Plenty of summer activities on tap across the county

As the mercury climbs and the days get longer, there are plenty of events planned that will help keep Colusa County residents busy in the summer months.

From public pools opening to evening concerts, nighttime movies to farmers markets, many of the county’s communities are helping residents beat the heat and have some fun:

Pools opening

Colusa’s public pool, located on 9th St. between Webster and Parkhill, is set to open on Tuesday, June 11. The pool hours are as follows: Adult Lap/Senior Swim – 11 AM to 12 PM; Open Swim (available to swimmers of all ages) – 12 PM to 3:30 PM; Family Swim (kids must be accompanied by parents) – 4 PM to 6 PM.

In addition to general use, there will be two sessions of swim lessons provided. The first session will take place on weekdays, from June 12 through June 22. The second session will take place on weekdays from June 25 through July 6.

The pool in Arbuckle, located at 970 Wildwood Road, also opens to the public on June 11. It will be open seven days a week, from 1 PM to 4 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM. Times are subject to change depending on swimming lessons and pool rentals. Check the Arbuckle Parks and Recreation District’s website (www.arbuckleparksandrecreation.org) for current dates and times, and for more information on programs at the pool being offered by the Arbuckle Parks and Recreation District. The Arbuckle Swimming Pool is again taking part in ‘The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ this year, which is scheduled for June 21.

Admission at the gate is $1.50 for children ages 2-10, $2 for ages 11 and up, and $1 for non-swimming adults. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free. Individual pool passes (good for the season) are $50, and Family Passes are $150. The Family Passes can be used for a family of up to four people, all of whom must live in the same household. Additional family members can be added to the pass for $25 per person.

The public pool in Williams opened last Saturday, in conjunction with Pioneer Day. The pool will open be seven days a week this year, from 12 PM to 6 PM, until August 11. Admission is $1.00.

According to Williams City staff, every Friday this year is a free swim day, thanks to the generosity of some sponsors in the community. They are still accepting sponsorships for free swim days, and are hoping to be able to provide more heading forward.

Maxwell’s pool is tentatively scheduled to open on Saturday, June 16. The pool is located at the west end of Maxwell High School, at 515 Oak St. More information was expected after the Maxwell Park and Recreations District met on Tuesday night.

Farmers’ Markets

In the Sacramento Valley, summer and fresh local produce go hand in hand. County residents can head to either Arbuckle or Colusa to peruse local produce and products throughout the summer. The first Colusa Certified Farmers’ Market of the season will take place this week at Veterans Memorial Park. The market, hosted by the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce, is held on Thursday evenings from 4 PM to 7 PM, and will run from June through September. The market features fruit, vegetables, nuts, eggs, flowers, crafts, and fresh mushrooms. The market is held in conjunction with the City of Colusa’s Concert in the Park Series (more on that later). While the market opens this week, the big kick-off for the season – the Colusa County Farm to Fork Dinner – is slated for Thursday, June 21. The dinner will take place at Veterans Memorial Park at 6 PM, during the Farmers’ Market.

Admission for the Farm to Fork dinner is $50, and tickets are available at the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce.

Beginning on June 13, Wednesday nights are market nights in Arbuckle. The Arbuckle Revitalization Committee hosts the Arbuckle Certified Farmers Market on Wednesday evenings from 4 PM to 7 PM, from June through August at the LaVanche Hursch Park in downtown Arbuckle. The market features locally grown fruit, vegetables, nuts, eggs, flowers, olive oil, meat and crafts.

In addition to the products offered by vendors, the market in Arbuckle also offers weekly barbecue dinners, whipped up by Market Street Grill, along with desserts prepared by Rise & Grind.

Those interested in becoming a vendor in Arbuckle or Colusa should contact the respective market managers. More information is available at www.colusacountygrown.org.

Concerts, movie nights

The City of Colusa’s ‘Concerts in the Park Series’ already has five bands scheduled to play throughout the summer, which will run alongside the Farmers Market.

On June 14, Guilty Again – a rock-n-roll cover band based out of the Marysville/Yuba City area – is scheduled to play from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

On June 28, Cash Prophet – a Johnny Cash tribute band – will provide the musical entertainment. On July 12, it’s Frankie and the Fablestones, playing popular 50’s and 60’s tunes. On July 26, it’s Book’em Dano, playing ‘surf and hot rod’ music. On August 9, it’s country band Madison Hudson. A final performer is being sought for August 23.
Various non-profits will be barbecuing food at the concerts. Non-profit organizations are still needed for the concerts on July 26, August 9, and August 23. Sponsors are still needed for those events as well. Those interested should call 458-5622 ex. 101.

Maxwell Park and Recreations District plans to have bi-weekly free movie nights at the Little League Field in Maxwell throughout the summer, but no further information was available at this time. Board member Kyle Miller said that he would likely be able to provide dates and times after their meeting on Tuesday night.

The Arbuckle Parks and Recreation District is also putting on free movie nights at Balfour Park – located at the corner of 10th Street and Hall Street – on a number of Fridays this summer. The group’s ‘Movie Night at the Park’ series kicks off on June 15, with a showing of the popular Disney movie “Coco.”

“Black Panther” is playing on June 29, “Ferdinand” on July 13, a “Jumanji” double-header on July 27. A final movie for August 10 has yet to be determined. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, beach chairs and some snacks.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net