Fireworks show starts around dusk

Among this week’s items of note:

Happy Fourth of July!

The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 15th annual fireworks celebration in the Benbow Valley today. The show starts at dusk, about 9 p.m. Benbow Lake State Recreation Area will be open and collecting day-use fees. There will be food and drinks available on Fairway Drive, said Toni Genaro, president of the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center.

Shamanic journeying group

Sunday, July 9, 6-8 p.m., Eel River Holistics, Garberville: Come explore and experience the practice of shamanic journeying with the intention of receiving the guidance and healing you need for your life now. All experience levels are welcome. This group is facilitated by Heather O’Connell, a shamanic healing arts practitioner who resides on the Mendocino Coast. RSVP required — drop-ins will not be admitted. Space is limited; contact Michele to reserve your spot at 707-223-5709 or at

Electronics for kids and adult workshops

The Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation (SCARF) has been running free of charge children’s art and photography workshops for many years now. But this summer SCARF has something new and very exciting planned, adult and youth Electronic Kit building workshops!

Kids this is something special just for you. Join the Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation at the Shelter Cove Community Center on July 19 and July 26 to build your own electronics toys! You will learn about electronic components, soldering and assembly and walk away with electronic toys that you built yourself. The best news is it’s FREE!

The workshop will cover basic electronic components and assembly techniques. Each participant will use electronic soldering tools to assemble and test a small electronic toy to take home after the workshop. Students will learn among other things:

• Safety requirements of electronic assembly and soldering

• Identification of basic electronic components including resistors, capacitors, switches and integrated circuits

• Electronic soldering techniques

Class sizes are limited to 10 students per class and there are only a handful of openings left. This course is a very unique one and there has never been a class like this in Southern Humboldt. Register right away. Students will be registered on a first come-first served basis.

But that’s not all. In addition to the Children’s workshops, there will be an adult Train the Trainer workshop offered on July 12. Adults from the Trainer workshop are asked to help work at the youth workshops planned for July 19 & 26. These volunteers are needed to provide in-class support for our youth workshops to insure their successful completion of these complex electronics projects.

During this Train the Trainer session we will build several of electronics kits and learn the same skills as noted above. Like the youth workshops, there is no cost to attend the adult workshops, but priority will be given to those adults who make a commitment to help in the youth workshops. No electronics or soldering experience is required. You only need to have patience, an attention to detail and a good set of eyes (or a bad set of eyes with magnification.)

All workshops will be run by Steve Gillette. Steve is a retired professor of Mechatronics from Sierra Community College. Professor Gillette hopes to “inspire kids to ‘look behind the curtain’ of video games, computers and smart phones to see the actual inner workings of electronic devices. These hands on, build-it-yourself classes will show kids the nuts and bolts of the devices that we use daily, but perhaps take for granted.”

The Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt foundation was created to help develop recreational facilities and artistic activities for the citizens and visitors to Shelter Cove.

To register or learn more about the workshops contact Steven Gillette at or call 707-986-7650.

Vaude D’ Gras Circus performs the Transistance

Vaude D’Gras is a spectacle of epic proportions complete with magical illusions, circus aerials, bawdy burlesque, operatic side-show, whip-cracking, knife-throwing, gun-slinging, and danger. Join the Transistance for an epic battle between the powers of vaudeville and the powers that be. The Transistance is the fourth installment of the on-going Vaude D’Gras annual Mardi Gras show based in New Orleans. The show features a post-apocalyptic plot line with a socio-political humorous twist. The performance takes place Tuesday, July 11. The doors are at 8 p.m., show time is 9 p.m. The Mateel kitchen will serve a New Orleans-inspired meal for purchase.

San Francisco Mime Troupe Performs WALLS

Every summer the Mateel sponsors a performance from the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe who perform hilarious satirical plays about current political issues. WALLS asks the question: How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration? The answer: FEAR! The performance takes place Saturday, July 15 . The doors are at 6:30 p.m., the Mime Troupe band performs at 7:30 p.m. and the curtain is at 8 p.m. The Mateel kitchen will be serving a meal beginning at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale now through the website.

Reggae on the River

The 33rd Reggae on the River presented as a fundraiser for the non-profit Mateel Community Center, takes place Aug. 3 through Aug. 6 at French’s Camp, 10 miles south of Garberville along the banks of the Eel river. After the epic rainfall this past winter, the river is in great health and the rainwater catchment installed in 2016 makes Reggae the first water neutral/positive event of its kind. During the festival, once the sun canopy is lifted on stage, 16x9 foot digital display walls and video projections enhance the sound experience for audience members. Internal bike and van shuttles are available onsite to move gear and festivalgoers to and from the festival bowl to campsites and late night activities. For campers, the festival allows the opportunity to work together toward global community building, creating connections that are local and global. Bring a new or used tool for Tools For Change a Mateel Community Center program that shares tools with villages in Burkina Faso. All of the food booths at the festival partner with non-profit organizations to donate a portion of their proceeds. To purchase three or four tickets, Premier camping and Ambassador passes which donate 10 percent towards global charities, visit or call 707-923-3368.

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