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About Willow Creek - Local Organizations
Sunday, 20 September 2009 16:59

The Willow Creek community is blessed with a plethora of organizations that not only enhance the life of our community and its members but also offers each one of us an opportunity to participate in a variety of enjoyable, educational, and rewarding activities suiting the tastes and inclinations of even the most introverted among us. Whether your interests in drama or the arts, business, history, literacy, recreation, children’s welfare and education, health, social outreach or volunteerism you will find it all in our community.

Below are listed some of those organizations, their history and scope, and how you might be able to participate.



The Lions motto is “we serve.” Its mission is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing volunteer services through community involvement and international cooperation. The Lions Clubs of America, as a service organization, focuses on vision testing and promoting vision and eye health in children and adults. Founded in the 1920’s, the Willow Creek Chapter began in 1976. In Willow Creek, they meet at Cinnabar Sam’s Restaurant on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7PM. They sponsor the “Jerry and Gary’s – Show-n-Shine Car and Bike Show” annually during the Bigfoot Parade in downtown Willow Creek and Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Veteran’s Park. The Celebration includes a BBQ, raffle, poker and lots more. For car show registration you can download information at For information or questions check the website,, phone 530-629-2099, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or mail Bigfoot Lions Club, POB 1148, Willow Creek, CA 95573.



The mission of DreamQuest is to provide youth with new opportunities for determining their future, imaging productive livelihoods, gaining access to vocational and artistic resources, and, ultimately, building and fulfilling their dreams. Responding to the needs of the community that offered sparse opportunities for their young people, Gary Barker, Pam Barker, Trish Oakes, Tamara Jenkinson, Rudy Breuning, Carol Tonkin and Merv George Jr. collaborated in 2000, established a non-profit entity in 2001 and formed the initial Board of Directors. Sustained by fund raising and grants as well, the phenomenal growth of DQ is history, currently providing 12,000 youth service hours in 2008. Examining their bimonthly publication, “News and Happenings,” one can easily see the range of opportunities from after-school programs, summer activities such as swimming lessons, water safety, fishing tournaments, camping, hiking and appreciation of the outdoors, computer lessons, Tae Kwon Do, ballet and belly dancing, music and art classes, yoga, singing and more. Volunteers are welcome. The Director is Trish Oakes, who magically and mysteriously makes this all happen. For information you can visit their home next to the Willow Creek Post Office or call 530-629-3564. Their Thrift Store also welcomes your donations and support.



The Willow Creek Library is located next to Coast Central Savings off the corner of Hwys. 299 and 96. The librarian is Diane Lewis who can be reached at 530-629-2146. Friends of the Library meet every other month on the first Friday beginning at 4 PM. Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7 PM at the library. Story Time for preschoolers occurs on the first Saturday of the month at 11 AM. Visit the library or call Diane for more information.



The Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents,” coined from a native American expression. Kiwanis members held shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. They are highly active in Willow Creek providing food for the needy, firewood for those requiring assistance, volunteer labor and resources for our local schools, educational scholarships, and funding for the treatment of pediatric trauma victims. Kiwanis dates back to its founding in 1915 in Detroit, MI, and has been active in WC since 1950. They meet every Monday at 7PM at Cinnabar Sam’s Restaurant. Meetings are open to the public, but to attend or for information contact Bruce Nelson at 530-629-2338.



Redbud Theatre provides live, community theatre to the Trinity River Valley in northern California. It is a non-profit organization and is supported by grants and patronage. An annual $100 contribution provides you with two tickets for each production plus the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping provide quality live community entertainment. Active participation is always welcome. RT completed a highly successful run of “Lafferty’s Wake – An Irish Comedy” in the spring and has scheduled “Academia Nuts – A Comedy in Two Acts” by Gregg Kreutz for the fall 2009. You can contact Redbud Theatre by mail at P. O. Box 1311, Willow Creek, CA 95573 or calling Brian Bottemiller at 530-629-3144 or Wayne Frazer at 629-2354.



The Soroptimists(“Best for Women”) is an international organization for business and professional women and girls. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 cities and Territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and internet projects that benefit women and girls. The local chapter holds a raffle at the VFW Hall annually raising money for scholarships for women and girls and contributing resources needed by our community. They meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at Cinnabar Sam’s Restaurant. They are a membership, non-profit organization; the public is welcome. You can obtain more information by contacting Kristin Pectum at 530-629-2262.



Studio 299 began as an informal gathering of artistically-inclined friends in June 1986, but within six months evolved into a non-profit public benefit corporation providing artistic expression, public events, art education and grants to the community. The website,,, provides information about our membership to the community seeking artistic services. Mountain Voices provides an opportunity for individuals to express their literary and poetic skills in workshops and readings throughout the year. There are periodic sponsorship of art shows and craft fairs and grants for art education. The major annual event is the highly successful “Taste of Willow Creek,” a fall festival in September enjoying its fifth year of support from the entire north coast of California since its inception in 2005. New members are welcome at an annual membership fee of $10. Studio 299 meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 5PM at the Willow Creek Resource Center located in the Willow Creek Family Health Center on Highway 299. You can contact Studio 299 via mail at P. O. Box 32, Willow Creek, CA 95573, or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Our local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) were organized in 1947. Their hall was originally a court house in Del Norte County dating back to 1815, then an Orleans school house before being salvaged by our local veterans to provide materials in the construction of our current Hall, completed in the early 1950’s. Our veterans are very active in the community supporting “Voice of Democracy” scholarship programs for high school students with a top price of $30,000, and “Patriot’s Pen” written essays for 6-8 grades for up to $10,000 savings bond. Members of our VFW provide outreach services for our local veterans and sponsor the Willow Creek Baseball Commission with donations to offset the costs of the Little League Program. Our members provide “Honor Guard” and “Military Honors” services for local veterans and send donations to units serving abroad.

Our Post extend their services to all veterans, but eligibility to be a member of VFW is open to all veterans who have received a campaign medal for overseas service, have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea, or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay. You can check the website for all the benefits of membership, for the programs available for veterans, and the assistance a veteran can receive. There are 2.2 million members and 8100 posts worldwide, with roots back to 1898 and the Spanish-American War. VFW “honors the dead by helping the living.”

You can contact them by visiting the Post in Veteran’s Park or calling 530-629-3810. The hall is available for events by non-members.



Our Chamber promotes business success and the economic, civic and social welfare of the people of the Klamath/Trinity area in general and the Willow Creek vicinity in specific. Our information booth is located at the intersection of Highways 299 and 96 behind the Don Cave Memorial and the Bigfoot statue. Our booth, website, newsletter and telephone information network communicate with tens of thousands of individuals and businesses annually providing fishing, rafting and other recreational opportunities, business, lodging and restaurant referrals, and informational brochures, maps and displays emphasizing our many attractions and resources. The Chamber was instrumental in accomplishing the Willow Creek Beautification Project providing trees, grass, lighting and sidewalks to our downtown area. The Chamber is your first source for information when inquiring into commerce, history, resources, and opportunities whether they be agricultural, mineral, industrial, horticultural, commercial, climatic, artistic, musical or dramatic in eastern Humboldt and western Trinity Counties. The Chamber Board of Directors meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 8:30 AM at Umpqua Bank and offers several membership meetings each year. The Public is welcome. Check elsewhere throughout our website for more general and contact information.



St. Joseph Health System began the Center in 1996, which has been under the capable direction of Tamara Jenkinson ever since. As Coordinator Tamara serves the low income population, helping people access resources including health care, nutrition, medicine, clothing, housing, utilities, internet access and other social services. The Center administers Play Group under First Five Humboldt and supports social networking for parents of young children. The Center is located at the Willow Creek Family Health Center, is open weekdays from 9 AM – 1 PM and by appointment in the afternoon, and can be reached by phone at 530-629-3141.



The Willow Creek Community Services District was established in 1965 as the managing agency for the community's then newly planned water system. Since that time the CSD has expanded its scope of services to include management of parks and community owned facilities, installation of streetlights, lead agency for community improvements, and wastewater treatment planning. While some aspects of Willow Creek's infrastructure have been in place for many years, others are yet to be developed. The Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 8 AM at the CSD Office on Willow Road and is open to the community. For agenda items call 629-2136 at least one week ahead of scheduled meeting.



Our community museum houses an extensive collection of historical artifacts, antique logging and mining equipment, along with a miner’s cabin, gold mine and blacksmith shop. The museum is also home to the renowned Bigfoot Collection, a popular exhibit that attracts visitors worldwide. Their gift shop offers historic books, Bigfoot souvenirs and local arts, crafts and preserves. The museum has established a scholarship through the Humboldt Area Foundation that will be available to Humboldt and Trinity County residents, past and present, to encourage the study and preservation of local history. The Museum publishes a quarterly newsletter announcing Museum events and featuring interesting and informative historic information about our area. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM from May 1 through the end of September and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October from noon – 4 PM. The Board of Directors meets at the Museum every first and third Monday at 4 PM. For information call 530-629-2653 or visit the Museum near he corner of Highways 299 and 96 in downtown Willow Creek.



The Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1957 shortly after a major fire disaster that destroyed most of the down town business area. The Willow Creek Fire Protection District was established in 1959. Both entities occupy the original fire hall located at 51 Willow Road in Willow Creek, California. Today, the Fire District averages between 15 and 22 active firefighters including two dispatchers. A publicly elected Board of Directors consisting of a panel of five, including a board president/chairman governs the Fire District. All members of the Fire Department and the Board of Directors are volunteers. The Board of Directors employs a Clerk of the Board.

The Willow Creek Fire Department responds to both structural and wild land fires in and outside the District. The fire fighting staff is cross trained and outfitted for both types of fire response. In addition to fire response calls, the Fire Department staff is often asked to respond to medical emergencies, assist to Emergency Medical Services and called to traffic accidents. Our staff is also trained and certified in handling medical emergencies. These skills are often employed during the sometimes-lengthy wait for EMS to arrive on scene. Our rate of calls for service average between 250 and 300 per year and seems to be on the rise with the increase of higher population growth/density.

The District has grown over the years and has acquired some updated personal safety equipment for the fire fighters as well as upgrading some of our firefighting apparatus. We currently operate one rescue vehicle, a primary (first out) Urban Interface fire truck, and a primary structural fire engine with one secondary structural fire engine. The District recently acquired a water tender to supplement fire suppression units in the field. The District currently has direct access to an appropriate fire hydrant system that is maintained by the Willow Creek Community Services District.

The Fire District is funded through grant applications, a 1% proportional tax base and a local fire fee assessment schedule. As of July 1, 2009, your Fire District maintains no current outstanding debt.

There is an elected Board of five members with both two and four year seats. The Board meets every second Thursday of each month from 7 PM – 9 PM at the Fire Hall, 51 Willow Rd. The public is welcome.



The Council is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping residents protect themselves and our community from wildland fire. It works in collaboration with various public and private agencies, organizations, businesses and private property owners to plan and implement projects to reduce the risk of catastrophic loss from wildfire in communities along the lower Trinity River. It provides information and community activities to increase public awareness of wildfire risk and ways to protect oneself. Current projects include Neighborhood Chipper Days, Fire Safe Day Fair and Kids Ecology Day in May at veteran’s Park, Youth Fishing derby in June at SkyCrest Lake, Burnt Ranch, help seniors clear brush around their homes, and Adopt-a-Highway. The Board of Directors meetings are held the first Thursday of each month, 7-9 PM at the building behind the Lower Trinity Range District Office on Hwy. 96 in Willow Creek. All are welcome to attend. Membership is open to everyone with annual membership dues of $5. Mailing address is P. O. Box 224, Willow Creek CA, 95573.

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