Community roundup: What’s going on around town

Joani Rose, Jim Wile and Francis Vanek perform May 17 at Cecil’s.
Joani Rose, Jim Wile and Francis Vanek perform May 17 at Cecil’s. Contributed
Briceland Vineyards is opening up for a tasting and open house event May 26-27.
Briceland Vineyards is opening up for a tasting and open house event May 26-27. Contributed

Jazz night set for Cecil’s

Vocalist Joani Rose will perform with guitarist Jim Wile and tenor sax player Francis Vanek on May 17 at Cecil’s New Orleans Bistro. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Rose signs standards, bossas, ballads and blues.

Mixer set to provide Measure F information

A mixer is set for May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gyppo Ale in Shelter Cove to provide information about Measure F.

The evening is hosted by employees of the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, the SoHum Health Foundation and the Yes on Measure F Committee, according to a release from Barbara Truitt.

Magical performance set for playhouse

A ballet inspired by the Harry Potter series of book titled “The HoHum Academy for Young Witches and Wizards” will take place May 18 at 6 p.m. and May 19 and 20 at 1 p.m. at the Redwood Playhouse in Garberville. Dancers of all ages will be participating in the performance.

Tickets will be available at the door one hour before each performance. The cost of general admission is $15, children younger than 12 and seniors are $10.

Hike looks at birds of the Lost Coast

Sanctuary Forest is hosting a birds of the Lost Coast hike on May 19 in the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. The hike, led by long-time birders Allan Ridley and Helen McKenna, will look at meadow, shore and forest birds and talk about nesting and parenting habits.

Participants can meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Sanctuary Forest office and are encouraged to bring binoculars, lunch and water. A four-wheel drive vehicle to help with carpooling would be helpful.

For more information, call Sanctuary Forest at 707-986-1087 ext. 9# or go to

Floating tour of Eel River planned

The Institute for Sustainable Forestry is hosting a floating tour of the Eel River on May 20. Participants are asked to bring their own canoe, kayak or boat and personal floatation device as well as good river walking shoes, water and a lunch for the event. Swimming and snorkeling may be available. Meet at Tooby Park at 9 a.m. Shuttles will return from Sylvandale beach by 4 or 5 p.m.

The institute requests a sliding scale donation of $10-$25. To register or for more information, contact ISF at, 707-244-4584 or email

KMUD celebrates its birthday May 26

Redwood Community Radio will celebrate KMUD’s 31st birthday at the station’s headquarters, 1144 Redway Drive in Redway on Saturday, May 26, according to a news release. The party and music starts at noon.

Live music will be performed throughout the event with Ari and Ruby opening; the lineup continues with Savannah Rose; original music by Beth Bell; Thornbirds; rowdy Bluegrass with Back to the Hill; Sleepwalker; Rebecca Wudarski; Transam Mullet; and the headliner, folk and reggae band That Captain. A full schedule is posted on

Redway Drive will be closed between Empire Lane and Dazey’s driveway between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. for the event.

Celebration of life set for Valery McKee

A celebration of Valery McKee’s life is set for May 27 at Southern Humboldt Community Park on Sprowl Creek Road in Garberville. The gathering will begin at 3 p.m. Around 3:30 p.m., a circle of sharing will begin followed by a dance around a Maypole. Food, drinks, music will be included.

For direction or more information, call 707-986-9939 or 707-986-7761.

Briceland Vineyards hosts 2-day event

Briceland Vineyards invites the public to its annual open house and tastings event over Memorial Day Weekend. Held May 26-27 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Briceland, the vineyard is offering opportunities to share its white, red and rose wines.

“More than three fourths of the grapes that are used in Briceland’s wines are grown in Humboldt, most of which come from tiny, organically farmed family vineyards scattered throughout the Eel and Mattole River valleys,” a release from Briceland Vineyards states.

For more information, to arrange a tour, purchase cases, or to ship an order, contact the winery at 707-923-2429 or email

Dates of chamber meetings changed

The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce will now be meeting on the second Wednesdays of each month. The next meeting is June 13 at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact chamber executive director Jenny Early at 707-923-2613.

Fundraiser set for Richardson Grove

A four-day workshop that is benefiting the Save Richardson Grove Project is set for June 14-17. The workshop will be led by Chris Dyer and will take place on a Southern Humboldt farm overlooking the Eel River near Richardson Grove on U.S. Highway 101. Lunch and dinner are provided by Lavender Fox and sponsored by One Log House. The coast is $400.

“Primitive” camp spots will be available and a limited number of RV spots. Participants are asked to bring their own art supplies and leave dogs at home.

Email George Season at to reserve on the 16 spots available.

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