It's Humboldt County Fair Time

I'd never been to a county fair before I moved to Humboldt 10 years ago, and I still have very mixed feelings about what constitutes a real county fair. I love the idea of representing all that's best about Humboldt County in a single event, but when I see all the fried food and exotic animal booths, I have to wonder how those things in any way represent a county that's known for its iconic native wildlife and fresh produce.

Anyway, off I went to Ferndale yesterday, which had been designated Humboldt Made Day, in the hopes of making myself feel better about the whole thing. I was very happy to find that the grandstand area had been converted into a farmers' market , but less happy to see how few people were taking advantage of the Humboldt bounty on offer.

Taste of Willow Creek is August 23rd!

 Visit sunny Willow Creek for the 9th Annual Taste of Willow Creek on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

The event is from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm and takes place at one all-encompassing venue: China Creek Cottages located 1 mile east of downtown Willow Creek.

Enjoy wine tasting, artisans, craft booths, music all day and lifestyle workshops. Of special note is the “How to Eat the Willow Creek Way” workshop featuring professional chefs preparing specialty dishes.

It’s Twins for Red Panda Stella Luna!

What's better than one cute baby red panda? Why, two cute baby red pandas, of course!

Last summer, Stella Luna and Sumo welcomed one bundle of red panda cuteness into the world. This year, the proud parents welcomed two adorable cubs, born July 9 at Sequoia Park Zoo. The photo above was taken through the remote den cam that allows zoo staff to monitor the babies’ health without disturbing the family. In fact, the parents are so relaxed and at ease with their family life that both Stella Luna and Sumo were hanging out away from the babies this evening – that’s Stella Luna below, catching up some probably much-needed eating.

Fun times are a-coming at Sequoia Park Zoo!

The weekend of August 16th and 17th marks a major milestone for the Sequoia Park Zoo - the oldest zoo in California, and the smallest AZA-accredited zoo in the United States. On Saturday 16th, the zoo hosts its major annual fundraiser, the Zootini Gala, and on Sunday 17th, the fabulous new Watershed Heroes exhibit opens to the public for the first time!

Free wine & cheese tasting to benefit Miranda's Rescue

Wow, what's not to love about this event out at Miranda's Rescue in Fortuna?  There will be free cheese tasting (Loleta Cheese Factory, Rumiano and Cypress Grove Chevre), free chcolate tasting (Venlo, Drake's Glen Creations and Old Town Coffee and Chocolates), free music, pastries, beverages, pony rides and did I mention it's free?  The raffle and auctions will benefit the beloved 30 acre Miranda's Rescue sanctuary which currently is caring for about 600 creatuers from koi fish to horses.  This sounds like a great family friendly event to showcase a worthwhile local organization.