JANUARY 2014

Don’t Miss Mendocino Coast Clinics’ Crab, Beer & Wine Days,  January 24 & 25Dinner Jazz

Every Friday and Saturday evenings: North Coast Brewing presents Dinner Jazz from 6 to 9 pm in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom featuring jazz icons Richard Cooper on piano and Francis Vanek on tenor sax. The menu includes dinner specials and pizza from the stone hearth oven along with hand-crafted ales. 444 N Main St Fort Bragg, on the corner of Main and Pine streets.

•Cioppino Dinner — Friday, January 24: Seating at 4:30, 6:00 & 8:00 p.m. Tickets: adults $35, kids $15

Location: Historic Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg

•Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition — Saturday, January 25: Noon to 3 p.m. Tickets: $85
Location: The Big White Tent at the corner of Main & Spruce, Fort Bragg.

To purchase tickets, and for more information, visit: http://www.mendocinocoastclinics.org/crab_wine.php

38th Annual Mendocino Knights of Columbus Crab Feed: Friday January 24 and Saturday January 25, Crown Hall on Ukiah St. in Mendocino. Tickets: $50 per person. Doors open at 6:00 with dinner served at 7:00. Call Wally Wetterman at 937-1803 for reservations; kccrabfeed@mcn.org

FEBRUARY 2014

Don’t Miss:

Four North Coast artists are exhibiting their work at Partners Gallery. Helen Troxel is showing a series of six new abstract mixed media pieces on canvas or paper with printing and acrylic. Sonya Popow’s sculptural pots in sawdust or saggar fired terra cotta evolved from explorations of plant forms or tribal works. In a very different vein Jonathan Palmer works with cut paper and plexiglas rods to to create larger pieces examining notions of individuality, natural mutations and cultural conditioning. Process is the core of Lisa Orselli’s works formed with encaustic and sometimes fabric, wasp paper and graphite.
Through March 3rd. Partners Gallery is located at 335N. Franklin Street in Fort Bragg and is open Thursday through Monday 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm. 707 962-0233 http://www.partnersgallery.com>

  • Gloriana Musical Theatre’s Young Performers presentation of Guys and Dolls Jr.: February 3 and 4. Other performance dates: 3/28, 3/29, 3/30 and 4/4, 4/5, 4/6, and 4/11, 4/12,4/13 all 2014.
  • Every Friday and Saturday evening: North Coast Brewing presents Dinner Jazz from 6 to 9 pm in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom featuring jazz icons Richard Cooper on piano and Francis Vanek on tenor sax. The menu includes dinner specials and pizza from the stone hearth oven along with hand-crafted ales. 444 N Main St Fort Bragg, on the corner of Main and Pine streets.
  • North Coast Brewing Tours: Every Saturday and Sunday of the month at 1:30.  Meet at Brewery Shop, 501 N Main. Tours  limited to 20 people;  reservations are suggested. You can make a reservation at the Brewery Shop – 707 964-1286.
  • February 1-March 28: Weekend Whale Talks at MacKerricher State Park. Knowledgeable docents talk about the annual gray whale migration and about other marine mammals seen along the Mendocino coast. Programs are scheduled to begin every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. For more information call (707) 961-0471 or (707) 964-8898. Learn more.
  • February 8&9: Symphony of the Redwoods’ Winter Concert,  February 8 (8pm ) and 9 (2 pm), Cotton Auditorium. Program:
    Sibelius’ Symphony No 1 in E Minor, op 39 and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, op 104. Featured artist: Stephen Harrison, cellist. Ticket information: 707-964-0898; http://www.SymphonyoftheRedwoods.org
  • February 22: Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop. The focus will primarily be on, but not limited to, the pruning of fruit tree varieties appropriate to the North Coast climate, specifically apples, pears and selected stone fruits. 10 am-noon. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Meeting Room. 707-964-4352; http://www.gardenbythesea.org.

MARCH 2014

Don’t Miss: 32nd Annual Whale Festival March 15-16

 

  • Gloriana Musical Theatre’s Young Performers presentation of Guys and Dolls Jr.: : 3/28, 3/29, 3/30.
  • March 14: Local photographers Carl Shaffer and Ron LeValley present an inspirational and educational collection of the most recent whale migration photos from both sky and sea. 7 pm  in the Fort Bragg Library Community Room at 499 Laurel Street. Free; for more information call (707)961-0471 or visit www.mendoparks.org.
  • March 15, 1-3 pm: A Whale of a Scavenger Hunt at MacKerricher State Park. This program is fun for all ages and begins at the visitor’s center. Hike yourself through the park searching for whale related facts on an adventurous journey that includes arts & crafts, a unique visitor, and a prize! Free; for more information call (707)961-0471 or visit www.mendoparks.org.
  • March 16, 1-3 p.m: Meet a Whale at MacKerricher State Park! – Meet at the visitor’s center to paint the iron supports of a life size whale skeleton! You can help preserve MacKerricher’s famous exhibit by wearing your painting clothes and bringing a paint brush. Free; for more information call (707)961-0471 or visit www.mendoparks.org. *NOTE – rain or fog will cancel*
  • March 15-16: Fort Bragg Whale Festival. For details visit www.mendowhale.com
  • March 15-16: Whale walks at MacKerricher State Park. Docents present an informative overview of gray whales. The program starts at 11 am  at the visitor center and proceeds to the whale skeleton before driving to Laguna Point for whale watching. Free; for more information call (707)961-0471 or visit www.mendoparks.org.
  • March 15: 30th Annual Whale Run and Walk —10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Competitive Walk & 5K Fun Walk. Race time: 8am; Kids race: 7: 30 am. For more information contact: Joyce at 707-962-0211 or email whalerun@mcn.org

APRIL 2014

Don’t Miss: 6th Annual Noyo Food Forest Earth Day Festival

 

  • Gloriana Musical Theatre’s Young Performers presentation of Guys and Dolls Jr.  LAST WEEKEND!   A cast of 39 Gloriana Young Performers, Directed by Lorry Lepaule are anxious to entertain you!  Eagles Hall Theatre 210 North Corry Street Friday 4/11 at 7:30 PM, Saturday 4/12 at 7:30 PM ,and Sunday 4/13 at 3:00 PM Tickets are available in Fort Bragg at Tangents and Harvest Market and in Mendocino at Out of this World. Call 964-SHOW for more info, or visit the website http://www.gloriana.org
  • Seal Monitor Volunteer Meeting, April 12. If you are interested in serving as a Seal Monitor, plan on attending an informational meeting on Saturday April 12th from 9a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the MacKerricher Park Office. Or contact Fred Andrews at 707-961-0471, fred.andrews@parks.ca.gov.
  • VFW Breakfast, 3rd Sunday each month, 8-11:30 a.m. Veterans Hall, Laurel & North Harrison, Fort Bragg.
  • April 21 & 22: Spring Plant Sale, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 18220 N Hwy One, 2 Miles South of Fort Bragg, 9 am-5 pm. 707-964-4352; http://www.gardenbythesea.org
  • April 26:  Don’t miss the Noyo Food Forest’s Eighth Annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 27 from noon to 5pm at the Fort Bragg High School Learning Garden, 300 Dana Street. This free fun family event supports the Farm to School program atFort Bragg Unified School District, and offers live music and entertainment, culinary showcases featuring fabulous local food and chefs, hands-on sustainable living workshops, kids’ activities, a community art project, and the ever popular Spring Plant Sale. The highlight of this year’s Earth Day Festival will be the dedication of Noyo Food Forest’s new wheelchair accessible Garden Within Reach for our elders and mobility challenged friends. For more information, go to www.noyofoodforest.org   or contact Linda Pack, Executive Director at info@noyofoodforest.org  or 707-964-0218.

Don’t Miss: History walks, kayak weekend, My Garden Event, Skunk Train Mother’s Day Special

•Every Friday and Saturday evenings: North Coast Brewing presents Dinner Jazz from 6 to 9 pm in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom featuring jazz icons Richard Cooper on piano and Francis Vanek on tenor sax. The menu includes dinner specials and pizza from the stone hearth oven along with hand-crafted ales. 444 N Main St Fort Bragg, on the corner of Main and Pine streets.

•May 10: Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show & Plant Sale, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Sponsored by the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, this year’s show is “Rhodies in Our Gardens.” The show is free and open to the public from 1:30 pm – 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. There will be hundreds of gorgeous flowers on display, celebrity judging, people’s choice awards, raffles, and an opportunity to purchase plants on-site. Docent Tours during the day.  Those wishing to enter their own rhodies in the competition should visit Noyo Chapter website for details: www.noyochapterars.com. Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden is located at 18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352; http://www.gardenbythesea.org

•May 10: The Historic Downtown Rhododendron Walk – visit local merchants, see unique Rhododendron varieties and have you passport stamped for an opportunity to win garden-related prizes.

•May 10: National Public Garden Day, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 9 am–5 pm — free. This day of national recognition honors public gardens and their contributions in education, conservation, and ecology. In honor of all of our nation’s gardens and the people who support them, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is providing free admission for all visitors. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens,18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352; http://www.gardenbythesea.org

•May 11: Skunk Train Mother’s Day Brunch, 10 am (4-hour round trip). Treat Mom to a relaxing morning riding the train and sipping Mimosas (juice for the kids), then enjoy a special brunch in the redwoods. Adults $70; children $40. Board at the Skunk Depot, Foot of Laurel St. 707-964-6371; www.skunktrain.com

•May 10, 11, 25: The Fort Bragg – Mendocino Coast Historical Society offers a regular docent led walk of Fort Bragg’s historical business district. Learn about Fort Bragg’s rich and historic commercial past. Hear how Fort Bragg’s business district is actually located where the Fort Bragg military post was built, and how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed much of the business district, and learn how the area has changed throughout Fort Bragg’s history. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested. Meet at Guest House Museum, 343 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg. Friday evening walks depart at 7 p.m. Saturday morning walks start at 10 a.m.

•May 24-26: Mendocino Waves and Caves Kayak Weekend. Experience camping and exploring the Mendocino Coast, enjoying areas only accessible by kayak.  Dart into sea caves, glide down waves, and experience the incredible beauty of the wild Mendocino Coast. Three nights of camping and meals provided. Novice through Advanced paddlers will enjoy this trip. Cost: $395/person (early registration discounts available). Contact Liquid Fusion Kayaking, 707-962-1623; http://www.liquidfusionkayak.com

Don’t Miss: Mendocino Coast Garden Tour (fundraiser for Mendocino Art Center), History Walks

  • Every Friday and Saturday evenings:North Coast Brewing presents Dinner Jazz from 6 to 9 pm in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom featuring jazz icons Richard Cooper on piano and Francis Vanek on tenor sax. The menu includes dinner specials and pizza from the stone hearth oven along with hand-crafted ales. 444 N Main St Fort Bragg, on the corner of Main and Pine streets.
  • June 1: “First Friday” — A number of downtown businesses and art galleries open their doors “after hours” on the 1st Friday of the month, often serving wine and appetizers. 5-8 pm.
  • June 2-3: Learn to Kayak Weekend: Learn skills to make your paddling easier and more fun with a weekend of kayaking instruction. $160-$200/person includes instruction and all equipment for the class and tour. Liquid Fusion Kayaking, 32399 Basin Street, Fort Bragg; 707-962-1623; http://www.liquidfusionkayak.com
  • June 3: Breakfast at the Fort Bragg Grange. Join us the First Sunday of the month for a breakfast of pancakes, ham, eggs and hash browns, coffee, tea or milk; OJ available. Adults $7.00; children $3.00.  Grange is at 26500 Highway 1, (6 mi north of Fort Bragg) Inglenook; 707-964-2902; http://www.fortbragggrange.org
  • June 4: Staff Led Tours At Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. Join us the first Monday of the month for an informative walk through the Gardens! Sometimes it’s Rhododendrons, sometimes birds, sometimes mushrooms,  always fascinating and free w/ admission. Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, 18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352; http://www.gardenbythesea.org
  • June 16: The Fort Bragg – Mendocino Coast Historical Society offers a regular docent led walk of Fort Bragg’s historical business district. Learn about Fort Bragg’s rich and historic commercial past. Hear how Fort Bragg’s business district is actually located where the Fort Bragg military post was built, and how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed much of the business district, and learn how the area has changed throughout Fort Bragg’s history. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested
  • June 17: Hear the stories of some of the pioneers and early settlers of Fort Bragg  and the Mendocino Coast. Learn about the symbolisms of Tombstones and what you can learn about area and family history from a cemetery. Please meet at Rose Memorial Park at Franklin and Spruce  Streets. Walks start at 2:00 pm.  Walk led by David Foucheaux. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested

Don’t Miss: Fourth of July Fireworks, World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue

  • July 5: Spirit of America concert:  A Musical Celebration of the Fourth of July with performances by Acafellas, In the Mix, Dan Fowler, Mendocino Coast Brass Ensemble and special guests.
A fundraiser for the Fort Bragg Food Bank with a portion of the proceeds going to the VFW.
 7 pm; location: Fort Bragg Presbyterian, 367 S Sanderson Way, Fort Bragg. For information, tickets: email to FoodBankED@mcn.org
  • July 5: World’s Largest Salmon BBQ (Salmon Restoration Association). BBQ tickets are $30 at the door or $23 at Harvest Market. Admission is free. Come and listen to the music and enjoy the afternoon in Noyo Harbor. BBQ Starts at 11am and goes to 6 pm. No dogs allowed in the dining area.
  • July 5: Fourth of July Fireworks - A dedicated group of community volunteers is organizing the Noyo Harbor Fireworks show. The City of Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce are doing the many tasks needed for the show. Parking for the fireworks will be available for $5 per car off Ocean View Drive in Fort Bragg (the light just south of Noyo Bridge). For more info, call the Chamber at 707-961-6300.
  • July 13 & 17: The Fort Bragg – Mendocino Coast Historical Society offers a regular docent led walk of Fort Bragg’s historical business district. Learn about Fort Bragg’s rich and historic commercial past. Hear how Fort Bragg’s business district is actually located where the Fort Bragg military post was built, and how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed much of the business district, and learn how the area has changed throughout Fort Bragg’s history. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested
  • July 22: Hear the stories of some of the pioneers and early settlers of Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast. Learn about the symbolisms of Tombstones and what you can learn about area and family history from a cemetery. Please meet at Rose Memorial Park at Franklin and Spruce Streets. Walks start at 2:00 pm. Walk led by David Foucheaux. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested
  • July 26 – 28: Annual Fort Bragg Rodeo: put on by Shoreline Riders. Their Web site has a map to the arena.

Don’t Miss: Art in the Gardens; Dahlias Bloom at Botanical Gardens, History Walks

  • August 3: 22nd Art in the Gardens (Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens) - View the juried art on display and for sale by nearly 100 prominent artists; Art in Action – Watch the process as art is carved, painted, blown and hammered into its final shape; Wine – Enjoy wines ‘for tastes & for sale’ from the area’s finest wineries; Music & Food – Music & local gourmet food add to the ambiance of the Gardens’ setting. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Details.
  • August 10 – National Lighthouse Day  - Lantern Room Tours at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. The Lighthouse Lantern Room and Fresnel Lens Tours will be offered from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. A modest fee, which supports the lighthouse maintenance fund, of $5.00 is appreciated. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to participate in the tours. For additional information please contact the lighthouse at 707-937-6122.
  • August 17: In Praise of Dahlias – a Workshop at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens - Join Master Gardener, Mario Abreu for an informative workshop on the techniques o planting, growing, stem and tuber propagation, and planning of your own Dahlia Garden. A tour of the Dahlia Garden will follow. For information visit: www.gardenbythesea.org
  • August 19:  Hear the stories of some of the pioneers and early settlers of Fort Bragg  and the Mendocino Coast. Learn about the symbolisms of Tombstones and what you can learn about area and family history from a cemetery. Please meet at Rose Memorial Park at Franklin and Spruce  Streets. Walks start at 2:00 pm.  Walk led by David Foucheaux. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested.
  • August 24-25: Ride and Tie Championships.
  • August 31-Sept. 1: Annual Book Sale – The sale is across the street from the Fort Bragg library, in the historic Veterans Memorial Building on the corner of E Laurel & N Harrison. Saturday, August 31, 10 am to 5 pm;  Sunday, September 1, 10 am to 2 pm.

Don’t Miss: Paul Bunyan Days; Winesong at Botanical Gardens

  • August 30-September 2 (Labor Day Weekend): Named for the bigger-than-life logger and his giant blue ox, Paul Bunyan Days celebrates the history of the community and pays tribute to the strength of the people who live here. Paul Bunyan Days is a family-friendly festival packed with free – or almost free – activities Labor Day Weekend, Friday August 30 – Monday Sept 2nd. Details, maps, schedules and entry forms on their web site:www.paulbundays.com. The Paul Bunyan Days Association organizes it, sponsors pay for it, service clubs and volunteers make it happen!
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Annual Book Sale – The sale is across the street from the Fort Bragg library, in the historic Veterans Memorial Building on the corner of E Laurel & N Harrison. Saturday, August 31, 10 am to 5 pm;  Sunday, September 1, 10 am to 2 pm.
  • September 1: Caspar Classic Mountain Bike Race: open to all members of the family; State Forest Road 500 East Caspar. Send email to Roo Harris for time and details:  rooharris1946@gmail.com
  • September 2 – Steam Donkey Mile: a family run for all levels. Learn more.
  • Sept. 6: First Friday – Stroll the streets of downtown Fort Bragg after normal business hours, browsing shops and galleries. Many galleries offer meet-the-artists receptions with light nibbles and libations.
  • September 6 & 7WineSong offers fine wines and food in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. It’s the event of the season on the Coast, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for our local hospital.
  • Sept. 14: Celebration of Heath & Heathers Workshop - Looking for year round garden beauty? Heath & Heather with their display of foliage, flowers, and textures might be for you. Learn basic techniques of pruning, propagation, design, care and maintenance of Heath & Heathers with our Heather Garden Curator, Mario Abreu. For information visit us at:www.gardenbythesea.org.
  • Sept. 14 & 28: The Fort Bragg – Mendocino Coast Historical Society offers a regular docent led walk of Fort Bragg’s historical business district. Learn about Fort Bragg’s rich and historic commercial past. Hear how Fort Bragg’s business district is actually located where the Fort Bragg military post was built, and how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed much of the business district, and learn how the area has changed throughout Fort Bragg’s history. Meet at 10 am at the Guest House, 343 N. Main St. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested.
  • Sept. 15: Our local cemetery has a lot to teach about the history of the Fort Bragg area and its pioneer families. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear stories of some of the pioneers and early settlers of Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast. This program is part of the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society’s regularly scheduled docent-led walking programs. Meet at Rose Memorial Park, 760 N. Franklin Street at 2 pm.  The walk is led by local historian David Foucheaux. Plan on spending about an hour and a half. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested.
  • Sept. 21: Learn the secrets to success with soil, 10 am-noon, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Join Kate Frey to learn the simple secrets to success with soil in many different situations, from vegetable gardens, flower borders, and shrubs to mature trees, in this informative slideshow and presentation. Call 707-964-4352 x16 to reserve your space.

Don’t Miss: Abalone Festival

Don’t Miss:Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival


Don’t Miss: Tree Lighting and Parade; Candlelight Inn Tour; Whalewatching begins!

  • Festival of Lights: Dec. 6-22, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
  • 6th Annual Lighted Boat Parade, Dec. 6, Noyo Harbor, 6 pm.
  • Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration: Saturday, December 7 - sponsored by the Fort Bragg Volunteer Fire Department and the North Coast Rodders Car Club. 5pm: Festivities begin when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with the children and pass out cookies and candy at the Guest House Museum. 7 pm: The Holiday Lights Parade will illuminate downtown Fort Bragg.
  •  Lighting of City Christmas Tree, – Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 pm: local musicians and community groups entertain with carols and traditional Christmas music. The Mayor officially lights the giant tree on the lawn of the Guest House Museum.
  • 24th Annual Candlelight Inn Tour: December 12-14, 5-8pmVisit many lovely Inns along the Mendocino Coast — including Fort Bragg — enjoying refreshments plus art & live entertainment by youth musicians at each stop! For updated information on inns and tickets at www.mendocinoinntour.com.
  • Fort Bragg Unified School District Winter Band Concert, December 19, 7-9 pm, Cotton Auditorium
  • Lions Club Annual Senior Christmas Dinner, 707-961-1727;lbions@mcn.org


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