Residents brave the cold for the annual Christmas Lights Parade in Taylorsville on Saturday, November 26. Photo submitted

Communities Rising: November 29 – so many events planned

    

     I’m not a cold weather person and I one day aspire to be a snowbird, but as I climbed the canyon yesterday heading back home after a Thanksgiving break, I felt like I’m probably doing this snow thing wrong. At least I made it up the canyon without ice or snow impeding me.

     Indian Valley people are on a whole other level of cold tolerance than I can muster. Witness the spectacular turnout for the annual Taylorsville Christmas Lights parade last Saturday evening. Wow!

     There’s a good deal to be thankful for as we head out of November and into the gift season of December. I marvel at how far we’ve taken recovery in a short time period. Yes, a year is a short amount of time and here we are with a downtown Spot that’s arguably more of a destination spot than we had before the fire. We have houses going up. We have events coming back. We have food.

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     Mark my words, Indian Valley will be the food destination of Plumas County one day. Sounds like the old Grizzly Bite will be coming back to Taylorsville serving breakfast and pizza! Yay! We will soon have pizza again in the valley. More on this development as things begin to get underway. The new business owners indicated on social media that they hope to be open the first week of January.

     Hunker down, communities, as we get ready for a series of storms. Stay safe out there and stay warm.

 

Book Fair 

     From November 30 to December 2, the Scholastic Book Fair is back at Greenville Elementary School library from 2:40 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Blood Drive 

     This Friday, December 2, the Indian Valley Blood Drive from The blood drive runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. Appointments are best with openings for regular donations in the late afternoon (4 p.m. through 5:15 p.m.) and two “Power Reds” at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.  These latter blood donations take about half an hour longer but are critical for cancer patients. Walk-in donations are accepted as well.

For help with an appointment, please call or text local coordinator Sherilyn Schwartz (661) 435-7250 or go to www.Vitalant.com and click on the “Donate Now” button.

Holiday Card Making

     Christi Hazelton’s The Green Phoenix Art Studio is hosting a Christmas card making event on December 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Space is limited so please reserve your spot” said Hazelton. She’s serving snacks, hot cocoa, playing Christmas tunes and has a plethora of supplies.

Breakfast With Santa

     On Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Greenville Elementary School cafeteria, the Indian Valley Parents Club is sponsoring a “Breakfast with Santa.” They are in need of ‘baked breakfast goods’ for the event and have indicated donors can drop off baked goods at GES on Friday.

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Entrepreneur Rally

     As part of the Indian Valley Innovation Hub, there are a series of events for business networking. The next one is December 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mt. Huff Café. Snacks provided. Event is free. For more information call or text (907) 242-4426 or email [email protected].

Christmas Dinner 

The Indian Valley Museum will hold a special holiday party next Monday, December 12, gathering at 5:30 p.m. in the museum’s community room. The IVM board will host the ham dinner, with members and guests bringing appetizers, side dishes, and/or desserts as potluck dishes.

     Members and guests are also invited to bring new unwrapped toys (or a check) for Toys for Tots program through the sheriff’s office. This is optional.

     “This festive event is open to guests, friends and community members.  We look forward to sharing the holiday spirit and warm camaraderie” said the organizers.

 

Christmas in the Valley

     Plans are underway for Christmas in the Valley for Saturday, December 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.

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     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.

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     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).