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Any person who has been touched by NCO is encouraged to attend this free, summertime celebration

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Join North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) and staff, along with Senator McGuire, NCO clients, community supporters, local officials, and the broader community for an open-air picnic in honor of 50 years of community action. The family friendly, class reunion style celebration will be held on August 25th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Todd Grove Park in Ukiah. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy a variety of activities and giveaways. The first 100 people to register online will earn one free pool pass to the Ukiah Municipal Swimming Pool.

A range of free family activities will be available. Local DJ Lucas Boek will be spinning tunes for a day of entertainment. A bounce house, sack races, face painting, bubble machine, tug-of-war, ring toss, and more, will entertain the whole family. Join Jessica’s Costume Character Party and meet Harry Potter, Where’s Waldo, Alice in Wonderland and Jessie from Toy Story.  Jannah Minnix from the Ukiah Children’s Library will delight young readers with a special story time. NCO’s History Walk will showcase 50 years of community action through programs and services, and guests will have a unique opportunity to explore how NCO has impacted Lake, Mendocino, and neighboring counties.

Highlighted programs will include: Community Wellness (Caring Kitchen, Lake County Community Action, Walk and Bike Mendocino, etc.) Disaster Response, Head Start, Leadership Mendocino, Redwood Caregiver Resources Center, Rural Communities Childcare, and Volunteer Network (Foster Grandparents, VITA, etc.).

Those who complete the History Walk will be eligible to spin the NCO Prize Wheel, which boasts a range of prizes. Win a gift certificate to Black Oak Coffee Roasters, Chipotle, Grocery Outlet, In-and-Out Burger, Oco Time Restaurant, Regal Cinemas, the Skunk Train, Slam Dunk Pizza, Standford Inn/Catch-a-Canoe & Bicycles, Thurston Auto Plaza, Ukiah Players Theater, Ukiah Valley Athletic Club, and Willits Furniture. Other prizes will include hand painted bowls courtesy of Jan Hoyman, cookbooks, flashlights from Rod Shoes, organic produce from the Mendo Lake Food Hub, NCO vinyl bags, and Ukiah Municpal pool passes courtesy of Redwood Credit Union and Realty World/Selzer Realty.

Local artist Tim Poma will lead an interactive mural painting project. Past and present clients, staff, NCO Board members, community members, and NCO supporters are invited to put their hands in the paint! Attendees are encouraged to paint on the mural, leaving a visual representation of community connections, and help create a mosaic to symbolize our communities. The mural will be later displayed at the NCO office for all to enjoy.

Bring your own picnic, blanket, and chairs. Lounge in the sun or by the pool. Purchase food from Pilon Kitchen, the City of 10,000 Buddhas, or buy a sandwich from Schat’s Bakery.

NCO is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino Counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte, and Solano Counties. NCO was established in 1968 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty, with the mission of assisting low-income and disadvantaged people to become self-reliant. NCO reacts to community needs, including disaster response, and has been called to action to serve in the aftermath of the recent wildfires. NCO’s goal is to have healthy, vibrant, compassionate, and strong communities.

For more information about the 50th Anniversary Celebration, including a full list of activities and prizes, and to register for a chance to win one free pool pass, visit or call 707-467-3200.