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Hope is Alive! at Billy’s Roadside Cafe

About 50 people gathered at Billy’s Roadside Café in Montgomery Creek on Friday evening October 6 to hear poets and musicians share a message of hope and inspiration.

The program was sponsored by Stand Against Stigma, funded by Shasta County Health and Human Services to address issues associated with mental illness and to provide suicide prevention services. The Hope is Alive! open mics celebrate the theme of healing through  performance arts.  The gathering in Montgomery Creek was the fourth Hope is Alive open mic in the Intermountain Area and the 12th in Shasta County at large.

Marc Dadigan, community education specialist for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, emceed the event. The evening performances began with a performance by Randy and Verena Compton followed by the talented Billy Riggins who share some of his original rap music.

Billy Riggins uplifts the audience with his original poetic rap

Mental illness is often associated with substance abuse.

Larry Harris from Redding shares several poignant poems

Poet Larry Harris from Redding shared three poems of personal experience describing the struggles and victory that his family experienced through their daughter’s bout with mental illness. It was a tale of hope prevailing over despair.

After a period of substance abuse resulting in mental breakdown, his daughter successfully went through therapy and recovery and now leads a successful happy life as an actress.

In one particularly poignant poem, Harris talked about his daughter going to a Simon and Garfunkle concert in San Francisco on her own after rehab. Harris shared the emotion a parent goes through as he experiences the restoration of trust, letting go and watching his child emerge as a happy independent young woman.

Michael Bennett and Kimberly Michelle Davis from the Circle of Friends in Burney both sang songs. Bennett charmed people with an a capella rendering of Mac Davis “Oh Lord it’s Hard to be Humble.” Ms. Davis once again delighted the audience as she sang Broadway show tunes in her lovely soprano voice.

A young lady who had traveled two hours to attend got up and recited a short poem.

A highlight of the evening was the personal testimony of David Martinez, a spokesman for Stand Against Stigma’s Brave Faces who has suffered from depression, anxiety and PTSD. Mr. Martinez is a member of the Wintu tribe. He has been a biker, a cowboy and an EMT for the fire department. He has also worked in Redding as a substance abuse counselor. After sharing his story, Martinez shared two popular songs, “Pancho and Lefty,” and “City of New Orleans”.

A testimony and two songs from an elder

Singer-songwriter Mauro livened things up with several of his original songs.

Mauro sings some soul stirring originals

Next, the audience was treated to a performance of Native American Rap by Louis Gustafson and his family. As well as singing, Gustafson also plays bass and performs with Pit Crew. He also is a wonderful drummer who performed at the 2015 Burney Basin Days with the Pit River Nation Drum Group.

Louis Gustafson and his family performing Native American rap

The evening was closed out by Alex Colvin and George Whitfield. Colvin opened with a poem “In This World of Heart and Mind” expressing the healing power of love and then sang “Live for Others.” Alex and George then sang “Ghost Riders in the Sky” together.

Before singing two songs,  “Sounds of Silence” and “Vietnam Song.” George talked about the seriousness of mental illness and suicide plaguing our country. Seventeen veterans die every day from suicide.

“Don’t let stigma stand in your way,” Whitman said, “If you feel like your life is going to pieces, reach out for help.”

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Hope is Alive! 12 coming to Montgomery Creek October 6

The 12th Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Night will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Billy’s Roadside Café, 30356 State Highway, 299 East, Montgomery Creek. Songwriters, musicians, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, and dancers are welcome to come share their talent. Performers are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance by contacting Carrie Jo Diamond at 229-8484 or cdiamond@co.shasta.ca.us.

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith at Hope is Alive! 9 in McArthur

This is the fourth Hope Is Alive! to be held in the Intermountain area of the county.

Hope Is Alive! was founded in September 2014. The purpose has been to celebrate the healing power of art, music, and poetry and to raise awareness about mental health struggles, substance use disorders, and suicide loss.

Burney International Folk Dancers

Burney International Folk Dancers at Hope is Alive! 4 in Burney

Hope Is Alive! open mic nights have been held at locations throughout Shasta County. Nearly 130 performers, including dancers, spoken word artists, rappers and musicians have participated.

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson at Hope is Alive! 4 in Burney

For more information about Stand Against Stigma and Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Nights, visit www. Standagainststigma.com or Hope is Alive! 12 on Facebook.

Articles on past Hope is Alive! open mics in the Burney, Montgomery Creek, and McArthur:

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza
Hope is Alive! 6 showcases incredible talent
Open mic brings hope alive in Burney!

Videos:
Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza: A selection of videos

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2nd Annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Fest was a wonder-filled affair

The 2nd Annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival, Day at the Ranch, was held Saturday, September 9th from 1 pm to 8 pm at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch RV Park and Campground. The event showcased the bounty of the Intermountain Area and provided an opportunity to raise money for numerous local charities including the Intermountain Heritage Foundation, Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, the Raymond H. Berry Memorial Pool in Burney, and the Hat Creek Fire Department.

A beneficent way to spend a beautiful day

Pam Giacomini did a marvelous job organizing the event. She was there early meeting with and coordinating all of the preparations and then beginning at 1 p.m. graciously greeted the people as they came.

Pam Giacamini welcoming guests as people enjoy swimming in the pond

Ms. Giacomini said, “We held our first Hat Creek Food Fest in 2013 as a ‘thank you’ to our beef customers. We expected about 40 folks to show up, 200 did!! We were shocked and thought we were probably onto something. Then 2014 was the Eiler Fire, 2015 the Wind Fall, lots of family deaths in 2016 . So, here we are in 2017 hosting our 2nd Annual local food, wine and beer festival!

A craft fair featuring local arts and crafts began at 1 p.m. and lasted until 7:30. Vendors included Wildlife artist Chuck Gularte, Shasta Soap, Fall River Arts and Trophies, and beautiful animal hides displayed by Donner Hat Creek Ranch.

Wildlife Art by Chuck Gularte

Hides from the Donner Hat Creek Ranch

Fall River Arts and Trophies

There was live music throughout the afternoon beginning with Alex Colvin playing folk music on the Pavilion Lawn, followed by the Smokin Roaches. At 4:30 California Country began playing for the evening celebration on the Playground Stage.

The Smokin Roaches perfoming on the Paviliton lawn

There was fun for people of all ages. Young people enjoyed swimming and fishing in the pond. Pit River Casino hosted a horseshoe tournament beginning at 2 p.m. The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River ran a Corn Hole toss that began at 3:30.

Also, four ranch tours were provided during the day to give folks a glimpse of local agriculture and explain the importance of sustainability for our local communities.

A great variety of food and beverages for all ages was available. Local brews were provided by Fall River Brewery, Alaskan Ale and Lost Coast Brewery. Local wines included Alpen Cellars, Dakaro and Churn Creek Cellars.

Churn Creek Cellars

In addition. Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation sold beer from a truck donated for the occasion by Redding Distributing. Delicious food was served by Crumbs, JJ’s, and Anna’s Country Kitchen. Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation sold water and sodas, and Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department sold ice cream and root beer floats.

By 6:30 p.m., all of the game competitions were completed and winners were announced. The music and the fun continued however until 7:30 p.m. after which the festivities ended and everyone headed home with smiles on their faces.

Lots of volunteers, businesses and local organizations came together to make this a wonderful event. In addition to the other sponsors and participants already mentioned Palo Cedro Printing provided printing.

People relaxing as they enjoy the refreshments and music

It was a beautiful day filled with food, fun, refreshment, music, and fellowship – all to support good causes. Who could ask for more?

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Community Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

Shasta Regional Community Foundation announces recent awards to recipients in Shasta and Siskiyou counties in the fields of Animal Welfare and Community Arts. The Community Foundation administers the grants and the corresponding funds while grant review committee members from the region serve to evaluate proposals and make recommendations for funding.

The following organizations were awarded grants from the Animal Welfare Endowment Fund, established in 2009 to provide care for animals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties:

  • Haven Humane Society,                $7,500 to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs
  • Horses Assist Lives Organization (HALO,) $4,898 to provide feed, veterinary care, vaccinations, and saddle pads for program horses
  • Siskiyou Spay & Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP), $7,500 to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs
  • Stable Hands, $3,000 to purchase horse shelters
  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park, $7,500 to cover veterinary costs for animal ambassadors

The following recipients were awarded grants from the Community Arts Endowment Fund, established to support the arts in our region today and forever. Grants are made to nonprofits, public entities, and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new work in any media:

  • Axiom Repertory Theatre, $2,500 to fund royalties and rental fees for five upcoming shows
  • Enterprise High School, $1,000 to fund the free productions of Robin Hood and Into the Woods for surrounding schools
  • Eric Whitmer, Individual Artist, $1,250 to cover costs of a concert series featuring local youth musicians and composers
  • Kim Solga, Individual Artist, $2,500 to fund materials and labor for mural painting in Mt. Shasta
  • Siskiyou County Arts Council, $1,629 to purchase portable dance floor, microphones and sound system for outdoor performances of Shasta Studios/Mt. Shasta Children’s Theatre
  • Turtle Bay Exploration Park, $2,500 to provide support of the Drop-in Art Studio

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a resource building organization in Shasta and Siskiyou

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Community Foundation Grant Opportunity Deadline is June 7th

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a resource building organization in Shasta and Siskiyou counties dedicated to promoting philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 2000, the Community Foundation has awarded over $18,000,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations.

Artist Kim Solga received a grant to paint a prominent public mural in Dunsmuir celebrating the town’s heritage.

The deadline of June 7th is fast approaching for grant applications for funding from two field of interest funds managed by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. These opportunities are provided thanks to the efforts and investments made by many generous donors in our region. The Animal Welfare Endowment Fund was established in 2009 to benefit projects that will provide care for animals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties; the Community Arts Endowment Fund was established to support grants to nonprofits, public entities, and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new work in any media in the region. Grant review committee members from the areas served evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for funding.

More details about making donations to or requesting funding from these and other funds are available on the Community Foundation’s website at www.shastarcf.org.

For further information, contact Program Officer, Amanda Hutchings at amanda@shastarcf.org or call 530.244.1219.

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“100 Years of Broadway” at the Mt Burney Theatre

The Fall River Valley Community Choir performed “One Hundred Years of Broadway” at the Mt Burney Theatre on Saturday May 6. Eighteen choir members performed a medley of 50 Broadway hits ranging from the early days of Tin Pan Alley to state-of-the-art contemporary Broadway.

Rev. Bill Myers soloing “If Ever I Would Leave You”

Don Smith directed the choir for the 45 minute review arranged by Mac Huff.

Don Smith directing the choir

Narrator Michael Kerns guided the audience through the history as he introduced each of the six sections of the review.

The performance began with an Opening featuring songs such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Beautiful voices

The Early Years featured music from Tin Pan Alley greats such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

Setting the Standards included some of the all time great hits by Rogers and Hammerstein. The Golden Years featured classics such as “Hello Dolly,” Try to Remember,” and “Seventy Six Trombones.”

Breaking New Ground rocked the hall with Stu Stoore’s soulful interpretation of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Melanie Kerns moved the audience to tears as she sang Memory written for the 1981 musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn.

Stu Stoore doing a solo

The historical journey concluded with State of the Art leading us into the new millennium with rousing songs such as “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” and “Broadway Baby.”

Then the choir concluded with a finale of more classic show tunes.

The Finale

Under the direction of Director Smith, the choir did a masterful mix of choral blending and individual performance. Laura Beyer, Melanie Kerns, Alison Maki, Candee Parker, Michael Martin, Penny Rogers, Lynn Stoore, Maggie Torres, Bill Myers, Stu Stoore, Brian Baddeley, Jean Rogers, and Tom Jones all sang solos.

What a treat! The spirit of Broadway definitely descended. Special thanks to Donna Sylvester, owner of Mt Burney Theatre, for hosting the event.

The Spirit of Broadway descends

The Fall River Valley Community Choir will give another performance of the review on May 7 at Ingram Hall in McArthur at 4 p.m. and a shortened version at the Fall River Library on May 20.

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Memorial Day Weekend Fine Arts & Craft Show

Rotary Club of Burney/Fall River will be sponsoring a Fine Arts and Craft Show on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Downtown Burney next to the Rex Club Days Car Show behind U.S. Bank.

Proceeds go to support local scholarships and Rotary International’s Polio Plus.

This craft show will feature local artists. All items are handmade fine arts and crafts sold by the artist who created them!

Vendors please contact Andrew Urlie, Email: mailto:burneyfallsart@gmail.com; Phone: (530) 335-4030

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