MGC in Fortuna bustling with activities

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Clifford the Big Red Dog paid a visit last week to the Eel River Valley MultiGenerational Center (MGC), much to the delight of the approximately 140 people who had gathered for the event.

"This was our first 'official' community event," MGC Executive Director Trina Pockett said. "Meet Clifford was a successful way for the MGC to express the importance and fun of reading," she said. The MGC partnered with KEET's Ready to Learn program coordinator Jackie Hamilton, reading stories to the children and introducing them to Clifford the Big Red Dog. Other activities included coloring crafts, play dough, and snacks.

To celebrate Earth Day, the MGC hosted six first and second grade classes from South School in Fortuna, along with students from Miss Kim's Tiny Sprouts Preschool.

"Over 170 students visited throughout the day," Pockett said. "It was a fun and educational day of focusing on taking care of our environment."

Activities included frog paintings led by artist Susan Cooper, recycling, seed planting, and guided tours of the Fortuna Community Garden Project given by garden coordinator Steve Palecki.

Palecki also participated with Fortuna Kiwanis and other volunteers in a recent day of gardening and other projects at the MGC. Outside, the hedges were trimmed and planters all got fresh flowers planted and weeds pulled. Inside, shelving was installed, painting projects completed, and flooring was cleaned.

In other news, Leadership Fortuna participants paid a visit to the MGC to learn more about the programs and services offered to persons of all ages. "The Leadership Fortuna group viewed a short presentation about the MGC, asked questions about community involvement, and took a tour of the facilities," Pockett said. "The morning was filled with encouragement and brainstorming ideas for the MGC."

Later in the day, Fortuna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erin Dunn returned to the MGC to deliver a gift of a new coffee maker purchased from donations made by each member of Leadership Fortuna.

"Leadership Fortuna is another great example of the amazing people that live in our community," Pockett said.

The public is invited to the grand opening celebration of the MGC on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The MGC is located at 2280 Newburg Road in Fortuna. The MGC also recently debuted a new website:

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Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Examples of Earth Day art created by students from South School in Fortuna