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Light shows are under way

The holiday season is being illuminated with light shows at Azalea Park in Brookings and at Trees of Mystery north of Klamath.

Nature’s Coastal Holiday features a display of about 500,000 lights in Azalea Park in Brookings from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 24.

Spokesman Bryan Tillung said the lights and figurines have been arranged differently than years past in order to make the show new even for longtime attendees. 

Free cookies and cider are available and speakers located throughout the park will play Christmas music. Carolers will sing on weekends and Santa Claus will be on hand Dec. 21–24. 

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Lighthouse items displayed and sold

The Gallery of Arts & Culture, 175 H St., will hold an open house Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring an update on the restoration efforts of St. George Reef Lighthouse, as well as a chance to purchase artwork made from pieces of the 19th-century beacon.

The St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society’s  “Legacy Collection” is composed of actual artifacts representing the construction and manning of the lighthouse, built after the coastal steamer Brother Jonathan hit a reef and sank, taking the lives of more than 150 passengers.

Four items in the collection will be highlighted Saturday, some mounted on solid oak or ceramic bases and some made to be worn as jewelry.

Representing the skill and tenacity of the masons who labored for 10 years to construct the 16-story structure six miles at sea, pieces of granite, each unique in shape and sculpted by the elements, are mounted on ceramic bases bearing a brass plaque that reads, “Builders Legacy.” The granite to build the lighthouse came from quarried rock in Humboldt Bay and ferried to the site.

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Orchestra mixing it up at Elk Valley

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Director John Webster, right, conducts the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra during a recent rehearsal. The orchestra performs Saturday in Gold Beach, Sunday in Crescent City and Monday in Brookings. Photo courtesy of Curry-Del Norte Orchestra
The Curry-Del Norte Orchestra will perform three concerts in the next few days, including one in Crescent City on Sunday afternoon.

The performances begin Saturday in Gold Beach at 7 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 94150 5th St. The Crescent City concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road. On Monday, a Brookings concert is set for 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1200 Easy St.

 Admission for these concerts is $10 for adults. Youth through grade 12 are admitted free. Ticket outlets include Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City, Wright’s Art Supply in Brookings and Gold Beach Books in Gold Beach. Tickets are also available at the door of each concert.

This winter’s concert theme, “Mix Tape,” refers to the orchestra’s program of music ranging from classic to contemporary. The expression “mix tape” or “mixtape” means a compilation of favorite pieces of music, typically by different artists of diverse genres.

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Sunday concert in Crescent City

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Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will show off the fruits of their new collaboration Sunday at Crescent Elk. Photo courtesy of DNACA
New duo explores Creole, Cajun roots of music in performance at Crescent Elk
School

Strains of music from the “Old-time Creole-Cajun Crossroad” will be heard beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, when Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson take the Crescent Elk Auditorium stage as DNACA’s second performance of the season.

Though both musicians currently hail from Louisiana, their roots are notably different.

Powell’s Appalachian heritage runs nine generations deep, and as a child he learned to play guitar from his father and banjo and fiddle from his grandfather. He studied classical piano early on, but found that the music being handed to him by family members, with love and generosity, gave him a voice that resonated more deeply with the stories and emotions he aspired to share.

He spent most of his teenage years traveling around remote parts of the southern U.S., eventually landing in Louisiana, where he learned Creole and Cajun music from his mentors Dewey Balfa and Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin. He has made his home in Louisiana since 1993 while continuing to release acclaimed recordings based on his Appalachian heritage.

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Around Del Norte: Partying downtown

Wednesday brings another event full of local holiday cheer

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Parade sirens get a little loud. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Friday night was a reminder of how good it feels when this community comes together to celebrate the holidays.

And Wednesday evening will bring another chance to gather downtown and make memories, especially for the little ones.

“Believe in the Magic of Christmas” is the name of a downtown event that will take kids and their escorts on a tour that starts with an elf and ends with Santa Claus himself.

It all starts at 5:30 p.m. at 6 Degrees of Celebration at Third and I streets with a meet-and-greet with the “Elf on the Shelf,” a children’s book character portrayed by a real person, which will then lead the procession to Del Norte Office Supply at 5:45 for treats and a chance for parents to win a gift certificate.

Then everyone will walk through the Plaza around the Community Christmas Tree to the Del Norte Reads office in Mason Mall at 6:15, where Del Norte Reads will present a special reading of, you guessed it, “The Elf on the Shelf.” Snacks will be served.

That’s also where Santa is scheduled to pay a “surprise” visit at 6:30 to pose for photos with the kids and hear their holiday wishes.

Dance Art Studio students on foot and on wheels.
Dance Art Studio students on foot and on wheels. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
For more information about the Wednesday events, call 464-6600.

If you were downtown Friday night, you know how fun these local celebrations can be. The sidewalks filled with spectators as well-lit vehicles and participants paraded for several blocks. It truly felt like the beginning of Christmastime, especially with Santa perched atop a fire truck.

I was lucky enough to serve as one of the three judges sitting at a table in front of Tomasini’s Enoteca. It got a little cold, but the parade entries were so heartwarming that frankly it didn’t matter who “won.”

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Birth: Alayna Kendal Rose Hammons

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Alayna Kendal Rose Hammons
Alayna Kendal Rose Hammons was born Oct. 28, 2013, at Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 18 inches. She joins siblings Robert-Don and Alexander. Her parents are Brandy Atkins and Tyler Hammons of Crescent City. Her grandparents are Cathy and Donald Litton of Gasquet.

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Birth: Coen Chandler Worley

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Coen Chandler Worley
Coen Chandler Worley was born Nov. 1, 2013, at “The Birthday Place” in Paradise. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21½ inches. His parents are Jon Worley and Sandra Porter of Paradise.

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Essay contest

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From left, Christine Ratnour, Uncharted Shores Academy language arts teacher, congratulates Raeh Davis (eighth grade winner of the Del Norte County Healthy Living Essay Contest) and Karina Olmedo (seventh grade winner) on their awards as Hilda Yepes Contreras, Del Norte Community Health Center site administrator, awards each girl a certificate, a tote bag and a prize of $50. Annabell Dominguez, Beth Austen and Wendy Abasolo, all of the Del Norte Community Health Center, joined in the ceremony.

 

Student Spotlight Dec. 3, 2013

Joe Hamilton School

• Kids of Character: Nevaeh Gardner, Misti Barker, Phillip Lor, Sophia Jager, Devin Moua, Frank Hartzell, Mayra Aguilar-Petit, Europe Lor, Joshua Yang, Ian Ramey, Duangjai Lor, Andres Aguilar, Sophia Caster

• Star Readers: Anjealus Crooks, Logan Knopk, Amber Mitchell, Tyrone Crayton, Abbie O’Reilly, Tyler Castro, Isabelle Mickee, Matthias DiGiulio, Joel Cerros, Kelly Xiong, Kewet Mitchell, Casey Peterson, Jenesa Gonzalez, Gavyn Tweed

• Star Writers: Nikaya Nuttall, Jaden Gulick, Isabel Aguilar-Wikoff, Pepper Grubs, Jazmyn Bighead, McKenzie Hooper, Cherokee DeWolf, Dixie Ault, Lance McKinney, Chetto Bighead, Jasmynne Brown, Zachariah Lor, Yana Cobb-Ruiz

• Star Mathematicians: Naomi Lor, Poy Wu Son Mitchell, Coleton Clifford, Trevor Corpening, Elliyana Lee, Kayley Rhodes, Jesse Martin, Danner Dowd, Sydnee Davis, Jaden Miller, Konner Kissinger, Kevin O’Sullivan, Shigeki Stevens, Mary Kate Wong, Cheyenne Grubbs

Pine Grove School

• Students of the Month: Jacob Bustamante, Isaac Arriola, Ava Wilson, Gabe Howard, Anyessa Bettega, Madison Calleja, Samantha Monroe, Kaidance Cardenas, Marialena Gonzalez, Anya Villarreal, Joshua Mangold, Brandon Calvio, Suwimol Chang, Kitt Haas

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Thanks Dec. 3, 2013

Food Day ‘informative’

I would like to thank those people responsible for organizing the various Food Day seminars on Oct. 26.  I had the pleasure of attending several of the seminars, food fermentation, cooking of local, foraged foods and sustainable farming practices.  

There were others I could not attend but heard they were quite informative and well prepared.  

If it were possible to have more Food Days throughout the year, I believe more people would attend and realize the educational value of understanding what healthy, local foods are all about.  

Thank you to all who presented and all those who attended!

Kirk Sparks

Food Council lauded

The Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Branch, would like to express appreciation to the Community Food Council for Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands for hosting Food Day activities held during the week of Oct. 21. 

There were exciting and educational activities related to healthy fresh food preparation, supporting local farmers, utilizing local farmers’ markets, gardening, wild food identification and foraging, raising backyard chickens and healthy beverage selection. What a wonderful variety of opportunities for learning more about healthy eating as a positive effort toward achieving wellness! All activities enhanced the “farm to fork” concept for growing fresh food locally and supporting local food growers as part of a healthy Del Norte lifestyle.


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