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Greenville Rising September 15: Be the Boots on the Ground

     Happy to report that it was cool enough to wear long sleeves today, for those of us who’ve been waiting for what seems like six months for summer to end, it’s a welcomed change. The air quality though is reminding my lungs of last September though with slightly lower AQI. It is with this sort of body memory that we head into a very busy and hopefully productive weekend in Indian Valley.

     There’s much going on in the valley in the next few days as design firms descend (ascend since we are in the mountains?) upon Indian Valley to listen to people and to get the process of envisioning a new Greenville rolling.

     But before we get to the list of events, I’d like to remind those of us in the valley who are not attending meetings or helping out with rebuilding efforts to maybe set aside a few hours to volunteer time. There’s plenty of work to be done and most of it is spread out among retirees. We need younger volunteers. But we also need older organizations who are looking to recruit members or looking to get more people involved to think about the timing of the meetings we have.

     We need to reconsider the times meetings take place. Understand that anything before 5 p.m. means only retirees can participate. Even the Indian Valley Community Services District meeting is set pretty much right as the working day is done—which can often make it hard for the working public to attend.

     As entities around the county move to have in-person meetings once again, remember that having the zoom option is/was helpful to constituents. Plumas Unified School District, for example should bring back an interactive zoom option. I teach a class over zoom every Tuesday night for three hours. It’s entirely possible to do this.

     Building community is not a passive act. It takes everyone to do what they can. Every once in awhile I hear from former residents who say things like, “well, why isn’t someone helping me get back to Greenville?” There’s a bit of helping one’s self that needs to be done. There’s also registering with disaster case managers that can help this process.

     So there. I’ve said my peace about volunteering. The more volunteers we have, the more we can do and the less burn out our current volunteers will face.

     Also congratulations are due to Indian Valley Community Services District for securing $7 million of much needed funds—we will be touching base with them this week about their plans.

     The Plumas Sierra County Fair’s Innovation Hub seems to have at least 10 Indian Valley based entrepreneurs attempting to make products, events, and other creations in Indian Valley.

     Here’s a list of what’s going on in the next few days.


Dixie Fire Collaborative: Phase 1A

     This Saturday the monthly Dixie Fire Collaborative meeting is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a working lunch with workshops on visioning and planning. Check out the www.dixiefirecollaborative.org website for descriptions of workshops. Lunch is provided by Gigi’s Market.


     The fundraiser this year will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at “The Spot” in downtown Greenville where Pine Street and Highway 89 intersect.

     This year participating food trucks will each create a “Hawaiian” dish for event goers to try. The ladies of the water aerobics class will be donating desserts as usual. So far the participating food trailers have offered this menu: Region Burger: Polynesian Burger with grilled pineapple, mozzarella, bacon and homemade polynesian sauce, Hawaiian cole slaw and fries. Crushabowl: Mahalo Bowl featuring Hawaiian grilled chicken, coconut rice and grilled pineapple chutney.

Mary’s German Grill: Kahlua BBQ pork shoulder served with rice, homemade beans, and fruit salad.

     The duo Sloop Ricketts will be providing the music for the evening.

     Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, call Judy Leland at (530) 284-6775.

Movie Night on Pine Street

     Immediately following the luau will be a showing of “Blue Hawaii.” The public is asked to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on for this even at The Spot.


Courtney Gomola is beginning to offer donation-based yoga classes in Indian Valley.

     “Right now we have an (almost!) equinox practice scheduled for Wednesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at the Taylorsville Historic Hall,” Gomola said.

     She’s hoping for a regular 6 p.m. class on Wednesdays in Taylorsville. There’ll be somewhat regular 6 p.m.; she’s also exploring doing a weekend class in Greenville. Updates are on the Taylorsville bulletin board outside the post office or on her facebook page.

Community Super

     On Monday, Sept. 19, the  Community Super at Taylorsville Historic Hall will be hosted by PCS: Indian Valley Academy from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The dinner is enchiladas, dessert, and light refreshments with a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

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