Thursday, 28 January 2021


LAKE COUNTY – Aqeela El-Amin of Clearlake has been appointed Lake County's community coordinator for the Program for Academic Exchange (PAX).

Headquartered in Port Chester, NY, PAX is a nonprofit educational organization which invites international high school students to the United States for an academic homestay.

El-Amin was selected to represent PAX due to a demonstrated enthusiasm, interest in foreign cultures and desire to become more active in the community.

She is currently interviewing Lake County families who are interested in sharing their lives with a young person from another country for the coming academic year.

“All PAX students have been carefully screened, speak English, have full medical insurance and come with their own spending money,” said El-Amin. “We work with students from 35 different countries, including those in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.”

Host families are asked to provide the student with meals, a warm and supportive environment, and a place to sleep and study.

Local support is provided to the host family and student by El-Amin as community coordinator.

“We're looking for families who are interested in the world and in helping an exchange student learn more about America,” she said.

For more information, contact El-Amin at 995-2099 or PAX headquarters at 800-555-6211.


LAKE COUNTY The Friends of the Lake County Library have changed the prices of books on the Friends of the Library book sales at all library branches.

Donated hardcover books are now $1, donated paperbacks are now $.50 and library discards are 10 for $1.

Canvas book bags with the Friends of the Library logo may be purchased at each branch. Bags are $10 and are available in red, navy, black, cream and burgundy.

Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and bag sales support the Lake County Library.

The Friends of the Library Web address is

To join the Friends, see the membership information on the Web site or pick up an application at your local branch, fill it out and return.

Library branches are located at 1425 N. High St. in Lakeport, 14785 Burns Valley Road in Clearlake, 21267 Calistoga Road in Middletown and 310 Second St. in Upper Lake. The library Web site,, has more information about the library.


CLEARLAKE – Do you know seniors who are isolated or at-risk? Or seniors who would appreciate talking over the challenges of aging with someone who understands and can help with practical solutions?

If so, please refer them to the Konocti Senior Support Inc. This organization provides free peer counseling throughout Lake County and administers the Friendly Visitor Program in South County.

“Recipients of senior peer counseling, mostly home-bound, benefit from talking with people who have experienced life changes and understand their concerns,” said Lawrence Grant, board president, Konocti Senior Support Inc.

Volunteer peer counselors receive training and have ongoing group supervision and support by Clinical Consultant Kim Baughan Young, Marriage Family Therapist.

The Friendly Visitor Program offers friendship, understanding and companionship on a regular basis to south county seniors having limited access to outside activities. Volunteers are trained and participate in monthly supervision meetings.

Konocti Senior Support Inc., incorporated in 1995, is a nonprofit public service corporation dedicated to enhancing seniors’ quality of life. All services are free.

For more information, contact Gwen Snyder at (707) 995-1417.


LAKE COUNTY Who Will Be Miss Lake County 2009 and Lake County’s Outstanding Teen 2009?

Pageant hopefuls are invited to sign up for this year's contest. The deadline to become a contestant is June 20.

This year's pageant will take place on Aug. 8 at Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice.

Young women will have the opportunity to represent their community and receive scholarship money. The pageant winner will have the chance to compete for the Miss California title, which in turn takes part it the Miss America Pageant.

Earlier this year, Miss California Melissa Chaty of Ukiah was featured on Miss America's Reality Check and also was a Miss America Pageant finalist.

For information on how to become a contestant for Miss Lake County or Lake County’s Outstanding Teen call 707-263-1667 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


LAKE COUNTY The fourth-annual Lake County Wine Adventure, a two-day passport event, will be held July 26 to July 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year's Lake County Wine Adventure is being hosted by the newly formed Lake County Winery Association.

Adventurous wine enthusiasts will have an opportunity to discover "wine with altitude" and taste the reason why Lake County with a grape-growing history that extends back to the mid-19th century is now fast becoming known for its award-winning wines, ultra-premium winegrapes, and resort-style wineries.

Throughout the weekend, "wine adventurers" will taste wines from Lake County's five distinct viticulture areas (AVAs) as they visit participating wineries, including: Ceago Vinegarden and Tulip Hill Winery in Nice; Brassfield Estate Winery in High Valley; Shannon Ridge Winery, High Valley Estate Vineyards, and Noggle Vineyards & Winery in Clearlake Oaks; Gregory Graham, Ployez Winery, Terrill Cellars, and Six Sigma Winery & Vineyards in Lower Lake; Langtry Estate Vineyards & Winery in Middletown; Moore Family Winery in Cobb; Cougar's Leap, Dusinberre Cellars, EdenCrest Vineyards, Mt. Konocti Growers Winery, Red Lava Wine Tasting, Rosa d'Oro Vineyards, Steele Winery, Snows Lake, Sol Rouge, and Wildhurst Vineyards in Kelseyville. Bell Hill and Zoom Wines will be offered at LCWS, a wine tasting studio located in the town of Upper Lake.

Adventure Tickets may be purchased online at for $25 each. Each ticket entitles the holder to wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres at each winery, as well as a logo wine glass and winery map. Several of the wineries also will offer barrel tastings, winery tours, and entertainment. Event-goers may leave their Adventure Tickets with the last winery they visit to be entered into a raffle for several prizes.

Event organizers promote responsible hospitality and encourage all participants to designate a driver. For more information, call (707) 279-2927 or online to go

Lake County is part of the North Coast AVA, which also encompasses Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. Within Lake County, five other AVAs exist Clear Lake AVA, Benmore Valley AVA, Guenoc AVA, and the recently approved Red Hills AVA and High Valley AVA.

For visitor information, contact the Lake County Visitor Information Center at (800) 525-3743 or


LAKEPORT – The Lakeport Library now has story times for preschool-age children every Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The correct starting time is 10:15 a.m., not 10:45 a.m. as reported recently.

Storytellers from the library staff and the Families For Literacy program alternate in presenting stories and activities for the children.

Special speakers present programs on some Fridays.

The Lakeport Library is located at 1425 N. High St. It's open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. The phone number is 263-8817.


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01.29.2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Building resilience webinar
01.30.2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
02.06.2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
02.06.2021 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wrangler Round-Up fundraiser
02.13.2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
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