2017 Lighthouse Lecture Series
Point Arena Lighthouse is pleased to present the fourth season of the popular Lighthouse Lecture Series. Each presentation takes place in the Fog Signal Building Museum and features a local naturalist, historian, volunteer or expert presenting on topics of public interest relevant to the Lighthouse or our area. Lectures in September through May will begin at 4 p.m.. lectures in June through August will begin at 5 p.m. All lectures last approximately one hour. This year’s lineup is as follows:
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4 p.m. – Eric Wilder, grandson of Essie Parrish, on Yomta: Essie Parrish Through my Eyes – Presented
Sunday, April 16, 2017, 4 p.m. – Jeanne Jackson on Rare, Unusual and Beautiful Mendonoma Nature Sightings – Presented
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4 p.m. – Steve Oliff on Lighthouse and Rollerville History – Presented
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 5 p.m. – Lauren Sinnott on The Painted Portrait, Past and Present – Presented
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 5 p.m. – Tanya Smart on The History of the Point Cabrillo Light Station – Presented
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 5 p.m. – Lisa Giacomini on Running of The Red Abalone – Presented
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4 p.m. – Judy Bryan Mello on The Silent Extinction – Presented
Sunday, October 15, 4 p.m. – Eric Wilder and Family, topic TBD
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4 p.m. – Nik Epanchin on Point Reyes Lighthouse & Northern Elephant Seals
December – Glenn Funk on Augustin’s Photons
Admission to all lectures is $5 per person, with the proceeds benefiting the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. To make reservations or for more information on our lecture series and other special events, see our Calendar of Events or call the Lighthouse at 707-882-2809 extension 1.
Spotlight On Our Next Lecture
Sunday, October 15 at 4 p.m.
Eric is a member of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians and grew up on the Kashia Reservation. He has come full circle both as a leader of his Tribe and professionally as an artist. He was elected to the Kashia Tribal Council for two terms as the Tribal Secretary and then two terms as the Tribal Chairman. Today he makes a career as an artist and expanding his graphic design company, Eric Wilder Graphics.
On Sunday, November 19 at 4 p.m. Nik Epanchin will present a brief history of the Point Reyes Lighthouse. His presentation will also include northern elephant seals with an emphasis on their life cycle. Since 1981 these seals have been hauling out, pupping and mating at the Point Reyes National Seashore annually during the winter months
Nik, a local resident and currently PALKI’s Vice President, has been a winter docent at the Point Reyes National Seashore since 2002. He has welcomed visitors, helping them view, understand and appreciate northern elephant seals and their unique life cycle; gray whales and their south and north migrations and other coastal fauna, thus promoting the public’s awareness of these species and their need for protection. As docent he also leads tours of the Point Reyes Lighthouse.
On Sunday, December 10, at 4 p.m. Point Arena Lighthouse keepers, Inc. Board President Glenn Funk will present Augustin’s Photons, which will introduce attendees to the charismatic French physicist, Augustin-Jean Fresnel. Thanks to his work we have highly efficient head and tail lights for automobiles, pocket magnifiers the size of credit cards, wide-angle view panels and perhaps best of all, the magnificent lens in our Fog Signal Building museum. What was Fresnel’s great discovery and how does it work? Is it still valuable today? Does it have a future?
Glenn is a retired biomedical scientist specializing in infectious agents. He is a retired Naval officer and holds degrees from UC Berkeley, UCLA Med and Stanford Med and a postdoctoral fellowship from Baylor College of Medicine. After serving 13 years in NASA’s life sciences space flight program, he retrained at UC Santa Cruz in occupational and environmental safety and hazardous materials management. He was the Biosafety Officer at UC San Francisco and ultimately at Lawrence Livermore National Lab before retiring in 2005 and moving permanently to the North Coast with his wife Kalynn.