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Communities Rising: Nov 8 – weather has changed and so have some names and hours

     SNOW! Were you ready for it? I thought we were and then, I guess the snow blower broke last year and no one told me so there was a good deal of hand shoveling this morning on a driveway without teenagers to coerce to help. Yikes. It’s the time of year when we start to miss things. Like the David Bowie documentary in Quincy last night. Didn’t make it to that nor to get groceries. I did get gas before hand so the Prius can sit there at the top of the driveway untouched for awhile. There’s a wonderful shepard’s pie sitting on the counter right now and the house smells divine. On this snowy morning, I hope the same for you. Be careful out there, especially since school wasn’t canceled and it’s beginning to pile up out there.

     Veteran’s Day plans are still underway. Please come out and support the veterans and stay tuned for an article on Indian Valley graduates currently serving.

     If you have anything to announce to the public from any of our rising communities please send to [email protected].

 

Heating Assistance Available 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).

Resource Center Name Change and Changes 

     The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center is undergoing some changes as we head into the winter season. Firstly, the center is changing its name to the Dixie Fire Resource Center (DFRC) to reflect the fact that Dixie Fire survivors come from a variety of towns and communities, and the DFRC welcomes them all.

     Visitors to the DFRC will notice a new face among those helping them. Plumas Rural Services (PRS) is happy to announce the new DFRC Coordinator, Regina (Rena) Moffet. Rena will be running the resource center with the aid of Martha Vaughn who has been there since July. PRS would like to extend its warmestgratitude to Lara Wheeler and Penney Robbins for establishing the Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center in the aftermath of the Dixie Fire and dedicating long hours to providing information, services and support to fire survivors.

     Finally, as days get shorter, the hours at the resource center are adjusting. Beginning November 1, the DFRC is now 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). Dixie Fire Resource Center staff can be reached at (530) 283-2735: ext 833 for Rena and ext 888 for Martha.

Veteran’s Day

     November 11, rain or shine, the Veteran’s Day Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the Harvest Festival is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. Both are on the Spot and will continue as scheduled. Senior students in the valley will be holding an Indian Taco fundraiser at the Spot on Veteran’s Day as well. The Spot is hoping to do a cake walk as part of the activities and could use more cakes for Veteran’s Day activities. Please contact Mary Shero on facebook to donate on Wednesday or Thursday.

 

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, November 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, November 26 on Main Street in Taylorsville. Contact Bob Sheridan at (530) 284-7620 for details.

Thanksgiving Art Night 

     The Wobbly Potter’s Ceramics and Art Studio is hosting a Thanksgiving Art Night on Friday, November 18 at 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.

Grand Opening 

       Save the date November 19, for Riley’s Jerky grand opening along highway 89 outside Greenville. 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.

Dixie Fire Collaborative Meeting

     Takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 in the Greenville Elementary School Cafeteria.

Silver Linings 

     Our long awaited, reader’s theatre project showcasing what students have learned about themselves in the year since the fire, will take place after the November 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.  Pachuca Productions reserves the right not to award a prize if there isn’t a prize worthy effort in all three categories. Admission is free. This Pachuca Productions project is supported by the Almanor Foundation and the California Humanities and Plumas Arts.

Indian Valley “Turkey Trot” Thanksgiving Day

       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.

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