The Mendocino Beacon

Local Notes and Briefs


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— 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.

Free Canine Health Clinic

On Friday, March 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Second Chance will be hosting a free canine health care clinic at the Fort Bragg Food Bank, 910 North Franklin St. Dogs belonging to low-income folks on the coast can receive rabies, kennel cough, parvo, distemper, hepatitis, parainflue­nza, and leptospiro­sis vaccinatio­ns and microchip identifica­tions. They can also get a free simple vet exam, flea/tick repellent, nail clip, and glucosamin­e tablets. Additional­ly, free collars, sweaters, toys, etc., will be available, as well as informatio­n about free puppy shots and spay/neuter and financial help with vet bills. The Mendocino County Care-A-Van will be there with the vaccines, and Barbara Weiss, DVM, will be the volunteer veterinari­an. Dogs must be under control on a leash with each dog having its own handler. For more informatio­n, call 707-9647770.

Whale Craft Fair

There will be a “Whale of a Sale” Craft Fair at Town Hall in downtown Fort Bragg on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, at Town Hall is in the heart of the downtown business district of Fort Bragg, CA, where you’ll find most of the Whale Festival weekend activities. Be sure to sample all the fun foods and libations around town. Then between whale watching festivitie­s, treat yourself to a really unique shopping experience at two craft fairs!

Volunteers needed for Paul Bunyan Days

Paul Bunyan Days are in critical need of help. Volunteers are needed to not only help with the Labor Day weekend but to serve on the Board of Directors and some Executive positions. Paul Bunyan

Days is an 84-yearold tradition on Labor Day Weekend in Fort Bragg and bring fun for thousands as well as needed business to the coast each year. We must not let it die! Once-a-month meetings generally start in March and run till Labor Day Weekend. A special meeting is planned for February 21st to work out this year’s details. If you can help, please contact John Skinner at 707972-5061.

Soroptimis­t Internatio­nal of Noyo Sunrise hosts guest speaker Laura Welter

Laura Welter was born and raised in Iowa. She taught 6th grade there for four years, then moved to Fort Bragg. Her husband David became a student at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworkin­g Program and their plan was to stay in Fort Bragg for a year. Forty years later, they are still here. Before retiring, Laura worked for several different local non-profits including Parents and Friends, the Fort Bragg Food Bank, and Safe Passage Family Resource Center.

Now that she has more time for volunteeri­ng, she serves on the board of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, the Fort Bragg Garden Club, and the Latino Coalition of the Mendocino Coast.

In-person and on Zoom on Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.Ft. Bragg Senior Center Activity Meeting Room 490 N Harold St. For Zoom link request Email:sinoyosunr­ise@soroptimis­

Free Tax Return Preparatio­n

AARP is sponsoring a free tax return preparatio­n program authorized by the IRS. We are in need of volunteers to help taxpayers with either setting up appointmen­ts or scanning their tax documents or preparing their returns. Help is needed one or two days per week at the Redwood Coast Senior Center in Fort Bragg. Please contact Steve Wolfe at 707-3574280 or Al Branca at 707202-4355.

Guest House Docents

The Guest House Museum in Fort Bragg needs additional volunteer docents. Being a museum docent isn’t hard; it only takes a few hours a month. Being a docent is like being a good host in your own home. Docents greet everyone who comes through the museum’s front door. It’s where anyone can learn about Fort Bragg, the region, and what went into forming and keeping this community thriving. You don’t need to be a historian or “history nerd,” and training is available. To find out more, call 707 964-4251 or email info@ fortbraggh­

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