Wetland Workday Set for Saturday

On Saturday, Jan 12, starting at 9 a.m., the McKinleyville Land Trust will host a community work day and Scotch broom pull at the McKinleyville Land Trust Dow’s Prairie Educational Wetland (located behind Dow’s Prairie School).

mckmattersboxThere will be appropriate tasks for all age groups. New woodchips will be placed around the bases of newly reintroduced native plants, weed wrenches will be available for Scotch broom pulling and gravel will be spread to complete the educational staging area. The work day will be rain or shine; so, volunteers may want to bring gloves, waterproof shoes and rain gear.

The pond will be filled with water so small children should be supervised by their parents at all times. Mid-day there will be a wetland related educational presentation for all ages.

McKinleyville Land Trust Dow’s Prairie Educational Wetland is an official US Fish & Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitat servicing Dow’s Prairie School, the only one of its kind in this region. The 2.5 acre site contains a seasonal pond, and is the best surviving example in McKinleyville of a natural wetland. Due to restoration efforts, the wetland is only open to the public by appointment.

McK Choir 

seeks members

The McKinleyville Community Choir, under the direction of Robert Keiber, is recruiting new members for the Spring/Summer 2013 Season.

Interested singers are encouraged to come check out a choir rehearsal on Tuesday evenings at the Grace Good Shepherd Church at 1450 Hiller Rd in McKinleyville.  Rehearsals begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 22.  Reading music is desirable but not required. There are no auditions to join; however, there is a small tuition. (Scholarships may be available.)

Interested in joining the fun?  Come to rehearsal or call Jean at 839-2276 or email naofau@yahoo.com.

MAF Grant Announcement

The McKinleyville Area Fund is now accepting applications for 2013 Grant program.  MAF offers small grants to non-profit groups in the McKinleyville area to help support the services and activities for the community.  There will be $5,000 available in total for this year.  MAF is interested in reaching as many groups as possible.

For information about the grants and to receive an application please contact John Kulstad at 707-839-9629.  Completed applications for the grants must be returned or postmarked by February 22, 2013.  Grant awards will be made in April.