EPIC Events

EPIC teams with Future Productions

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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Club Mateel Small for WebEPIC is excited to team up with Future Productions to put on a killer electronic dance party featuring Marty Party and Joker, plus Jocelyn!

Saturday March 1st at the Mateel Community Center (59 Rusk Lane, Redway, California), with doors opening at 8pm. Click this link to buy tickets online via Brown Paper Tickets.

A total Electronic Dance Music experience in the heart of southern Humboldt county – the Mateel Community Center will be transformed for one night only into “Club Mateel” with towers of thundering speakers and jaw dropping FX lighting. This will be something truly special, so expect all of the DJ’s to bring their “A” game — and best of all this is a benefit event for us at EPIC so come one and come all because this is nothing short of a win win situation!

EPIC is excited to be a part of this event because of the significance of teaming up with an expert local producer such as Future Productions, demonstrating that EPIC is connecting with a broad cross-section of people in our community. It is important to our organization to merge contemporary culture with concrete efforts to secure the necessary resources to advocate effectively for the protection of human and natural communities on the North Coast of California.

Full bar for 21 and up. Ages 13 and up welcome.

Walk in tickets available at People’s Records Arcata, the Works Eureka, Redway Liquors, and SHC Garberville.

This is going to be a great show, so don’t miss it! Click this link to buy tickets online via Brown Paper Tickets.


EPIC Membership Meeting in Arcata December 6

Monday, November 18th, 2013
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join now buttonWant to learn more about forest conservation on the Redwood Coast? Ready to get more involved with the governance of the North Coast’s premier independent public interest advocacy organization? EPIC members and Wild California lovers are invited to attend the second of our Fall 2013 Membership Meetings on Friday, December 6, at the EPIC office in Arcata. The previous EPIC membership meeting was held on Thursday, November 14, in Redway.

Join EPIC to vote for and confirm the 2014 EPIC Board of Directors, and discuss and consider important changes in our organization by-laws that will facilitate greater membership participation in the organization.

2013 EPIC Northern Humboldt Membership Meeting, Friday, December 6th, from 5:00-8:00pm at the EPIC Office in Arcata (145 G Street, Suite A, near the Marsh)

Connect with EPIC staff and Board of Directors to learn about biodiversity conservation strategies for the North Coast, discuss how to promote meaningful public participation on issues critical to our bioregion, and provide input for EPIC’s current and future campaigns! At this meeting we will elect and confirm the 2014 Board of Directors. Current EPIC members have voting rights (if you would like to vote for the 2014 Board of Directors, please join or renew your membership here).

Free and open to the public.


EPIC Thank You!

Monday, November 4th, 2013
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3The staff and board of the Environmental Protection Information Center would like to thank all of the community members and businesses that made it possible to throw an incredibly entertaining and successful Dia de los Muertos benefit, on Friday, November 1st at the Mateel Community Center.  The 36th Annual Fall Celebration was attended by over 500 people who turned out to show their grass roots support for EPIC.

A HUGE thank you to volunteers Tryphena Lewis and Natalia Boyce, and their kitchen crew, for their contribution to the event, their help and talents allow us  to pull off our events with massive style and grace! Together they prepared the gourmet flavors for our dinner, drink and dessert menus with exceptional taste, eye for detail, endless reserves of energy–and all at no charge to EPIC! Their volunteer contributions puts our supporter dollars directly into the continued protection and restoration of the redwood ecosystems. We thank all of our volunteers who worked tirelessly on this event, and we really can’t thank them enough. They came early, stayed late, worked with aching feet, scrubbed dishes, helped raise money, contributed money, and did their absolute best to make our event wonderful while keeping smiles on their faces even after ridiculously long hours.

A special thank you to Katie Dodd, Galen O’Toole, Gabriel Salazar, Jeffrey Hinton, Rob Fishman, Angelina Lasko, Kelly Karaba, Wesley DeMarco, Stephen Luther, Kalyn Bocast, Farmer, Greenleaf, Monday, Tove Patterson, Joe Metzger, Brandon Norris, Christinia Hunter, Emilee Quakenbush, Arturo Marcos, Karla Velasco, Vanessa Algarra, Shawn Smith, and possibly a few more, who’s names we’re forgetting, but that we are also extremely grateful too. Thank you to Chakeeta Marie and the Circus of the Elements for dazzling guests with their fire dances. And of course, a huge thank you goes out to Indubious, New Kingston, resident D.J. Nat Pennington, and the Coup for rocking the house with some EPIC beats!

A sincere thank you goes out to the following businesses for their generous contributions: Abraxas, Abruzzi, Alan Sandborn, Arcata Exchange, Baroni, Bead Supply, Benbow Inn, Bergin Siplia Wines, Blue Moon Gift Shop, Bubbles, Caravan of Dreams, Carol Reed-Jones, Celtic Art, Copper Fairies, Crows Cloth, Denise Hisel, Derek Jones, Finnish Country Spa, Fire and Light, Fire Arts Center, Frey Vinyards, Holly Yashi, Hoof and Horn, Hooked Productions, Jeeba, Jenny Metz, Jim Lamport, Joe Hiney, Karen Rice, KMUD Radio, Kristen Hoard, Lagunitas, Lobos Del Mar, Lost Coast Communications, Mad River Brewery, Mark Henson, Mateel Community Center, Organic Atrire, Peoples Records, Pierson’s Building Supply, Pro Sport Center, Redway Liquor, Rob Siefert, Saraba, Shakina, Shebobo, Sierra Martin, Simply Macintosh, Sunny Asylum Designs, Synergy Organic Clothing, Thistle Glass, Tie Dye 2, Tracy Rain Law Office, Trim Scene Solutions, Violet Green Winery, and last but not least, Wild and Wooly.

To see more picture, check out EPIC’s Facebook Page!

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Recent EPIC Advocacy Success Adds Spice to Annual Fall Celebration

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
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Coup Poster no textThis coming Friday, November 1, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is throwing it’s 36th birthday party with the annual EPIC Fall Celebration at the Mateel Community Center, in Redway, California. This is going to be a lively North Coast and harvest spiced community gathering that no one will want to miss. The EPIC Fall Celebration is one of the cornerstone fundraising and community outreach events for EPIC, and it is always a fun and engaging way to see friends and get to know the EPIC staff and board. The doors of the Mateel Hall will open at 6 PM for cocktails and snacks. A scrumptious Día de los Muertos style dinner will be served starting at 6:30 PM, followed by the evening program featuring the Sempervirens lifetime achievement award starting at 7:30 PM. At 9 PM a fantastic contemporary music line up will take the stage, starting with dub and reggae acts New Kingston and Indubious, followed by the acclaimed conscious hip-hop group The Coup.

This upbeat gathering to celebrate and support EPIC public interest conservation advocacy has become an annual tradition of festive proportions, and this year there is a particular excitement surrounding the celebration due to the massive public support for EPIC work to protect Richardson Grove State Park from the insatiable highway development agenda of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). In late September 2013, more than 16 months since the federal court in San Francisco had found Caltrans to be “arbitrary and capricious” in their use of “faulty data,” Caltrans came forth with the release of new documentation for the Richardson Grove project in the form of a “Supplement to the Final Environmental Assessment.” The release of this documentation required an agile and speedy response from the broad community of North Coast residents and California conservation advocates that have questioned the purpose, need, and design of the highway widening project that Caltrans is proposing for Richardson Grove. Within weeks EPIC and partners, including our invaluable ally the Center for Biological Diversity, were able to decipher and break down the new project documentation, and prepare a succinct action alert that was circulated broadly by email and social media and that facilitated the submission of comments by nearly 10,000 people from around the state, the country, and the world. The message from this incredible movement of active citizens is that Caltrans either drop the Richardson Grove project altogether, or do a proper analysis of the impacts of the project, including a robust examination of potential alternatives, in the form of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The completion of an EIS for the project was implicitly suggested by the judge in the April 2012 court order that sent Caltrans back to the drawing board for the Richardson Grove project. Unfortunately the agency chose to ignore the court order and provided legally questionable and technically deficient documentation that will only lengthen the stalemate around the project and postpone the identification and design of comprehensive and community supported solutions for transportation planning, goods movement, and State Park protections. One of the triggers for an agency needing to complete an EIS is that a project generate a significant level of controversy. Clearly, the response of many thousands of people voicing opposition to the project, as well as a clear federal court order remanding the project to the agency for review “under a corrected lens of analysis” is an undeniable indication that this is a controversial project. It is obvious at this level that Caltrans must do a full EIS.

“The tremendous response of online activists, local community members, and statewide residents to our call to action to ‘Rein in Caltrans’ has been very exciting and inspirational,” said EPIC executive director Gary Graham Hughes. “Getting everyone together at our Fall Celebration this Friday will be a wonderful opportunity for like minded folks to relish this phenomenal level of citizen participation in efforts to promote a healthy human relationship with our landscapes here on the North Coast,” continued Hughes.

Whether it be working to eliminate the toxic damage from egregious cannabis agriculture operations, challenging the ongoing logging of the remaining old wild forest in our bioregion, or reforming the outdated and archaic Caltrans vision of perpetual development in an age of rapidly evident global climate change, EPIC is there as the guardian of your wild backyard. Joining the fun at the EPIC Fall Celebration is great way to support grassroots public interest advocacy in Northwest California, and a wonderful way to party with your friends and the team at EPIC. Come on out on Friday, November 1, to the Mateel Community Center and be part of the EPIC 2013 Fall Celebration.


Howl for the Wolves at October 2nd Federal Hearing in Sacramento

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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Wolf Donate ButtonWolf advocates will soon have an opportunity to speak out on behalf of wolves! One of three hearings to be held in the Western States on the federal government’s proposal to withdraw Endangered Species Act protection for the gray wolf will be held in Sacramento. In June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list in 42 states, including California and Oregon. The wolves need your voice! Don’t let an iconic symbol of the North American wild and our shared natural heritage be silenced forever.

The California hearing will be held Wednesday, October 2nd from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, Martinique Ball Room, 1401 Arden Way, in Sacramento.

Our best chance to stop this reckless delisting plan from going through will be by showing up in droves at these public hearings and speaking out on behalf of wolves! Even if you would prefer not to testify, your presence will make a huge difference and will show how strongly we support wolves!

Join us as we gather before the hearing to learn about the delisting proposals, rally with fellow supporters, and get tips on how to testify. Then we’ll head to the hearing together and ensure that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service hears our voices loud and clear!

Pre-hearing event starts at 3:30 pm at the Clarion Inn, Comstock Room.

Wear a gray-colored shirt to show you’re a pro-wolf supporter!

EPIC is proud to be co-sponsoring the pre-hearing training and rally with Defenders of Wildlife & Center for Biological Diversity.

We need your help to support our continued efforts to protect wolves and other wildlife of Northwest California. Please donate today.

Since de-listing of the wolf was announced, EPIC has engaged with more than 2,000 citizen advocates asking Secretary of the Interior Jewell and President Obama to protect our American gray wolf for future generations.

Early in 2012 EPIC petitioned with partners to list the wolf under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). As of October 2012, the Gray Wolf was designated as a “candidate species,” which garners full protections under CESA, and requires the state to do a full status review of the species.

EPIC is currently involved with the statewide stakeholder group working on a California Recovery Plan for the Wolf.

At EPIC, we advocate for wolves and prepare for their return by defending our national forests and wild areas, and by advocating for grazing reform to help native species such as Elk who are forced to compete with cattle on our public lands. EPIC will continue to participate in the statewide recovery plan and will keep our members and supporters aware of those efforts.

See you in Sacramento on October 2nd! And please consider making a donation today to support EPIC efforts to protect the iconic wildlife of North America.


EPIC Hosts Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
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WSFF 2013 Poster 11 X 17_7_31_13Thursday, September 26 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action. At Wild & Scenic, film goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. We show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action. Wild & Scenic raises resources and awareness for EPIC’s initiatives to recover Northwest California’s native species and to protect and restore the redwood forest ecosystem.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the EPIC Office at 145 South G Street, Suite A in Arcata. Call 822-7711 for more information.

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students.

****Special Membership Packages: include a one-year membership to EPIC, t-shirt and admission to the film festival $35 general/$25 student ****

FILM CHOICES:

Chasing Water Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Traversing 1500 miles and draining seven states, the Colorado River supports over 30 million people across the southwest. It is not the longest or largest U.S. river, but it is one of the most loved and litigated in the world. Today, this resource is depleted and stressed. Follow its path with an artistic, aerial view on a personal journey to understand this national treasure. McBride teamed up with his bush-pilot father to capture unique footage and also shadowed the adventure of Jon Waterman who became the first to paddle the entire length of the river. Best Doc, Clearwater FF; Most Inspirational, 5 Point FF; Best Environmental Film, San Franscisco Frozen F. www.petemcbride.com  (18min)

Dark Side of the Lens Dark Side of the Lens is one man’s personal and heartfelt account of life as an ocean based photographer. This short film takes you on an eerie, stunning and moving journey amongst the epic oceanic grandeur of Ireland’s west coast. Renowned documentarian of the heavy salt, Mickey Smith, has succeeded in creating a visual poem of sorts, that offers a humble glimpse into his strange and magical world, reflecting insights that in turn ring true with many of our own lives. Best cinematography, 5Point FF; Best short, New York Surf FF; Grand Prize, Chamonix FF.  (6min)

Facing Climate Change: Potato Farmers John O’Conner grew Idaho potatoes where they had never been grown before. Then – with mountain snowpack dwindling – the state bought his water permanently drying up the farmland. This short film is part of a series that explores global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest. (5min)

Finding Their Way Jen Slotterback was hiking in her favorite park when she found signs of surveying for industrial gas drilling, or fracking. She went home and told her husband Jim, and although the two had never been actively involved in the issue of gas drilling, they immediately began a campaign to save the park. The board that controlled the park was set to vote on whether to drill in the park in 11 days. The story of the Slotterback’s journey over those 11 days is the subject of this film. http://earthjustice.org/finding (7min)

Generation Green Generation Green follows the journey of Patrick Hearps, a young chemical engineer working at an oil refinery, as he becomes increasingly concerned about his companies contribution towards adverse climate change. Torn between his career and a higher obligation of environmental stewardship, his personal struggle reflects the great dilemma of our generation. Patrick’s courageous choices and eventual path forward highlight the actions needed to shape the world of tomorrow. www.beyondzeroemissions.org  (Australia, 2012, 13min)

Of Souls + Water – The MOTHER The life of a woman – her life, her dreams, her legacy – painted on the canvas of still waters in deep. (6min)

One Plastic Beach Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for over ten years. Each piece of plastic Richard and Judith pick up comes back to their house, where it gets cleaned, categorized and stored before being used for their art. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry and installations with the plastic they find washed up, raising a deeper concern with the problem of plastic pollution in our seas. http://vimeo.com/18672227  (8min)

Public Lands, Private Profits: Boom or Bust The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the Sierra Club, undertook a series of video mini-documentaries that revealed three places held in the public trust threatened by pending proposals to mine and drill in or around them. In Part Two, we look at a fight brewing in a small Utah town over the expansion of a nearby coal mine and its effects on majestic Bryce Canyon National Park. (6min)

Song of the Spindle In this animation, a man and a sperm whale have a conversation about who is smarter. Each one lists various upsides and downsides of human and cetacean brains, but eventually come to an understanding. Audience Award for Short Film, Ashland Independent FF. www.drewchristie.com (4min)

The Story of Change Can shopping save the world? The Story of Stuff Project teamed up with Free Range Studios to create “The Story of Change” because shopping your values is a great place to start, but a terrible place to stop. In this video Annie Leonard walks through key ingredients for successful change-making: a big idea, commitment to work together, and citizen action. Watch this short animation and learn how you can flex your citizen muscle! www.storyofchange.org (6min)

Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, Part 1: TRUST California – WITNESS, Our Children’s Trust and the iMatter Campaign Stories of TRUST is the perfect trifecta of law, science, justice and daring youth who are pursuing what has been recognized as the last best chance to protect our atmosphere. In Part 1 of this series, meet youth plaintiff Alec Loorz, a 17-year old climate champion who has been working to find solutions to the climate crisis since he was 12. Alec inspired youth from around the country to join together with public interest attorneys, top law students, distinguished scholars and top climate scientists to take their case to court. (6min)

Streams of Consequence In summer 2010, photographer James ‘Q’ Martin and conservation biologist Chris Kassar started an organization called Rios Libres. The organization uses multi-media to join the fight to protect the wild lands of Patagonia from proposed dams that threaten two of the most pristine rivers in one of the world’s most spectacular regions.

Last April, Q traveled south once again and landed in the thick of some of the largest anti-dam protests the country has ever seen. He captured historic footage of the protests, then spent nine weeks traveling the length of the country talking to gauchos, scientists, activists and the public in search of answers. The result is a solution-based film that addresses the hard questions that remained unanswered in Rios Libres’s first film: “What does an alternative energy model look like?” “How do the Chileans feel about it?” and “Could Chile become a global leader by gaining energy independence via green technology?” www.rioslibres.com  (25min)

Wild Things Native carnivores balance ecosystems and keep wilderness healthy. But they are also seen as a threat to livestock, and for decades ranchers and government trappers have slaughtered them. The Wildlife Services program within U.S.D.A. kills a hundred thousand coyotes, wolves and other native carnivores annually. It is a battle against nature that is costly, brutal, and not very effective.  Does the battle really need to be fought? Wild Things introduces audiences to progressive ranchers learning to peacefully coexist with these animals and features scientists, conservationists and even former Wildlife Services trappers, who believe it is time for a major change in the way we treat our magnificent native carnivores. www.nrdc.org (39min)


Chasing Ice Film Screening: Two Nights in Arcata

Monday, April 29th, 2013
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EPIC presents the award winning film Chasing Ice–a documentary, which shows the dramatic transformation of the world’s glaciers as a means of telling the story of the Earth’s changing climate. This film drives home the true planetary ramifications of deforestation Redwood Country.

MAY 1 in the Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University:
EPIC and the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB-HSU) host renowned forest ecologist and conservation scientist Dominick DellaSala to lead a discussion with the audience about climate change. Reception from 4:30-5:00, followed by a 30-minute presentation from Dr. DellaSala with a question and answer period and then the film at 5:30pm. Suggested donation: $3-5.

MAY 2 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge:
EPIC, Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Baykeeper present Chasing Ice in conjunction with Ocean Night at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 7pm. Suggested donation: $3-5.

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Chasing Ice SYNOPSIS:

chasing-iceIn the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
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DominickDellaSala_0Dr. Dominick DellaSala: a brief profile

President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon and President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section.

Dominick is an internationally renowned author of over 150 technical papers, including the award winning “Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World” (www.islandpress.org/dellasala). Dominick has given plenary and keynote talks ranging from academic conferences to the United Nations (Earth Summit II) and at HSU’s Biodiversity Conference 2012.

He has appeared in National Geographic, Science Digest, Science Magazine, Time Magazine, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, High Country News, Terrain Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, “Living on Earth (NPR),” and several PBS wildlife documentaries.

He has testified in congressional hearings in defense of the Endangered Species Act, roadless area conservation, national monument designations, forest protections, and climate change among others.

For his efforts to help foster national roadless area conservation and support designation of new national monuments, he received conservation leadership awards from the World Wildlife Fund in 2000 and 2004, the Wilburforce Foundation in 2006, and was twice nominated for conservation awards for his work as a whistleblower while on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service spotted owl recovery team.

His rainforest book received an academic excellence award in 2012 from Choice magazine, one of the nation’s premier book review journals.

Dominick co-founded the Geos Institute in July 2006. He is motivated by leaving a living planet for his daughter and all those to follow.

 


Thank you for EPIC Spring Gala

Monday, April 15th, 2013
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DSC_1318-1THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came out to support EPIC at the Spring Gala!!

The entire Board and Staff of EPIC would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all of the people who were a part of our Spring Gala for the dedication of their time, energy, and resources to this incredibly successful event. This ingenious celebration of our environmental advocacy was possible due to the contributions of the artists, musicians, performers, and spectacular cooks who were responsible for the dinner and show. The event came off with breathtaking ease due to the generosity, stamina, and commitment of all the volunteers who were involved. Thank you all for expressing the craftsmanship intrinsic to serving as the guardians of your wild California!

Special thanks to ALL of the MORE than 70 VOLUNTEERS!

Tryphena Lewis for taking on the unbelievable role of coordinating and planning the entire event, including creating the delicious dinner and bar menus!

Natalia Boyce and the entire kitchen crew for making the amazing food & desserts;

Brandi Winch and the Humboldt Fire Girls who served up the hors d’oeuvres and dinner with such style;

Chakeeta Garabenian, the Circus of the Elements and the Ink People for their spectacular fire dancing;

Andrew Goff for being such a fun and engaging emcee;

To  BOTH BANDS Petunia and the Vipers & Sour Mash Hug Band for their years of dedication to their craft and gracing us with their musical talents;

To ALL THE ARTISTS who supported the event and donated so generously to the silent auction–Joan Dunning, Megan Sandstrom, Thomas Dunklin, Patricia Sennott, Laurel Skye, Augustus Clarke, Sierra Martin, Peter Carlson, Joyce Jonte, Jacob Brauning, and Marcy Stein;

To Shawnee Alexandri, and his crew, for their talent, patience and hard work creating and installing the tent-like structure, and to Mike and Ed of the Arcata Community Center for all their help;

To all our friends and community who traveled from afar to bring their support (from Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Oregon) it meant a lot to have you there, thank you!

And to the EPIC Board (Dian, Noah, Josh, Heather, Joan, Hezakiah, Shawnee, Bruce…) THANK YOU!

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This event was a wonderful mix of art and entertainment, and for those of us in the intimate circle of EPIC it was particularly exciting to express the artistic side of our technical advocacy that combines law, science, and politics to defend native ecosystems and endangered species. This art is the creative spirit that will accompany us as we design a sustainable and ecologically wise relationship with our bioregion. Thank you for being a part of this celebration with us.

EPIC 2013 Spring Gala Business Supporters and Silent Auction Donors:
David Gray of Total Beverage Solution (Humboldt Hemp Ale, Red Nectar Ale & Nectar IPA)
Mad River Brewery
Lost Coast Communications (KHUM, KSLG, & Lost Coast Outpost)
KMUD
Signature Coffee
Whitethorn Winery
Garden Gate
Vintage Avenger
Baroni
B&B the Color Salon
Water Planet
Pleasure Center
Old Town Coffee
Pacific Paradise
Tall Tree Designs
Arcata School of Massage
Tomo Sushi
Dell’Arte
Belle Star
Shoshana Redwood Raks
Morning Star
Soul to Soul Foot Bar
Clothing Dock
Little Shop of Hers
Jamie Bellermann
Dana Hope
Redwood Curtain
David Sandercott
Couple Cups
Greenwired Renewable Energy Solutions
Libation
Circus of the Elements
Marjo Ribeiro
Tracy Rain
Redway Feed
Beneficial Tea Company
Cornerstone Computers
Global Village Gallery
3 Fold Design
Arcata Pet Supply
Humboldt Connection
Danielle Donaldson
Yi Fang
Bead Supply
Abraxas
Henderson Center Bicycles
Many Hands Gallery


EPIC Spring Gala featuring Petunia and the Vipers & Sour Mash Hug Band

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
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Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Arcata Community Center.

This second annual event promises to please, with two great knee-slapping dance bands, gourmet comfort-food dinner, silent art auction, specialty cocktails, the ever-delightful Humboldt Fire Girls serving it all up, along with fire dance performances by Circus of the Elements and more. The Arcata Community Center is where all the fun and magic will take place and is once again being transformed, this time taking you back to the good-ole days of the classic Americana Era.

PetuniaPetunia and the Vipers is roots Americana music at it’s best, blending sounds that are merged from folk, country, blues, rock and roll and bluegrass. “Road dogs Petunia and the Vipers play upbeat, hillbilly honky tonk that sounds like it took at least a 70-year time machine voyage from its birthplace to your ears. Taking traditional country sounds — the Vipers present a knowing sendup of their legendary influences and translate them into a boot-tapping live experience that’s anything but dated. They brings the hootenanny.“–Andrew Goff, North Coast Journal

Sour Mash Leah picture with Laura and AaronSour Mash Hug Band is a modern day Jug band with a twist! “Sour Mash Band evokes an era that never quite existed. Paris in the 30s, Harlem in the 20s, New Orleans in the 90s, its hard to say. An irresistible mix of old-time, gypsy, bluegrass, jazz, Irish, and ragtime.” –The San Francisco Chronicle

The evening begins at 6pm with specialty cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gourmet dinner served to your table by the Humboldt Fire Girls!

Dinner includes a drink of your choice, a New Orleans style feast with a delicious Andouille Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya, Braised Collard Greens, Corn Bread Muffins, Organic Salad, and more. A vegetarian option is available and all dinners are gluten free. Desserts to be announced!

In order to provide a quality dinner experience for our guests, there is limited reserved seating only.  Individual tickets for dinner and the music show are $40, or you may reserve an entire table of eight for you and seven of your friends for $300.

Purchase your advanced reservations for dinner and the music show here. Tickets purchased before April 5th are $40.00, and thereafter are $45.00. Reserve a table for eight for $300.

Doors open for the concert at 8pm, with beer, wine & cocktails being served by the Humboldt Fire Girls as well as special guest dance performers. Tickets are $15 in advance for general admission, $20 at the door.

Purchase your advance sale tickets to the music show here.

Specialty cocktails such include the Whiskey Corpse Reviver, Good Ole Margarita, Vodka Lavender Lemonade and the Dark & Stormy, along with local beer and wine available throughout the evening.

Tickets may be purchased in person at Wildberries Marketplace, Redway Liquor, or at the EPIC Office (145 G Street Arcata) and online at wildcalifornia.org.

All proceeds from the evening benefit the Environmental Protection Information Center-EPIC.  EPIC works to restore and protect ancient forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and endangered species in Northwest California. For more information please contact EPIC at 707-822-7711.

EPIC Gala Fire SpinningThank you to Circus of the Elements, a DreamMaker Project of The Ink People for sponsoring the event!


EPIC Open House and Membership Mixer & Meeting

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
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Want to learn more about forest conservation on the Redwood Coast? EPIC members and tree lovers are encouraged to meet the local environmental community for a mixer, Friday, December 7th from 5:00-8:00pm at the EPIC Office  (145 G Street, Suite A in Arcata).

Connect with EPIC staff and Board of Directors to talk about forest conservation strategies for the North Coast and provide input for EPIC’s future campaigns! Elect the 2013 Board of Directors, current EPIC members have voting rights (if you would like to vote for the 2013 Board of Directors, please join or renew your membership here).

Live music by Josephine Johnson and photography by Peter Carlson, with drinks, appetizers and silent auction.

Free and open to the public.

Directions:

The EPIC office is on South G Street next door to the Arcata School of Massage in the old North Coast Journal building.

Election Process:

Nominations for the 2013 EPIC Board of Directors were accepted at the southern Humboldt membership meeting (held November 10, 2012) at Persimmon’s Garden Gallery. That slate of nominated Board of Directors will be presented to the Northern Humboldt membership c0mmunity and voted on to determine the 2013 Board of Directors.


2012 Sempervirens Award Celebrates Defender of World’s Temperate Rainforests

Friday, October 26th, 2012
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Ancient Forest International founder Rick Klein is the recipient of the 2012 Sempervirens Award

The presentation of the Richard Gienger Sempervirens Award for Lifetime Achievement has become a time-honored tradition within the Fall Celebration of the Environmental Protection Information Center. Past recipients of the award have included Karen Pickett of the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters, Patty Clary of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, artist-activists David Simpson and Jane Lapiner, Richard Gienger, EPIC’s forest advocate and restoration policy expert, and last years recipient, film-maker and environmental troubadour Darryl Cherney. The EPIC Sempervirens Award truly has become something of an authentic, albeit idiosyncratic, hall-of-fame recognition for North Coast forest and wilderness defenders.

Thus, the board and staff of EPIC are proud to announce that this years winner is Rick Klein! Rick helped found the seminal global temperate rainforest protection organization, Ancient Forest International (AFI), after years of key contributions to environmental defense at home in the Redwood Region of California.  The selection of Rick as the recipient of the 2012 Sempervirens Award is a recognition of the global significance of our home redwood temperate rainforest ecosystem. Through his role in directing AFI, Rick participated in the protection of hundreds of thousands of acres of Valdivian Temperate Rainforest in Southern Chile, an accomplishment that highlighted the exceptional natural and spiritual values of the worlds temperate rainforests, and held up a mirror to the equally significant and history making efforts that Rick supported for the ancient redwoods at home in Northwest California.

The presentation of the 2012 Sempervirens Award to Rick Klein will be a feature of the program at EPIC’s 35th Anniversary Fall Celebration on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. Tickets are selling fast and are available on line, at Wildberries and the EPIC office in Arcata, and Redway Liquors in Southern Humboldt.

To get ready for the big show, we were able have Rick on the EPIC Edition of the KMUD Environment Show, and then we also had a moment to catch up with Rick and get his insight about his work, the value of cathedral forests, and the importance of supporting EPIC.

–What is your earliest memory of EPIC? Any inspired stories? Any funny stories?

On the Phun Bus with PB and the SFP, Ruthanne, OB, Woods, Alison, Tom Hayden, the Land Trust on our way to Sacramento for the 2-4-D (herbicide) hearings in 1975. We stopped into a cafe. the waitress shouted “We don’t serve hippies!” “That’s OK honey,” said Alison “cause we don’t eat em.” Also dumping fish emulsion in the helicopter at the airport.

–What is a Cathedral Forest? Why are ancient forests essential to humans and our physical and spiritual wellbeing?

A forest that rises all around you, supporting the distant sky with immense millenial columns…these are groves of solace…inspirational living cathedrals that today, practically speaking, nearly no one on Earth is able to experience.

–What can we in Redwood Country most learn from our mirror rainforest region in Southern Chile?

Any place that is home to the oldest and largest organisms in known creation has to have something going for it. The greenhouses of the Goddesses. It so happens that only at 40 degrees North latitude and at 40 degrees South, where the shore of the western hemisphere breaks into hundreds of misty isles and fjords, do the most ancient of forests and trees, live. Chile has protected their monarchs from logging. Can’t we, who are supposedly richer and wiser than the rest, not protect our titans also? There’s only one percent left for God’s sake.

–With Ancient Forest International you have been involved with major conservation transactions in Chile, Ecuador, and California that have resulted in the protection of millions of acres of wild ancient forest. What is your advice to a person who is just now getting motivated to contribute to saving wildlands?

AFI’s motto is “In order to get largesse you must kiss largeass”…no, seriously…the first step in any wildlands acquisition strategy is to fall in love with the place you seek to protect. Then identify funders who target or support your chosen area. But the very first advice I ever got from a funder was: “people fund people…not projects!”  That’s really true. Your passion must be credible. It’s a sales job.  Of course the best, most effective, is to take the funder there to the place you are working to protect.

–What was your experience the first time you were really taken in by the majesty of the Redwoods in our bioregion?

In 1968 our commune, fresh from Minnesota in a big white psychedelic school bus, ate mushrooms in Rockefeller Forest, and we were never the same forever. “Living Trees! Wow!”

–Can you look back with satisfaction and say that you made a difference, that you contributed something that helped save some corner of wild earth from the relentless hunger of global development?  Do you have any regrets?

Well, yes, I suppose I can…but the pride is in helping to build the coalition, the international team of impassioned activists who each and all were effective in their respective worlds. My regret is in not pushing harder for the ultimate realization of the Gondwana Sanctuary Project to legally declare all forests below 40 south latitude off limits to exploitation…just like the Whale Sanctuary. We had the alliances all in place.  Ministers and  NGO’s from Tasmania, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Chile, Argentina, the US, England had all signed on. It was a huge effort, but the principles were simply worn-out, exhausted. Realizing a project is a long slogging haul, sometimes, and you just have to be prepared to put aside your life.

–What does it mean to you to win the Sempervirens award?

It is so truly humbling. I mean there are dozens and dozens of more deserving people. I quess they’ll just have to get old, like me. But to be among the awardees so far – Sharon, Cecelia, Patty Clary, Karen Picket, Lynn Ryan, Richard,  Woods…true tireless warriors. What can you say?

–Last thoughts?

Ted Williams used to say “If you don’t think too good don’t think too much.” Just make your activism an adventure, an impassioned trip. Nature favors bold beginnings and will supply you with an excellent  team. Invite the world in. Be positive. You’ll win.

And remember, if you can’t, right now all alone, save that place or be that adventurer…then support one who will.

Thanks Rick for your words, and your support of EPIC. We are inspired to share this moment for recognizing your inspiration and your compass in understanding our responsibility to work for wild nature.

Be sure to come out Friday, Nov. 2nd to the EPIC 35th Anniversary Fall Celebration at the Mateel Community Center in Redway!

Don’t forget, EPIC will be holding 2 membership meetings seperate from the Fall Celebration this year:

  • Saturday, November 10th 2012 at Persimmons Garden Gallery in Redway from 12:00pm-2:00pm.
  • Friday, December 7th at the EPIC Office in Arcata from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Sempervirens Lifetime Achievment Award Recipients
•    2001 Cecelia Lanman
•    2002 Fred “Coyote” Downy
•    2003 Lynn Ryan
•    2004 Patty Clary
•    2005 Karen Pickett
•    2006 Robert “Man Who Walks In The Woods” Sutherland, Ruthanne Cecil, Marylee By The River
•    2007 David Simpson & Jane Lapiner
•    2008 Sharon Duggan
•    2009 Trees Foundation
•    2010 Richard Gienger
•    2011 Darryl Cherney
•    2012 Rick Klein


35th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, October 26th, 2012
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Join us for our 35th Anniversary Fall Celebration Friday November 2nd at the Mateel Community Center in Redway!

*Featuring the vibrant and high-energy band Delhi 2 Dublin!

*With an Indian-themed feast created and served by Tryphena Lewis, including specialty cocktails, fine regional wines and beers and after-dinner drinks- see below!

*Silent auction offering original art, getaways, gift baskets & more!-see below

*The 2012 Richard Gienger Sempervirens Award for lasting achievement in environmental advocacy presented to Rick Klein, wildlands explorer, conservation strategist, and defender of cathedral forests.

Purchase your tickets here to be part of the festivities. Tickets are $50 adults /children under 12 free, and include dinner, award presentation and concert.  (Please Note: There is limited seating capacity for dinner. This portion of the event sells out every year.) Doors open at 5:30pm.

Purchase your tickets here for an amazing show and dance celebration! Tickets are $25 for the Delhi 2 Dublin concert. Doors open to the general public at 9pm.

Hard-copy tickets are available at: Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata, Redway Liquor, or at the EPIC Office (145 G Street Arcata).

If you are unable to attend please consider a tax-deductible donation to EPIC.

Please Support our Event Sponsors, which include, but are not limited to: ??Wildberries Marketplace, Eureka Natural Foods, Chautauqua Natural Foods, Laganitas Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery, Frey Winery, Mad River Brewery, Arcata Exchange, Baroni Design, Fire and Light, Holly Yashi, Morning Star, Organic Grace, Ship Wreck, Signature Coffee, & Violet Green Winery.

Delhi 2 Dublin

So what does Dehli 2 Dublin sound like?

“Well, they sound like what you would expect from a group who describes themselves as playing Delhi and Dublin fusion music—electric sitar, Celtic fiddle, electronic mixing, reggae, Punjabi and English vocals and a whole bunch of percussion on the likes of the tabla and dhol.”—Melophobe

Delhi 2 Dublin is non-stop world beat energy, a multi-cultural dance celebration. Where else can you see a purple-haired fiddle player rocking out with a kilt-wearing Korean flanked by two bouncing bhangra percussionists and a vocalist who looks like he would be at home in a Bollywood music video? This is a live performance that is all about energy.

The Delhi 2 Dublin crew are road warriors. They have played major festivals in both Canada and the U.S. including Gaia, Earthdance, High Sierra and the California World Festival. A new album, Turn Up the Stereo and international touring opportunities all signal that originality and evolution are all part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience.

A Taste of the Indian-themed Feast!

Awaken your appetite with savory samosas topped with spiced chutney, followed by:

An Indian Thali Platter with Chicken Tikka Masala (optional), Palak Paneer (spinach & cheese), Chana Dal (curried lentils & spices), Aloo Gobi (potatoes, cauliflower & curried vegetables), Saffron Basmati Rice, Raita (cucumber salad) and Spiced Chutney (Indian relish)

(All dinner dishes are gluten free; vegetarian and vegan except for chicken tikka masala and palak paneer—vegan substitutes available)

Tempting desserts: Gulab Jamun—an Indian specialty! Rich, soft & fluffy dough that melts in the mouth with oozing rose sugar syrup, Peach Cobbler, Berry Crisp, Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake and Pear Cheesecake with cracked salt & balsamic vinegar

Specialty Cocktails: Classic Margarita, Dark & Stormy, Vodka & Gin Spritzers, Irish Whiskey, Guiness, Hard Apple Cider, Irish Coffee & Tawny Port.

Extensive Silent Auction!

This year we have an excellent silent auction! Plan on doing some holiday shopping with 100% of all proceeds going to support EPIC.

Some of our featured silent auction items include:

  • Getaways to Harbin & Orr Hot Springs, Benbow Inn and Shaw House Inn Bed and Breakfast and Sauna Where You Wanna
  • Herbal Gift Baskets from Moonrise Herbs, Greta Montagne, Michelle Palazzo, Nieves, Harmonic Botanicals, Soul to Soul Spa
  • Art by Mark Hensen, Shanna Trumbly, Brian Allison, Joyce Jonte, Monica Star, Fire and Light & The Glass Station
  • Jewelry from Baroni, Holly Yashi, Isara Designs, Stone Fever, Earth Stones
  • Tons of awesome Clothing, Candles, Trinket and Gift Certificates from your favorite local shops
  • 2 Season Passes for Dell’ Arte
  • 6x8ft Juta Natural Fiber Area Rug
  • Yoga, massage & pilates classes

For more information please contact EPIC at 707-822-7711.

Click here to become a member of EPIC today! By sending a minimum annual membership of $35 to EPIC you’ll help to ensure that the ecosystems of Northwest California receive the protection they deserve.

Over the last 35 years, the Environmental Protection Information CenterEPIC has diligently worked on behalf of the wildlife and wild places of Northwest California. These efforts have led to the permanent protection and restoration of thousands of acres of ancient forests, and strengthened the interpretation and enforcement of environmental laws and protections throughout the state and nation.

Don’t forget, EPIC will be holding 2 membership meetings seperate from the Fall Celebration this year:

  • Saturday, November 10th 2012 at Persimmons Garden Gallery in Redway from 12:00pm-2:00pm.
  • Friday, December 7th at the EPIC Office in Arcata from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

EPIC Continues to Hold Caltrans Accountable to the Law

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
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Photograph copyrighted 2010 Jack Gescheidt, TreeSpiritProject.com

The legal proceedings for Richardson Grove continue, this time with a State Court decision, which appears to agree with Caltrans.  However, there has yet to be a final decision on the merits of the case.

Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen handed down a 30-page order that found that Caltrans made “no violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at this time.” The judge said that there is substantial evidence to show that the project will have no significant effect on ancient redwoods in the park, and ruled against all, but possibly one count brought by EPIC and fellow petitioners.  A violation may be found if Caltrans has not adopted a “reporting or monitoring program” that is “designed to ensure compliance during project implementation.”

“It is disappointing that the State Court did not find the legal errors that we believe are well documented, said Natalynne DeLapp, EPIC spokesperson. “However, we are thankful that the federal judge found that Caltrans was in the wrong when they based their findings of no significant impact on ‘false data’ and ordered them to go back and redo critical aspects of their analysis, including surveying and describing the environmental issues to each and everyone of more than 70 old growth redwood trees in the project area. This firm ruling on the part of the federal court still stands, and there is nothing in the state court ruling that can or will change that fact.”

At this time, the federal injunction remains in effect, which prevents Caltrans from beginning work on the project, pending the resubmission of the new maps and analysis to the judge in order that the federal case can proceed.

Since 2007, EPIC and our allies have held Caltrans accountable to the law. Initially Caltrans was only going to do the bare minimum of environmental analysis for the Richardson Grove ‘Improvement’ Project—a Categorical Exemption, which is reserved for projects that do not have a significant impact on the environment.  Had EPIC not intervened on behalf of the Grove, it is likely the project would likely have already been built, with very little environmental analysis, and zero public input.

“Win or lose, EPIC has done its job,” said DeLapp. “We have held Caltrans accountable to the law and the people. With regards to the State Case, now there is a court ordered mandate that will make Caltrans fully comply with environmental law—if the project is actually implemented. ”


EPIC Thank You for Spring Gala

Thursday, April 19th, 2012
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THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came out to support EPIC at the Vagabond Opera & Fishtank Ensemble EPIC Spring Gala!!

The entire Board and Staff of EPIC would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all of the people who were a part of our Spring Gala for the dedication of their time, energy, and resources to this incredibly successful event. This ingenious celebration of our environmental advocacy was possible due to the contributions of the artists, musicians, performers, and spectacular cooks who were responsible for the dinner and show. The event came off with breathtaking ease due to the generosity, stamina, and commitment of all the volunteers who were involved. Thank you all for expressing the craftsmanship intrinsic to serving as the guardians of your wild California!

Special thanks to ALL of the MORE than 80 VOLUNTEERS!

Tryphena Lewis for taking on the unbelievable role of coordinating and planning the entire event, including creating the delicious dinner and bar menus!

Resha Reneau for all her help, her beautiful artistic eye, and exquisite execution with the Silent Auction;

Natalia Boyce and the entire kitchen crew for making the amazing food;

Amanda Rose of Devine Creations for her incredible chocolate mocha cheesecake (who knew that raw, vegan and gluten free could be so divine?);

To all the Humboldt Fire Girls who served up the hors d’oeuvres and dinner with such style;

Fhyre Phoenix for helping with Stage Management and keeping things moving on time;

To ALL THE FABULOUS PERFORMERS for truly bringing it: Nicholette Routhier and Andrew Wether of Dell’Arte for being such fun MCs, to Shoshanna and the Ya Habibi Dance Company for their beautiful belly dance offering, to Chakeeta and the Circus of Elements for their magical fire performances, to Steven Weven and his Varietyville Friends for their talents and juggling fun, to Tofu Mike for doing such a great job with the lights and sound, to BOTH BANDS Vagabond Opera and Fishtank Ensemble for their years of dedication to their craft and gracing us with their musical talents;

To ALL THE ARTISTS and BUSINESSES who supported the event and donated so generously to the silent auction, especially to Annie Salt for her help and inspiration, and to Jeff and Carla of Sew What for sewing the beautiful tent-like fabric in the hall;

To Shawnee Alexandri, and his crew Ryan Sullivan and Bobby Wright, for their talent, patience and hard work creating and installing the tent-like structure, and to Mike and Ed of the Arcata Community Center for all their help;

To all our friends and community who traveled from afar to bring their support (from Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Oregon) it meant a lot to have you there, thank you!

And to the EPIC Staff and Board (Natalynne, Amber, Kelly, Gary, Andrew, Dian, Rob, Kimberly, Noah, Josh, Heather, Joan, Hezakiah, Shawnee…), THANK YOU!

This event was a wonderful mix of art and entertainment, and for those of us in the intimate circle of EPIC it was particularly exciting to express the artistic side of our technical advocacy that combines law, science, and politics to defend native ecosystems and endangered species. This art is the creative spirit that will accompany us as we design a sustainable and ecologically wise relationship with our bioregion. Thank you for being a part of this celebration with us.  See photo gallery below.

EPIC 2012 Spring Gala Business Supporters and Silent Auction Donors
Jade Dragon Spa
Om Shala Yoga
Veruschka Normandeau
Humboldt Back & Neck Pain Center
Lorraine Tryon
Samantha at Panache Foot Bar
Parker’s Beauty Bar
Hair Unlimited
Adam Wolter
Devine Creations
Mycality Mushrooms
Asia Anderson
Bloom Salon
Dr. Robert Kleiman
Sukura Herbals
Jeff Jacobsen
Ann Youmans
Shoshanna
Erin Rowe
Jamie Bellerman
Country Living Florists
Los Bagels
New World Water
Mad River Brewery
Elk Prairie Vineyards
Robert Goodman Wines
New World Ballet
The Pearl Lounge
Northtown Books
Caravan of Dreams
Wildberries Market
Willow & Rags
Morning Star
New Outdoor Store
Pro Sports Center
Old Town Antique Lighting
Pierson’s Building Center
Trinidad Trading Company
Bayside Roasters
Hot Knots
Natural Selection
Northcoast Co-Op
Adventures Edge
Booklegger
Vintage Avenger
Belle Starr
Yi Fang Imports
Ship Wreck
Sew What
Accident Gallery
Good Relations
Murphy’s Markets
Bang-Bang
Tru Bru
Water Planet
Libation
Moonrise Herbs
Global Village Gallery
Alirose
Brio Breadworks
Signature Coffee
Laurel Sky
John Chapman
Justine Levy
Jay Bird
Thomas Dunklin
Carrie Grant
Jim Lowery
Shannon Sullivan
Jennifer Metz
Joan Dunning
Aaron Houser
Ryan Hurst
David Zdrazil
Jeffery & Iris
Montage Art
Joe Sandoval
Harold Funk
Folie Douce
Abruzzi/Moonstone/Plaza Grill
Luke’s Joint
The Other Place
955 Restaurant
Passion Presents
North Coast Repertory Theatre
Dell’Arte
Hotel Arcata
Sweetwater Inn
Benbow Inn


Spectacular Spring Gala featuring Vagabond Opera and Fishtank Ensemble

Friday, March 16th, 2012
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Join EPIC for the Spring Gala, Saturday April 14, 2012, a spectacular evening filled with entertainment featuring sizzling-hot bands Vagabond Opera and Fishtank Ensemble at the Arcata Community Center.

This is a not-to-be missed gala affair! The Arcata Community Center is being transformed into a vaudevillian atmosphere with belly dancers from the Ya Habibi Dance Company, performers from Dell’Arte, the Humboldt Fire Girls and two amazing bands! Talented six-piece, Portland, Oregon-based Vagabond Opera will be sure to impress with their European cabaret, vintage Americana, Balkan belly dance, neo-classical opera, and theatrical performance style! Fishtank Ensemble‘s ‘cross-pollinated’ Gypsy music will get you dancing, and Ursula Knudsen on the musical saw will complement and complete the evening’s entertainment.

The evening begins at 6pm with specialty cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gourmet dinner served to your table by the Humboldt Fire Girls!

Dinner includes an organic spring green salad with glazed walnuts, grapes and apples, with Cypress Grove Chevre, blue cheese and a rose petal vinaigrette along with your choice of entrees: Organic lemon chicken with Humboldt honey, figs and olives, served with pearl couscous, grilled asparagus and roasted peppers; or grilled portobello and shitake mushrooms served with braised kale, and mixed greens over orzo with pinenuts and roasted spring vegetables, and a chocolate mocha cheesecake with hazelnuts and raspberries.

In order to provide a quality experience for the guests, there is limited and reserved seating for dinner only. Individual tickets for dinner and the show are $50, or you may reserve an entire table for you and seven of your friends!

Purchase your advanced reservations for dinner and the show here.

At 8pm the doors open to the public for the music show, with many special guest musicians and dance performers! Specialty cocktails such as, Eternal Sunshines, Moroccan Cosmos, Classic Margaritas, along with local beer and wine will be available throughout the evening.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for students. Purchase your advance sale tickets to the show here, or purchase tickets in person at Wildberries Marketplace, Redway Liqour, or at the EPIC Office (145 G Street Arcata).

All proceeds from the evening benefit the Environmental Protection Information Center-EPIC.  EPIC works to ensure the national forests, state parks, private-industrial forests and rivers in Northwest California are managed to maximize their benefits for conservation.

For more information please contact EPIC at 707-822-7711.


EPIC Open House: Spotted Owl Self-defense Night

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
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Please join us on Monday, March 12, 2012 for an EPIC open house mixer to promote our Spotted Owl self-defense initiative.  The evening features a short presentation about EPIC’s ongoing work to protect Northern Spotted Owls on privately held forestlands in Northern California. Staff Attorney, Sharon Duggan will be available to answer questions. Doors open at 6pm.  Snacks and beverages provided.  The EPIC office is located at 145 “G” Street in Arcata.  For more information, please call 707-822-7711.


9th Annual Pisces Party

Monday, February 20th, 2012
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Friday March 9th at Beginnings in Briceland

Doors and bar open at 6pm with a hearty dinner at 6:30 and music by Ken Jorgenson and the Falling Rocks. After dinner the Compost Mountain Boys will get people on their feet to their foot-stompin’ blue-grass sounds. Dinner, music and dancing $20-30 sliding scale at the door, after 8pm $10-20 sliding scale.

Attending the 9th Annual Pisces Party helps support the ongoing work of environmental protector, restorationist and Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award winner—Richard Gienger.

Richard Gienger has been a resident of the North Coast of California for more than forty years. In that time he has established himself as a field restoration expert, overseeing hundreds of projects and mentoring aspiring ecological restoration specialists, Richard is also dedicated to monitoring policy developments in the state capitol, taking innumerable trips to Sacramento to advocate for a more robust environmental management framework. His tenaciousness with decision makers is only matched by his talent for the rock-work that has set a region wide standard for quality stream and landscape restoration efforts. Richard is truly committed to contributing to the design of a dignified and sustainable forest products industry on the North Coast, as well as to thriving restoration economy.

Though Richard is known to wear many organizational hats, EPIC has maintained a long-term financial commitment to Richard and his work. Coming out to the Pisces Party and/or making a special donation to the funds that allow EPIC to support Richard’s advocacy is a great way to show your appreciation for one of the region’s most stalwart defenders of our environment and natural resources, as well as the communities that live closest to them.

If you are unable to attend the Pisces Party in person, but would like to help support Richard’s work you may make a donation here.

We are looking for businesses, artisans, craftspeople and any other willing donors to make a contribution to the silent auction. If you would like to make a donation please call 707-822-7711 or email Natalynne@wildcalifornia.org.


EPIC Annual Fall Celebration Features Fishtank Ensemble

Monday, October 17th, 2011
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Fishtank Ensemble will get people dancing at the EPIC Annual Meeting on Nov 4 at the Mateel in Redway

The Environmental Protection Information Center is excited to invite our members and the general public to the 34th EPIC Annual Meeting and Fall Celebration from 6 PM – Midnight on Friday, November 4th, at the Mateel Community Center, located at 59 Rusk Lane in Redway.

We are very pleased to announce that the musical entertainment for the night will feature the intoxicating sounds of Fishtank Ensemble. As one of the most exciting new groups to recently explode on the international music scene, Fishtank Ensemble will bring it’s unique blend of Romanian, Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco, Balkan, Turkish, and Tango rhythms and melodies to the Mateel stage for their only fall 2011 appearance in Humboldt County.  Music is scheduled to begin at 9 PM. This high energy set will be sure to get everyone dancing, and will provide a raucous soundtrack to round out a traditionally EPIC party.

The main stage festivities will be only a part of the evening’s activities. The evening will start at 6 PM with the annual EPIC membership meeting, which will include brief updates of EPIC’s work to advocate on behalf of the globally treasured landscapes of the redwood region, as well as the nomination and election of the following year’s Board of Directors. At 7 PM a mouth-watering dinner will be served, highlighting a Mediterranean themed gourmet meal prepared by Tryphena Lewis, punctuated by a variety of fine desserts, and accompanied by excellent locally produced beers and handcrafted wines.

Ongoing through the evening there will be a silent auction for products, artwork and services from the local business and artist community, providing attendees a chance to bid on and take home an engaging array of high-value items at potentially breathtakingly affordable prices.

As well, EPIC is pleased to announce that Darryl Cherney is this year’s winner of the EPIC Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award, joining a long list of community members whose efforts to protect and restore the environment of our bioregion merit distinction and recognition. Darryl is a renowned Earth First! troubadour who has recorded dozens of unforgettable songs that capture the life essence of redwood activists. Darryl has in the last several years demonstrated a spectacular diversity of talents in the process of making the film Who Bombed Judi Bari?, a soon-to-be-released work that will prove to be one of the definitive documentaries of the redwood region. We are very proud to present the Sempervirens Award to Darryl at this year’s annual meeting.

Advance tickets to the celebration will be available at local outlets such as Redway Liqour and Blue Moon Gift Shop in Southern Humboldt, the Works in Eureka, as well as at the EPIC office in Arcata, located at 145 G St, Suite A, by the Arcata Marsh. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets for Dinner, Music, and Dancing $40, Music and Dancing $20.

Do not miss this great show, and be sure to come join us for an EPIC time on Friday, November 4, at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. We hope you will be there to celebrate with us. For more information, contact EPIC at 707-822-7711.

Be sure to visit the website of the Fishtank Ensemble for more information and video clips of the band.


EPIC Screening of Patagonia Rising

Monday, September 26th, 2011
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EPIC Screening of Patagonia Rising Puts Removal of Klamath River Dams in a Global Context.

At 7 PM on Tuesday, October 11, at the Arcata Theater Lounge (1o36 G Street, Arcata), EPIC will be proud to host a screening of the documentary film Patagonia Rising. This film describes the efforts of communities in Chile to protect the wildest rivers in the Patagonia region from mega-hydroelectric development, and their realistic vision for sustainable alternatives.

This compelling film is particularly relevant in Northwest California due to the public comment period that is currently underway on the Draft Plan for the removal of 4 obsolete and destructive dams on the Klamath River. As communities in California work to fulfill the promise of an agreement to decommission dams and begin to restore the long-abused Klamath, people all around the world are struggling to defend their still free-flowing rivers from large dams. This global dynamic is essential to understanding this historic moment for the rivers in our region.

Come out to the Arcata Theater Lounge at 7 PM on October 11 to see an amazing documentary film that recounts a story that the filmmakers decided was “too important not to tell.” Patagonia Rising is an independent documentary that explores the perspective of families along the Baker River in Chile’s Patagonia whose way of life is threatened by a proposal to build a series of giant dams that, if built, would forever change the landscape and the culture of this wilderness refuge.

We at EPIC have chosen to host this film because we believe that a global perspective on the costs of the hydropower industry can assist in understanding the importance of public participation in the plan to remove dams from the Klamath River. This film screening on October 11 launches several weeks of activities around the Klamath dam removal plan. EPIC is one of several organizations participating in a “teach-in” event that is scheduled for 6:30 PM on October 19 at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka. As well, a series of public hearings on the Klamath dam removal will be hosted by the Department of Interior, including a hearing on October 26 at the Arcata Community Center in Arcata.

Come out to this film on October 11 to learn of what is at stake in one of our planet’s iconic struggles over natural resources, and what it means for us at home in Northwest California.

For background on the Klamath Dams Removal Plan listen to the most recent version of the EPIC Edition of the KMUD Environment Show where EPIC’s Gary Graham Hughes interviews Felice Pace, Klamath resident and author of the “Klamblog” (klamblog.blogspot.com).

See the trailer here:

Patagonia Rising from Brian Lilla on Vimeo: http://patagoniarising.com/trailer

Download the print-ready poster here.

Visit the website of the Arcata Theater Lounge.


Pints for Non-Profits at Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. Sept 21

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
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Join EPIC on Wednesday, September 21 between 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Redwood Curtain Brewing Company to try hand crafted artisan ales listen to live music by singer-songwriter Josephine Johnson and get to know the environmental community in our area.

$1 of every pint sold supports environmental protection of the places we love here on the northcoast. Support a great cause and raise your glass to the Environment!

The Brewery is located in Arcata at 550 South G Street #6.  Bring your friends, listen to some music, have a few beers for a good cause and meet some EPIC folks 🙂

See you there!