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Irish music performed on Japanese flute in concert

Colleen Raney, left, Cary Novotny and Hanz Araki will be bringing Irish music to the Pistol River Friendship Hall on Saturday night.

Award-winning traditional Irish flute player and vocalist Hanz Araki will be joined by guitarist Cary Novotny, and vocalist and bodhrán player Colleen Raney in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.

The Pistol River Concert Association presentation helps the trio celebrate its release of a new album titled “Foreign Shore.”


2014: No shortage of live music

Second Bridge performed for a Stagelights outdoor concert in Cape Ferrelo.

Lovers of music should not be bored as live performances are in abundance in Curry and Del Norte counties.

Musical associations within the Brookings zip code alone presented more than 35 concerts to the community during 2014 — not counting performances in bars, pubs, libraries, churches and other venues.



Princesses chosen: One will be crowned queen in May

The Azalea Pageant board has selected five girls to serve as Azalea Princesses for 2015 — Adelaide Fitzgerald, Iva Hart, Brittney Lamar, Kimberly Medina and Courtney Watwood.

During the next four months, the girls will be learning how to walk on the runway, and to develop their talent, etiquette and public speaking skills. According to Gordon Clay of Chetco Chatterers Toastmasters club, the Speechcraft workshops will begin the week of Jan. 12 and continue for six weeks.

The preparation will culminate in the Azalea Scholarship Pageant scheduled in early May. There, one will be crowned queen and reign over the annual Azalea Festival scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.


Parties, outdoor events ring in the new year

Whether looking to party into the new year or walk off a few of holiday pounds, people won’t have trouble finding occasions to do so today (Dec. 31) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1).

Curry and Del Norte counties will have two concerts tonight, both featuring local bands. Residents will then be able to get outside the following day with a first day hike or paddling trip in Humboldt County as well as a first day bike ride in Brookings.


Patriot’s Pen

Rick Bremer, post commander, left, Lori Johns, Patriot’s Pen chair, stand with essay contest winners KayLee Strain, Brooke Hodges and Christina Davis.

Three teens were honored for their patriotic essays by the Veterans of Foreign Wars during a Christmas dinner last week.

Students honored for their post-level contest submissions were KayLee Strain, first place; Brooke Hodges, second; and Christina Davis, third.


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