TRINIDAD NOTES: Foreign exchange students enjoy an ‘easy’ year of classes at Humboldt schools

American Field Service high school foreign exchange students are annual guests at Trinidad Civic Club luncheons.

Last week’s gathering stood out. Six students – Denzil Jonas from South Africa, Prisca Rwechungura from Tanzania, Nur Pratama from Indonesia, Bam Chiansaku from Thailand, Santiago Aliss from Bolivia and Anne Guignard from France – were guests, along with an AFS returnee, Karly Alvarez, who studied in Italy some years ago and was a former Trinidad School student (who recognized Liz Thatcher as her kindergarten teacher).

Abby Munro Proulx, an AFS volunteer and host family, brought the students and introduced them.

Tyler Vack’s 20 eighth graders were guests as well.  And a special surprise guest was Superintendent Geoff Proust playing the Steinway for the entire assembly.

This musical interlude prompted tenor Denzil to sing, acappella, his South African national anthem followed by Prisca’s alto solo of a Tanzanian tune about an angel, and Nur’s piano rendition of an Indonesian melody.

The students all spoke about their McKinleyville, Arcata and North Coast Preparatory & Performing Arts mostly positive high school experiences during their year in America.

As in the past, the students, all multi-lingual, remarked that their high school classes are “easy,” one young man suggesting that the entire academic year was “like a vacation.”  Many of the students, mostly 16 years of age, have studied physics, biology, advanced mathematics before they arrive here.

Some important connections between the foreign students and the eighth graders were made, even in a two-hour luncheon-discussion meeting.  One student said that she wanted to study in South America.  Little bits of time can lead to larger understanding.

Trinidad City Council March 13

The regular monthly City Council meeting, Mayor Julie Fulkerson presiding, takes place on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m., Town Hall.  We’ll find out if a new City Council member has been appointed to take the place of Maria Bauman, who moved to Arizona.  The City Council agenda always is posted both at City Hall and at the post office.  If you desire e-mail City announcements, contact City Clerk Gabe Adams.

All the community wishes Council Member Kathy Bhardwaj get well thoughts while she recovers from medical procedures.

“Bandicoots, Merpigs & Friends”

Trinidad artists Connie Butler and Lois Harrington have created some ceramic creatures “you’ve never seen before, and may never see again” at Fire Arts Center, 520 South G Street, Arcata.

Whimsical, fanciful, humorous figures made everyone smile at the opening reception last week, during which several of the figures sold on the spot.  Some of Connie’s figures have been inspired by the “New Yorker” cartoonist Keron.

As Connie puts it, “seeing is believing these little animal selves.”

The show will continue through April 4.  Call 826-1445 for gallery open hours or to know more about the Fire Arts programs.

Beachcomber Hosts Chamber Mixer

The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer at Beachcomber Cafe on Thursday, March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Chamber members, prospective members and guests all invited.  The Chamber will provide items from the appetizer menu.  No host bar.  President Dennis Koutouzos invites all to connect at this lively venue and mix with neighbors and friends.

24/7 Jazz Trio and Maria Singing “Hopelessly Heterosexual”

Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Drive, is the place to be on Friday, March 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Al Macy and his 24/7 Jazz ensemble, including guest drummer Larry Brown, will perform jazz tunes and the “Silver Linings Playbook” theme song and Al will sing a few tunes.

Special guest Maria Bartlett will perform her original tune, “Hopelessly Heterosexual.”

And Lin Phillips will sing melodies from her latest CD.

Lots of talent.  Lots of humor.  Only $5 at the door.

St. Patrick’s Day 

Dinner and Concert

The Pilot Rock Ramblers will perform at WCA on Saturday, March 16 starting at 7 p.m.

The Pilot Rock Ramblers include Pete Needham, Tim Harkins.Jim Adams, Bryce Kenny and Patrick Cleary.

The Pilot Rock Ramblers include Pete Needham, Tim Harkins.Jim Adams, Bryce Kenny and Patrick Cleary.

Bryce Kenny, Pete Needham, Patrick Cleary, Tim Harkins and Jim Adams are the musicians in the band, pleasing for listening and dancing.

Prior to that, a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner including corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots and freshly baked Irish soda bread plus dessert will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

$17 for an endless plate of dinner.  Beverages extra.  Concert is $10.  Dinner and concert admission is $25.

‘The Maltese Falcon’ Coming to WCA

Fourth Friday Flicks at WCA presents Humphrey Bogart in “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) directed by John Huston from the novel by Dashiell Hammett on March 22.  $5 admission.  Refreshments available.

J.D. Jeffries at 

Lighthouse Grill

J.D. Jeffries will play his Martin guitar and his six-string ukulele and banjo at Lighthouse Grill in Saunders Shopping Center on Sunday, March 31 from 5 to 7 p.m  Mixed classics, original tunes and songs from the 1960s to 1980s are on the program.

Tsunami Signs

The Trinidad Planning Commission will be having a community discussion (not a public hearing) on the placement of tsunami warning signs around town, on roads and trails, at the regular March 20 meeting at Town Hall.   All are invited to participate.

Inquiries:  call Streamline Planning consultant Trever Parker, 822-5785.

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