Showing off international influences ranging from the mystique of African tribes to the exoticism of Asian culture, 42 students of Del Norte High School’s dance class will perform a winter dance concert, “Around the World,” Friday and Saturday night at Crescent Elk auditorium.
Shaylee Travis and friends perform an Asian number. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The first half of the show includes an ocean section,” said dance class teacher Katie Pena. Six dancers wearing neon suits will dance as jellyfish cast in the aura of a blacklight.
“They glow,” Pena said.
There’ll also be some expressive dances dealing with emotions — from rage to depression, from hope to insecurity, as well phobias — fear of blood, mirrors, darkness and insanity, Pena said.
Kayla Cain. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
After an intermission, dancers will don more traditional outfits and perform one dance per
continent. “Antartica is cold and dark,” Pena said. “The dancers start out with ‘Ice Ice Baby,’” a song by hip-hop recording artist Vanilla Ice.
During each dance number, the back wall of the stage comes to life with a slide show featuring the core imagery of a continent.
Mia Nazare Alina Estrela was born Nov. 28, 2012, at Sutter Coast Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches. Her parents are Christin and Chris Estrela of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Gil and Alina Estrela, and Corina and Ronald Deford, all of Crescent City.
The Around Del Norte column that debuts next Tuesday will be a place to share.
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Bess Maxwell School
• Students of the Week: Ricardo Aquirre, Jasmynn Vang, Jakob Ramos, Alex Osborne, Emily Hawken, Hannah McAdams, Alexa Burleson, Danico Delano, Chaney Pease, Eliza Yang, Makayla Dwyer, Kyu Yang, Stephanie Peters, Faith Ford, Nathaniel Nash
• Students of the Month: Donivin Salyer, Seth Hancock, Drew Southard, Karmen Lucatero, Brandon Charles, Florence Dubray
• Character Counts: Noah Yang
• Noteworthy: Taelyn Halls
• Study Island Graduates: Alanna Yang, Konner Price, Alyssa McCovey, Ethan Caudill-DeRego, Seth Hancock, Frankie Alanis, Rainee Hiter, Tommy Jennings, Shayden Renfert, Melissa Vazquez, Ramon Lucatero, Stephany Aguilar
• Study Island Math Graduates: Anthony Lee, Joenathan Thao, Joshua Yang, Kaleb Price, Mikah Deas, Bianca Peters, Walker Gensaw, Vincent Park
• Study Island Language Arts Graduates: Anamaris Gamez, Kaleb Price, Veloria Fisher, Patricia Johnson, Hannah Mattz, Kirsten Brous, Joenathan Thao, Miranda Webb
Margaret Keating School
• Students of the Month: Ka-get Dowd, Kristin Wampler, Raiy-ro Ramos, Ezra Tiedeman, Nik-Wec Bates, Ramiro Hernandez, Haley Patapoff-Pruitt
• Honor Roll (1st Trimester): Maggie Petersen 4.0; Aiden Corcovelos 3.9; Makeala Jordan 3.6; Haley Patapoff-Pruitt 3.3
• Perfect Attendance (with an early release): Havana Hernandez, Jordan Mendoza, Kaytlyn Monrow, Kee-puen Carr, Amber Frye, Mercedes Hernandez, Ramiro Hernandez
• Perfect Attendance (all day, every day): Destiny Thompson, Ezra Tiedeman, Mer-mery Bates, Naquel Benites, Anastasia Thompson, Aiden Corcovelos, Silas Tiedeman, Angelina Thompson, Masin Williams-Gillespie, Talise Colegrove, Autumn Turner
• Computer Lab Students of the Month: Shan-none Mendez, Uvaramii Croy, Keyonni Scott, Destinlee Mendez, Jamie Gavin, Ezra Tiedeman, Makaio Walter-Andres, Richard Nelson, Silas Tiedeman
• Bus Riders of the Month: Ka-get Dowd, Andrea Escalera
The Title VII American Indian Education Parent Committee and staff would like to thank the Elk Valley Rancheria & Casino and the Catering Department for their generous support of our Winter Fundraiser on Dec. 7. A lot of funds were raised to support our American Indian Students. Thank you!!!
TITLE VII committee and staff
Thanks for ‘kind gesture’
The Curry / Del Norte Orchestra presented its fall/winter concert at the Elk Valley Rancheria on Dec. 2. We are so grateful for the kind gesture of the Community Concert Association of Crescent City. It provided its piano and also paid for the moving and tuning of the piano for our concert. Our December concert featured Christy Dolan playing the Saint Saens’ Piano Concert #2.
Gary DeRoest, orchestra director, and Della DeRoest, Orchestra Guild president
After company founder Larry Renner’s unexpected passing on Nov. 12, the employees at Renner Petroleum decided to gather donations in honor of Renner’s birthday on Nov. 19. The 49 employees collected over $1,000 to be donated to the Redwood Memorial Foundation in support of patient care at Redwood Memorial Hospital.
Left to right: Renner Petroleum President Mike Renner and Debbie Fontaine and Teri Levitt, of Renner Petroleum, present Shanda Daniel, Redwood Memorial Foundation director of operations, with a donation collected by employees. Submitted photo
Company President Mike Renner said his father always believed in supporting other organizations in the community and that Redwood Memorial Hospital was one that was near and dear to his heart. Renner Petroleum employees Debbie Fontaine and Teri Levitt, who joined Mike Renner in presenting the donation to the Redwood Memorial Foundation, said employees at Renner Petroleum felt a special connection to Larry Renner and are deeply saddened by his passing.
“This donation is a true testament to the incredible generosity of Renner Petroleum employees and speaks to their commitment to continue the legacy of giving that Larry established during his life,” said Paul McGinty, executive director of the Redwood Memorial Foundation.
The Del Norte County Senior Center’s nutrition program recently received a boost, courtesy of Walmart.
Tari Hatfield, Del Norte County Senior nutrition supervisor, checks the progress of lunch last week. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The store chain donated $918,000 to 33 non-profit organizations statewide, including the local senior center, which received $25,000, the corporation announced Saturday. The senior center will use the money to cover nutrition program expenses that other funding sources don’t cover, said Executive Director Charlaine Mazzei.
“The nice thing about it is it’s very flexible funding,” she said. “We have other funding sources that are specific in what they’re (supposed to be) used for.”
The nutrition program provides hot meals for seniors at the senior center or through the organization’s meal delivery program, Mazzei said. The senior center serves about 69 meals per day to those who come in to socialize and eat their lunch. The center also delivers about 81 meals per day to home-bound seniors.
The center’s nutrition program is partially funded with Title III funds through a contract with the Area 1 Agency on Aging, Mazzei said. It costs roughly $200,000 a year to run the program, and the center gets about half of that from the agency, she said.
A Community Development Block Grant through the county covers the other half, Mazzei said.
“A fair chunk of our funding comes from donations of participants,” Mazzei said, adding that the senior center asks people to provide a $3 donation for a meal. “It provides at least one hot meal a day for folks who either may not otherwise have a meal or who just want to come and socialize.”
‘The Clumsy Custard Horror Show and Ice Cream Clone Review’ begins Friday
Turkey spiders. Ice cream clones. And one menacing blob of green custard.
No, this isn’t a culinary nightmare. It’s the latest production of Del Norte High School’s theater class.
“The Clumsy Custard Horror Show and Ice Cream Clone Review,” written by William Gleason, is a comedic battle of good-vs.-evil played out in the kingdom of Zob — both upper Zob (Zob proper) and lower Zob (Zob improper).
Zob proper King Dumb, played by Robin Pearce, wants his daughter, Princess Prince, played by Wendy Thao, to choose a husband at the Prince Picking Ceremony. Out of all the more suitable suitors, the princess falls for a gentle and courageous pauper.
Little does she know that he is actually Swashbuck Valpariso, the bearer of the magic sword, Master of Fast Feet and the one who rescues her after she is taken hostage by Dacron, the evil ruler of Zob improper, played by Kahliel Jones.
“It’s your damsel-in-distress but with a twist,” said Strand Hill, who plays Swashbuck Valpariso.
“It’s a Medieval parody,” said narrator Chelsey Steffen.
And the custard?
“He eats people,” said Hill.
Acoustic folk-rocker Namoli Brennet will kick off Stagelights 2013 Concert Series when she brings her unique brand of moody and inspiring music to the Harbor Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.
Brennet will play at the Harbor Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy Namoli Brennet
Tickets are $8 in advance at the Curry Coastal Pilot, 507 Chetco Ave., or $10 at the door. The theater is located at 97900 Shopping Center Ave.
Brennet has been described as a cross between Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and Sheryl Crow, and her gritty, honest folk has attracted a large and extremely loyal fan base. Her nine CDs, including her latest, “We Were Born to Rise,” and her poignant, introspective and sometimes hard-hitting music, has won praise and accolades from critics and fans alike.
Zocalo magazine calls her music “gorgeous and introspective.”
One critic said “She’s a breathtaking and moving performer, and her sweet, road-weary voice is as quick to deliver her wit and humor as it is a turn of phrase.”
A four-time Outmusic award nominee, Namoli has also won the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Award and was a finalist in the ISC songwriting competition. Her recent release ‘Black Crow’ garnered critical acclaim and was named one of KXCI FM’s top albums of 2010.
Her music has been featured on NPR, PBS and in films including the Emmy-award winning documentary “Out in the Silence.”
Videos of Brennet performing can be found at www.stagelights.us or www.namolibrennet.com.
Stagelights Musical Arts Community (www.stagelights.us) is a Brookings-based nonprofit organization dedicated to music outreach, education and live entertainment.
Keola Beamer performs Friday
The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness presents the third performance of its 30th anniversary season, Hawaiian slack key guitarist Keola Beamer with hula master Moanalani Beamer, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St.
Beamer, who currently lives in Lahaina on Maui, finds it “overwhelming” that his own album (“Maiama Ko Aloha” or “Keep Your Love”) and “The Descendants” movie soundtrack (which also carries his music) have both been nominated this year for Grammy awards.
Tickets cost $18 for general, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for students (K-college, full-time) at the door and at Del Norte Office Supply and Wright’s in Brookings. For more information, call DNACA at (707) 464-1336.
Jan. 17 reception for juried show
DNACA’s 21st annual Juried Multimedia Exhibition is the current Art in Public Places show up at the Del Norte County Courthouse, 450 H St.
A reception for the 15 participating artists will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and the public is invited.
Artists include Nancy Chernak, B.J. Clausen, Cathy Dean, Betty Depee, Larry Depee, Rosemary Garcia, Pauline Holmes, Doug Minty, Susan Moore, Muriel Northrip, Diane J. Price, Kim Redd, Cuno Sapora, Carol A. Schach and Mureen Walker. Refreshments will be served and ribbons handed out. For more information, call 464-1336.
Dance concert set Jan. 18-19
Del Norte High School dance presents its annual winter concert, titled “Around the World,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19 in Crescent Elk Auditorium.
The performance will have a lot of variety, and features dances from various continents and cultures, as well as an ocean theme, a section of dances based on different emotions, and a group of dances portraying numerous phobias.
Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors at the door. For more information, leave a message for dance teacher Katherine Peña at 464-0260.