Upcoming Hikes and Events for April and May, 2017

APRIL 20, 11AM-1PM — EARTH DAY celebration at Woodland Community College in Clearlake: food, music, speakers, informational tabling by a wide variety of community organizations. Free, everyone invited.

APRIL 20, 7PM — Redbud Audubon meeting featuring a presentation on “Bats” by Sacramento Valley UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Rachael Long. Lower Lake Methodist Church Social Hall, 16255 Second Street. More info

APRIL 22, 8AM — the City of Clearlake is celebrating Earth Day by holding its annual citywide cleanup event, with check-in starting at 8AM at Austin Park. All bags and tools will be provided along with a safety vest.  If you are a business owner, you can help by cleaning around your business, flower beds and parking lots. To sign up, call 994-8201 Ext. 111. The cleanup event will be followed by an Earth Day celebration at Austin Park from noon to 3PM — free, everyone invited.

APRIL 23 — Mendocino Group hike on the Glen Eden Trail. For Earth Day a great springtime hike will take us up the east side of Cow Mountain, ascending to the ridgeline and down the other side to Goat Rock where we will have lunch.  We should have wildflowers to enjoy and great views of Clear Lake and surrounding mountains to the north and east.  Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking boots, raingear, and suggested long pants due to possible poison oak. Carpools: Meet 9 am Raley’s parking lot in Ukiah or 9:45 am trailhead.  From Lake County take Hwy 20 west and turn left on Scotts Valley Road just east of Blue Lakes, then go 3 miles to parking area on left.  By reservation only.  Leader Jonah Freedman jonfree99@pacific.net 467-1877.  Rain cancels.

APRIL 27-28 — two-day Wilderness First Aid training at Ecocamp Berryessa, sponsored by Tuleyome in partnership with Napa County Regional Parks & Open Space District, and Foster Calm. $150 per person with camp lodging and meals included.  For more information and to sign up, visit tuleyome.org.

APRIL 29, 10AM-4PM — Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake EarthFest at Running Creek Casino, 635 Highway 20: food, music, games, raffle, informational tabling from community organizations at this free zero-waste event. Lake Group is a proud co-sponsor of this event: please stop by our booth to say hello.

APRIL 29-30 — Redbud Audubon Heron Days, featuring 90-minute boat tours to view a large variety of bird life on Clear Lake. Boats will leave on the half hour from 8AM to 11AM from Lakeside County Park near Clear Lake State Park. Tickets $30; register on line or call call Evelyn Wachtel at (510) 501-5375 for more information.

MAY 3, 5-8PM — fundraiser to benefit the Childrens Museum of Art and Science at DJ’s Pizza in Lower Lake: all the pizza you can eat for $8; no reservations needed.

MAY 6, 11AM-5PM — FREE Art  & Nature Day at the Lake County Land Trust’s Rodman Preserve, 6350 Westlake Dr just off the Nice/Lucerne cutoff.

MAY 6-7 — Redbud Audubon Heron Days, featuring 90-minute boat tours to view a large variety of bird life on Clear Lake. Boats will leave on the half hour from 8AM to 11AM from Shady Acres Campground in Clearlake. Tickets $30; register on line or call call Evelyn Wachtel at (510) 501-5375 for more information.

MAY 7 —  Lake Group hike to the top of Mt St Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Hike is on a trail with switchbacks for about 20 minutes through fir woods then up to a dirt road leading to the mountain top.   On a clear day see spectacular views, including much of the San Francisco Bay area. View mountain ranges in a 360 degree panorama including Mt. Shasta! Bring water, lunch, binoculars & snacks. Meet 9:15 am in front of Middletown Mugshots Coffee Shop on corner of Hwy 29 & 175 or trailhead 9:45 am Robert Louis Stevenson Park on west side. By reservation only. Leader Julie 707-987-9040 or 707-671-5947. Rain cancels.