Cliff Berkowitz / Friday, Feb. 17 @ 9:24 a.m. / Youth
This morning I spoke with Elisha Pike and Dakoda Whitchurch from Y.E.P. (Youth Engaged in Philanthropy) about a $6000 grant they have available to an organization or organizations who can provide help to youth and young adults in the Eel River Valley. Youth need a safe place, clothes, food, and somebody to speak for them. 501(c)3 nonprofit agencies, organizations, school programs, and service clubs, apply today at the Humboldt Area Foundation website, http://www.hafoundation.org/ . Look for YEP grants. The deadline is March 1st.
Every Friday night, KHUM is your blues station with the best in soul, blues,
R & B and more on The South Side. This Friday the 17th, it's the birthday of the queen of Austin Soul / Twang, Lou Ann Barton.
Her voice drips with Texas and she's one of the finest purveyors of raw, unadulterated roadhouse blues that you'll ever hear.
Along with her solo recordings, we'll hear tunes from throughout her career along with Jimmie Vaughan, Curtis Salgado, Marica Ball, Angela Strehli and more.
Check her out on YouTube.
Bayley Brown / Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 11:04 a.m. / Theater
Excitement. Curiosity. Those were the first emotions I felt after my interview last night with four out of the eight Dell'Arte International's 2nd year MFA students about their adaptations of a short story and a musical concept album into stage productions.
The first piece is an adaptation of Ziltoid the Omniscient, which is a fascinating concept album by Devin Townsend about an extraterrestrial being looking for "your universe's ultimate cup of coffee." It's essentially about America's obsession with coffee. It was developed into a stage production by Natasha Marshall, Eric Jones, Chase Perkins and Matilda Lindström.
There is a definite need for positive inspiration in our society right now. The second adaptation is a feminist fairy tale by Barbara Walker called Lily and Rose, that talks about overcoming darkness. Faye Steddum, Gaia Mencagli, Jacob Timmons and Gaby Haught worked on transforming this piece.
There is no way that I can describe it like the students involved. Take a moment to listen to the interview below and I'll see you at the show!
The performance is at the Carlo Theatre in Blue Lake Thursday, Feb 16 through Sunday, Feb 19 at 8PM each night. It is pay what you can. For more information head here.
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 9:35 a.m. / Environment
This morning I spoke with Matthews Marshall, the Executive Director of Redwood Coast Energy Authority about the new Community Choice Energy program. Through the hard work of the RCEA, Humboldt County will be joining other California counties in generating, managing and choosing the sources of energy that supply the county.
This new program should result in slightly lower bills for most PG&E customers. For those of us who have gone solar, there will be new benefits to over generation including rollover credits. You will still be getting billed though PG&E, just the choices in generation will be made locally. PG&E will still maintain the grid and provide the maintenance of it. There is really no downside, however, customers can still have the choice to opt out at anytime. For those of you who want to energy from 100% renewable sources, you also have that option (at a slightly higher rate). Expect to get more information about this program in your mail within the next month or so.
Cliff Berkowitz / Thursday, Feb. 16 @ 8:50 a.m. / Literature
This morning I spoke with CR's David Holper about their choice for Book of the Year. This go round it is "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A book written to his son about growing up Black in America. This is a very powerful book. And although the author will not be able to make it to CR to speak, the school is hosting several events to celebrate. More information at the CR website.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Feb. 14 @ 9:17 a.m. / Trails
This morning Jessica Hall and I spoke with Dr. Chere Edgar recent convert to bike commuting. For about 2 years she has be commuting about 7 miles each way to work, partly on the Hammond Trail. In that time her energy has increased, stress has lowered and has lost about 80 pounds. WIth trail development increasing here in Humboldt County, bike commuting will become more and more common.
Lyndsey Battle / Sunday, Feb. 12 @ 1:59 p.m. / Youth
Liz Smith, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods, took some time to talk about some new happenings for our local youth. She also shared some ideas about how folks in our community can become more involved. If you're interested in reading to kids, tutoring after school or sharing your passion for beekeeping with local youth, get in touch with The Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods by phone: 707.441.1030 or visit their website: bgcredwoods.org