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If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call the County Public Health Office at 707-472-2759. To contact the City of Fort Bragg, call 707-961-2823. All Fort Bragg citizens may contact the Fort Bragg Police Department at 707-964-0200 and staff will direct you to the appropriate agency.

Medicare HICAP in March

March appointment dates for The Medicare Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) are available on March 11 and 25. HICAP will provide free and unbiased counseling, education and advocacy to all Medicare beneficiaries via a phone counseling session.  all 1-800-434-0222 (Senior Advocacy Services) to set up an appointment.

Coast Women in Business

Coast Women in Business presents “How to Use Podcasting to Market Your Business, Creative Work, or a Good Cause” on Thursday, March 11, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Free via Zoom – register at https://bit.ly/3jYnIeu. Discussion topics include how podcasting benefits a small to mid-sized business, association, and/or nonprofit, how to podcast and what equipment to use or buy, how to market your podcast and get listeners, and how to do effective podcast interviews. Presenters include Steve Lubetkin (State Broadcast News), Debbie Weil (The Gap Year podcast), Vicki Hammarstedt (Berkeley Advanced Media Institute, UC Berkeley), and Doug Nunn (SnapSessions! podcast). More info.: visit https://coastwomeninbusiness.com/.

Corned Beef Dinner

St. Patrick’s day is coming and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Fort Bragg has a Corned Beef dinner for you. Place your order and drive up to get corned beef with roasted vegetables and mustard sauce on the side and a Guinness brownie for dessert, suggested price per dinner, $25. To order your dinner, call Julia at 707-357-1287 or the Parish office at 707-964-0229,or email to olgcinfb@gmail.com. Orders may be picked up at the parish hall on Saturday, March 13 from 1 pm to 4 p.m.

Student History Slam

Calling all middle and high school students to the Mendocino County Museum’s First Annual Student History Slam! Create a short film, preform a play, make a presentation, or write an essay on a Mendocino County History topic. Proposal submissions are due by Monday, March 15. For more details and resources to help you get started go to History Slam.

Virtual Environmental Partners Award Ceremony

The Virtual Mendocino Environmental Partners Award Ceremony will be held Monday, March 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. Special guest will be Terra Fuller, Senior Specialist Environmental Scientist, California State Parks Sonoma-Mendocino District. Help celebrate the 10th annual Matt Coleman Environmental Service Award recipients: Katherine Gabrielson, Steve Jahelka and Nicholle Kohls. To register and for more information, email elizabeth@mendoparks.org.

End-of-Life Documentation and Making Things Easier for your Trustee

Fiduciary, Maggie Watson, is offering an online zoom presentation through Redwood Coast Senior Center on Tuesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. Few of us want to consider end-of-life matters – after all, we’re too busy living. Gathering, organizing and communicating about your plans for the future now is a gift for your loved ones as well as offering you peace of mind.

The presentation is about the importance of gathering critical information from our lives that our trustee or executor will need to know. Ways to make it easier for those people will be addressed. Maggie has administered over 15 estates and brings this experience into this seminar.

Please contact Redwood Coast Senior Center to register at 707-961-4310 or email eldercare@rcscenter.org. This is a free event.

Spring Cleaning Clothing Giveaway

Safe Passage Family Resource Center is holding a Spring Cleaning Clothing Giveaway on Tuesday, March 16, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the parking lot behind Safe Passage, 325 E. Redwood Ave., Fort Bragg. They have a lot of clothing of many different sizes, as well as baby clothes and supplies, along with many other great items. For more information, call Safe Passage at 707-961-1100.

Mendocino Coast Clinic Crab Cook-Along on March 20

Finally! It’s time for the Mendocino Coast Clinic Crab Cook-Along on Saturday, March 20 streaming Live from the Little River Inn. To join in the fun, purchase your package built for two to Cook-Along with winning chefs. You’ll get a link to join the show and a box of made in Mendocino goodies, including Dungeness Crab, A Sweet Affair macarons, Herman’s Hemp chocolate, Thanksgiving Coffee, Crab Cake recipe cards and your own Crab Apron. Online sales are open until Wednesday, March 10. To reserve your package, purchase Crab gear or donate to MCC, go to mccinc.ejoinme.org/supportmcc. Your Crab Package will ship on Monday, March 15 ~ to arrive in time for you to participate on Saturday, March 20.

Scavenger Hunt

Please join the Noyo Center for Marine Science for a Scavenger Hunt along the Mendocino Coast through March 21. This event can be done at your leisure and will get everyone outside to various parks along the Mendocino Coast and learn more about our natural world, with a focus on whales. Prizes available! Game packet will be emailed to you after registration at wwwnoyocenter.org.

Walk the Self-Guided Whale Trail Saturdays

One of the best whale-watching spots on the Mendocino Coast is the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. Every Saturday from March 20 through April 24, Point Cabrillo Light Station docents will be stationed along the bluffs, pointing out the gray whales that pass our coastline, and answering questions from their visitors. These volunteers will be outside the lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the days mentioned above. They will be socially distanced, and of course wearing a mask. They ask the same of their visitors! Masks are required at any time you cannot keep a six-foot distance from others, and any time you speak with a docent. For additional information, call 707-937-6123 or visit pointcabrillo.org.

Safe Passage offers Positive Parenting Program

Safe Passage Family Resource Center will be offering a Triple P: Positive Parenting Program on Mondays through April 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m., via Zoom. The instructor is Cecilia Roy. Join other parents and caregivers to discover positive solutions to common and not so common, child behavior problems. Safe Passage’s instructors are there to guide and assist those struggling with child behavior and looking for ways to ease parenting stress. For more information, contact Safe Passage at 707-961-1100 or email elena@safepassagefb.org.

Housing Action Team (HAT)

Help is available for people struggling to pay their rent or mortgage. The Housing Action Team – North Mendocino Coast (HAT) has created a list in English and Spanish of government and community programs that can supplement lost pay, help with utility bills, provide protection from eviction and free up income to spend on housing by saving on food and nutrition. HAT is distributing small cards and using social media to let the public know they can view or download the list of programs and resources by going to HAT’S website www.HATMendoCoast.org. HAT will be updating the information when programs change. HAT is asking people who use the list to email their feedback and suggestions to HATMendoCoast@gmail.com.

HAT knows that the lack of affordable housing, coupled with the COVID pandemic, is affecting a significant portion of our community. Many are finding they need help for the first time in their lives. And it’s challenging to learn about what’s available, if you qualify and how to apply. Their goal is to help families keep a roof over their heads during these trying times.

HAT is a local group that works to achieve a simple-to-understand but hard-to-realize goal: ensure decent housing is available to every north coast resident. HAT’s ongoing work is with local organizations and city/county representatives to address the serious and chronic challenges facing the region’s renters by adding more permanently affordable homes. If you are interested in joining, please contact them at HATMendoCoast@gmail.com.

Free Supportive Telephone Counseling

Redwood Coast Senior Center offers Senior Peer counselors who provide weekly telephone counseling to other seniors. This free program utilizes the skills and life experience of seniors to provide emotional support and encouragement to their peers.

Seniors can connect with someone their age who has experienced similar life changes. These changes can be stressful and bring feelings of depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Talking to a Senior Peer Counselor can bring emotional support and assistance in making goals that can better ones life. This program can be life changing! For further information, call the Senior Center at 707-961-4310.

Kids Activity Kits

Mendo Parks has free park activity kits you can download. The Backyard Jr Ranger Kits are perfect for younger kids, packed with games and nature-based learning activities. The Park Adventure Coast Kits (available in English and Spanish) are great for family activities at our 17 State Parks in Mendocino County and feature a park activity key, educational activities and games, health and wellness prompts, and more. Mendo Parks is a nonprofit organization that supports State Parks in Mendocino County with  educational activities, park improvements, and visitor center services. Your donations and volunteer services make a difference for State Parks in Mendocino County. For more information, visit mendoparks.org/education-programs.

Kids Bags available Monday through Friday

Fort Bragg Food Bank families can get one Kids Bag per week, they are available Monday through Friday during curbside pickup, from noon to 3 p.m. The Fort Bragg Food Bank thanks their Kids Bag sponsors Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund and J. G. Cummings Foundation. The Fort Bragg Food Bank is located at 910 N. Franklin St., Fort Bragg.

Celebrating Trees

Fort Bragg Garden Club celebrates Arbor Week (April), an annual appreciation of trees by asking, “Is there a tree in your neighborhood that is particularly beautiful or unique?” Submit a photo of that tree to info@fbgardenclub.com and they’ll post it on the Garden Club website. Tell them what kind of tree it is, where it is located, and what makes it special to you. Adults, children, teens, and visitors are all encouraged to take part. Not a photographer? Drawings or paintings of local trees, as well as poetry, are also welcome to be a part of this collection of “Distinctive Trees of Fort Bragg. . . and Beyond.”

Go online for MCBG tickets

Did you know that the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is open? Get your tickets online at MCBG Admission. The Gardens are open daily from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. For membership and other information, call 707-964-4352 or visit gardenbythesea.org.

Stay apprised of the latest information on the virus

To stay apprised of the latest information on the virus, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for preventing the spread of the disease. Their website is cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. To stay informed of developments in Mendocino County, follow the updates at mendocinocounty.org.

COVID-19 Relief Fund

If you or someone you know needs food or basic supplies, local organizations are poised to help, thanks to The Community Foundation of Mendocino County’s new COVID-19 Relief Fund. For more information, visit communityfound.org.

Chamber of Commerce posts resources

The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce posts resources to help local businesses during this difficult and unprecedented crisis. For more information, visit mendocinocoast.com. Although their office is closed, their staff is working from home and available via phone at 707-961-6300 and email at chamber@mcn.org. The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce website is: mendocinocoast.com.

Coronavirus information for schools and families

Mendocino County education leaders are in continued close contact with the County Department of Health and Human Services to obtain the most current guidance and information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. For more information, visit www.mcoe.us/.

Please observe mandated public health precautions: Maintain six-foot social distancing, wear your mask, use hand sanitizer and/or wash your hands, wear gloves when requested.

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