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Quick Pickers

A pair of lightning-fingered guitarists will perform in Crescent Elk Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 26, as the fourth concert of the season for the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness. Loren and Mark, as the duo is officially known, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. playing music inflected with bluegrass, western, popular and jazz in a guitar style built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.

Spaghetti fundraiser Friday

A group of preschool parents at Pine Grove Elementary School will host a spaghetti feed Friday to benefit Corben Chaffee, a 4-year-old preschooler battling leukemia.

Corben was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia over winter break, said preschool teacher Nicole Travis. He and his family have been traveling back and forth from Children’s Hospital Oakland for treatment.

Sat. auction to aid local with cancer

Del Norters are invited to bring their quarters to Elk Valley Casino and wear orange on Saturday to support a local woman battling leukemia. 

This month’s Quarter Craze Auction will benefit Charlotte Fakier, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September. Since her her diagnosis, Fakier has been undergoing treatments in Portland, away from her fiancée Sarah Mitchell and their 6-year-old daughter Aurora.

Tricks of the Trade

Matt and Mary, proprietors of a Victoria Lane garage sale, show off a “distinct” yellow couch they offered to customers Saturday morning. Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Yard sale culture has its own set of customs and traditions for haggling over another’s junk 

Hello! Welcome to my column. I’ve known for a while that I wanted to write a column for the newspaper, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted it to be about. What did I have to offer the people of Crescent City? I don’t know much about fishing; I have no radical opinions on hiking, and I still have flashbacks to my first clamming experience, which a psychiatrist might describe as “scarring.” So I figured I should simply follow my heart and write about a subject that since childhood has influenced me in deeply significant and personal ways. 


DN honored for tsunami preparedness

Del Norte’s emergency services manager and the web designer behind PrepareDelNorte.com have been recognized by local tsunami preparedness advocates and West Coast earthquake preparedness advocates.

Cindy Henderson and PrepareDelNorte.com received the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group’s Community Leadership Award “for leadership in tsunami and community preparedness for Del Norte County.” 

Grist for the Mill: 'Food Chains'

“Food Chains” tells the story of farmworkers coming together to fight against substandard working and housing conditions, poverty wages and minimal protections from national labor laws. Courtesy Illumine Films
I grew up surrounded by folk music. I saw Pete Seeger in concert several times as a child and spent many days in the early ’90s cooking for the crew of the Clearwater, the wooden boat Pete built to sail the Hudson River teaching about the river and the environment. 

One favorite traditional song takes its message from the constitution of the United Mineworkers of America:

Step by step the longest march can be won, can be won

Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none

And by union what we will can be accomplished still

Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none.

Food Council plans to hold free classes monthly

Upcoming do-it-yourself workshops will focus on gardening, canning and home brewing basics  

As it enters its fifth year, Del Norte’s food policy council plans to expand on its “DIY Workshops.”

The Community Food Policy Council for Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands plans to hold its workshops on a monthly basis. This includes a farm tour planned for late May as well as gardening, canning, fermenting and home brewing workshops.

Rancher twists fencing into art

Dan Sullivan’s sculpture “Corporate Ladder” will be on display at the Gallery of Arts and Culture during the Crescent City Art Walk on Friday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Dan Sullivan wasn’t looking for a literal connection to the corporate world when creating his latest sculpture, “Corporate Ladder.” But when he learned that one of the main components came from the expansion of the local Walmart store, he could appreciate the irony.

Sullivan, who is known in the local art world as D. Max, creates sculptures out of barbed wire. He said that for this piece he visited local scrap yards to find the perfect piece of steel to create the ladder from which his barbed wire human figures would dangle precariously.

“That ladder, I was told, was from the Walmart store. I was walking through the scrap yard, and I spotted the piece I thought would work.”

Swing lesson at Fri. show

Folks wanting to get their swing on will have an opportunity to dance the night away Friday.

The Del Norte High School Jazz Band and Tsunami Swing, Crescent City’s community jazz band, will perform swing, waltzes, cha chas, funk and Latin tunes for their Sweets & Treats concert at the Elks Lodge. There will also be a brief swing dance lesson.

Lisa Sedgwick will join her husband, DNHS band director Dan Sedgwick, and teach a basic East Coast swing step. Dan Sedgwick said the evening will be casual, focusing mostly on the music and dancing.

Gifts from Understanding

Vickey Stamps at her home on Thursday with one of the dolls she’s made. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A time of struggle inspired dollmaker’s program to comfort children around world 

Vickey Stamps knows what it’s like to struggle and how important it is to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.

As a single mother when her four children were growing up, Stamps says if it weren’t for church holiday boxes, her family wouldn’t have had a holiday meal. She remembers saving Coca-Cola bottles and using the deposit she received to buy a pound of hamburger.

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