Trinidad Tidings: Get a taste of Trinidad

Tastin’ Trinidad! will be hosted by the Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. outdoors at Saunders Park on Janis Court off Patrick’s Point Drive.

The community is invited to taste samples from local restaurants, caterers, winemakers and breweries. Some of the participants include Lighthouse Grill, Moonstone Crossing Winery, Ocean Grove Lounge, Bergeron Winery, The Lost Whale Inn, Humboldt Cider Company, Trinidad Bay Eatery, Mad River Brewery, Brett Schuler Fine Catering, Seascape Restaurant, Moonstone Grill, Murphy's Market, Winnett Vineyards and Six Rivers Brewery.

Enjoy an evening of live music by Michael Dayvid, delicious food, bocce ball and the art-in-progress of event painter Toni Magyar. Also, both Trinidad Museum and the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Simmons Gallery will be open during the event. Admission is $20. For information, contact Katherine Wayne via the chamber’s voicemail at (707) 677-1610 or email [email protected].

Musical celebration

On the same evening as Tastin' Trinidad, at 6 p.m., the Trinidad Library will be open for An Autumnal Equinox Musical Celebration featuring local Trinidad musician Michael Fles, who will perform a world musical jam session in celebration of the changing of the seasons. Audience members are welcome to participate in the performance, which is a family-friendly event for all ages.

In other library news from Branch Manager Kristin Dalziel, Friends of the Trinidad Library will host a book sale Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the library in Saunders Park. All proceeds benefit Trinidad Library programs, projects and new library materials.

Friends of the Trinidad Library will hold its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. Members and guests are always welcome.

Read to Dogs takes place Thursday, Sept. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. Stop by during the monthly read-to-a-dog program where kids get a personalized 15-minute reading session with a story-loving therapy dog named Katie. Call (707) 677-0227 to sign up for a session.

Pajama Storytime also takes place Sept. 28 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Swing by for an evening of nighttime stories to wind down the day.  This is a once-a-month family-friendly story time. Dress code: pajamas!

All of these events are free of charge.

Sumeg Village Day

Sumeg Village Day at Patrick’s Point State Park takes place Sunday, Sept. 24 starting at noon. Watch a hot rock cooking demonstration and taste acorn soup and sundried seaweed (samples only compliments of the Pot a Wot Farmers’ Market; lunch is not provided). Enjoy a tour of Sumeg Village and listen to traditional Yurok stories and songs. Visitors can also observe Brush Dance regalia, handmade baskets and craft items. The event, organized by Penne O’Gara, is free of charge.Call (707) 677-3840 for information.

Naturalist training

Learn Interpretative Field Techniques Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Trinidad Head. Join interpretive naturalist Jenny Hanson on an exploration of a portion of the Trinidad Head Trail focusing on learning about the plant community that thrives on the windy, rocky headland. Meet in the parking area at the base of Trinidad Head. This is part of a naturalist training program sponsored by Trinidad CoastalLand Trust. Visit for an overview of the many land trust programs.

Public lands stewardship

Volunteers are invited to the Trinidad Head lighthouse grounds Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to plant native plants in areas where invasive ivy has been cleared. Volunteer workers should park at the bottom of Trinidad Head and walk the half mile to the lighthouse. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, closed-toed shoes and bring gloves, water, sunscreen and snacks. Participants will receive a National Public Lands Day T-shirt and coupons allowing free admission to national recreation sites such as national parks. For information on the program, call Bureau of Land Management Interpretive Specialist Leisyka Parrott at (707) 825-2313.

City Council meeting

During the busy Sept. 13 City Council meeting, Councilmember Susan Rotwein announced that the new Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department complex was completed.  She also told the audience that both bears and mountain lions have been spotted locally, possibly fleeing the fires inland. The council voted to extend a 1-and-a-half-inch water line to Cal Fire on Patrick’s Point Drive for drinking water only, as water for domestic use at Cal Fire was not potable. It was made clear by the council that no other water hook-ups would be permitted along the way on Patrick’s Point Drive.

Sheriff’s deputies Josh McCall and Luke Mathieson reported on their very full work days and said that the county sheriff's department was working on filling a half-time deputy position by December.

There was a discussion on prohibiting commercial cannabis activities, both medical and nonmedical, and regulating cannabis cultivation for personal use. A decision on a draft ordinance will be continued at the next city council meeting.

Members of the audience brought up ADA matters, tennis court use for pickle ball, short-term rental issues, Ocean Avenue rights of way and progress on Memorial Lighthouse stabilization efforts.

Alison Talbot of the Pacific Gas and Electric governmental affairs office, at the meeting to report on power outages, arrived early during the reception honoring Tom and Anne Odom before the official council meeting. She said. “I’ve attended many city council meetings all over Humboldt County, but I’ve never before come to one when I've been offered a drink and a cookie.”

At Westhaven Center

See the iconic 1970s comedy, Harold and Maude Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Dr. Ruth Gordon stars in the zany adventure. Admission is $5 to $10 sliding scale.

Musician-in-residence Seabury Gould leads Song Village Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. Join the group for folk songs that are fun, uplifting and informal. Call (707) 845-8167 for information.

Stephensons in Europe

Susan and Jim Stephenson recently returned from several weeks in Europe. Susan flew to Europe ahead of Jim for Montessori work in Rome, Italy and Prague, where she gave a talk at an international Montessori congress attended by over 2,000 people from 70 countries. Then the couple met in Stockholm for a few days with old friends, including Stefan Hamrin, who spent a year with the Stephensons as an exchange student many years ago.

Jim and Susan took an overnight ferry to Finland and spent nine days on a remote, private family island in the Finnish archipelago with no electricity or running water. Then, Iceland was on the itinerary and they experienced walking a path between the techtonic plates of Eurasia and North America. Pictures of this geologic wonder can be seen on Susan's Facebook page.

Susan’s website is

Email Patti at [email protected].




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