Community Briefs: December 19, 2012
Contest deadline Thursday
The Department of Fish and Game and International Sportsmen's Expositions have teamed up to offer a youth essay contest. Holders of a junior hunting license and are youth under 16 who have valid 2012 hunter education certificates are eligible.
To enter, contestants need to submit an essay of 500 words or less on what "Passing on the Tradition" means to them. Participants are encouraged to write about conservation, sportsmanship and ethics.
Essays will be reviewed and scored by the stars of National Geographic's Wild Justice TV show.
The winner will be notified by phone and must be present with his or her parents for the grand prize on Jan. 12, 2012 in Sacramento.
Mail entries to Lt. John Nores, PO Box 1, San Martin, CA 95046.
Entries must be received by Thursday.
Artist showing paintings
Colusa artist Hal Tacker will have his paintings on display at a one-man show "The Art of Hal Tacker" from 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. Saturday at the Colusa Golf & Country Club.
In addition to his original paintings, he will have drawings and limited prints for sale.
The golf course is located along Highway 20 just east of Colusa.
Party on New Year's Eve
Orland VFW and Orland Pride will host a New Year's Eve party from 9 p.m. — 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at Orland Memorial Hall, 320 Third St.
The event will include a full service bar, party favors, midnight countdown, balloon drop, music by Inside Straight and more.
Proceeds benefit Orland's Heroes project.
Must be 21 to attend.
Tickets available by donation by calling 774-1537 or 870-1559.
Motor-Icicle Run set
The annual Motor-Icicle Run, a pledge ride to fund a memorial for the Orland's heroes and to light the historic Orland Arch, will be held Jan. 19.
Meet at the Orland Fire Department, Fifth and Colusa streets, at 7 a.m. for a pancake breakfast, $6, followed by the ride, 8-10 a.m.
A chili feed, 50/50 and prize raffle will follow immediately after the ride.
Entry fee is $20 per rider and $5 per passenger.
Pledges are encouraged.
To register or for more information, call 1-888-814-2354 or email email@example.com.
Bald eagle hikes slated
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting free guided tours that Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County that will include views of wintering bald eagles, as well as tule elk, golden eagles, osprey, herons, red-tailed hawks and egrets.
The hikes are scheduled for Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, but early reservations are recommended.
The four-mile hikes last three to four hours. The trail includes a steep 600-foot climb in the first mile, so hikers should be in good physical condition. Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots suitable for wet conditions and dress for cold weather.
They should carry water, a lunch and binoculars, as most eagle sightings are from a distance.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. in the Redbud Trailhead parking area, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call the BLM Ukiah Field Office, (707) 468-4000. ï½