Community roundup: What’s going on around town

Francis Vanek will be teaching a musical improv class at College of the Redwoods.
Francis Vanek will be teaching a musical improv class at College of the Redwoods. Contributed

Budget roadshow visits Southern Humboldt

The Humboldt County Budget Roadshow will be at Benbow Inn on March 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Prior to the event, there will be a meet and greet from 5:30 to 6 p.m. with county supervisors.

Agencies participating in the event include the sheriff, the county Department of Health and Human Services, the district attorney, probation department, planning and building, and public works. The event is hosted by 2nd District Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell.

The event offers an opportunity for residents to talk about how to make county services function better.

Buddhist retreat offers transformative seminar

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, the Tibetan Buddhist retreat in Leggett, is offering a seminar with John Makransky from March 9-11. Makransky will provide training in cultivating love, compassion and wisdom as a healing and liberating force. The seminar will use guided mediations, explanation and discussion. The seminar is open to all faiths. Lodging and meals are available. For registration and more information, go to, email or call 707-925-0201.

Freeform dance event offered in Willits

Ecstatic Dance Mendo offers a 3 1/2-hour movement event one Sunday per month in Willits. The event gives the community an opportunity to gather and experience the healing powers of dance.

The event begins with “Movement Resonance,” a contact improv class from 10 to 11 a.m. with Basin Herbertson and Leece HIllegas. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. there is “Ecstatic Dance with DJ Dragonfly!” From 1:30 to 1:45 p.m., participants close with a sound healing from Audrya Chancellor and Sara Bassindale.

New music class at Garberville CR site

Francis Vanek will teach an improv music class at College of the Redwoods in Garberville on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., from March 27 through May 1. The class is for musicians of all styles who want to understand basic musical harmony. Students will review the basic modes and accompanying chords that were covered in the first improv class and then concentrate on the next step in advancing scales and chords including the diminished, augmented and melodic minor. Practical application of this material will be an important part of the focus. As in the first class, plenty of playing time will be included, so bring an instrument.

The class size is limited to twenty students, so pre-registration is recommended. Call College of the Redwoods at 707-476-4500 to register.

Sanctuary Forest offers scholarships

The Sanctuary Forest is seeking applicants for six $1,000 scholarships available to Humboldt County and northern Mendocino County high school students.

According to the news release, applicants must be college-bound seniors with demonstrated interest and active involvement in environmental issues.

The release states the scholarships are thanks to generous donations from the Dimmick family, the Maria & Robert Kelly Stewardship, the business community of Humboldt and Mendocino counties, Humboldt Redwood Company and friends of the Sanctuary Forest and Rondal Snodgrass.

The deadline to apply is May 1, and applications are available at or by calling 707-986-1087 ext. 9 for more information.

Community calendar returns to SoHum

Our Lade of the Redwoods Catholic Church is taking over the community calendar, previously offered through the civic club.

Birthdays, anniversaries and memorials can be listed in community calendar for 40 cents per listing. The calendar is for Sept. 1, 2018, through Aug. 31, 2019.

Calendars will go on sale in August 2018 for $7.50 each.

To have items listed, email sohumcommunitycalendar@gmail.ciom or call 707-923-7864.

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