Saturday, 02 March 2024

Arts & Life

LAKEPORT – This Friday, Bert Atwood will share stories from his new beautiful "coffee table" book, “My Father Was a Crop Duster,” at Watershed Books in Lakeport.

Meet Bert and hear the stories beginning at 3:30 p.m.

This informative book provides a glimpse into the founding and success of California's premiere 20th century crop dusting company, begun by Bert's parents.

Atwood's book contains vast personal insights, many interviews and several hundred photos.

Watershed Books is located at 305 N. Main St., Lakeport, telephone 263-5787.


LAKE COUNTY – Lake County's favorite piano man, David Neft, will be performing around Lake County in March and April.

The following gigs are among his planned appearances.

  • March 27: The 2008 return of Neft to Saw Shop Bistro, Main Street, Kelseyville, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For reservations call 278-0129.

  • March 30: David performs as attendees arrive at the “Stars of Lake County” event, Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville.

  • March 31: David appears with drummer Steve DuBois at the Blue Wing Saloon & Cafe, Main St., Upper Lake, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations call 275-2233.

  • April 2: Hidden Valley Lake Ladies Luncheon Club Annual Fashion Show, noon.

  • April 11: The New Riviera Hills Restaurant and Lounge, Fairway Drive off Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville. Call 277-7575 for reservations.

  • April 13: The New Riviera Hills Restaurant and Lounge.

  • April 24: Saw Shop Bistro, Main Street, Kelseyville. For reservations call 278-0129.

  • April 27 – Hidden Valley Lake Association Annual Concert, noon to 3 p.m. at the “quad,” Blues band Bill Noteman and the Rockets. This will mark the return of Neft playing with the Rockets since Bill Noteman’s major surgery in early January.

For more information call Neft at 987-3630 for information and late additions to his busy gig schedule.


CLEARLAKE – Wild About Books welcomes mystery author Sue Lehman to talk about her new book “The Rat” on Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m.

Sue Lehman does it again! “The Rat” is a fun mystery even the likes of Agatha Christie would love to chase.

Ruth was sick and frail, so it was really no surprise when they found her dead one morning. But when that nice young man died, and that little girl, and that nosy Detective Thomlinson started snooping around, it started to look like there might be a problem. In fact, it started to look a lot like murder.

You'd better keep your eyes peeled for mischief, just in case, because when there's a rat in the house, it'll keep making a mess until you catch it. The weapon? Rat poison. The murderer? It's anybody's guess.

A book signing will follow the reading.

Red Hat attendees will receive a FREE Gift from Wild About Books.

“Blindsided,” released January 2007, was Sue Lehman’s first book published. She now resides in Northern California. Lehman is the owner of Allegro Piano Service; she tunes and repairs pianos. She is currently working on her next book.

Wild About Books is located at 14290 Olympic Drive, Clearlake, next door to Lisa's clothing store.

For an updated list of times and dates for upcoming events, stop by and see visit or call the store today at 994-WILD (9453).


LAKE COUNTY – During April, “Youth Writes” will offer Lake County students, ages 8-18, a cluster of public events at which to perform the best of their poetry.


“Youth Writes” has partnered with local businesses to provide six performance sites throughout the county.

These sites are: Holy Joe’s Coffee Shop in Upper Lake (Friday, April 4 at 4 p.m.), Café Victoria in Lakeport (Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.), Giovanni’s Coffee and Tea in Loch Lomand (Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m.), Tuscan Village in Lower Lake (Saturday, April 19 at noon), Wild About Books in Clearlake (Friday, April 25 at 3 p.m.), Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center in Middletown (Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m.).


Poets should sign in 10 to 30 minutes prior to events. They need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian or bring a signed permission slip. Permission slips are available on-line at

PERFORMANCE TIPS: Choose your strongest pieces to perform in public. Always speak slowly and don’t be afraid to pause. Practice out loud and for friends and family. Memorize your poems to maximize your impact.

Selected poets will be invited to read at the Art and Nature Show at Rodman Slough Preserve, Nice-Lucerne Cutoff at 11 a.m. on May 3.

For questions about “Youth Writes” contact Lorna Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



LAKEPORT – Lake County's new Poet Laureate Mary McMillan will hold her first event, a celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Irish writers and International Women's History Month, Sunday, March 16, at the Lake County Arts Council's Main Street Gallery.

The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

McMillan said there will be readings of Irish prose and poetry, with an emphasis on work by Irish women.

She is being assisted by immediate past Poet Laureate Sandra Wade and Cherie Holden of Watershed Books.

The public is invited to bring favorite Irish poems to read, especially those by women, with a maximum length of about three minutes per reading.

There also will be a selection of poems available to read.


Upcoming Calendar

03.03.2024 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pianists Benefit Concert
St. Patrick's Day
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
Tax Day
Cinco de Mayo
Mother's Day

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