Monday, July 15, 2024

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Growing roses

Jack Saffell will explain how he hybridizes roses at a Humboldt Rose Society meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Redwood Acres, 3750 Harris St., Eureka. (The meeting room is in the very front of the Raceway Grandstand building. There is ample parking.)

Hybridization is the process of creating a new variety through by combining two separate varieties.

The meeting is open to the public. There are door prizes, refreshments and long-time rose growers on hand to answer questions. For more information about the Humboldt Rose Society or this meeting, call 707-443-1284, email or go to

Family arts

The Humboldt Arts Council will host “Second Saturday Family Arts Day” Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F St., Eureka.

The suggested adult admission is $5, with kids admitted for free.

Families are invited to participate together in this monthly art-making workshop that complements current exhibitions at the museum. This month, participants will be celebrating artist Peter Holbrook’s legacy by creating their own landscapes using oil pastels on toned paper. Everyone is encouraged to explore Holbrook’s artwork at the gallery to gain inspiration.

After viewing the artwork on display, participants will gather in the rotunda for the day’s project with assistance and guidance from art educator Genevieve Kjesbu. All materials will be supplied.

For the kids

New Heart Community Church, located at 1490 Murray Road in McKinleyville, invites the public to the grand opening of its Children’s Building Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This recently remodeled building will provide state-of-the-art features, providing a 3,500 square foot facility for all children and youth ministries that New Heart offers.

The grand opening will include a bounce house, hot dogs and walk-throughs of the remodeled building. Both Pastor Dwayne Petty and Children’s Director Kari Steen will be available to answer questions.

For more information, visit or call 707-839-8015.

Tour the marsh

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will present a free guided field trip at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Bring binoculars and meet trip leader Cindy Moyer at the end of South I Street (Klopp Lake) in Arcata to enjoy easy-to-walk trails and the opportunity to view a diverse range of shorebirds, migratory songbirds and raptors, as well as resident birds likely engaging in breeding activities.

Marsh tour

Friends of the Arcata Marsh will sponsor a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday.

Everyone will meet leader Barbara Reisman at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute walk focusing on marsh history, wastewater treatment through natural processes and native/invasive plants. These walks are held rain or shine. For more information, call 707-826-2359.

Birding tour

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will offer a free guided birding tour along the Eureka Waterfront Trail on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m., with leader Ralph Bucher.

This relatively urban trail offers the potential to observe species abundance and diversity compared to many more remote locations. Watch out for cormorants, loons, grebes and even otters diving for their meals in the bay alongside the trail. This walk is on a flat, paved trail that is wheelchair accessible. Email Ralph to sign up for this field trip at

For retirees

The next breakfast for the Caltrans retirees, spouses, and Quarter Century Club members will be at 9:30 a.m. July 18 at the Village Pantry, 1912 Broadway in Eureka.

Confirm attendance with Arlene Hartin at or 707-498-1003 by Monday. Those attending should be fully COVID-19 vaccinated.

Yard sale

The Fieldbrook Community Club will hold its sixth annual “Fieldbrook Community Multi-Family Sale” July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a social event with 18 family sites participating this year; maps are available at Fieldbrook Market on the north and 3525 Fieldbrook Road on the south.

Tooth stories

The Humboldt County Library and SMILE Humboldt are teaming up to bring a free story time and information party to the community on July 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Eureka Library, 1313 Third St., Eureka.

This event will feature a toothy story time and fun activities that encourage your child’s oral health care.

The event will be repeated on July 27 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Arcata Library, 500 Seventh St. For more information, visit or call 707-269-1910.

HAPI storytime

The Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders (HAPI) will present a special story time Aug. 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Eureka Library, 1313 Third St., Eureka.

The event will be repeated on Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Arcata Library, 500 Seventh St.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about the Japanese celebration, Obon. HAPI will be hosting its third annual Obon celebration on Aug. 11.

For more information, visit or call 707-269-1910.

Summer camp

The Natural History Museum Cal Poly will present “Youth Summer Camp” for kids ages 6 to 9.

This is a chance to learn more about birds and dinosaurs and see real fossils. There will be lots of fun hands-on activities and games. Registration is open now. For date and times, visit or call 707-826-4480.


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