If you’re planning to visit Fort Bragg this summer, we’ve got lots of cool things going on for adults and families with kids, beginning with the Twelfth Annual Mendocino Film Festival at the Coast Cinemas in Fort Bragg. Three films are scheduled each day on Saturday and Sunday mornings, June 3rd and 4th. Saturday fare includes Big Sonia, an award-winning documentary about Sonia Warshawski, a diva known for wearing leopard print and high heels. Today, the 90-year-old Holocaust survivor faces a yet another life challenge. The ever-popular Short Films Program is called The Best Laid Plans, a heartwarming peek into the world of people whose plans go hilariously awry, and The Force is a documentary about how the troubled Oakland Police Department is becoming a model of police reform. Sunday schedule includes Land of Mine, a gripping thriller about German prisoners of war in Denmark, Latest News from the Cosmos, the California premier of a French film about an autistic, non-verbal woman who becomes a writer, and Brillo Box deftly weaves a story of young collectors of Warhol who paid $1,000 for a sculpture that brought $3,000,000 at auction 40 years later. For complete festival schedule and tickets click here.
Get Your Groove on at CV Starr
CV Starr Aquatic Center is more than just swimming. They offer drop-in classes in dance, aerobics, yoga, Zumba, CoreStrength, Cardio and Spin included with daily admission fee. Pool activities include lap swimming, water fitness, beach swim, and swim, slide and splash sessions. There’s a skate park, a Petanque Court, an off-leash dog park, a BBQ and picnic area, and you can rent rooms for kid’s birthday parties, too. Daily drop-in fees for non-residents are $11 adults, $9 youth and seniors, or $30 for a family of five, which includes access to classes, the pool, showers, and a snack area. Call 707-964-9446 for more information.
Fort Bragg Library and Fort Bragg Farmer’s Market
If you’re looking for free activities, the Fort Bragg Library has Kid’s StoryTime every Saturday from 10:30 to 11:00 am, followed by Kids Craft Time from 11:00 am to Noon. Adult Zen Coloring takes place every first Wednesday from 11 am to Noon and every third Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There are also summer activities for teens, and the library has a booth at the Fort Bragg Farmer’s Market every second and fourth Wednesday evening from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, where you’ll also find fresh baked breads, fish, meats, cookies, jams and jellies, honey, beautiful bouquets, and much more.
The Noyo Center Orca Project
The Noyo Center for Marine Science is offering a month long Orca Articulation Workshop July 17 to August 12. It’s a combination of art, science, and engineering where you’ll help re-assemble a 26-foot Orca skeleton bone-by-bone. Additional activities will include whale watching trips, kayak adventures, nature photography, scientific illustration instruction, lectures, and much more. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity right here in Fort Bragg. Cost is $200 a day (3-day minimum) with limited scholarships. Weeklong and month-long options are also available. Dive deep into killer whale anatomy, habitats, communities and ecosystems.