Melanie Noe is the owner of Myrtle Avenue Pet Center. She’s pictured here with Sammy, left, and Cubby, right. (AAUW — Contributed)

The Humboldt Branch of the American Association of University Women’s “Women’s History Tea” will take place Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 15th and H streets in Eureka. This year’s “Women of Distinction” honorees are Joyce Hayes and Melanie Noe.

Hayes has served for many years as executive director of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center. Her career has focused on the development and support of community based senior programs that give options for older adults to age in their community. She helped create the state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s Resource Center and spearheaded the creation of Redwood Coast PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), the first rural PACE in California. When time permits, she and her family enjoy spending time at a Van Duzen River retreat.

Joyce Hayes is the executive director of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center. (HSRC — Contributed)

Noe has owned Myrtle Avenue Pet Center since 2005. A Humboldt County native and a graduate of Eureka High School, she was raised in Freshwater. Both two- and four-legged community members recognize Noe for her kindness, generosity and compassion. Helping individuals and the community and building relationships are more important to her than the “bottom line,” and her customers and employees have become family.

“I always strive to do the right thing,” she said.

Reservations are required to attend this event, and can be made by calling 707-442-4643. Tea refreshments are being provided by the Fortuna Regional Occupational Program. For the full tea, the fee is $18; for beverages only, $6.

For more information about the event or AAUW, call 707-443-1291 or go to


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