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Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce

From the Mendocino Headlands, photograph by Debra DeGraw

September 9, 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 member 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

" 30 for 30!" Mendocino Land Trust Invites Participation at one of 30 sites For the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day"The California Coastal Commission is proud to announce that the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest volunteer event, will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9am -noon

The Mendocino Land Trust, which has organized Coastal Cleanup Day in Mendocino County for over 10 years, invites everyone to help protect our fragile marine environment by joining together with families, friends, students and service groups to clean Mendocino County's beaches.  With over twenty cleanup locations along the Mendocino coast, stretching from Westport to Gualala and even out to Orr Creek in Ukiah, volunteers can choose to clean a site most convenient for them. While all supplies will be provided, we encourage participants to bring their own work gloves and bucket or other reusable garbage receptacle.Volunteer groups are encouraged to sign up for a cleanup location prior to Coastal Cleanup Day. For cleanup locations, more information or to volunteer, visit www.mendocinolandtrust.org or contact Megan Smithyman at the Mendocino Land Trust at 707-962-0470 or email



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





Winesong 2014  last weekend generated significantly more funds than last year.

Bidders at the sold-out live auction helped raise significant funds, with a projected gross of over $650,000 coming in from the two-day event.  After covering production expenses, the Winesong net return will be used to assist the Mendocino Coast Hospital purchase needed equipment.  The highlight of the auction was the "Fund-A-Need" lot which brought in $174,000 in a matter of minutes, with nearly every paddle raised to donate a record amount toward the purchase of new and much needed Cardiology equipment!



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.




Werner Bietz of the Mendocino Christian Camp is looking for a "no longer needed" vented hood  for a donated commercial stove. If you know of one or have one you no longer need please contact Werner at 357-2141



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.




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





The Mendocino Art Center hosts the second Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO).

The plein air festival includes five days of plein air painting, with wet paint sales each day in the Art Center's galleries, daily demonstrations, presentations and lunches.

The festival will culminate on Saturday, September 13, with a Quick Draw competition and sale, followed by a celebratory reception and awards presentation. The public is welcome at all events, including watching the artists paint. The 2013 event attracted nearly 80 participating watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel artists from throughout California, as well as Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and the United Kingdom


Participating Highlight Gallery Plein Air Artists

Erin Dertner, Susan Barnes, Sally Cataldo, Francine Hurd, Cynthia Scott




North Coast Brewing's Jazz at the Sequoia Room


Friday, September 12 from 6 to 9 pm

Dinner Jazz with Richard Cooper, piano and Francis Vanek, tenor sax


Saturday, September 13 from 6 to 9 pm

Fred Raulston Quartet Performs Traditional American Jazz

Fred Raulston, vibes, Randy Vincent, guitar, Francis Vanek, tenor sax and

Chris Amberger, bass. Enjoy North Coast Brewing fine dining and award winning craft beer while listening to jazz standards performed by the Fred Raulston Quartet.


Live music on the corner of Main and Pine in Fort Bragg in the Sequoia Room at North Coast's Brewery Taproom - 707 964-1286



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:


A Singer Songwriter Showcase with Steven Bates and Sheila Fetzer

Friday September 12th, acoustic concert with original tunes

Doors open at 6PM, show 7:30PM.  Full bar and Bistro Menu

$20 Reserved seat at a table, General Admission$15 at the door.


FREE Event - Saturday, September 13th

Film screening of "The Byrd Who Flew Alone"

A documentary about Gene Clark

Some was filmed in Mendocino, with interviews of Mendocino residents

Doors open at 2:30, Film screening at 3PM


On Saturday evening, the 13th, StellarBaby dance band will open with an acoustic set, then go full-tilt boogie, playing music that points to Gene Clark's influence on folk rock.

Doors open at 6PM, show at 7:30PM. Full bar and Bistro Menu

$20 Reserved seat at a table, General Admission $15 at the door.


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



September 8-13. Mendocino Art Center's Mendocino Open Paint Out. Over 70 participating watermedia, oil, and pastel artists, plus 8 celebrity artists, paint en plein air. Daily wet sales, demonstrations, and presentations. Saturday, September 13, a Quick Draw Competition (11am-1pm), Quick Draw Sale, (2pm-5pm), and a reception, awards presentation and celebration (5pm-8pm). The public is welcome at all events, including watching the artists paint. Free. 45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino, 707-937-5818. www.MendocinoArtCenter.org/pleinair




'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.



Upcoming at The Highlight Gallery in September . . .

Erin Dertner

Artist Reception Second Saturday September 13


Upcoming at The Highlight Gallery in October . . .

Mariko Irie

Artist Reception Second Saturday October 11


American Craft Week Artist Talks

Second Saturday October 11

1 pm into the evening



Local Business News

Twenty years ago, when Mendocino Solar Service opened our doors, the world of solar energy was a whole lot different. Prices were higher, options were fewer, and solar powered homes were almost entirely off-grid.

Yes indeed, as Dylan sings: 'the times they are a changing

Today's homeowners considering going solar benefit from new options and opportunities, such as solar leases, green loan programs, property assessed clean energy financing, and on-grid net metered systems.

Consider this: In 2013, solar power showed up as the second largest source of new electricity generating capacity in the United States: 4,751 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity were installed, and almost half of that power was installed in the fourth quarter.

Indeed, so much progress has come that solar could now be considered even 'mainstream.'

We are looking forward to the next 20 years in solar, and beyond!

The next 10% OFF sale will be September 10th, 2014.

Shop Harvest Market, Harvest at Mendosa's and Mendocino Hardware and Save, Save, Save! You can save an additional 10% off all cases. If you would like to pre-order or need more information, contact our Delivery Department at 964-7000 ext. 28.



Living Light Marketplace

Are you looking for a new sweetener that is a one-to-one sugar replacement and yet is a "0" on the glycemic index?  Come try Lakanto - only in the Living Light Marketplace! Visit us at The Company Store or shop online:


Living Light Café

How about a new Triple Chocolate layer cake that's gluten-free and dairy-free but not fun-free! Come in and taste this new chocolate cake recipe, filled with chocolate ganache and topped with a luscious, whipped chocolate frosting!


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




Are you struggling with recruiting new board members?


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.





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.



The Outdoor Store
is now the North Coast's exclusive dealer of

Salomon Footwear. Salomon makes some of the best fitting boots and trail running shoes on the market. We carry sizes for both men and women.

The Outdoor Store, located at the west corner of Main and Redwood. We're open 7 days a week.


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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