The sentiment is clear, people are kinda over it. For some, it’s an extension of what started with the earthquake, and for others, it’s just pure Vitamin D deprivation. Folks are ready for a ray of sun, and for now, it’s making an appearance. Nevertheless, there’s a pride in seeing the rivers swell to capacity, especially after so many years of drought. Wherever you are, may your rain boots keep you dry, because there’s plenty to get out and do as we turn the corner towards Spring.
Special Events This Weekend
9A-12P – ONGOING THROUGH MAY – The 2023 gray whale migration is underway! Kayak Trinidad’s Award Winning Trinidad Bay Whale & Wildlife Tours are running now and available to reserve at kayaktrinidad.com. No experience required. All ages and abilities welcome. All gear and guides included. Peek migration late March through mid May. $119
3-5P Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the local way. Taste a selection of Mad River Brewery’s beers. Must be 21 to participate. At the North Coast COOP in Eureka.
4-7P Chef Brett Shuler is preparing corned beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread. At Wrangletown Cider in Arcata.
4-7P Information about services, planning tools and more to help prepare students with disabilities for a full life in the community after high school. Main Event from 4-6 – snacks, bingo, Resource Guide release. Featured Workshop from 5-7 – A Future Including Employment (dinner provided) Español + ASL interpreters provided Free! To attend the featured workshop, please register at the link in title. At theSequoia Conference Center, 901 Myrtle Ave, Eureka.
5-8P Ferndale Youth Football and Cheerleading’s annual fundraiser. $15, $10 children. At Belotti Hall, Ferndale.
5P Music, The Academy of Irish Dancers(6P), the Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band(7P), The California Poppies (9P) and Irish Songs and sing along with the amazing David Powers, Accompanied by the silky fingered Budy Ownes on piano (5P). Corned beef and fixings willing be served(5-7:30P). We will have traditional Guiness on tap. Whether you are Irish or not, we promise a great time for all. This will also be a celebration of Michael Fields owning the bar for one year. Come raise a glass with us all.
6-8P St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun BINGO at the Freshwater Grange. Games start at 6:30P $5 Buy-in and extra cards $3. $20 DINNER SPECIAL – includes buy-in, dinner, beverage & dessert Profits benefit the building restoration and community projects
6:30-9P All ages, First come, first served, No pre-registration needed. Also happening March 24th.
7:30-10P A benefit to support the repairs, site improvements and beautification of the 130 year-old Temperance Hall at the corner of Old Arcata and Jacoby Creek Roads. Featuring two local bands, drinks and desserts.
10A-This is a trail obstacle challenge hosted by Backcountry Horsemen of California- Redwood Unit is for equestrians or those leading stock by hand. This year we will be featuring 4 mini-clinics related to camping, hiking, backpacking and horse packing in the backcountry wilderness (Dutch Oven cooking, Large Predators, Leave no Trace and What to Pack.) Please arrive early to register. Snack bar will be open! Lunch from 12-1 for mini clinic hour! $40 for riders, FREE for spectators! At the Humboldt County Fairgrounds.
10A-3P Meet, interact, and shop from a variety of local, small business owners. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Every adult attendee will receive a free raffle ticket at the door for a chance at winning one of the hourly door prize baskets full of local products. You must be present to win. At the River Lodge, in Fortuna.
10A-1P The Spring Equinox is a special time of year when the sun is directly above the equator and day and night are of equal length. It’s also the official beginning of Spring! Join Friends of the Dunes in welcoming the spring during the family-friendly Spring Equinox Celebration. We will be celebrating with spring-themed activities in nature including a Dune Scavenger Hunt, Wildflower Walk, and a Spring Storytime. This is a free, Spanish bilingual event geared for families with young children (ages 3-10), spring-themed snacks will be provided. R.S.V.P. is recommended but not required.
11A-1P Come out to Gyppo Ale Mill on the Lost Coast the day after St. Patrick’s Day, and chase that Hair of the Dog. Day of registration opens at 9:00 a.m. with the RUN STARTING AT 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a 5k or muster up a full 10k while breathing in the fresh coastal air with incredible views on a mostly fast course with a couple of nice hills to get you sweating.
11A-12N Like redwoods? Like unpredictable weather? Like hiking and learning at the same time? Join us on a guided walk through Gould Grove Loop at Humboldt Redwoods State Park! Learn about the park’s cultural and natural history walk. Meet in front of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center. Bring comfortable walking shoes, water, and maybe a rain jacket. Walks are 0.6 miles long, on an ADA trail, and take about 1 hour.
RALLY FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE
2P Speakers, music, rally and walk for peace.
5P St Patrick corned beef and cabbage dinner hosted by the Eureka Knights of Columbus at 5PM in St Bernard church hall March 18th. Pot o’ Gold raffle, lots of silent auction items, and musical entertainers. Adults $30 and children 12 and under $15. Call 707- 442-6844 or 707-601-9591 for tickets.
5-7:30P A hearty beef stew full of flavorful vegetables, accompanied by bread, a green salad and something green for dessert. Served between 5 p.m. and 7:30P. Order using the link. Dow’s Prairie Grange.
11:30A-12:30P Like redwoods? Like unpredictable weather? Like hiking and learning at the same time? Join us on a guided walk through at Richardson Grove State Park! Learn about the park’s cultural and natural history walk. Meet in front of the Richardson Grove State Park Visitor Center. Bring comfortable walking shoes, water, and maybe a rain jacket. Walks are 0.5 miles long, on an ADA trail, and take less than 1 hour. Walks may be on Exhibit Trail or Nature Loop. Also happening March 25th.
5-830P Hello! We’re putting on a St Paddy’s themed open mic. All are welcome to come and watch, but we’re also looking for 6 more performers to do a 15 minute set. Please contact Chris Thomas at (669) 288-4373 if you’re interested in performing to reserve your spot. PA system will be available. Please consider this fun event, all proceeds going to charity. St Vincent de Paul, Betty Chin, Hospice House and others. We’ll be serving corned beef and cabbage dinner for $30, we’ll have a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and lots of good music. For the performers, get a free beer or coke and strive to win the newly minted 100 $ prize for “Best of Show”!
6-8P Immerse yourself in an authentic West African and West Indian cultural experience through food, music, and stories with our 6-course tasting. We invite you to a one of kind tasting experience tailored from the blending of our unique Afro-Cuban cultures. With this event we present an immersive 6 course dinner with flavors from both West Indian and West African roots! There are five tasting courses including dessert and one main course which includes a choice of meat, fish or a vegan dish. The experience includes a brief yet entertaining history of the migration of people through food and music. Perfect for a solo date, date night or celebrating any occasion! We can’t wait to see you! Mother’s Cooking, Arcata.
6:30-9:30P The Pixie Traveling Medicine Show is coming to share tastes of our latest creations- the powerful ambrosias of the bees and elixirs of wild plants.
We will be offering poetry, myth, song, & samples of our honeys & libations.
Pixie Mead offers craft meads made with honeys from our treatment free bees & infused with wildcrafted botanicals. Spirit of the Hive offers one of a kind distilled honey spirits. Join Benjamin Brightheart-Pixie, along with musical guest Marya Stark, for story, song, and samples of their work with the bees including fresh bee pollen, raw honey, mead, herbal infused honeys, and herbal liqueurs.Pixie Goods will be available for purchase- if you have a large order request let us know sooner than later so we can make sure to meet it. At The Thing, Arcata. Lots more info in link.
8P A fun night of bingo with the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Costume contest. Raffle, snacks and refreshments for sale. Masks required at all times while inside the event. 18 and up. Benefits the Jefferson Community Center as well as the Sisters’ General Operating Fund.
Sunday 3/19 and into the week beyond…
12P – Ferndale 4H will be hosting a Petting Zoo at Nilsen Company in Ferndale. Attendees will be able to interact with our animals, have fun petting them. Create lasting memories with our Photo Booth and Special Guest Star (the children will love him). Afterwards stop by our Silent Auction on display at Nilsen and be the winning bidder. Silent Auction and Petting Zoo end at 2pm. Petting Zoo will be outside if weather allows, or inside Nilsen’s Warehouse if it is raining. So come on down, rain or shine, bring the family and support our Ferndale 4H and have lots of family fun. No admission Fee, but donation encouraged. Our 4H group is also hosting an online Facebook Auction March 17th – 19th, in addition to our silent auction at the Petting Zoo Event.
2P Come join us at Rohner park to trade some plants! Bring seeds, starters, cuttings, mature plants, or anything else you want to swap for something new!
2-4P Humboldt County Historical Society presents a free event “Disasters of Humboldt Bay” at the Arcata Playhouse. Funded by a grant from the Calif Humanities Council, it features three short videos and a discussion by experts selected by leaders of the Wiyot tribe. More information in the link. Current Covid recommendations will apply. Reservations are recommended at www.arcataplayhouse.org.
4-7P Corned beef and cabbage dinner, available from Humboldt Grange. Drive-through only. $15
5-9P Herb & Market is hosting its 2nd annual art show featuring the Watersheds of Humboldt! The display and silent auction showcases sixteen unique artists’ interpretations of our local watersheds. The silent auction closes with our Meet and Greet party. 50% of all silent auction proceeds will go to the artists and 50% will go to a nonprofit organization that protects our watersheds. Come and enjoy!
10A-1P Four-day employment (3/20-3/23) workshop series for community members, put on by the Community Access Project for Eureka in partnership with the Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation. This series focuses on enhancement of application, resume and interview skills, and offer participants the opportunity to interview with real employers for real jobs.
1-3P Join our peaceful protest asking Wells Fargo and Chase Banks to Stop Dirty Banking, using signs, songs, and symbolic credit card cutting. From Wells Fargo, we’ll walk south along G Street to 7th Street then west to Chase Bank – at the back of the Jacoby Storehouse – continuing our protest actions. We’ll end with a walk north on H street to the Plaza, carrying our signs, singing songs, and cutting a last symbolic credit card.
5:45 – Be part of ending Human Trafficking! Dinner is a Baked potato bar, salad, dessert, drink for $10. Bar will be open. Registration strongly encouraged as we will sell out! Doors open 5:45 for shopping and dinner. Bidding begins at 6:30. Questions? 707.845.7243
6-7P Faith E. Briggs will be visiting Cal Poly Humboldt to screen and discuss her short films and activism. Faith is a documentary filmmaker, creative producer, and podcast host passionate about sharing contemporary stories from diverse communities. Both behind and in front of the camera, she works with brands, non-profit organizations, institutions and individual creatives to create media representative of the world we live in and the better one we are working together to create. At Cal Poly, ART B Room 102.
6-7P Local geology and geo-ecology is the focus of a free lecture series, presented via Zoom by BLM & Friends of the Lost Coast. The series kicks off with Bob McPherson, of the CalPoly Humboldt Geology Department, presenting Kinematics of the Mendocino Triple Junction. In this talk, he’ll explain how the movement of plates on the surface of the earth effects our lives and is responsible for the beautiful geomorphology of the King Range and rugged Lost Coast, plus a hypothesis on the candelabra trees of Whale Gulch. More info and Zoom in the link.
6:30 A terrible shipwreck… Treacherous noblemen… Drunk monsters… A wizard’s scheme… Sound interesting? Come see Mack High Drama’s spring production of The Tempest by William Shakespeare! one of Shakespeare’s infamous romances,The Tempest is a story full of magic and love and, of course rum. The performances will be March 22,23,24, and 25 at the McKinleyville High School Multipurpose Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, the show begins at 7:00. Tickets will be sold at the door: $8 for Students and Seniors, $10 for General Admission
11:30A-1P Interested to hear about the state of Arcata currently and for the upcoming year? Hear from these important and influential institutions. Presentations from: The City of Arcata & Equity Arcata Karen Diemer; City Manager & City of Arcata Council members will be discussing: Upcoming Projects, Community Ambassadors Programs, the City partnership with Cal Poly Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and a General City Overview. There will be a moderated Q&A following the presentations. Have questions you would like the presenters to address, email those questions to us ahead of time at [email protected]
7:30-10P The Eureka High School Players present the musical, City of Angels. City of Angels is a satirical musical comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, and a book by Larry Gelbart. The show takes a humorous and critical look at Hollywood through the eyes of Stine, a successful writer who is adapting his latest novel into a film. The musical explores two parallel storylines – one following Stine’s struggles to adapt his novel, and the other taking place within the world of the film he is creating. Use the link to reserve tickets. Happening at the Redwood Curtain Theater. 3/23 & 3/24 7:30-10P, 3/25 2-4:30P & 7:30-10P, 3/26 2-4:30P.
8P Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre’s Professional Training Program ensemble presents an exploration of the realm of the Dramatic Mask. Happening 3/23-3/25. $10 in advance, Pay what you can at the door.
This week’s events list was packed, but there’s actually MORE…
Check the pages below, especially the Ongoing Events page, which is LOADED with Humboldt Happenings.
Examples of ongoing events happening THIS WEEKEND include multiple community clean-ups/trail steward events, Arts Alive in Eureka, Fitness Classes, Guided walks/hikes, weekly classes in the community and flea markets!
Looking for a live show? We’re updating this page constantly, trying to include all of the local venues we can find, with their latest events listed in an easy-to-read way. There continues to be more and more happenings throughout Humboldt including a huge variety of music, comedy, open mics, outdoor venues, trivia and more.
JUST FOR KIDS
This list of ideas of ways to keep your kids happy includes a wide variety of options all over Humboldt.
Ongoing events are the backbone of our community’s offerings. Click through to find the list broken down by each town/city and see what kind of ongoing happenings, workshops, classes, etc are in the works where you live.
Our amazing local non-profits are always hosting an array of events that benefit the people and land of our community. We’re lucky to have so many powerful and supportive groups that keep the backbone of Humboldt alive and well. Consider offering a few hours of your time, donating cash or goods or participating in a fundraiser for any number of our community organizations.
This newsletter is a free weekly offering to our Humboldt Community! We hope you love it. If you’d like to add an event, or if you have pictures to share, or feedback to offer, we’re all ears – our email is [email protected] and we want to know what you think.