Here's a handy listing of what's happening around South Siskiyou County!

Wed., Oct. 19
• Pink party -- Hosted by Divina Salon, 104 Main Street, Weed – in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – starting at 9 a.m. Raffles and snacks available. Free manicure for anyone fighting any type of cancer. Wear pink to show your support. Info: 938-4030.

• Poetry and folksongs -- The Dunsmuir Library presents “Voices in the Canyon,” an evening of poetry and folksongs from 6 to 8 p.m. at 5714 Dunsmuir Avenue. Refreshments available. Info: 235-2035.

Water Talks -- “Agriculture in Siskiyou County,” 6 to 8 p.m., Sisson Museum, activities room, Mount Shasta. Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational event with local and regional expert presenters sharing on a range of water related topics. Todays presenters are Mario Burch, Jim Morris, Steve Orloff and Jeff Fowle. Participants can expect to gain a better understanding of agriculture in Siskiyou County and how it relates to water. Info: 859-1411 or

Thurs., Oct. 20
Vets coffee hour -- All veterans are invited to Veterans Coffee Hour and Social, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Mount Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake Street. Facilitated by a Vietnam veteran and veteran caregiver who are seasoned users of the VA system. Goodies served. Group meets 1st and 3rd Thursday monthly. Info: 926-1400.

Fri., Oct. 21
Movement & music -- Movement & Music Workshop for parents and toddler age children, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Mount Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake Street. A one-time interactive workshop on the important role of music in children’s brain development. Facilitated by Claudia Carpenter. Space is limited. To register: 926-1400.

Sat., Oct. 22
• Craft fair -- McCloud Community Resource Center’s Harvest Festival Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locally handcrafted gifts for the holidays. To reserve booth by Oct. 19 or for more info: 964-3250.
• History and song -- The McCloud Library will host A Fun Evening of Australian History and Song at 6 p.m. at the Scout Hall on Colombero Drive in McCloud. Presented by Lindsay Edwards; accompanied on guitar and vocals by Traci Montgomery.

Sing along to Australian folksongs; learn interesting facts about Australian history, geography and culture; hear how the USA helped influence European settlement in Australia; learn the meaning of Australian slang terms; take part in an Australia trivia quiz and win Aussie prizes. Attendance by donation to the library. Info: 964-3110 or 926-2031.

• Breast cancer walk -- 4th annual Yreka Breast Cancer Walk, 8:30 a.m., Lower Greenhorn Park, Yreka (arrive early for registration, t-shirts and check-in). Includes: 5 mile run/walk ($30 per person); Mile-ish Walk around Greenhorn Lake; and Tot Trot for ages 0-7. Form a team or participate as an individual. Prizes awarded for best team name, most money raised, largest team, best pink themed costume, farthest distance traveled.

A city-wide, synchronized, pink balloon launch takes place at noon.

Registration forms available at Shoppe Serendipity, 213 S. Broadway in Yreka or by calling 842-1993.  

Polenta dinner -- Sponsored by Sons of Italy Weed Lodge No. 1269 at Sons Memorial Hall, 155 Clay Street, Weed. Social, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Tickets: $12 each by calling 938-2864.

Free disposal -- Free green waste, scrap metal and appliance disposal, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., District’s lagoon site, McCloud. Gate entrance is on Squaw Valley Road directly across from McCloud Golf Course.

Items accepted – leaves, grass clippings, pine needles, prunings and tree limbs (no tree stumps). Scrap metal includes vehicles, refrigerators with Freon, appliances, batteries (wet-cell only), snowmobiles, lawnmowers (riding or push), snow blowers and motorcycles.

Not accepted – electronics such as TVs, computers and game boxes, plastic, tires, tires on rims (unless on vehicle), microwaves, slide in-over cab or all wood campers, dry-cell or gel-cell batteries. Info: 859-1570.

Run & Laugh program -- Mount Shasta Martial Arts Run & Laugh pre-school activity program, 9 to 10 a.m., 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta. Allows young children to explore physical abilities through running, jumping, laughing and more. Free. Class also held Oct. 29. Info: 859-2024,

Sun., Oct. 23
Music and message -- 10:45 a.m., Center for Spiritual Living, 4303 Oak Street, Dunsmuir. Rev. Eleanor Richard speaks on “Chosen for Success.” All are welcome. For those staying for the workshop “A Shaman’s Way” at 12:30 p.m., bring finger food to share between events. Info: 938-2930.

Harmonica lesson -- 11:30 a.m., A Melo Place, 412 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta. Free. Lessons also given Oct. 30. Info: 859-1296.

Ukulele -- Performance and introductory lesson, 2 p.m., A Melo Place, 412 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta. Autumn Scenes with Alek Balos. Free. Info: 859-1296.

Wed., Oct. 26
Outdoor arts -- Outdoor Creative Arts for Older Adults free self-guided exploration of watercolor painting and drawing at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta. Art supplies provided. Bring bag lunch and $1 to $2 gas contribution. Group meets at 10 a.m. at Mount Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake Street and carpool to site. Space is limited. To register: 926-1400.

Oct. 27
Photo reception -- Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens’ Photo Contest gallery show and reception, 5 to 7 p.m., The Box Car, 5905 Sacramento Avenue, Dunsmuir. Showcasing the 2011 entries. Vote for Best of Show. Refreshments served. Info: 235-2219.

Oct. 28
• Costume party -- Opening Night Costume Party, 5 to 7 p.m., Liberty Arts Gallery, 108 W. Miner Street, Yreka. Experience the skin-crawling sensation of “fear!” Dance performance by Will Cooper at 6 p.m.; plus spooky beats by DJ Ujjayi. Costumes encouraged. No admission charge.

Following is a post-reception dinner available for purchase next door at The Audacity Cafe, featuring terrifying tunes of Kanyble Kaow at 7:30 p.m. Info: 842-0222.

Oct. 28 to 31
• Haunted house -- Open Oct. 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Community Center on Alder Street. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for younger kids in bottom half of building (includes themed characters, games and surprises). Upstairs is a Haunted House complete with unimaginable horrors and scares. Entry cost: $2 each or $1 with canned food item donation.

Hot dogs, hot chocolate and apple cider available for additional $2. Goodie bags. Mount Shasta High School’s drama class will perform scary skits. Info: (530) 905-3722 or 859-1285.

Oct. 29
Clothing give-away -- Hope Community Church 9th Free Clothing Give-Away, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 974 Lassen Lane, Mount Shasta. Clothing for all members of the family. Everyone is welcome to take as much clothing as you would like for free.

To donate clean and in good shape clothing, leave on church porch. Last day to donate is Thursday, Oct. 27. Info: 926-2847.

Autumn art walk -- 3 to 6 p.m., downtown Dunsmuir. Artists will host receptions with refreshments in local businesses and historic buildings. Local studios open for viewing. Maps available at Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce and event locations. Free event.

The Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society’s Railroad Display Room and the first phase of the Dunsmuir Museum will also be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Refreshments for all visitors and free Amtrak paper hats for children. Info: 235-2177.

Oct. 30
Demo -- Spooky makeup for the whole family, 4 p.m., A Melo Place, 412 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta. Free; 859-1296.

Sunday night live -- Free community dinner and concert at the Lake Shastina Community Bible Church, 5826 Jackson Ranch Road. Dinner served at 6 p.m.; followed by concert at 7 p.m. Info: 938-2525.

Oct. 31
Halloween festival -- 2nd annual Haunted House and Halloween Festival at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka. Games include bean bag toss, costume contest, crafts and broomstick obstacle course. (Hay ride and hay bale maze is hoped to be added); 842-2767 or email:
Family game night -- Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Avenue, will host a Family Game Night on the last Monday monthly from 5:30 to 7 p.m. beginning with a Halloween theme on Oct. 31. Info: 235-4400.

Nov. 1
• Substance abuse -- Remembering You: A Battle Against Substance Abuse community event, 6 to 8 p.m., Mt. Shasta Shopping Center parking lot. Includes a Luminary Ceremony, remembering those who have lost their lives or are struggling with substance abuse; guest speaker: John Cunningham, LMFT; and student speakers sharing their stories. Mount Shasta High School Chamber and Jazz Choirs will perform.

Nov. 2
• WIB meeting -- Women in Business Networking meeting, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Mount Shasta Resort, Highland Room. Guest speaker Stephanie Hoffman of Small Business Develop Center will present, “Real Time Marketing: Get Invaluable Business Advise to Increase Your Bottom Line.” Bring your marketing material. No cost for first meeting. Info: 926-4572.

Nov. 3
• Metal detecting -- Siskiyou County Relic and Recovery Club now meets at 7 p.m. at the China Dragon Restaurant, 520 S. Main Street in Yreka. The metal detecting club meets on the 1st Thursday monthly. Info: 964-2682.

Nov. 5
• Ribs & chili dinner -- McCloud Community Resource Center BBQ Ribs and Chili Dinner, Dance and Auction fundraiser, 6 to 11 p.m., American Legion Hall, 232 Broadway Avenue, McCloud. Menu: BBQ ribs, chili, potato salad and corn bread. Includes dessert auction, live auction and silent auction. Tickets: $14, adults; $5, children ages 12 and under; available in advance and at the door. Proceeds help maintain MCRC services. Info: 964-3250.

Harvest celebration -- Harvest Dinner and Celebration fundraiser, 5 p.m., Mount Shasta City Park. Dinner features locally harvested farm-fresh produce. Proceeds support Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center. Info: 926-5655.

Nov. 5 and 6
• Garage & bake sale -- Sisson Museum Christmas Garage and Bake Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1 N. Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta. New and gently used items to decorate your whole house for Christmas. Info: 926-5508.

Nov. 9
• Blood drive -- Blood Centers of the Pacific community blood drive, noon to 6 p.m., Sons of Italy Hall, 155 Clay Street, Weed. Donors earn Hero points for the Reward Store. For appointment: (530) 722-3043 or (sponsor code: Weed).

Nov. 11
Veterans Day service -- Begins at 11 a.m. at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, located approximately 12 miles north of Weed on Highway 97. Speaker is Dean Whetstine, Commander, US Navy, Retired. The full program lasts about one hour and includes the dedication of names submitted to the Ace Cozzalion Hot LZ Memorial Wall for this service. Bring your own chairs.

Nov. 12
• Craft fair -- Dunsmuir Rotary Holiday Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dunsmuir Community Building, 4835 Dunsmuir Avenue. All items are handmade and carefully selected for high quality craftsmanship. Crafters interested in selling should call 235-2263. Proceeds help fund community projects. Info: 235-4225.

Nov. 12 and 13
• Garage sale -- Sisson Museum Christmas Garage Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1 N. Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta. New and gently used items to decorate your whole house for Christmas. Info: 926-5508.

Nov. 19
• Birding tour -- Butte Valley Birds of Prey Tour fundraiser, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., meet at Butte Valley Library, 800 W. 3rd Street, Dorris. Led by local raptor expert Charlotte Kisling. After brief introduction, participants will carpool to various locations in the Butte Valley. Bring binoculars (available for lending), field guides, bag lunch, sunscreen and hat. Tour designed for all levels of birders (beginners welcome). Donation request: $15; all proceeds support Butte Valley Library.

Dec. 3
• Art and wine -- Art Auction and Wine Tasting fundraiser, hosted by Butteville Elementary School PTO, 7 p.m., Lake Shastina Golf Resort. Live art auction, 8:30 p.m. Info: 938-2907.

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