Compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909:

Oct 20 – A Taste of The Harvest sponsored by BES PTA
Oct 20 – AAUW Scholarship deadline for receipt of applications (see below for info)
Oct 20 – Fall River Library  Fall Festival and 30th Anniversary celebration from 5p-8p
Oct 24 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday
Oct 21 – Harvest Dinner in Fall River at the Vet’s Hall at 1:00pm
Oct 31 –  Main Street Trick or Treat hosted by Plumas Bank in FR from 5:30pm – 7:00p
Oct 31 – May have a Halloween Hay Maze in Fall River – Stay tuned
Oct 31 – Halloween at the Burney Fire Hall

Watch for it: Dogwood Cottage will be opening at the end of October at 37026 Main Street (next to the Theatre) in Burney. Fresh flowers, ornamentations, FTD (335-5500)

Nov 2 & 3 – Debbie’s Country Charm in Fall River annual Open House from 10am-5pm
Nov 03 – Glenburn Church Annual Piano Recital at 2pm
Nov 04 – Day Light Savings ends
Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria
Nov 24 – Small Business Saturday  Shop local
Nov 24 – Christmas Tree Lighting at Christmas Tree Lane in Burney
Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday

01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall
01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney
01 Dec -12 Dec (days and times TBA)  IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas 
09 Dec – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner
15 Dec –  Fall River Valley Chamber  Christmas Light Parade in McArthur
01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney
01 Dec -12 Dec (days and times TBA)  IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas 
24Dec-04 Jan  FRJUSD winter break

The Intermountain-Fall River Mills Branch of AAUW is offering scholarship opportunities for female students who have completed two or more full years in an accredited college, university or health care professional degree program. Applicants must have been permanent residents of the Big Valley or FRJUSD while attending high school. Deadline is 20 Oct. Contact Dr. Beatriz Vasquez at 530-336-5599 or bjypro@yahoo.com for more information

01 Mar Burney Boosters Crab Feed

BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950


American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall
Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)
Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos
FOIL (Friends of the Intermountain Library) 1st Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library
Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to Fall River Hotel. Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public
Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney
Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos


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Chair-ity Plus raises money for Hospice

More than 100 people came to the Veterans Hall in Burney Saturday evening October 13 for the 8th Annual Chair-ity Plus auction to raise funds for Mayers Memorial Intermountain Hospice.

Scout Steven Welch displaying chair painted by Burney Elementary Students

Evalee Nelson began the event in 2011.

“It was just a crazy idea,” she said, “but a lot of people liked it. Many of my artist friends have pitched in and done some wonderful things.”

The original idea was for talented artists to paint old chairs that were then auctioned off with the proceeds going to benefit the Hospice program. In 2014, the auction was expanded to include other items that might be enjoyed while sitting in a chair. For instance, a person might enjoy wearing jewelry while sitting in a chair. Or a person can sit in a chair and enjoy a painting or other work of art. Other items auctioned have included lamps, tables, yard art, pillows, etc.

Ms. Nelson has continued to organize the event every year since its inception. This year the event included a bidding auction, a silent auction, a raffle, and the “infinity chair” auction.

The doors opened at 6 p.m. for people to view the items. Attendees paid $10 cover charge to attend and enjoyed scrumptious appetizers and desserts. The auction began at 7 p.m. Burney High S-Club assisted during the meal and the auction.

Silent auction items

Keith Earnest, Mayers Memorial Chief Clinical Officer, acted as Emcee. Craig Harrington was the live actioneer. Scout Leader George Chapman and Scout Stephen Welch carried each item around the room for bidders to view.

The items included a wide variety of restored and decorated vintage furniture, art work, clothing, and awards such as golf for four plus carts, and a trip to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

Annie Johnson and her husband Don helped to liven up the bidding and increase the conviviality as they bid against each other for a chair hanging shelf created by the Community Day Class.

Afterwards Annie described a beautiful taupe vest and top she had donated for the auction.

Annie describing a taupe vest and top

After 20 items were auctioned off, there was a break followed by announcement of the raffle winners and then the winners of the silent auction.

Scoutmaster George Chapman and S-Club announcing raffle winners

The climax of the auction came as Fred Gideon and his wife Nancy bid $375 for an oak desk donated by Jim Friday. The Gideons plan to give the desk to their granddaughter who lives in Redding.

Fred Gideon with his new desk donated by Jim Friday

After all thirty items has been auctioned, the event closed with the “infinity chair auction.” This gives those who wish to donate a chance to buy the chair and then donate it back to be auctioned again until someone finally keeps the chair. Mysteriously, the chair continues to be returned to be auctioned off again at subsequent Chair-ity Affairs.

The Infinity Chair Auction

At the end of the event, Earnest asked Evalee Nelson to come forward and thanked her for her eight years of service organizing Chair-ity Plus. Each year the event has raised thousands of dollars to support the hospice program.

Keith Earnest thanks Evalee Nelson for years of service

Mayers Memorial Intermountain Hospice provides compassionate care for people and their families who are facing life-limiting illnesses. Medical professionals, social workers, local pastors, and other volunteers work together to serve patients and their families.  As well as caring for patients in their homes, they also provide in-patient care in cases when pain and symptom control cannot be managed at home.  In addition, they provide respite for the family or primary caregiver and bereavement support for family and loved ones for 13 months after the death of the patient.

Funds raised from the Chair-ity auction and other community fundraisers such as the NorCal Gypsies Car Show and the annual Hospice dinner pay for patients’ medication, oxygen, staff education, bed rentals, and other needs so that patients don’t have any out-of-pocket expenses.

Hospice Manager Mary Ranquist said, “This is one of the funnest events of the year. We appreciate the hard work of Evalee and others who help put on the event as well as all of our attendees.”

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Fall Festival fun for children and adults

Kids had a wonderful opportunity to pick out a pumpkin at the 5th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday October 13 from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Pit River Casino.

Pumpkin Patch

For some of the children it was a relatively easy choice.

I like this one

For others it was a major decision.

Decisions, decisiions, decisions

After choosing a pumpkin they could paint it assisted by a volunteer from the Burney High School Leadership Club.

Pumpkin painting

The Leadership Club also assisted other fun activities for kids like balloon pop an ring toss. In addition they made cotton candy and popcorn for the children.

Burney Leadership Club volunteers

Volunteers Maigan Baykin and Jessica Strobel from Tri Counties Bank hosted a cake walk with  lots of baked goodies as prizes.


The festival, cosponsored by Pit River Casino and the Burney Chamber of Commerce, featured food from local restaurants Gepetto’s, Dragon Palace, Anna’s Country Kitchen and River Rock Bar and Grill.  Wildcard Brewery in Redding provided beer and the River Rock Bar and Grill provided a variety of white and red wines. Adults who attended could pay $25 to enjoy the food and wine or $15 if they only wanted food. Proceeds from the event went to benefit victims of the Carr fire.

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Fifth Annual Fall Festival – Saturday October 13 12-4 p.m.

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Elders share Pit River Nation history and culture at Montgomery Creek School

On October 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, Montgomery Creek School held a program celebrating Native American heritage.

Elementary teacher Tracey Liceiro helped to organize the event. Former Shasta Lake Mayor Rod Lindsay delivered the invocation. Mr. Lindsay serves as executive director of the Local Indians for Education (LIFE).

School Board Member and Pit River Tribe Elder Jessica Jim and Elder Florence Moran opened with presentations in which they shared about Pit River history and language.

Chief Caleen Sisk, a Winnenmum Wintu, spoke eloquently about the salmon and ended her presentation with a song. Helene Sisk, Ida Riggins, and Jessica Jim joined in to teach the children the “Big Foot Song.”

A story teller shared a tale full of humor and involvement that delighted the kids.

Then the trophy-winning dancers, Thundering Moccasins, danced their Pow Wow moves. Several of the children and presenters joined in, moving to the beat of the drums.

April Carmelo, also from LIFE center, presented Caleen Sisk, Florence Moran and Jessica Jim with beautiful Native books.

The day ended with drawing and coloring blank paper cutouts of salmon to hang on a wire fence for all too see.

The K-8 school is the first in Shasta County to replace Columbus Day with a day to honor Native American people. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations have become popular throughout the nation and the Pit River Tribe passed a resolution declaring Pit River Nations Day an annual holiday in 2015. This is the second year that Montgomery Creek School has celebrated the day.

Ms. Jim expressed her gratitude to the Montgomery Creek School Board of Trustees and April Carmelo and Rod Lindsey for honoring Pit River culture and history and hosting the presentations at the school on this day

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Schools Celebrate Walk to School Day with New Crosswalks and Sidewalks

from Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Coordinator:

Sixteen Shasta County schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Local elected officials, principals and parents will lead “walking school buses,” where groups of students will walk to school that day.

This 22nd annual International Walk to School Day is expected to include students from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Walk to School Day events create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance nature plays on our physical and mental health, pedestrian safety, decreased traffic congestion and reduced air pollution. “International Walk to School Day is a reminder of an additional transportation choice to get kids to school. Kids enjoy this event and often ask if they can walk to school more often,” says Sara Sundquist, Shasta Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator. Some schools use daily walking school buses as a transportation option that ensures getting students to school on time. The Shasta Safe Routes to School Program offers resources and assistance on starting walking school buses.

Schools participating in Shasta County include Anderson Heights, Anderson Middle School, Burney Elementary, Columbia, Cypress, Junction, Happy Valley Primary, Manzanita, Meadow Lane, Millville, Rother, Sequoia, Shasta Lake School, Shasta Meadows, Sycamore, and Turtle Bay. More than 1,500 students, parents and community leaders will gather at specific locations to walk to school together. As always, drivers should be on alert for children walking near school zones.1

Junction Elementary will celebrate new sidewalks and crosswalks recently completed on Deschutes Road with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Shasta County Public Works was awarded Active Transportation Program funding to make improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists by adding sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks with median islands and flashing beacons. The project will be completed in time for Walk to School Day and will be celebrated by students and their families who live within walking distance of the school.

Walk to School Day is organized by the Shasta County Safe Routes to School program, which works with schools to improve pedestrian safety and to promote walking to school. To assist with this event or start a walking school bus at your school, contact Sara Sundquist at (530) 245-6457.

For additional information, please visit these web sites:

Healthy Shasta                                                 www.healthyshasta.org/saferoutes.htm

International Walk to School in the USA                              www.walkbiketoschool.org

National Center for Safe Routes to School                              www.saferoutesinfo.org

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Heritage Day 2018

Once again it was wonderful to attend the annual Hertage Day at McArthur-Burney Falls Park to get a taste of life in the 1870’s. The event took place on Sunday October 7 from 12-4 p.m.

There were lots of hands on events like black-smithing, hatchet throwing, candle-making, pine-doll crafting, branding, tug-0-war, two-man sawing, and weaving.



Hit the target

Proud of my pine doll

Tug O War

Two- man saw girl

Fine music was played by various North-State groups from the Old Time Fiddlers Association. Once again I got to listen to one of my favorite groups of performers, The Shooting Stars and friends.

Shooting Stars and Friends

Sons of the Pioneers were there showing guns and implements from the old days and explaining about life on the frontier.

Sons of Pioneers

There was delicious apple crisp prepared fresh in the Dutch Oven and fresh pressed cider from Rotary. The Lions and Lions Auxiliary were there with hamburgers, hot dogs, and other treats.

Apple Crisp for the Dutch Oven

Rotary Cider Press

The Burney Lions Club came early to help direct parking. Leos and Scouts helped to man the events and displays. Lots of volunteers lent a hand to bring the past to life. Parking on Heritage Day was free. The weather was beautiful. In addition to enjoying the fun, the food and the music, many took time to hike the trail and observe the falls. It was awesome!

Heritage Day is sponsored each year by the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association in partnership with CAL PARKS.

See also:
Heritage Day shares the past|
Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Pictures of Heritage Day 2017
Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017

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