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This Year Next Year updated 10-14-14

Events, 2014

Events subject to change without notice. Check with event organizers for updates.

Second and Fourth Wednesdays: Support Group. Humboldt Senior Resource Center (Adult Day Care Center) of Eureka and Fortuna sponsors free meetings at St. Mark's Fellowship Hall for caregivers and anyone who has a loved one enduring Alzheimer's, dementia or other related brain diseases. 4 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

Christopher Moreno As Gomez and Jessie Sheiman as Morticia, from the cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Ferndale Rep; Photo by Dillon SavageThrough October 26: Musical Theatre, “The Addams Family, a New Musical Comedy.” The weird and wonderful family comes devilishly to life in macabre new musical comedy created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you. Friday-Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Tickets: $18 general admission; $16 for students/seniors. Tickets at the door or online. Group rates available. Ferndale Repertory Theatre. 707-786-5483

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

Through October 26: Ferndale Repertory Theatre Audience Costume Contest. Patrons attending FRT’s production of “The Addams Family, a New Musical Comedy” are encouraged to dress as characters from the Addams Family. During the intermission of each performance the best costumed patron will be awarded a free season ticket (value $90).

Quilt WalkOctober 17-26: Quilt Walk. During Sally Frey’s fall quilting workshop at the Masonic Hall her quilts will be on display in 25 Ferndale shops and the Ferndale branch of US Bank (during the bank's regular business hours). See them in most venues daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. plus the evenings of Friday, Oct. 17 and 24, until 7 p.m. Ferndale Arts has a special showing of quilts by member artist Rosalinda Brainerd in the Ferndale Art & Cultural Center, 580 Main St.

October 17 & 18: Assumption Parish Bazaar is old fashioned fun at Portuguese Hall Friday and Saturday. Bingo, fish pond, country store, fancy work booth, etc. Dinner served 6 to 7:30 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. Information: 496-4804 or 786-9551

October 17-25: Essential Oils Seminar sponsored by Aroma Therapy, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 707-786-9511

October TBA: Ferndale FFA Banquet, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 707-786-9511

TBA: Ferndale Music Students Open Mic. Ferndale Music Company's students perform monthly in their space at 385 Main Street, 7 p.m. Seating is limited so arrive early. Free admission. 707-786-7030

TBA: Horse Training. Tommi Jo Haskins from the Farm Store is bringing back well-known Canadian horse trainer Jonathan Field. In the Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA. 707-786-9511

October 21: Village Club Monthly Meeting includes a presentation to which the public is invited. A women’s organization, The Village Club meets monthly for programs of community interest the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., September through May. The Club supports local organizations and bestows an annual scholarship on a Ferndale college student. Membership is open to all women residing in Ferndale. Please call Lois Keller, 786-9128, for information on this month's meeting.

October 24-25: Costume Sale. Just in time for Halloween, Ferndale Repertory Theatre, HSU Theatre Department, and Humboldt Light Opera Company join together in one giant costume sale on the HSU Art Quad in front of the John Van Duzer Theater. Costumes of all types and sizes at bargain prices. Bring a bag! Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Volunteers are needed and will be given an opportunity to purchase items before the sale. For more information contact Ferndale Repertory Theatre at 707-786-5483.

October 25: PumpkinArt Carve-In. Mind's Eye Manufactory hosts a pumpkin carving party and contest, noon to 5 p.m. Pumpkins and carving implements provided free. Create pumpkin art to compete in three categories: 1) carve your favorite Ferndale personality, 2) unencumbered art, 3) 12 and younger. Entries will be displayed on Main Street to win popular votes. Vote at Mind's Eye Manufactory, Ferndale Music Co., Shawn Griggs Gallery/Red Eye Laboratories. Each vote costs $1. Vote as often as you like; voting proceeds support the Ferndale Cemetery Association. Noon to 5 p.m. 393 Main St. Winners announced October 31.

TBA: Ferndale's Farmers' Market. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel racesOctober 24: Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

TBA: Arabian Horse Assn. of the Redwoods Play Day, Trail trial in the Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA. 707-786-9511

Through October 31: PumpkinArt Carve-In Voting. Mind's Eye Manufactory's pumpkin carving contest entries displayed to win popular votes. Vote at Mind's Eye Manufactory, Ferndale Music Co., Shawn Griggs Gallery/Red Eye Laboratories. Each vote costs $1. Vote as often as you like; voting proceeds support the Ferndale Cemetery Association. Noon to 5 p.m. 393 Main St. Winners announced October 31.

October 31: St. Mark's Annual Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-Off. Family fun, games, cakewalk, hayride, live music and a candy booth for the kids. Chili judged by local dignitaries at the beginning of festivities, followed by hot dogs and chips with a taste of chili for other attendees, free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Fern & Berding Streets.

October/November TBA: Ferndale High School Homecoming. Powder puff game at 1 p.m. Friday, homecoming parade starting at 2:30 p.m., and night rally at 7:30 p.m. Homecoming dance on Saturday at 9. Go Cats!

November 1-2: Jehovah's Witnesses. Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-9511

November 7-8: Fig Twig Holiday Market showcases handmade crafts/arts, vintage, up-cycled and shabby chic items. Friday, 5-8 pm, $5 admission; Saturday, 10-4, $2 admission. Belotti Hall, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale. Vendors will be juried; click here for a vendor application, or email for more details. 2014 applications must be postmarked by August 1; applicants notified by August 15. 707-496-5867

November 8: Humboldt Jamz Fest. Kid Ink, E40 and more artists are scheduled for the racetrack and grandstand areas of the Humboldt County fairgrounds from 3 to 10 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets ($75+4.50 service fee and $5 parking) are available online and from Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata. Festival includes vendors, food, a dress code, and a full bar for those 21 and older. Coolers, drinks, food, pets and weapons are not allowed.

November 8: 3rd Annual Community Homecoming Fundraiser. Ferndale Youth Inc. and Ferndale Wildcats Booster Club sponsor dinner and dance with live and silent auctions. Bar opens 6 p.m.; dinner, 7-8 p.m., catered by Doris and Daughter. $35 tickets available from Becker Insurance. Must be 21 to attend. Ferndale Community Center, Firemen's Park, end of Berding St. 707-496-3545 or 407-5401

November 14: "Flood." Pierson Building Center's regional history series comes to Ferndale, with entertaining local historian Jerry Rohde. Free -- and fun. 7 p.m. at Ferndale City Hall. 707-786-4466

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel racesNovember 14: Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

November 18: Village Club Monthly Meeting includes a presentation to which the public is invited. A women’s organization, The Village Club meets monthly for programs of community interest the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., September through May. The Club supports local organizations and bestows an annual scholarship on a Ferndale college student. Membership is open to all women residing in Ferndale. Please call Lois Keller, 786-9128, for information on this month's meeting.

Victorian Christmas photo by Dan TubbsNovember 22: Ferndale Victorian Holiday. Wear vintage clothing, sew your own outfit, or use your imagination to create something fun with an olde-time flair to step back in time and enjoy the warm feeling of a Victorian holiday in Ferndale. Free horse drawn wagon rides, weather permitting, noon-2. Carolers, demonstrations by artisans and other entertainments on Main Street; visions of yesteryear. Check back for a pdf of event details. 707-786-9500

Blacksmithing Demonstration, Ferndale Museum, CANovember 22: Blacksmithing Demonstration. Ferndale Museum, home to the J. A. Mouat blacksmith shop since the 1980s, hosts this demo, a great opportunity for children and adults to see the smith’s art first-hand. As part of Ferndale Victorian Holidays, blacksmith Jerry Murry fires up the Museum forge to show smithing techniques once essential to daily life. Admission is free.  707-786-4466

Assumption Church steepleNovember 27: Community Thanksgiving Service. Members of Ferndale's six churches join together to give thanks in an ecumenical service at Assumption Church, 10 a.m. 707-786-9551.

November 28-29: The Folks Christmas Crafts Fair. Veterans Memorial Building, Main Street, Ferndale. Contact: Donell McCanless, 707-786-9995

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

November 28-December 21: Holiday Theatre, “A Christmas Carol.” Comedy/Drama. This John Jakes adaption has a unique dramatic concept: At the opening curtain, Charles Dickens himself is introduced to the audience, ready to present one of the famed platform readings of his stories that packed auditoriums in Europe and America. Of course, the story chosen is one which he often performed, A Christmas Carol (Dickens' marked-up script still exists!). The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, observing, performing small roles, interpolating short passages of rich narrative never heard in other versions. He handles props and helps Scrooge and others with costume changes. Friday-Saturday evening performances, Sunday matinees. Ferndale Repertory Theatre. 707-786-5483

December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11: Matinee Holiday Theatre, “HOOD, or You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover.An original holiday production by Vikki Young is available to elementary school groups. The story revolves around a young girl who encounters a wolf in the forest on her way to her grandmother’s house. The wolf’s reputation precedes him and he must try very hard to convince the girl that he is actually a very fine fellow with many skills and intellectual attributes, teaching us not to believe everything we hear about people. A Q&A will follow the show, when the audience will meet the cast (veteran actors include Marilyn McCormick as The Narrator, Mario Lorenzo as The Wolf, Nick Motto as Hood, and Vicki Charlton as Mother/Grandmother with Carolyn Jones directing) and have the opportunity to learn some of the facets of live theater production. There is no charge for this community arts program. Teachers wishing to bring their students to the Rep should make reservations early. 10 a.m. Ferndale Repertory Theatre, 447 Main Street, 707-786-5483

Ferndale Christmas Tree, photo courtesy of Mark Higley

December 5: Hospitality Night Open House. The Victorian Village welcomes friends to a lively block party evening on Main Street. Merchants serve up cheer along with free beverages and goodies, 7-9 p.m. 707-786-4477

December 6: 10:30 a.m. Santa Claus arrives in Ferndale! St. Nick and his jolly elf bring bags of goodies for youngsters on Main Street. 10:30 a.m. 707-786-4477

Photo Courtesy of Mark Higley

December 6: 45th Annual Christmas Celebration in Song. The Ferndale Community Choir performs an eclectic selection of sacred and inspiring music from across the centuries and around the world, plus readings to inspire your holiday spirit. With more than 60 voices, the Ferndale Community Choir ushers in the Christmas season as it has for three generations of listeners. Ferndale Community Church, 724 Main St., 7:30 p.m. 707-786-4477.

December 7: 45th Annual Christmas Celebration in Song. The Ferndale Community Choir gives an encore performance, concluding in time for everyone to attend the lighting of America's tallest living Christmas tree. An eclectic selection of sacred and inspiring music from across the centuries and around the world, plus readings to inspire your holiday spirit. With more than 60 voices, the Ferndale Community Choir ushers in the Christmas season as it has for three generations of listeners. Assumption Church, Berding & Washington Sts., 3 p.m. 707-786-4477.

December 7: Lighting of America's Tallest Living Christmas Tree. Decked with colored lights by Ferndale's intrepid volunteer firemen, the huge, radiant Spruce at the end of Main Street is visible for miles, a beacon to herald the Christmas season. The whole town turns out, along with the Booster Band, Chameleon Singers, 4-H, Scout Troops, etc., for a ceremony to rekindle the Christmas spirit, then gathers over free cookies and cocoa. A Ferndale tradition since 1934. 5:30 p.m. 707-786-4477

December 7: Portuguese Linguica and Beans Dinner features food and friendliness on tree lighting night at Portuguese Hall, 5-8 p.m. 707-786-4222

tree lighting
Photo copyrighted by Matt Knowles of Aesthetic Design & Photography and used by permission. If you would like a high quality print please contact Matt at 707-786-4643
band

December TBA: Christmas Brass Bands (saxophone quartet and a brass ensemble) strolls Main Street from 2-4 p.m. for your holiday entertainment, playing traditional Christmas favorites.

Photo courtesy of Caroline Titus, The Ferndale Enterprise

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel racesDecember 12: Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

December TBA: Village Club Monthly Meeting includes a presentation to which the public is invited. A women’s organization, The Village Club meets monthly for programs of community interest the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., September through May. The Club supports local organizations and bestows an annual scholarship on a Ferndale college student. Membership is open to all women residing in Ferndale. Please call Lois Keller, 786-9128, for information on this month's meeting.

December TBA: Ferndale Museum Annual Appreciation Luncheon for volunteers, patron-level donors, and newsletter sponsors. Door prizes, "Volunteer of the Year" award. Ferndale City Hall, noon.

December 14: 22nd Annual Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade. Local farmers and ranchers parade fancifully decorated tractors and tractor-drawn wagons depicting holiday scenes down the Victorian Village's historic Main Street for a sparkling country Christmas celebration! Tractors begin parading at 7 p.m. (pdf entry form) 707-786-4477

December 14: Assumption Church Baked Potato & Chili Feed:  Before the lighted tractor parade,  enjoy homemade Chili and baked potatoes with all the fixings served at the Assumption Church Parish Hall, corner of Berding & Washington from 4pm-6:30pm.  Fundraiser benefits the Assumption Church maintenance fund. Information: Melissa Lema 786-9192, Assumption Parish Office: 786-9551

tractor parade
Photo copyrighted by Matt Knowles of Aesthetic Design & Photography and used by permission. If you would like a high quality print please contact Matt at 707-786-4643

Tentative: Holiday Cheer. All are welcome to the Ferndale Community Church before and after the Ferndale Tractor Parade. Serving free cookies and hot cider, 6:30-8:30 pm. 712 Main St. Contact: Pastor Sean Peifer, 707-786-4475

December 16: Village Club Monthly Meeting includes a presentation to which the public is invited. A women’s organization, The Village Club meets monthly for programs of community interest the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., September through May. The Club supports local organizations and bestows an annual scholarship on a Ferndale college student. Membership is open to all women residing in Ferndale. Please call Lois Keller, 786-9128, for information on this month's meeting.

December 17: Ferndale Rotary Senior Christmas Party. Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-9511

Events, 2015

Third Tuesday: Village Club Monthly Meeting includes a presentation to which the public is invited. A women’s organization, The Village Club meets monthly for programs of community interest the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., September through May. The Club supports local organizations and bestows an annual scholarship on a Ferndale college student. Membership is open to all women residing in Ferndale. Please call Lois Keller, 786-9128, for information on this month's meeting.

TBA: Date Night at Ferndale Omelette Factory. $40 per couple includes meal and live entertainment from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 707-786-4445

TBA: Ferndale Music Students Open Mic. Ferndale Music Company's students perform monthly in their space at 385 Main Street, 7 p.m. Seating is limited so arrive early. Free admission. 707-786-7030

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

January 17: Boomer Humor: WILL DURST in BoomeRaging. Series of comedy fundraisers for Ferndale Rep. with nationally recognized stand-up comedians. Tickets are $18. 7:30 p.m. Ferndale Repertory Theatre. 707-786-5483

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel racesJanuary 3: Barrels by the Bay presents New Year's Barrel Bash at the Fairgrounds Covered Arena.  Sign up beginning at 9 a.m., run at noon.  Sanctioned by Run to Win and co-sanctioned by North State Barrel Racing Assn.  Contact Anne Green, 502-5749, for information.  email. 707-499-3200 Overnight stabling and camping available.  Contact Susan at Humboldt County Fairgrounds,  786-9511

January through March: Gymkhanas, Barrel Racing, Cattle Sortings And High School Rodeo at the Fairgrounds Covered Arena; call for schedule. Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 Fifth St. between Van Ness and Arlington. 707-786-9511

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel races

January 24: Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

January 30-February 15: Theatre, “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.” Touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons —one per week for six weeks— in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion. A comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance. Friday-Saturday evening performances, Sunday matinees. Ferndale Repertory Theatre. 707-786-5483

February 1: Museum Reopens. After January's preparation of new exhibits, the season's grand re-opening of Ferndale Museum, home to the J. A. Mouat blacksmith shop since the 1980s. 11 a.m. Spontaneous events occur weekly; call the Museum for details. 707-786-4466

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel races

February 6 : Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

February 7: Ferndale Rotary Steak & Lobster dinner fundraiser. Belotti Hall, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-9511

TBA: Horsemanship Skills 4-Day Clinic with Jerry Tindell, featuring advanced riding skills. Develop understanding, timing and feel for your horse. Thursday-Friday: Beginning Horsemanship; Saturday-Sunday: Advanced Horsemanship. Sponsored by Backcountry Horsemen of California Redwood Unit. Humboldt County Fair Assn. Covered Arena. 707-786-9637

BCHC logoFebruary 12-15: Packing Clinic sponsored by Backcountry Horsemen of California Redwood Unit. Fairgrounds. 707-786-9637

February 14-15: Poultry Show. Humboldt Poultry Fanciers Assn. Humboldt County Fairgrounds.

February 14: "Love Stories," Ferndale Museum Valentine's Day movie celebrates local romance, 7:30 p.m. Location to be announced; tickets, $15. 707-786-4466

February 15: Firemen's Games. Ferndale's volunteer firemen compete in old fashioned firefighting techniques: bucket brigade, quick dressing, hose coupling. Main Street, noon to 3 p.m.

Feb 21: Humboldt-DelNorte Cattlemen’s Assn. Spring Meeting / Dinner Dance. Humboldt Co. Fairgrounds. 786-9511Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel races

February 27: Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

March 5-7: The Fray in Ferndale. Slot car racing teams gather for a two-day marathon at the Fairgrounds' Belotti Hall. 707-496-4475

March 7 (tentative): 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Show. Humboldt Co. Fairgrounds. 707-786-9511

kids run in 2010 Foggy Bottoms Milk RunMarch 8: 38th Annual Foggy Bottom Milk Run. A Sunday family run conducted by the Six Rivers Running Club since 1978 with three different courses through Ferndale farmlands to the Main Street finish line. Noon start for 4-mile and 10-mile courses; 2 p.m. for the 2-mile run. 10-mile course has no water crossings. 707-845-0001

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel races

March 13: Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

Ferndale Repertory TheatreMarch 14: RepFest. Ferndale Repertory Theatre annual fundraiser. $60. 6 p.m. 707-786-5483

TBA: Rabbit Show. Humboldt County Rabbit & Cavy Breeders Assn. bunny and cavy show in Belotti Hall. Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale. 707-786-9511

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

March 20-April 12: Musical Theatre, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tevye, the father of five daughters, attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Friday-Saturday evening performances, Sunday matinees. Ferndale Repertory Theatre. 707-786-5483

California high shool rodeo associationTBA: California State High School Rodeo, District 2. 10 a.m. Sat, 9 a.m. Sun. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-9511

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel races

March 27: Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

TBA: Beach Clean Up. Friends of Centerville Beach is having a 10 am beach clean up.  Bring gloves and warm clothes.  Trash bags will be provided.

TBA: Portuguese Pre-Easter Dance includes choosing of the Holy Ghost Queens for the May 23-24 celebration. Portuguese Hall, 7:30 p.m. 707-786-4346

April 4: Easter Egg Hunt. Youngsters hunt for treasured eggs hidden by Ferndale Scouts. Prizes in 4 categories, by age. 10:30 a.m. Firemen’s Park. (If raining, check at Valley Lumber, Shaw & Berding Sts.) 707-786-4477

April 5: Sunrise Easter Service annually at Ferndale Cemetery, 6:30 a.m., includes music and homily. Hosted by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (at the church if weather is inclement). Rides to the top of the hill are available, if needed. 707-786-9353

April 5: 45th Annual Easter Concert. The 60-voice Ferndale Community Choir performs sacred songs of the season. Easter Sunday: Ferndale Assumption Church, 546 Berding St., Ferndale, 7:30 p.m. 707-786-4477

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel races

April 10 : Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

ride for lifeApril 11-12: Encore Performances of the 45th Annual Easter Concert. The 50-voice Ferndale Community Choir performs sacred songs of the season. Saturday: Christ Episcopal Church, 15th & H Streets, Eureka, 7:30 p.m. Sunday: Ferndale Community Church, 712 Main St., Ferndale, 3 p.m. 707-786-4477Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel races

April 24: Barrels by the Bay. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

April 25: Jehovah's Witnesses. Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-9511

May 2: HERO Ride for Life. Hope Equestrian Relay Organization (HERO) teams begin riding at 8 a.m. to earn money for the American Cancer Society. Race track, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. To help or form a Ride for Life team, contact Diana LaCount, 707-496-1099, herorideforlife@gmail.com

Barrels by the Bay 4D barrel races

April 24: Barrels by the Bay Finals. 5 p.m. Covered Arena, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. email. 707-499-3200

TUC logoMay 9: 37th Annual Bicycle Tour of the Unknown Coast. Events for the whole family! 10-, 20-, and 50-mile courses plus California's toughest "century," the 100-mile loop through the redwoods, tracing the Lost Coast to the Victorian Village of Ferndale. Start times: 100-mile, 7 a.m.; 50-mile, 8 a.m.; 20-mile, 10 a.m.; 10-mile, 11:30 a.m. Early registration and check-in the week before the ride, Saturday, May 3, noon to 3 pm at Adventure's Edge, 125 W. 5th St., Eureka. On-site registration & packet pick-up in Bellotti Hall at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, Friday May 9, 5 to 7 pm, and on Saturday, May 10, starting at 6 am. Click here for on-line registration. Tour Director Vic Armijo, email, 707-845-6117

Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa May 23-24: 91st Annual Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa. Celebrate the history and music of Portugal with dinners, a dance, auction, and a Sunday parade to mass. Schedule: 6:30 p.m. Saturday rosary, bean & linguica dinner. Sunday, line up for parade (9:30 a.m.) to 10:30 a.m. mass; noon dinner, Portuguese Hall; 2 p.m. auction, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, followed by dancing; evening meal at Portuguese Hall, 7 p.m. Since 1936, in its only annual appearance as a marching band, Scotia Band serenades celebrants with a Portuguese repertoire specific to each stage of the celebration on Sunday as they parade between the Portuguese Hall and the Assumption Church. The public is invited; persons of Portuguese descent are especially welcome. Contact: Ida Toste, 707-786-4346
Parade photo courtesy of The Ferndale Enterprise, used by permission

May 25: Memorial Day Parade. Ferndale veterans and other organizations coordinate the 10 a.m. parade and solemn remembrance of the day.

Memorial Day Parade 2011, photo courtesy of Dan Tubbs
Parade photo courtesy of Dan Tubbs, used by permission
May 23-25: 47th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race and 45th Anniversary of the Kinetic Grand Championship. Wild and crazy people-powered sculptures traverse land, sand, and water to travel from the Arcata Plaza (10 a.m. viewing, noon start Saturday) to the finish line in the Victorian Village of Ferndale (finishing any time after noon Monday). It's all for the glory! Final awards ceremony at Ferndale’s Fireman’s Hall is open to the public, beginning around 5:30 p.m. Course maps. 707-499-0643 or email the Rutabaga Queen. Fros 'n peas
Fros 'N Peas cross the finish line. Photo courtesy of Karen Pingitore

June 6: Pet Parade. Children 12 and younger parade costumed pets down Main Street to Firemen's Park for prizes at 10:30 a.m. 786-4477

June TBA: Ferndale Elementary School 8th Grade Graduation. 7:30 p.m. Belotti Hall, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA. 707-786-9511

June TBA: Ferndale High School Graduation / Safe & Sober Grad Night. 7:30 p.m. Belotti Hall, Lath House & Art Buildings, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA. 707-786-9511

Ferndale Repertory Theatre

June 26-July 12: Theatre, “Sylvia.” Comedy/Drama by A.R. Gurney. A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag.A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife.She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection.And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog.The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. The Lost Coast Kennel Club Show, AKC Licensed Dog Conformation & Obedience"Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney's comedy, SYLVIA…" —NY Times. "I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…" —NY Daily News. "Gurney's mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…" —BackStage. Friday-Saturday evening performances, Sunday matinees. Ferndale Repertory Theatre. 707-786-5483

June TBA: The Lost Coast Kennel Club Show, AKC Licensed Dog Conformation & Obedience. More than 500 entrants, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or whenever Best in Show judging is completed). Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA. 707-786-9511


Ferndale's 4th of July Celebration:

flagFerndale Volunteer Firefighters celebrate independence with an old-fashioned treat for the kids: a free ride on a gleaming fire engineRides - Parade - Picnic - Show - Fireworks!

Independence Day Fire Engine Rides. Ferndale Volunteer Firefighters celebrate independence with an old-fashioned treat for the kids: a free ride on a gleaming fire engine. 10 a.m. to noon. 707-786-9515

Parade. Ferndale Chamber of Commerce organizes the noon Independence Day parade. Entry form.

Independence Day paradePicnic. Ferndale Rotary Club cooks up an Independence Day picnic after the parade. Hot dogs or burgers (including veggie burger option), potato salad, beans and Humboldt Creamery ice cream with chocolate syrup. Hot dog meal, $4; burger meal, $6.

Patriotic Musical Revue, a minimum of one hour, probably no more than an hour 15. Concessions will be available for purchase. Popular 4th of July show begins at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre at 2 p.m. 707-786-5483

Fireworks! (tentative) Bear River Hotel & Casino organizes a fireworks display for the family to watch from the grandstands at the fairgrounds in Ferndale. Gates open at 7 pm with food vendors, beer & other beverages, and entertainment before the fireworks show at dark. No admission charge.


dog agilityJuly TBA: Assumption Parish Annual Rummage Sale at Parish Hall, 546 Berding St. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 9 to 2. Lunch and desserts available both days.

Humboldt County Fair AssociationJuly TBA: Entry Deadline for Humboldt County Fair. Online entry for your handicrafts, floriculture, animals, much more. The Humboldt County Fair is an annual reunion for the whole county, and you're invited. Fun for everyone! 707-786-9511

July TBA: The Lost Coast Kennel Club AKC Dog Agility Trial. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until last dog is judged. Free admission. Humboldt County Fairgrounds (soccer field) at Ferndale. Trial Chair: Beverly Morgan Lewis, 707-445-3316.

Ferndale Repertory TheatreJuly TBA-August TBA: Youth Musical Theater Workshops for 7- to 18-year-olds culminates in a performance. $100 (scholarships available). Made possible by a grant from the Bertha Russ Lytel Foundation. Registration form. Ferndale Repertory Theatre, 707-786-5483

Ferndale Repertory TheatreAugust TBA: Youth Musical Theater Workshop show. Workshop for 7- to 18-year-olds culminates in free performance. 2 p.m. Ferndale Repertory Theatre, 707-786-5483.

August 14-September 6: Musical Theatre, “Legally Blonde, the Musical.” Based on the hit movie of the same name. Sorority president Elle Woods, dumped by her boyfriend, Warner, follows to Harvard Law School to win him back. After discovering how the law can be used to help others, she uses her new found skills to defend a workout-queen in a murder trial, defying the odds and proving that pink can save the day! Friday-Saturday evening performances, Sunday matinees. Ferndale Repertory Theatre. 707-786-5483

August TBA: Young Exhibitors' Livestock Weigh-in for Humboldt County Fair. Livestock Department, 707-786-5518

flowersAugust TBA: Humboldt County Fair Gala Preview of Fine Arts & Flowers. Ferndale Garden Club hosts fundraiser for special awards and scholarships. Live music; wine and hors d’oeuvres served; commemorative goblet for the first 100 guests. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fine Arts/Red Barn building and Flower Hall. $15 each or 2 for $25 (requested donation). 707-786-9185

Horses racing at the Humboldt County FairAugust TBA: 119th Annual Humboldt County Fair. Horse races; entertainment; carnival rides; fair foods; handicrafts; art; livestock contests; floriculture; animals; much more! The oldest uninterrupted county fair in California is fun for everyone. 707-786-9511

August Concerts. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Evening Concerts included in admission to Humboldt County Fair.

August TBA: Junior Livestock Auction. Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-9511

 

Labor Day Community BarbecueSeptember TBA: Labor Day Community Barbecue. FREE to all! Food, Fun and Fellowship! A community service ministry of Ferndale Community Church , noon to 2 p.m., Fireman's Park

September 12-13: Bargain Lovers' Weekend. IT'S A GARAGE SALE... IT'S A BARN SALE... IT'S A SIDEWALK SALE... IT'S A... BARGAIN LOVERS' WEEKEND!   It's the biggest sale of its kind in the history of Humboldt County. From Main Street to side streets the whole town is getting in on the act!  More than 100 different locations offering everything from antiques to zithers. New and used merchandise... toys... tools... gadgets galore... clothing... household... plants and garden... games... puzzles... kids' stuff!  WOW!!! Just look for the BRIGHT YELLOW SIGNS that mark each location! Shop 'til you drop in and around the business district. Food, fun and shopping... it doesn't get much better than BARGAIN LOVERS' WEEKEND! Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 to 4. 707-786-4477

September TBA: Friends of the Ferndale Library Book Sale fundraiser takes place outside the library, Saturday and Sunday, as part of Bargain Lovers' Weekend. 707-786-9559

Lost Coast 4x4sSeptember TBA: Lost Coast 4x4s 16th Annual River Bar Clean-up. Volunteers gather underneath Fernbridge to clear debris from the banks of the Eel River, beginning at 9 a.m. Free lunch donated by Blue Lake Casino; all participants eligible for prize drawing. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. Info: Patty Wheeler, (707)407-3707; Bruce Fillman, (707)443-5301; Carl Brandt, (707) 442-7395

Redwood Coast Dahlia FestivalSeptember TBA: Redwood Coast Dahlia Festival: Amateur dahlia competition, regional nature-inspired arts & crafts, gardening vendors, food & live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Admission $5 (children under 12 admitted free). No pets, please. Sponsored by Almand Dahlia Gardens, Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA. If you are interested in enrolling in competition, or vending, please contact Nicole by email or call 707-786-4130

September TBA: Lost Coast Beer & Bocce Tournament. Four-person team event; teams accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages available for nominal prices. Entertainment: surf music by The Pyronauts. Sponsored by The Lost Coast Brewery and the Ferndale Bocce Court, Ferndale Kiwanis Club fundraiser supports the local community. Entry: $25/person, $100/team ($20 alternate), limit of 24 teams. Registration: 8 a.m.; play: 9 a.m. Trophies to the top 3 teams; special prize drawing for a bocce-themed creation by local artist Shawn Griggs. For applications contact Jay Parrish, 707-496-7005, or Stacy Edgmon, 707-786-9798. Ferndale Bocce court, Firemen’s Park

September 26: BMX event organized by Ferndale Pie Co. at Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA

September 27: Humboldt County Mud Run. Challenging 10K, 5K, and 1K mini-mud for the kids. First run begins at 1 p.m. Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA

October TBA: North Coast Stand Down. The North Coast Stand Down reaches out to local veterans and their families with community-based, grassroots programs. A comprehensive support system designed for returning vets to transition successfully from military to civilian life begins Friday at 8 a.m. and ends Sunday at noon. Volunteers and sponsors sought. Call 442-4322 or 877-547-2066 for information. Humboldt County Fairgrounds, 1250 5th St. Ferndale, CA.

TBA: Fernbridge Clean-Up, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! US Bank employees and community members are teaming up with Pacific Outfitters Pac Out Green Team in efforts to clean up under Fernbridge from 9 to 10 am. Meet at the gravel area before you go under the bridge at 8:50 am. Trash bags and pickers will be available on-site. This is a family friendly event. Call Becky Weitzel, Ferndale US Bank Branch Manager, 707-786-9507

October TBA: 8th Grade Carnival. Haunted house, dime-a-chance carnival games for the kids, cake walk, bingo, silent auction, and more good, clean Halloween fun. Fundraiser for the Ferndale 8th Grade class trip. Pulled pork sandwiches, $8; hot dog dinner, $5. 5:30-9 p.m. Belotti Hall, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Information: 707-786-5300

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Prettiest Painted Place in America award

Best of the North Coast Reader's Choice Award
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