Eureka: The Friendship Circle dance takes place every Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Grange Hall, 5845 Humboldt Hill Road. Admission is $5. Coffee and snacks are provided (you can bring your own drinks). Everyone is welcome. Live music will be provided.
Read to dogs
Eureka: Young readers and storytellers are invited to the PAWS to Read program at the Eureka Main Library, 1313 Third St., on Wednesday from 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. After the adult parent or guardian signs up at the desk in the children’s room, each family will meet registered therapy dog Eele and her human, Joan, for a short reading session. Reading to a dog is a great way for new readers to practice skills in a low-pressure environment, and fun for everyone. The PAWS to Read program is offered on the second Wednesday of the month. The library’s programs and services are free and accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information or to ask for accessibility assistance, call 707-269-1910.
Fortuna: The Fortuna Garden Club will be meeting at noon Wednesday for a potluck luncheon at the Monday Club, Sixth and Main streets. In honor of President’s Month, the club will be recognizing and celebrating the achievements of past presidents. There will be a program by Judy Sloma on “Preparing for the Daffodil Show, Floral Design Division.” She will provide information on how to create an outstanding display of flowers that include daffodils. The club is preparing for the 44th annual Daffodil Show being held at the River Lodge in Fortuna from March 23 to 25. For more information about the meetings or to join the garden club, call Debra Strahan at 707-725-7862. Make sure to leave a message if you would like a call back.
On new roses
Eureka: The Humboldt Rose Society will have a program on new roses being introduced in 2019 on Thursday at 7 p.m. at its regular meeting. The group meets at Christ Church, Episcopal, in the Lewis Room, at 15th and H streets in Eureka (entry on 15th Street). Ample parking is available at 14th and G streets. There are always refreshments, door prizes and experienced rose growers available to answer questions. For more information about the group or the meeting, call 707-443-1284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the Humboldt Rose Society is available at www.humboldtrose.org.
Eureka: The Redwood Region Audubon Society will hold its monthly conservation meeting on Thursday at noon at Rita’s Margaritas and Mexican Grill, 1111 Fifth St. For more information, call 707-445-8311.
Fortuna: The Humboldt County African Violet Society will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at 1 p.m. at the St. Francis Episcopal Church, 16th and L streets. This month, the program will be on “Transplanting and Problem Plants,” with a workshop to follow. The public is invited to attend. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Kris at 707-725-5479.
Westhaven: The Westhaven Center for the Arts will present Third Friday Blues featuring the Jim Lahman Band Friday at 7 p.m. The event features a line-up of musicians, including Jenner Cohune, vocals; Alex Kantner, bass/vocals; Justin Hoopes, drums/vocals; Ron Perry, harmonica/vocals; and Lahman, guitar/vocals. Admission is $5 to $20, sliding scale.
Read to babies
Eureka: Parents and young children are invited to a “Baby Read and Grow” program at 11 a.m. on Friday in the children’s story room of the Eureka Main Library, 1313 Third St. The program begins with 20 minutes of songs, finger plays and short stories, followed by time for play with developmentally appropriate toys and socializing for both parents and children. The Baby Read and Grow program occurs every first and third Friday of the month. The library’s programs and services are free, and accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information or to ask for accessibility assistance, call 707-269-1910. This event is sponsored by First 5 Humboldt.
Manila: Help restore the dune ecosystem on the Friends of the Dunes property on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be removing invasive plants to make room for native plant diversity. Tools, gloves and snacks will be provided. Bring water and wear work clothes. Meet at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, 220 Stamps Lane. For more information, email email@example.com or call 707-444-1397.
Manila: Are you interested in getting involved with the nonprofit Friends of the Dunes? Join Outreach Coordinator Ashley Hansen for a volunteer orientation on Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, 220 Stamps Lane. Hansen will present a brief history of the organization, give an overview of education and stewardship programs and describe current volunteer opportunities. After the presentation, interested participants are invited to join an optional guided walk focusing on coastal dune habitats and biodiversity from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Snacks will be provided. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. Call 707-444-1397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manila: Join Friends of the Dunes naturalist Jenny Hanson for a free guided walk focused on appreciating lichens on Saturday from 10 to 1 p.m. at Ma-le’l Dunes North. This introductory walk will teach participants about the lichens of our area. Bring a hand lens if you have one, otherwise, one will be provided. Space is limited, and RSVPs are needed. Meet at the Ma-le’l Dunes North parking lot off of Young Lane in Manila. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Friends of the Dunes at 707-444-1397 or email@example.com.
Manila: Join Friends of the Dunes naturalist Vanessa Munoz for “Nature Story Time” at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Geared for ages 3 to 6, Nature Story Time focuses on local wildlife and is paired with a simple craft project, props, and fun movement activities. This month participants will be learning about sea turtles. For more information or to reserve a space, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-444-1397.
Eureka: Bring your family to the library to cuddle up for a cozy program on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the children’s room of the Eureka Library, 1313 Third St. Library staff and local sewing teacher Jennifer Duncan will share quilting stories and crafts. Enjoy the display of quilts in the children’s room and try your hand at the quilted “I spy” game. The Humboldt County Library’s programs and services are free, and accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information or to ask for accessibility assistance, call 707-269-1910. Craft activities are sponsored by First 5 Humboldt.
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