Beer Makers’ Festival, a major fundraiser for the Lake County Symphony Association takes place from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Library Park in Lakeport. Homebrewers and garage winemakers throughout Northern California are invited to participate and supply samples of their products to the public. They also have a chance to win a coveted “Peoples’ Choice” award for their homemade beverages, voted on by event attendees.

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.

Shakespeare At The Lake Open for Auditions

Auditions will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 6 pm and Saturday, May 21 at 2 pm at the Mendocino College Lake Center. No experience is necessary. Everyone (high school age and up) with an interest in performing are encouraged to attend auditions. Audition materials can be accessed at www.laketheatre.org.

Lake County Symphony Returns to Soper Reese Theatre for Mother’s Day Pops Concert

The Lake County Symphony Orchestra is returning to live performances after a two-year gap, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 Mother’s Day Pops Concert will take place at 2 pm on May 8th at the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. The 11 am dress rehearsal is free for those under 18 and just $5 for the older crowd. Seating for the dress rehearsal will likely be limited, so please come early to ensure a seat.This year’s concert features a “Salute to Broadway.” Audience members will hear many familiar tunes from hit Broadway shows including The King and I, The Sound of Music, and Guys and Dolls.

New Playground Opens at Westside Community Park

A new playground recently opened at the Westside Community Park.  This program is the dream of the Lakeport Lions Club and is name the “Lakeport Lions Legacy Playground” in recognition of their vision and support.  The development of this project was overseen and fundraised the by Westside Community Park Committee (WCPC).

The Story of David and Christy Brown: Susie Q’s and Sweet Pea’s

It’s a clear Lake County winter morning. The morning sun glints down off Susie Q’s Donuts and Espresso, reflecting off the building. It’s a hard place to miss; the bright pink paint draws the eyes immediately. Step inside, and, depending on the time of day, the smell of donuts, bacon, or coffee fills the building. The same pink that covers the outside continues indoors. Dark wood floors and tables contrast the bright walls, and country music comes through the speakers, creating an inviting atmosphere. It’s a place to come, grab a donut or sandwich, and sit down to enjoy them over a cup of coffee.

And the Fair Continues Another Year: Fair Foundation Auction Raises Over $50,000

Dust hovers in the thick late summer air. The slant of the sun’s golden-orange glow drifts in the sky, reminding me fall is near. But for now, it’s still summer. The smell of freshly made caramel corn takes my attention because there’s no other smell quite like it. I pause for a moment, but my hands are already full with several corn dogs and a cold beer that requires my immediate attention. So I decided that the caramel corn could wait.

Our Winter Escape, Part 3: Park Place Restaurant

The gray clouds clear, leaving Lake County’s iconic blue above the shores of Clear Lake. In the distance, Mt. Konocti reaches up against the crystal-clear sky. A boat takes its time launching at the nearest boat launch. It’s not a busy day on the lake. There’s no rush, and the boat owner knows that. A few people walk by, heading back to work somewhere on Main St, while others take their time over a meal and drink. It’s the lunch hour in Library Park. Outside, a couple of patrons soak in the view from Park Place Restaurant’s outdoor patio while sipping on a glass of wine. Inside, lively music greets us, and happy patrons chatter amongst themselves. The atmosphere is energetic, upbeat, and contagious. The view from the lake isn’t going anywhere, even inside, and the vibes are irresistible.

Tasteful Thai: Chalerm Thai Bistro

Chalerm Thai Bistro’s a hidden treasure in Lakeport. Odds are, if you don’t live in town, you haven’t heard of it. It’s not downtown or next to the freeway. Instead, it resides off Lakeshore Boulevard north of the main business district, sitting next to a closed liquor market. For years, it’s also served as our family’s go-to for quality Thai food.

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.

The Neighbor You Never Knew: Meet Jeff Warrenburg

Even though you may never have met him in person, if you’ve ever visited The Bloom, you’ve either seen Jeff Warrenburg or read about something he’s done for Lake County. He’s been a Rotary member for twenty-two years. He’s on the board for the Chamber of Commerce, is president of the Fair Foundation, and is on the City of Lakeport Planning Commission. He shows up in photos about once a quarter in The Bloom, most recently helping out the Community Kitchen Project. There he stands, second from the left, holding a check. That’s how you’ll usually bump into Jeff in Lake County. He’s always looking for a way to help: It’s part of his philosophy. “The biggest thing for me,” he says, “Is I feel a need to give back to the community. They give to me and help my business, so I want to help them out.” Without people like Jeff, the county would fall apart.

Quality Products, Quality Service: Premier Flooring

“Did you see that dog?” Sufi asks. “That was a big Rottweiler. I could do whatever and sell him the cheaper stuff, but I have to live with myself. We only sell quality products here,” Sufi continues her thought. “And we’ve got the best installers. They’re the cream of the crop. We’ve had to clean up a lot of mistakes that other installers have made. When you get too big, you lose quality. So Justin and I want to keep it small and continue to provide the best product and service possible.”

Operation Tango Mike Raises over $12,000 for Armed Services Care Packages

Downtown Lakeport, California was alive with activity on August 14 as the hottest cars, trucks, bikes, military vehicles and vintage RVs gathered in a car show fundraiser for Operation Tango Mike. The charity has been sending care packages to deployed military personnel for 18 years with over 23,000 packages shipped. In total over $12,500 was raised this year, making this the organization’s largest fundraiser. But, more than that, the event draws people to downtown Lakeport providing a much-needed boost to the shops and eateries in this historic town. 

Grillin’ on the Green Returns to Lakeport

Some of the best grillers in Lake County will fire up their barbecues and pit their skills against one another Saturday, Aug. 7, in one of the hottest contests this summer, and the public is invited to help choose the winners. Attendees will enjoy samples and cast votes for their favorite grillers while supporting improvements at Westside Community Park at this year’s “Grillin’ on the Green,” returning after the Covid-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 event.

Get Ready For the Big Valley, Small Farms Tour – September 19

Save the date for a glorious Sunday drive visiting a group of small farms located close to each other in Lake County between Lakeport and Kelseyville, CA. Each farm is unique in presenting award-winning, nationally recognized certified organic produce, fruit, olive oils, event venues, and farm stays. On this day we will pull back the curtain and show you behind the scenes of what they offer. Meet and greet the owners of our farms. Leave as friends. Explore and experience the eat healthy social movement known as “farm to fork”.

THE BEST WAY TO SPEND A FRIDAY NIGHT IN LAKEPORT

The hum of boats on the lake fills the background as growing shadows dance further and further out into the rippling water. Live music swells from the gazebo in Library Park. Children play in the playground, and the sounds of their laughter mix with the rhythm of the band. This moment in time is one of my favorite reasons for living in Lake County. I take my first sip of Chardonnay. The sun finally rests behind the roofline of Juicy’s Pizza and the roar of unmuffled racecar engines drifts our way from Lakeport Speedway. We consider our choices for the rest of the evening. We could leave the concert in the Park, catch the races and still make it to the drive-in. We decide to box up our pizzas and put off our decision for a while. 

Essential Lake County: The Boat Races

The odor of heated fiberglass fills the air. I’m trying to keep up with what’s happening but can’t see through the smoke of the car with the blown head gasket trying to round turn one. Who’s in first? It doesn’t matter. A roar comes from the crowd watching turn three. It looks like a couple of boats got stuck together, and one car’s dragging the other around the track. I glance at it for a second, then get distracted by the major crash happening directly in front of the grandstands. A boat’s disconnected from its chain and cartwheels in front of the Blazer. The driver twitches the steering wheel, not to avoid it, but to ensure he gets a direct hit. He aims directly for the bow, and it explodes into a spray of fiberglass and old steering cables.

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