Humboldt State University is turning 100 — have a cookie! A whole year of events is planned, but the kick-off party is this Saturday. So pick up your kale at the farmers market and hang around the Arcata Plaza for all kinds of college-level fun at the centennial celebration from 4-7 p.m.
The Humboldt Folklife Society has five bands lined up to keep you dancing including Huckleberry Flint and The Striped Pig String Band, and the Marching Lumberjacks are cutting in. Oh, too cool for band? Perhaps you haven't seen the suspender-rocking musicians do their thing. You'll want to.
Not kidding about the cookies! Birthday cookies (which maybe we should all give a second look as an option) from Ramone's are free to the masses. Also, lawn dancing works up an appetite, so Pasta Luego, Luke's Joint, the Alibi and Cafe Brio are all coming to your rescue with take-out specials for the occasion.
Little hands love to roam all over the Discovery Museum and HSU's Natural History Museum, both of which have teamed up on a kids' zone. Sneakily educational activities aren't all, though. Strolling street performers, puppeteers, antique cars and fire truck rides round out the entertainment.
The crafty folks of Blue Ox Artisans, Humboldt Hardware and Monument Settings are demonstrating their skills for the curious. Inspired? Commemorate the day with a historically themed portrait in the photo booth.
Best of all, no finals.