Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Volunteers are busy pulling together the details for next Monday's day-long observance of Veterans Day.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Hall, 810 H St., and heads toward Front Street.

Coffee and cake will be provided by Edward Jones financial advisors, and a special Marine Corps birthday cake will be served at noon at the VFW Canteen inside Memorial Hall.

That will also be the site for a 6 p.m. chicken fried steak dinner. Vets and spouses get in free. Otherwise, admission costs $8.50 for adults and $3.50 for children, with tickets sold at the door. The dinner speaker will be Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, whose address begins at 7 p.m.

Watch upcoming editions of the Triplicate for more about Veterans Day, including a look at the three parade grand marshals. One of them, by the way, is the senior-ranking member of the Hmong Army living in Del Norte. The Hmong were Vietnam-era allies of the United States.

Later this week, watch for a special pre-Veterans Day installment of the Hey Ranger column looking back at the 1949 dedication of a redwood grove and a monument that still stands, thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Night of appreciation

Speaking of volunteers, it takes a lot of them to support the efforts of the Tolowa Dunes Stewards, which partners with the Redwood Parks Association, state parks and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to organize educational and interpretive programs at the wonderland to the north of Crescent City known as Tolowa Dunes State Park and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area.

Once a month for 10 years now, volunteers have headed out to pull up invasive European beach grass that has inundated California coastal dunes and has contributed to the destruction of critical habitat for native dune species and the federally threatened Western Snowy Plover.

They dream of a day when native plants and animals thrive atop the sand, instead of getting choked out by the grass.

On Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., the annual volunteer appreciation event will be held at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share and their preferred drink. Sandra Jerabek will pitch in with a pot of wild mushroom soup,along with bread and wine.

Volunteer appreciation starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow.

A donation will be requested at the door, on a $10-$25 sliding scale, if you haven't volunteered/partnered with the Stewards yet this year. For more information, call Sandra at 954-5253 or e-mail

Also coming up

andbull; It's not until Dec. 13, but artists are being sought now for a first-ever "Art Walk Market" in conjunction with the next Crescent City Art Walk. Sponsored by the Business Improvement District, the market will be held in the Mason Mall from 4 to 7 p.m., where refreshments will be available, including pizza and tamales.

The vendor fee is $10 if prepaid by Nov. 15, or $15 after that if there is space available. If you're interested in participating, contact Traci Fansler at (800) 928-0455.

andbull; Remember that the 19th annual Crescent City Emblem Club Festival of the Trees will be held earlier than usual this year, on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

If you would like to donate a decorated tree, call Sharon at 954-6477.

Luncheon tickets can be purchased for $15 at McPherren's Tax Service, Del Norte Office Supply and Wendy's Beauty Salon, or by calling Charlotte at 954-4530 or Ellie at 954-2640.