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Church Notebook: ‘Martyrs’ testimony from Pakistani

Well, it’s “that time” again.

My white Gloxinia has “gone to sleep” and been tucked away for its winter nap, and the pink one will soon follow.

While I have many other plants, these two are my favorites because they just continually illustrate faith and the surprises God seems to love to spring on us.

Tenor takes stage

Fernando Varela, right, performs in “David Foster & Friends,” a 2011 concert at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. At left is music producer David Foster. fernandovarela.com
Critically-acclaimed Puerto Rican will sing Broadway, classical at first concert of season 

Puerto Rican tenor Fernando Varela will be in Del Norte County next week as the Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association kicks off its 2014–15 season.

Varela will perform at the Crescent Elk Auditorium on Sept. 12. He will also be at Crescent Elk Middle School that morning for a special outreach concert that’s free for students.

Varela, who grew up imitating Michael Jackson in San Juan, P.R., will be accompanied by piano, violin and guitar as he sings popular and classical songs and works made famous on Broadway.

Tolowa cultural festival

Don James dances during Tolowa Dee-ni’ Day in 2013. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Dee-ni’ Day offers games, crafts, fun run 

Smith River Rancheria invites the community to learn more about their culture on Saturday.

The ninth annual Dee-ni’ Day will feature a fun run, traditional sand bread and dip net-making demos, traditional speaking and a craft show. 

There will also be an indigenous works show, allowing people to submit Native American items such as drums, necklaces or basketry, said Amber Gensaw, who works in the rancheria’s Culture Department. 

Sweet time at berry bash

Last year’s festival featured a variety of vendors. Submitted
Annual gathering fetes a staple of the North Coast

Just a few weeks after its salmon festival, Klamath is gearing up to celebrate another North Coast staple — the blackberry.

The ebony multi-drupelet berry will be the star of the sixth annual Klamath Berry Festival on Saturday at the Camper Corral and will be featured in jams, pies, pancakes and other baked goods. There will be a blackberry-picking contest, family cooking contest and a dessert contest.

Kids will also have a chance to participate in an “info-trition” competition, during which they’ll answer questions about the blackberry. 

Regional Events

Ore. poet laureate workshop at Caves

Visitors to the Oregon Caves will have a chance to learn from the Beaver State’s own poet laureate on Sunday.

Peter Sears has joined Oregon Caves National Monument’s Artist in Residence Program. Sears will host a poetry writing workshop and reading at the Chateau at Oregon Caves on Sunday and both are open to the public.

Inspiring Art

Artists John Crater, left, and Andrew Daniel set up shop in the Siskiyou Wilderness area. Courtesy Joe Gillespie
The Siskiyou Wilderness’s rugged terrain and ‘magical’ natural light entice painters  

Rick Tolley says he was in a hippie van when he first ventured into Young’s Valley in the Siskiyou Wilderness.

This was in the mid-’70s. Over the years, the Blue Lake artist would discover Raspberry Lake, visit the Bear Basin Butte and Ship Mountain lookouts and climb Preston Peak, the loftiest summit in the wilderness. Buck Creek also became a destination for annual family trips. 

“I took my kids when they were 6 and 3,” Tolley said. “It becomes a bonding thing with your kids. And the lookouts are really easy to get to; you can drive right to Ship Mountain and drive right to Bear Basin Butte.”

Birth: King

Joshua Michael King
Joshua Michael King was born June 17, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Birth: Geissert

Cade L. Geissert was born July 15, 2014, at Curry County General Hospital in Gold Beach, Ore. He weighed 7 pounds, 7.9 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. 

Born on his late great-grandfather’s birthday, Cade’s parents are ReJeana and Camron Geissert of Crescent City. His grandparents are Drew and Carol Davis and Dennis and Jennifer Geissert. 

Red Cross seeks local ‘heroes’ for service awards

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking nominations for its Heroes Luncheon.

Senior Sleuth: Local’s nonprofit radio station on air

We have a wonderful new radio station in town, KFUG FM 101.1, owned by Paul Critz. KFUG was begun by Jim Wayman, who started streaming KFUG from his home in town many years ago. Much later, while Critz was running a local photography studio, he started doing disc jockey programs for Wayman. When KFUG was up for sale in 2011, Critz decided to buy it because he wanted to get back into radio, which had been his first job in high school and college.

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