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Third Annual Caspar Ukefest

 

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Make plans to enjoy the fun at the Caspar Community Center for an all-day Ukulele Festival on Saturday, April 12. The all day event activities start at 10 am and will finish by 9:30 pm. There will be instructional workshops, jam sessions, open mic and evening performances, complemented with fresh, local and gourmet cuisine prepared by the volunteers in Caspar’s kitchen. 

Starting at 10 am and also 11:30 am their will be a morning ukulele workshop with instruction for beginners, intermediate and advance players. After a break for lunch, a third workshop will be held followed by jam sessions in small break-out groups and an open mic before the dinner break. Evening performances starting at 7 pm., which will include Master of Ceremonies Jim D’Ville, Dan Scanlan and special guests.

Jim D'Ville

Jim D’Ville

This years instructors will be Jim D’Ville and Dan Scanlan, who are veterans on many Ukulele Festivals around the country and the world. Mr. D’Ville has played in previously events like the California Ukulele Academy, Kerrville Folk Festival, Langley BC workshops, Melbourne Ukulele Festival, both the 2012 & 2014 Namm Shows, Reno Ukulele Festival, Sand Diego Ukulele Festival, Seattle Ukulele Festival, Tampa Bay Getaway, Tunes In The Dunes, Vancouver BC Uke Fest, West Coast Ukulele Retreat and Wine Country Uke Fest. Jim D’Ville is a music educator and facilitator whose mission is to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear.

Dan Scanlan

Dan Scanlan

Dan Scanlan in 1961 with several of his friends learned to play guitar. He was fond of the gilssandilations perpetrated by the banjo players at the local pizza joint, so he also learned the ukulele. A few years later he started writing hundreds of songs for both instruments. Today he is a seasoned performer who is known to give good workshop.

In the past 40 years he has been the ukulele lead in several bands. Flathead, the Self Righteous Brothers, Endagered Species and Juke, all duos; and combinations of various sizes, like Top Quark, Jukolin, Cool Hand Uke and the Enablers. He has also performed solo as “Rodd Gnawkin the Singing Mechanic” in the 1970′s and early 1980′s, but returned to “Cool Hand Uke”, a nickname give to him when the movie Cool Hand Luke appeared in the mid 1960′s.

Daily Schedule of Events

Times   Event   Room  
9:30 AM   Doors Open   South Coffee & Muffins
9:45 AM   Orientation   South Pattie & Dennis
10:00 AM – 11:15AM   Chord Progressions by Ear   North Jim D’Ville Workshop
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM   Play the Melody
Pick, Pluck, Muffle and Strum
  North Dan Scanlan Workshop
12:45 PM – 2 PM   Lunch Break   South Food provided for purchase
by The Caspar Community
2:00PM – 3:15 PM   Carl Perkins Rockabilly by Ear   North Jim D’ville Workshop
3:15 PM – 5:15 PM   Open jam sessions
Ad hoc Workshops
  South Michael DaSilva
Informal sessions
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM   Sound check & rehearsals
for evening performances
  North The Ukeholics, Hui Arago, Jim D’Ville
Dan Scanlan, Dennis Hudson
5:15 PM – 6:30PM   Dinner Break   South Food provided for purchase
by The Caspar Community
7:00 PM – 9:00PM   Evening Performances   North Jim D’Ville emcee
Pete Gealey on bass
          Pattie DeMatteo, Dennis Hudson
Mendocino Uke School Students
          The Ukeholics
Hui Arago
          Dan Scanlan
Performers Ensemble

Tickets: $35 (all day), $20 (half day), or $15 (performance).

For tickets and additional information call Pattie at 707-937-1732.

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California State Highway Route 1

 

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California State Route 1 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System. It is also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, Cabrillo Highway, Shoreline Highway or the Coast Highway. It stretches along most of the coast of California for a little over 655 miles.

California State Route 1 is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA. The Big Sur section from San Luis Obispo to Carmel is an official National Scenic Byway. The entire California State Route 1 is designated as a Blue Star Memorial Highway to recognize those in the United States armed forces. The California Legislature has designated the segment between Interstate 5 in Dana Point and U.S. 101 near Oxnard as the Pacific Coast Highway. Between U.S. 101 at the Las Cruces junction and U.S. 101 in Pismo Beach, and between U.S. 101 in San Luis Obispo and Interstate 280 in San Francisco the state legislature has designated State Highway 1 as the Cabrillo Highway. Also smaller segments of the Highway has been assigned several other names by the state and municipal governments. Highway 1 also at times runs concurrently with U.S. 101, most notably a 54 mile stretch in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and across the Golden Gate Bridge.

When the road was first envisioned in the World War 1 era, California Highways were referred to either by a highway name or by a route number. State construction of what became Highway 1 started after the state’s third highway bond issue passed before 1910. California State Route 1 was built in various stages and portions of the route had several names and numbers over the years as more segments opened. California Highway 1 signs first went up after California decided to number its highways in 1934, but only the section from Santa Barbara County north was posted as Highway 1. The Highway 1 designation was first designated in 1939. It was not until the 1964 state highway renumbering that the entire route was officially designated as Highway 1. 

California Highway 1 starts at the southernmost end in Orange County, California State Highway 1 at Capistrano Beach in Dana Point starts, and ends at U. S. Highway 101 near Leggett in Mendocino County.

From Dana Point it goes north into the city center, where, for about 1 mile northbound traffic continues along the original Pacific Coast Highway alignment and southbound traffic is diverted onto the parallel Del Prado. After the two roads merge back, Highway 1 continues north along the coast through Laguna Beach and Crystal Cove State Park. Highway 1 then enters Newport Beach, where it is known as simply Coast Highway. It passes through several affluent neighborhoods, including Newport Coast and Corona Del Mar, and spans the entrance to the Upper Newport Bay. Upon entering Huntington Beach, Highway 1 regains the Pacific Coast Highway designation. 

The Pacific Coast Highway enters Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, and passes through L. A. districts of Wilmington and Harbor City. While bypassing the immediate coastline of Palos Verdes, Highway 1 continues to head west into the cities of Lomita and Torrance. Continuing north through the McClure Tunnel, Highway 1 emerges along the beachfront in Santa Monica and continues along the coast. Upon leaving Santa Monica, it once again regains the name Pacific Coast Highway as it follows the coast to Malibu where it spans the entire 21 miles of that city.

After leaving Malibu, Highway 1 crosses into Ventura County and continues along the coast through Magu State Park, approaching the Oxnard Plain, it passes through a notch in the mountain that forms Point Magu. At that point, Pacific Coast Highway leaves the coast and heads north to an interchange at Rice Avenue, Pleasant Valley Road, and Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard. From there, Highway 1 heads north inland to U.S. 101, where it begins its first concurrency with that U.S. 101 Route. After traveling through Ventura, Highway 1 separates from U.S. 101 to travel along the beach to the Mobil Pier Undercrossing near Seacliff, where it rejoins U.S. 101 about 3 miles south of the Santa Barbara County line.

Entering the Central Coast and Big Sur the U.S. 101/Highway 1 concurrency from the Mobil Pier Undercrossing runs for 54 miles, passing through the City of Santa Barbara and up the coast. The route then turns away from the coast at Gaviota, avoiding Point Conception, and heads north through Gaviota State Park and he Gaviota Tunnel. In Las Cruces, Highway 1, now named Cabrillo Highway, splits again from U.S. 101 and heads northwest to the city of Lompoc. It is briefly joined with Highway 246 along Lompoc’s east-west Ocean Avenue, where it regains the Cabrillo Highway name.

After reaching the main entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Highway 1 turns northeast, away from the immediate coastline of the base, to join Highway 135, which splits from Route 1 south on Orcutt, and the Cabrillo Highway turns northwest back towards the coast to Guadalupe. Entering San Luis Obispo County avoiding the immediate coastline of the protected Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, before passing Grover Beach and subsequently joining U.S. 101/Highway 1 for the third time at Pismo Beach. The U.S. 101/Highway 1 concurrency that avoids the immediate coastline of Avila Beach and Diablo Canyon Power Plant, and instead heads inland to San Luis Obispo.

Highway 1 splits from U.S. 101 at Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo and then resumes as a four lane road as the Cabrillo Highway and rejoins the coast in Morro Bay, running through that city as a freeway. After crossing Morro Creek, Highway 1 proceeds north until it again becomes a winding, two lane road with occasional passing lanes. Going along the coast through Cambria and San Simeon, Highway 1 enters the Big Sur region, and for about 90 miles, the road winds and hugs the cliffs of Big Sur. The road briefly leaves the coast for a few miles and goes through a redwood forest in the Big Sur Valley which was built between 1919 and 1937.

Monterey Bay Area crossing the Carmel River, Highway 1 turns inland and continues to Monterey where it becomes a freeway. After bypassing the immediate coastline of Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula, the freeway heads north along the coast of Monterey Bay. At the interchange with Highway 156, Highway 1 continues north as a two-lane rural road to Moss Landing and becomes a freeway just before entering Santa Cruz County. This four-lane freeway continues up the coast. Upon reaching downtown Santa Cruz,it continues as Mission Street and Coast Road, before regaining the Cabrillo Highway name after it leaves the city and continues north as a two lane road up the coast. 

San Francisco Bay Area entering San Mateo County, Highway 1 follows the coast past Half Moon Bay up to Pacifica where becomes a freeway once again at Sharp Park before turning inland to join Interstate 280 in Daly City. Just before reaching San Francisco, Highway 1 leaves Interstate 280 and shortly thereafter, the Highway makes a left, becoming the six-lane wide 19th Avenue. Highway 1 then turns into Park Presidio boulevard after it passes through the city’s Golden Gate park. Then after entering the Presidio of San Francisco, it goes through the MacArthur Tunnel before joining U.S. 101 for a 4th time on the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge view from North Vista Point  (Photographer Henner Zeller)

After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and entering Marin County, Highway 1 then splits from U.S. 101 again near Marin City, where it leaves the city and becomes known as the Shoreline Highway, which turns into a 2 lane

winding road where it heads north along the coastline to where Highway 1 avoids the immediate coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore and the rest of the Point Reyes Peninsula, and instead heads towards, and then along, the eastern shore of Tomales Bay. Continuing north inland, it then rejoins the coast in Bodega Bay, where its name changes to the Coast Highway winding up the coast past Sea Ranch in Sonoma County.

Mendocino County, Highway 1 crosses over the Gualala River, through the town of Gualala heading up the beautiful and rocky coastline to Point Arena in which it becomes Main Street, before following School Street to the northwest and then becoming Shoreline Highway once again. Crossing the Garcia River, then the town of Elk, the Navarro River, where it meets Highway 128.

At the town of Albion, the Albion River is spanned by the Albion River Bridge, the only remaining wooden trestle

 

bridge on Highway 1. Continuing up the coast through the town of Little River, going further north crossing Big River Bridge where you can see the village of Mendocino which is on the Headlands overlooking the pacific Ocean. Highway 1 continues north to Fort Bragg where it turns into Main Street. Continuing north past Fort Bragg as a single-lane highway again to Westport, and after passing Westport-Union Landing State Beach, the road goes through a series of redwood-forested hairpin turns before reaching Rockport. North of Rockport, the highway turns away from the Lost Coast to avoid steep and unstable highlands created by the Mendocino Triple Junction uplift. The highway follows Cottaneva Creek inland through redwood-forested mountainous terrain before termanating at U.S. 101 just outside of Leggett. 

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Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain in Fort Bragg

 

  

Picture Taken by Heather Higgie

The Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain is visiting Fort Bragg from April 10 – 13, 2014. The ship will dock at Silver’s at the Wharf in Noyo Harbor. ALL ARE WELCOME. The dockside tours are like an open house. Guests are free to explore at their own pace. Crew members in 18th century-style costumes will be glad to answer any questions you may have and tell you more about the boats and their lives aboard. The boats are their home, so they can tell you some great stories about life on the high seas.

TOURS

WHEN: April 10, 11, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
REPEATS: Daily for 2 occurrences
WHERE: 
32260 North Harbor Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Come aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain for a self-guided tour of the ship. Crew will be on hand in period costume to answer questions and tell stories. A ticket is NOT required. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

 

ADVENTURE: FORT BRAGG

WHEN: April 12, 13, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
REPEATS: Daily for 2 occurrences
WHERE: 
32260 North Harbor Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
COST: $43
Hawaiian Chieftain || Our two-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

 

About the Hawaiian Chieftain:

Built of steel in Hawaii in 1988 and originally designed for cargo trade among the Hawaiian Islands, naval architect Raymond H. Richards’ design for Hawaiian Chieftain was influenced by the early colonial passenger and coastal packets that traded among Atlantic coastal cities and towns. The coastal packet service was part of the coasting trade based on mercantile activity of the developing seaboard towns. The early packet ships were regular traders and were selected because they sailed remarkably well and could enter small ports with their shallow draft. Out of the gradual development of the Atlantic packet ship hull form came the ship design practices that helped produce some of the best of the clipper ships of the later 1850s.

Hawaiian Chieftain was commissioned by Laurence H. “Baron” Dorcy, Jr., and constructed by Drake Thomas, owner of Lahaina Welding Co., Ltd. on the island of Maui. An article by artist and historian Herb Kane about Maui’s King Kahekili was Thomas’ inspiration for the name “Hawaiian Chieftain.” Master lofting was completed by Morgan Davies, with assistance from Raymond Richards. Ship welding was performed by Morgan Davies, Ken Bear, Bill Purvis, Lionel Clemons and Oliver Pagttie. Ship’s rigging was undertaken by George Herbert, Ivan Hope and Jack Finney. Principal ship’s carpenters included Baron Thomas, Byron Rodin, Jack Swendson, Dan Roberts, Chris Longmire, Dan Howes and Neil Saulmier.

The machinery and propulsion professionals included Alan Fleming and Paul Gurdy, and the ship’s electrical systems were installed by Charles De Gruchy and Paul Dobbs. They were assisted by Doug Leppard, Lee Utke, Robert Hunziker, Carl Geringer, and others. Capt. Des Kearns played a key role as a project director from early 1987 until launch on June 12, 1988. Hawaiian Chieftain then sailed to Tahiti, other destinations in the South Pacific, and San Francisco. The ship was purchased by Capt. Ian MacIntyre of Central Coast Charters in Sausalito. Hawaiian Chieftain also makes solo port visits as a sail training and education vessel. Hawaiian Chieftain is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified passenger sailing vessel.

Hawaiian Chieftain Statistics
Tonnage: 64 net, 80 gross
Type: Gaff-rigged Topsail Ketch
Sail Area: 4,200 sq. ft.
Ballast: 20,000 lbs. lead
Designer: Raymond Richards
Engines: Twin 235 hp diesel Volvo TAMD 61
Builder: Lahaina Welding Co., with master lofting and welding by Capt. Morgan Davies
Lead Shipwright: Drake Thomas
Year: Manufactured 1988
Hull Material: Steel
Tankage (fuel): 1,800 gals
Tankage (water): 1,800 gals
Range: 2,000 miles at cruising speed of 7 knots, maximum 10 knots
Length on Deck: 65′
Length Overall: 103′ 9″
Length at Waterline: 57′
Beam (Width): 22′
Draft (Depth): 5′ 6″
Mast: 75′
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“Had a wonderfully relaxing stay at Stevenswood”

 

Had a wonderfully relaxing stay at Stevenswood. The room was nice and cozy, with a fire place. Clean burning logs were provided. A nice touch that is Eco-friendly. We enjoyed the informative and friendly staff. Nelson and James at the front desk had great suggestions for hikes and dining options. There are two hot tubs, one available for all guests during normal hours, and one with a key that requires a reservation. The private hot tub was so relaxing. It was great to soak and enjoy the stars above. The garden is nice and there is a view of the ocean there. The breakfast was fine, could have used some more fresh fruit or juice. Overall this place was very nice.

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5th Annual Little River Whale Festival

 

This was the 5th Annual Little River Whale Festival which is the second of the three weekend Whale Festivals held in March. Last weekend (the first weekend of March) Mendocino hosted the 32nd Annual Mendocino Coast Whale Festival and Fort Bragg will host the 3rd weekend of the Whale Festival. The Little River Whale Festival  benefits MAPA (Mendocino Area Parks Association) and the jewell of Little River, Van Damme State Park with the support of the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.

This years events included Mendocino Photographs Gallery presented by John Birchard. The Van Damme Visitor Center with park hosts Bruce and Fritz who will share the history and environment of the park. Also Mendocino Eco Arts, guided mountain bike tour, docent-led whale watch walks, and docent-led barn tour of the Kent-Spring Ranch Barns (constructed around the 1860′s), Ron Le Valley presents “Whale of Mendocino”, kayak Mendocino sea cave tours, open art studio with Todd Elkins woodcarver and also guest speaker: Sheila Seman the Executive Director of the not yet built Noyo Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg “Friends of the Blue Whale” and of course the Taste of Little River.

 

One of the many events of the Whale Festival was The Taste of Little River, which was held on Saturday, March 8th from 1:00 – 4:00  pm., where you will discover the many flavors of Little River, featuring specialties from 8 local gourmet chefs & local wines. This fun event the tickets were $25 in advance or $30 at registration. Pictured above is where people were enjoying our own label of coastal vines from our own cellars at our wine bar. 

 

Pictured above were some of the many participants enjoying our gift shop. You can see who the real shoppers are. There is a great selection of items to purchase at our gift shop.

 

More happy participants enjoying our own coastal vines wine and comparing notes while enjoying a leisurely time in our lounge. 

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We stayed here on a Groupon and were very pleased

 

We stayed here on a Groupon and were very pleased.  We just needed a relaxing get away from the city and Stevenswood totally did the trick.  It’s situated on a beautiful plot of land near the sea with a little llama farm out back.  The hotel is quaint, the rooms are cozy with fireplaces, the beds are phenomenally comfortable and there are quiet hot tubs out back under the stars.  It was exactly what my boyfriend, my dog, and I needed!  They even upgraded us for free because one of the upstairs rooms was vacant.  I’m not exactly sure what all these bad reviews are about.  Were you guys expecting the Ritz…?  If so, I guess I can understand your disappointment.  It was exactly what we were hoping for.  Thank you!

  • Jill V.
  • San Francisco, CA  2/26/2014
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Pianist Frank Weins Performing at Mendocino

 

Frank Weins Performing on April 6, 2014

Biography: 

Critical acclaim has greeted the performances of Frank Wiens. He has concertized extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including highly praised recitals in New York and London. He has twice toured South Korea, and gave his recital debut on the European continent in Vienna in 1987. He was invited to tour the Soviet Union in 1991 as a featured soloist in concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Serge Prokofiev.

In 2006 Frank Wiens appeared as soloist with the “Orchestra Dinu Lipatti” in Romania, and gave recitals devoted to the music of Chopin at the Chopin Academy and at the Lazienki Palace on Water in Warsaw, Poland.

With an extensive concerto repertoire of thirty-five works, he has been a soloist with such orchestras as the Atlanta, Denver and Detroit Symphonies. A winner of major awards in prestigious competitions – North American Young Artists Competition, Southwest Pianists Foundation Competition, Three Rivers Piano Competition – he has given annual concert tours across the U.S. since 1974.

His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and Public Television, and he has been a touring artist with the Iowa Arts Council and the California Arts Council. His compact disc recording “Rachmaninov,” which includes that composer’s Third Piano Concerto with the Slovakia National Orchestra, has been described by one reviewer as “dazzling, yet rich in solid detail…brilliant clarity and absolute conviction…truly suave and elegant playing.”

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Frank Wiens studied at the University of Michigan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Stanley Medal, that school’s highest honor for musical excellence.

He has been a student of Benning Dexter, Gyorgy Sandor, Harald Logan, and John Perry and a participant in master classes with Lili Kraus and Leon Fleisher.

He served on the piano faculty at Drake University and, since 1976, has held the position of Professor of Piano at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. In 1997 he was honored with that university’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and in 2000 with its Faculty Research-Lecturer Award.

In addition to his active concert schedule, Frank Wiens has gained renown for his master classes and lectures. He has adjudicated numerous piano competitions, and has served as a member of the international jury of the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.

The concert is in Preston Hall at 3 pm Sunday, April 6. Tickets are $20 in advance or phone 707-937-1018 or $25 at the door. 
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Encore Screening of Award-Winning Bidder 70

 

documentary filmmakers, environmental film, social justice, climate justice

Encore Bidder 70 Playing on March 29th at 7:00 pm 

The Mendocino Film Festival is proud to bring the inspirational film BIDDER 70 to Ukiah’s Space Theater on Saturday, March 29th at 7:00 pm. Afterward, join us for a special reception to meet the filmmakers of this powerful film and enjoy North Coast Brewing Company beer, wine and tasty bites from local eateries. SPACE Theater, 508 W. Perkins Street, Ukiah, CA.

Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side.

Tim DeChristopher is Bidder 70. 

On December 19, 2008 Tim DeChristoper disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels (which, starting at $2 an acre, were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park), winning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted. 

Two months, later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction. DeChristopher, however, was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Patrick Shea, former BLM Director for Clinton, represented DeChristopher pro-bono.

With the threat of prison looming, DeChristopher stepped up his activism and evolved into a charismatic and ingenious climate justice leader. He co-founded Peaceful Uprising, a grassroots group dedicated to defending a livable future through empowering non-violent action.

After two years and nine postponements, his trial began on February 28, 2011. Outside the courtroom, hundreds rallied in solidarity with Tim. Inside, Judge Dee Benson disallowed every defense his lawyers put forth. After a five-day trial, DeChristopher was found guilty. His sentencing was scheduled for summer 2012.

Refusing to back down, Tim flew to D.C. in April 2011 to give a keynote speech at Power Shift 2011 in front of 10,000 students. He then led students to occupy the Department of the Interior. Tim wisely avoided arrest, but dozens of others were arrested for his mass act of peaceful civil disobedience. 

On July 26th Tim was sentenced to two years in federal prison and removed immediately from court in chains. Tim is serving the remainder of his sentence.

In The News: Praise for Bidder 70.

“…without the slightest tinge of manipulation, Bidder 70 convinces us that these people really do care about the fate of humankind and that we’re entrapped in a legal system that is, environmentally speaking, still set on driving us off a cliff. “

-Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine

“Topped my list for the most inspiring film” 

-Stephanie Penn Spears, EcoWatch

“Powerful, intelligent and very entertaining, BIDDER 70 will show you how one person can change the world.”

-Frank Marshall, Kennedy-Marshall Company

“The Bottom Line: This thoughtful doc vividly illustrates the personal consequences of daring to take on the government.”  

-Hollywood Reporter

“A film everyone needs to see, even if you think you’re well-informed about political issues, environmentalism, and global climate change.”

-Ashland Independent Film Festival

“An excellent new documentary, “Bidder 70,” tells the story of another young hero’s great risk on behalf of the environment. It’s a moving film with an inspiring message calling us to work on behalf of the environment and humanity. It also takes us through the step-by-step experience of the consequences of a serious civil disobedience action.”

-National Catholic Reporter

“this is a well-paced, well-edited, compelling, inspiring film energized by a courageous American. I recommend viewing it.”

-Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card

For additional information call 707-937-0171.

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The Ten Appellations of Mendocino County

 

Picture from Husch Vineyards, Anderson Valley

Mendocino county is a leading grape growing region, and has many wineries that produce some of the best wines in the world. Mendocino county is home to a total of 10 American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s).

“Mendocino AVA” which encompasses 6 smaller AVA’s that you may be familiar with. Anderson Valley, Yorkville Highlands, McDowell Valley, Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, and America’s smallest AVA, Cole Ranch. Also there is Covelo AVA, Dos Rios AVA, Mendocino Ridge AVA, and Pine Mountain – Cloverdale Peak AVA. We also currently have two pending, which is Ukiah Valley, and Sanel Valley. Their are currently a total of 300 grape growers in Mendocino county.

Anderson Valley AVA: Now ranks with the top Pinot Noir regions in North America. Anderson Valley is located in the rolling hills of the coastal region in Mendocino county. Only 15 miles long, this beautiful valley is home to a unique group of vineyards and wineries producing a broad range of excellent wines. Such unique geography results in a wide diurnal range, with daily high and low temperatures occasionally diverging 40 or 50 degrees. This enables Pinot Noir growers to keep acid development in line with sugar and flavor formation through long, warm Indian summers. It also makes for superb Gewurztraminer and Riesling. In eastern and ridge-top sites there is plenty of warmth to ripen Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

Yorkville Highlands AVA: Approved as an AVA in 1998 because of its distinctive soils and temperatures relative to neighboring Anderson Valley. With rocky soils that have high gravel content, differ from the loamy, clay soils common to neighboring appellations. These highly-porous soils allow for superior water drainage, forcing the roots of vines to dig deep for water. This results in low-vigor vines that yield concentrated fruit. The moderate temperatures are suitable for Sauvignon Blanc, but also show great promise for Bordeaux reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

McDowell Valley AVA: Obtaining appellation status in 1987, this high-sloping bench land sits up to 1,000 feet above sea level and overlooks the Russia River to the west creating conditions that are ideal for select varietals. Specializing in Rhone red varietals like Grenache and Syrah, plus Zinfandel, with some coming from century-old vineyards. White Rhone varietals like Marsanne and Viognier also grow great here.

Potter Valley AVA: This appellation sits more than 200 feet higher than its surrounding area. Potter Valley offers great temperature variations between day and night. Mid-day can get hot, but night time temperatures can really drop. Under these conditions, varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir love it and develops a strong and refined characteristics. 

Redwood Valley AVA: Due to a gap in the coastal ridge, the climate of this upland valley allows cool Pacific air currents to penetrate. Under these conditions the gradual ripening of fruit that makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Barbera and Petite Sirah are refined and complex. The notable red soil also provides character to the wines. The Italian immigrants planted some of the earliest vineyards here among the ancient redwoods. This area gained official appellation status in 1997.

Cole Ranch AVA: This appellation has the distinction of being North Americas’s smallest. This appellation sits between the Russian River and Anderson Valley and is less than one quarter square miles. They grow sixty acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling on high hills ranging from 1,400 – 1,600 feet in elevation. The Sterling family, proprietors of the Esterlina winery located at Philo, owns the entire vineyard acreage of this appellation.

Covello AVA: Located about 45 miles north of Ukiah and encompasses Round Valley, Williams Valley and the surrounding foothills. Round Valley has a bowl shaped basin unlike the long, narrow valleys more commonly found in Mendocino county. Also the soils are very deep loam. (Soil composed of a mixture of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter). The coastal influence is effectively blocked by the high peaks surrounding this region, providing the Covelo appellation with a continental climate. The growing season at this appellation is shorter that other Mendocino growing areas such as Yorkville Highland and Anderson Valley, but the warmer daytime temperatures provide optimum opportunity for ripening. 

Dos Rios AVA: Located in the remote wilderness of northern Mendocino county. This isolated appellation has both the Eel River and Middle Fork of the Eel River running through it, and is also known for its white water rafting. There is only 1 winery in the AVA, Vin de Tevis, which has 6 acres under vine and is almost exclusively planted to red varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel. The Dos Rios appellation’s soil is very rocky and the slopes are steep and the climate is a unique combination of maritime and continental. 

Mendocino Ridge AVA: is the only non-contiguous AVA in America. Only elevations of 1,200 feet or higher are included. Everything lower that that falls into Mendocino County of Anderson Valley appellations. The lower area of coastal are blanketed with fog. The ridge peaks rise from clouds of fog, like islands, bringing sunshine to the tiny vineyards nestled among Redwood and Douglas fir trees. This appellation covers more than a quarter million acres of mountainous land, but just 75 acres of the entire viticultural area are planted, with Zinfandel being the specialty since the late 1800′s when many of these ridge-top vineyards were first planted. The Mendocino Ridge is recognized for producing some of the very best, most distinctive Zins anywhere. 

Pine Mountain – Cloverdale Peak AVA: This appellation is the newest which is a two-county appellation is located in both Mendocino and Sonoma counties with an area of about 4,750 acres which 230 acres are planted to mostly hearty premium red wine-grape varietals. It goes from 1,600 feet and as high as 3,000 feet with most of the vineyards are small plots of 10 – 30 acres carved out of the South-West facing hillsides. The fruit are known for the intensity of both color and flavors, given a much longer growing season. The thin and rugged mountain soils have ideal exposures and micro-climates with a rich viticultural history dating back to the mid 1850′s.

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All About Sally Concert at The Mendocino Art Center

 

All About Sally Concert

All About Sally Concert Folk Music, Playing Sunday April 6, 2014

The Mendocino Art Center’s First Sunday Concert Series will be featuring All About Sally on Sunday, April 6. They are an American Roots music group based on the Mendocino Coast, with members David Alden, Jacob Aranda, Sally Graney and Jessie Lee Van Sant, playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle or dobro. All About Sally presents great vocal arrangements of an eclectic selection of American Roots Music, ranging from traditional American ballads and folk songs, through new-grass material and modern renditions of old style material by such artists as Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show and covers like other singer songwriters as John Prine, Cheryl Wheeler, Roy Orbison and John Fogerty. The band also does original material written by various members.

Playing at the Mendocino Art Center, at 45200 Little Lake at Kasten Street, Mendocino.

Showtime is at 5:00 pm. Tickets $15. 800-653-3328.

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