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, February 19, 2017 – Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi of Casari Ranch on Nature as Healer/Teacher – Presented

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 SightingsPresented

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 PresentPresented

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 5 p.m. – Tanya Smart on The History of the Point Cabrillo Light StationPresented

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 5 p.m. – Lisa Giacomini on Running of The Red Abalone

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4 p.m. – Judy Bryan Mello on The Silent Extinction

October – Eric Wilder and Family, topic TBD

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 4 p.m. – Nik Epanchin on 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, August 20 at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, August 20 at 5 p.m. Lisa Giacomini will present “Running of the Red Abalone.” This will be a varied presentation with both some fun stuff about the stunning sea snail and facts about the Red Abalone that we find here on the North Coast. How we find them, take them and prepare them for eating. Maybe a few diving stories thrown in for fun!

Lisa is a resident of Point Arena and lives with her husband Warren Giacomini on Windy Hollow Road. Lisa has been diving since 1992 and is also National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) certified for scuba. Lisa’s other interests are entrepreneurial related where she invents, designs and manufactures lifesaving equipment for police, firefighters and military. Her hobbies include spearfishing, growing Mendocino Renegade Certified foods, cooking, forest foraging for mushrooms and hunting and generally everything “outdoors”. Lisa is the “Head Cook and Bottle Washer” for Baby Tomato, a local company that grows produce without any inorganic chemicals or exposure to anything that is inorganic and produces shelf-stable and nutritious non-certified organic food products. Baby Tomato is also a source for organically grown lamb, beef, hogs, eggs and other ranch products, as well as fresh fish during fishing season. The Giacominis also offer personalized abalone diving lessons “for those who would like to learn about our beautiful, blue Pacific” from May through October.Don’t be afraid!! Just DO IT!

On Sunday, September 17 at 4 p.m. Judy Bryan Mello will present “The Silent Extinction.” This unique lecture will address the dramatic drop in giraffe populations over the past 30 years that has seen the world’s tallest land mammal classified as vulnerable to extinction. What is happening with the giraffe?

Judy’s husband Frank is originally from California and met Judy in Mississippi through work. In 1998, Frank went to West Texas and fell in love with Sable antelope, so much so that he brought some back to Judy’s family ranch in Mississippi. That was the beginning of B Bryan Preserve (BBP). In 2004, Frank retired from corporate life and Judy had an opportunity to move out West with her work. They loaded up 11 animals and moved to their new home in Point Arena.  BBP is one of the few private facilities that is certified as a related facility with the American Zoological Association and now houses over 65 animals – Endangered Grevy’s  and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras, Sable, Roan and Kudu antelope and a bachelor herd of the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. In addition to her work at BBP, Judy still has her corporate job that requires weekly travel and serves on the board of the Point Arena Merchants Association (PAMA).

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.