Trinidad Tidings: Celebrate Trinidad Library’s anniversary with ice cream

Trinidad Library will celebrate its fifth anniversary with an ice cream social on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Saunders Park off Patrick’s Point Drive and Janis Court. Trinidad Library Branch Manager Kristin Dalziel and Friends of the Trinidad Library President Essence Torres invite the community to join in the fun.

The “new: county library opened in August 2013 next to Trinidad Museum on land owned by Trinidad Coastal Land Trust donated by the Saunders family following a three-year fund raising effort and much City of Trinidad and community support.

Trinidad’s first library, which opened in September 1915, was the first community project of the Trinidad Civic Club, which had formed in 1913.

Sibyl Jamieson’s The Belles of Trinidad, written in 1980, recounts Trinidad Civic Club Minutes, which read that on “June 11, 1915, Miss Reagan, County Librarian, talked to our Club regarding the establishment of a Branch Library... The Fourth of July picnic and dance proceeds are to be used for Library expenses.” During the presidency of Grace McConnaha, the “Library set up in the Reicke building,” (today’s Picker’s Paradise behind Trinidad Art Gallery).The 1915 Minutes further state “The Club purchased shelving boards, paint, etc., in the amount of $3.00. Members and husbands did the work. During these past two years, the ladies have sold gallons of ice cream as a money maker and also pounds of peanuts – both at stands in town.”

Now,  103 years later, ice cream will be served once more, only on this occasion it is free.

Representational Art League exhibit

New works by Representational Art League members Paul Rickard, Andrew Daniel, Vicki Barry, Pat Cahill,  Michelle Murphy-Ferguson, Susan Strope, Elsie Mendes, Lois Anderson, Steven Lemke, Jody Bryan, Dolores Terry, Julia Bednar, Camille Regli and the late Marj Early will be on view at Westhaven Center for the Arts in September and October. A reception for the artists takes place on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 1 to 4 in the gallery at 501 South Westhaven Drive.

The new exhibit is called “The Mundane and Magnificent: Flowers, Gardens, Ocean, and Earth.” The RAL formed in 1987 and since then has consistently provided the community with high quality shows that represent the unique beauty of local landscapes. Members meet monthly to critique work, plan community outreach and to prepare for upcoming exhibits. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call (707) 677-9493 for more information, or go to

Bears in Trinidad

Has your trash can been raided? Are you missing fruit from your orchard?

There have been several black bear sightings in Trinidad and Westhaven. Evidence of their presence is unmistakable as trash cans and their contents are spread about rural properties. Secure lids and bring pet food bowls inside at night.

Email Patti at [email protected].



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