Pachuca Productions will be putting on a reader’s theatre show on Nov. 19 in Indian Valley showcasing recovery stories and personal growth since the Dixie Fire. Photo by Meg Upton

Silver Linings: What I Learned After the Fire

     Pachuca Productions is partnering with Plumas Arts to put on a reader’s theatre-like show on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Greenville Elementary School cafeteria. The show Silver Linings will feature Plumas County youth reading their stories of how the Dixie Fire (and possibly other fires) have shaped them in a positive way. What have they learned about themselves since the fire?

     There is a student essay contest going on right now with $100 for first place for the best essay presentation, $75 for the second place, and $50 for third place. Winners will be announced at the event.

     Also on displace will be artwork related to the fire including student work and Joanne Burgueno and Sara Gray’s photo excerpts from their Dixie Fire Stories Project.

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     Margaret Elysia Garcia will read excerpts from Burn Scars her poetry memoir and Jane Braxton Little will read excerpts from her essay “Heaven Over Fire” from the forthcoming anthology Red Flag Warning, (to be published by HeyDay Books).

     Local musician, Levi Mullen will play music as well.

     The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

     Earlier in the year, Pachuca Productions with help from its sponsors North Valley Community Foundation, California Humanities, Wildlife Relief and Recovery Fund and Plumas Arts brought arts therapy programming to Indian Valley students. It is hoped that this culminating project will display back to the community some of those efforts.

     The idea of the project before Thanksgiving week is a reminder of the gratitude of recovery and taking care of one’s self.

     Saturday, Nov. 19 will be a busy day in downtown Greenville with a Dixie Fire Collaborative meeting in the midmorning in the same spot and the grand opening of Riley’s Beef Jerky. It will be a good day to be in downtown Greenville.

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     Local resident artists and writers who would like to join the program should text to (714) 746-4093 for inclusion in the event. We will have two rehearsals in early November for the event.