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Dancing for the critters

Nicky is one of several cats up for adoption at the Humane Society shelter in Crescent City. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Second annual dance competition to raise funds for Humane Society of Del Norte

Tickets are going fast for the Humane Society of Del Norte’s second annual dance competition and silent auction, which will be held Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Hall.

Last year’s Dancing with the Stars of Del Norte drew 300 people and brought in $12,200 for the Humane Society’s spay and neuter program. The organization used that money to help fix 762 cats and dogs, said Humane Society President Danielle Larsen-Wheeler.

‘World of Song’ concert May 5–6

The North Coast Chorale on their European tour in 2011. The chorale will be going on another European tour soon. Submitted
The Pacific Music Guild’s North Coast Chorale, under the direction of Christie Lynn Rust, will present its spring concert titled “A World of Song” on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The concert will include “Route 66” by Bobby Troup, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel,” the American spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Zombie Jamboree” as recorded by the Kingston Trio and Harry Belafonte, “Ave Maria” by Anton Bruckner and “Embraceable You” by George Gershwin, among others.  

Oregon Caves exhibit opening, free tours May 9

On Saturday, May 9, Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve will offer free tours for the public as part of its 14th annual Community Day Open House.  A “grand opening” for a brand new exhibit will be at 1 p.m. Great Cats World Park in Cave Junction will join the celebration, bringing up a Siberian lynx and white tiger as ambassadors for the event.  Free tours of the cave will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Visitors are asked only to bring a can of food to donate to people in need. 

A Century of Service

Crescent City Women’s Club President Jane Cain, right, introduces guest speaker Chris Herzog (center), president of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, during last week’s luncheon. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Del Norte’s oldest women’s group celebrates 100th anniversary with luncheon, memories

Aside from the occasional cell phone ring or camera flash, Tuesday’s gathering of the Crescent City Women’s Club could have taken place just about any time during the past 100 years. Adorned in their finest luncheon attire, many sporting fancy hats and matching elegant gloves as tradition dictates, ladies from the local club and others nearby met at the Masonic Lodge to celebrate a century of service to the Crescent City community.

Founded in 1915 by Lillian McNulty, the Women’s Club was originally the Del Norte Improvement Club, a community service organization for local women. McNulty, a kindergarten teacher, was the first woman to work for the local Red Cross during World War I, and her spirit of volunteerism and service carried on throughout the club’s history, a fact noted by several speakers at Tuesday’s celebration.

Senior Sleuth: Adventures of a talented and lucky artist

Garretta Lamore’s “Venus on the Half-Shell” mural.
Garretta Lamore tells the story of her recent brush with death as well as her adventurous life. “On July 3, 2014, I was leaving the Cultural Center at 5 o’clock, and that’s the last thing I remember. I had an aortic dissection, which is usually fatal. So every time my doctor sees me, he says you shouldn’t be here. I was very lucky. It was not an actual heart attack. My heart wasn’t damaged. I was unconscious for weeks. That whole time period is a complete blank to me.” 

When asked how she survived when people normally don’t survive this, again she said she was lucky. 

“I just rested for six or eight months, and the whole time I was peaceful. I was not in any pain. My husband Andy took care of me, and I had a nurse come in once a week. 

Volunteers sought to mentor teens

The maximum number of 30 boys at a time live and learn at the site. Most have been raised on the streets in the poorest neighborhoods of urban Northern California — many from counties such as Contra Costa and Modesto. They generally have a low-level criminal past. Kirk Taylor, Senior Counselor, has been working with these boys for 17 years. 

“Their world has been very small. They don’t really know what potential there is out there for them. Most of them were raised by a single parent or a grandparent.”  

RSVP is joining together with Bar-O Boys to recruit older adults with a lifetime of skills and experience to come and share what they know with the boys. Hopefully, the boys will be inspired toward a future career at a crucial time in their lives. 

Wildflower Art

Left to right: Rick Bennett, organizer of the Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show, congratulates Nancy Chernak for her “Skunk Cabbage” painting and Alan Barron for his “California Spikenard” photo, winners of the inaugural Arthur VanDeventer Wildflower Art Contest held last week. Chernak received the Aurise Eaton Memorial Award and $300; Barron received the Larry DePee Memorial Award and $300.

Birth: Anderson

Jaxon Wayne Anderson
Jaxon Wayne Anderson was born March 14, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Redding to Matthew and Hailee Anderson of Red Bluff. 

Grandparents are Tim and Trina Anderson of Medford, Ore., and Ivan Beckendorf and the late Deirdre Hemmingsen of Crescent City. He joins sibling Jacob Anderson, 9. 

Birth: Shaffer

Hailee Ann Shaffer
Hailee Ann Shaffer was born March 28, 2015, in Crescent City at 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and 20½ inches to parents Mark and Leanne Shaffer of Crescent City.  

Grandparents are Cynthia Thompson and David and Barbara Shaffer, all of Crescent City. Great-grandparents are Marcia Crooks and Jackie Gustufson of Brookings and Placerville.

Birth: Brayden Michael Scott

Brayden Michael Scott
Brayden Michael Scott was born Feb. 23, 2015 — seven weeks and four days early — at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 17¾ inches.  

Brayden’s parents are Sgt. Terry Scott Jr. and BreeAnna Scott. His grandparents are Harvey and Shari Smithson, Cyndi Scott and Enrique Ortega and Terry Scott and Rhonda Amis, all of Crescent City. Brayden’s great-grandparents are Betty Timmer of Palo Cedro and Ronald Rimack of Crescent City. Brayden spent 22 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Carl R. Darnall Medica Center, but is home with his parents and doing well. 

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