Tag Archive for ‘Northern California’

Once Upon A Brew Pub – North Coast Brewing Co.

I have always found the rugged beauty of the northern California coast both peaceful and awe-inspiring. Once a year I have a job in Manchester, just south of Fort Bragg, CA. Fort Bragg is home to North Coast Brewing Company, which has some absolutely wonderful brews. So of course it is imperative that I stop [...]

Mistress of the Mix: And The Beat Goes On

It’s no secret that Pink Martini is pretty much my favorite band in the world. My crush first developed the first time I heard the French lyrics to “Sympathique,” while vacationing in Greece, and I fell head over heels when I was introduced to a live bootleg of “Hey Eugene.” I’ve seen them in concert [...]

Menu Please: Sushi and Serenity at Sakura

“Jiro Ono serves Edo-style traditional sushi, the same 20 or 30 pieces he’s been making his whole life, and he’s still unsatisfied with the quality and every day wakes up and trains to make the best. And that is as close to a religious experience in food as one is likely to get.” - Anthony Bourdain [...]

Shasta College Offering Class on Growing California Native Plants

This fall Shasta College will be offering a class on growing and landscaping California Native Plants. This is the prefect class for folks who want to replace and/or add to their landscape using more drought tolerant plants that will look good all year long.  The class is called “Introduction to Native Plants”,  AGEH 130.   The [...]

Quebecois Fiddler at the Loft

Just confirmed, a rare opportunity to hear one of Quebec’s premier fiddlers stopping by the Loft on a west coast tour.  Fiddler Pascal Gemme will be joined by Oregon pianist Josie Mendelsohn.  Imagine Irish/old time/French/Cajun/jazzy foot-stompin’ fusion, and you will have some idea of the Quebecois treat in store for you at this show! Where: [...]

Magician with Historic Honor Is Returning to the Cascade Theatre

This summer’s July 4th weekend, northern California resident Alex Ramon received a historic award, recognizing his achievements as an outstanding “illusionist.” While others were watching fireworks in celebration of the 4th, over 1500 magicians met in St. Louis, Missouri and made their own fireworks in a special ceremony. It was the largest American convention of its [...]

The Roosevelts: an Intimate History

After Teddy Roosevelt’s wife and mother died on the same day, he ran west to escape his overwhelming grief, losing himself in hunting, ranching, and other pursuits. In a letter to his sister, Bammy, he wrote, “Black care rarely rides behind a rider whose pace is fast enough.” This becomes the theme of Ken Burns’ [...]


Recently, while staying at an Air B&B house in Carpinteria, I was having dinner on the patio with the hostess who so graciously (& deliciously!) prepared it. We were sitting, chatting over lemon chicken and fresh garden vegetables, and her friend, Phillip of Grover Beach, started talking about “floating.” I immediately remembered reading an article [...]

Letter to Editor/Community: Negative Stigma on Foster Parents Doesn’t Help

Dear Community, You seem to have a pretty dismal impression of foster families. This month, I discovered just what it meant to be a foster family. For two blissful weeks, we were under the impression our chances of adopting our foster child of almost one year were becoming possible. At the permanent plan hearing, I [...]

2014 Gatekeepers’ Shining Affair Art, Beer and Wine Tasting on the Diestelhorst Bridge

A celebration and fundraiser for ShiningCare’s Gatekeeper Program will be held Saturday, Sept 13th from 5:30PM – 10:00PM. Guests will stroll across the Diestlehorst Bridge at twilight while listening to live music, tasting fine wines and craft beers, viewing art and meeting local artists. Guests may continue the night with dinner, dancing, raffles and a [...]

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