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Iris macrosiphon as painted by Arthur Van Deventer. Submitted
Annual botany event adds photo, art competitions
 

From oceanfront dunes to rocky alpine cliffs with redwood rainforest in between, Del Norte County’s 1,230 square miles of varied terrain  house thousands of species of flora and fauna. This weekend, some of its most delicate and colorful residents will take center stage at the Arthur Van Deventer Wildflower Painting and Photography Competition.

The annual Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show has honored Del Norte’s famous amateur botanist Ruby Van Deventer for the past seven years, but this year organizers decided to change things up and add an opportunity for local painters and photographers to show their work as well as honor Ruby’s husband, Arthur Van Deventer, an artist and wildflower enthusiast in his own right.

 


Spring Art Walk is Friday

The springtime Crescent City Art Walk is slated for 4–7 p.m. Friday in the downtown and harbor areas.  

Fourteen sites will be participating, including Marshall’s Redwood Gifts & Gallery across from South Beach, Crescent Harbor Gallery, The Upstairs Gallery, Philip Wadsworth Studio, Bay Studios, Pizza King, Vita Cucina, Johnston’s Gift, Garden and Home, Jefferson State Books, Enchanted Florist, Andrew’s Green Ark Pet & Gift, Terry’s Wearable Art, Millsong Mercantile and the Gallery of Arts & Culture.  


Garage Sale Review: Sign Science (part 2)

Hello, you odds and ends enthusiasts! This is the second part of an in-depth look at what your garage sale sign says about your garage sale, so if you’ve ever been in a position where you’re deciding whether or not to use a yellow crayon and a piece of toilet paper to advertise your sale then start paying attention. In last week’s installment I detailed my conversation with Terry, The Garage Sale Sensei, who turned me onto his good sign-good sale theory, and what follows below is a play-by-play of what happened when I put The Sensei’s hypothesis into the ol’ secondhand test tube of yard sale experimentation.


Local teens to compete for rodeo crown

Tryouts for first-ever Rodeo Queen Court Saturday at fairgrounds 

Tryouts for Del Norte County’s first-ever Rodeo Queen Court will be held Saturday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. 

Five girls will compete for a chance to be crowned queen or princess of the rodeo and represent the fairgrounds in other communities and before local dignitaries. 


Empowered Living: Overcoming long history of abuse takes time

In this column, Rene Quintana of Supported Living Services will explore the strides adults with intellectual disabilities have made in deciding their own future.

Recently I sat down with a client and we discussed the history of intellectual disability. The earliest record, according to research done by Catherine K. Harbour, Ph.D., MPH and Pallab K. Maulik, Phd., M.Sc., is on an “Egyptian papyrus of Thebes” dated circa 1552 B.C. The Romans allowed people with intellectual disabilities to own property and, according to Drs. Harbour and Maulik, to have guardians. As the centuries passed and civilization metamorphosed, people with intellectual disabilities were still part of the growing communities. It was not until the 1700s and 1800s during the Victorian era that things changed.

Society began the practice of institutionalizing this population and this is where the problems began. Some medical solutions proposed in this era included repeated slapping and cold baths. Other physicians at the time proposed isolation boxes placed on patient’s heads and suspending the person midair in a chair.


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