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That was the mantra of tonight’s meeting.  There was a good turnout to hear Senior Planner Martha Spencer present the GPU options for land use policy, filling the dance room at the Vets Hall.  I’d say about 1/4 the crowd was wearing HumCPR buttons, some of them coming from the Fortuna and other northern areas.   Healthy Humboldt reportedly sent a couple of people to “observe,” but nobody I recognized.

Roby and I probably should have clarified with the CLMP Board as to what we were trying to accomplish.  The original idea as billed was to have Planning Department representatives and Clif Clendenden explain the GPU process and the details of each option.  The crowd politely listened to the opening presentation, then we invited people to ask questions.  We hadn’t set time limits and the first few questioners asked quite a few questions before Roby and I became concerned about the time in relation to a list of about 25 people who wanted to speak.  At one point a well-known speaker had been at it for about 15 minutes (Peter reports that it was considerably less), but when I tried to nudge him towards some closure about a third of the crowd started yelling “let him speak.”  I looked at Roby who shrugged, and from then on the meeting was primarily audience members talking to Clif and two Planning Department staff rather than information coming the other way.  It’s apparently what the crowd wanted, except that several people came up to me following the event to complain that it had become just another “bitch session” (one person’s words), including with irony he himself acknowledged, the well-known speaker during whose presentation I’d tried to moderate.  Nobody told me they came out of the meeting much more educated, except one person who found Martha’s demonstration of the navigation of the GPU website helpful. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t forget the GPU update meeting at 4:30 p.m. at the Vets Hall, sponsored by CLMP.  I previously posted the details, though Tom Hofweber cannot make it and will be replaced by another Planning Department representative.  I have heard that the representatives will be bringing some equipment with a screen to access the plan website in order to discuss the potential impact of any GPU proposal on a given area.

This should provide a terrific opportunity for clarity.  Hopefully we can have an intelligent and fruitful discussion.  You can attend the meeting and still make it to the play on time.

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You can also attend a fundraiser out at Beginnings tonight with Fishtank, “a fantastic dance band, sort of a gypsy, klesmer, eastern European wiggly band.”  Dinner and spirits will be served.  I’m not sure when the doors open, but it will run until midnight.

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Tomorrow there is the Redway Fire Department fundraising Barbecue at the firehouse, running all day until 7:00.  Usually they have a firetruck for kids to climb on and some live music.  Great food – grab a bite then walk up to the Mateel for the play.

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There is also a 10k/5k walk-run out at Shelter Cove to raise money for Whitethorn School.  I think registration is at 10 a.m. with the race starting at 11:00.  I don’t know where it starts, but I’ll post the info when I have it.

Here’s the information.

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And from Beginnings:

Also, this weekend: Herbs for Children with herbalist and naturalist (& Children’s House teacher) Michele Palazzo.  Sunday, May 24th 10am-2pm at the Beginnings Octagon.  Sliding scale $15-$40.

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~Children tend to be curious about the wonderful world of plants and experiment with them in their playful concoctions.  This class will cover plants that are safe for children to nibble on and that work well for childhood ailments.  We’ll talk about a child’s herb garden and remedies that you can make with children.

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And of course the 40th “Ruby” Anniversary Kinetic Sculpture Race takes place all three days up north.  My family and I will head up for the water crossing (our favorite part) on Sunday.

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Sanctuary Forest is offering a hike in the Mattole to learn about edible plants on Saturday.

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I’m sure I’m missing something.  Let me know.

I had the opportunity to watch the dress rehearsal for South Fork High’s presentation of Singin’ in the Rain last night.  It was an extremely ambitious production particularly as a high school play.  Between the physical comedy moves, the dramatic requirements of uncharacteristic of high school stage musicals, and songs which would be challenging to extensively trained voices, these young performers had to learn and and integrate all of it and carry the heavy load to the audience.  The kids rose to the occassion with heart, skill, and grace.

Nicole Sheldon in particular had the audience rolling in laughter and really, her performance of the difficult part of Lina Lamont was flawless.  Sierra Totten beautifully managed the part of Kathy Selden for which, representing the heart and soul of the storyline, she had to cover the whole spectrum of emotion and draw the audience sympathy while delivering comedy and song.  Aaron Thiele and Forest Tressider carried their stage presence very well particularly in their passionate delivery of the comedy which carries the audience through some of the sadness of the story.  The supporting cast was wonderful, especially in light of the fact that there really are no parts so casual that each young actor didn’t have to work hard to carry his/her part, and the structure holds brilliantly.

The audience is also treated to live background music courtesy of the high school band, and the production staff and stage crew deserve accolades for an exceptional job of synchronizing multiple elements.  Again, this is a very difficult production which came together very tightly.

Singin’ in the Rain was a groundbreaking musical at the time of its original presentation and has been regarded by many as the best musical film ever.  Unfortunately, Gene Kelly who performed and directed found himself blacklisted by HUAC for such radical activities as singing with Woodie Guthrie to allowing his wife to openly support Henry Wallace for president.  The film received no awards at the time (some movie about a circus won best picture that year and you can’t even find it in the leftovers of a video store just before it closes).  The storyline itself takes place during the transition from silent film to “talkies,” and deals with power politics in the entertainment industry which led American Legion Magazine to slam the film as a “pro-communist” movie.

Please support the kids and enjoy this spirited and wonderful presentation – at the Mateel tonight and tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday at 2:00.

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