This Weekend And Beyond – July 22, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

SALMON FACTS AND CRAFTS A Summer Reading Club illustrated talk on the life cycle of the Salmon will be presented at the Arcata Library, 500 Seventh Street Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Susan Neel-Goodsir has many fascinating facts to share about our favorite fish. Afterwards she has several fun projects for children of all ages to craft. Thanks to help from the Friends of the Arcata Library, the program and crafts are free. (707) 822-5954.

MARSH VOLUNTEER DAY On Saturday, July 24, Friends of the Arcata Marsh is joining with the City of Arcata to sponsor an invasive plant removal work day at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary. Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Meet at the first parking lot on South I Street, in from Samoa Boulevard. Dress to get dirty and bring work gloves. Tools, garbage bags, drinks, and snacks will be provided. To sign up or for more information, call Dennis at (707) 825-2163.

OUR CANNABIS FUTURE “Humboldt Cannabis — A Future of Opportunity,” a Humboldt Medical Marijuana Advisory Panel presentation and discussion, takes place this Saturday, July 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bayside Grange. More information, page 10. hummap.org

HUMBIKE COMMUTERS The next regular meeting of the Humboldt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association will be on Monday, July 26, in Arcata.   The meeting will be held at Carmela’s Restaurant, 13th and G streets at 6 p.m., beginning with dinner (optional). The agenda will be set by those in attendance. Agenda items may be submitted to Rick Knapp at info@humbike.org or (707) 445-1097. humbike.org

JOIN THE AEF The Arcata Educational Farm on Old Arcata Road is accepting shareholders for its Community Supported Agriculture program. The fee for a weekly share of organic vegetables is $400 to $500, sliding scale for a 20-week season. For more information, call (707) 822-0284.

ALLIANCE ROAD The City of Arcata will be installing ADA corners and sidewalks and performing asphalt paving for the Alliance Road Overlay and Rehabilitation Project. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and will be executed in close cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and Caltrans.

Work will occur at the following locations from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting on Monday, July 26, 2010, until work is complete:

• Install new ADA-compliant corners and driveways at multiple locations along Alliance Road, between Foster Avenue and 29th Street.

• Asphalt paving and related operations along entire length of Alliance Road between Foster Avenue and 29th Street.

Please observe all posted construction signage and please slow down in all construction zones.

The City apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause and thanks the residents of Arcata for their cooperation and understanding as work is done to maintain and improve Arcata’s valuable infrastructure.

For more information, call the City of Arcata Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957 or e-mail pubworks@cityofarcata.org.

ADA RAMPS, PAVING The City of Arcata will be installing ADA-compliant curb ramps and sidewalks and performing asphalt paving for the 2010 Pavement Management Program during late July through August. This project is funded by Arcata sales tax (Measure G) revenue.

Work will occur at the following locations from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday starting on Monday, July 26, 2010, until work is complete:

• Install new sidewalk on Ericson Way between Alder Grove Road and Ericson Court.

• Rehabilitate curb ramps at multiple locations on 14th Street.

• Asphalt paving and related operations along Spear Avenue/Janes Road between Upper Bay and Ribeiro, along 14th Street between J Street and the 101 Overcrossing, and along Ericson Way between Alder Grove Road and Frank Martin Court.

LARSON PARK REHAB The City of Arcata will be renovating Larson Park starting on Monday, July 26, 2010, until work is complete. Work will take place from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Larson Park will be closed during construction. The park is anticipated to re-open on Monday, Nov. 1.

The City will be renovating the existing two tennis courts, constructing an additional court and replacing the court lighting system. The improvements also include construction of bocce ball courts, a plaza picnic area, playground and landscaping work.

MARSH LEVEE REPAIRS The final phase of the Arcata Levee Repair Project—the restoration of two salt water marshes—is scheduled to start at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday, July 26, 2010.

One salt marsh will be restored next to Butcher’s Slough near the South I Street parking area. The second will be located at the end of South I Street next to Humboldt Bay. The work is expected to take about three weeks to complete. The South I Street trail to the Log Pond will be closed during construction. Please observe all posted construction signage and please slow down in the construction zone.

Upland areas next to Butcher’s Slough will be excavated to achieve the tidal depths needed for salt marsh habitat. The excavated areas will be top-dressed with sod salvaged from earlier levee repairs. The salvaged sod will provide a seed bank for native salt marsh species. Salvaged native salt marsh vegetation will also be planted and secured with biodegradable fiber mats to prevent soil erosion while the plants establish themselves.

The City will also be controlling Spartina densiflora, dense-flowered cordgrass, in nearby salt marsh areas to help reestablish habitat for native salt marsh plants including Point Reyes bird’s beak and Humboldt Bay owl’s clover.

(707) 822-8184, eservcies@cityofarcata.org.

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