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    Grand opening

    The public is invited to a grand opening event hosted by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce on Friday starting at 4 p.m. in Ferndale. Three local businesses are celebrating a day of changes. At 4 p.m., representatives of the chamber will cut ribbon at The Stitch at 385 Main St. to mark a change of ownership. From there, the party will move on to cut another ribbon at 4:30 p.m. at 406-C Main St., the new location of Ferndale Arts Gallery. Both stores will serve refreshments.

    These two businesses are already well known in Humboldt County, but the third business will be a new one for Ferndale. It is a charcuterie that will be known as The Board Room, located at 406 Main St. in the same building as the new setting of the Ferndale Arts Gallery.

    All are welcome to attend these events. For more information, call The Stitch at 707-786-5007 or Ferndale Arts Gallery at 707-498-1699.

    For Godwit Days

    Eureka Natural Foods has selected the nonprofit Godwit Days organization as the recipient of its April Change 4 Change fundraiser.

    Patrons in the Eureka and McKinleyville stores will be asked to round up their total purchase to the nearest dollar, with the difference being donated to Godwit Days.

    Starting Friday and running through April 5, volunteers will be staffing a table at the Eureka location on Broadway, ready to answer questions about the 2022 Spring Migration Bird Festival set for April 15 to 17. There will be a tabletop display, flyers and 200 free kids’ goodie bags, courtesy of Friends of the Arcata Marsh. The McKinleyville location on Central Avenue will have an unstaffed display, where one can get basic information about the festival.

    To make a donation, tell the check-out person on these days to round up purchases to support Godwit Days. For more information, visit

    All about history

    The Humboldt County Historical Society will present a 75th anniversary lecture series event on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom.

    The topic, “Eureka’s Chinatown Project,” will be presented by Clarke Historical Museum Executive Director/Curator Katie Buesch. She has been working with the Eureka Chinatown Project since early 2021, running monthly walking tours to share the story of Eureka’s early Chinese population, the events that led to the population being forcefully removed in 1885 and the more recent work to recognize the Chinese contributions to the area through the creation of a mural, inclusion of interpretive signage, the renaming of a street and the establishment of a monument.

    The lecture will be hosted by the Humboldt County Library. The deadline to sign up for Zoom access to the lecture is 5 p.m. Friday. After registering, participants will receive the meeting ID and password.

    Those interested in this lecture and others, can find more information at by clicking on the calendar of events. Assistance in signing up is available by phone through the Humboldt County Library; call 707-269-1915.

    Marsh tour

    Friends of the Arcata Marsh is sponsoring a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday. Meet leader Elliott Dabill at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute, rain-or-shine walk focusing on marsh ecology.

    Masks are recommended but not required inside the building, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. For more information, call 707-826-2359.

    ‘Flea-Art’ planned

    The April Trinidad Flea-Art, organized by Penny Gunn, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Trinidad Town Hall.

    JessiCakes will be selling cupcakes from the kitchen. In the Civic Clubroom, soap, jewelry, antiques, art, memorabilia, women’s accessories and miscellaneous items will be available to purchase. Featured this month is a vast collection of crucifixion art for sale from all over the world.

    All sales benefit the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse Project.

    Wearing a mask indoors is recommended, especially if unvaccinated. Organizers ask that people attending practice social distancing and use hand sanitizer as well.

    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. Meet leader Ken Burton at the end of South I Street (Klopp Lake) in Arcata for this two-mile walk.

    Participants are likely to see some shorebirds in breeding plumage as they pass through en route to their breeding grounds. The breeding season will also be in full swing for many terrestrial species, including warblers, hummingbirds and chickadees, so it’s a great time to observe territorial disputes, courtship displays and nest-building and hear them singing. Bring binoculars.

    To RSVP, contact Ralph Bucher at

    Birding walk

    The Redwood Region Audubon Society will offer a free guided “Women and Girls Birding Walk” on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.

    Join trip leader Janelle Chojnacki at the King Salmon waterfront. Participants should see a variety of shorebirds, ducks, grebes and loons, as well as grassland sparrows and raptors.

    This walk will be a slow birding adventure on some beach sand and well-trodden trails. For reservations and the meeting location, email Chojnacki at

    City workday

    The city of Arcata’s next “Clean the Sidewalk Day” is set for a Valley West neighborhood on Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers of all ages are invited to attend, and work will include picking up non-hazardous items left behind in public spaces.

    Those who wish to participate are asked to meet at the entrance of Valley West Park on Hallen Drive at 9 a.m. There will be a check-in table for volunteers to receive instructions and supplies. Trash pickers, safety vests, gloves and buckets will be provided, and community members who have their own cleanup supplies are encouraged to bring them, too. Participants should bring their own water and face covering, and dress for the weather. Volunteers will also be expected to sign a volunteer agreement and a COVID-19 liability waiver.

    Valley West Clean the Sidewalk Days take place the first Sunday of each month. For more information, visit or email

    Find a rock

    Northcoast Children’s Services programs are recruiting for enrollment and, in conjunction with this enrollment, will be placing painted rocks in communities throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

    During the week of April 4, if you find a painted rock and call the number on the back, you will be entered to win a gas card.

    Northcoast Children’s Services provides early education and family support to children and families from pregnancy to age 5. It offers home visiting and toddler and preschool centers in a variety of locations. For more information, call Jenn at 1-800-808-7206.

    Estate planning

    Hospice of Humboldt will host a free workshop, “Estate Planning Essentials,” featuring local attorneys Angela Petrusha and Kristen Adams, April 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 3327 Timber Fall Court in Eureka.

    Petrusha and Adams will demystify the estate planning process, reveal the five essential elements of a complete estate plan and explain how these elements can be applied to unique circumstances. Topics include revocable living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, guardianship of minor children and more.

    Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will be limited seating available, so early registration is recommended. To register, call 707-798-6030 or visit





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