The NEC has a chance to go solar! Solar panels and installation labor has been donated by our local solar guru Roger! The go-ahead has been received from our landlord and now the big challenge is we need to raise $2,400 to cover the City of Arcata solar permit, various electrical supplies and solar racks. If each of our wonderful members would send in $5-10 (or even more) earmarked for ‘solar’, we’ll be on track to having our office completely solar by the fall. Please send in your check, call to pay by credit card or donate on our website at yournec.org!
A huge thank you to all who helped make our April fundraising events a success! First, on April 5, the NEC tabled at our Mad River Brewing Company Pints for Non-Profits event. Lots of our supporters showed up a to buy pints and baked goods, learn about hazards to our watershed through demonstrations with our watershed model, and laugh and dance to great music by Caveman Dave, members of Thursday Night Bluegrass and the Mad River Rounders. NEC staff and board members had a great time talking with everyone who came out. Thank you Mad River Brewing Company for hosting us!
We also owe a huge thank you to those who helped ensure our Spaghetti Dinner FUN(d)Raiser was a success. Dinner wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Barbara Reisman, Mary Watson, Susan Nolan, Emmanual Martinez, Richard Kreis, CJ Ralph and Anne Maher. Fabulous music by Kingfoot and sound engineer Jeff Kelley kept the crowd moving! Silent auction items flew off the tables—thanks to all who donated items and bid on them. Also thanks to Madison Peters, Morgan Corviday and Alicia Hamann for creating an enticing display. Drinks flowed courtesy of Jeff St. John and his business Dutch & Dewy. Delia Bense-Kang and Jennifer Kalt poured other beverage donations from Lost Coast Brewery, Moonstone Crossing, and Six Rivers Brewery. Thank you to Larry Glass and his daughter Rose for greeting all who attended. The NEC raised over $3,000 to help us continue our work. Thank you!
Speaking of work, staff could be found the following weekend at community events such as Godwit Days, the Science Expo and the March for Science, plus our own organized Clam Beach clean-up. If you’d like to know when future cleanups are planned, follow us on our Facebook page or subscribe to our email list.
A few other items of interest we want to make sure everyone is aware of:
1) Our Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Beach programs are great ways to get outside during the summer that have a positive affect. Contact the office on how you can get involved.
2) If you find yourself with small, empty propane cylinders from camping (e.g. Coleman stoves), these can be dropped off at Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s Hawthorne Street Transfer Station for metal recycling. However, they need to be empty, punctured and labeled ‘empty’ to be accepted. You can find instructions on emptying and puncturing canisters online.
3) The All Species Parade at the North Country Fair has been moved from Sunday to Saturday! This is a big change for us (with Coastal Cleanup Day on the same day), but we’re up for the challenge! Look for more information over the summer as plans develop for a Coastal Cleanup and All Species After-Party at the NEC on Saturday, September 16! We will also be hosting mask-making workshops leading up to the All Species Parade. More information coming soon!