As December begins, we can take a step back from the exciting hustle and bustle of the season to appreciate the simple things that make our holiday spirits shine bright. Certainly there are the traditions our community shares each year, like the Festival of Lights at the Botanical Gardens, the lighting of the huge tree on Main Street and Fort Bragg’s annual Lighted Truck Parade – always attended by throngs of locals and visitors—see details of this weekend’s activities here
Mendo Moves for Standing Rock
Another important event coming up this Saturday, December 3 is Mendo Moves for Standing Rock— a day of sacred movement and music to benefit Standing Rock Water Protectors.
Doors open at 9:30 AM with an Opening Circle and Sacred Water Ceremony at 10 AM, followed by yoga, belly dancing, Zumba, and samba, as well sets from DJ Embe, DLT, Selector Science, Syrius and Midnight Mountain Man, and live music by NancyJoy Evans, Lavender Grace, and Afrofunk Experience. There will also be circus performances, talks on fracking, and a letter writing and banner making station. The event is taking place thanks to the generous donations of Gloriana Musical Theater. For admission prices and all the details click here.
In Partnership with the Skunk Train and Coast Cinemas, the Mendocino Film Festival will screen this film on Saturday, December 10. It’s the heart-warming story of a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa until he takes a magical train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. At 10:00 AM kids take photos with Santa, and the film starts at 11:00 AM.
Holiday Dining Options
For locals and visitors who eschew preparing elaborate meals during the holidays, and enjoy stopping by a favorite restaurant to share a delightfully hassle-free meal and some good conversation with friends, we’re happy to announce that many of our favorite hometown restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s eve and day. Check out the details below:
Dining options include Café One and Eggheads, Cucina Verona (also open Christmas Day), Point Noyo Restaurant and Bar, Mendo Bistro, Silvers at the Wharf, Takas Japanese, and The “Q”..so you can enjoy any kind of meal you like, from breakfast to barbeque, or relax for an elegant evening meal.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Celebrating the New Year at a local restaurant will be pretty easy—Fort Bragg boasts an array of restaurants that will be open both days, including Cucina Verona, Café One, Point Noyo Restaurant, Eggheads Homestyle Café, Mendo Bistro, North Coast Brewery, the Purple Rose, Silvers at the Wharf, Takas Japanese Restaurant, The Sea Valley Café and The “Q”. Call the restaurants for their individual holiday hours, or find them on Facebook!
Shop Small Saturday in Fort Bragg!
We had a great Shop Small Saturday event this year with a theme #ShopTinyBoxFortBragg. We’re very grateful to all the merchants who participated and donated such generous gifts that we were able to give away TWO epic gift baskets totaling $900 in donated items. We’d like to give a big shout out to everyone who participated, including ER Energy, Interior, Haywire, Fractalize, Grey Whale Inn, Toto Zaida, Pippi’s, Partners Gallery, Astoria Home Store, The Chair, Splendiferous, Sierra Wooten, Blaqk Door, Wren’s Boutique, The Outdoor Store, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, The Stables, The Quarry, The Bookstore & Vinyl Cafe, Dot & Twine, Understuff, North Coast Brewing Co., A Sweet Affair, Wood Joint Studio, Art Explorers, Whistlestop, If the Shoe Fits, Reynolds Menswear, Silver and Stone, Highlight Gallery, Gallery Bookstore and Harvest Market!
Don’t forget, there are still plenty of holiday shopping days left, so come visit and “shop small” in Fort Bragg, California. We’re a jewel of a town!