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On Friday afternoon September 28, Pit River Casino hosted a special celebration of California Indian Day for the Burney and Intermountain community. The event featured a chili cook off and fry bread contest, a delicious barbecue lunch courtesy of the casino’s River Rock Grill, a horseshoe contest, a fun play area for the kids, Native American drumming and singing, and dancing by the RISE youth dancers.
In 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday called American Indian Day, to be held the Fourth Friday in September. In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday, observed annually on the fourth Friday in September.
California has more than 100 recognized Native American tribes, representing a diverse cultural heritage extending back over thousands of years. The Pit River basin is the home of the Achomawi people.
Activities began in the early afternoon with a chili cook-off and fry bread contest. June Avelar won the chili cook-off and Lavenna won the fry bread contest. Each winner received a prize of $150. Lavenna, from Ganado, Arizona, is a member of the Navaho nation who is visiting the area.
The River Rock Grill also provided a delicious buffet lunch including tri-tips, chicken, mini-tacos, chili, potato salad, pasta salad, and apple crisp.
Mike Avelar said he knew that at least 200 attended, because the casino gave out over 200 free t-shirts to commemorate the event. Many more people came who did not go to receive a t-shirt.
In addition to the food booths, Pauline Nez, had a display of beautiful hand-crafted Navaho jewelry for sale.
Throughout the afternoon children enjoyed playing in a fun area.
Later in the afternoon there was horseshoe contest with an entry fee of $20 per team. The casino added another $100 and the winning team won all.
About 3 o’clock, visitors were treated to superb drumming and singing by Thoz Womenz. The group of women drummers and singers is directed by April Goforth, director of Resources for Indian Student Education (RISE) in Alturas.
The drumming group is made up of professional women educators and medical personnel. The group began in Alturas. Since that time some of the members have moved to other locations throughout Northern California, but they continue to come together to drum and sing.
One of the drummers introduced Mr. Jimenez, a Pomo Indian dancer, and seven young RISE dancers who had come for the celebration.
After several songs and dances by Thoz Womenz and RISE youth, local children were invited to join in a Tiny Tot dance.
Casino Manager Mike Avelar said that they hosted the event to “celebrate and to show appreciation to our customers.”
Later in the evening beginning at 6 p.m. the Casino also hosted a Tough Man Boxing Tournament.
Kid Fit 2018 ended with one of the most fun events of the year.
One hundred and forty-six kids came to Bailey Park on Thursday evening July 12 for a swim in the Raymond H. Berry Community Pool, an obstacle run, and a splashing dash through the mud.
After all the activities, medals were awarded to all participants and four grand prizes – two $25 gift cars and two kayaks with life preservers – were raffled off.
The Mud race and obstacle course on Bailey Avenue and family swim night were the fifth of five events for this year’s Kid Fit. Kid Fit is organized locally by Shaylene Herndon from Bright Futures, Dana Haugue from Full Fitness Spectrum, and Tri Counties Community Network. Burney High School Senior Hailey Shaver assisted Shaylene Herndon in the program for her Senior Project.
Pit River Casino donated $5000 to fund the 2018 Kid Fit program in Burney. Additional funds were also provided by Mountain Cruisers and PG&E Employees Funds.
It was a beautiful day at Washburn Bue Park as scores of children, parents, and volunteers turned out for the inaugural event of KID FIT Summer 2018 on Tuesday evening June 12.
Kid Fit is a program that began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country. The purpose of the program is to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children and families in the Intermountain area.
Kid Fit is organized locally by Shaylene Herndon from Bright Futures, Dana Haugue from Full Fitness Spectrum, and Tri Counties Community Network. Burney High School Senior Hailey Shaver is assisting Shaylene Herndon in the program for her Senior Project.
Pit River Casino donated $5000 to fund this years Kid Fit events. Additional funds were also provided by Mountain Cruisers and PG&E Employees Funds.
Activities for the kids included Hula Hoop, tug-a-war, soccer, whiffle ball, jump rope, and lacrosse. Children from toddlers to teens participated.
Tuesday evening’s kick-off festival at the park was the first of a series of\ events that will take place each week until July 12.
Upcoming events will be:
Tuesday June 19: Burney Falls night hike with free admission to the park.
Tuesday June 26: Family sports night at Bailey Park
Thursday July 5: Family track and field night at Burney High School Football field as one of the opening events for Burney Basin Days
Thursday July 12: Mud race and obstacle source on Bailey Avenue and family swim night at the Raymond Berry Community Pool.
All events begin at 6 p.m. For more information call Shaylene Herndon at 530-335-4600.
There will be an open mic on Thursday May 31 for musicians. singers and poets at the Pit River Casino from 6-9 p.m.
This month will feature special guests The Begin Agains.
Richard Bersbach provides great sound. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear and meet talented local people. Feel free to come perform or just to come listen and enjoy!
Richard Bersach hosts an open mic at the Pit River Casino the last Thursday of every month.
Four local musicians livened up the River Rock Bar and Grill at the monthly open mic at Pit River Casino on Thursday night June 27.
The open mic was hosted by Hal Johnson and the Deschutes Music Club. Hal Johnson came up from Redding to setup the sound system and emcee. He also performed several songs during the evening.
Performers included a country singer named John, Ron Kim, Jeff McNiel, and Alex Colvin.
John began the evening with a set of country music. He’s got a great voice and a good beat and sang quite a few Merle Haggard songs.
Then Hal sang some songs, followed by Alex Colvin who did an original, and two covers including “City of New Orleans.” Next Jeff McNiel sang a series of western ballads and country songs. Jeff has a deep soulful voice that really moves the heart when he sings a love song. Ron Kim brought up his electric guitar and did a mixture of songs including his version of “Please Come to Boston.”
As the evening proceeded the spirit picked up. Usually the open mic ends at 9 p.m., but Hal and the singers didn’t want to stop so John, Alex, and Jeff each came up to sing some more and then Hal closed it out after 10 p.m. with a talking blues accompanied by Alex on the harmonica.
The audience enjoyed the variety of style, song selection and tempo. People enjoyed eating, drinking, chatting with friends and making new friends as the show went on.
Hal Johnson also has a regular column covering “Live Music in the North State” at aNewsCafe.com
The open mic is held on the last Thursday of every month. All local musicians, singers, and songwriters are welcome. Sign up begins at 6 p.m.
The next one will be held on August 31.