Visit Fort Bragg this September for a variety of exciting events, from the California Coastal Cleanup, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Plant Sale, Mendocino Art Center Paint Out, to the opening of the Symphony of the Redwoods season, Liquid Fusion Kayaking Classes, a special Skunk Train trip and more!
Every September for 15 years, The Mendocino Land Trust has coordinated the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Cleanup Day in Mendocino County. They’re responsible land stewards, organizing a variety of clean up locations all along the coast. Sponsors of the coastal cleanup efforts include Mendocino Coast Audubon Society, Surfriders, North Coast Brewing Company, City of Fort Bragg, Liquid Fusion Kayaking, Noyo Center for Marine Science, Hospitality House, Coastal Mendocino Association of Realtors, Mendocino Land Trust, Little River Environmental Action Group, and more. Last year alone, the efforts of the land trust, their related partners and more than 300 dedicated volunteers removed more than 5,500 pounds of trash and recyclables from local beaches. Join the fun this Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 a.m. – noon. No need to sign up ahead of time, just show up at your favorite beach with work gloves, a water bottle, and a bucket or bag to collect the garbage. If you opt to help clean up the Noyo River, Liquid Fusion Kayak has scheduled an after-picnic on their deck on the river. Get all the details here.
September 29: Inland Clean up of the Regional Park
The Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District has received a CalRecycles grant to pay for dumpsters and tip fees for a 586 acre area damaged by illegal dumping and camping. Grab a hat, boots, and some water and join the volunteer group on Saturday, September 29. Every volunteer will be rewarded with lunch provided by MCRPD! Call 707-964-9446 for all the details.
September 15-23: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale
Stock up on plants to beautify the home garden, or give as gifts, and grab a yummy snack or lunch at Rhody’s Cafe. Proceeds from the sale help the gardens maintain the beautiful 47-acre site renowned as one of the top ten botanical gardens in the United States. Details here.
September 30: Mendocino Land Trust and Skunk Train First Annual “Through the Trees” Fundraiser
The extraordinary 426-acre Noyo River Redwoods preserve is only accessible by train—see it in style on September 30. The Skunk Train leaves the Willits depot at 11:00 a.m and returns at 4:00 pm. Passengers will enjoy a delicious lunch of paella, prepared on site in Crowley Meadow by Karina’s Catering, with libations provided by North Coast Brewing and Lula Cellars. Tap your toes or swing your partner to the captivating tunes of the Hot Club of Comptche. Enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year, with warm September sunshine, a trip through the towering redwood forest, and a view of the magnificent Wolf Tree. Tickets here.
September 29: Two Bars and a Bike at Mendocino County Bike Party
And now for something completely different: Milano Bar is the starting point for an exciting evening ride under the stars. Decorate your bicycle with LED lights and take a joy ride around the town of Fort Bragg, and along the old Haul Road for spectacular views along our rugged coastline. Ride ends at the iconic Tip Top Bar on Franklin Street, where you can tipple a few and feel good about the exercise and camaraderie. Here’s the deets.