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THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT ORGANIC PLANET FESTIVAL
Thousands of festival-goers are expected to delight in all-day music, scores of exhibits, dozens of workshops and tons of organic food that will be on display on the Eureka waterfront during the fifth annual Organic Planet Festival on Sunday, August 30.
The annual celebration of natural and non-toxic living at Halvorsen Park is the brainchild of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs), which has spearheaded the campaign against dangerous chemicals since 1982.
The serious theme of the end-of-summer party is how to transform every-day life from harmful to healthy. The bevy of exhibits will range from organic gardening techniques to alternative building materials.
Highlighting the festivities will be a keynote address by gardening guru Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “You Bet Your Garden,” and an all-day lineup of music topped by legendary bluegrass artist Del McCoury and his band, and international reggae star Tanya Stephens.
The festival also will feature the world’s largest organic salad, an eco-organic fashion show, a kids’ village, a $1,000 grocery giveaway, door prizes and a donated food drive.
To discourage cars, a shuttle bus will offer rides from Arcata and there will be ‘valet parking’ for bicycles.
The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets–$12 in advance or $15 at the gate–can be purchased at the Eureka or Arcata Coops, the Works in Eureka or Arcata and Wild Horse Records in Garberville.
For more information, visit www.organicplanetfestival.org or call the CATs office at 707/445-5100.
This has been a wonderful season at the park. The Community Farm is in full swing providing CSA baskets to many households and fresh produce available at the Farmers Market in the Town Square on Fridays. The trails are full of people walking their dogs, hikers, and joggers and herd of goats deployed to keep down the poison oak, invasive species, and to help reduce the fire hazard from the underbrush.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that while the Park is temporarily allowed to keep the gates open to a short list of activities, there are many common activities that are currently prohibited by zoning regulations. As you may recall, in February it was brought to our attention that many activities, including hiking, biking and picnicking at the Park are not allowable under current Agriculture Exclusive Zoning.
On March 25, as recommended by the Planning Department, the Community Park filed a General Plan Amendment petition to rezone park property and obtain a new zoning classification that will better serve community needs at the park. That application was relatively simple and included a very brief project description as Kirk Girard suggested at the public planning meeting.
The Park Board has reviewed all the available zoning designations and found that each of the available zonings are missing key elements. We have concluded that the Community Park needs a requires a new zoning to fulfill community needs at Park. We have begun to collate all the key components that we would like to see in a new zoning. The information from the various community planning sessions; input from various park users, groups and community members and the information from the completed studies have all been incorporated into this draft.
We have not as yet had any feedback from the Planners regarding the concept of creating a “Community Park Zone” so we do not know how it will be received by them. While it may be a bit premature to release this information, we certainly want to keep you informed and most importantly, we want to take your input on this draft concept. The draft zoning proposal is attached here and copies of the maps that show proposed locations for various community activities are available on the “Communications and Updates” page on our website at: www.sohumpark.org/updates.html
Current zoning documents and maps can be found in our Communications and Updates page in the Document Library. You can submit your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to: SHCP, PO Box 185, Garberville, CA 95542.
Please note that the meeting that was scheduled for the Board of Supervisors to make a decision on the Park’s petition on September 22 has been postponed by the Planning Department due to their current workload on the General Plan Update. We will let you know when the new date has been scheduled. Until then, we’d like to hear what you’re thinking.
Finally. Unfortunately she does throw in a coop wimp-out clause to hedge her bets, but as long as she will vote for the public option when it’s put in front of her she can pander to her heart’s delight.
As of October. The landlord apparently wanted a 40 percent increase in rent and only a one year lease, probably the only location in the state where the commercial rate is increasing during a recession. Was the rent so far under market value?
Too bad. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the county. The family and I have had many a great meal there. We’d walk the town afterwards. When the bookstore was open they’d have a number of books outside after closing hours for which you’d pay on the honor system and I nearly always found something I wanted. We probably won’t make as many trips into Ferndale if Curley’s doesn’t open up somewhere else.
Photo comes from the Victorian Inn website.