November 2013

Add Your Events to Our Community Calendar

There are so many great things going on in Southern Humboldt!  Don't forget to add your businesses sale or special, or your organization's event to our calendar!  It's free and viewable to anyone who visits our site.  to add your go to

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Parking Reminder!

Just a reminder to everyone that we strive to keep the parking spaces down the center of town and in front of businesses open for our patrons.  Business owners and employees, PLEASE try to park at either end of town or down by the Humboldt House Inn.  If people can't park to shop, they will not stop.  Thank you for your understanding!

Arts Alive! December 20th

We will be hosting Arts Alive! December 20th in Garberville.  
    Any business interested in particiapting by hosting an artist, or artist who would like to dispaly their art, please let Cinnamon know at the Chamber office and we will help get everyone connected. This is the same night that the Soroptimist will host their annual Lighted Parade.  We are encouraging businesses to plan on staying open late.  Part of our promotions will include reminders to the community to do some last minute local shopping for the Holidays.  We are planning to have pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, cider, mistletoe, and cookie sales, as well as caroling.  It will be a great evening to come together as a community and spread the holiday cheer.  
To participate in Arts Alive, please fill out this form-

Entry forms for the Lighted Parade can be found at  

Bingo with Soroptomist of the Redwoods

Bingo at the Healy Senior Center
Soroptomist of the Redwoods is hosting bingo games at the Healy Senior Center in Redway.  Held on the second Friday of each month. $20 for 10 games, with extra cards at $1 each.
6:00 PM - 09:00 PM Pacific
Healy Senior Center
456 Briceland Road
PO Box 445
Redway, CA 95560

phone: (707) 943-1512


Monthly Winemaker Dinner


Monthly Winemaker Dinner at the Benbow Inn
Monthly Winemaker Dinner at the Benbow Inn
Friday, Nov 8, 7:00 pm
Featuring Stony Hill Vineyard.

You're invited to join us for this delightful evening in the redwoods. Experience timeless luxury, casual elegance and artfully prepared dishes paired with five exceptional wines from each legendary winery.
$125 Per Person -
By Reservation Only Seating Is Limited - 
Benbow Inn Dining Room Special Lodging Packages Available
Nov. 8 Stony Hill Vineyard
Dec. 13 Dogwood Estate Winery
Jan. 10 Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Feb. 7 McFadden Vineyard
Mar. 14 Heitz Cellar
Apr. 11 Briceland Vineyards 

Clean Communities Campaign

Welcome to the GRACC,’s Clean Communities Campaign!       
    This is an effort to once again make our local communities safe, healthy, and harmonious for everyone.  As our population increases each year, it seems that our towns in particular are busting at the seams.  In “town”, whichever that may be, we all live our lives, conduct business, and raise our families.  At the GRACC we hear a lot of concerns from our business owners and their employees, parents, and tourists about the condition of town.  Tourists are afraid, disgusted, and not interested in coming back.  Locals feel the same way and fear for the safety of their children as they go to and from school. 
        While we love the hustle and bustle of town, at times it is too much!  Walking through people practically camping on the sidewalks, smoking everything in plain sight and blowing smoke in the faces of those passing by, leaving litter and cigarette butts everywhere!  It is just not acceptable for our local beliefs and goals.  It is not how we as a community want to be seen or remembered. 
        We are not trying to be the solution to all the  world’s problems, we can do our part to take care of our own neighborhoods.  Therefore, we hope that you join us and support us in our efforts to clean things up.  We have started a few projects and ask that you participate in some way.  We have posters and notices for your business windows.  We have a loose schedule of daily habits that we hope you will participate in at least one of.  We have suggestions about how to deal with panhandling and loitering.  If we are all doing and saying the same things, we believe we will make positive change.
        Our Merchant Guild is going strong.  We are pressure washing sidewalks and, although it is a slow process, we believe it will be worth the effort.  Our recycling bins are being emptied more regularly and being cleaned as well.  We are asking other organizations to join us in our efforts and will continue to promote the overall wellbeing of our So Hum community.
        We are open to ideas and suggestions.  You can email us at  Call the Chamber office at (707)923-2613.  Or come by the office and speak to a representative of the Chamber.  Let us know if you would signs like the one pictured above for your business window (I can change the town to another So Hum town for you), one of our "No Smoking with in 30 feet" signs, or a "No Loitering" sign.  We will gladly print it up and get it to you!

Public Hearing For Underground Utilities

Public Hearing

This is a public hearing to receive comments from the public regarding Garberville Town Square's request to underground 5 utility poles adjacent to the Town Square. There is no cost for project, the funds were put aside by PG&E many years ago.

5:30 PM - 07:30 PM Pacific
John Haynes Memorial Veterans Building

483 Conger st
PO Box 445
Garberville, CA 95542

Robie Tenorio
(phone: 707-986-7787)

Annual Benbow Inn Wine Auction

2013 Wine Auction

Benbow Inn 18th Annual Wine Auction Fundraiser
Wine Auction Join us for a wine tasting on November 9th! wine-auction Please help us support the Humboldt County Historical Society at our Annual Wine Auction fundraising event. Since 1947, the Historical Society has worked to preserve original historical materials related to Northern California history. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m., when fifteen international and domestic wineries will begin pouring new releases and cellar favorites until 4:30. Light hors d'oeuvres, local beer and cider will be also be offered. A silent auction will take place from 2:00 to 4:45 p.m., and at 5:00 p.m. a live auction begins, featuring hotel stays, large format wine bottles, services, books, and other special surprise collectible items. Tickets are $35 per person. Guests of the Benbow Inn or RV resort will be given complimentary tickets to the event. Enjoy a weekend getaway, while benefiting the Humboldt County Historical Society.

Event Details-  
*November 9th  2-5pm
*Wine tasting with over a dozen wineries with hors d'oeuvres and auction.   
*Silent auction and wine tasting is 2-4:30pm, and live auction at 4:45pm.  
*$35 entry fee (donation to Humboldt County Historical Society).  
*Hotel guests receive complimentary entry to the event. Call today to purchase a ticket or      book a night stay.
*Tickets are limited! CALL TODAY: (707) 923-2124

Persimmons Garden Gallery

Wed, Nov 13
originals, pop, alternative, country, jazz covers

Thurs, Nov 14
high energy dance tunes from around the world on violin & guitar 
Tanya Gaines and Joshua Golden

Fri, Nov 15
jazz, fusion, folk, world covers and originals
Beth Wells, Peter Weismann, Andy Barnett, Orlando Morales

Fall Splendor Fashion Show

Fourth Annual Fall Splendor, A Fashion Show And Masquerade Fundraiser
Fourth Annual Fall Splendor, A Fashion Show And Masquerade Fundraiser for the Southern Humboldt Community Park.

Please join us the 4th annual Fall Splendor Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the Southern Humboldt Community Park. 
This year we visit Venice for a grand and magical Masquerade Ball. 
Decadent attire is recommended… Masks are a must! 
Come at 6:30 to enjoy Procecco, cocktails, local fine wines, antipasto and an organic and delicious Venetian Copper River Salmon Dinner prepared by Chef, Brett Shuler. For your dining entertainment, Reality Thief, Brad Barton of San Francisco will amaze all with his magic, mystery and mentalism, while the Bada Bling! Burlesque will captivate during desert. Be delighted by the beautiful creations of local and fair trade designers. Watch Humboldt’s finest models as they strut the catwalk backed by DJ Marjo Lak, and with visuals presented by Johnathan Singer. 
A live and silent auction, as well as vendor booths gives you a further opportunity to show your support for the park as well as these talented designers. 
Be ready to hit the dance floor in all elegance for Plantrae and MiHKAL. Plantrae originated deep in the rainforests of Oregon. Composed of a bass rooted, stretchy midtempo foundation and live viola improvisation, Plantrae embodies the spirited essence of classical, swing and folk united with organic melody and intricate electronics. 
Perfecting the art of audio alchemy, Oakland based DJ/Producer Michael Anderson Lapp aka MiHKAL is quite possibly one of the west coast's best kept secrets. Notorious for his emotionally charged, melodically driven, bass heavy mixes, remixes & funky fresh danceable beats. 
Fall Splendor is the Parks major annual Fund-Raiser, so don’t forget your Dough! Your contributions go directly back to your community! 
Tickets for dinner, dining entertainment and fashion show will be on sale in advance ONLY for $85, at Peoples Records in Arcata, Blue Moon Gifts in Garberville, Redway Liquor in Redway, and online at Please get your ticket early, this dinner always sells out. Tables of eight may be reserved ahead. 
Show tickets will be sold online and at the door for 8:30 entry for $20. Fashion Show will start promptly at 9:00pm. 
For more info, to volunteer, or reserve group seating, contact, or call 707-223-3849. 

Band of Heathens at Garberville Theater


Band of Heathens at The Garberville Theater
In the course of evolving from loose assemblage to world-class rock-n- roll outfit, the Band of Heathens has built a potent body of recorded work that's won the Austin, Texas ensemble a fiercely loyal fan base and a reputation as one of its hometown's most vital musical resources. BoH is also known as one of America's hardest-working touring acts, while revealing a musical and lyrical depth that consistently enriches an infectious songcraft.

Doors open at 7, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10.00 and available at local outlets, Garberville Theatre, and Garberville Redway Area Chamber of Commerce.


Children Are Our Future!

There are big changes happening in the world of education and funding in California.  Southern Humboldt Unified is proactive in making positive change happen!

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 20, 2013 for a presentation on "The Changing Role of Advisory Committees, Stakeholder Groups and School Site Councils with LCFF." The meeting will be held in either the library or A-4 at SFHS from 4:00-5:00 p.m. This is being presented by Cheryl Ingham, Co-op Director for the Humboldt County Office of Education.


Bricelnad Vineyards Fall Wine Tasting

Briceland Vineyards Fall Wine Tasting
Fall wine tasting at the winery Fri & Sat 1 - 5pm
In the past few years, Briceland has been looking at winemakeing techniques aimed at improving both red and white wine quality. Specifically, by producing white wines by carefully protecting the juice and wine from oxidation throughout the process, from harvest through bottling. The result is wines that exhibit cleaner, fruitier aromas. The Pinot Noir production has likewise undergone some changes, including the use of oak barrels made in the Napa Valley versus French-made barrels, which have a Sasquatch-sized carbon footprint! Two years of barrel aging rather than one year is producing Pinot Noirs of superior smoothness and complexity. Come and try the wines and taste them for yourself. In case you can�t make this event, or if you�d like to share these wines with your friends, tasting and sales of Briceland wines are available at Persimmons Garden Gallery Tasting Room in Redway, open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. com. BRICELAND VINEYARDS is located west of Redway on the road to Shelter Cove. Established in 1985 by winemaker Joe Collins and Maggie Carey, they specialize in the production of wines from grapes grown in Humboldt County without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. The cool, southern Humboldt County climate is especially well-suited for growing Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and Briceland also produces two Italian varietals, Arneis and Nebbiolo. Directions: Follow Briceland Road out of Redway for 6 miles. Look for winery sign on right hand side of the road.


Thanksgiving at Benbow

Thanksgiving at the Benbow Inn!
Join us for a Thanksgiving feast! The Benbow invites you and your family to share a delicious and special meal with us. Experience Thanksgiving at Benbow Historic Inn as our restaurant takes center stage for a gourmet Thanksgiving. Dinner will be served Thanksgiving Day from 2pm to 8pm. Space and time slots are limited. Reservations highly recommended.

Recycled Youth Annual Show

What: Recycled Youth presents their Annual Theatrical Show!
When: Thursday - Sunday, December 5th - 8th, 2013
Where: The Mateel Community Center in Redway
Why: A fundraiser for Recycled Youth
Tickets: TBA

Toys for Tots Run

Kiwanis of the Redwoods Toys for Tots
Motorcycle run starting at 11am in Garberville at Roberto's Humboldt T's, and leaving at noon for the ride through the redwoods to Riverwood Inn. For a huge raffle and live music and food.

Humboldt Redwoods Tree Lighting

Annual Tree Lighting- The Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association gets in the holiday spirit each year with an Annual Tree Lighting. This event is held on the second Wednesday in December. Join people of all ages at the Visitor Center for homemade treats, caroling, the tree lighting, and even a visit from Santa.

Humboldt Redwoods Visitor's Center

Ave of the Giants
PO Box 276
Weott, CA 95571

Dave Mason Live!

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Dave Mason Show Rescheduled!
We are happy to announce that Dave Mason has been rescheduled for December 12th at the Garberville Theater. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the GRACC office or online at Thank you for staying with us through the cancellation and rescheduling. We know it will be a fun night with a great show! We appreciate your continued support for our local schools and the Garberville Theater! Garberville Redway Area Chamber of Commerce

Dave Mason will be performing at the Garberville Theater on December 12, 2013. All ticket proceeds benefit S.O.S. Drinks and refreshments are available for purchase as well. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, songwriter, and legendary guitarist Dave Mason has been making music since the age of 18 when he teamed up with fellow England native Steve Winwood to form the band Traffic. Since then he has penned dozens of hits, and has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac,The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason has been performing to sold-out audiences for years and has sold millions of recordings worldwide.

Winter Arts Faire at the Mateel

Garberville Area Chamber Newsletter - November 2013