Monday, 06 February 2023

Community

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Lake County Community Radio Inc. is seeking volunteers to serve on the board of directors.

The board’s principal function is policy and budget setting and fund development.

“Making sure we have the funding needed to keep the air waves flowing on KPFZ, 88.1 FM — in normal times and in times of crisis — is our most important role,” said Board President Olga Martin Steele.

Currently there are two vacancies on the board. Individuals with financial skills; experience in fundraising, marketing, social media and web design; and anyone with leadership, management and problem-solving skills is encouraged to apply.

To apply, download a blank application from the station website, www.kpfz.org and mail to LCCR, Inc., PO Box 466, Lakeport, CA 95453.

If you need help with the application, call the station and leave a message at 707-263-3640, a board member will promptly return your call.

KPFZ, 88.1 is noncommercial community radio, serving listeners countywide on air and through live streaming.

“Our talk programs tackle local issues from a variety of perspectives and our music programmers offer an eclectic array of multi-generational and cultural music to suit all palates,” Steele said. “We exist to serve the community through information, education and music.”

If serving as a board member isn’t for you, consider volunteering in some other capacity.

To learn more about how you can support one-of-a-kind community radio, attend a board meeting.

The board meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 6:15 p.m.

Agendas and the zoom invitations are posted on the website, www.kpfz.org.

For more information about the role of a board member, how you can volunteer or support KPFZ, call 916-849-8170.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The city of Lakeport and the Lakeport Public Works Department expressed appreciation and thanks to all who participated in the Fall 2022 Lakeport Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Special gratitude is offered to Lakeport Disposal Inc., and its staff for coordinating a safe and well-organized event and for collecting tons of trash, recyclables and other solid waste materials.

Lakeport Disposal reported a solid turnout of Lakeport residents and business owners and managers who were appreciative of the opportunity to dispose of unwanted junk and trash at no cost.

The company is the city’s contracted waste hauler and service provider.

The Lakeport Community Cleanup Day began in 2017 and is a semi-annual event intended to help keep our community clean and beautiful and to promote recycling opportunities.

Participation is limited to city of Lakeport residents and business owners.

Thank you to everyone who participated and for helping to keep Lakeport a community to be proud of.

Look for the next City of Lakeport Community Cleanup Day in spring 2023.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Nominations for Inspirational Senior Awards are now closed, but there’s still time to register for the Nov. 8 Annual Senior Summit.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at Robinson Rancheria Casino and Resort on 1545 East Highway 20 in Nice.

Thirteen seniors and elders will receive the time-honored award that recognizes those who volunteer in their communities and have a long history of service to others.

“Seniors give back quietly, expecting nothing in return,” said Jim Steele, Lake County Silver Foundation president. “Through our Inspirational Senior Awards program, we show our appreciation and honor the give back generation.”

Online registration is open. Those who do not have access to the internet may call 707-998-1302 for help getting registered.

The first 100 will receive a special tote bag with goodies, walk-ins are permitted — on a first come first served basis.

The fourth Annual Senior Summit is a special day for Lake County seniors. There will be a health and wellness fair, information dedicated to improving the lives of seniors, lunch, several workshops, speakers, entertainment, raffles and more.

This is a no charge event exclusively for seniors aged 60 or more. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m.

The pumpkin is a beloved symbol of autumn. Photo courtesy of UC Davis.

What says “October” more than the sight of a beautiful orange pumpkin?

A central element in many fall festivals, the pumpkin is a beloved symbol of autumn.

Fittingly then, National Pumpkin Day is celebrated every year on Oct. 26, a holiday designed to give thanks to this popular squash native to North America. And, of course, pumpkins have become a symbol inseparable from Oct. 31's Halloween.

So, how much do you know about pumpkins? Test your knowledge below.

10 things you probably didn't know about pumpkins:

• The word “pumpkin” originates from “peopon,” which means “large melon” in Greek. It then evolved to “pompon” in French and “pumpion” in Britain. The Americans later changed it to “pumpkin,” the name we still use today.
• Every year, the US produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin. 80 percent of this crop (around 800 million pumpkins) are ripe for picking in one single month of the year — October.
• Over 45 different varieties of pumpkin exist. They range in color including orange, red, yellow and green, and they boast names like Hooligan, Cotton Candy, and Orange Smoothie.
• Technically a fruit, the pumpkin is a winter squash in the family Cucurbitaceae which includes cucumbers and melons.
• Every single part of a pumpkin is edible: the skin, leaves, flowers, pulp, seeds, and stems.
Interestingly, pumpkins are 92 percent water.
• Naturally low in energy density, pumpkins are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin A and beta-carotene, the powerful antioxidant that gives orange vegetables and fruits their color.
Scientists believe that pumpkins originated in North America about 9000 years ago. The oldest pumpkin seeds have been found in Mexico and date back to somewhere between 7000-5550 B.C..
• Pumpkins (along with other forms of squash) were a historically important food staple among Native Americans. They would grow the squash along river banks next to maize and beans, a planting technique that was called the “Three Sisters Method,” which allowed the three crops to sustain each other. Corn served as the trellis upon which the beans could climb; beans were nourished by the sunlight and kept the corn stalks stable on windy days, while also nourishing their soil; and pumpkins sheltered the corn’s shallow roots and prevented weeds from taking hold.
• The practice of carving Jack-O’-Lanterns was brought to America by Irish immigrants. In their homeland, the Irish used to carve Jack-O’-Lanterns out of potatoes or turnips, but upon arrival in America, they began to use pumpkins instead because they were far easier to carve. The tradition of the “Jack-O’-Lantern” stems from an Irish legend about a man named Stingy Jack who was a somewhat unpleasant character famous for playing tricks on people.

Regardless of how much you know about pumpkins, this much is sure: one of the best ways to enjoy one is to eat one!

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a trunk or treat event for the community on Monday, Oct. 31.

It will be held at 6 p.m. in the lower parking lot at Kelseyville High School, 5480 Main St.

All are welcome.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Republican Women’s November luncheon will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

It will be held at Ripe Choice Farms, 2550 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport.

They will have a lovely plated luncheon of creamy Tuscan chicken with sundried tomatoes and spinach, arugula date salad in lemon vinaigrette. Dessert will be farmhouse oatmeal-walnut pie. The cost is $25 per person.

The guest speaker will be Christian Ahlmann, president of Six Sigma Ranch and Winery.

He will speak about the community services they provide on the ranch with hiking and biking trails, the history of their winery and the upcoming opening of Huttopia Glamping at the Ranch.

We group also will be installing its 2023 officers

Please RSVP to 707-987-2404.

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02.07.2023 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Board of Supervisors
7Feb
02.07.2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Area Agency on Aging
7Feb
02.07.2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lakeport City Council
8Feb
02.08.2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
100+ Women Strong in Lake County
9Feb
02.09.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
11Feb
11Feb
02.11.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
12Feb
02.12.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
14Feb
02.14.2023
Valentine's Day
16Feb
02.16.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown

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