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Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce

On the Beach... MacKerricher State Park, photograph by Debra DeGraw

September 16, 2014


From the Chamber


The Mendocino Coast & Beyond Visitor Guide 2015 is distributed to visitor centers near and far. Direct inquiries from AAA offices,  visitors planning their trips domestically and those outside the US request our packets and guide.  This guide is also downloadable from our website, Mendocinocoast.com,  and is distributed to the 10,000 visitors that walk through our door.
It is included in our wedding, relocation packets, and targeted California Welcome Centers such as Pier 39 in San Francisco, Auburn, Santa Rosa, Pismo Beach and coming year we will be in Arcata and the Sonoma County Airport. (Deposit due at time of sale,
paid in full by 9/30/14 receives a discount)
Email Janice today to reserve your space: chambersales@mcn.org.


Have you edited or modified your listing? Help us Help you; the more quality content is frequently added to a website the better the site does in search engine optimization. Activity on the site is a strong indicator of a site's relevancy, that means the fresher our content, the more chance internet users will have of finding us and the more exposure we all have. For more information on how you can edit your listing click here . For other assistance you can either call us directly at the Chamber 707-961-6300 and ask for Janice or Rosalie, or visit our FAQ page.

P.S. Don't forget to list your happenings on the Calendar in the website. Remember you can also download pictures now!




We are very pleased that you are starting to use the Member2Member Offers page on our website, http://mendocinocoast.com/viewPage.php?ID=Member2Member.  As an incentive for you to add your own discount for members, we are going to have a drawing at the end of the month. One lucky winner will get a three month upgrade to a Premium membership listing on our website.  Every member we see on the Member2Member Offers page by end of month will go into the drawing.



Welcome to our newest members Mendocino Pilates, is on 45066 Ukiah Street, Mendocino. Welcome owner Alexandra Miller. http://www.mendocinopilates.vpweb.com ; The Belgian Chocolate Shoppe 45050 Main Street Mendocino, drop by and say hi to owners Eric and Karen Dewit and taste some Belgian chocolate; Jim McDannold's Urban Heirlooms produces heirloom vegetable starts and sells Photographs of harvests and local artifacts. Contact Jim at jnm@mcn.org California Recreational Alliance. Find out all about this non profit on their website http://www.carecreationalliance.org. Also welcome  Cafe Jaavy. Stop by for an authentic Mexican breakfast or an American Breakfast and say hello to Margurita. Cafe Jaavy is located at 130 South Main FB.





*When adding an event to the Chamber's website calendar (mendocinocoast.com) don't forget to email your event to the chamber member bulletin as well. Simply send to chambernews@mcn.org and Rosalie will add it to the chamber member bulletin on Tuesdays. (50 words or less please, by noon, Tuesday.)


Community Events, Workshops, and Nonprofits

Mendocino One World Saturday October 4 2014

The Mendocino One World festival returns to Friendship Park on Saturday October 4 between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. This family friendly event will celebrate music, dance, food, arts and crafts, healing arts and children's activities from around the world.

Samba drumming, classical Indian dance Americana Indy pop, the Coastal zumba crew,Pura Vida and stunning aerial silk demos by circus mecca. Updates at http://www.mofest.org

Suggested donation $5



West Company Workshop Series: Building a Better Business

The Building a Better Business Series

is designed to give new business owners the basic knowledge necessary to make their ideas successful. The workshops can be taken as a series, or individually to brush up on specific skills. Thursdays, September 18 through October 23rd.from 4pm to 7pm.


Scholarships available!

Contact West Company for any questions!

(707) 964-7571




Are your board members not as engaged as they need to be? Are board meetings stale or unproductive?  If yes to any of these, then this workshop is for you.  Offered in partnership with the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, four Building Better Boards workshops will be offered in October at various locations throughout Mendocino County.  Click on this link for details


or contact Catherine Marshall c.m.marshall@sbcglobal.net of CapBuilders with any questions you might have.  Scholarships may be available from the Foundation if you would like to send multiple board members.

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County has graciously offered to provide scholarships to the Building Better Board workshops if you have multiple board members you would like to attend.  Check out this forwarded email from the Foundation that includes an invitation to attend their free Community Enrichment Grant workshops immediately prior to the Board workshop here.




The Community Foundation of Mendocino County will hold its 2015 Community Enrichment Grant Information Workshop  on Thursday, October 9 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Mendocino Coast Clinics Conference Room 205 South Street, West Entrance in Fort Bragg. Catherine Marshall of Capbuilders



Fall Plant Sale

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens' annual Fall Plant Sale runs from Saturday, September 20 through Sunday, September 28 from 9am to 5pm daily. 10-50% off! Nursery on the Plaza at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg. More information at 707-964-4352 ext. 12 or gardenbythesea.org.


Pollinator Gardens Workshop

Gardener Kate Frey presents on plants that encourage pollinators to visit your garden and why pollinators are important. Saturday, September 27, 10am to 12noon, Gardens Meeting Room at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg. Learn more at gardenbythesea.org or 707-964-4352 ext. 10. $20 non-members; $10 members/Master Gardeners.


Growing, Processing, and Eating Quinoa (and other grains)

MCBG Gardener Jaime Jensen leads this hands-on workshop using the Gardens' own organically grown quinoa. Saturday, November 1, 10am to 2pm, Gardens Meeting Room at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg. Learn more at gardenbythesea.org or phone 707-964-4352 ext. 10. $20 non-members; $10 members/Master Gardeners.




Dance classes at Caspar Community Center taught by Trudy McCreanor and Sandi Lang of Mendocino Ballet. Classes include: Pre-Ballet for ages 3-5, Ballet for ages 6-8, Contemporary/Ballet for ages 9-16, Tap/Ballet for ages 4-10. Classes are held Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) September 18th-December 11th.  Students will have the change to participate in the Mendocino Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" to be performed in Fort Bragg on December 13 &14, 2014. Rehearsals will be held before or after class. Roles may include Bumblebees, Sheep, Little Party Girls, Court Attendants, Mice, Gingersnaps and Angles. {Ages 5-6 do not have to audition for Bumblebees} Auditions will be held September 18th. For more information and times for classes please call the office at 463-2290.



On Sunday September 21 2014 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Community Center of Mendocino, Twilight Room

998 School Street, Mendocino, CA 95460

Volunteer with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) and help make a difference for the environment!

COASST volunteers collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline pattern of bird mortality on North Pacific beaches. Data collected helps address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources.

Reserve your training spot by emailing coasst@uw.edu

or by calling 206-221-6893.



Rescheduled ...the "Coffee With Your Congressman" event will now be on Wednesday, October 15th, 8:30-10:00 am at the Mendocino County Museum located at 400 E. Commercial St. in Willits. This is an opportunity to talk with the Congressman in a more informal setting and learn about his views on a variety of issues and talk with him about what is happening locally and nationally.




Safe Passage Family Resource Center, 208 Dana Street, has two new parenting classes coming up in September, both using the Positive Parenting Program. Stepping Stones Triple P is for parents with special needs children and will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10 - 12 for 8 weeks starting September 23. Recovery Support Triple P will help parents in recovery from drug and/or alcohol abuse. This 10 week class starts on September 12, will be held on Friday nights from 4:30 - 7:30, and will include a family meal.

Both classes include child supervision, and both will be taught by the very talented and compassionate Terri Davis Herbstritt. Call 964-3077 for more information and to register for these free classes.



Benefit Dinner at the Senior Center September 27

Mark the last Saturday in September on your calendar - it's time for the next dinner at the senior center! Chef Sal is going to offer your choice of Pork Loin, Chicken Breast or Bell Pepper filled with a mushroom stuffing and covered with Bernaise Sauce. Alice's Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Fall Vegetables will round out the plate. As usual they will serve a delicious green salad as a starter. And back by popular demand - Make-Your-Own-Ice-Cream-Sundae. Yes, the Margaritas have definitely returned - complementary - along with your choice of wines, beers and juices. All that for only $20! Dinner is from 5:00 - 7:00. All proceeds benefit Senior Lunch Program and Meals-On-Wheels.



Arts  and Music



Opening September 18th, The Mendocino Theatre Company is proud to present Conor McPherson's gripping and intimate Irish play, Shining City. The production is directed by prominent Ashland, Oregon based Director, Peter Alzado. This thrilling and engrossing ghost story is performed just in time for the Halloween season.


When a therapist in Dublin, Ireland named Ian meets his first patient after leaving the Priesthood, the lives of both men are changed forever. In the course of treating John, a recent widower, Ian must confront his own burdens when he learns that the man is being visited by the ghost of his wife.

Shining City features hauntingly poetic language that is the hallmark of Irish playwrights. This stunningly moving and beautiful ghost story is sure to be a sophisticated theatrical treat for audiences.


Shining City features notable Mendocino Theatre Company performers Penuel Corbin, Carter Sears, Felicia Freitas, and Adam David Jones.

Playing at the Mendocino Theatre Company at 45200 Little Lake St. in Mendocino September 18th through October 26th, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. on selected Sundays.

For tickets or more information, please contact the Mendocino Theatre Company Box Office at 707-937-4477, or go to mendocinotheatre.org.



October 3

First Friday Reception for MEMORIES


5-8pm. Through Nov 2


Burleigh's acrylic abstract paintings are based on memories of dream fragments, landscapes and recollected art pieces and powerful emotional experiences.




9/19, FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC at the Grey Whale Bar - Spend a night out on the town enjoying the eclectic rhythms of "dynamic duo" Jack Braet & David Brown. Show begins at 8 PM but our bar opens early at 5 PM to serve you local beer, fine wines, artisanal cocktails and gourmet coffee drinks.

9/26, FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC at the Grey Whale Bar - Kick back and enjoy some farmhouse pop performed by Nancyjoy Evans & Friends. Show starts at 8 PM and we hear the best way to listen is with a cold brew in hand - TGIF!

10/3, FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC at the Grey Whale Bar - Please join us for a special appearance by Dan Miller on acoustic guitar at 8 PM. Come early for dinner and make a night of it at the Mac!

10/10, FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC at the Grey Whale Bar -  Sing along to Bob Dylan & the Beatles with local hero Jimmy Yang. Show starts at 8 PM so there's plenty of time to grab dinner beforehand; dinner service starts at 5:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you!

10/17, FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC at the Grey Whale Bar - Interested in sipping a smooth drink while listening to smooth sounds? Stop by for a spicy Strawberry Ginger Drop and the eclectic rhythms of Jack Braet & David Brown starting at 8 PM.




North Coast Brewing's Jazz at the Sequoia Room

On Thursday, September 18, from 6 to 9 pm, North Coast Brewing's Jazz at the Sequoia Room presents Max "The Piano Player" Forseter performing Jazz, Jazz Standards, Show Tunes, Comedy, Bossa Nova, elegant dinner music. He'll include music by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill and possibly the Beatles. He might even sing and lead a sing along or two. Come and join the musical fun with Max!


Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20 from 6 to 9 pm, North Coast Brewing's Dinner Jazz at the Sequoia Room presents Richard Cooper on piano and Francis Vanek on tenor sax in a relaxing evening of jazz standards and originals.


Friday, September 26, from 6 to 9 pm North Coast Brewing's Dinner Jazz at the Sequoia Room presents David Brown, guitar and Corwin Zekley, violin in an evening of Gypsy Jazz, Jazz & Celtic Music and Songs


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 27 North Coast Brewing's Dinner Jazz at the Sequoia Room presents two extraordinary musicians from the New York Jazz Scene, Grammy-nominated vocalist Roseanna Vitro and celebrated pianist Mark Soskin in an exclusive West Coast appearance, premiering their just released CD, Clarity - The Music of Clare Fischer.


Dinner seatings for the Saturday, September 27 performance begin at 5:00 for the 6:00 pm show and 7:30 for the 8:00 pm show. Reservations are highly recommended. 707 964-1286 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 707 964-3400 after 4:00 pm -


All Dinner Jazz performances take place in North Coast Brewing Company's Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom at 444 N Main Street, corner of Main & Pine, in Fort Bragg. For more information, go to North Coast's Jazz Calendar at http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/jazz_schedule.php



Partners Gallery: "Amazonas"- Inkjet and Encaustic Collage by Karen Fenley; Reception Friday Sep 5, 5-8pm; Through Sept 29. 335 N. Franklin St, Fort Bragg; 707 962-0233; www.partnersgallery.com


Based on a trip in the Amazon Basin rainforest, Fenley recorded on film images that she printed as negative and positive on mulberry paper, drew and painted on and sealed with encaustic.




Mendocino Stories and Music Series Presents:


The Return of Tracy Burns & Friends - Improv Comedy Weekend

Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20

Two nights of hilarious improvised comedy, two unique shows.

$20 for reserved seating, $15 general admission


Coming in October

BeatleFest - from the early years to the solo careers

Some Blushin' Roulettes and Some Fine Friends


All these events are at Hill House Inn, 10701 Palette Dr, Mendocino

Call Pattie 707-937-1732 for more info and tickets





'Death of a Muse' tells Garner's artistic story at Edgewater Gallery

Not every artist lives with his muse, but for several years in the 90's, Elk artist and Edgewater Gallery member Stephen Garner lived and shared an artistic lifestyle with Airika Lindsay, who has recently passed away. His September show at Edgewater will reflect on an intense time and the work that came out of that relationship. Show opening will be First Friday, September 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the gallery, 356 N. Main St. near the Laurel Street intersection. Light refreshments will be served.



Dan Kozloff's Saturday Actors' Workshop Returns!

The Mendocino Theatre Company is proud to announce the return of the Saturday Actors' Workshop (SAW), a weekly training session for beginning or experienced actors.

This workshop is a tremendous opportunity for those who may be curious about acting, but aren't sure they're ready for the commitment of auditioning for a play. The class will also feature more challenging work for experienced actors who would like to deepen and expand their skills.


From September 6th through November 8th, workshops will take place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mendocino Theatre Company rehearsal room in the Community Center of Mendocino on School St. next to the baseball field. The workshops will be a flexible drop-in format; no reservations or pre-payment necessary. The cost of each workshop will be $10.00 per each Saturday session.

Local Business News


Fort Bragg City Seal


The merchants of historic downtown Fort Bragg are celebrating with the 3rd Annual Sidewalk Saturday on Saturday September 20th
from 11:00AM to 4:00PM.  There will be music, merriment and (of course) shopping!  Don't miss this chance to get your holiday gift list started early this year.  See you downtown!




Meyer Family Cellars
Annual Harvest Party

Sept 27, 11-3pm


Harvest kicked off a bit early this year which means we are knee deep in grapes and readying ourselves for our Annual Harvest Party!  We are releasing five new vintages of our favorite wines!

Join us in celebrating these delectable vintages and raise a glass to the 2014 Harvest!  Take a winemaker-lead cellar tour with Matt and Karen Meyer to see the active ferments first hand and grab a barrel sample of our 2014 Dry Rosé of Syrah.  Jay Newcomer, in-house gourmet guru, will be manning the wood-fired oven and cooking up some out-of-this-word pulled pork, fire-roasted beef tenderloin and of course, pizzas.  Library vintages and vertical flights of our Yorkville Highlands Syrahs and Bonny's Vineyard Cabernets will be open for tasting alongside the new releases.  This is a family and pet friendly event so bring the whole crew and enjoy a game of bocce, toss the frisbee to Fido on our green grass lawn or let the kids loose on the playground.

More information at www.mfcellars.com/events or 707.895.2341.


Living Light Cafe

NEW Triple Chocolate Cake in the Dessert Tower - Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling and a whipped chocolate frosting - to live for!  And yes - it's dairy-free, gluten-free and absolutely delicious.  Open every day in The Company Store at 8:00 AM for breakfast. Hot soup and organic salad bar from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM daily. Open till 6:00 PM every day. http://rawfoodchef.com/PDFs/menu.pdf

Living Light Marketplace

Have a Wish List for your birthday, holiday or other special event?  You can leave your friends the BIG HINT in our online shopping cart so they know what you REALLY want! Open every day in The Company Store at 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM. Shop local online at


Living Light Culinary Arts Institute
Job opening: Student Services Manager to oversee enrollment for international and U.S. students. Sales experience, managing a team, and computer skills essential-communication, collaboration, and customer service skills key! Apply at The Company Store 301 B North Main Street, Fort Bragg




Dear Chamber Members, Fellow Innkeepers and Friends,

The MacCallum House will be closed Saturday evenings beginning September 6th ending Saturday October 11th for private parties.

We will be open every Sunday through Friday evenings. Our bar opens for drinks at 5 pm and food service begins at 5:30. Please call for reservations 707.937.0289.




Lavender Lady is offering a special membership deal until September 15. Join now and get two months membership for the price of one. Think fit and slim! Phone Anne 962-0400





The Beachcomber, Surf & Sand Motel and the Beach House Inn are in the process of implementing our new "In Room" guest directories.

70,000 visit/stay at these 3 properties every year.  This is an opportunity to showcase your business for a fraction of a cent per view. Don't miss this captive audience. For more information, prices or an appointment please contact Teri Hunt at  terielizabeth@hotmail.com or phone her at 208-630-3089


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