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Tickets going fast for Dancing with the Stars of Del Norte

Contestants in last year’s Dancing with the Stars of Del Norte entertain the crowd. This year seven couples and a four-person dance group will compete at the Humane Society of Del Norte’s annual fundraiser. Submitted
Only 30 to 40 tickets are left and reserved seating is sold out for the Humane Society of Del Norte’s annual dance competition and fundraiser.

Seven couples and one four-person dance group will compete against each other in Del Norte County’s version of Dancing with the Stars on Saturday. The dancers will entertain the crowd and be judged by a panel of four including Dance Art Studio owner Sarah Valley, Rene Shanle-Hutzell of KCRE, dance instructor Janna Harnden and Ryan Wakefield.

Arts are alive in county schools

Del Norte High School's dance students channeled their inner superhero for their 2015 winter dance concert. The arts will be showcased at the Maker's Fair at Crescent Elk Middle School. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Existing arts-based programs continue to thrive and new programs are being created as awareness of the value of arts education increases among students, teachers, staff, administrators, and our community. Experimental and pilot programs are showing such tremendous benefits on multiple levels that these programs are not being cut, but expanded, and all this in a small town of only 7,000, 4,000 of whom are prisoners.

Cory's People: from dust bowl to fishing seasons

Kenneth “Kenny” L. Loyd, 92, lived through the Great Depression and World War II and enjoys ocean fishing. Del Norte Triplicate / Cory Mitcham
Two bits and a nickel bought a “family style dinner,” which consisted of a meal and a drink. That’s how it was when Kenny, now 92, was growing up during the Dust Bowl in Lindsay, Oklahoma.

Safe and Sober party fundraiser at casino

Volunteers behind a program that makes sure graduating seniors have a safe place to celebrate after getting their diplomas are seeking the community’s help.

Del Norte 2016 Safe And Sober Graduation Party will be the beneficiary of a Quarter Craze Auction at Elk Valley Casino on Saturday. Folks will be able to raise money for the graduation party by getting their old documents shredded at Coast Central Credit Union on May 20 and the event organizers will hold an Indian taco sale on May 21.

Del Norte Rodeo queen: Meet the contenders

Three local girls are vying for the chance to be crowned queen or princess of the Del Norte Rodeo.

Brinkley Webb, Cadence Salas and Carlee Rose Harper will participate in the stage competition Friday where they will be judged on personality, appearance, speeches and impromptu questions. The contestants will also take part in private personal interviews with the judges.

Square-foot gardening workshop Saturday

A free square-foot gardening workshop will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Del Norte Community Health Center.

Lara Matthews, Greg Jacobs and other plant lovers will teach folks how to get the most out of their gardening space. Square-foot gardening is the practice of dividing the growing area into small square sections that help create the highest possible yields and keeps things organized.

Birth: Carpenter-Tidwell

Charles Ray Carpenter-Tidwell
Charles Ray Carpenter-Tidwell was born January 18, 2016 at Sutter Coast Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and measured 20 inches. Charles’ parents are Andre Carpenter and Austin Tidwell, of Crescent City. His sister is Chanel Carpenter-Gray. Charles’ grandparents are Charles and Elizabeth Ricciardi, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Donna Carpenter, of Crescent City, and Michelle and Rick Tidwell, of Brookings, Oregon.

Student Spotlight, May 3, 2016

Margaret Keating

• Students of the Month - March: Karmen Moorehead, Naomi Kleinhans, Kaget Dowd, Wautec Hoppell-Thompson, Ammy Gensaw-Shoulder, Kyle Downs

Hikers invite others to walk in their path

Morgan Visalli and Jocelyn Enevoldsen will start their California Coastal Trail trek on Sunday. Courtesy Kyle London Photography
Morgan Visalli and Jocelyn Enevoldsen will begin their journey at the top of the state.

For 97 days the duo, known as the MoJo Hikers, will follow the California Coastal Trail over sand and cobblestone-covered beaches, past headlands and rocky points to its terminus at the Mexican border. Along the way, they’ll traipse over busy roads and skirt large swaths of private property, military bases and one nuclear power plant.

Church Notebook: Sometimes things happen before we think it’s time

As I’ve written often enough before, the plant world continues to surprise me when least expected.

Delightfully, it keeps things from always looking the same when I go out my front door or water the plants in my kitchen window.

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