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Singers and poets celebrate Hope is Alive! at Ol’ Merc Pizza

Scores of people were uplifted and entertained by ten performers at the Hope is Alive! open mic at Ol’ Merc Pizza in McArthur on Friday night May 18.

Chuck Darwin Hepburn and Stu Stoore playing the blues

The evening performances included songs, spoken word, poetry, and stand up comedy. Performers included Alex Colvin, Stu Stoore, Chuck Darwin Hepburn, Kimberly Davis, spoken word artist Angel, a stand-up comedian, Michael Bennett, Phil Dekker, George Whitfield, and a young woman poet who rose from the audience at the end to read.

Kimberly Davis sings a powerful song

Chuck Darwin Hepburn, not only played and sang on the guitar. He also provided innovative improvisation on his saxophone to accompany several other performers. Mr. Hepburn, who recently moved to Bieber, is the first cousin of actress Katherine Hepburn.

Angel doing spoken word

As well as performing a variety of tunes on guitar and ukulele, Stu Stoore also did an excellent job of managing the sound system.

George Whitfield sings Dylan

A poet

Amy Sturgeon explains about Suicide Prevention

Hope is Alive! open mics celebrate the power of the creative arts to uplift, comfort and heal people in times of mental or emotional crisis. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Marc Dadigan. The program was sponsored by Stand Against Stigma funded by the Mental Health Services Act. Mid-program, Amy Sturgeon, a community education specialist in suicide prevention gave a short talk. Toward the end of the program Carrie Jo Diamond, director of Stand Against Stigma also spoke about the activities of Intermountain Mental Health Week.

Carrie Jo Diamond from Stand Against Stigma talks about Intermountain Mental Health Week

After the program, several musicians stayed to jam together.

Jammin’ on Saint James Infirmary

For more information about Stand Against Stigma, visit www.standagainststigma.com.

 

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Veterans Honored on Armed Services Day at Burney Cemetery

Bugler Gearge Matthews playing taps

Veterans from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered at the Burney Cemetery on Bailey Street on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 19, to hold an “Echo Taps” ceremony and rifle salute as a special tribute to men and women in the U.S. military.

Armed Forces Day was instituted on August 21, 1949, by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson who served under President Harry Truman. Previously there had been separate single day celebrations for each branch of the military. The Truman administration unified all branches of the military under the Department of Defense.

Armed Forced Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. The first official celebration was held on May 20, 1950. B-36 Bombers flew over state capitals, a march was led by more than 10,000 veterans and troops in Washington, D.C., and over 33,000 people participated in a New York City parade. President John F. Kennedy declared Armed Forces Day a national holiday in 1961.

Commander Arveson explains the meaning and history of Echo Taps and Armistice Day as Scout Chapman and Honor Guard member Larry Martin hold flags

Elizabeth Luck singing the National Anthem

Commander Jim Arveson welcomed several dozen people to the ceremony and acted as master of ceremonies. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Elizabeth Luck sang the National Anthem. Public Safety Chaplain Reverend Henry Winkelman led the invocation.

Commander Arveson then explained the meaning and history of Armed Services Day and “Taps.” “Taps” is a bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals. The official military version is played by a single bugle or trumpet. “Echo Taps” is a cascading antiphonal taps played by multiple buglers for special memorial ceremonies. Arveson also read some of the lyrics that have been written to accompany the “Taps” melody. Bugler George Matthews was present to play “Taps” at the end of the program.

After his talk, Pastor Winkelman offered a closing prayer.

Pastor Winkelmand offering prayer

Honor Guard members, Martin McAbee, Steve Powell, Jim Ellis, Jimmy Cusick, Bob Van De Weerd, Herbert McKinney, and Dennis Lopez came to attention and fired a rifle salute.

Honor Guard rifle salute

Bugler George Matthews concluded the ceremony by playing “Taps.”

Boy Scout Leaders George Chapman, Cheri Chapman, and James Chapman and Scouts Thomas Chapman and Dedric Ugbinada from Burney Troop 38 also attended and participated in the celebration.

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Five free events for Intermountain Mental Health Week

Intermountain Mental Health Week has arrived! Five FREE events that will give residents of Shasta County small towns resources they can use to support someone going through a mental health challenge:

  • Finding Hope in Our Neighbors: A Stand Against Stigma Forum – 6-8 p.m. (reception at 5:30 p.m.), Tuesday, May 15th at the Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur – Professionals and Brave Faces speakers who have become masters of managing their mental health discuss what communities can do to support those in recovery. Panelists include:
    • Donnell Ewert, Director of Shasta County Health and Human Services
    • Cathy Tillman, MHSA Volunteer Program and Peer Support Coordinator
    • Denise Green, HHSA Peer Support Specialist and Brave Faces Advocate
    • Susan Power, President of NAMI and Brave Faces Advocate
    • David Martinez, Retired firefighter/EMT, retired drug and alcohol counselor, Winnemem Wintu tribal member and Brave Faces Advocate
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training – QPR is a research-based training that involves three simple steps. When put into action, these steps can prevent a death by suicide. Trainings will be offered in Shingletown and Burney:
    • Shingletown – 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17th, Black Butte Elementary School Library
    • Burney – 4-5:30 p.m., Friday, May 18th at Circle of Friends in Burne

 

Spoken word artists, rappers, poets and musicians from throughout Shasta County are invited to share performances that celebrate how art helps healing and promotes understanding. Hope Is Alive! Performers should sign in at 5:30 p.m.

  • Becoming Brave Training – 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 19th, Circle of Friends in Burney. Take control of your mental health story with this peer-led training. Based on a national curriculum, this one-day training will cover 3 primary goals:
  1. Evaluating the costs/benefits of disclosing personal experience with mental health conditions.
  2. Developing strategies for safer disclosing.
  3. Crafting one’s story into a meaningful message.

Lunch is provided, there is still time to RSVP! Call 229-8484 or  email cdiamond@co.shasta.ca.us.

Hope to see you there!

With gratitude,

Carrie Jo Diamond
Community Education Specialist
Stand Against Stigma Coordinator
Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency
Office of the Director
2615 Breslauer Way
Redding, CA 96001
Office: (530) 229-8484
Fax: (530) 229-8447

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Suicide Prevention Training May 18 at Circle of Friends

Suicide Prevention Training May 18 at Circle of Friends

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THE STATEWIDE DIRECT PRIMARY ELECTION IS TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018

SHASTA COUNTY – Cathy Darling Allen, County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, announces that the voter registration deadline is Monday, May 21, 2018. Online voter registration is now available at www.elections.co.shasta.ca.us or www.registertovote.ca.gov.

Vote-by-mail voting began Monday, May 7, 2018. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Vote-by-mail ballots were mailed beginning May 7, 2018.

Early voting is available at the Elections Department office at 1643 Market Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Early voting began Monday, May 7, 2018 and continues through 8:00 pm on Election Day, June 5, 2018.

Return voted vote-by-mail ballots directly to the Elections Department or place in one of the postage-free official ballot drop boxes located in front of the Elections Department office, Redding City Hall, Anderson City Hall, and the Shasta Lake Community Center. On Election Day only, vote-by-mail ballots may be returned to any polling place in Shasta County.

The deadline for all received vote-by-mail ballots is 8:00 p.m., Election Day, June 5, 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 were mailed beginning May 7, 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.  

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McArthur-Burney Falls State Park 2018 season opens May 11

From Catherine Camp:

FRIENDS OF BURNEY FALLS
Volume 4

McArthur Burney Falls State Park opens the 2018 season  on May 11!  Of course, the Park is open year round, and welcomes visitors at any time.  But the full staffing, including Visitor Center and the Store open typically this time of year.

We hope your plans include a visit this year!

The remarkably wet spring we have had ensures that the falls are roaring and beautiful.  The spring flowers are blooming and the birds are beginning to be heard.  The black swifts haven’t yet returned, but they will be flitting in and around the falls soon.  This pre-Memorial Day period is an especially lovely time to come, as the crowds are less!

All the trails are open, except for the Lake Trail and the PSEA Trail. Both closures begin at the Rainbow Footbridge and continue north to Lake Britton.  The very wet 2016-17 winter destabilized the land supporting the trail, and extensive rerouting is planned but not yet completed.  The Falls Loop Trail, the Headwaters Trail and the Cemetery Trail are all open and inviting.

The Friends of Burney Falls and Castle Crags State Parks has completed our 2017 Annual Report.  We include specifics about  interpretative activities in both parks.  We also report on how we spent the revenue we receive from recycling, the sale of firewood and from sales in the Visitor Center, as well as donations.  If you would like a copy, reply to this e-mail and we’ll send it to you by mail or on line.

The California State Park system is transitioning to a new reservation system for camp sites.  It is now ReserveCalifornia, and the transition has been a little bumpy for some.  If you have difficulty making a reservation, call their number at 1-800-444-7275.  The on site camp staff do not make reservations after the start of the season.

Friends of Burney Falls is not a political organization.  However, we have endorsed Proposition 68 on the June ballot in California.  Proposition 68 would authorize $4.1 billion in bonds for park and water projects.  Notably for us, it would provide desperately needed funds for deferred maintenance in parks like ours.  We encourage those of you in California to look carefully at this proposition.

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Special Presentation of bicycle to Sammy Nalton at Rotary

Bill Campbell presented a restored bicycle to Ms. Sammy Nalton at the Rotary Club meeting at Gepetto’s Pizza in Burney on May 3. The presentation was part of 2 Wheels 2 Mobility, a project of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that will provide refurbished bikes to local citizens in need of transportation in the area.

Bill Campbell, Sammy Nalton, and Shaylene Herndon holding Sammy’s Baby Aiyana with bike for Sammy

Shaylene Herndon holding 10 month old Aiyana Nalton

As well as being a past president of the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Campbell is also president of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association. In the course of his activities, some people began to donate bicycles that they no longer had use for.

Bill got the idea of refurbishing the bikes and making them available to people in need. He discussed the idea with Cindy Dodds from Tri County Community Network. She liked the idea and referred him to Shaylene Herndon who works at the Community Center in Burney with First 5 Shasta and Bright Futures. Shaylene recommended Sammy as a worthy recipient for the first bicycle.

The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Foundation approved a $1000 grant to the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association for the project. Bill then contacted Redding Sports Ltd with whom he has done business. They agreed to refurbish the bikes at a discount. The cost of repairing Sammy’s bicycle was $104. The result of this collaborative community effort was Thursday’s presentation.

Bill helping to adjust the bike for Sammy with the help of Cindy Dodds

Ms. Herndon introduced Sammy and her ten-month old daughter Aiyana at the Rotary meeting and announced that because Sammy has a little one she has also applied for and received a grant to purchase a trailer in which Aiyana will be able to enjoy a safe ride.

Mr. Campbell also presented Sammy with a nice bicycle helmet and lock that were paid for by a donation from Henry and Fran Patterson.

The Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association was formed to identify and promote bicycle routes and events to attract an infusion of new money into the region. They will continue to offer community service projects related to cycling.

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