Community roundup: What’s going on in the area

Leggett High School Italian students are heading to Italy after two years of raising money for the trip.
Leggett High School Italian students are heading to Italy after two years of raising money for the trip. Contributed

Party to honor retiring Redway School teacher

Claire Piccinelli, who has spent nearly three decades teaching at the Redway School, is retiring from teaching.

A party to honor Piccinelli will be held June 8 at the Redway School from 5 to 7 p.m. All past and present students and their families, friends and colleagues, and community members are welcome to attend.

Piccinelli began teaching English in a small farming community in Illinois, according to a release. After three years, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she taught at a local preschool and a day school before moving to Southern Humboldt County. After some substitute teaching, she spent the rest of her career at Redway School.

Piccinelli has taught nearly 1,000 students at Redway School.

“Claire has always deeply believed that the most important thing she could teach a student in her class was to be a good person in the world,” a release about her stated.

Monthly bird walk set for June 9

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will hold its monthly birdwalk June 9 at Southern Humboldt Community Park. Meet at 8 a.m. at Tooby Park, one mile down Sprowl Creek Road. For more information, call 707-923-2695.

Sanctuary Forest hike to look at edible plants

Sanctuary Forest is hosting a hike June 9 to look at edible and medicinal plants in the Mattole River headwaters. Local herbalist and naturalist Michele Palazzo will lead hikers along the river and up over the ridge to examine the properties of the plants. By the completion of the hike, participants will have picked and eaten a variety of herbs. Participants are encouraged to bring paper and writing implements to take notes. The hike is considered easy to moderate and covers a mile and a half of even ground.

Meet at 10 a.m. at Restoration Forestry gate — the first right after Whitethorn Elementary. Bring a lunch and water, wear sturdy shoes, and dress in layers.

The hike is free of charge, though donations are gladly accepted and help us to offer this program year after year.

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

Cannabis chamber to hold mixer June 14

The Humboldt Cannabis Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly second Thursday mixer on June 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Humboldt Business and Visitors Bureau office at 773 Redwood Drive, Suite E, in Garberville. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available. For more information, go to

Leggett students to head to Italy

The Italian class at Leggett Valley High School will be taking a two-week trip to Italy in mid-June. This trip includes stops in Rome, Naples and Florence. Students will be visiting historical sites in each of the cities with their Italian teacher Amber Godey-Hamor.

The trip is the result of a two-year project to raise money through Italian themed dinners, weekly casserole sales and other fundraisers.

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