Hip check yourself. What are you doing this Saturday night? After more than 10 years of rolling hard, the Humboldt Roller Derby darlings are back for more skating action in 2019, rolling out their first game of the season — a double header — on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds ($15, $12 advance, free for ages 10 and under). If you haven't been yet, make 2019 the year you do. Saturday's games should provide all the skating, slamming, jamming roller action you need to get hooked. Humboldt Roller Derby's home teams, the North Jetty Bettys and the Widow Makers face off for this bout with a second game featuring Root Force vs. the Sis-Q Rollerz from Oregon. Double fun for your money.
Don't have time to eat before the game? Fear not. While the skaters whip around the track, maintain your cheering stamina by carbing up on pizza from Paul's Live From New York, an assortment of franks from Humboldt Hot Dogs, burritos from Carmela's, treats from Los Bagels and Ramones, and beer from Six Rivers, Mad River, Eel River and Lost Coast breweries.
All games take place in Franchesci Hall on the fairgrounds. Doors are at 5 p.m. These family-friendly sporting events take place through October. Check www.humboldtrollerderby.com for advance ticket info and full 2019 schedule. Roll on!
— Kali Cozyris