Trinidad Tidings: Blessing of the Fleet Thanksgiving morning

The annual Blessing of the Fleet will take place on Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. at the Trinidad Civic Club’s former Memorial Lighthouse site at Edwards and Trinity streets. Sea captains and their crews, who set out in the worst possible weather to harvest the sea’s bounty, will be recognized with blessings, prayers, songs, and the presentation of good luck tokens. All of the community is invited to this fine moment of Thanksgiving.

Trinidad Art Celebrates Six Year Anniversary

Trinidad Art Gallery, an artists’ co-operative of 24 artists, invite the community to celebrate six years at the Trinity at Parker Street location on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m.. Featured artists will be ceramic artist Elaine Y Shore and photographer Jim Lowry. Friends of the Dunes will host a wine pour and music by harpist Howdy Emerson and acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter JD Jeffries will entertain. The Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email [email protected] or telephone (707) 677-3770 for more information.

In other co-op news, members Barbara Wright, Colleen Clifford, Elaine Y Shore, Kurt Hellmich, Matthew Gagliardi, Sarah Magnuson and Tom Kingshill will have their work on view at the Humboldt Artisans Crafts and Music Festival on Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at Redwood Acres.

Susan Stephenson abroad recently

Montessori lecturer, author and artist Susan Stephenson returned from a journey to Amsterdam, Sweden, Switzerland and Romania. She held a book launch in Romania, hosted by a Romanian European Parliament member, whose three children attend a Montessori school in Lasi.

Susan’s book, The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three has been translated into Romanian. Go to for more details.

Rand performs tunes from “Just Keep Going” album

Singer-songwriter Joanne Rand will perform original material from her forthcoming 17th album, Just Keep Going with musicians Rob Diggins on violin and Jolianne Einem on bass on Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. at Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Dr. All ages welcome. Refreshments available. Reservations recommended. Call (707) 834-2479.

Devastating fires

Everyone I’ve talked to since Nov. 8, when the Paradise Camp fire started, has a relative or friend whose life will be affected forever by the fire there, in Blue Lake and in Southern California. Much gratitude to the firefighters, medical teams and resilient residents of these hard-hit places for carrying on in impossible circumstances. Rain is predicted for Thanksgiving Day. Normally, we would not be wishing for this on a holiday, but this year, a torrential downpour all over California would be welcome.

Holidays in Trinidad

Sunday, Dec. 9, will begin with Santa Claus arriving in Trinidad in a fishing boat. He’ll greet children at 11 a.m. at Murphy’s. Watch for posters and more information about the day of crafts fairs in both the school and the Town Hall, photos with Santa, free hot chocolate and cookies with Santa at the Seascape, special sales or events at all of Trinidad’s businesses, an annual meeting at the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Simmons Gallery, Bob Hallmark stone ware and an exquisite George Bucquet glass bowl for sale at Trinidad Museum, caroling at Trinidad Art Gallery, holiday lighting at the pier at 5 p.m. Jan West of the Trinidad Civic Club is chairman of the event.

Homan on rowing crew

John and Katrin Homan wrote that their eldest son, Jackson, is an enthusiastic member of the competitive Orange Coast College nine-man rowing crew in Costa Mesa. The Orange Coast College Foundation is raising money to support the crew through its winter season.

Anyone who has read Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown about the 1936 quest for rowing gold (should be required reading in every high school and college literature class) understands the team building and physically demanding nature of the sport.  Send contributions to Orange Coast College Foundation, Attention Liz Parker, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, noting “Jackson Homan” at the bottom of the check.

Big Lagoon School news

Superintendent-Principal Jennifer Glueck of Big Lagoon School writes that students participated in the Great California Shakeout for Earthquake Preparedness and practiced a bus evacuation safety drill last month.

The busy staff and PTO organized a fund raising “Extravaganza” to improve the primary grade playground recently which brought in over $1,000 from donors, vendors, volunteers and participants. Jennifer thanks “Dana, Jason, Jackie, Kila, Carol, Ashley, KC, April, Sophia, Betty and Rebecca” for their efforts.

Email Patti at [email protected].



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