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Elk, California, where the forests and meadows meet the sea

The place we call home



43rd Great Day in Elk! Happens August 26

The 43rd annual Great Day in Elk celebration will be held Saturday, August 26, from noon until 7:00 p.m.  This fun-filled family day is sponsored by the Greenwood Community Center.

Great Day starts with a parade through town starting at noon on Highway 1.  Festivities continue at the Community Center, with carnival games with prizes, face painting, and do-it-yourself craft projects for kids.  There's the famous $100 greased pole, a watermelon-eating contest, sack races, a silent auction, a crafts fair, a cake auction, a massage booth, and a raffle drawing.  The afternoon entertainment on the outdoor stage includes live music by the bands The Real Sarahs and The High Rollers, along with Trillium Tribe belly dancing.  Go home with a T-shirt and/or hat to remember the day.

Daytime food includes old-fashioned hot dogs, fresh-baked focaccia bread, Moroccan lentil soup, Caesar salad (with chicken option), tamales and lots of homemade sweet treats.  Quench your thirst with fresh-pressed Greenwood Ridge apple cider, Elk's famous margaritas, local beer and wine, or a soft drink.  An outdoor BBQ dinner will be served from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., featuring grilled tri-tip with potatoes or a quinoa enchilada, along with bread and salad.

For the comfort and safety of humans, please leave much-loved dogs at home – they will be happier and can avoid the stress of noise, crowds, odors.  Thank you.  Hope you enjoy the day!


Wildfire Season is Here - Are You Ready?

Fire season was declared in Mendocino County effective May 29.  CAL FIRE and the Elk Volunteer Fire Department urge homeowners to be prepared for wildfires.

Ready, Set, Go!
Thousands for wildfires strike California every year.  It isn't a question of if, but only a question of when.  Those of us who choose to live in a natural area of the state are at risk for wildfires.  It is our responsibility to prepare ourselves, our families, and our homes.  Preparation starts with 3 simple steps:   “Ready, Set, Go!” 

Being Ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials.  Being Set by having an evacuation plan and Wildfire Action Plan.  Lastly, when a wildfire strikes, put your evacuation plan in effect and Go!; evacuate early.  

Get detailed information about each of these steps and learn more ways to prepare for wildfire by visiting  New this year is a mobile app to help you get ready.  Download it on Google Play or the Apple App Store on this site.


Elk Community List

The Greenwood Civic Club has established a private listserv for Elk community members to circulate and share information regarding events, news, resources and needs within the community.  The Elk Community List is hosted by the Mendocino Community Network (MCN).  Any interested members and friends of the Elk community are welcome to subscribe. 

Use of the list is subject to terms and services.  To ensure the best possible experience for all list participants, subscribers are asked to observe some basic guidelines.

To sign up for the list, click here: 



Make Pizza With Your Neighbors

Like pizza?  Got dough?  Come on down to the Greenwood Community Center almost monthly.  Check the Calendar of Events or email Kevin at

to find out when the next one happens.  Bring your own dough and toppings and bake it in the wood-fired outdoor oven.  Share some with your neighbors and sample some of their creations.  You'll eat good and have fun, too.  Feel free to bring along some bread dough to bake, too.


Movie and Trivia Night

Like old movies?  Good at trivia?  Come to the Greenwood Community Center on occasional Thursday nights and have fun with your family and friends.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with mini-trivia at 6:30 p.m. and a film from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Bring a dish or drink to share.  Check the Calendar of Events or contact contact Anica Williams at

to find out when the next movie night happens.


Get on the Event Calendar

Do you have an event you want to put on the Event Calendar or do you want to book the Greenwood Community Center?  Contact Connie Taylor at 877-1631 or

Click here for details on renting the center, including rates, a fillable rental agreement, and instructions for renters.

Do you want to book the Greenwood School?  Contact Charlie or Rosi Acker at 877-1800 or