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Church Notebook: God speaks to those who listen

Did the rain stop in time for your Easter Sonrise service?

If it was scheduled later than ours it may have. But, at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, it was raining and cold, so we had our service in the church. And by the time we were finished, it had stopped, so those who scheduled at 7:30 may have been able to hold the services outside.

Ours is always scheduled to start a bit before sunrise so that we can see it from the time it just peeks up over the horizon down at the beach. The beauty of each individual event varies, but is always special.

Grist for the Mill: Our diets can help conserve in drought

Last month, I wrote about living in food deserts – places where there isn’t adequate access to affordable, healthy foods. This month, I’m focusing on food in deserts and the desert I’m talking about is California.

The prolonged drought in California is dominating headlines after Governor Brown’s announcement of mandatory water restrictions. California residents are being asked to cut water use by 25 percent in the absence of rain and snowpack this winter. 

The Accidental Family: My story — The search for a safe home

Author Lydia and sister Emily (far left) with their adoptive parents Ruth and Lathrop. Photo courtesy of Lydia-Leonard Rhodes
The Accidental Family is a monthly column about the story of two young women and the Del Norte family that adopted them. This week’s column is written by Lydia-Leonard Rhodes, who is 16.  

I am a strong believer that by telling our stories and relating them to bigger causes we can change the outcome of future, similar stories. By word, I believe, we can raise awareness that influences action, which changes lives.

When I was younger my biological parents (separated) were both on drugs. I got used to hearing slurs and curse words and seeing needles, weed and heroin bottles. I got used to being hungry and mistreated, to being abused and neglected. Somewhere along the line, I got used to taking care of myself.

After becoming accustomed to this kind of raise-myself lifestyle, I was made aware of the things I actually needed parents for. You see I walked myself to school, I woke myself up, tried to find my own clothes, my own food, and then I became entirely homeless, and both of my parents abandoned me. So here I was, homeless but determined. I was 10 years old and convinced I’d been practically on my own anyway. But when the school year came around and I tried to attend, they wouldn’t let me. I needed parents’ signatures. I needed permission slips. When I wanted a job, I couldn’t get one. I was too young.

Four local bands in roots showcase

Bob and Al’s Guitar Duet
Four groups of varied musical styles will take the stage on Saturday as the final performance of the 2014–15 season for the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness. Participating in the fund-raising Local Roots Showcase are singer, guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire Steven Owen; the unique Del Norte High School Steel Band; Bob & Al’s Guitar Duet performing instrumentals and the rocking Spence Brothers Blues Band from Brookings. Chosen by a juried process, each group will play a 20-minute set, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Crescent Elk Auditorium.

Owen, who resides in Gasquet, wrote his initial song in 1965 shortly after getting his first guitar, a Silvertone acoustic six-string from Sears & Roebuck. 

Comedic twist on classic

Students put on ‘The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet’ April 17–18 at DNHS 

It’s a story that has been heard hundreds of times: A boy and a girl from two feuding families become star-crossed lovers.

But next week Del Norte High School Theater Production will turn Shakespeare’s famous tragedy on its head, giving it a comedic twist that would make Dr. Seuss proud. “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet” by Peter Bloedel will open to theater-goers of all ages next week.

“We wanted something that was fun. Something that was different,” said Arielle Fuller, a senior who plays Juliet’s mother. “It’s very funny. You think of Romeo and Juliet and you think of a tragedy. (But) it’s a different way of looking at the story.”

Cuban violin missionary visits church

Jaime Jorge will bring his talent with the violin to Crescent City next week.

The Cuban violinist, who has recorded and released 17 albums and has given more than 3,000 concerts, will play at the Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 15. 

Klamath gardening workshop Sat.

Paul Madeira of Ocean Air Farms will hold a gardening workshop on Saturday in Klamath. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Community Food Council and Paul Madeira of Ocean Air Farms will be in Klamath on Saturday for a spring gardening workshop.

Madeira will share his knowledge of growing food in Del Norte’s coastal climate and will provide pointers for beginners and experienced home gardeners.

The workshop is free and open to all. Children 8 and up are welcome to attend with a parent. All participants will be entered in a drawing for gardening books, tools and supplies. 

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yurok Tribe Klamath Office, 190 Klamath Blvd. in Klamath. For more information, call Connor Caldwell at 464-0955 ext. 2108.

Del Norte People: Brother’s ‘Star Trek’ films part of history

I would like to share a story about a special person in my life, my older brother Billy Blackburn. If you have read my book “Kneebockers,” you will know that I left my mother Laura and my two brothers Billy and Wes Jr. to go out west to Reno, Nev., in 1946 at 10 years old. My younger brother Wes actually joined Dad and I in the early ’50s for about a year or so. It was close to 25 years that I hadn’t seen Mom or Billy.

In later years I had the opportunity to rebuild a relationship with Mom and Billy in North Hollywood. They both lived in an apartment complex in separate quarters. The first trip I took to North Hollywood, I met Billy at the May Company’s ice skating rink. As a young man, Billy actually skated in the Holiday on Ice show and then the Icecapades for a period of years.

Birth: Robinson

Alexa Josephine Robinson
Alexa Josephine Robinson was born on March 16, 2015, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. She weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 22½ inches.  

Alexa’s parents are Tayshia Mode and Steven Robinson of Fort Dick. She joins older sisters B’Lei Jayn and Abi Rose. Alexa’s grandparents are Sandoz McCovey and Bryan Mode of Crescent City and Will and Manuela Robinson of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Alexa’s great-grandparents are Gary and Josephine Robinson of Beavercreek, Ore.

Birth: Waldvogel

Katelyn Grace Waldvogel
Katelyn Grace Waldvogel was born March 15, 2015, at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, Calif. She weighed 8 pounds, 15½ ounces, and measured 20½ inches.  

Katelyn’s parents are Lauren and Jason Waldvogel of Sacramento. Her grandparents are Priscilla and Jim Waldvogel of Crescent City and Jann and Bob Johnson of Redding. Katelyn’s great-grandparents are Alice Waldvogel of San Diego, the late Irwin Waldvogel and the late Patricia and Ralph Palmer.

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