Posts Tagged ‘events’

This Saturday, Ruth Moon’s Eureka Discovery Walks take us on a visit of the O Street circle and the Eureka High School neighbourhood. She says:

Homes in the O street neighborhood are products of the post-war prosperity, and reflect the era’s idea of ‘modernity’ as well as what they thought was ‘country’ with some Ranch style homes, International, Contemporary, and Prairie. Most homes are wide and low, with large garages set back from the street. New ideas of residential or urban planning are reflected in the wide curving street with wide sidewalks, and the absence of utility poles and lines.

The walk starts at 9:30am on Saturday, August 22, at the corner of F Street and Del Norte Street near the First United Methodist Church, “a white Gothic Revival with a distinctive tall narrow spire.”


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Performing Arts mural, Eureka, CA -- Sophie Lagacé, 2009The July tour from Eureka Discovery Walks is the popular Art and Murals walk, this Saturday July 25. The walk starts at 9:30AM in front of the Eureka Co-op at 4th and B streets (do not park in the Co-op lot!)

Our tour guide and the driving — er, walking — force behind Eureka Discovery Walks, Ruth Moon, says:

This is an easy walk along city sidewalks, mostly level, with some crossing of busy intersections. The tour will talk 1½ to 2 hours.

The detailed itinerary can be downloaded from her site but being my usual geeky self, I thought I’d also share the map of what that itinerary looks like. Naturally, Ruth may decide to alter it at any time to improve the experience!

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On Saturday, June 14, Friends of the Dunes will be hosting their 14th annual Sand Sculpture Festival.

In addition, they have a new event:

This year we’ve added a Friends Coast Walk to the Festival. Community members (families, friends, walkers, runners, hikers, trekkers, explorers, birders, and beach combers, whether booted, sandaled, or bare-footed) are invited to participate in this 2-mile walk culminating at the Festival.

The best time for spectators is from noon to 2pm. Cash prizes awarded at 2pm for:

  • Best of Show
  • Most Dedicated Diggers
  • Most Imaginative
  • People’s Choice
  • Youth Sculptor
  • FOD Staff Pick
  • Golden Shovel (to the best business sponsored team)

Finally, they have Gateway Getaway contest. For every $50 donated to the capital campaign (or 2.5 hours of volunteer restoration time at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center), your name will be entered into a drawing for full use of the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center’s ocean view Stamps House with access to the beach and acres of coastal dunes.

Go check out their site for more details on all the fun, including tips for making sand sculptures.

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I am so very mortified. I just received the e-mail invitation from the American Society of Civil Engineers for the ASCE’s 139th Annual Civil Engineering Conference. And who do they proudly boast is the guest speaker for the Closing General Session Breakfast? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Yes, it’s Mister Ben “Expelled” Stein himself. Mr. Ben “science leads you to killing people” Stein. Mr. “Intelligent Design” himself, who kept a straight-face while comparing President Obama with Adolf Hitler, Juan Peron, and Evita Peron. But then, Mr. Stein likes to compare all sorts of things to Nazi depredations, he’s like Godwin’s Law walking out there outside the Internet.

Prepare yourself for a hilarious morning as he delivers advice with his unique sense of humor, while telling you what you need to know.

You know what, guys? You’re definitely along the hilarious track there as you make us a laughingstock by inviting someone who stands decidedly against science, fact-based thinking to speak at an engineering conference. This goes against everything an engineer is trained for and against our obligations toward society.

Thanks for nothing, bozos.

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It’s “Brew at the Zoo” this Saturday, May 30, from 6pm to 10 pm: come to Sequoia Park zoo and try out beers from six local breweries, including:

You get a free free souvenir glass with your ticket price. There will be music with local band Kulica (sample their tunes here). Pub-style food and various souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 for zoo members, and $25 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Sequoia Park Zoo Gift Shop, or by calling the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation office at (707) 442-5649. (21 and older).

If you’re interested in news from the Zoo and its fate, you may want to follow Save the Sequoia Park Zoo on Facebook.

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My husband and I went to the rally in Eureka last night, held in protest of Prop. 8. Rallies like this were held around the state and even the country in reaction to the California Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Proposition 8.

It’s not our first rally for this cause, standing in front of the Humboldt County courthouse. I have to say that even though I was sad about the court ruling, it’s much more encouraging to hold such a rally in Humboldt than in many other places. I love the fact that you can’t predict, just by their looks or demographics, who will be supportive. I started the rally feeling rather down, because I’m tired of seeing good people of all kinds treated unfairly, and this is one of the many instances. But by the time things were wrapping up, I felt cheered by all the support expressed. Hurray for commuters honking their horns and waving!

I do believe that we’ll continue seeing progress, and that in a few years this one battle, at least, will be won. I hope so, for the sake of my friends who want the same rights I enjoy, and all the others like them.

God knows we will still have plenty of other injustices to fight.

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Bay Rhythym, by Jay BrownYesterday, my husband and I spent the afternoon at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary for a little photography and a little bird-watching. We stopped at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center and discovered that artist Jay Brown was exhibiting some of his works there and was holding an Artist’s Reception.

We had a chance to look at the Works on Paper exhibit and have an excellent chat with Mr. Brown. Several pieces showed roughly the same landscape in completely different weather and lighting conditions; Mr. Brown says that’s the view he gets from his home in Manila.

Mr. Brown uses several different media for his art, such as watercolours, gouache, acrylic, pen, pencils, and a variety of paper types and textures. He also frames his paintings himself. He has a fascination for interesting cloud formation and lighting effects. I really loved the exhibit, and my two favourite pieces were “Invasion” and “Minus Tide Plus Fog”.

Go enjoy the exhibit!

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