Mendocino Whale Festival set March 7, 8

Wine tasting and whale
watching will be the featured attractions of the 27th Annual Mendocino Whale
Festival March 7 and 8 in Mendocino.

Many wineries will set up tasting stations in inns, galleries and shops
throughout Mendocino
Village
and Little River,
while the area’s top chefs produce their favorite seafood chowders in a
tasting event. A marine mammal art exhibit, plein-air (live outdoor painting
demonstrations) and docent-led walks are all part of the two-day festival.

With some 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska,
there will be plenty of whales to view from the Mendocino
Headlands State
Park
, which surrounds Mendocino Village.

Major events include:

Wine Tasting in
Mendocino’s shops-Saturday only noon-4 p.m., $30. Register at Welcome Centers:
Crown Hall-Main St,
the Ford House-Main St. Event brochures, t-shirts and totes available. 21 &
over only
 
Chowder Tasting in Crown Hall, Saturday from 11 a.m.-till
the chowder runs out, $10. Crown Hall located at 45285 Ukiah St., Mendocino. T-shirts and
totes available during event.
 
Wh
ale Watching walks on the headlands and Gray Whale
Exhibit at the Ford House Visitor’s Center, Saturday and Sunday. Call 937-5397
for more information and hours Ford
House Visitor
Center
located on ocean
side of Main Street,
Mendocino.
 
Many
California State Parks activities at MacKerricher State Park,
Point Cabrillo Light Station, and Mendocino
Headlands State
Park
.

Jughandle Creek Nature Center on-site naturalist will set up guided whale
watching walks by reservations and will provide spotting scopes and educational
materials. Contact: Helene Chalfin, 964-4630 or email: jughandle@creek.org

Lighthouse Activities, Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse exhibits and
children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes tide pool
exhibit, lighthouse history, bird walks from Audubon Society, whale watching,
and a Marine Mammal Center of Sausalito rescue demonstration. Docents &
naturalists on hand. Parking $3
 
Plein-air
Artists in the Village Weather permitting! See local artists painting on
the Mendocino Headlands, Saturday
 
4th Annual M
arine Wildlife Exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center,
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Little Lake St.,
Mendocino. Call 937-5818 features nationally and locally honored marine
wildlife artists including the late JD Mayhew, designer of Whale Festival logo

Whale Watching Cruises from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg all day both Saturday
and Sunday, call Chamber of Commerce for charter boat referrals, 707-961-6300
between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 9-3 on Saturday

Whale Watching by Horseback, call Chamber of Commerce for referrals, 707-961-6300
between 9-5 on weekdays, 9-3 on Saturday.
 
Comedian Stu Stuar
t is set to perform March 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. in the
Sequoia Room at North Coast Brewing Co. Tickets are $15 each and available at
the brewery.

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