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Art Scene, April 14, 2016

"The Redwood" by Laura Wiens.
Watercolor classes for veterans

A beginning watercolor class for veterans and their families will start up from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. May 7 at the Del Norte Senior Center, and run for five weeks.  “No previous experience is necessary, and anyone can learn,” said Brookings resident and longtime art instructor Audi Stanton. The classes are free and materials will be furnished. Space is limited; veterans interested in participating must pre-register as soon as possible by contacting the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) at 707-464-1336 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This program is funded by a grant from the Veterans Initiative in the Arts of the California Arts Council.

Understanding life in ‘Our Town’

Sam Clark plays the stage manager in Del Norte High School Theatre Production’s performance of “Our Town.” Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Sam Clark wanted to branch out of his comfort zone as an actor.

After two years of performing comedies and spoofs, Clark, president of the Del Norte High School Drama Club, decided to try something different — Thornton Wilder’s 1938 three-act play, “Our Town.”

Wildcat Band gets third national honor

Smith River School students aboard the John Lennon Tour Bus. Del Norte Triplicate file photo / Bryant Anderson
Smith River School’s Wildcat Band has once again received national recognition.

The National Association of  Music Merchants has honored Smith River School with its SupportMusic Merit Award for the third year in a row. As a result, the band will create a video to submit to the association for its “What Makes Music Education Great in My School or District” contest. Music teacher Marshall Jones said he hopes to bring the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus back to Smith River.

Wedding: Wheeler, Niccoli

Malaney Wheeler and Bryan Niccoli
Malaney D. Rodgers Wheeler and Bryan Victor Niccoli will be married at the Lake Earl Grange April 30, 2016. 

Malaney is a homemaker from Hiouchi. She the daughter of LeRoy E. Rodgers, of Medford, and the late Julie K Corum. She graduated from the California School for the Deaf in Fremont.

Student Spotlight, April 12, 2016

Pine Grove

Students of the Month: Adenne Schaad, Kitt Haas, Madison Calleja, Ella Crotzer, Arianna Colburn-Thomas, Hector Montanez, Viviana Chavez, Colton Woodral, Stephanie Aguirre-Aguilara, Zachary Brooks, Kevin Trujillo-Ortiz, Bailey Nunez, Haivyn Percy, Sawyer Lopez, Kaylee Baker

• Star Reader: Dillon Gallogly, Scott Marshall, Kimberly Vega-Gutierez, Dakoda Baker, Aiden Lo, Alyssa Calvio, Wyatt Sharp, Malcolm Clayton, Johnnie Ridenour, Hector Romero, Robert Don Ingram, Emma-Lee Byrge, Levi Larch, Illyanna Contreras

“Words under pressure”

Poet Michael Czarnecki will give a reading at the Del Norte County Library on Thursday and a memoir writing workshop Friday.
Traveling poet stops in Crescent City 
for workshop and poetry reading next week 

Michael Czarnecki has been called a master haiku poet. 

A lover of the phrase “words under pressure,” which he uses to describe poetry, Czarnecki also embraces the spontaneity of his craft. Czarnecki, who has traveled across the U.S. giving poetry readings and leading workshops, writes a poem every day. He posted his 520th poem on Facebook on Thursday.

“It’s a poem I just write in the moment,” he said. “I don’t revise it or anything. I put it on Facebook and that’s it.”

T Sisters and The Show Ponies in concert

T Sisters and The Show Ponies in concert.
Stagelights presents two contemporary folk rock bands for the price of one with T Sisters and The Show Ponies in concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Chetco Grange Community Center in Harbor.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Curry Coastal Pilot office, 507 Chetco Ave., and at the hall starting at 7 p.m. the night of the show. Cash or check only.

'The Other Place' to open in Brookings this weekend

'The Other Place' stars Crescent City talent and opens in Brookings this Friday. Curry Coastal Pilot
 Brookings Harbor Community Theater presents “The Other Place,” written by Sharr White and directed by Howard Patterson.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave, starring all Crescent City actors.

The play is the story of a mystery that unravels with contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories colliding in a cottage on the shores of Cape Cod.

The lush glamor of jazz

Lavay Smith will perform April 16.
Songs with lines such as “someone’s trying to steal my man,” “oo papa do” and “walk right in, walk right out” will be performed when Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers take the stage on April 16 as the fifth and final performance of the season for the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness.

Container gardening for families

A recipient of the Humboldt County Home Gardens Project cares for the garden Open Door Community Health Centers installed at her grandmother’s house last year. Photo courtesy of Open Door Community Health Centers
A workshop on container gardening Saturday will kick off a program that will provide families with the resources and help needed to grow their own produce.

With help from a Building Healthy Communities youth mini grant, the Community Food Council and Open Door Community Health Centers will install gardens for five to 10 local families this summer. If the Home Gardens Project is successful, both organizations will seek funding to expand the program, said Connor Caldwell, the Community Food Council’s food projects coordinator.

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