Calendar of Events

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April 11 at 7:30: UkeFest Kick-Off Enjoy a weekend celebrating the ukulele as a friendly and playful instrument, beginning with a ukulele variety show at the Community Center of Mendocino. The UkeFest Kick-Off will start on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 PM with performances followed by a ukulele jam session and sing-along. CCM is located at the corner of School and Pine Streets in Mendocino. Performers include Dennis Hudson, Pattie DeMatteo, members of the Mendocino Ukulele class and many of your friends and neighbors. Players will lead the jam session and singalong in the second portion of the evening, offering songbooks to follow along and encouraging all levels of interest and experience to attend the all-day activities at Caspar Community Center on Saturday. All ages and levels of interest are encouraged. Doors open at 7PM for snacks and beverages. $10 at the door, $5 if you bring your uke. For more info on this event call Pattie at 937-1732 or visit www.mendocinostories.com

April 12 • All Day: Second Annual Caspar UkeFest An all-day ukulele festival is planned for Saturday, April 27, when Mendocino Stories and Music Series joins The Caspar Community to celebrate the ukulele as a friendly and playful instrument. Instructional workshops, jam sessions, open mic and evening performances, complemented by "...fresh, local, and gourmet cuisine prepared by the volunteers in Caspar's kitchen." This is an "All Ages, All levels of interest and expertise" event. The day's activities start at 10AM and will finish by 9:30PM at Caspar Community Center. Morning ukulele workshops will be held at 10AM and 11:30AM, with instruction for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. After a break for lunch, a third workshop will be held followed by jam sessions in small break-out groups and an open mic before the dinner break. Evening performances starting at 7PM will include emcee Jim D'Ville, Dan Scanlan and special guests. Ticket prices are $35 All-event pass, $25 Instruction only, $15 evening performances only. Jamming and open mic only are free of charge. Tickets will be available online and by phone at 707 937-1732.

April 25 at 7:30 pm: Gwyneth Moreland Enjoy a singer/songwriter showcase when Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents Americana/Folk musician and favorite native daughter Gwyneth Moreland on Friday, April 25. She will be joined by special guests Morgan Daniel, David Hayes and Judy Stavely. Music starts at 7:30PM at the Mendocino Hotel. With a voice that invokes Jenny Lewis' solo work crossed with the intimate folk of Gillian Welch, Gwyneth Moreland evokes a feeling of nostalgia rooted deep in classic country fundamentals. This is music which is at once modern and original, while paying proper respect to the classics of the genre. All ages are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 PM for bistro menu and full bar. Reserved table seating $20, $15 general admission at the door. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or visit www.mendocinostories.com

April 26 at 7:30 pm: Alex de Grassi and Paul McCandless Mendocino Stories and Music Series invites you to experience a unique collaboration for an evening of jazz, blues and original music. On Saturday, April 26 Alex de Grassi and Paul McCandless will join forces in a benefit concert for MUSE (Mendocino Unified School Enrichment). The concert will begin at 7:30PM at Little River Inn's Abalone Room, 7901 N Hwy One in Little River. Grammy Award nominee and Indie Award nominee for The Water Garden, cherished county resident Alex de Grassi grew up in the Bay Area. He learned to play trumpet at age 13, but when he discovered the guitar he never looked back. Alex collaborates with Chilean multi-instrumentalist Quique Cruz in the band Tatamonk and with experimental guitarist g.e. stinson. Born in the small town of Indiana, Pennsylvania to a musical family, Paul McCandless inherited his artistic passion from his parents who were both music teachers. During a distinguished career spanning over three decades, McCandless brings a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON. Doors open at 7:00PM. Tickets at Little River Inn and by phone, 707-937-5942. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more info call Pattie at 707-937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com

May 3: 6th Annual Progressive Dinner Each course of this gourmet meal will be served at a different historic Mendocino venue within strolling distance. All courses will be accompanied by fine Anderson Valley wines. This is a benefit to help restore the Historic Ford House. Ticket price $75.00; Wine and tip inclusive. The Ford House visitor center and museum is located at 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA. Open daily 11am to 4pm. For more information call 707-937-539 or 707-937-5397. More details, including menus, can be found here.

May 9 at 7:30 pm: The Mixed Nuts With a collection of swing, as well as Latin, calypso, jazz, and popular tunes, The Mixed Nuts will be featured in the Mendocino Stories and Music Series on Friday May 9. As a special offering, Sunshine Taylor and Glenn Rude, dancers extraordinaire and dance instructors, will teach a beginning swing dance class at 7:30PM followed by dance music at 8PM. This fun event will be held at the Hill House Inn of Mendocino and is supported by Arts Council of Mendocino, a member organization that promotes the arts and cultivates creativity. The Mixed Nuts, an off-shoot of Kevin and the Coconuts, was originally the brainchild of Dan Albrecht who, in this group, plays piano and sings. He is joined by Steve Paul on trumpet, vocals, steel pan, banjo and accordion; Paul Schulman on congas; Daney Dawson on acoustic upright bass; and special guest on drums and percussion. All ages and levels of interest are encouraged. Doors open at 6PM with dinner menu and full bar. $20 for reserved seating, $15 at the door - includes dance lesson. For more info on this event call Pattie at 937-1732 or visit www.mendocinostories.com

May 10 at 7:30 pm: Foxglove Mendocino Stories & Music Series is happy to announce the return of some local favorites – Foxglove - on Saturday, May 10 at Hill House of Mendocino. Bring your friends along for some great acoustic music with guitar, mandolin, bass and other surprises, accompanied by rich vocals. Music starts at 7:30PM. Foxglove will be performing its own special blend of singer/songwriter music set to a bluegrass-esque ensemble. Sweet brother-sister harmonies, a tasty mix of strong original music and select covers, and outstanding instrumental talent are all part of Foxglove's signature sound. Foxglove is: Gwyneth Moreland, Morgan Daniel, John Bush, and Booi Volk. All ages are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 PM for bistro menu and libations. Reserved table seating $20, $15 general admission. Call Pattie at 937-1732 or www.mendocinostories.com

Late May: Mendocino Film Festival Eighth year.

July: Mendocino Music Festival On the Mendocino Headlands, across from the Mendocino Hotel.