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Taste of the Garden Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 16 there will be a “Taste of the Garden” fundraiser to help expand the Burney Elementary School Garden. The fundraiser will be held from 5- 9 p.m at 20268 Grogan Street in Burney.

The event will include microbrew and wine pairing accompanied by appetizers and a dinner created with produce from the Burney Elementary School Garden. Tickets are $25 dollars per person or $40 per couple. A cigar and bourbon pairing that will include a cigar with a paired bourbon will also be available for $10 per person. In addition their will be a silent auction.

The elementary school had a greenhouse behind the school, but it had fallen out of use. More than three years ago Jennifer Gideon began cleaning it up and collecting donations to start a garden where the children could learn to grow produce.

Burney Elementary School Garden

Three years ago, Kim Golczynski, Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator for the Burney Elementary PTA took over the responsibility for the project. All of the children at the school have participated, some in classroom projects and some working in the greenhouse and the agricultural plot.

The fundraiser will help expand the garden so that it can produce more food.

Ms. Golczynski said, “Our longtime goal is that the children will be able to use food that they grow for their lunches.”

Tickets can be purchased from Kim Golczynski, 907-821-0574, Email kimgolczynski@gmail.com

Tickets are limited so call soon.

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Fort Crook Lodge 250 give backpacks to second graders

Over the past week, Masons Jim Crockett and George Whitfield from Fort Crook Lodge 250 F&AM  delivered more than 100 backpacks to second graders in the Intermountain area.

George Whitfield and Jim Crockett passing out backpacks at Burney Elementary as teacher Michael von Schalscha and school psychologist Brent Beyer look on

On Friday, August 18 they delivered 12 backpacks to students in Montgomery Creek.

Montgomery Creek (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

On Tuesday August 22, they gave out about 40 backpacks at Fall River Elementary School

and another 40 at Burney Elementary School.

Burney Elementary (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

Then on Thursday August 24, they drove to Big Valley to deliver another 17 back packs to grateful children.

Big Valley (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

This is the 16th year that Fort Crook Lodge 250 has done this program. Each backpack contained a ruler, a composition book, pencils, crayons, and erasers.

At each school, Crockett and Whitfield gave a short presentation before presenting the backpacks.

Crockett and Whitfield explain about the Masons

For instance, at Burney Elementary, the children listened attentively as Master Mason Jim Crockett spoke about the history of the Masons. He told them that this year is the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry.

George Whitfield asked if any of the children had heard of George Washington and explained that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were both Masons.

To help the children understand the Masons in their own terms, second grade teacher Joy Ford told the children that “the Masons are a club like the Boy Scouts, only for adults.”

Joy Ford helped the students to understand the Masons

The children appreciated the explanation and nodded and smiled.

The three core principles of Freemasonry are brotherly love, relief, and truth.

Mason George Whitfield shakes hands with a young student as he hands him a backpack

After hearing that the Masons were 300 years old, one young boy raised his hand and asked Mr. Crockett, “How old are you.”

“Older than George,” he replied.

“And I’m too old to be asked that question,” Mr. Whitfield quipped as the children laughed.

When questions were finished, all the children lined up in two orderly rows and advanced to share a friendly handshake and receive their pack.

Master Mason Crockett said, “We truly enjoy the kids and their expressions and gratitude in receiving the backpacks with the school supplies inside.”

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“Olympic Training” Vacation Bible School for children

This is a free community event for children.

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For more information call Cheri Chapman 530-410-7831

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Kid Fit off to a great start

Kid Fit 2017 is off to a great start. So far, two events have taken place.
On June 13, 91 kids and their parent/guardians attended the opening Kick Off off at Bailey Park on June 13. Children from toddlers to teens participated in a variety of activities and games ranging from soccer to hula hoops.

Kick-Off for Kid Fit Summer 2017

Next, on June 20, 55 children came out to Burney Falls for another fun and active family event.

Kid Fit at Burney Falls

The Kid Fit program is organized locally by Bright Futures and Tri Counties Community Network. It began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country.

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. The program has 7 goals:

  1. Decreasing the incidence of Childhood Obesity in our region
  2. Increasing the level of physical activity by local families
  3. Raising awareness of healthy lifestyle choices
  4. Increasing use of our local parks, facilities, and other community programs
  5. Broadening understanding of healthy food and snack choices
  6. Building a stronger community by gathering families together in a healthy proactive way, and
  7. Collaborating with already established community events.
All together this year, Kid Fit is hosting five fun filled events. For the next event, Kid Fit will host a Family Track and Field Night as one of the opening events of this year’s Burney Basin Days on Thursday June 29 at Burney High School.
This year’s Kid Fit Program was made possible by a $5000 donation from Pit River Casino.
Shaylene Herndon, Kid Fit project manager said, “We cannot thank Pit River Casino enough for making this all happen. Let help our kids stay up and active this summer.”
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Burney Lions Club donates $300 to Intermountain Teen Center

On Tuesday June 20, Lion George Whitfield presented a check for $300 to support youth activities at the Intermountain Teen Center.

Lion George Whitfield presents Chelsea Sabin with a donation from the Burney Lions Club

The Intermountain Teen Center is a youth outreach program of the Hill Country Health and Wellness Center. The center operates in two locations one in Round Mountain and one at the Circle of Friends center on the corner of Main and Tamarack.

The teen center serves teens ages 13- 17. The center has held a number of classes on cooking and art. They also have a lot of fun activities, including contests, video games, air hockey, a pool table, board games, art, and music.  There are quiet areas to do homework and computers for the young people to use. There is also a music room and a small gym area with workout equipment.

During the school year the center is open in Round Mountain on Wednesdays and Fridays after school. In Burney the center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Summer hours are 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday in Burney and 1-4 p,m. on Wednesday in Round Mountain. On Thursday, the center sponsors local field trips for teens from both locations.

This week teen center coordinators, Theresa Callahan and Jed Smith, took some of the teens on and extended excursion to the Santa Cruz area.

According to Whitfield,  the Burney Lions Club gives donations to more that 25 local charitable causes, including $12,000 in scholarships for local youth.

For more information about the Intermountain Teen Center call Theresa Callahan or Jed Smith at (530)337-5752, or Chelsea Sabin (for Burney) at 335-4222.

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$258,200 in Scholarships Awarded Through an Expanding Shasta Regional Community Foundation Program

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that 195 awards were distributed to deserving students for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The scholarships and loans help to fund a recipient’s trade school, community college, university or medical school education.  Award criteria may be based on community service, grades, financial need, extra-curricular activities and other donor specified qualifications.

“We are honored to have added six new scholarship opportunities to our program this year,” stated Program Associate, Miriam Leal. “We work with the donors to establish specifications that reflect their goals and passions. It is rewarding to watch SRCF’s scholarship program grow annually. This year, we reached record numbers in both awards given and total dollars distributed.”

In addition to providing support to the award selection process as needed, the Community Foundation staff administers all fiduciary responsibilities ensuring that the scholarship funds are deposited in the student’s name at their designated accredited post-secondary institution.

For a complete list of recipients and their county of residence, visit www.shastarcf.org/scholarships.

For more information about scholarship programs managed by the Community Foundation, contact Program Associate, Miriam Leal or visit the website.

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Kid Fit kick-off Tuesday June 13 at 6 p.m.

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June 5, 2017 · 6:43 pm