McK MATTERS: Ballet Saturday; Shopay honored; botanical garden update





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Trinity Ballet of McKinleyville will present its Humboldt County tradition, “A Christmas Star,” at the Eureka High School Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m.

mckmattersboxCreated by Trinity Ballet Academy’s director, Greta Leverett, this uplifting ballet is not too long and is for all ages. It tells an original story of a little girl’s dream about “the Christmas star.”

It includes favorite variations of the  “Nutcracker,” as well as Trinity Ballet’s inspirational “Dances of Noel.” This beautiful ballet features Trinity Ballet’s upper level dancers and includes talent from Fortuna to Trinidad.

Tickets are $12 for General and $8 for children 11 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door of the theatre on the day of show. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets may also be purchased between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Trinity Ballet Academy in McKinleyville at 1981 Central Ave.  Call (707) 839-1816 for more information and other ticket locations,

Holiday Decorating

Contest Winners

Last week the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its Holiday Decorating Contest. The winners are: Holiday Inn Express, with a traditional Christmas theme, first place; The Complete Look, with a peacock theme, second place; and North Valley Bank, with a “Let it Snow” theme, third place.

Shopay honored by MCSD

Norman Shopay, who died Nov. 10, was honored last week by the McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors.

The board voted unanimously at its Dec. 12 meeting in support of a resolution of commendation for Shopay and his serve to the district.

“Mr. Shopay provided an insight into the future, benefiting McKinleyville in the present and for years to come,” the resolution states. “He spread his efforts among the daily tasks of management and provided the platform for future planning such as the 20 year facilities plan and the district website serving the District’s present needs;

“Mr. Shopay’s energy fostered partnerships extending outside the District.

Mr. Shopay’s efforts extended to local service groups, neighboring cities, County, and State Agencies. Specifically, his efforts with the Mad River Rotary Club and the California Department of Water Resources are not soon duplicated or forgotten,” the resolution states.

Botanical garden


Work continues on a proposal to plant a botanical garden at Hiller Park. The idea will be brought before the McKinleyville Recreation Advisory Committee at its February meeting. The garden is proposed for Hiller Park between the playground area and the dog park/open pasture.

In preparation for the garden, the MCSD may plant Leyland Cypress trees along the southern fence line of the nearby wastewater treatment plant. The trees would serve as a windbreak for the garden, as well as the playground area.

During a recent site visit, MCSD staff noticed several trees in the area surrounded by berry bushes. Staff plans to work with the Sheriff Work Alternative Program and the California Conservation Corps. to have the berry bushes removed so that the trees can grow larger.


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