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If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call the County Public Health Office at 707-472-2759. To contact the City of Fort Bragg, call 707-961-2823. All Fort Bragg citizens may contact the Fort Bragg Police Department at 707-964-0200 and staff will direct you to the appropriate agency.
Memorial Day newspaper deadlines
We will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. The deadline for June 3 issues of the Fort Bragg Advocate-News and The Mendocino Beacon will be as follows: Display Advertising, Wednesday, May 26 at 2 p.m. Obituaries, Friday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. Classified and Legal (No Change), Tuesday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. Editorial Copy, Thursday, May 27, at noon.
Memorial Day Ceremonies honor our Veterans
Last year we were unable to pay tribute to our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coastguardsmen and Merchant Mariners who have fallen asleep after service and many having paid the ultimate price for defending the Rights and Freedoms, we all enjoy. This year we have that privilege.
On Monday, May 31, join the members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars at Zenith Hill Cemetery at 10 a.m., located on Lansing Street, top of the hill in Mendocino.
At 11 a.m., a second ceremony will be held at Rose Memorial located at Franklin and Spruce streets in Fort Bragg.
Mendocino Historic District Tours are back!
For years Kelley House tour guides have led visitors and locals around our unique historic preservation district, regaling them with stories from Mendocino’s past and present. Thank you to volunteer guides David Tahja, Mary Jackson, and Jane Tillis, who are now taking tours by appointment only (two person minimum). Feel free to join a tour or to volunteer. It’s a great way to meet new people, enjoy a scenic walk, and help the Kelley House. Kelley House walking tours of the Mendocino Historical District are available by advance reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest Health and Fire Preparedness
UC Hopland Research and Extension Center is hosting a series of events related to climate change adaptation in Northern California. The series will consider what climate change impacts can be expected in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties, and how to build knowledge and resiliency to face these changes. The next event in the series is Post-fire Land Recovery, Thursday, May 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a series of free online events, online registration is required, sign up at UC Hopland
Spring Fling Fundraiser
Montessori del Mar Community School presents the annual Spring Fling Fundraiser on Friday, May 21, a gourmet dinner curated by some of our finest local restaurants and caterers and a chance to win a mini vacation! Help support the only Montessori school on the Coast! There are four fabulous raffle prizes. The drawing will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 21.
Dinner is a four-course meal to go, picked up from the Little River Inn, with a menu of: Spinach and Fennel Salad with pickled onion and lemon, fennel-pollen vinaigrette, donated by Carolen Barrett; Slow-braised Beef Short Ribs with broccolini, creamy polenta and red wine jus (gf), donated by Little River Inn; Strawberry Cream Puffs, donated by Trillium Cafe; And a medley of Artisan breads, donated by Cafe Beaujolais. Vegan Option: Individual mushroom pies w/vegan gravy. Includes a vegan dessert of white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, donated by Westport Inn.
Raffle and dinner tickets can be ordered through their website: www.montessoridelmar.org/springflin.g
Fort Bragg Garden Club’s 12th Annual “Sidewalk Gardens to Bragg About” contest
The Fort Bragg Garden Club knows that there are many beautiful yards in our community. The Garden Club’s 12th Annual “Sidewalk Gardens to Bragg About” contest recognizes and honors those yards and the gardeners who lovingly tend them.
By May 21, please nominate a beautiful yard – your own or another’s – if it is in the Fort Bragg city limits, can be seen from the sidewalk, and is a pleasing-to-the-eye, well-kept space.
From May 24 to May 30, Fort Bragg Garden Club members will judge the gardens based on visual appeal, plant variety and health, design, creativity, and maintenance. A gift certificate to a local nursery will be given to the first, second, and third place winners, and to the Fort Bragg Bee City USA’s Annual Pollinator Garden. Bernie Norvell will choose his favorite for the “Mayor’s Choice Award.”
If you have a yard to nominate, please provide the address. Send an email by May 21 to email@example.com or call and leave a message or text (707) 397-5824. More information can be found at fbgardenclub.com.
Moderna Vaccine drive-thru
Mendocino Coast Clinics will be hosting weekly 40 person drive-thru Moderna Vaccine event at the Clinic. Call 707-964-1251 to schedule your “MAY is for MODERNA” vaccine appointments Friday afternoons. Open to all 18-plus. The first ten people to call and schedule an appointment for any of these events, will receive a gift card to a local establishment. Second vaccines will be given four weeks from your first dose. Mendocino Coast Clinics is located at 205 South St., Fort Bragg.
Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention Town Hall Forum
Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention Town Hall forum will be held Thursday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m., and will focus on the resources being deployed this year to protect communities from wildfires, how you and your family can be prepared for wildfire season and what we can all expect in the years to come when it comes to wildfires and climate change. At the meeting will be North Coast CalFire Chiefs and Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Institute at Stanford University, for a Town Hall on Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention along with Senator Mike McGuire. How to attend: Watch live at Video or dial in to listen by phone at 1-669-900-6833 and enter the Webinar ID: 998 5730 1244. RSVP and ask a question for Town Hall presenters click at HERE.
Book Sale at Kelley House Museum
“History and More…” Book Sale will be held Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kelley House Museum, Albion Street, Mendocino. There will be books on travel, how-to, gardening, antique books and lots of treasures. For more information, call 707-937-5854.
Mendocino 4th of July Parade not planned this year
REMINDER: The Mendocino 4th of July Parade is not planned for this year. There have been posts on various social media pages stating that it is happening, those are incorrect. Please mark your calendars for 2022!
Fort Bragg Library
Fort Bragg Library has new hours! Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. for grab and go browsing Monday through Friday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. During open hours you can browse the stacks, return items, check out materials, use the computer for up to one hour, print documents and make copies. Secure masks and social distancing are required. They’ll have limited, socially distanced seating available but they encourage you to make your visits short to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Donations can be made directly to the Friends of the Fort Bragg Library. The first Saturday of the month is a drop off day (noon to 3 p.m. behind the library) or you can contact them to make special arrangements if you can’t make it on the first Saturday. They can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. No donations are accepted by library staff and they ask that you, please, not drop donations at the library. Thank you.
For more information, call 707-964-2020 or visit fortbragglibrary.org.
Free Supportive Telephone Counseling
Redwood Coast Senior Center offers Senior Peer counselors who provide weekly telephone counseling to other seniors. This free program utilizes the skills and life experience of seniors to provide emotional support and encouragement to their peers.
Seniors can connect with someone their age who has experienced similar life changes. These changes can be stressful and bring feelings of depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Talking to a Senior Peer Counselor can bring emotional support and assistance in making goals that can better ones life. This program can be life changing! For further information, call the Senior Center at 707-961-4310.
Kids Activity Kits
Mendo Parks has free park activity kits you can download. The Backyard Jr Ranger Kits are perfect for younger kids, packed with games and nature-based learning activities. The Park Adventure Coast Kits (available in English and Spanish) are great for family activities at our 17 State Parks in Mendocino County and feature a park activity key, educational activities and games, health and wellness prompts, and more. Mendo Parks is a nonprofit organization that supports State Parks in Mendocino County with educational activities, park improvements, and visitor center services. Your donations and volunteer services make a difference for State Parks in Mendocino County. For more information, visit mendoparks.org/education-programs.
Housing Action Team (HAT)
Help is available for people struggling to pay their rent or mortgage. The Housing Action Team – North Mendocino Coast (HAT) has created a list in English and Spanish of government and community programs that can supplement lost pay, help with utility bills, provide protection from eviction and free up income to spend on housing by saving on food and nutrition. HAT is distributing small cards and using social media to let the public know they can view or download the list of programs and resources by going to HAT’S website www.HATMendoCoast.org.
Kids Bags available Monday through Friday
Fort Bragg Food Bank families can get one Kids Bag per week, they are available Monday through Friday during curbside pickup, from noon to 3 p.m. The Fort Bragg Food Bank thanks their Kids Bag sponsors Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund and J. G. Cummings Foundation. The Fort Bragg Food Bank is located at 910 N. Franklin St., Fort Bragg.
Stay apprised of the latest information on the virus
To stay apprised of the latest information on the virus, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for preventing the spread of the disease. Their website is cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. To stay informed of developments in Mendocino County, follow the updates at mendocinocounty.org.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
If you or someone you know needs food or basic supplies, local organizations are poised to help, thanks to The Community Foundation of Mendocino County’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. For more information, visit communityfound.org.
Coronavirus information for schools and families
Mendocino County education leaders are in continued close contact with the County Department of Health and Human Services to obtain the most current guidance and information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. For more information, visit www.mcoe.us/.
Please observe mandated public health precautions: Maintain six-foot social distancing, wear your mask, use hand sanitizer and/or wash your hands, wear gloves when requested.