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Greenville Rising: April 21. Saving All The Dates

by Meg Upton

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Well even if the brrr temperatures don’t reflect that spring is here, the sheer number of events and meetings planned in Indian Valley do reflect that spring is here. Or will be here soon. I’m cheating on Plumas County in Orange County at the moment where one can make lunch on the patio and wear a tank top and no shoes; it’s such lovely weather.

Have you started the garden yet? I take inspiration from this plant in southern California. It’s an air plant that was all but dead last year when I rescued it from my father-in-law’s house before he moved into assisted living. It was a bunch of brown and gray twigs, shriveled up and any normal person would have just chucked it into the compost bin. But family nostalgia took over and I was determined to bring it back to life. Voila. It’s flowering!

By the next column, I hope we hear more about up-and-coming opening businesses! The excitement around this is just amazing. Can you imagine an Indian Valley as a destination for food and events for the whole county? For the North State area? We can. Here’s what’s coming up this week and maybe save the date on your calendar for the rest.

As usual, if you have an event, meeting, etc., you’d like to get the word out on, send me your press release or drop your flyer to [email protected].

Planned Power Outage

All that positivity of the first few paragraphs and the first thing I share with you is a power outage—sorry!

Don’t forget we are supposed to have a six-hour power outage from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. on this coming Saturday morning.        Hopefully we all sleep through it and wake up to power.

Vegetation Assistance

     Have you checked out the Feather River Resource Conservation District website? You should. https://frrcd.org/landowner-assistance-program. It will answer many a question property owners might have about dealing with the dead and the burnt on their properties.

Greenville Fire Cats

     As most of you may know, cats are independent creatures and getting cats together when you are trying to evacuate is like, well, herding cats. Greenville resident Kimberly Price has been leading the charge to feed the hungry felines for nearly ten months now. She’s looking for more volunteers to help feed the cats two days a week. There are 11 feeding stations scattered throughout Greenville. She’s posted a thread on the facebook Rebuilding Greenville page to get hold of her.

Flower Exchange

     Jennifer Ayres of Mountain Ayres Garden is sponsoring a ‘free perennial exchange’ on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4354 Nelson Street in Taylorsville.

“Bring a (some) perennial and take  (some) perennials! Local artist Sally Yost will be painting at the easel and all of this year’s vendors will be featured! A raffle will be held to benefit the Indian Valley Fire Department. For more information, call (530) 394-7845.

Gold Diggers

     There will be a second meeting about putting on Gold Diggers Day on May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Green Meadows community room off Hot Springs Road. Organizer Cathy Buchanan said on social media that she cannot do everything herself. “Let’s come together, Greenville and show [them] that Greenville lives and the fire didn’t stop us. Let’s have some fun this summer.” Buchanan noted that a band is booked for the occasion and this year’s Gold Diggers will take place July 16, presumably in downtown Greenville.

 Lawyer Meeting

     In the wake of the PG&E Settlement announcement last week there’s been any number of residents weighing the settlement (expedient lower cash pay out by PG&E now or lawsuit later, for example). This Saturday the law office of Bret Cook and Potter Handy Parkinson & Benson are holding a Dixie Fire Meeting at the Greenville Elementary School cafeteria at 11 a.m. to answer questions.

Earth Day and Tree Giveaway

     Hey Indian Valley residents, celebrate Earth Day this Friday, April 22, by picking up a free tree at Greenville High School from noon until they run out of trees. To be eligible you must be a Plumas County resident. One tree per household. There will be a master gardener from University of Nevada, Reno on hand to answer tree care questions. This event is sponsored by Plumas County Public Health Agency and Cal Fresh Plumas County.

On Saturday, April 23, the Greenville Branch of the Plumas County Public Library will be presenting an “Earth Day Craft Program” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenville Pop-Up Library in room 2 at Greenville Elementary School. For more information call the Quincy Branch Library at (530) 283-6310 or email [email protected]. This event is for anyone age two and up.


      PCS Indian Valley Academy and Mountain Valley Parent Club are sponsoring a Tri-Tip Dinner on April 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $15 a plate or $50 for a family of four. Both dine in and take out options available. The dinner will support the IVA kindergarten through sixth grade student activities and support the purchase of interactive play equipment.

Indian Valley Academy’s annual Showcase event will take place at the Taylorsville Historic Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Showcase” is similar to PUSD’s Senior Project program, however, students seventh through twelfth grade are required to participate.

For more information call Andre Essue at (805) 729-6761 or email at [email protected].

      The Maidu Summit Consortium is presenting a “Big Time” Logging Jamboree to benefit Dixie Fire Relief on June 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Chester Park in Chester. For more information call (530) 258-2299 or visit the maidusummit.org website. There will be ten events with cash prizes, live music, exhibits, as well as food and beverages. Admission is free.

Save the Date for These May Events in Indian Valley

     On Sunday, May 8, the first of what intends to be monthly “Greenville Country Picnics” will be held from 3 p.m. until sundown at the Greenville Park. Picnic goers are asked to “Bring your picnic blanket, your appetite, and your love for your community!” The monthly picnics will be held on the second Sundays of every month from May to October.

Live music will be performed by Rickety Bridge. Admission is free and food will be provided. Picnic goers are encouraged to bring a potluck salad or dessert to share if possible. Fun activities will be available for the whole family to enjoy.

The monthly picnic will be sponsored by the Dixie Fire Collaborative and Sacred Waters of Greenville. For more information, call Ken Donnell (K.D.) at (530) 566-2561 or Dan Kearns at (949) 395-3694.

On May 14 is the all-Indian Valley High Schools Prom 2022. Students in ninth through twelfth grades, including last year’s seniors, are invited to attend the dinner and dance from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Taylorsville Historic Hall. More information as the date gets closer.

On May 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Plumas Arts and Indian Valley based musicians have collaborated to provide “Music on the Green Revival” –a Greenville musical tradition to support our communities affected by the Dixie Fire. The event at the lawn in front of Greenville High School will feature former students and local musicians. There will also be a collaborative community mural to help paint. Event goers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on to listen to the music.

The next monthly Dixie Fire Collaborative meeting is Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenville Elementary School cafeteria. More information as the day gets closer.

On Saturday, May 28, Pachuca Productions is sponsoring the event Speaking to Fire, an exhibit of Joanne Burgueno’s Dixie Fire Stories project photographs in person, as well as local artwork and stories provided by youth in Indian Valley. Stay tuned as more unfolds for this art gallery meets spoken word pop-up event. For more information and to include your own art work and stories related to the Dixie Fire, contact Margaret Elysia Garcia at [email protected] or call (714) 746-4093. The event will take place at Greenville Elementary School cafeteria between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Resource Center

     Happy to report that the Rebuild Greenville Resource Center is beginning to settle into its new home in the Crescent Country building in Crescent Mills. Here’s what they have to report.

The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center (RGRC) is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Disaster Case Managers are available by phone at (530) 283-2735 with the following extensions: Nancy Presser x832, Irshad Stolden x831, and Priscilla Flores x835. They are also available at the RGRC during its normal hours of operation.

Case Managers can help fire survivors identify a range of unmet needs, develop a plan to meet those needs, and then provide assistance with local, state and federal aid programs. Survivors can get assistance whether their home is habitable or destroyed, whether they want to rebuild or not, and whether they remain in Plumas County or not.     Case managers are available to answer questions, offer support, help develop a client recovery plan, connect clients with appropriate referrals/resources in the community, and work with clients to see which financial assistance they may still be eligible for, and advocate on their behalf with service and benefit providers. Whether a person needs food assistance or counseling, (PRS offers those impacted by the Dixie Fire three free counseling sessions) or help filing forms for FEMA, Small Business Administration (SBA), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Housing Authority or the PG&E Settlement, case managers are available to assist you. The Disaster Case Management program goal is to help residents and their families return to a sanitary and secure homes that feel safe.

Fire survivors who need help with heating assistance can contact Penney Robbins at (530) 283-2735, x834.                  Those who are setting up a new home and need help should contact the RGRC; the center may have items to replace home goods, and staff may be able to refer donors to you directly.

Donors wishing to help people who lost their belongings to the Dixie Fire are encouraged to take photos of new and gently used furniture and other home goods and post them in a free ad on the Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center Facebook page with the location of the items.

Those recovering from the Dixie Fire also benefit from gift certificates (grocery stores, gas, auto repairs, and others), generators, gas cans, and first aid kits. Gift cards can be delivered to the PRS office at 711 E. Main Street in Quincy.

To deliver other items, make arrangements with Lara Wheeler. PRS also accepts donations towards its Unmet Needs Fund, which provides direct support to fire survivors.

For donations and questions about RGRC, contact RGRC Coordinator Lara Wheeler via text (preferred method of communication) at (530) 778-4309, phone at (530) 283-2735, x833, or fax at (530) 778-4309.

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