Trinidad Tidings: Seaside village awaits results

IN WESTHAVEN “Sunset” by Natalie Craig at Westhaven Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

Last week’s election left the composition of Trinidad City Council uncertain until absentee ballots are counted.  There were six candidates for three positions.

Leading the vote count is Mayor Susan Rotwein. However, votes for incumbents Jim Baker, Dwight Miller and challenger Tom Davies are too close to call at this writing. The county election office will certify election results as soon as possible.

Meantime, the regular Trinidad City Council meeting will take place today, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in Trinidad Town Hall with Susan Rotwein, Jack West, Steve Ladwig, Jim Baker and Dwight Miller in their current positions.

City Clerk Gabriel Adams reminds Trinidad residents that Trinidad Planning Commission places are available. Contact him at [email protected] for information.

‘Dialogue-In Three Parts’

Mixed media and collage artist Natalie Craig has her recent work on view at Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Dr., through Dec. 15. The gallery is open Friday through Sunday. On Fridays you can view the work of resident artist Christy Chandler as she paints in the artist’s corner.  Go to for a preview.

Third Friday Jazz with the RLA Trio and guest musicians Doc Stull, Don Baraka and Jon Lewis takes place on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The ensemble will perform Nicaraguan, Bolivian and Cuban Latin-jazz music inspired by Stull’s recent travels.

Doc Stull had a sports history show on ESPN with original music by Tim Randles, and hosted a literature discussion show on KHSU. His spoken word performances include The Existential Professor, Jazz Noir and more. He has written and published short stories and poetry and a novel, Muhammad Ali’s Robe. One reviewer characterized Stull’s poetic delivery as, “a cross between Miles Davis and Bruce Lee.” Admission is $5 to $10 on a sliding scale.

Go to to discover the many painting, Tai Chi and yoga classes, Gaia’s Love group sessions and music offerings.

Stewardship Days

The next invasive plant bashing and removal day at Luffenholtz Beach area is set for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at the upper Luffenholtz Beach parking area and work with other enthusiastic volunteers to remove ivy, pampas and jubata grass and to perform trail work and beach clean up. Gloves and tools provided.

Contact TCLT Executive Director Ben Morehead at (707) 677-2501 for more information or stop by the TCLT Simmons Gallery behind Trinidad Library.

Speaking of volunteers, kudos to Jan Van Alten and the Trinidad Museum Garden Crew.

Trinidad Museum Native Plant Garden Chairman Jill Mefford thanks all of the volunteers who regularly donate their time and tireless expertise in nurturing the gardens around the museum. Ingrid Bailey, Claire Perricelli, Laraine Cook, Rebecca Leuck, Carl and Maisa Kalb, Duane Mefford and Virginia Waters, along with Jill,  all contribute dozens of hours each year to make the garden flourish.

Young and strong Jan Van Alten is the latest gardener to expertly mow, prune, weed and nurture. Bees, butterflies, and birds, as well as visiting humans, love the results.

Annual Chamber Meeting

Sunset Restaurant hosted Trinidad Chamber members and guests at a fine pasta buffet dinner last week. President Brian Hiegert (Lost Whale Inn) and Chamber Marketing Director Allie Heemstra gave the annual report on the Trinidad Fish Festival, Trinidad Clam Beach Run, Tastin’ Trinidad, City Council Candidates’ Night and web site work.   

The Board of Directors consists of Brian, Brett Shuler, (Shuler Catering), Don Zeman and Joshua Lindsey and John Machado, (both of Emerald Forest).  Two more board members are sought.  Email [email protected] for information on joining the chamber, a vital part of Trinidad’s economic, civic and social life since the 1950s.

Brian and Allie also invited chamber members and guests to the annual Holiday Ball set for Saturday, Dec. 8, at Trinidad Town Hall.



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