Downtown Fortuna’s First Friday

Fortuna… Over 17 Downtown Fortuna businesses follow suit and stayed open late for Fortuna’s First Friday
Since January 2012, Fortuna Downtown Art Gallery has been holding its own “Arts Alive” in Fortuna. After six months, the Downtown Merchant Association agreed they needed to stay open late to sup-port & help the night life for their new downtown business, Main Street Art Gallery.

Chuck Bowden, owner of Main Street Art Gallery, has a number of art collections and art contacts. He plans on staying open late 6pm-10pm the first Friday of every month for Fortuna’s First Fridays. His art show will stay up for 2 months, although he will try to have different music every month.

July was the first month other Downtown Merchants stayed opened late. Eleven businesses offered business specials, an art displayed or live music. This month on August 3rd, 17 businesses stayed open for this monthly event. “August was a great example of how this event will grow. A number of businesses that were open in July had a better experience and turn out in August” quote from Dian-na Crow, Fortuna Business Improvement District. In August, multiple businesses offered live music, an art show, and/or business specials. The art showings seem to really attract the crowds. Main Streets Art Gallery had a collection of photos called “Stereo Butts of the 60’s and 70’s”. They also had photos of Barnum & Bailey’s Circus from the 1920’s and lives music by Riding Double.

Ferndale Jewelers had artists Dakota’s Designs showing for the evening.
Strehl’s Family Shoes and Repair had ceramic artist Linda Gardner for the evening.
Precision Intermedia has a month long art showing from artist Valerie Carmen (water color) and Mark Wells (Oil & photography).
Fortuna Music Mart had live music from a string quartet and will have month long showing from artist Stir Fry Willie (pop acrylic).
Trendz Clothing Store had a live air brushing display from artist and Fortuna business owner Bo Derringer.
The Fortuna Arts Council opened the Downtown Store Gallery and local artist invited event goers an up close look at their art pieces.
Kozy Korner Gifts featured one of their many local artist and artisans.

The next Fortuna First Friday is scheduled for the September 7th from 6pm -9pm. We invite everyone to please come and support our local musician, artists and businesses. If you are a local musician or artist that is interested in showing or playing for one of our Fortuna First Friday, we encourage you to email or call 707-725-9261.
For a list of participating businesses will be available for pick up on Wednesday September 5th at Kozy Korner Gifs 1103 Main Street Fortuna.

Crosbie Chiropractic Launches New Educational Web Site

FORTUNA, CA—Crosbie Chiropractic has launched a new website:, to educate those who want to learn about how chiropractic treatments can improve overall health and well-being, naturally.
The company worked closely with two other Humboldt County businesses, Precision Intermedia and Delightful Eye, to develop the website as a comprehensive educational resource.
Dr. Michael Crosbie, owner of Crosbie Chiropractic, has written nearly 50 articles for the Times-Standard since 2005 and all are posted on the new website. The articles address a myriad of conditions Dr. Crosbie sees patients for, from low back pain to migraine headaches.
Dr. Crosbie is hoping the new website will educate those unfamiliar with how chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate pain and heal the body or “turn on the life force,” as Dr. Crosbie refers to it.
“What I mean by ‘turn on the life force’ is that we all have an inner healing energy that when released can heal and rejuvenate our bodies. I see it every day in my practice,”
said Dr. Crosbie.
Crosbie Chiropractic is located at 1828 Main Street, Fortuna, next door to Coast Central Credit Union. For more information, visit or call 707-725-5668.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Crosbie Chiropractic Staff (L to R): Kathleen Sachs, Dr. Michael Crosbie, Barbara Crosbie and Leslie Ziegler. Crosbie Chiropractic is located at 1828 Main Street in Fortuna and has a new educational website:

Fortuna City Wide Yard Sale, June 2, 2012

Fortuna – Fortuna City Wide Yard Sale:
The Fortuna Downtown Business Association will hold its 6th Annual City Wide Yard Sale on June 2, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Main Street.
Fortuna’s City Wide Yard Sale is open to the public and allows anyone to set up a yard sale on Fortuna’s Main Street for a small fee. The public is invited to find bargains galore, look for hidden treasures, or join in on the fun and sell their unwanted items at the biggest yard sale ever!Hundreds of people will stroll and shop this all-day event. Be sure to support the lemonade booths on Main Street and help the youths running them donate money back to the community and learn what it truly means to be an entrepreneur.
Applications can be found at most downtown business locations. Application deadline is May 25, 2012. Booth designation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sorry, no food sells allowed unless prepackaged and made commercially.
For more information, leave a message for the Fortuna Downtown Business Association at 707-407-9494 or

Redwood Village Spring into Summer Carnival, May 19, 2012

Fortuna – Redwood Village Spring into Summer Carnival:
The Redwood Village Merchant Association invites the public to its Redwood Village Spring into Summer Carnival on Saturday, May 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Redwood Village Shopping Center (Safeway and McDonalds Shopping Center 700 South Fortuna Blvd.).
This fun, family friendly event features an ice cream fundraiser, face painting by AAU Volleyball (free, thanks to Redwood Village Shopping Center), a popcorn, cotton candy & snow cones fundraiser for the Toddy Thomas Cheer Team, free balloons from the Shriner Clowns (donations accepted), free balloon animals by Matt in the Hat, a free stilt walking workshop by the Arcata Playhouse, signups now at HealthSPORT--ages 10 and up, free lantern making workshop by the Arcata Playhouse, free petting zoo thanks to Miranda's Rescue, a karate demonstration by Dragon Fire Tang Soo DO and music provided and donated by Lighting Boom Production.
In addition to these events, Wells Fargo will host a cake walk, and there will be a gymnastic fundraiser featuring bounce houses by Jump for Joy.
The public is invited to enter their email addresses for a chance to win 20 bucks back in Fortuna Bucks. There will also be other fun activities you won't want to miss!
For more information, please contact Debby at Country Rose 707-725-0206

Eel River Hydroponics Spring Sales Event, May 19th

Fortuna — Eel River Hydroponics Spring Sales Event:
Save The Date! Eel River Hydroponics is having its annual Spring Vendor Event on Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 164 Dinsmore Drive, Fortuna.
Come out and enjoy the music, food, fun, festivities and freebies! Many vendors will be on site displaying their products and answering questions. There will be a drawing for a 20 X 24 greenhouse — participants can enter now through May 19th — one entry per person, please. Drawing for the greenhouse will be held at 3 p.m., the day of the event. Need not be present to win.
There will also be free bulb recycling at the event, and while you’re there, be sure to ask about quantity soil discounts.
Come join the fun – this event is always a good time and a great way to learn more about what products are available in the hydroponics market today. Don’t miss your chance to win a greenhouse!
For more information, call 726-0395 or visit

Fortuna Farmers Market, May 8, 15, 22, 29 2012

Fortuna – Fortuna Farmers Market:
The Fortuna Farmers market kicks off Tuesday, May 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 10th & L streets (off of Main Street).
This fun event runs every Tuesday from May through October and features the freshest and tastiest local produce, plants, breads and jams, as well as interesting plants and local hand crafts. There are also prepared foods available.
The Fortuna Farmers Market provides fruits, vegetables and plants that are locally grown, and almost all are organically produced.
Come out and support your local farmers and artisans. Talk with the farmers and taste the difference of locally grown foods.
Sign your kids up for Lemonade Day at the kick off of the Farmers Market season, Tuesday, May 8.
The Fortuna Farmers Market runs Tuesdays from May 8 –Oct. 30.