Ocean Night, this Thursday, Sept. 2

Come out to our monthly Ocean Night Film Screening at Arcata Theatre Lounge! This Thursday, Sept. 2, we feature September Sessions, A Sheltered Sea – The Journey of The Marine Life Protection Act and The Seagull’s Dream, an Arcata Elementary School documentary about the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Co-sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Baykeeper and the Northcoast Environmental Center.

Doors at 6:30 p.m., movies at 7 p.m. All ages! Free to members, otherwise donation of $3 requested.

More on the movies…

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The Absynth Quintet (finally) plays for Humboldt Surfrider

Who's excited to play Ocean Night?

Those banjo players are quick, but the stand-up bass and Tofu’s drum kit weighed down the Absynth Quintet boys just long enough for us to catch up to them, grab’em by an ear and say, “Play for us, darn you!” Knowing what was good for them, they put on their smilingest faces and promised to show up at Arcata Theatre Lounge for our August 5 Ocean Night. Now that we’ve corralled them, please make it worth everyone’s while by coming out to support great music and important causes.

As always, Ocean Night is sponsored by Humboldt Surfrider, Humboldt Baykeeper and Ocean Conservancy. It’s all ages and we’re asking a $3-$10 donation – a bit more than usual, but it’s an extra-special and slightly more expensive night – clearly, a total bargain! (Also seeking business sponsorships – email humboldt@surfrider.org.)

Films for the Thursday, Aug. 5 event are:

Can you break the habit?

Bag It – Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Shelter, from the Moonshine Conspiracy:

We’re also featuring a video from Team Marine and some cool underwater freediving footage from locals Andrew Weltz and Kirby Morejohn.

Saturday volunteer options: Summerfest, beach clean-up

Join Humboldt Surfrider for a beach clean-up at Bay Street this Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to noon!

Bring gloves if you have’em!

Questions? Email Adrien at adrien@kokatat.com

Help Surfrider this Saturday at Mad River Summerfest! Tabling volunteers, plus set-up and take-down help needed! Mad River Summerfest is a fun event out West End Road toward Blue Lake.

Contact Debbie Topping at 1beachcomber@suddenlink.net.

Read about Mad River Summerfest here.

Shindig success!

logo designed by Matt Beard

On Nov. 14, Surfrider Foundation’s Humboldt Chapter celebrated our first year of “reconstitution” with a few hundred of our friends in the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

While the chapter has been around for nearly 20 years, a drop in activity necessitated a concerted effort to get things going again in 2008. And get going they did! We’ve doubled our memberships, increased our funds tenfold, rebuilt the Jetty shower, cleaned beaches and a piece of U.S. Hwy. 101, promoted reusable bags and water bottles, and generally reached out on behalf of the North Coast’s ocean, waves and beaches.

In the works are improvements at Moonstone Beach and Camel Rock, as well as the establishment of a water quality lab dedicated to ocean testing. None of this would have happened or be happening without the phenomenal support of the local community members and businesses who’ve offered money, venues, raffle and auction prizes, and volunteer labor.

So, from Surfrider Humboldt, THANK YOU for your contribution. With your help, our chapter raised over $3,500 in a single evening. Not only was the event financially lucrative, but the joy of so many families – surfing and other – having fun at our event helps ensure future generations will continue the work of protecting the North Coast. Thanks again for helping make it all happen!

And an extra big huge thank you to the folks at GREENHOUSE BOARDSHOP and Humboldt Baykeeper. Both have been absolutely key to our success. Please express your appreciation if you’re around Baykeeper’s Old Town office and please do your holiday shopping at Greenhouse!

November 14. It will be epic.

Surfrider Shindig at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Mark it.

(Thanks to the folks at GREENHOUSE for all the love and support.)

Five reasons to read this post

DbH at ATL for ISD

DbH at ATL for ISD

First – thanks to everyone who made International Surfing Day 2009 a huge success for Humboldt Surfrider!

Second – forgive the lag time between posts. It’s summer, baby!

Third – not too late to volunteer for July 4 (Happy Birthday Jonny Redboard!) on the Arcata Plaza! Email Kalei at kcolridge@gmail.com.

Fourth – Clam Beach clean-up Sunday, July 5!

Fifth – regular chapter meeting and update Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m., Plaza Grill View Room area. So much to report!

Will catch up more soon. You can always email humboldt@surfrider.org with any questions, demands or offerings.

May Madness: Barn Dance, Beach Clean up, Wave Energy, Kinetic Fair

Dates to remember:

Saturday, May 16Humboldt Folklife Society hosts a Barn Dance with Striped Pig String Band and caller Tara Stetz. Cover is $7 unless you’re an HFS member, in which case it’s $6. Proceeds from beer/wine sales go to Humboldt Surfrider! We hear the dances are fantastic fun. You don’t need experience or a partner, so come on out! Volunteer to help serve beer/wine via Kalei at kacolridge@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 17 – Post-graduation beach clean-up at Mad River Beach! Volunteer to help organize and clean up via Kalei at kacolridge@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 19– PG&E Wave Energy workshop, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Wharfinger Bldg. The workshops will be in an open house format, providing an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed pilot project, ask questions of the project team staff, and learn about how to get involved. More specifically, information will be available regarding:

  • Project overview and schedule
  • Environmental review process and permitting
  • Maps of study areas
  • Current and future public involvement opportunities
  • Wave energy technologies

We have a couple folks covering this, but encourage anyone who’s interested to attend. (By a bizarre coincidence, all your boardmembers are out of town that evening.)

Saturday, May 23Kinetic Sculpture Race Fair at the Manila Community Center. We’ll have a table approximately 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., maybe less hours. Volunteer to help via Kalei at kacolridge@gmail.com.

Monday, May 25 – Post-Memorial Day beach clean-up at Moonstone Beach! Volunteer to help organize and clean up via Kalei at kacolridge@gmail.com.
…Coming in June… Regular meeting on June 2, International Surfing Day on June 20! Volunteer to help via Kalei at kacolridge@gmail.com.