Community roundup: What’s happening in the community

SoHum Backpacks for Kids program needs help

The Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center is looking for a long-term volunteer driver for its Backpacks for Kids program. This program provides weekly food for students and families that are dealing with food insecurity and financial instability.

The driver’s responsibilities include picking up food from Food for People in Eureka, except on school holidays. The food is typically picked up on Thursday afternoon and delivered to the Family Resource Center on Thursday evening or Friday mornings. The volunteer will be provided with an office key.

If interested, call the Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center at 707-923-1147.

Two meetings to discuss future of the Mateel

The Mateel Community Center Board of Directors will hold two public meetings this month. The first will be Sept. 19, the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting date, and will be presented as a special meeting to notify the community of the current state of the Mateel’s finances in the wake of a loss from the annual Reggae On The River event. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a presentation by the Mateel’s board and general manager along with an opportunity to ask questions, discuss various options for moving forward, and share ideas for the future of the Mateel Community Center and Reggae On The River.

A second meeting is set for Sept. 25 to cover the board’s standard meeting agenda. The meeting will be held at MCC and start at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on either meeting, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 or send an email to

The Mateel Community Center is located at 59 Rusk Lane in Redway.

Food distribution set for Sept. 20 in Garberville

The monthly government food commodities provided by Food for People in Eureka will be distributed Sept. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Garberville Community Presbyterian Church on Maple Lane at Locust.

Recipients are eligible if income falls within government guidelines. Individuals are asked to “self certify” they are eligible by signing in and are asked to bring identification with a local address.

The commodities for this month are peanut butter, refried beans, cranberry juice, raisins, green beans, vegetable soup, canned chicken, vegetarian chili, breads and various fruits and vegetables.

Events set up to celebrate Jewish New Year

Congregation B’nai Ha-Aretz is organizing a host of events to mark the Jewish New year. The events take place Sept. 20-21 and Sept. 29-30.

• Sept. 20: For Rosh Hashanah, a youth service will take place at 5 p.m.; at 5:45 p.m. there is evening services and a pot luck dinner. Both take place at the Garberville Civic Club at 477 Maple Lane.

• Sept. 21: For Rosh Hashanah, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. are morning services and a potluck lunch at the Garberville Civic Club. At 2:30 p.m., Tashlich will be performed with closing services at Redway Beach.

• Sept. 29: For Yom Kippur, there will be a 5 p.m. youth service. At 5:45 p.m., there will be a Kol Nidre service. Both events are at the Garberville Civic Club.

Sept. 30: For Yom Kippur, there will be a morning service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afternoon service will be at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m, is a Yiskor memorial service and closing prayers. At 7 p.m. is the Havdalah and a fast-breaking potluck. All events are at the Garberville Civic Club.

For more information, call B’nail Ha-Aretz at 707-223-4849.

SoHum celebrates creativity with Arts Alive event

The Southern Humboldt Arts Alive is set for Oct. 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Garberville. The event will include local artists Talia Rose and Sonny Wong as well as the Mateel Co-op and South Fork High School.

More business and local artists are encourage to participate.

More information is available on the Southern Humboldt Business and Visitors Bureau Facebook page or by emailing