Good news! The pizza angel is coming again to a Hayfork Cooperative gathering, this year on Wednesday, December 18th from 7-9 pm. Free gourmet vegetarian and meat pizzas with trimmings will be served to all. The Lanziseras are again donating their comfortable coffeehouse at 7091 State Highway 3, in Hayfork for this Pizza Party. Any partiers who would like to provide a song or music are most welcome to do so.
A few days later the winter solstice marks the beginning of the sun’s light increasing in the northern hemisphere and appropriately the Hmong’s New Year, named Myob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab. This festive celebration is open to the public but we are specially invited by Yer Xiong and Choua Yang who spoke with their two Hmong American nieces about their experiences and culture to a packed house at Hayfork Cooperative’s November meeting. Many know them through their ‘Roll On’ café-- within Northern Delights Coffeehouse--and the delicious, exotic Hmong food they sell. This Hmong New Year celebration will be on Saturday December 21 from 10 am to Midnight in the commercial building of the Trinity County Fairgrounds, 6000 State Highway 3 in Hayfork. The morning will mostly be devoted to Hmong cultural traditions and the afternoon and evening to food, live performances, dancing, music and visiting.
In this dark, cold, slower time of year it is so good and wise that we take time to contemplate, act on and celebrate the righteous values and hopes we have for ourselves, humanity and the earth such as peace, kindness, fairness, generosity, love and our bonds with family and friends. Both Yer and Choua’s stories, and the superlative and delightful rendition of the ‘Sound of Music’ our friends and neighbors did helps to remind us to be grateful and to send ‘thoughts and prayers’ to those less fortunate such as the millions of current refugees, especially the children. Choua and Yer arrived in Minneapolis, fleeing war and persecution as children and went on to complete higher education, work for the Red Cross and state human services and now happily live among our mountains and rivers, as they did as children. The actual Von Trapp family, after escaping the Nazis, made it to the Green Mountains of Vermont where they well established near Stowe. Yes, with much to be grateful for and to celebrate, come enjoy a free pizza party!
Come to Hayfork Cooperative’s Wednesday, November 20, 7-9 pm meeting at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 St. Hwy. 3 in Hayfork to learn more about who the Hmong are. Many of us know they came from China long ago and later moved south to what is now Viet Nam and the surrounding area. While there they aided the USA in the Viet Nam war and when we abruptly withdrew some Hmong were brought to America. More recently some Hmong have moved to Trinity. Two of them, Yer Xiong and Choua Yang, are now happy to be residents of the Hayfork area. Many here know these women and their tasty Hmong food of their Let’s Roll! LLC business now open weekdays in the Northern Delights Coffeehouse kitchen.
Besides being good cooks, Yer and Choua are accomplished women. Choua Yang was born in a Thai refugee camp and when she was 9 her family came to Minneapolis, MN. She completed high school, 3 years of nursing school, worked in the nonprofit sector, and become a Disaster Relief Coordinator for the Red Cross. Yer Xiong’s earliest years were also marked with war and persecution, and as a refugee she made it to Minneapolis when she was 11 years old. Although she knew only two English words when she started school—“yes and no”—she went on to get her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Public Administration (MPA). Xiong worked in the non-profit and public sectors for more than 20 years and then as a Management Analyst for the Department of Human Services, State of Minnesota.
Yer Xiong and Choua Yang will begin their presentation with a brief background of the Hmong and their personal experiences of escaping from war, life here in the US, and now in Hayfork. They will discuss the very important and extensive structure of their family, and the Hmong emphasis on education. Here in Hayfork we have seen some of the results when recently two Hmong women students were Hayfork High’s valedictorian and salutatorian. Other aspects of their culture and traditions will be topics, including their fine, symbolic, amazing embroidery:paj ntaub. Come with your questions, there will be a Q and A session at the end. Join us for this free event open to all, for an informative evening with these two lovely ladies.
Abundant Summer to You!
Take a break, don't miss this fun, entertaining and revealing program.
Too often we pigeonhole people: we only think of them in whatever role we meet in. But when we take time to really listen to them we learn they are multifaceted, often in some marvelous ways. As the old Chinese aphorism points out, when a person dies, a whole library goes with them. On Wednesday August 21, from 7 to 9 pm Hayfork Cooperative will take time to listen to our Server, Dorella Nolan, and our Soundman, Jeff Clarke, and be delightfully surprised to learn more about who they are and to witness some of their talents. We will meet them at our usual place, Northern Delights Coffeehouse on 7091 State Highway 3 in downtown Hayfork that the owners, the Lanizsera Family, generously let us use for free. Dorella appreciates and finds our programs interesting and so requests to be on-duty during our programs. Jeff, who volunteers his time, runs the sound-board and gets the odds and ends of set-up and break-down done almost before one realizes it is time to do those chores.
We will hear tales about some of Dorella Nolan’s and Jeff Clarkes’ experiences in Hayfork. Dorella will sing to us and do amazing impersonations of famous singers. She will be accompanied by Jeff on guitar throughout her presentations. Jeff is a fine musician. Stalwart, he has learned to continue playing despite having to overcome some newly developed physical problems. Dorella will also uplift us with some of her heartfelt poems. Additionally she will tell about and show us some of her mountain art drawings, which she made for her grandchildren to teach and show them about her life here.
So do come to know these good community members more-- these essential participants in the Hayfork Cooperative-- and be entertained by them with a fun and uplifting evening. Their presentation is free and open to all.
On Wednesday, February 20, from 7- 9 pm Hayfork Cooperative presents An Artist’s Perspective at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 State Highway 3 in Hayfork. This will be a most interesting and entertaining evening of story-telling and acoustic music with Matthew Wallace. Get to know one of Trinity County's emerging local songwriters in a casual and intimate setting as he shares insights and anecdotes about life as a small-town musician. Wallace will also talk about the inspiration of writing and performing, as well as the long journey that led to the release of his first album, Pyramids & Street Corners; recorded, mixed, and mastered at 4th Corner Studios in Hayfork, California.
A Texas native, Matthew Wallace has made his home in the Hayfork Valley for nearly a decade. You may have caught him playing old-time banjo tunes at the farmers market, or picking his ubiquitous resonator guitar on the back porch of Northern Delights, or at open mic night. Maybe you heard him playing Scott Joplin rags on the piano at the Wine and Cheese Gala or singing with local bluegrass band, Steel Wool. Wallace draws from the deep well of American Music, blending folk, gospel, country, rock and roll, and blues into a style that can only be described as 'Countredelic'.
This acoustic concert will be followed by a question and answer session with the artist. Matt’s cds will also be available for purchase at the event. Do come out to meet and hear Matt Wallace at this free event open to all. He “thanks our wonderful community for supporting local music.”
Tired of the short, cold days? Come and escape for just a bit with Hayfork Cooperative’s meeting with Helen Stone, who is presenting some colorful, gorgeous landscapes of Italy. We will meet on Wednesday, January 16th from 7 – 9 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 State Highway 3 (‘Main street’), Hayfork. Horticulturist and garden writer Helen Stone will take viewers on a rich and vibrant journey through the landscapes and seascapes of Italy.
“I had the privilege of taking a Backroads hiking tour with a small group that took us through Cinque Terre and Tuscany,” Stone says. “Then we finished with three days on the Amalfi Coast. It was a trip of a lifetime and I’m thrilled to be able to share.”
Learn about vertical grape growing on the rugged coast, plant introductions in Rome and pine trees in Pompeii. Although the presentation will lean toward horticulture, it will also include a little history and some fun food facts. But mostly, there will be many dazzling photos filled with color and light. This will be free, to all.
Holiday party at Northern Delights! More details to come.
Out of all the smoke, fire and tragedy come to Hayfork Cooperative’s next meeting to focus with presenter Amanda Barragar on the clear, uplifting Trinity Alps and being safe in wildlands. We will gather at Northern Delights Coffee House, 7091 State Highway 3 in Hayfork from 7 to 9 pm, on Wednesday August 15.
Amanda is the USFS head wilderness ranger in Trinity’s alpine crown. Additionally she is the director of the non-profit Ascend Wilderness Experience, based in Weaverville, CA. Ascend offers experiences in wilderness that encourage personal and social development as well as appreciation for the natural environment. Since the organization’s founding in 2006, Ascend has led hundreds of adventurers into the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area in Northern California, providing all food, gear, transportation and training at no cost. Ascend seeks to make year-round wilderness experiences available to a broad base of youth, adults, families and organizations. Amanda and her coworkers are committed to making wilderness accessible to anyone!
Teaching about being safe in the wilds and respectful of natural treasures like our Trinity Alps are important parts of Amanda’s work as a ranger and as Ascend director. She will share some of these with us delightfully delivered with her own enthusiasm, knowledge and wisdom. This will include helpful instructions of what to do in emergencies, mishaps, or confusion, including getting lost. So, with Amanda Barrager, learn how to stay safe and how to enjoy and be connected to Trinity’s wonderful wilderness. This is a free event.
Christina Johnson of Wild Mountain Herbs, is a local businesswoman who grows, processes and sells herbal products regionally. She will be speaking at the Hayfork Cooperative, April 18, 2018 from 7-9 PM at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 State Highway 3, in downtown Hayfork.
Christina Johnson has 30 years experience growing and using herbs in Trinity County. She has been studying with the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism for the last 2 years. She will be sharing a lot of new health and herbal information she has gained from her studies. She will also cover how to plan and grow a medicinal herb garden, including a description of her no-till method that works very well in the Trinity’s mountains. She will discuss several herbs that grow easily here in Trinity and their uses as well as harvest and processing methods. Christina will bring herbal starts for sale. This is a free event open to the public. We hope you can make it.