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Working day on the farm

A drop-in volunteer work day is scheduled for Thursday from 1-4 p.m. at the Bayside Park Farm, 930 Old Arcata Road in Arcata.

Projects may include planting, weeding and harvesting. No experience is necessary and families are welcome. Appropriate attire includes closed shoes, long pants, sleeves and a sun hat. Bring a bottle of water and snacks, and pack trash and recyclables. (Please leave pets at home.) COVID-19 protocols must be followed.

Drop-in volunteering is for individuals, families or friends in groups of five or less. Larger groups are asked to contact the farmer on site to ensure additional staff are available.

Walk around the swamp

Friends of Arcata Swamp is sponsoring a free tour of Arcata Swamp and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday. Participants will meet Chief Elliott Dabill at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute walk focusing on marsh ecology.

Masks are recommended but not required inside the building, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. For more information call 707-826-2359

Planned swamp tour

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will present a free guided excursion to Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Participants can bring binoculars and meet trip leader Chet Ogan at the end of South I Street (Lake Klopp) in Arcata for views of Humboldt Bay and a great diversity of birdlife along trails easy to navigate. September marks the beginning of many migrant journeys so come observe and appreciate the migratory behaviors and feeding frenzies that are likely to be encountered.

pancake breakfast

Breakfast will be served on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the main lobby of the Freshwater Grange, 48 Grange Road, Freshwater.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage or ham, scrambled eggs, homemade applesauce and salsa. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Bird watching trip

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will present its monthly Women and Girls Birdwatching Series on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m.

Guide Janelle Chojnacki will lead this free guided walk around the Arcata Swamp. Everyone will likely spot plenty of migratory species, including foraging swallows and swifts, warblers, flycatchers and perhaps raptors taking their last meal before dark. Night walks always offer the chance to see the plethora of night herons taking off from their day roosts and to see owls outside.

Participants can bring binoculars and a telescope if they have one. Everyone will meet at the south end of I Street (Lake Klopp). Reservations are not required.

weekly bingo

Bingo games are played every Tuesday at Moose Lodge, 4328 Campton Road, Eureka. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. A snack is available.

Quilters to meet

The Redwood Empire Quilters Guild will hold its first meeting of the fall on September 7 at the Humboldt Grange, 5845 Humboldt Hill Road in Eureka.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. Guests are welcome. Masks are mandatory and there will be spaced out seats. Ongoing regular meetings will be held on the first Thursday at the Humboldt Grange. Plans are underway for carpooling if needed.

Show and tell will take place at the beginning of the meeting and the program will be “Completing Vintage and Antique UFOs” by Jeanine Norrish and Susie Freese.

The Opportunity quilt will be on display and tickets will be available prior to the October 6 meeting and draw. There will be a fat quarter design, so bring a seasonal fall fat quarter or two. There will be a raffle table, so bring donations and buy tickets to win items. There will also be many free pattern books.

Membership renewals and new member requests can be viewed at Individual memberships are $25 and business memberships are $55. For more information, call Martha Johnson at 707-445-4685.

All About Roses

The Humboldt Rose Society will meet Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in Lewis Room at Christ’s Episcopal Church, 15th and H Streets in Eureka. There is ample parking at 14th and G streets and entrance to the meeting is from 15th Street.

This meeting includes a favorite show-and-tell tool. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite tool and be prepared to demonstrate how it works.

The meeting is open to the public, masks required. There will be door prizes and long-time rose growers will be on hand with helpful information available. For more information about the meeting, call 707-845-6645 or email For more information about the Humboldt Rose Society, visit

Veteran’s BBQ

A “9/11 Veterans BBQ” hosted by the Marine Corps League (Six Rivers Detachment No. 655) will be held on September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Redwood Field in Cutten.

This barbecue is for all veterans and their families. Several games will also be available.

About seabirds

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will present an in-person and virtual program on “The Natural History of Trinidad and Humboldt Seabirds” on September 21 at 7 p.m. at Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road in Arcata.

Presenter Dan Barton observed a variety of change events in seabird colonies around Humboldt Bay and Trinidad. Barton will share some of his observations, including aerial photos and video documentation of some of these events, largely through the prism of descriptive natural history. This program will simultaneously be Zoomed, and the link will be available on the Redwood Region Aubudon Society website,

Hot drinks and delicacies will be served at 6:30 p.m.; bring a mug for shade-grown coffee. (Please come without perfume.)

bird watching tower

The Redwood Region Audubon Society will be offering a free guided birding tour along the Eureka Waterfront Trail on September 25 from 9-11 a.m.

This relatively urban trail offers the opportunity to observe the abundance and diversity of species compared to many more remote locations. This walk is on a flat, paved path that is wheelchair accessible. Email Tour Leader Ralph Bucher to register for this field trip at


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