Lots happening in the North Lake! There are still tickets left for the Cinco de Mayo dinner at the IOOF Hall on Saturday, May 7. Call Betty at 530-266-3807 or Suzanne at 530-941-0495 for reservations for a delicious dinner of chili rellenos, taco bar and much more for only $25. Take your mom out for an early Mother’s Day dinner and help support the IOOF Hall at the same time. Win-win!

On Saturday, May 14, check out the first North Lake Plant & Seed Exchange at the IOOF Hall tennis courts from 10 a.m. until 1 pm. Join current and wannabe gardeners for this fun event. Bring cuttings, leftover seeds, extra plant starts, or plants that need dividing and get something new or different in return. New gardeners are welcome, even if they have nothing to share. Gardeners know you’ll pay it forward.  Trinity Center School will have an activity table and some local vendors are expected with homegrown or homemade products.

The Fire Safe Council and Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department are hosting a Fire Safe Home Demonstration Day from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 14, right across the street from the Plant & Seed Exchange. Check out the booths on FireWise landscaping, Big Red Truck program, home hardening, defensible space, fire protection gel and the Blue Dot Brigade. The new draft maps for evacuation zones will be there — something we should all be aware of after the River Complex fire. The Fire Safe Council will have Community Wildfire Protection Plan maps showing upcoming fuel reduction projects and some freebee giveaways. You can sign up at the last minute for the Community Chipping Program or order a reflective house sign. There will be tours of homes that demonstrate wildfire protection techniques.  May is National Wildfire Preparedness Month and we all know how important that is after last summer.  TCVFD and CCVFD are doing their best to prepare for wildfire season. Both departments sent engines to the countywide Wildland Fire Preparation Drill coordinated by Cal Fire.  

From 11 a.m. until noon on May 14 volunteers will be installing fire resistant vents and non-combustible landscaping at the IOOF Hall. Come volunteer to help protect this important community resource and learn home-hardening techniques. Bring wheelbarrows, shovels and battery-operated drills. If you’d like more information on how to help, contact me.

The Trinity County Resource Conservation District has a Community Chipping Day scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, in the North Lake area (Covington Mill, Trinity Center and Coffee Creek). For those of you working on fuel reduction this is a great opportunity, especially with Hobel dump still closed to green waste. Fill out a paper Chipping Request Form (blanks are available outside the TCVFD station) or go online at https://tcrcd.net/pdf/Chipper_Program_Info_Request_Form.pdf. The cut material needs to be stacked with all ends facing one direction, accessible to the chipper, with no nails, dirt or blackberry vines.  

Put May 16 on your calendar. The consultant developing the County’s Transportation Plan will be at the IOOF Hall from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. asking for input. Bike lanes?

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