Trinidad Tidings: Art, music, achievements and of course tasty items

“Poetry and Story Sharing” is the program theme for the Trinidad Civic Club’s Lunch for the Bunch gathering on Thursday, June 7 starting at 10 a.m. in the Club Room, Town Hall.

Members and guests are encouraged to bring something to read aloud, either original poetry or an anecdote from another author.  There will be a “Getting to Know You” portion of the program too. Members are asked to bring a photo of themselves at age three or under to share. Also on the program is the slideshow of the recent Fashion to a Tea event co-chaired by Jan West, Joey Wauters and Katherine Wayne.

Rose Adams and Merissa Maclay will be hostesses with newly installed co-presidents Dana Hope and Jan West presiding. Cassaro’s Catering is donating lunch. Reservations important.  Email [email protected] com or [email protected] to RSVP.

Eighth Grade Commencement

Trinidad School eighth grade teacher Tyler Vack announces the annual commencement ceremony to take place Wednesday, June 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the school multi-purpose room.

Scholastic and achievement awards will be presented from community members and organizations and students will individually tell of their favorite, funny, or dramatic moments since kindergarten at the small school at the heart of Trinidad.

Annual Trinidad Fish Festival

The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce will present its annual day-long Fish Festival on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17 at venues up and down Trinity Street and beyond.

Melanie Getman is the event coordinator and she is calling for 70 or more volunteers to join in the fun of planning and executing the day, which includes freshly prepared outdoor fish dinners, music, desserts by Trinidad Civic Club, book sale by Lions Club, art, craft, literary, and service organization vendors, shops open with special offerings, children’s activities, a Trinidad Head lighthouse tour, and more.

Call her at (858) 859-7005 or email [email protected] for inquiries and volunteer opportunities.

Trinidad Artisans’ Market

The freshly paved and improved Murphy’s Market parking area is the site for the weekly Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Artisans’ Market through the summer. Penny Gunn organizes the festive outdoor market. Stop by on June 10 and ask how you can participate.

North Coast Open Studios

Open Studios continues for its second weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. all over Humboldt County. Trinidad artists include Kathrin Burleson, Paul Rickard, Matt Dodge, Donvieve, Oceana Madrone, Amanita Mollier, Laura Rose, Patricia Sundgren Smith, Devon Van Dam and Toni Magyar.  Go to for a complete listing of venues and maps.

Generous business and non-profit donors and sponsors make this event, and most of the county’s wide array of festivals, possible. Open Studios is sponsored by Almquist Lumber, Art Center, Coast Central Credit Union, Gary Hamer/Stan Smith Insurance, Holly Yashi, Humboldt Arts Council, Hunter, Hunter & Hunt, Lotus Studio, McLean Foundation, MikkiMoves Real Estate, Patterson Conners Insurance, Pierson Building Center, Redwood Art Association, The Ink People, Just My Type Letterpress, Humboldt Cider Company, Cypress Grove Chevre, Beck’s Bakery, Scrapper’s Edge, Soulshine Arts and Wildberries Marketplace. Media sponsors are Mad River Union, North Coast Journal, Morse Media, 101 Things Publication, KHSU, KHUM, KSLG, KWPT The Point, The Lounge, Lost Coast Outpost, Power 96, Cool 105, Big Red Country, KGOE and KATA. Take the opportunity to thank the above for supporting the arts when you patronize their places of business.

The Handshakers at WCA

The Handshakers will perform on Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Dr. The ensemble includes Mike Walker on electric guitar, Michael Bynum on acoustic guitar, Aleister Paige on steel guitar, Gary Davidson on electric bass and Paul DeMark on drums. Admission is $5 to $10 on a sliding scale. Go to for more information and the full schedule of art, music and fitness classes and events.

Trinidad City Council

The Trinidad City Council held its annual budget meeting last Tuesday in the Town Hall. Only three community members were in the audience.

If you care about where the city finds, and spends, the money to run the water system, public safety, open space and trail maintenance, storm water projects, building repairs, and more, and to pay its staff, it is a good idea to pay attention to how a little municipality operates. The City Council and the City Staff work hard to try to please everyone and hard choices have to be made. It is a tough job. The next City Council meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14 (Flag Day), at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Coming July 2 to Town Hall

Steve Polz is coming to Trinidad Town Hall on Monday, July 2. The Lighthouse Grill is sponsoring the event, which will include a barbecue and show with doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Folk singer, song writer, storyteller and comedian Steve Poltz is an internationally recognized artist, well known for his collaboration with Jewel as they co-wrote her first big hit, You Were Meant For Me. Steve’s solo career has been busy and successful, as he tours the USA, Canada and Australia, playing over 260 shows a year.

Tickets are available at The Lighthouse Grill or at Advance sales for the show are $20 and $10 for the barbecue.

If you purchase tickets at the door, admission is $25 for the show or $13 for the meal. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse Fund. Email [email protected] for more details.

Email Patti at [email protected].



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