Batik eggs, baklava, blues and boogie were examples of some of the sights, food and sounds that would be at the second annual Southern Humboldt Summer Arts Festival in September of that year.
About 70 booths would be set up at the Benbow Lake Recreation Area and would feature such crafts as handmade willow furniture, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, etched and stained glass, redwood products and woven items.
Local craftspeople received preference when applying for booths, but some out of the area entries were accepted for variety, according to the co-ordinator of the arts festival.
A drawing would be held both days of the festival with supervisor Harry Pritchard officiating. Tickets were $1 each and profits would go towards the next year’s festival.
The arts festival was sponsored by Eel River Arts Center and Southern Humboldt Working Together. The dance was sponsored by the Backwoods Jazz Association and the Summer Arts Festival Committee.
Cutting the number of periods in a day and shuffling students and teachers to different schools were some of the changes made by the Southern Humboldt Unified School District board of trustees due to Proposition 13.
Four teachers left the six-school district as $247,000 had to be cut from the district’s post-Propostition 13 budget.
”Although we cut $250,000 out of the budget, we tried to take money out of those things that hurt the basic program the least - to take advantage of things,” said Roger Adams, district superintendent. “For example, it’s easier to not hire four teachers that leave than to fire some.”
So as a result, students at South Fork High School and Miranda Junior High School would have a six period day rather than seven. Adams said this would alleviate making class loads heavier and there were no plans to cut the curriculum.
School supplies budget would be small for the next year - including paper and pencils, Adams said. This would affect the elementary schools more than the secondary schools, he added.
All students interested in taking classes through the College of the Redwood Southern Humboldt Branch were asked to register at Redway School on Sept. 6.
Forty classes were available at various locations in the Southern Humboldt area for the fall quarter. As a result of changes in state funding of community colleges, some zero unit classes had to have fees to support the cost of instruction.
More than 40 Southern Humboldt young people worked that summer on jobs funded by the county CETA department. Youth between the ages of 14 and 21 earned $2.65 an hour for providing extra staff support to public agencies like the California Department of Forestry and nonprofit organizations like Redwoods Rural Health center.
CETA’s summer jobs program had been operating in Humboldt County since 1974 and had grown from approximately 250 jobs to more than 500 jobs throughout the county that year.
Jobs ranged from grounds maintenance at South Fork High School and the California Highway Patrol to recreation leaders for the Whitethorn and Salmon Creek recreation programs.
Garberville’s lighting district was out of financial distress, at least for that year. The state of California allocated about $783,000 in emergency funds to Humboldt County to help bail out its special districts, which were hard hit by the repercussions of Proposition 13.