Hands On


Have you been online too long? Are you starting to get that 10-inch stare and a swollen smartphone thumb? Maybe it's time to get away from the glow of a screen. You know, make something. Maybe go outside. Spend time with actual people. No, Words with Friends doesn't count.

Kick off Arts Alive! early and hit the third annual Humboldt Makers Street Fair from noon to 8 p.m. on Second Street in Old Town Eureka. Cruise handmade goods, decorative art, street art, jewelry, textiles, up-cycling and live painting. Black Faun Gallery, Origin Design Lab and Eureka Main Street are putting it on, so you know it'll be good.

All that creativity making your glue gun trigger finger itch? Pull up a chair at one of the craft demonstrations and see how it's done. Learn some woodworking techniques, felting, crochet, screen printing — you can even learn to stitch on an antique sewing machine. Bring the kids and set them up with some kids' crafts. Listen, pinning things on Pinterest isn't the same as really making them. Hard truths.

And take off those headphones. Free live music will be happening right in front of you. Michael Menert, Paul Basic, Hypha, Stevie Culture, Kindred Spirits, Lyndsey Battle and UFO8 are all taking the stage in a day-long concert. And if that's not exciting enough for you, there's also trapeze art, belly dancing and fire dancing. If you still miss your phone, you can use it to take a picture. 

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