Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Aug. 4 @ 8:57 a.m. / Event
This morning I spoke with Jackie Dandenau and Alanna Jane Powell about Fervor Fest, coming up on Saturday August 13th in the Creamery District of Arcata. This will be the first of what they hope to be an annual event celebrating all things fermented. Along with beer and wine, this includes cider, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, bread, cheese and of course distilled spirits.
This event goes from 1pm till 5pm and benefits the Arcata Playhouse and Humboldt Made. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets, Wildberries, and at the door. More info at HumboldtFervorfest.org
Bayley Brown / Wednesday, Aug. 3 @ 6:41 p.m. / Music
7th Generation Rise, a project headed by Good Shield Aguilar, is performing at Reggae on the River this weekend! They came into the studio to perform a few tracks. Enjoy :)
All photos by Katharina Meerle
Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Aug. 3 @ 8:57 a.m. / Theater
This morning i spoke with Carol Escobar and Craig Waldvogel, cast members of the Humboldt Light Opera Company's performance of "Phantom of the Country Opera." This Comedy/Drama is loosely based on the clastic tail "Phantom of the Opera." However, instead of Andrew Lloyd Webber music, this musical, written by Kathy Santen and Sean Grennan contains music more of a country/western bent. Music by Michael Duff with lyrics by Cheryl Coons.
The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show will run for the next 2 weekends. More info and tickets at hloc.org.
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, July 28 @ 9:29 a.m. / Politics
In light of the suspicion that Russia is behind the hacking of the DNC to expose embarrassing emails from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and the fact that yesterday Donald Trump in a press conference basically asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton to find the "missing" emails from her server, this picture of street art from Lithuania is fitting.
Betty Chinn Gives Us an Update on the Blue Angel Container Village, a (Temporary) Home for the Homeless
Bayley Brown / Wednesday, July 27 @ 11:10 a.m. / Homelessness
Betty Chinn standing by the healing garden in the Blue Angel Village Photo: Bayley Brown
Betty Chinn and Greater Eureka Community Outreach Program (GECOP) Project Manager James Rockwell came in to give an update on how the project is shaping up at the Mercer-Fraser Parking Lot at Commercial and 3rd Streets. GECOP has been informally called "Container Village" and "Betty's Apartments" but Rockwell said that the residents voted on "Blue Angel Village" at one of their weekly community meetings.
The project is nearing its halfway point, and Chinn says that they have seen significant progress from many of the residents. Under the agreement with the city, people who check in have 90 days to find employment and housing. They will have to extend the deadline for a few residents to 120 days because the process takes time. Chinn says, “Basically they’ve stayed back because of the housing. We haven’t gotten the paperwork done yet.” So far 16 people have found permanent housing and about 28 have employment.
GECOP connects residents with medical care, mental health services, alcohol and drug services, birth certificate, state IDs, and other foundational needs. “We work with people where they’re at and try to build up their potential to reenter our community,” Rockwell said. He also had the idea of a healing garden, which the residents have taken pride in.
Rockwell said that a low barrier program is important. “So many people there have dogs. That is a barrier to them getting any sort of housing program,” he said. The only overnight shelter in the community doesn’t allow dogs. He stressed that it was amazing how much this was a prohibitive barrier for people to get into programs and get housing. We discussed how the dogs are members of the residents’ families and it was important to keep people with their companions.
When the program was first proposed, many businesses spoke out against it. Chinn stressed that they have not had any problems and that in fact one unnamed business owner now comes by daily. She attributed this to her good neighbor policy: no loitering, no litter and no trespassing.
Chinn and Rockwell said that they have made a commitment to have the containers there for only six months. The containers are not outfitted with heating. Rockwell said that they will have to get creative in the winter, but luckily the environment on Humboldt Bay is temperate.
“It’s a program in which we allow people with whatever problems they have with their dogs and whatever baggage to come in and get an opportunity to change their life around. People are seizing the opportunity” Rockwell said. He stressed that giving people homes first gives them empowerment through a sense of ownership and voice. Rockwell elaborated: “We’ve engaged with a lot of hopelessness. ‘I can’t change my life. This is it.’ So to watch people come alive from that state has been pure awesomeness. Really, really fulfilling for me on a personal level to participate in that process with people.”
If anyone wants more information or is looking for employees, Betty requests you call the Day Center at 707-407-3833 or visit http://bettychinn.org/
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The healing garden Photo: Bayley Brown
A view of the village from the street Photo: Bayley Brown
A row of apartments Photo: Bayley Brown
A few more apartments Photo: Bayley Brown
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, July 26 @ 9:09 a.m. / Trails
This morning I spoke with Emily Sinkhorn, Erin Kelly and Michael Kauffmann about the Bigfoot Trail. Emily and Erin spent about a month hiking this beautiful trail through some of the most stunning parts of the country. Emily and Erin pictured here in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Check out more of their trip on their blog.