Cliff Berkowitz / Saturday, Sept. 24 @ 12:02 p.m. / Event
It is on! Cliff here coming to you live from Eureka Natural Foods Mckinleyville Grand Opening celebration. There are TONS of food venders here sampling their wears. Come hungry! I will be here live until 3pm. Stop on by and check it out!
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Sept. 22 @ 9:16 a.m. / Art
This morning I spoke with Kathy Montagne, executive director of North Coast Children's Services. For 29 years this event brings area artists and businesses together to make beautiful temporary art and raise funds for North Coast Children's Services. Pictured above is original sidewalk art done by Amy Berkowitz around 15 years ago. This year her art is being used for the poster to promote the event. Cool!
Bayley Brown / Wednesday, Sept. 21 @ 2:23 p.m. /
Do you like to get outside? Want to win prizes for it? Check out the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge. Anyone from Humboldt (not just students) can participate. You just take a selfie outdoors doing one of the many things you normally do (hiking, camping, hammocking) and you get points for it thus winning prizes from HSU and Outdoor Nation partners. You can get the free app or also log in for a desktop here.
Mike Dronkers, Center Activities Manager Bridget Hand, and Student Lead Ruby Garcia came in to pump it up!
HSU currently has an overwhelming lead! Keep it up. The contest goes until October 15.
Bayley Brown / Tuesday, Sept. 20 @ 4 p.m. / Community
Bayley interviewed Lyndsey (while Lyndsey was covering for Larry) about the Folklife Society Barn Dance this Saturday, September 24 at the Arcata Vets Hall.
Bayley Brown / Tuesday, Sept. 20 @ 3:27 p.m. / Entertainment
Redwood National and State Parks Fuels/Prescribed Fire Technician John McClelland came in today to talk about the parks prescribed fire efforts. In the coming weeks there will be some burning on some prairie and oak woodlands in the Bald Hills section of the park east of Orick. It will total 2100 acres. The exact date depends on weather conditions. The public will see aditional activity on Bald Hills Road, smoke, and traffic control.
McClelland explained why the right fire at the right place at the right time can be beneficial.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Sept. 20 @ 9:17 a.m. / Trails
This morning my co host Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Terri Vroman Little and her work with the CCC and all they are doing with trails here in Humboldt County. We also talked about The Humboldt Bay Marathon, how it started and where she hopes to see it in the near future. And although it was painful to bring it up, how she has taken the tragedy of 4 years ago (on Old Arcata Road) moved forward for positive advancement of trails and the creation of the Humboldt Bay Marathon, part of which goes along Old Arcata Road, in essence, reclaiming that space. Thank you to Terri and The CCCs for their tireless efforts to make Humboldt a better place for all.
Bayley Brown / Friday, Sept. 16 @ 11:06 a.m. / Community
Merrick McKinlay gazes at the impressive renovations in the original auditorium.
The historic Minor Theatre is reopening today! Last spring it was announced that an agreement couldn't be reached with the building owner Josh Neff and then current operator Coming Attractions. Humboldt County native Neff wanted to make at least 5-6 nights a week community oriented, but Coming Attractions didn't want it to be different than their other theaters. So Neff paired up with film connoisseur and Richard's Goat Tavern and Tea Room and Miniplex/La Dolce Video owner Merrick McKinlay to form Minor Theatre, LLC.
McKinlay took a break last night from training staff to talk with me for an interview that aired on KHUM this morning about the re-opening weekend and their future plans.
The selections this weekend focus on the artistic side of things. McKinlay said "there's a lot of local talent here. I tried to focus on artists I felt were doing really good work. Steven Vander Meer has his film that hasn't premiere locally although it had won awards in Ashland. Violet Crabtree same thing. She had won awards in Ashland. She has a new work. I just wanted to to honor the people that go unrecognized." Some works are narrative, some stop-motion animation, some legitimate animation, green screen, and more.
Friday night's show sold out in less than 24 hours, but there are still tickets available for Saturday and Sunday's events for $10. Their enhanced concessions (not just popcorn and candy, but real food and BEER!) will be immediately available.
The Minor crew want to show blockbusters, independent, foreign films. In the future they want to develop a film club, make a friends of sci-fi club, and even possibly restore the 35mm and 16mm projectors.
The Miniplex at Richard's Goat Tavern and Tea Room will run as a sister screen to the Minor. McKinlay gave the example of running a film for a weekend at the Minor then for three weeks at the Miniplex.
They expect to announce the next run of films shortly. Check back at minortheatre.com
Nice and comfy! The arm rests move up (on my!).
You can order food from your seat during the film. Yum!
Merrick and Josh train some new employees so they're ready for the first day.
There's the typewriter where you can share some memories of the historic theatre.
Local art by Sarah Lesher.