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Photography enthusiast Jeff Titcomb has been out taking photos of fall colors and took this photo between Indian Falls and Crescent Mills earlier this month. Photo by Jeff Titcomb

Communities Rising Nov. 15: So much happening

By Meg Upton

     It’s been six months since our District Attorney David Hollister announced the PG&E settlement offers along with the announcement of PG&E making donations to various Plumas County non-profits agencies who both helped during the Dixie Fire and organizations affected by the fire. It’s hard to believe we are at the six month mark. How have these entities planned to spend the money? Where is it going?

     Plumas News is in the process of contacting each non-profit and the school district, which also received funds, to see how the funds have been or are being spent and/or what the plans are for the funding going forward to rebuild and support communities affected by the Dixie Fire and Fly Fire. We plan to do a story on each entity.

     We look forward to reporting for you! As always if you have a tip, an announcement, a story idea, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. We are here for you.

     This Saturday, Nov. 19, is shaping up to be a beautiful and busy day in Indian Valley, so rest up for a full day of activities


IVCSD Meeting

     So much is happening with the Indian Valley Community Services District. Come to the monthly IVCSD meeting this Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville branch of Plumas Bank in downtown Greenville to listen and ask questions and make public comments to your CSD.

Thanksgiving Art Night

     The Wobbly Potter’s Ceramics and Art Studio is hosting a Thanksgiving Art Night on Friday, Nov. 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Spot in downtown Greenville. Christi Hazelton says “Come join us as we create Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts! Participants can look forward to creating cool projects.”

     Hazelton will have music playing, punch and healthy snacks, and art.  Participants take home all projects. She adds that art makers should “dress for the mess.”

     The art studio is next to Region Burger. Donations of art supplies appreciated.

Dixie Fire Collaborative Meeting

     Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenville Elementary School Cafeteria. Start off the weekend with information about the progress of rebuilding Greenville.

Riley’s Grand Opening

     This Saturday, Nov. 19, for Riley’s Jerky grand opening along Highway 89 outside Greenville. It’s the moment so many of us have waited for. We’ve all been excited to see the building, salvaged Dixie Fire wood fencing, and trees go up on Kaley Bentz’ property. The grand opening will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To attend, sign up at this website: www.rileysjerky.com.

Silver Linings 

     Our long awaited, reader’s theatre project showcasing what students in various communities have learned about themselves in the years since the fire and COVID, will take place after the Nov. 19 Dixie Fire Collaborative meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Greenville Elementary School Cafeteria. This show will feature Plumas County students, Dixie Fire Stories Project gallery wall, music by local musician Levi Mullen, and essays by this reporter and Jane Braxton Little. Winners of the student essay contest and prizes will be announced then. Admission is free. Pachuca Productions project is supported by the Almanor Foundation and the California Humanities and Plumas Arts. Bread for the Journey also helped us get this project underway.

Indian Valley “Turkey Trot” Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24, is the annual Turkey Trot. This year’s race begins at The Spot on Pine Street with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the race beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for individuals or $50 for families. T-shirts are available for $10. There are prizes and dog costume competition.

The Nutcracker Tea 

     High Sierra Ballet Academy is sponsoring “an immersive tea party” with refreshments provided by the Genesee Store and a special guest performance by the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy.” Tickets are $15. Begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov.r 26. Call (707) 502-6797. Natalie Landfield, the ballet’s owner calls it the “perfect mommy daughter date to kick off the Holiday Season.”

Taylorsville Lights Parade 

     Have your idea for a float in mind? The Taylorsville Lights Parade wants your float in the 2022 parade that takes place on Saturday, Nov. 26 on Main Street in Taylorsville. Contact Bob Sheridan at (530) 284-7620 for details.

Christmas in the Valley

     Plans are underway for Christmas in the Valley for Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the Greenville Elementary School Cafeteria there will be a Santa’s Workshop including tree lighting, pictures with Santa, ornament and wreath making and cookie decorating. There will be hot food available and treats. There will be a tree decorating contest at The Spot with cash prizes for first ($250), second ($150), and third prize ($75). To enter the contest, contact Regina Moffet at (530) 283-2735, ext. 833.

     Marsha Roby is looking for singers to carol for the event as well. Contact Roby on her facebook page.

     The event is sponsored by Plumas Rural Services, The Spot, and Northern Valley Catholic Social Services.

Heating Relief for Fire Survivors 

     Applications for heating assistance are again being accepted at the Dixie Fire Resource Center (DFRC). Eligibility is limited at this time to households that suffered partial or full loss of their home in the Dixie Fire. To qualify for assistance, applicants must show proof of a completed Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) application.

     Households that suffered a full loss of home in the Dixie Fire are eligible for a half cord of firewood, a heater, and one fuel refill. Households that suffered damage, but not total loss, of their home are eligible for a half cord of firewood and one heater. Assistance will be provided based on demonstrated need. Preference will be given to those enrolled in the Disaster Case Management Program who lost their home, to those with disabilities, and to the elderly. There is a limit of one application per household.

     Community members may complete an application at the DFRC or through the link on the Plumas Rural Services (PRS) website at: www.plumasruralservices.org/heating-assistance. Applications will be accepted through November 30. The next round of assistance will be available in January 2023.

     The DFRC is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We encourage the community to visit us during these hours to use our computer lab, connect with the Disaster Case Management Program, and access the wide variety of community and fire recovery resources we have available (food, clothing, heating assistance, referrals for employment support, and more).

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