Making Animated Gifs Online Workshop
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Join us Friday, May 1st from 1-1:50pm for this online live workshop that will teach you how to turn images into animated gifs using Giphy. No previous experience necessary. All are welcome!

Register at

Docuseek Earth Day 2020 Film Festival - Free Streaming
Happy Earth Day

Docuseek is offering 12 amazing documentaries on sustainability & environmental justice through Friday, May 1. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and enjoy this free streaming offer that includes new films as well as popular classics. But it's only for one week. Enjoy NOW!

Having problems accessing Google Scholar?
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First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian Kimberly Stelter has created this short and easy-to-follow video that will help you get free access to full-text articles through Google Scholar.

And please use if you need any help!

Welcome to ideaFest 2.0!
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In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the 7th Annual ideaFest Symposium will now be hosted online in a variety of digital platforms. Students, staff, and faculty can still participate in the spirit of ideaFest by disseminating & sharing their research & creative activities in the following ways:

  • We are extending the online registration for ideaFest 2.0 to May 1, 2020. Participants can continue to submit their project abstracts online at Presenters will have their abstracts published here.
  • Registered participants will be encouraged to publish their projects/posters online at Humboldt Digital Commons. Then, during the week of May 4-8th, Humboldt State University will be highlighting examples of the research & creative works submitted to Humboldt Digital Commons.
  • Anyone from the HSU community can also submit their academic essays or research articles for the next issue of ideaFest Journal, HSU’s own peer-reviewed academic journal. The deadline to submit your publication proposals is December 23, 2020. For more information about ideaFest Journal contact Kyle Morgan at

This year’s ideaFest 2.0 is sponsored by the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Marketing & Communications, and the HSU Library in collaboration with the Colleges. We are all excited for the opportunity to support the development and dissemination of research & creative activities at Humboldt State University.

Next year, we look forward to hosting the 8th Annual ideaFest in-person to once again connect our campus community to the scholarly research, creative arts, and performances here at Humboldt State University.

For information about project submissions, contact Sally Hang at

Making Animated Gifs Online
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This online live workshop, Tuesday, April 14th @ 3pm will teach you how to turn images into animated gifs using Giphy. No previous experience necessary. All are welcome! Register for the session at:

Finding Resources Online through the HSU Library
Learn how to navigate OneSearch and connect your Google Scholar account to HSU's resources so that you can access scholarly articles and other research materials online for free. Join our Zoom session on April 8th at 3pm-3:50pm for a live demonstration with time for practice and questions. You will need to register in advance for this meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information .

Learn how to navigate OneSearch and connect your Google Scholar account to HSU's resources so that you can access scholarly articles and other research materials online for free. Join our Zoom session on April 8th at 3pm-3:50pm for a live demonstration with time for practice and questions. You will need to register in advance for this meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We are Online!

Dear Campus Community,

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the HSU Library, including the Library Cafe, will close on Friday, March 27 at noon until further notice. We remain committed to supporting your learning and growth and will continue to offer several remote resources and services, listed below:

You can also find a full list of resources and services the Library offers.

  • Computer Resources
    • Students who have technology needs should submit a help ticket to ITS here.
    • Laptops: The library has a limited number of Chromebook computers available for students long term checkout. To have a laptop shipped to you while they last, please email and include your name, student ID#, and mailing address.

Please call the ITS Help Desk (707) 826-4357 or for technical support.

  • Remote Instruction, Learning & Working
    • Keep Teaching: Center for Teaching & Learning support to faculty for alternative modes of instruction.
    • Keep Learning: Center for Teaching & Learning resource on how students can prepare for remote learning.

Also please note overdue fines have been suspended until June 1. The date is subject to change if needed.

Thank you for your understanding. Please email the Library at or call (707) 826-3431 and leave a message if you need assistance. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Cyril Oberlander
HSU Library Dean

Virtual Brain Booth Drop-in Hours!
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At the Brain Booth, our purpose is to help students manage stress, optimize learning, and promote overall wellness. In this time of major changes, we are working on finding new ways to support our campus community through Virtual Brain Booth Hours.

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12 pm the Brain Booth Student Assistants will be going live on Instagram to share ways of how you can manage stress at home. Join us to start a conversation on how to cope with this crisis and be our best selves overall.

The Brain Booth Student Assistants will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am-3 pm to answer questions and speak individually for “virtual drop-in hours.”  Email us at or dm us at @hsubrainbooth on Instagram to start a conversation with an assistant.  We are here to help!

Stay safe,
Katia & the Brain Booth Student Assistants

HSU Library Launched Citing Insights Software on Pi Day
student interns who worked on Citing Insights Software

On Pi Day, March 14, 2020, Humboldt State University Library announced the release of Citing Insights, open source software designed to streamline the assessment of student papers. Five HSU undergraduate students working at HSU Library have successfully developed this powerful and unique software for information literacy and other assessments.

Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean shared, “Thanks to one-time funding from the California State University Graduation Initiative 2025 and the support of HSU, we employed amazing students to build Citing Insights. This software provides much needed automation to support assessment of information literacy and other competencies, including the evaluation of sources of citations used in student papers featuring standard or customized rubrics.”

What can Citing Insights do? It streamlines assessment of student papers. Just upload one or a set of papers, and Citing Insights automatically detects the citations in the paper, enabling one click access to the sources of citations via Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, or a library’s discovery system. You can also evaluate the paper and citations using the built in Information Literacy or Critical Thinking Value rubrics from the AAC&U, or create and edit your own rubrics, and even add annotations. Lastly, you can output the results for assessment, or provide feedback to students.

HSU faculty, librarians, and staff contributed feedback during several software sprints and alpha testing of this innovative prototype during fall semester. Thanks to everyone’s feedback, the Citing Insights Team; Cindy Batres, Elizabeth Lujan, Ben Miller, Kyle Smith, and Mitchell Waters, are sharing Citing Insights with the world on this Pi day, with a planned full version release this May. You can find and download Citing Insights Beta at:

HSU Library internships and project-based student employment opportunities are designed to empower effective learning to solve challenges faced by higher education and the community at large. One of the key questions for Citing Insights is how can we make assessment easier. The first phase of development for Citing Insights answers that question by reducing the workload of assessment. Once the full version is released, the next version of Citing Insights will support students research and writing; answering our second key question: how can we assist student research and writing anytime and anywhere? Building this tool will be as ambitious as the supporting assessment with automation software.

Ben Miller … “This experience at the library improved our ability to work in teams, develop a product to meet client needs, and expanded our knowledge – we had to acquire new programming languages, learn project management and agile development skills… working at the library was an invaluable experience.”

The Citing Insights team and Cyril Oberlander, Dean of the Library, will co-present Citing Insights and student software development projects, at the American Library Association Annual Conference (LITA program) in Chicago June 2020, showcasing the importance of engaging students in solving grand challenges. Cyril adds “I am excited to see the additional features planned for the Version 1 release, advancing assessment features for groups and adding inter-rater reliability norming and analytics will significantly make assessment easier and more powerful. Libraries are innovative engines in higher education, as we engage students in project-based learning, we provide practical and powerful strategies to rapidly prototype, test, effectively iterate, and thereby shape the future of higher education.”

For more information, please contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean at:

CANCELLED - California Tsunami Week: Kamome & Sister City Project
cover of book The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome

This event has been postponed and may possibly be presented during L4HSU this summer.

The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home by Lori Dengler and Amya Miller is the first publication from the Humboldt State University Press. HSU emeritus Professor Lori Dengler will present this special event to highlight California Tsunami Week. Discover the sequence of extraordinary events that began with a great earthquake, followed by a tsunami and the voyage of a small boat called Kamome. This presentation will walk you through what happened and how Kamome became a miracle boat, bringing out the best in people and showing that acts of kindness really do matter. Amy Uyeki, illustrator of this wonderful book will share her animated film for the first time at HSU.

CANCELLED - Food Documentaries & Oh SNAP!
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This event will be rescheduled for Fall Semester

HSU Library, Oh SNAP!, and two filmmakers, Jessica Eden and Jennifer Bell, invite you to join this fun evening of films and food.

GOING WITH THE GRAIN describes the resurgence of locally grown grains in Humboldt County including wheat and quinoa. Learn from several entrepreneurs how they have incorporated local grains into their products.

COASTAL FOODS: SOWING THE SEEDS OF SUSTAINABILITY explores Humboldt's coastal local food movement including Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSAs), Native community health, and how important young people are to the future of local foods.

Come meet the filmmakers, learn about Oh SNAP!, and eat delicious local food! This is a FREE event.

"Food for Thought" is a DreamMaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts. These films recognize the outstanding work of local food enthusiasts. Come celebrate our community and food connections!  

Help Make the Library a Better Place!
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Let us know what you think about how the Library can be better for you and the HSU campus and community. Tell us about your experiences here in the library and help us advocate for change in identifying and addressing issues around diversity and equity for other HSU students, staff, and faculty, as well as the local community. Your participation is fully voluntary and information will be kept confidential.

There are three ways you can participate:

We look forward to hearing what you have to say and hope to be able to turn your thoughts into actions here at the HSU Library. Thank you in advance for your participation!

For more details and links, visit

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
flyer for Social Just Summit and HSU Library's Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Wed Mar 4 12-3pm

Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism on Wednesday, March 4 from 12-3pm in the Library Lab 121. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. We'll have a computer lab for you to work in and suggestions for pages to edit, but you can also bring your laptop and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.

This year the Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon is happening as a workshop for the Humboldt State University Social Justice Summit. For more information events on the schedule visit:

Pre-register for this event at:

Contact Kimberly Stelter at for more information.

Webinar: Challenging the Normalization of Hate: Strategies for Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation
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How can Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) inform strategies to address the increasing normalization of hate within our communities? Attend this webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 12-1:30pm in Library 114 to find out more.  Given the power of the internet and social media for spreading white supremacist thought, Jessie Daniels, the author of Cyber Racism, will share strategies for countering the spread of racist ideology. Panelists from three TRHT Campus Centers—Jermaine Pearson (Brown University), Charmaine DM Royal (Duke University), and J. Goosby Smith (The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina)—will also discuss how the TRHT Framework can bring about radical change, through storytelling, active listening, and community-engaged work. There will be time for Q & A during the webinar and there will be a facilitated discussion afterwards. This webinar is co-sponsored by Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

DIY Room Decor
flyer for DIY Room Decor featuring paper and yarn wall hangings on Tuesday, March 10 from 5-7pm

Join us on Tuesday, March 10th from 5-7pm for some hands-on crafting using paper, yarn, and cardboard to create wall-hangings for your apartment or dorm in the Library Makerspace (3rd floor across from Special Collections).

Snacks and supplies will be provided by Housing and Residence Life and WRRAP will be providing additional recycled materials for your creative use.

Contact Kimberly Stelter at for more information.

Business Showcase Day & Student Mixer
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Imagine an innovative solution to a problem business are facing, or a new business idea you would like to introduce to the Humboldt area… Business Showcase Day is that opportunity!  At Business Showcase Day, HSU students can discuss with local business representatives possibilities for local industry growth, innovation, internships and potential employment.

To promote student-local business networking, businesses are invited to table and showcase their services, goals, and opportunities or challenges; students will gain real world examples they can draw upon to develop innovative solutions in preparation for StartUp Weekend and Hackathon later in the spring.

On Thursday, February 27, from 5pm-7pm, businesses and students from diverse academic disciplines are invited to enjoy conversation, food, and soft beverages at the D Street Neighborhood Center, 1301 D Street, Arcata.

Interested? Students please RSVP here by February 20th. Businesses interested in tabling and attending, please RSVP here by February 14th.

For more questions and further details, please contact HSU Librarian, Louis Knecht: or 707-826-4072

Student Assistant Jobs Available!
Special Collections and HSU Press Student Assistant Positions available

Interested in working at the Library? Two areas are looking for student assistants - HSU Press and Special Collections. Join the friendly crew at the Library and gain valuable experience while working flexible hours.


HSU Press: Will work on scholarly communications, HSU Press, open education, and office projects as needed. Duties may include master’s thesis reviews, writing, editing, typesetting, graphic design, research, digitization, project management, and/or marketing as needed. Need good communications skills and attention to detail. Knowledge of Adobe Suite, editing, or marketing a plus, but not required. 10-12 hrs per week. $13.25 per hour. For additional information and to apply, go to


Special Collections: Love researching Humboldt history? Excited to share your passion with other students? The HSU Library Special Collections is hiring student assistants for a variety of projects. Under the supervision of the Special Collections Librarian, student duties include:

  • Provide research and library assistance for HSU students and community users.
  • Teach researchers how to navigate the Special Collections website, catalog, database and finding aids.
  • Complete collection inventories and photoduplication requests.
  • Answer the Humboldt Room phone and reply to distance researcher requests.
  • Promote Special Collections via social media and blogs.
  • Updating the content of the Humboldt Room website and perform quality control for archival projects.
  • Provide access to the rare book collection while maintaining the safety of the collection.
  • Edit Wikipedia pages related to Humboldt County History in order to direct researchers to collections in the archive.
  • Graphic design projects.
  • Create physical and digital exhibits to promote Special Collections to visitors.

Skills Required: Experience using the Humboldt Room collections. Knowledge of archival procedures and standards. Ability to work independently and use problem solving skills and independent judgement.

Other Competencies Required: Dependable, proactive, show initiative, interest in Special Collections or library work.

Preferred Skills: Maintain accurate statistics Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access), Adobe Photoshop and Indesign, scanning, efficient typing, web creation, video editing, or text editing are bonuses.

Timeline for interested applicants: Resumes will be reviewed from date of job posting until Monday, February 3, 2020. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position closes. Please apply early.

Application Information: Please email the following four items to Carly Marino,

  1. Library Student Assistant Application
  2. Work Availability
  3. Resume with names and contact information for two references
  4. Cover letter stating why you are interested in this job and how it relates to your professional goals after you graduate

$13.25 per hour

6th Annual HSU Authors Celebration
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The HSU Library and Office of the Provost are delighted to host the Annual HSU Authors Celebration for scholarly and creative works recently published by HSU Authors.

Please join us Friday, February 14 from 3-5pm in the Authors Hall on the 2nd floor to celebrate alumni, emeriti, faculty, staff, student authors, and readers, and to enjoy refreshments.

We are preparing HSU Author posters with all the 2019 authors.  Please let us know about your publications by January 31.  Details and photos from previous celebrations are available at

We hope to see you there!

Thank you for sharing your creative and scholarly works.  We are honored to showcase them in the HSU Authors Hall in the Library.

Cancelled - Digital Literacy & Professional Development Workshops
Free Digital Literacy classes offered by HSU Library and the County Library

Due to concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we are canceling the planned workshops effective immediately until further notice. If there are any questions about the workshops please contact Louis Knecht at

The Humboldt State University Library and the Humboldt County Library are offering free workshops to the community centered around computer skills and professional development thanks in large part by a California State Library Services and Technology Act grant.

The Innovative Digital Literacies Grant will fund workshops openly available to the Humboldt community and will be hosted at the Humboldt County Library Main Branch. Digital literacy is a crucial skill for expanding career opportunities and supporting professional growth in the community and these workshops will involve the participants the chance to engage with Google Chromebooks to enhance these technology abilities.

Workshops, ranging from using Google Suite applications, building resumes and cover letters, using and sending PDF documents, and making graphic design materials such as posters and advertisements, will aide participants in connecting current strengths with needed skills for the local job market. The Humboldt County Library and Humboldt State University Library will also offer workshops that support community conversations using a program called Voicethread.

These programs will address community needs of access to technology, job market readiness, and confidence with using digital literacy skills in everyday life.

Offered Workshops

Starting in January 2020, the workshops will be offered and divided into several series: PDF document Usership, Professional Development, Google Suite, Canva Graphic Design, and Voicethread. Unless specified these workshops will be offered at the Humboldt County Library Main Branch in Eureka.

PDF Essentials will focus on learning about the document format, why businesses use it, and different applicabilities of PDF document sending and viewing.

  • PDF Introduction and Basics - Saturday 1/11 @ 3-4 pm
  • PDF Uses and Viewership - Wednesday 1/22 @ 5-6 pm

A second round of this workshop series will be offered at the Arcata Library Branch:

  • PDF Introduction and Basics - Thursday 3/5 @ 6-7 pm
  • PDF Uses and Viewing - Thursday 3/26 @ 6-7 pm

Google Suite workshops will center around Chromebook technology with the different uses of Google applications that are popular in today’s working environment. Starting with creating a Google account, these workshops will teach participants how to create documents, spreadsheets, and slide show presentations in the Google Suite. This series will combine technology with professional development and is a highlight of our workshop line up!

  • Intro to Google Account - Saturday 2/15 @ 3-4 pm
  • Google Docs - Saturday 2/22 @ 3-4 pm
  • Google Sheets - Saturday 2/29 @ 3-4 pm
  • Google Slides - Saturday 3/7 @ 3-4 pm

A second round of this workshop series will be offered:

  • Intro to Google Account - Wednesday 4/22 @ 5-6 pm
  • Google Docs - Wednesday 4/29 @ 5-6 pm
  • Google Sheets - Wednesday 5/6 @ 5-6 pm
  • Google Slides - Wednesday 5/13 @ 5-6 pm

Professional Development will focus on identifying the dynamic skills that community participants already possess, how to communicate those skills effectively, and what jobs are looking for in a successful application. This will involve exploring career interests, creating elevator pitches, composing resumes and cover letters, and guest appearances from local business representatives to provide insight and feedback.

  • Recognizing Skills and Experience - Wednesday 2/5 @ 5-6 pm
  • Exploring Careers - Wednesday 2/12 @ 5-6 pm
  • Writing a Resume and Cover Letter - Wednesday 2/19 @ 5-6 pm
  • Resume and Cover Letter contd. and review - Wednesday 2/26 @ 5-6 pm

A second round of this workshop series will be offered:

  • Recognizing Skills and Experience - Saturday 5/02 @ 3-4 pm
  • Exploring Careers - Thursday 5/07 @ 6-7 pm (Arcata Branch)
  • Writing a Resume and Cover Letter - Thursday 5/28 @ 6-7 pm (Arcata Branch)
  • Resume and Cover Letter continued and review - Saturday 5/30 @ 3-4 pm

Canva is a free internet-based graphic design program that offers templates for many different purposes, ranging from flyers to resumes. These workshops will teach participants how to interweave creativity with goals related to marketing, self-promotion, and professional development. Learn how to let your message be heard through these Canva graphic design workshops!

  • Intro to Canva and application - Wednesday 3/11 @ 5-6 pm
  • Creating Flyers - Wednesday 3/18 @ 5-6 pm
  • Creating Resumes - Wednesday 3/25 @ 5-6 pm

Voicethread, a web browser based program, will engage participants in communication, collaboration, and connectivity through technology. By engaging in conversations with other members of the Humboldt community using Chromebooks, those partaking in these workshops will learn how technology can be used to comment, add video or audio, and share perspective on popular topics.

  • Introduction to Voicethread Program - Saturday 3/28 @ 3-4 pm
  • Conversations with Voicethread - Saturday 4/04 @ 3-4 pm
  • Conversations with Voicethread - Saturday 4/11 @ 3-4 pm
  • Conversations with Voicethread - Saturday 4/18 @ 3-4 pm
  • Conversations with Voicethread - Saturday 4/25 @ 3-4 pm

The HSU Library and Humboldt County Library partners are grateful for the support in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

For more information on program offerings, contact the HSU Digital Literacies Librarian and grant coordinator, Louis Knecht at or call 707-826-4072; or Corin Balkovek at the Humboldt County Library at 707-269-1935 or

For more information about the California State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act visit

Japanese American Internment Pop Up Museum & Taiko Swingposium
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Each year on January 30, HSU observes the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. This year, a pop-up museum of WWII internment camp artifacts will be on display on the first floor of the HSU Library from January 14-27, 2020. There will be originally designed banners explaining the history of the Japanese American incarceration camps, artifacts and ephemera collected from camp survivors, as well as books and posters will be on display in various exhibit cases and the lobby. Visitors can learn about the experiences of Japanese American families incarcerated in the WWII internment camps by perusing this pop-up museum featuring family objects and photos from camp, belonging to local Humboldt County Japanese American residents whose family members were interned.

San Jose Taiko will be coming to Humboldt with their exciting performance of SWINGPOSIUM ON THE ROAD. They will provide a 30-minute stage performance followed by a Q & A in Van Duzer Theater at 7pm, Thursday, Jan. 30. THis performance is free and open to everyone. Q & A will address constitutional rights and the laws eroded that protected people of color, different ethnicities or religions. We hope to foster dialogue around human and civil rights, and honor the resilience of the Japanese Americans who endured illegal mass incarceration. This performance is funded by HSU Library and HSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Swingposium will transport audiences back to the days of World War II and tell the story of big bands in the Japanese American incarceration camps. It is a celebration of the big band music that was a source of hope in the camps and a connection to the outside world. There will be additional performances in the community from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1. For more information, plus a sample of the Swingposium, see

For more information contact, voice mail at 707-633-3155. See also

Additional Performances Information:

Four public performances will be presented: a free public performance Jan. 30 at the Humboldt State University Van Duzer Theater and three ticketed performances on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Bayside Community Hall, 2297 Jacoby Creek Road. Tickets for the Bayside performances are $10, and will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 4 at and Wildberries Market in Arcata. All events have been coordinated by Taiko Swing Humboldt, a project of the Humboldt Folklife Society.

On Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., in observance of the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, a 30-minute performance followed by discussion will be presented in the Van Duzer Theater. This performance is free to the public, funded by the HSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the HSU Library Foundation. The week prior to Jan. 30, banners explaining the history of the Japanese American incarceration camps and artifacts and ephemera collected from camp survivors will be displayed in the HSU Library lobby.

The three Bayside Community Hall performances will begin with a 30-minute “talk story” before audience members are immersed in a 90-minute Swingposium living history experience at the dance. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to these performances on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 1, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Because attendees are “at the dance,” the audience will be standing for the duration of the performance, with only limited seating available upon request for persons with limited mobility. For more information, email, call 707-633-3155 (voice mail) or go to @taikoswinghumboldt on Facebook.