Opposition toward the current Idyllwild Water District board has expanded to include General Manager Tom Lynch. This sign appeared over the Labor Day weekend.
Photo by JP Crumrine
Idyllwild art therapist Karla Leopold was in Baton Rouge using art to help families displaced by torrential rains and floods work through their trauma. This is one 9-year-old boy’s picture and account of what happened to him and his family. He wrote, “The water was a little bit and then it went up and up. And went up 5 feet! It rained three days and then again and again and again. It’s my mom my dad and my grandma my brother and my sister in the house. Everything is lost at our house even our TV. The green is the mold. I am in the picture in the house. I lost my PlayStation two [it’s at the right in the drawing].” Photo courtesy Karla Leopold
Logan Bakhtiar was one of many attendees to join the Family Fun Day at the Idyllwild Nature Center during Labor Day weekend. Photo by Alan Belanger
Volunteers with the Idyllwild Area Historical Society hosted an ice cream social on the museum grounds on Saturday, Sept. 3, introducing guests to the interesting and important work performed by the society. Photo by Tom Kluzak
The Idyllwild Rotary Club held its annual Sunday before Labor Day Open Pit Barbecue on Sept. 4 in the Town Hall yard. A large crowd enjoyed the beef tri-tip roasted in a wood-fired open pit for 20 hours and served with a variety of sides, including coleslaw, baked beans and watermelon. Proceeds from the event will help fund the many Rotary projects and scholarships. Photo by Tom Kluzak
A large crowd came to the Friends of the Idyllwild Library’s annual Labor Day book sale last Saturday. Books for a quarter and free VHS tapes were a big attraction.
Photo by Alan Belanger
Lee Putnam cuts the ribbon as members of the Idyllwild Rotary Club officiate at the official opening of Lee Putnam Photography and Gallery in the Village Center Complex. The business has been open for a while and recently expanded to feature work from other artists in addition to Putnam’s landscapes and nature photographs. Rotary members attending the ribbon cutting are, (from left) Thom Wallace, Roland Gaebert, Ted Kinoshita, Putnam, Reba Coulter, Craig Coopersmith and Chris Scott.
Photo by Tom Kluzak
Sky Island Organics held a Labor Day Art Carnival with various musicians and in conjunction with its Saturday Farmer’s Market. From left, clockwise, are Mattie Williamson, Tara Geisinger, Mark Taylor (standing) and Jack Williamson. Kelly Armantage performs at right. Photo by Becky Clark
Chef Tanya Petrovna, founder of the Native Foods Café in Palm Springs, shows a large crowd a healthful, completely plant-based salad before making the dressing at a demonstration at Sky Island Organics Monday night. Photo by Becky Clark
Chris Johnston, winemaker of Middle Ridge Winery, gives a wine tasting of his newest releases upstairs at the Tasting Gallery at a Saturday wine release event. From left, Terry Cooper of San Diego, Susan Freed of Idyllwild, Johnston, and Susan’s mother, Marsha Freed, also of Idyllwild, enjoying a Grenache, a Pinot Noir and a 2014 Sangiovese. Photo by Becky Clark
Travels with the TC
Aunt Elita (whom they were visiting and who lives near Venice), brothers David and Steve Kunkle, friend Maria Byron, with the Town Crier while they were at St. Marks Square in Venice. Photo courtesy Steven Kunkle
Jason Laurence and Alex Napier competed at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia, last Sunday. They caught up on the news back in Idyllwild while waiting for the games to begin.
Photo courtesy Alex Napier
Kim Finnell (right) explains to art enthusiasts how her husband Scott Finnell creates his stained-glass work on Saturday at Art in the Park. Photo by Becky Clark
Christina Nordella receives an Idyllwild Rotary squirrel from Rotary President after she spoke to the club at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Nordella has been an active volunteer and philanthropist in Idyllwild for many years. Photo by Tom Kluzak