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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.

Art Scene, April 7, 2016

Guitar class, watercolor classes for veterans

A free class for veterans wishing to learn how to play guitar with instructor Dale Morgan will start up again at 6:30 p.m on Tuesday in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H St., and run for 10 weeks. Also, a free beginning watercolor class with artist Audi Stanton will start 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on April 30 at the Del Norte Senior Center and run for five weeks. 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 made possible by a grant from the Veterans Initiative in the Arts of the California Arts Council, a state agency.

CAPC vigil highlights foster parent need

Michelle Moore describes her experience as a foster parent at the Child Abuse Prevention Council’s annual Children’s Memorial Flag raising ceremony Friday. Del Norte Triplicate / Jessica Cejnar
Michelle Moore has seen the foster care system from both sides.

Moore told attendees at a candlelight vigil to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month on Friday how she got herself and her younger siblings away from an abusive alcoholic father. She described the foster home she and her siblings lived in and how they were ostracized from the rest of the family.

Cory's People: Sheriff found key to success

Sheriff Erik Apperson
Mix equal parts grit, integrity, enthusiasm, resilience, friendliness, a sense of humor and what do you get: Del Norte’s Sheriff Erik Apperson, at 38, the youngest sheriff in the state. 

He credits many with getting him to where he is today, including Connie Merrell, Ed Anderson, and Tim Guzik. This young man never stops expressing gratitude: “This is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s the best feeling in life to wake up and fall asleep knowing I’m where I’m supposed to be.”

DNHS grad invited to join society of scholars

Strand Hill
Del Norte High School graduate Strand Hill is now a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. 

Hill, who graduated from high school in 2014, is in his second year at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He is double-majoring in music and chemistry and is currently a junior at the university.

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