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

The place we call home



44th Great Day in Elk! Happens August 25

The 44th annual Great Day in Elk celebration will be held Saturday, August 25, 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 features live music with Gwyneth Moreland and others, 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 garlic mashed potatoes or a green chile-cheese enchilada with black beans, 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!


Can You Help at Great Day?

The Board of the Community Center is looking for a few good men and women, and probably some big kids, to help out at Great Day this year.  A few hours of your time on August 25th would be much needed and appreciated.  Click here to see what's needed to make this another great experience in Elk.


Docents Needed for Visitor Center/Museum

The Greenwood State Beach Visitor Center and Museum is seeking a few volunteer docents.  Can you spare a couple of hours a month mid March through October?  If so, or for more information, call Darcie at 877-3435 or Kathy at 877-3231.  It's a great way to learn more of the area's history and share with visitors what life is like in our town.  Meet people from all over the world, and help locals and others look at old photos or discover more about their Elk roots.


Help the Fire Department Help YOU!

The Elk Volunteer Fire Department is calling on all households in the Elk Community to complete a Resource Identification Form to help emergency responders to serve you better in an emergency.  The forms are available at the Post Office or by clicking here.


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.


Movie and/or Trivia Night

Good at trivia?  Like old movies?  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 trivia at 6:30 p.m. and sometimes a film after.  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 and/or trivia 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