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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - April 2016


North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - April  2016

As the coast starts to wake up from the winter slowdown the welcome spirit around you is everywhere. Look up and the trees are saying thank you for the winds and rain, look around and the flowers are offering us a happy smile, the shore is alive, the birds are singing. And what could be better than a great cup of tea or coffee at Café Aquatica sitting in their river/ocean view chairs sharing the glory of this beautiful world we live in? I have the opportunity to speak with people around the world who travel and visit many places, and over and over I hear about this coast being one of the most beautiful. I agree! I want to encourage all of you to jump into a kayak from one of the two vendors in Jenner, or in Gualala and enjoy the river views (not when the river is raging after storms). Or take a walk along the beaches (please don’t chase the waves). Or visit our many parks along the north Sonoma Coast and Southern Mendocino Coasts.

Exciting news is that Fort Ross State Historic Park will be open seven days a week starting April 1. They have a special event April 9th in the fort compound “Celebration of Spring”. Please join Cedar House Kedry as they sing traditional Russian songs and Beverly as she shares with you the Russian craft of Pysanka (egg dying), or rope and basket making with volunteers and staff. The event is free in the compound however gate fees of $8 per car do apply. Contact the park at 707-847-3286 for more information. 

The Whale and Jazz Festival begin in April in Gualala and Mendocino Coast. Presented by Gualala Arts, this highly regarded festival captures original jazz art work, whale education, jazz films, poetry and jazz, an annual Chowder Challenge and tasting and live music in atmospheric and beautiful settings which is a truly wonderful coastal experience. Please visit the web for more info:  

At the Point Arena Lighthouse Lecture Series will feature a talk and slide presentation on Sea Bird Migrations by Doug Forsell on Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in the Fog Signal Building at the Lighthouse, 45500 Lighthouse Road, Point Arena. Admission is $5.00. Seating is limited to 40 guests and reservations are recommended, as this series has been selling out. Doug’s talk will feature a general overview of over 160 species of seabirds that inhabit North America, with emphasis on their migratory patterns. Since the 1960’s biologists have learned a great deal about seabird migration, from basic observations on ships at sea, banding and GPS and data loggers that allow tracking of individual birds.  For more info visit their web at Several other holidays and celebrations in April are of course, the 1st – April Fools Day – but did you know this is also ‘Have Fun at Work Day’?. A prank or two on a co-worker seems fitting. April 7 is ‘no housework day’ (who decides these dates). April 22 we have a full moon. Great time to take a hike with your family and friends. No flashlights needed (hopeful we don’t have clouds). Earth Day is April 22 and Salt Point State Park will host a clean-up of invasive species – please contact Sarah King at 707-847-3286 to participate. High schoolers, if you need community service credit, this will be a fun day. And for all my artist friends April 23 is ‘talk like Shakespeare day’. And last April 30 is ‘National Honest Day’ (let’s get all our politicians out on stage and see if it works). Really! Hug a friend, love your pets, call your family and count your blessing each and every day. Love love – Robin.