Local Notes

Local Notes

Please submit Local Notes items to [email protected], or mail them to 690 S. Main St., Fort Bragg.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call the County Public Health Office at 707-234-6051. To contact the City of Fort Bragg, call 707-961-2823. All Fort Bragg citizens may contact the Fort Bragg Police Department at 707-964-0200 and staff will direct you to the appropriate agency.

Updating Community Groups and Support Groups listings

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place restrictions, we are in the process of updating our Community Groups and Support Groups listings. If you’d like to be included in the updated listings, please send your contact information to [email protected], or 690 S. Main St., Fort Bragg CA 95437. Your contact information should include: Name of group, address, phone number, and email address.

Stop that scratching

On Friday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will be at the Fort Bragg Food Bank (910 N. Franklin St.) providing free Frontline+ flea/tick preventive for the dogs of low-income folks. Flea/tick shampoo, dog treats, leashes, collars, harnesses, sweaters, blankets, beds, and ID tags and information about free puppy shots and spay/neuter will be available. This is a project of Second Chance, Helping the Pets of People in Need. For more information, call 707-964-7770.  To learn more about this all-volunteer group’s work, visit SecondChanceFortBragg.org.

Redwood Coast Regional Center Board meets

The Redwood Coast Developmental Services Corporation (RCDSC) announces that the next Board of Directors’ meeting will take place by Zoom Video/Teleconferencing and AT&T Teleconferencing on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

RCDSC is the governing board of directors for the Redwood Coast Regional Center, a non-profit organization providing essential services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their families in four counties, including Mendocino County. Please contact Kim Orsi, RCRC Executive Assistance at 707-462-3832, ext. 260 or by email at [email protected] Visit redwoodcoastrc.org for more information re teleconference meeting.

Medicare Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program

August date appointments for The Medicare Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) are available on Aug. 13 and 27. HICAP will provide free and unbiased counseling, education and advocacy to all Medicare beneficiaries via a phone counseling session. Call 1-800-434-0222 (Senior Advocacy Services) to set up an appointment.

Kindergarten registration

Mendocino K8 School’s kindergarten registration is now open. A child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if their fifth birthday falls between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. A child must turn five by Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Please come by the Mendocino K8 School office (Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or call 707-937-0515 to begin the registration process.

Summer Kids Bag Program

The Fort Bragg Food Bank’s summer kids bag program runs through the summer on Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m. The Food Bank will give families with children an extra bag of food every week. Pull up to the curbside. Put on your mask and open your trunk. Wait for their volunteers to load your food. And drive away with extra food. Partners in this program are the Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund, James G. Cummings Foundation and the Fort Bragg Unified School District. For more information on the Summer Kids Bag Program, call the Fort Bragg Food Bank at 707-964-9404, email [email protected] or visit their website at fortbraggfoodbank.org.

Friends of the Gardens Birdhouse Auction

The Friends of the Gardens (FOG) annual Birdhouse Auction is happening now through Sept. 30. This year the silent auction has been moved online where you can still enjoy a bidding war or purchase your favorite for the “buy-it-now” price. Proceeds from this FOG fundraiser benefit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Click here to view the online auction. Friends of the Gardens is a separate non-profit support organization for the Gardens. They are always looking for new members. Please contact Kittie Meredith at 707-962-0660 or [email protected] to learn more.

2020 Census Response deadline extended

The 2020 Census Response deadline has been extended to Oct. 31, 2020. There are 3 ways to respond:

1. Computer: my2020census.gov. You can respond with or without an invitation number.

2. Telephone: English 1-844-330-2020 Spanish 1-844-468-2020. 4 am – 11pm PST

3. Paper forms mailed late April.

Every response is important to businesses and your community. Questions? Call 1-844-330-2020 or local volunteer Paula at 707-937-1914.

Stay apprised of latest information on virus

To stay apprised of the latest information on the virus, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for preventing the spread of the disease. Their website is cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. To stay informed of developments in Mendocino County, follow the updates at mendocinocounty.org.

COVID-19 Relief Fund

If you or someone you know needs food or basic supplies, local organizations are poised to help, thanks to The Community Foundation of Mendocino County’s new COVID-19 Relief Fund. For more information, visit communityfound.org.

Chamber of Commerce posts resources

The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce posts resources to help local businesses during this difficult and unprecedented crisis. For more information, visit mendocinocoast.com. Although their office is closed, their staff is working from home and available via phone at 707-961-6300 and email at [email protected] The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce website is: mendocinocoast.com.

Coronavirus information for schools and families

Mendocino County education leaders are in continued close contact with the County Department of Health and Human Services to obtain the most current guidance and information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. For more information, visit www.mcoe.us/.

Please observe mandated public health precautions: Maintain six-foot social distancing, wear your mask, use hand sanitizer and/or wash your hands, wear gloves when requested. 

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