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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
For some of the children it was a relatively easy choice.
For others it was a major decision.
After choosing a pumpkin they could paint it assisted by a volunteer from the Burney High School Leadership Club.
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.
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.
SHASTA COUNTY – Cathy Darling Allen, County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, announces that the voter registration deadline is Monday, October 22, 2018. Online voter registration is now available at www.elections.co.shasta.ca.us or www.registertovote.ca.gov.
Vote-by-mail voting begins Monday, October 8, 2018. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed beginning Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Early voting will begin Monday, October 8, 2018 and continue through 8:00 pm on Election Day, November 6, 2018. Early voting will available at the Elections Department office at 1643 Market Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Voted vote-by-mail ballots can be returned to the Elections Department office or placed in one of the official ballot drop boxes located in front of the Elections Department office, Redding City Hall, Anderson City Hall, and the Shasta Lake Community Center.
Official ballot drop boxes can also be found inside the following Holiday Market/Sav•Mor store locations during their regular business hours: Placer Street, Hartnell Avenue, and Westside Road in Redding; Deschutes Road in Palo Cedro; and Gaspoint Road in Cottonwood. On Election Day only, vote-by-mail ballots may be returned to any polling place in Shasta County.
The deadline for all hand-delivered vote-by-mail ballots is 8:00 p.m., Election Day, November 6, 2018. All ballots mailed to the Elections Department must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and received no later than Friday, November 9, 2018.
Polling place locations and official voter information can be found on the County’s web site. Voter information guides for voters voting at the polls will be mailed beginning Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
For further information about voter registration, vote-by-mail voting, or this election, go to www.elections.co.shasta.ca.us or contact the Shasta County Elections Department at 225-5730 located at 1643 Market Street, in the Market Street Promenade.
Fort Crook Museum hosted its annual Pioneer Day and Craft Fair on Saturday September 15. The event took folks back into the Intermountain past with vintage displays, old-time acoustic music, and traditional country fare.
People could take a wagon ride around the grounds, enjoy Dutch oven cooking, and explore numerous historical displays including an old pioneer tent site from the Pit River Pioneers, vintage buggies, tractors, and pumps from bye-gone times.
The Intermountain Acoustic Players performed great old country and ragtime tunes featuring fine vocals, guitar, banjo, and fiddle interspersed with amusing story telling by Don Smith including an ancient Macedonian tale of Alexander the Great and his Ragtime Band.
Craft vendors and artisans displayed home-made goat soap, local photography by Susan Hanson, hand-crafted items made from natural materials by the McKay Brothers, jewelry, and metal-work forged by blacksmith Jim Brimble of the Rawhide Forge in Palo Cedro.
Brimble said it was good to get out of the smoke up into the clear mountain air.
Of course, any visit to the Fort Crook Museum is enhanced by a visit to the Round Barn, a reconstruction of the Beaver Creek Ranch Round Barn that used the original plans and building methods of the historic structure. Entering and looking up into the dome one has an ethereal feeling that one is in a cathedral, not just a barn.
Students from the Interact Clubs at Burney and Fall River High Schools volunteered to manage parking for the event. The Interact Clubs are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.
Pioneer Day is an annual event sponsored by the Fort Crook Historical Society. The Society was formed in 1934 to preserve the history of Fall River Valley and the Intermountain Area. The Fort Crook Museum was built from 1962-65 and has continued to grow and develop thanks to the participation of donors and volunteers. For more information about the museum or the historical society call 530- 336-5110.
Beginning Monday, September 10th, Shasta Public Libraries—in partnership with First 5 Shasta, Reach Higher Shasta, the Shasta Library Foundation, and Adecco Staffing—will begin collecting books for children and teens to help rebuild home libraries lost due to the Carr Fire.
On the need for rebuilding home libraries, Wendy Dickens Executive Director, First 5 Shasta said, “Having a favorite book replaced often provides comfort in this difficult time. Reading with children regularly will help build the consistency and routine that is needed to heal and move through the grief of loss due to the fire.”
Those wishing to help can bring new and gently used books to the libraries in Anderson and Redding, and to First 5 Shasta located at 393 Park Marina Circle.
People in the Intermountain area who wish to donate children’s books can bring them to the Burney Branch Library at 37038 Siskiyou Street Monday – Thursday 10am – 6pm or to the FOIL Bookstore on Main Street on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Support for rebuilding home libraries is not just limited to Shasta County, Adecco Staffing offices throughout the United States will be participating by purchasing books from an Amazon wishlist and shipping them directly to the Redding Library.
As families begin to resettle, the books will be distributed with the help of Rotary clubs.
For more information call Tom at 530-245-7264.
SHASTA COUNTY – CalFresh recipients can now temporarily purchase hot foods with EBT benefits after the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) issued a waiver as a response to the California wildfires.
Due to the power outages, displacement and destruction caused by the recent wildfires, many Shasta County residents have evacuated to shelters or temporary housing and have no ability to store food or access cooking facilities. In order to better serve those residents, the hot foods waiver will be available to CalFresh households in Shasta County and neighboring counties, including Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Plumas, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity and Yolo.
The hot foods waiver is effective immediately and will stay in effect through September 16, 2018. Authorized retailers have been notified but have the option to opt out. CalFresh recipients are encouraged to verify that this benefit is available at their local grocery store.
People affected by the wildfires who are seeking food assistance may apply for Disaster CalFresh beginning August 22, 2018, by visiting one of two regional offices in Shasta County.
In addition, people with new needs for assistance due to the wildfires may always apply for regular CalFresh benefits and CalWORKs cash aid at their local Health and Human Services Agency offices in Redding, Anderson, Shasta Lake and Burney or online at www.c4yourself.com. For questions about regular benefits, please contact the Shasta County HHSA Customer Service Center at (877) 652-0731.
SHASTA COUNTY – Understanding that many people suffered food instability due to the Carr Fire, HHSA staff have been working diligently to help community members apply for and receive food benefits.
Since Disaster CalFresh assistance was approved, Shasta County HHSA has accepted 277 applications, enrolled 151 households in Disaster CalFresh and granted 2,468 supplements to households already receiving CalFresh benefits.
One fire victim reported that he had lost all his food and thanked staff for helping him. “This benefit is a life-saver,” he said. “And the process was great- fast and efficient.”
The application period ends on Wednesday, August 29. In most cases, Disaster CalFresh food assistance benefits will be available within three days of the date of application.
To provide maximum access, two Shasta County HHSA offices will be open on 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 25 to help people applying for Disaster CalFresh.
People who lived or worked in Shasta County may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh food assistance if their household experienced at least one of the following as a result of the wildfires:
- Damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business;
- A lack of income due to a reduction or termination of earned income or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster-related problems; or
- A loss of income due to disaster-related expenses (e.g., home or business repairs, temporary shelter, evacuation, food loss, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period.
Those already receiving CalFresh are not eligible to receive Disaster CalFresh food assistance. However, they may be eligible to receive supplemental benefits. Clients are encouraged to check their EBT benefit amount before coming to an office, as they may have already received a supplement.
Wildfire victims may apply for CalFresh disaster food assistance in-person at the following local agency offices in Shasta County:
Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency
2460 Breslauer Way
Redding, CA 96001
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Aug. 22-Aug. 25 & Aug. 27-Aug. 29)
Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency
1220 Sacramento Street
Redding, CA 96001
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Aug. 22-Aug. 25 & Aug. 27-Aug. 29)
In addition, people with new needs for assistance due to the wildfires may always apply for regular CalFresh benefits and CalWORKs cash aid at their local Health and Human Services Agency offices in Redding, Anderson, Shasta Lake and Burney or online at www.c4yourself.com. For questions about regular benefits, please contact the Shasta County HHSA Customer Service Center at (877) 652-0731. Households with pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women, infants or at least one child under five may also be eligible for WIC benefits and should contact 225-5168 with questions or to apply.