Trinidad Tidings: Outdoor art, outreach event and more in the seaside village

Trinidad School board member and parent Rose Adams will accompany Stephanie Strasser’s third-grade class to the Howland Hill Outdoor School in Redwood National Park in April. The camping expedition includes historical narratives with rangers dressed as local historical figures and environmental education as well. 

Rose reports that “Trinidad School goes above and beyond on field trips; in addition to many day trips nearly every grade third and up does an overnight adventure.”

Trinidad State Beach outdoor art

Susan Stephenson is hosting a Peruvian Montessori teacher this week. One of their many outdoor adventures included a long walk on Trinidad State Beach, where they discovered beach art formed by unknown beachcombers from unusual driftwood. If you head to the beach it might still be there.

Susan brought her guest to Trinidad Museum, where she was pleased to learn that Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, the Spanish naval captain who accompanied Bruno Hezeta in the 1775 voyage to Trinidad, was born in Lima, Peru. (Lois Harrington and Dick Bruce visited his home there in a visit a few years ago.) 

The navigators claimed Trinidad for Spain and named it “La Santissima Trinidad” on Trinity Sunday, June 11, 1775. 

The Spanish crew aboard the Santiago and the Sonora, remained in Trinidad for 10 days before sailing north. Bodega y Quadra, respected by his fellow officers, crew, and the indigenous people he encountered during several voyages of discovery through 1794, when he died at the age of 50. 

DRIFTWOOD ART This driftwood art piece was spotted on Trinidad Beach. Photo by Susan Stephenson

Trinidad Rancheria hosts special outreach event

The Cher-ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria will host a special outreach event for older adults on Tuesday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A free shuttle service from Trinidad Library and Park area to the Rancheria will transport visitors.

Representatives from Humboldt County Public Guardian, Humboldt County Veterans Services, Eureka Veterans Center, Humboldt County Programs for Recovery, In Home Supportive Services (IHSS), and Humboldt County Public Health Fall Prevention Program (this includes Tai Chi instruction) will be present to tell about their programs.

‘The Art of Spring’ Ladies Salon

Inner Center Fine Arts Institute, Inc. co-founder Donna Haddock will present “The Art of Spring” at a Ladies Salon on Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Light refreshments served. Seating limited. Call (707) 496-5350 for venue location and reservations. Go to for information about the world-wide outreach organization.

Big Lagoon School art winners

Art students Rylee Carr, Na-tess Lara, Numi-koy Oliver-Rigden, Teh-sa’an-xwe Cooper and Liam Vukonich all were given prizes for their art at the recent California Federation of Women’s Club Arts and Crafts Competition in Trinidad last month. 

 In addition, Big Lagoon School chef Jason Richie won two blue ribbons for his quilts.

In other school news, the students enjoyed a Quack and Wabbit puppet show presented by the Companion Animal Foundation. 

Next week, the school will participate in Tsunami Preparation Week. Find out more about Big Lagoon Union School District by contacting Superintendent-Principal Jennifer Glueck at a[email protected] or call (707) 677-3688. 

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