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
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, July 16 at 5 p.m.
Tanya Smart, President of the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association, will give an informative and fascination presentation on “The History of the Point Cabrillo Light Station.” This presentation will cover the history, technology and restoration of Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park.
Tanya began volunteering at Point Cabrillo in 1999 as the Education Program coordinator. She joined the Board of the North Coast Interpreter’s Association (precursor to PCLK) in 2000 and served as the Interim Executive Director for that organization from January through August of 2001. Tanya joined the Board of the PCLK in 2001 upon its incorporation. In addition to PCLK Board duties, Tanya assists with volunteer coordination and training, coordination of the annual Whale Festivals and overseeing the education program. She holds a BS in Biological Sciences and MA in Zoology from the University of California at Davis and teaches Environmental Science and Marine Mammal Biology for Mendocino College. Current volunteer activities in addition to working with the PCLK are with The Fort Bragg Operations Group of The Marine Mammal Center where she rescues stranded marine mammals and gives education programs.
Future Lecture Series Details
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 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. Lisa and her husband Warren 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 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.