Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Northern California's Bull Kelp Forests Are Being Eaten By Urchins

An article in The Press Democrat out of Santa Rosa explores the devastation going on just off the California Coast. Millions of tiny purple sea urchins are eating the Bull Kelp down to the roots or those things that kelp use to cling to the rocks with. The sea stars used to eat the urchins but those too all but disappeared a couple of years ago.
(The above rock used to be covered with Sea Stars or starfish as most people call them. I took this picture in April of 2015 from the Trinidad Pier. They say the die offs started in 2011.)

It's like locusts but in the ocean. The article has input from, scientists, divers and fishermen all describing a massive die off taking place just off shore. Factors such as acidification and warmer water are being discussed as the main culprit for species getting all out of whack.

They say it's still to early to say exactly what is causing all of the problems, but do say that most kelp will come back if it is given a bit of space and time to grow. It may be possible that the ocean could cool down a bit and things go back to the way it was before. You know, back when we were more focused on the pending radiation from Fukushima and not a total collapse of the ocean food chain.
Do read the lengthy article here and if you can help, see below.

State scientists are seeking help with data collection and other activities, as well as observational accounts, photos and videos related to the urchin barren. Shared images and information should, if possible, include the date, location and depth at which they were acquired. Contact Cynthia Catton at Cynthia.Catton@wildlife.ca.gov or 875-2072.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

March Against Monsanto This Saturday In Eureka Ca.

This Saturday, MAY 21st.

March Against Monsanto FOR Seed Freedom
Sat 3 PM
2nd and I in Oldtown, Eureka

They say, get there early if you can. Make a sign. Wear a costume, write a speech, give one. Bring your friends, bring the whole family. Just show up if you can. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

SUV Takes Out Part Of Patio & Hits Lighthouse Cafe Trinidad

No one was injured in the accident this evening sometime after 6 pm at the Lighthouse Grill in Trinidad Ca.

People were shaken up when the vehicle sped up right when it was expected to stop. It jumped the wheel curbs and took out the solid wooden fencing and gate at the corner of the patio. The Ford SUV then met the wall of the building just a few short feet from where Tony Roach was entertaining the crowd on the other side.

The Lighthouse Cafe is open every day from 11 am to 8 pm and has live entertainment on Sunday nights from 5 to 7.

It however does not have a drive in.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

About Those Holes In Shoreline Rocks

Francie Diep had a great story last year about the sea urchin and sea star die off along California's coast. You should read it here.  The culprit was an algae bloom. The likes of which was one of the most unusual and dramatic die-offs marine biologists have ever recorded according to the article.

What interested me was this picture.  It shows how those holes are made all over rocks. I guess I had never thought about it before. That's what it looks like when a species gets evicted.
On a brighter note there is this story from the daily mail that says the sea stars are starting to mount a comeback. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Westhaven Center For The Arts Spring Fling Sunday

This Sunday, May the 8th., is the Westhaven Center For The Arts "Spring Fling" fund raiser.

The Compost Mountain Boys and Tim Breed will perform at the 1 to 4 pm event with a raffle at 4:30 pm. (be sure to check the raffle out)

Grill masters Randy Martinez, Vaughn Beer & Stephen Spoelman will Bar-B-Q Chicken, Ribs & Tofu Burgers at reasonable prices.

There will be easel painting as well as face painting, and a Spring themed raffle.

Come rain or shine, all food and refreshments are reasonable price they say.

The concert is free but you should put something into the raffle because the odds are much better than at the usual betting places, at least in my experience.  Your experience may vary. Food and beverages were decent prices or as they say reasonable for some great stuff hot off the grill.

 When: 1 - 4 pm Sunday, May 8th. 2016

 Westhaven Center For The Arts
501 South Westhaven Drive, Trinidad Ca.


Trinidad Art Nights First One Of The Year Tonight!

Here is a shot of the band in front or The Lighthouse Grill tonight.

Here is the line up for Trinidad Art Nights festivities tonight. There was a great crowd and people were enjoying themselves.


Join us in Trinidad, CA to celebrate Trinidad Art Nights 6th season! Friday May 6, 2016 6-9pm.

Trinidad Art Nights is a town-wide event!

This Friday kicks off the 6th season of Trinidad Art Nights! Come join the fun this Friday from 6 to 9pm- and continuing on every first Friday each month through October. Bring your family and friends for this unique Art Walk event! Surround yourself with live music, multi-media arts and performances. There’s a skate ramps, boffer field medieval padded combat, and face painting for the kids! Many of Trinidad’s shops, wineries, galleries and restaurants are participating in the fun!!!!! Come enjoy the spectacular view because Trinidad is the perfect beach setting for the ideal evening out. This Friday features Firedancing by Circus of the Elements and live music with Rosewater, a grateful dead tribute band. There are shuttles provided by Cher-Ae heights casino, to bring you from top of the hill and down to the bay. Log onto trinidadartnights.com for the full schedule along with a map and much much more! See you this Friday at Trinidad Arts Night from 6 to 9pm!!!!!!!

Schedule of events:

Trinidad Art Nights Schedule for May 6th
With Shuttle Service Provided by Cher-Ae Heights Casino, top of the hill down to the bay.
BEACHCOMBER 363 Trinity St. (Closed for May) Outside enjoy brick-oven pizza by ‘Wild at Hearth.’ Music by sambAmore across the street at Trinidad School.
THE LIGHTHOUSE GRILL 355 Main St. Antoinette (Toni) Magyar, Acrylic on Canvas.
NED SIMMONS GALLERY 380 Janis Court. Featuring paintings by the late Ned Simmons. Presented by the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.
SAUNDER'S PARK (start of Patricks Point Drive). Fire performance extravaganza with Circus of the Elements at 8:30. Open Drum Jam 6pm. Skate Ramps and Face Painting.
SAUNDER'S PLAZA EAST (Lot near Murphy’s) Music by, Rosewater: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead.
SEASCAPE RESTAURANT 1 Bay St. Art TBA. Music by Small Solice.
STRAWBERRY ROCK GALLERY 343 Main St. Featuring diverse local talent in Humboldt County and surrounding areas, including Paintings, Photography, Jewelry, Sculptures, Pottery and more.
Shows change monthly.
SUNSET RESTAURANT 27 Scenic Dr. "J Mathewson Photography" by Joe Mathewson. Music by Michael Dayvid, Guitarist
TRINIDAD ART GALLERY 490 Trinity St. Featured artists Kurt Hellmich, woodwork and Ranjith Jim Box, digital photography. Music by JD Jeffries and Howdy Emmerson.
TRINIDAD EATERY 607 Parker Road. "Big Spoons!", Douglas Beck, wood carver. Music by “For Folks Sake!”
TRINIDAD MUSEUM 400 Janis Court at Patricks Point Drive. Fragment of recently-authenticated 1775 Spanish Cross on view; researched by HSU graduate student Alexandra Cox. Jazz Standards by Val Leone.
TRINIDAD SCHOOL 300 Trinity St. “Boffer Battle,” Kids and Adults Alike, Styrofoam Swords and Battle Axes. In field behind school.
Samba music by sambAmore.
TRINIDAD TOWN HALL 409 Trinity St. Zumba Lessons, Free, all ages.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Trinidad Art Gallery
Moonstone Crossing
Lighthouse Grill
Sunset Restaurant
Atlas Engineering
Coast Central Credit Union

And many thanks to our participating venues, artists, entertainers and all who make this town wide event an evening to remember!

Community Arts Trinidad is proud to be A DreamMaker Project of the Ink People Center for the Arts!
For more info and how to get involved
Contact us at:
Trinidadartnights.com or trinidadart95570@gmail.com

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