Sunday, 04 December 2022


LAKEPORT – What do "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "Clueless" have in common, other than being popular modern stories? Each is derived from the works of Jane Austen who lived from 1775 to 1817.

Miss Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is the inspiration for Bridget Jones, and "Emma" inspired the film "Clueless."

Nearly 200 years after her death, Jane Austen continues to entertain, enlighten and inspire readers around the world.

March is Jane Austen Month in the Lake County Library. Learn more about this remarkable writer who portrayed the British upper class world of the early 19th century in her books, among them "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma," and "Mansfield Park."

In this world, fortune counted for more than love when choosing a spouse, but on occasion, love and fortune could be found together.

Filmmakers have turned Jane Austen's books into movies, scholars interpret and analyze her works, other authors have written sequels and spinoffs of her books, and still others have completed her unfinished works.

Many of these books and films can be found in the Jane Austen display at Lakeport Library through March.

The library invites patrons to browse the display and learn more about Miss Austen. All of the display items are available for checkout.

To request more Jane Austen items in the library collection from home, visit the library catalog online at

During March, in honor of Jane Austen, the library website includes a page,, devoted to her biography and her works, and includes links to Jane Austen Web sites.

Web site visitors also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite Mr. Darcy.

Lakeport Library, located at 1425 N. High St., is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; telephone 263-8817.

Redbud Library, 14785 Burns Valley Road, Clearlake, is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; telephone 994-5115.

Middletown Library, 21267 Calistoga Road, is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; telephone 987-3674.

Upper Lake Library, 310 Second St., is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 pm., and Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; telephone 275-2049.


LAKE COUNTY – Weekly collection of greenwaste in the unincorporated area will resume Monday, March 3, ending a three-month program designed to help reduce wear and tear on county roads as well as save fuel and labor costs in order to keep Lake County’s residential garbage rates among the lowest in the state.

Collection of greenwaste was reduced from weekly to monthly during December, January and February because the amount of greenwaste collected during those months is traditionally lower than other quarters.

Improvements this year included direct mailed notices to all curbside customers and provisions for customers with large lots and/or gardens to either rent additional 90-gallon greenwaste containers for $5 per month or fill three 30-gallon containers for monthly collection at no additional charge.

Only two dozen calls were received this winter compared to 150 calls received last year. Most of this winter’s callers complained that December was too early to start the program because they still had leaves on the ground.

Public Services Department staff is committed to keeping curbside collection rates low to attract new customers because there is a direct connection between curbside recycling and significant increases in the County’s diversion rate.

As was done last year, a report containing information about cost savings and community response related to the Winter Greenwaste Program will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors later this year to determine program parameters in future years.

If you have questions or comments about the Winter Greenwaste Program, please call 263-1980.

For information about other recycling and disposal programs, please visit the County’s waste management Web site at


LAKE COUNTY – The Upper Putah Creek Stewardship has begun work on a recently awarded grant to do a complete assessment of the local watershed.

This grant, administered by the California Department of Water Resources must be completed by the beginning of summer of 2010.

The purpose of the grant is “To understand current and potential threats to our watershed, and provide a comprehensive watershed assessment that will address a myriad of ecological, economical, cultural, and social issues as they relate to our watershed.”

The stewardship is forming a Technical Advisor Committee whose purpose is to review currently available data and determine strengths and weaknesses in the data and possible needed remedies.

From this basis the public will be informed of the course of the assessment through articles in local publicatiions and several planned workshops. This will give the public an overview of what is planned and also offer an opportunity to comment on the process and add in items that they feel should be included in the assessment.

Timely announcements of these meetings will be published in local publications and on the group's upcoming Web site.

For further information or to voice input to this process call Chris Simon UPCS Chair at 987-1109 or Dwight Holford, watershed coordinator, at 987-0663.


LAKEPORT – The City of Lakeport's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee will meet Monday, March 3, at 2 p.m. at City Hall for a regular meeting.

The main topics of discussion will be the recommendation to approve curb cuts on S. Main Street.

Lakeport City Hall is located at 225 Park St., telephone 263-5615.


CLEARLAKE OAKS – Shannon Ridge Winery will host the final race of the 2008 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Ultra-Endurance Calendar.

Titled the Shannon Ridge Showdown, the event will take place in Clearlake Oaks.

The Shannon Ridge Showdown Ultra-Endurance race will be a 16-hour competition and the course itself is approximately 7.5 miles in length with over 1,700 feet of climbing per lap. The course route is a combination of single track, double track, fire access roads and vineyard rows.

This is the first time that a USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Ultra Endurance Calendar series race course has included vineyards as part of the course route.

The race and course is designed, promoted and directed by endurance racers. Ultra-Endurance racing is one the fastest growing forms of mountain bike racing.

The race will begin in front of the Shannon Ridge tasting room on Highway 20 in Clearlake Oaks at 4 p.m. on Oct. 18 and will end at 8 a.m. on Oct. 19 in the mountain vineyards directly across from the home of winery owners Clay and Margarita Shannon.

Rebecca Rush, who is the current 24-Hour Solo "World Champion" in Mountain Biking, will be making the trip to Lake County to compete in the Shannon Ridge Showdown, along with many of the top ranked male and female Ultra-Endurance racers.

Additionally, there will be a wine industry race category for mountain bikers that are involved in the wine industry. Participants in this category will be allowed to race solo or on a team of up to five riders. The wine industry race will run from 4 p.m. until midnight on Oct. 18.

“This event will prove to be strenuous and exciting for competitors. The varying terrain in Lake County provides for an invigorating mountain bike challenge,” said Chris Baker, Shannon Ridge’s southeast regional sales manager, and avid mountain biker, who helped design the course and the event.

On line registration will open March 1. A USA Cycling Mountain Bike race license is required to compete.

Registration closes Oct. 11 or when racer limit is reached (300 racers maximum).

More information about the race can be found at or by contacting Rick Gunier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


LAKEPORT – Local 28, Lake County Chapter of ABATE (American Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Carlos and Vinny's, 370 S. Main St.

Members and prospective members are invited to come early and enjoy dinner together prior to the start of the meeting.

President Lori Adams will have several items on the agenda for the hour-long meeting. Up for discussion will be the second annual Poker Run, currently scheduled for Sunday, June 22. Proceeds from the poker run will benefit the ABATE of California Judicial Fund.


Plans also are in the making for the return of Local 28's Party in the Pines, a Northern California Regional Rally for ABATE. The date is July 18 and 19. It is anticipated that members from other ABATE Locals will be attending this family oriented motorcycle campout. Party in the Pines was held for several years on Cobb in the Loch Lomond area.


All motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to join Local 28 on March 6th at Carlos and Vinny's in Lakeport.

March 6 will be the last meeting on Thursday evenings. Beginning April 6, Local 28 will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., with a run following the breakfast meeting.

Membership in Local 28 is open to anyone who rides and all motorcyclists are welcome.

For more information call 277-7171.


Upcoming Calendar

12.06.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
12.08.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
12.08.2022 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Adult Literacy Program in-person tutor training
12.09.2022 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hometown Christmas in Lower Lake
12.10.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
12.10.2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
12.10.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
12.10.2022 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Clear Lake State Park Christmas open house
12.13.2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rotary Club of Clear Lake
12.15.2022 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown

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