There’s a new mural at Eureka’s Community Bike Kitchen | Times Standard

The Bike Kitchen’s new mural is pictured with folks who helped make it possible: Emily Sinkhorn, bike kitchen coordinator and RCAA staff; Mark Weller, Jefferson Community Resource Center director; Gus Clark, artist/muralist; John Humphrey, bike kitchen volunteer and assistance muralist; and Heidi Benzonelli-Burden and Richard Evans of the Westside Community Improvement Association. (RCAA — Contributed)

The Community Bike Kitchen, a hands-on bicycle repair and learning hub located at the Jefferson Community Center in Eureka, now has a new mural thanks to a collaboration of local community organizations and a local artist. The mural was designed and painted by local artist Augustus “Gus” Clark and made possible with support from the bike kitchen, the Jefferson Community Center and Park and the Westside Community Improvement Association.

The mural captures the joy of bicycling and the natural beauty that abounds on the North Coast. Clark at first planned a small mural square with Bike Kitchen volunteers but was so inspired by the large blank wall and the community energy of the Bike Kitchen that the project quickly expanded.

“I had a great time, the process was alive, and I got to practice a few new techniques,” he said.

This new mural joins the other colorful, community-oriented features of the Jefferson Community Park in Eureka.

Eureka’s local bike kitchen, a project of Redwood Community Action Agency, opened in June 2013 as a place where people could learn bike maintenance skills and find low-cost or no-cost used bicycles. For over six years, the Bike Kitchen has thrived as a hands-on workshop, providing tools, space and mechanics’ knowledge for bike repair and also volunteer opportunities to earn a new set of wheels.

The Bike Kitchen is currently open three days a week — Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m. and is located on the south side of Jefferson Community Center campus (1000 B St.) in a little yellow building off Clark Street in between A and B streets.

The Bike Kitchen is powered by volunteers, who assist with bike repairs, teaching repairs skills, customer service, and guiding the direction of the Bike Kitchen through the steering committee. For more information, contact the Bike Kitchen at 707-269-2061 or eurekacommunitybikekitchen@gmail.com or visit https://eurekabikekitchen.wordpress.com.
There’s a new mural at Eureka’s Community Bike Kitchen

Update – Change of Bike Kitchen Days!

We are still open three nights a week but our days of the week have changed to Monday, Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

We are still located at the Jefferson Community Center, 1000 B street in Eureka. (In the yellow building on Clark Street with the wonderful mural in progress between A & B streets!)

The Bike Kitchen is becoming even more vibrant with the addition of a fantastic mural by local artist Augustus Clark. The mural is still in progress but already has dramatically added to the neighborhood.

 

Summer was busy in the Bike Kitchen with many people finding a new (or first ever!) bike. We also met many new people in the community by having a booth at Friday Night Market this fall.

Thank you Funders!
The Bike Kitchen depends upon community donations and volunteering to continue our services, but we also sometimes get a little extra help from funders. The Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation recently awarded the bike kitchen a generous grant for general support. Funding from the Manual C. Kaster Fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation and Humboldt Sponsors have also allowed us to provide free bike lights and bike locks to youth and adults in need for safety and security.

Bike Kitchen volunteers recently screen printed more t-shirts! Get yours during open hours.

Get Involved!
Have you thought about getting more involved in the Bike Kitchen but wondered what you can contribute? Everyone has something to contribute. Volunteer mechanics and “concierges” help keep the bike kitchen running and serving people in our community. Both roles represent the Bike Kitchen, welcome new people into the space, and help keep tools and parts organized and accessible. Mechanics often teach bike maintenance techniques and help with hands-on repairs. Concierges orient new people to how the bike kitchen works, keep track of volunteer hours and run our computer tracking systems.
If you are interested in getting more involved, inquire at the Bike Kitchen or contact us at 707-269-2061 or eurekacommunitybikekitchen [@] gmail.com.
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Have an old bike, tools or parts to donate?
The Community Bike Kitchen gladly accepts donations during open hours or you can send an email to eurekacommunitybikekitchen [@] gmail.com or call (707) 269-2061 for more information.