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Wildflower show opens

Iris macrosiphon as painted by Arthur Van Deventer. Submitted
Annual botany event adds photo, art competitions

From oceanfront dunes to rocky alpine cliffs with redwood rainforest in between, Del Norte County’s 1,230 square miles of varied terrain  house thousands of species of flora and fauna. This weekend, some of its most delicate and colorful residents will take center stage at the Arthur Van Deventer Wildflower Painting and Photography Competition.

The annual Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show has honored Del Norte’s famous amateur botanist Ruby Van Deventer for the past seven years, but this year organizers decided to change things up and add an opportunity for local painters and photographers to show their work as well as honor Ruby’s husband, Arthur Van Deventer, an artist and wildflower enthusiast in his own right.


Spring Art Walk is Friday

The springtime Crescent City Art Walk is slated for 4–7 p.m. Friday in the downtown and harbor areas.  

Fourteen sites will be participating, including Marshall’s Redwood Gifts & Gallery across from South Beach, Crescent Harbor Gallery, The Upstairs Gallery, Philip Wadsworth Studio, Bay Studios, Pizza King, Vita Cucina, Johnston’s Gift, Garden and Home, Jefferson State Books, Enchanted Florist, Andrew’s Green Ark Pet & Gift, Terry’s Wearable Art, Millsong Mercantile and the Gallery of Arts & Culture.  

Garage Sale Review: Sign Science (part 2)

A standard yard sale sign, left, for a garage sale on Oak Street revealed a standard garage sale, right.
Hello, you odds and ends enthusiasts! This is the second part of an in-depth look at what your garage sale sign says about your garage sale, so if you’ve ever been in a position where you’re deciding whether or not to use a yellow crayon and a piece of toilet paper to advertise your sale then start paying attention. In last week’s installment I detailed my conversation with Terry, The Garage Sale Sensei, who turned me onto his good sign-good sale theory, and what follows below is a play-by-play of what happened when I put The Sensei’s hypothesis into the ol’ secondhand test tube of yard sale experimentation.

Local teens to compete for rodeo crown

Tryouts for first-ever Rodeo Queen Court Saturday at fairgrounds 

Tryouts for Del Norte County’s first-ever Rodeo Queen Court will be held Saturday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. 

Five girls will compete for a chance to be crowned queen or princess of the rodeo and represent the fairgrounds in other communities and before local dignitaries. 

Empowered Living: Overcoming long history of abuse takes time

In this column, Rene Quintana of Supported Living Services will explore the strides adults with intellectual disabilities have made in deciding their own future.

Recently I sat down with a client and we discussed the history of intellectual disability. The earliest record, according to research done by Catherine K. Harbour, Ph.D., MPH and Pallab K. Maulik, Phd., M.Sc., is on an “Egyptian papyrus of Thebes” dated circa 1552 B.C. The Romans allowed people with intellectual disabilities to own property and, according to Drs. Harbour and Maulik, to have guardians. As the centuries passed and civilization metamorphosed, people with intellectual disabilities were still part of the growing communities. It was not until the 1700s and 1800s during the Victorian era that things changed.

Society began the practice of institutionalizing this population and this is where the problems began. Some medical solutions proposed in this era included repeated slapping and cold baths. Other physicians at the time proposed isolation boxes placed on patient’s heads and suspending the person midair in a chair.

Biblical principles guide new 'Hope House'

Daphane Williams is the founder, CEO and executive director of Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings.

There is a new nonprofit in town by the name of Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings. It will be a structured program that will apply Biblical principles to help women who have been incarcerated in jail/prison and need to transition back into the community to achieve self-supportive living.

We believe that everyone deserves a chance and deserves a new beginning despite what one may have done or been through. At Lynn’s Hope House of New Beginnings, every woman will be treated with dignity and respect, while they are assisted in being empowered to change.

Birth: Scott

Brayden Michael Scott
Brayden Michael Scott surprised his family by arriving 7 weeks and 4 days early. He was born on Feb. 23 at  Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces and was 17¾ inches long.  Brayden spent 22 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before joining his parents at their family home in Killeen, Texas.

Seniors hold annual mtg. Wednesday

The Del Norte Senior Center’s annual meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 29, at the center, 1765 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City. 

Items to be discussed may include the Senior Center’s annual report, revisions to the organization’s bylaws and election of members to the board of directors. Paid members may vote on these matters, and membership may be paid at the time of the meeting. 


Church Notebook: God's creation lives on borrowed time

After all that rain, I have most certainly enjoyed the sun the last few days, especially because I have company from out of town.

But it wasn’t sunny when they blew in Monday afternoon, and I was soaked to the skin — literally — when they arrived.

From the door of Walmart to a handicapped parking space isn’t far, and loading only three small bags doesn’t take long, but in that short time, my jacket and shirt were dripping. What a condition in which to greet guests!

Classical violin, piano duo to perform Wed.

Violinist Morgan O’Shaugnessey will be joined on the piano by Venice, Italy-based artist Jakub Tchorzewski. Submitted
Violinist Morgan O’Shaughnessey will perform a recital of his favorite music for viola and piano at Grace Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Joining him all the way from Venice, Italy, will be pianist Jakub Tchorzewski. 

The evening will feature the Chopin Sonata Op. 65, as well as a Nocturne by Beethoven and variations on “La ci Darem la Mano” by Mozart. The suggested freewill ticket donation is $10-20, and CDs will also be available for purchase. The artists welcome you to join them after the concert for a friendly reception to share thoughts and inspirations from the music. 

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