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The Point Arena Lighthouse will host their monthly full moon Full Wolf Moon Night Tour Saturday, January 19, 2019

Coastal Happenings to Get Out and About

Dec 28, 2018
by Robin Joy Wellman


Ok.  Let’s get past the New Year's greetings although I do wish you all the best, move on from our past year (it’s been good), and let’s do the traditional thing and set new goals. Not the normal lose weight goal or ‘get out with friends more’ goal, but a goal for our communities. Volunteering.  It’s one of the most important things we can do to keep a balance of place and keep connected. So many opportunities are out there. The schools, the emergency teams ( there are many) animal care, senior care, and help to those in need in their daily lives.  Get involved.  And to add to that let’s all give a big thank you hug to those who do serve our community. These are giving caring and selfless people who have committed time ( and often their own money) to us.  These are people like you!  Volunteer!  It feels good.  

To celebrate the arrival of 2019 there are many events.  New Year’s Eve Dinner and Celebration is said to be unforgettable at Timber Cove Inn for locals and visitors alike. A special 4-course prix-fixe menu, and drinks from 5:30 to 9:30 with music from Joshua Wade till 1 AM with full cocktail, wine and beer service. Reservations are required. Please call 707-847-3231 to book your reservation. And at Timber Cove the New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet hosted at Coast Kitchen served from 11:30 to 3:00 looks tasty.  For more info on both these events check them out at   At Gualala Art Center the New York New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing starts a little early for those of us that just can’t make it till midnight.  I’ll be enjoying this great event with many of you.  For all the details visit their web at

First day hikes to start your year off on the right foot (or left) are wonderful.  Salt Point is a gift to behold.  For details visit the website at to get all the fun details.  Gualala Point Park is also a gem. While they don’t have a First Day Hike, they have plenty trails and amazing views to enjoy with friends and family.  Later in the month they have Junior Ranger programs that look good.

The Point Arena Stornetta Coastal Monument lands is a vast area of mostly untouched lands to explore on New Year’s Day.  The Point Arena Lighthouse will host their monthly full moon (almost) Full Wolf Moon Night Tour Saturday, January 19, 2019Gates open 5:30 p.m., Tour starts around 6 p.m.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac in Native American and early Colonial times the Full Moon for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. Traditionally, the January Moon is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon. 

Plenty of coastal happenings to get you out and about with those you love.  As I start the New Year, I want to ask you for comments, events, if you know someone or a place that should be highlighted or want me to share something specific in your life please contact me.  Many blessings to you all! 

North Coast Winds by Robin Joy Wellman


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