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Communities Rising June 24 – so much to do today

   This week was the official of summer. Right? Right? How’s everyone’s summer, winter, spring gardens doing right now? I try not to let it seep into my consciousness but every once in awhile I think ‘Really? We couldn’t have had all this rain and snow in say, 2020 to 2021?’ But c’est la vie. We are where we are.

Make-up artist, designer, and Indian Valley resident Nicole LaCrue presented the Spirit of Plumas County at the Sinister Creature Con in Sacramento last weekend, (model Logan Dunbar pictured). Photo by Nicole LaCrue

   One thing I saw online this week just took my breath away. Nicole LaCrue’s creation: “The Spirit of Plumas County—Rising from the Ashes.” She created the makeup and design for this model for the Sinister Creature Con—a conference for artists and art of the horror variety last Saturday in Sacramento. The model is Logan Dunbar.

   “It has been hard seeing our beautiful mountains and Indian Valley scorched, tattered, and torn. But every day, we see more and more new green growth popping up where the land was scarred. For me it signified that regrowth will always happen, no matter how bad something gets. We have been through a lot of tragedy and loss, but we will rise from the ashes and flourish once again,” said LaCrue.

   She’s so right. I love seeing photos of every one’s flowers blooming, that reminder that beauty always finds its way and hope is around if we’re open to hearing its call.

   That’s where I’m at this week. The husband and I had recently tore apart my office because I needed a more hopeful space. I grew up a military brat on army posts in stairwell apartments always the same drab shade of off white. There’s nothing that sets me on edge more than an ugly space that lacks color in a space. So I found the color “Mayan Terrace” which was as close to Crayola cornflower blue as I could find (my favorite). Then I hurt my knee so instead of me doing the paint job, it was the husband painting for me instead (that’s some love right there—making a man who hates brightly colored walls paint walls bright blue). It’s got a wall dedicated to artwork my kids did for me when they were little. It has things that made it down here before the fire—now more cherished in their survival. It contains my old black lacquered Japanese furniture I acquired in Mt. Hough Estates long ago as Lisa Forcino passed on to someone selling the furniture that there was a woman (me) who loved all things Japanese. The low Japanese table is where my kids learned to walk by holding on to the edges of it. Yes, I’m feeling nostalgic for Crescent Mills today.

   I’m super glad to hear the water aerobics is starting up again. Hooray for lifeguards saving the day for summer activities. This coming Monday, June 26 at 5:15 p.m. get those bathing suits on and head to the community pool. I never thought I’d miss the pool ladies as much as I do but it’s a great summer tradition for the twinges in the hinges crowd. I also hope there’s a break in weather so that swimming in a pool is a viable summer activity. Especially given the rush of the river and creeks this season.

   Looks like there are many events and follow ups of past events happening. All things with schools not quite settled and what not. Here’s what I have for you this week. Per usual call me at (714) 746-4093 with any tips or events or email to [email protected]. Thank you and stay safe out there.

Chamber Mixer

Today, June 24 is the Chamber Mixer and Membership Drive down at the Spot from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Taylorsville Pool

Open Swim time! Open swim is noon to 4 p.m. and starts this Saturday. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Family pass sign-ups start tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the pool ($120 for the season). The pool needs volunteers. Open swim is mostly every Saturday in the summer with the exception of fair week, with additional open swim days July 6 through 8, August 3 through 5, 10 through 12, 17 through 19, and 24 through 26 along with September 2. Cost is still $4 a swim for ages 5 to 64; $2 for seniors.

Entrepreneur Rally

Indian Valley Innovation Hub presents an entrepreneur rally at Mt. Huff Café today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. complete with appetizers and a free drink. Anyone interested in economic development in the valley is welcome along with business owners, pro-active solutions individuals and people with business ideas. This networking event is designed to be a place for building momentum and for community builders to mingle with other likeminded folk. For more information contact Lara Wheeler at (530) 280-1660 or email [email protected].


Historic Hall Dance

Get your dancing shoes on, it’s time for the annual dance at the Taylorsville Historic Hall on Sunday, July 2 from 9 p.m. to midnight. There will be a dj and a cash bar plus all your friends and neighbors. Entrance fee is $10 per person and proceeds go to help with the upkeep of the hall.

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