Sacramento. Ca.

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represent the area devastated by last year’s Camp Fire, introduced legislation that will help prevent future wildfires and utility power shutoff events.  AB 1941 and AB 1942 would direct additional funding into utility infrastructure upgrades and forest fuel reduction projects – two of the primary factors of catastrophic wildfires and power shutoff events.

“PG&E needs to get back to the basics of providing safe and reliable power,” said Gallagher. “There is no doubt that PG&E’s mismanagement is the primary culprit in these devastating fires and PSPS events. But policies coming out of the State Capitol that distract from these primary objectives only make matters worse.”

Senator Nielsen said, “Power shutoffs are unacceptable. Too many lives were interrupted; many people went without pay. PG&E executives need to be held accountable.”

PG&E is currently spending roughly $2.4 billion annually to uphold a legislative mandate to buy renewable power. At the same time, the company spent only $1.5 billion to update its century old infrastructure in 2017.  A century-old transmission tower was cited as the ignition source of the Camp Fire, and a utility tower reportedly may also be the source of the Kincade Fire.

 AB 1941 will temporarily pause the state’s renewable power mandates until infrastructure and vegetation management conditions are improved. The legislation will require that savings from this temporary relief may only be used by Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to harden the grid and update decaying infrastructure. Also during this time, and any proposed bonuses and salary increases for executives would be prohibited.

 AB 1942 will appropriate $330 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for forest and fire prevention programs and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by uncontrolled wildfires. Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley estimates that 20% to 25% of the wildfire damage resulted from climate change, and "75% is the way we manage lands and develop our landscape."

 The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) determined that forestry management is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce carbon emissions . In addition to the LAO, the San Francisco Chronicle recently opined this would be a better use of cap and trade funds.

California IOUs have already met their goals of reaching 33% renewable solar and wind energy and PG&E is already producing 85% of its power from renewable and carbon-free sources. The lawmakers noted that every dollar spent on the additional cost of renewable energy is one dollar that is not available to be spent on vegetation management, line insulation, undergrounding, and

The North State lawmakers noted that California is moving backward on its carbon reduction due to recent wildfires. Last year’s fires generated 45 million metric tons of carbon - more than nine times California’s combined reductions achieved in 2016 and 2017.

“California must get smarter about its climate goals. Century-old infrastructure, tinderbox forests and PSPS events are unacceptable. Renewable energy mandates that take away from addressing these issues while fires continue to burn are intolerable. With our plan, we can do better on carbon reduction and combating catastrophic fire,” Gallagher concluded

 

Yuba City, Ca.

 

The Yuba-Sutter Children’s Type 1 Diabetes Support and Resource Center is celebrating its fifteenth year helping diabetics in our community!

 

The Bowl Over Diabetes Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 22,7-9 PM at Nu Generation Lanes Yuba City.

 

It is the ninth bowl-a-thon and they are hoping to make the best one yet! The squad will run from 7-9 p.m. during the very popular twilight bowl, so don’t forget to wear white to take full advantage of the “glow” effect. Proceeds from the event will stay locally to help provide resources to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics in our community,such as free diabetes educational classes, health and nutritional re-sources, diabetes camp, and much more. Entry is $20.00 per person (includes 2 games of bowling & shoe rental) Teams of four-six players. Those unable to find a team will be paired up. 3 door prizes will be awarded for Best Team Spirit, Best Team Shirt (White for “glow” effect) and Best Score. We are selling lanes for $200.00 Sponsorship (includes a team of 4-6).

Marysville, Ca.

river accessPictured: Mayor Ricky Samayoa Dale Whitmore Councilman Bruce Buttacavoli Councilwoman Stephanie McKenzie Councilman Bill Simmons Public Works Director Craig Platt Beverly Hayes Charles Nott

 

 

 

The City of Marysville has recently placed "RIVER ACCESS ONLY PARKING - DAY USE ONLY" signs in Riverfront Park adjacent to the Yuba River at Bizz Johnson Drive.  Fishing and water recreation parking is now available. Access is from First Street in Marysville.  For many years public parking was not allowed in this area. 

 

"Citizens to Preserve Marysville's Parks" would like to thank the Marysville City Council and the city staff for making this change happen.

 

 

 

Marysville, Ca.

 

On Sunday, January 26, 2020 a Prime Rib Lunch will be served by the Youth Group at 730 D Street, Marysville, from noon until 2 pm after Sunday Worship. Take-out is available.  Cost is $10.00.

 

Main course is Prime Rib or Chicken Cordon Bleu. Sides: twice baked potatoes, green beans, side salad and rolls.

 

Desserts: assorted desserts and cookies.

 

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Following the December retirement of Steve Fordice, Patrick Meagher was selected to serve as the new General Manager for Reclamation District 784, which is located in Yuba County.  Mr. Meagher has worked for RD 784 since 2011, serving as the District’s Field Superintendent. Mr. Fordice retired December 31 after serving in the position for 12 years. 

 

After graduating from Yuba City High School, Mr. Meagher immediately entered the construction trades where he worked for local area builders until becoming a licensed contractor himself. He then went on working for Sacramento area commercial and industrial contractors serving in various leadership roles over the years until returning to the Yuba/Sutter area to work for a local developer for nearly 10 years as a superintendent, project manager, and estimator. 

 

During his tenure as Superintendent with RD 784, he attended annual DWR Flood Fight Training classes, the Yuba County Supervisory Development Academy, and the ICS/NIMS/SEMS emergency training course at Yuba College. In further preparation to take on his predecessor’s position, he also attended the Special District Leadership Academy, Financial Management For Special Districts, and General Manager’s Leadership Summit, all through the California Special District Association continuing education program. 

 

RD 784 was established in May 1908, and operates under the authority of the State of California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the Department of Water Resources. RD 784 operates and maintains over 33 miles of levees, more than 60 miles of internal drainage canals, and ten pumping stations. 

 

Meagher started his new position on January 1 and will oversee all day to day operations within the District. 

The Theater Art Gallery in Yuba City opens its 2020 season with dynamic paintings by MADELYNE JOAN TEMPLETON and elaborate woodwork by JOE BERRY. Spend an evening at our gallery enjoying the Artist Reception Thursday, February 6, from 5 - 7 pm. The event is free with complimentary refreshments. The art show and sale continues through February 28. Come and chat with the artists as you view their creative work. The gallery is located next to the Sutter Theater at 756 Plumas Street, downtown Yuba City. Hours:  Thurs - Sat, 12 to 5 pm. Wed by appointment. Call 908-5704 or 329-1733. Visit us at https://www.suttertheater.org/the-theater-gallery or on Facebook.

 

Born in Sacramento and raised in Sutter county, MADELYNE JOAN TEMPLETON grew up with a deep desire to draw and paint. As a Yuba City High School student, she participated in summer art programs at CSSA Cal Arts in Valencia, San Francisco Art Institute, and CCA California College of the Arts on scholarships. Madelyne received three degrees from Yuba College in Art, Art and Humanities, and Commercial Art. In 2017 she graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a B.A. degree in Studio Art. Madelyne is a full-time freelance artist and muralist who has won numerous art awards and has been in several art exhibitions up and down California. Her work adorns utility boxes in Marysville and Yuba City. She is currently commissioned to paint murals across the state beautifying the landscape for communities to enjoy. Her striking artistry is both vivid and complex.

 

Three years ago JOE BERRY came into woodworking after satisfying a years-long itch to try his hand at turning wood. He purchased a lathe, some tools, and a few blocks of wood...and the rest is history. He began by making a few simple bowls, but later his work evolved to include the infinite variations of segmented turning and epoxy inlays of various shapes and uses. Joe makes his pieces with the goal of providing utility, while meeting the challenge of trying something new. His beautiful, inspired work is pure perfection.

 

The Theater Art Gallery is open every week, Thursday through Saturday, from noon to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday by appointment. Call 908-5704 or 329-1733. Our friendly staff welcome you and admission is always free. Proceeds from The Theater Art Gallery benefit the Sutter Performing Arts Association’s effort to renovate the Sutter Theater, turning it into a viable community center.  For more information, please visit our website at: https://www.suttertheater.org/the-theater-gallery or visit us on Facebook.

Camptonville, Ca.

 

camptonville Terry Gyan Riley 2020 Tour

 

Saturday February 8, Terry Riley & Gyan Riley begin their world-wide tour at 7 PM at the Camptonville Community Center, celebrating 85 trips around the sun for the amazing Terry Riley. Advance tickets are now available  at brownpapertickets.com and at BriarPatch Coop in Grass Valley, with a discount available for members of the Center. Terry and Gyan will perform key works that define Terry’s output with elements of traditional jazz, ragtime, minimalism, and Indian Raga. 

 

Gyan, Terry’s son and favorite collaborator, is a virtuoso in his own right. Terry’s influence stretches farther and wider than almost any other figure in 20th century music, including rock, the string quartet, the symphony hall, development of keyboard styles, and electronic music, experimental as well as popular genres such as house and techno. He remains a seminal figure in music history. Come be amazed!  

Tickets are $30 ($25 for Center members); advance tickets are recommended.

Dobbins, Ca.

 

International speaker Shawn Boonstra will lead a timely and interactive discussion at Vivian Johnson Hall, 10034 Marysville Road in Dobbins, starting Thursday, January 23 at 6 p.m. Local Dobbins radio station KIIW-LP 93.3 FM and the Dobbins Seventh-day Adventist Church are sponsoring the workshops. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Registration for the event is available at www.finalempire.com/dobbins.  

 

The United States is the wealthiest, most powerful nation that has ever existed. Its rise was no accident. It was formed out of hundreds of specific events that started 3,000 years before the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. But today, is the strength of this nation eroding? Did the Bible see it coming? Will America be history’s final empire? Join Shawn Boonstra from the Voice of Prophecy as he explores the events that shaped America, and see the evidence that this is a country founded on the principle of religious liberty, and hear what we need to do to maintain our freedoms today.

 

Attendees will receive a free copy of the Final Empire book from author Shawn Boonstra. The first of four presentations are “Republic Rising,” Thursday evening, January 23. The next presentations will be held Friday, January 24, “Christianity Corrupted” at 6 p.m.; Saturday, January 25, “The Earth Opens Up” at 11 a.m., and “America’s Last Stand” at 2 p.m. A luncheon will be held Saturday at noon in Vivian Johnson Hall, 10034 Marysville Road, Dobbins.

 

Shawn Boonstra is the speaker for the Voice of Prophecy media ministry. His clear grasp of Scripture and keen understanding of current events will give you peace of mind in a troubled world, and his warm, dynamic presentations will inspire you. Shawn has shared the gospel on six continents to hundreds of thousands of individuals over the last two decades.

 

Vivian Johnson Hall is located at 10034 Marysville Road in Dobbins. Please call 530.701.5339 for more information.

Sacramento, Ca.

 

 Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Patients depend on the ongoing generosity of volunteer blood donors for the blood transfusions they need. Vitalant (formerly BloodSource), which serves local hospitals, had 21,000 fewer donations than needed over the holidays. There is a critical shortage of blood.

 

Local residents will have the opportunity to save lives by donating blood during the Vitalant Winter Classic Blood Drive on Saturday, January 25th in Chico, Redding and Yuba City.   During the event, donors will receive a Vitalant branded hat, scarf and glove set, as well as hot cocoa and refreshments. 

 

Participants can also enter to win a trip to Hawaii, Mexico or Disneyland*.  

 

“This is a day when the community comes together to help save lives,” said Joe Ayer, Senior Manager of Recruitment at Vitalant. “Blood on the shelf helps patients every day—for traumas, cancer treatments and critical transfusions—and enables us to be ready if disaster strikes.”

 

Vitalant Winter Classic Blood Drive Locations

 

Chico

555 Rio Lindo Avenue

7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

530-893-5433

 

Redding-

2680 Larkspur Lane

7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

530-243-0160

 

Yuba City

1290 Stabler Lane, Suite 830

8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

530-674-3140

Yuba City, Calif.

 

The Yuba City Police Department is reminding fans attending Super Bowl watch parties to get a safe ride home after the game.


“If you plan on drinking, plan for a ride home with a sober driver,” Yuba City Police Department, Sgt. Kim Slade said. “Whether your team wins or loses, you’ll always get the ‘W’ by not drinking and driving.”


Super Bowl LIV falls on Sunday, Feb 2, and the Yuba City Police Department will increase patrols Feb. 2 ready to flag those suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The Yuba City Police Department reminds drivers that driving under the influence of anything that impairs is illegal, including prescriptions, over the counter or illicit drugs and marijuana. If you take prescription drugs, be mindful of side effects, especially if there is a driving or operating machinery warning on the label.


If you’re hosting a watch party, be a team player and have plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available for designated sober drivers. If a designated sober driver decides to have a drink, make sure someone else who hasn’t been drinking is available to come pick everyone up. Anyone who sees a drunk driver should call 911.


Walking to a bar or party? Walking impaired can also be dangerous, so have someone who is sober walk home with you.


No matter who you are rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday, we are all on the same team when the game ends so remember to go safely.


Funding for Super Bowl Sunday enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Marysville, CA

 

On Monday, January 13th, 2020, the Marysville Police Department received an anonymous crime tip of a man driving a maroon colored Cadillac in the east Marysville area.  The man, described as a Hispanic male, was reportedly speeding on streets and brandishing a gun.  The unknown reporting party described that the driver “seemed very unstable.” 

 

The above information was disseminated out to patrol officers, who conducted extensive checks of the east Marysville area with negative results. 

 

Jeremy Stover

On the morning of Thursday, January 16, Marysville police officers arrested twenty-nine-year-old Jeremy William Stover, a Marysville resident, in connection with the crime tip.  Stover was arrested out of a maroon colored 1994 Cadillac, located at an apartment complex in the 100 block of East 13th Street in Marysville. 

 

The arrest stemmed from two separate calls for service on the morning of Thursday, January 16th.  At approximately 5:40 a.m., two reporting parties called the Marysville Police Department to report gunshots heard in the 800 block of H Street.  One reporting party told an MPD dispatcher they observed an older model, maroon colored Cadillac leaving the area at a high rate of speed.  Officers immediately searched the surrounding areas. 

 

 

At approximately 6:09 a.m., an officer spotted a 1994 maroon colored Cadillac, parked in a parking lot of an apartment complex, located in the 100 block of East 13th Street.  The officer saw that the Cadillac was occupied by a driver (Stover) and a female passenger.  At least two Hispanic males standing outside the Cadillac, immediately fled the area on foot upon seeing an officer.   

Officers initiated a high-risk enforcement stop and detained Stover and his female passenger out of the Cadillac.  Officers learned that Stover was wanted on two warrants and was in violation of his parole.  During a search of the Cadillac, officers discovered an airsoft handgun that had the resemblance of a real handgun.  Officers also discovered nearly fourteen pounds of marijuana in the Cadillac.  Stover was found in possession of other drug paraphernalia items, including a hypodermic needle.  Stover was booked into the Yuba County Jail.

Blizzard Conditions Expected to Bring Feet of Snow to the Sierra

 

MARYSVILLE 

 

A Sierra snow storm will arrive late Wednesday night, bringing blizzard-like conditions and up to two feet of snow at pass levels, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Beginning late Wednesday and continuing through Friday morning, a significant Sierra storm is expected to deliver 18 to 24 inches of snow over Donner Summit on Interstate 80 and 12 to 18 inches of snow over Echo Summit on U.S. Highway 50. Major storm impacts are anticipated Wednesday night and throughout the day Thursday with potential blizzard and whiteout conditions making travel difficult. The snowfall elevation is predicted to drop down to 2,000 feet.

 

Chain controls are expected throughout the region and motorists are advised to be prepared for winter travel. Highway closures due to safety concerns may also be a possibility in the region on Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50 and State Routes 20, 28, 49, 89 and 267.

 

Given the approaching Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, increased travel delays should be expected due to an influx of traffic to the Sierra. Caltrans advises motorists to review NWS weather reports before traveling.

 

In addition, heavy rain with thunderstorms in the valley on Thursday could cause flooding on roadways. Gusty winds late Wednesday night into Thursday could make driving difficult and motorists are advised to watch for downed tree branches. Drivers are reminded to turn headlights on during rainy periods.

 

Caltrans reminds drivers to winterize vehicles by ensuring tires are properly inflated and have good tread, and to stock vehicles with water, blankets, snacks, a flashlight and a full tank of gas before mountain travel. Further tips for safe winter driving and information about chain controls can be found at dot.ca.gov/travel/winter-driving-tips.

 

Motorists are also reminded of highway speed limits during chain controls: 30 mph on Interstate 80 and 25 mph on U.S. Highway 50. Driving slowly for weather conditions is crucial to avoid collisions on snowy, icy roads.

 

Check out Caltrans' “QuickMap” for current road conditions and chain requirements at quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the free QuickMap app on the App Store or Google Play. Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

 

 

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The Friends of the Cemetery and the UC Master Gardeners prune a different section of the historic cemetery every winter. You are welcome to join us for the pruning workshop on Saturday January 18th at 10 am.  It's Free and we will be serving refreshments.  If you want to pitch in bring your gloves and clippers and join the fun and learn about the old cemetery. If you have any questions you can call our office at  530-822-7515.

Redbud Garden Club in the Sierra foothills annually offers a scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career in Environmental Horticulture, Ag Science, Conservation, Forestry, Floriculture or a related field.

 

To be eligible the student must be a high school senior planning to enroll or a college student currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year program in one of the above listed fields. Student must be accepted at an accredited educational institution, have at least a 3.0 GPA (last year only) and be a Yuba or Butte County resident.  There is no income eligibility requirement. Application deadline is March 1, 2020.

 

Visit the club website at www.redbudgarden.club for more information and to download a copy of the scholarship application. For additional questions on the scholarship program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yuba City, Ca.

 

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The City Manager of Yuba City, Michael Rock, announced the appointment today of Ben Moody as Development Services Director to oversee the City’s building, development and planning, and code enforcement divisions. Moody has 13 years of experience with the City of Yuba City, serving most recently as Interim Assistant Public Works Director. He has also played a key role in assisting the Development Services Department with significant projects, including the recently adopted Bogue-Stewart Master Plan.

 

The appointing authority for this position, City Manager Rock commented, “Ben Moody was the clear choice. His background and experience working with the City and the community make him an excellent fit to step into this new role, and I look forward to supporting Mr. Moody in this crucial leadership position”.

 

Mayor Shon Harris stated, “Ben’s experience and depth of knowledge about the Yuba City community, land-use planning, and development processes will ensure continuity as the City continues to grow.”

 

Mr. Moody grew up in the area, attended local schools, and graduated college with a degree in Civil Engineering. Ben joined the City in 2006 as an Engineer and has held Senior Engineer, City Surveyor, Deputy Public Works Director, and Interim Assistant Public Works Director positions. He has experience related to land development, public infrastructure, public administration, and coordination with developers to determine needs and development strategy.

 

Ben stated, “I look forward to serving the community in this new role and to continue to work to enhance our City with a business friendly, solutions-oriented mindset.”

 

Recruitment for the Development Services Director position was conducted by an outside firm, Bob Murray & Associates, which specializes in executive recruitment. An extensive process including panel interviews and background investigations for leading candidates resulted in Ben Moody as the top choice for Yuba City.

Marysville, Ca.

 

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 Following the December retirement of Tim McCoy, Perminder Bains was selected to serve as the new Director of Administrative Services for Yuba County.  Bains has worked for the County for nearly 19 years, and was most recently Deputy Director of Public Works.   He graduated from Fresno State and went on to work for a local contractor. He then worked for Sacramento County conducting construction inspections before joining Yuba County. He has been trained in emergency management through the California Office of Emergency Services. Bains also oversaw 70 miles of roadway repairs completed in one construction season. Bains’ goal in his new position is bringing employees together. “It’s about building relationships,” Bains said. “The goal is to continue departments working together to be more efficient to serve our residents better.”  McCoy retired Dec. 13 after serving in the position for two years.   Administrative Services manages the Yuba County Airport, oversees buildings, maintenance and custodial staff for all facilities, and handles purchasing and contracts for County departments.  Bains will be overseeing three major Administrative Services projects, including the $20 million Yuba County Jail expansion project; the $20 million Tri-County Juvenile Rehabilitation Hall project; and the $1.8 million taxiway project at the Yuba County Airport. “Perminder is the right person to continue the excellent work of Administrative Services,” Yuba County Administrator Robert Bendorf said. “He has demonstrated great leadership skills in his previous role and we are excited to now have him lead an entire department.” Bains started in his new role Jan. 1. 

Wheatland, Ca.

 

The board of directors of the new Yuba River Endowment voted unanimously to present the Wheatland High School FFA program with $15,000 to cover all out-of-pocket expenses for FFA students to attend all Field Day and State competitions for the current school year.

 

 The Yuba River Endowment is a non-profit organization created by Yuba County farmers to benefit Yuba County residents. Last month the Endowment presented Marysville High School FFA with a similar award. The funds for Wheatland will cover all transportation costs, hotel and registration fees for 21 scheduled trips, helping approximately 230 students this year.

 

 “FFA at Wheatland High School is a vital part of our ag program, but we are not able to cover out-of-pocket expenses for students to attend competitions,” said Wheatland High School Principal, Nicole Newman. “The Yuba River Endowment funding will allow all of our students who qualify for FFA events to attend those events, and any funds raised can now go towards new projects and infrastructure to benefit the students.”

 

 The Yuba River Endowment was established by a select group of Yuba County farmers who have a right to water that flows on the Yuba River. In a truly win-win situation, the farmers’ water is used to provide the required flow levels to protect endangered fishes on the Yuba River, then once past this critical point, the water can be sold to drought-stricken areas of the state.

 

 Proceeds from these transfers provide the funding for the Yuba River Endowment, allow these farmers to expand their agricultural operations and create jobs in Yuba County. Through generations of conservation, cooperation, infrastructure investment and groundwater recharge, Yuba County is a model for water management in California.

 

The Endowment was created to give back to the community, and provide organizational and educational grants to improve the quality of life in Yuba County.

 

 “Our motto for the Endowment is ‘Local Farmers Giving Back’,” said local farmer and Yuba River Endowment President, Al Lassaga. “Our board is made up of representatives from seven different Yuba County regions, from Browns Valley to Wheatland. Investing our money back

into our community, and specifically into agricultural education and our future farmers, just makes sense. We want to make sure agriculture stays strong in Yuba County for generations to come.”

 

 Yuba River Endowment board members will award the funds during the upcoming Wheatland High School FFA lunch meeting on January 22nd.

Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson announced a new program geared toward Yuba County citizens interested in learning more about the Sheriff’s Department.

 

The Citizens’ Academy will highlight different units and functions of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, as well as provide an overview of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.  Topics to be covered include Patrol Operations, Corrections, Dispatch, K-9, Search and Rescue, SWAT, and Crime Scene Investigation.  The academy is for informational purposes only, and not an employment opportunity.

 

The program will start Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and be held every Wednesday night from 6 to 8:30 PM through April 1, 2020.  Interested applicants must be 18 years old and complete an application, including a mini-background check.  Please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 530-749-5103 for more information.

Marysville, Ca.

 

opera Justin France   Chef and Opera Singer photo by David Read

 

The Yuba-Sutter area has a long tradition of opera thanks in large part to the efforts of the dear, departed Joaquina Calvo Johnson who for years was the vocal arts teacher at Yuba College. She created the Borgamaria Lyric Opera Company and staged full operas locally. Salute Italian Ristorante (now Justin’s Kitchen), hosted regular opera events. It is in that spirit that Yuba Sutter Arts is pleased to announce the return of public opera performances to the community.

 

And what better place to present opera than at Justin’s Kitchen?  Owner and head chef, Justin France, started life as an opera singer. A student of Joaquina, Justin when on to San Jose State to further his vocal arts studies. The culinary arts bug hit Justin somewhere along the way, but he is anxious to return to his operatic roots and help enliven the local arts scene with an evening of Italian arias and duets.  Justin is likely to be joined in song by other legendary local singers including Kelly Barber Cunningham, Kathryn Donovan Campbell, Thor Campbell and perhaps another guest artist or two.

 

Italian Opera Night will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 5-9pm at Justin’s Kitchen, 628 Plumas Street in Yuba City. Tickets are $30 each or two for $50 in advance.  Tickets at the door, if available, will be $40 each.  Admission includes all you can eat pasta, salad and garlic bread.  Tickets can be purchased online at yubasutterarts.org and in person at Yuba Sutter Arts’ offices in Marysville.  The event is limited to the first 100 guests so do not delay if you are planning to attend. The live music, wonderful food, atmosphere and great company are all included.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Yuba Sutter Arts and its many youth education and arts programs in Sutter and Yuba Counties.

 

Why should we care about opera? Is it important in today’s world?

 

When asked these questions, “Justin France responded, “Why is any art important?  Opera and other art forms offer us a reflection of who we are, how we relate to others, and what it means to be human. Opera performed live is a uniquely thrilling experience – at its best, it is hugely powerful and the most emotionally direct of all art forms.”

 

A recent article in The Guardian newspaper said, “Opera is important because it is totally unfeasible. In its lack of deference to economic realities, it signifies that at least not all art can be commodified or rationalized. In scale and cost it is the most excessive of all art forms, and in the totality of its artistic claims, is the most ambitious.”

 

Please call 742-ARTS for additional information about this and other upcoming arts and culture events.  We thank you for your continued efforts in helping educate the young people of our area in the arts.

Yuba City, Ca.

 

 Rodney A. Hammond, Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose, will speak at Yuba City Moose Lodge No. 1204, 205 So. Walton Ave, at 5 pm on January 17, 2020 as part of his travels across the state of California. For more information about the event contact the Moose Lodge office at 530-67101204.

 

Hammond rose from the post of Supreme Jr. Governor to become the Moose Fraternity’s Chief Presiding office on July 1, 2019, elected by vote of Supreme Lodge delegates to a one-year term as Supreme Governor at the organization’s 131st International Convention in Las Vegas, NY.

 

The Moose organization, headquartered at Mooseheart, IL, consists of nearly one million men and women in approximately 1,500 lodges and 1300 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.

 

The organization owns and operates Mooseheart, a 1,000 acre community and school for youngsters in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 75-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, Moose lodges and chapters conduct more than 460 million worth of community service annually (counting monetary donations, miles driven and volunteer hours worked).

 

Such community service can be tailored to local needs, but also takes the form of organization-wide programs. One of these programs includes Tommy Moose, where lodges and chapters have provided nearly 200,000 plush Moose figures since 2003, free of charge to emergency workers and hospitals to give to children in stressful situations.

 

All members of the Loyal Order of Moose are cordially invited to meet the Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order on Friday, January 17th. Dinner will be served and is free to the first 297 to sign up. Doors open at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm and program following.

 

Dinner will be salad, stuffed pork chops, potatoes, gravy and vegetable with dessert.