Ryan McGaughey will perform Friday night at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka. (Courtesy of the artist)

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‘Sip and Spell’

Eureka: A fundraising “Sip and Spell” event takes place Friday at the Eureka Woman’s Club, 1531 J St. This adult spelling bee with a bar is for logophiles and spectators alike. Use “cheats” to stay in the competition longer. Pulled pork, salads, snacks and cocktails will be available to purchase. Tickets are $20 and available at Scrapper’s Edge and at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the competition begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 707-845-7243

Piano concert

Eureka: Local pianist Ryan McGaughey will present “Final Fantasy VII, Piano Collections” Friday at 7 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F St. McGaughey will present an evening of solo piano arrangements from the video game Final Fantasy VII. This is not just a sit-and-listen piano concert, in fact, this concert will be an experiment in avoiding some of that. When it comes to piano concerts, this concert will offer a more unique experience. Members of the audience can just sit and listen if that’s what they want to do, wander the galleries while they listen or view the gameplay footage of the video game Final Fantasy VII that will be projected on a screen for their entertainment. There will also be a game for audience members to play throughout the concert and there will be a video game given away to one lucky winner. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors (age 65 and over), military veterans, and students with ID; and free for children 17 and under, families with an EBT card and valid ID and museum members.


Marsh tour

Arcata: Friends of the Arcata Marsh is sponsoring a free tour of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at 2 p.m. Meet leader Ken Burton at the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute walk focusing on the birds, plants and/or ecology of the marsh. Loaner binoculars are available with a photo ID. For more information, call 707-826-2359.

Tour the marsh

Arcata: The Redwood Region Audubon Society is sponsoring a free public field trip at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday. Bring binoculars for birding and meet leader Cindy Moyer in the parking lot at the end of South I Street (Klopp Lake) in Arcata at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. The trip ends around 11 a.m.

Mensa meeting

Samoa: Cassandra Hesseltine will present a program on shooting films in Humboldt and Del Norte counties during a Northcoast Mensa Forum at noon Saturday at the Samoa Cookhouse. The forum is open to the public and lunch is no host. Hesseltine is film commissioner of the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and has been since 2010. She was president of Film Liaisons of California Statewide from 2016 to 2019. She has a degree in psychology from Humboldt State University with an emphasis in theater as a form of therapy.


Trail workday

Eureka: The Volunteer Trail Stewards will hold a workday Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. along the Eureka Wharf Trail from C Street to Del Norte Street. Volunteers will meet at the Wharfinger Building parking lot at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Tasks involve picking up litter, weeding or spreading bark chips. Gloves and some tools will be provided, or bring your own. Snacks and beverages will be available afterward. Volunteer workdays are held the first Sunday of every month. For more information, email Gail at gailpopham@gmail.com.

Coming Up

Student show

Arcata: Students of the Northcoast Preparatory Academy Young Actors Guild will present “Beauty and the Beast” March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. at the Gist Hall Theater on the campus of Humboldt State University. Admission is $10 for students and seniors and $15 for the general public. There will also be an open dress rehearsal March 5 at 7 p.m. for $5. The original story was published in 1740 by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. After reading this version of the fairy tale, an NPA student, Sasha Woodruff, was inspired to adapt it for the stage. She shows that the original lessons of fairy tales are often muddled in their modern translations. This production will challenge the modern answers to the ancient question of “what defines beauty and ugliness?”

Folklife fest

Blue Lake: The 42nd annual Humboldt Folklife Festival will be July 11 to 18 in Blue Lake. Applications to perform at this year’s festival are due on March 20. To apply to perform, go to www.humboldtfolklife.org. For more information, email humboldtfolklifefest@gmail.com.

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