The Yuba City Downtown Business Association has permission to CLOSE the following
streets for the Christmas Stroll on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
 
• Plumas St from Colusa Ave to Bridge St
 
• Church St from Plumas St to Walnut Ave
 
• Forbes Ave from Plumas St to Walnut Ave
 
• Scott St from Plumas St to Walnut Ave
 
• Teegarden Ave from Plumas St to Rockholt Way
 
• Fremont St from Plumas St to Rockholt Way
 
• Center St from Plumas St to Rockholt Way (close at 11:00 AM – 9:00PM)
 
Streets will close at 10:00 a.m. and re-open at midnight to allow for vendor set-up
and take-down

On December 8, 2019 at approximately 7:55pm Marysville Police officers responded to the 800 block of C St for a report of shots fired into a residence.  Officers arrived on scene and located five large bullet holes in the front of the occupied residence.  No injuries were reported. 

 

mobley adam joseph mpd 12092019 1Officers began their investigation into the incident.  During their investigation and based on statements made by the occupants of the residence, officers determined that the suspect was Adam Mobley (53 yrs old) from Marysville.  Officers received a description of a vehicle that Mobley was currently driving and checked the surrounding area.

At approximately 8:57pm officers located Mobley’s vehicle parked on Yuba St and 7th St.  Officers contacted the occupant, who was later identified as Adam Mobley.  Several firearms were located in the vehicle, which were reported stolen earlier in the day. 

 

As a result of this investigation, Mobley was arrested for driving under the influence, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, possession of stolen property and other various crimes associated with the incident.  Mobley was booked into Yuba County Jail. 

 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further details are available.

 

The California Appeals Court approved the joint request to expedite the Measure K case. This could still stake another 9 months or more.: 

 

12/03/2019 Order filed. The "Joint Motion for Calendar Preference and to Expedite Briefing" is granted; the appeal will be accorded priority pursuant to statutory provisions.

What does this mean?
It means the case will be fast-tracked. The California Court of Appeal is not a fast moving process. Traditional appeals can take up to 18 months or more. Expediting means more like nine months or more. No briefs have been filed yet. We will post the briefs after they are filed.

Meanwhile, Yuba County is collecting on the tax that was ruled as invalid. Total collected so far - over $3 Million

Keep in mind that no new evidence can be submitted. The appeal is basically to make sure that Judge Berrier followed the law, and made the correct ruling:
To INVALIDATE MEASURE K.

COMMISSIONERS MEETING Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Yuba County Government Center, Wheatland Room 915 8th Street, Marysville, California 95901 MEETING

Yuba City, Ca.

 

The 2019 Yuba City Stroll will take place on December 14th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Downtown Yuba City.

Attendees will enjoy a day, and evening, full of live entertainment, beautiful crafts and children’s activities. All in the open air off the vibrantly lit Downtown Plumas Street in Yuba City. This traditional Holiday event encourages the Plumas Street Merchants to be open for business to show off their wonderland of unique gifts.

 

Free Entertainment, kids zones with holiday treats, picture's with Santa, listening to Mrs. Clause reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" sipping on cocoa and cookies and hands on experiences to entertain them all day, shopping and plenty of food to satisfy every persons palate!  Carolers will be singing familiar tunes throughout the event and Santa himself will make an appearance! 

 

Activities:

 

* North Pole Kids Zone:  Santa picture with Elves (free)

 

* Lowe’s kids crafts, Disney character’s interacting with community

 

* Mrs. Clause @ Teegarden House reading with cookies & cocoa

 

* Train & Teacups rides for children  

 

* Winter Wonderland (Reeves parking lot) Kids zone: 25’ Rock wall, Mega thrill obstacle course, jump castle slide.

 

* 530 Dating Show

 

*Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt

 

* 2 Stages performing Holiday entertainment

Grass Valley, Ca.

 

The annual Gingerbread House and Holiday Ornament Contest was held at last weekend’s Country Christmas Faire. Photos by Lenkaland Photography.The annual Gingerbread House and Holiday Ornament Contest was held at last weekend’s Country Christmas Faire. Photos by Lenkaland Photography.The 35th Annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds welcomed more than 110 vendors, featured a gingerbread house and a new holiday ornament contest, and partnered with the Interfaith Food Ministry to offer a community canned food drive.

 

The annual gingerbread house competition featured more than 40 entries. Of those entries, the Best of Show was awarded to Heather Mickelson of Rocklin and the People’s Choice went to the group entry created by Joanne Perilman & Avery Lawson of Grass Valley. Both winners received a gift basket donated by Tess’ Kitchen Store.

 

            The new holiday ornament contest received more than 50 entries. The Best of Show winner was Mary Wood of Rough and Ready, and the People’s Choice was awarded to Cheyanne Marchinek of Penn Valley. Both winners received a gift certificate to Ben Franklin.

 

At Sunday’s canned food drive, Interfaith Food Ministry collected more than 300 pounds of food for families in need in Nevada County.  The Clear Creek School Errand Elves raised funds for science camp tuition, and the Northern Mines Service Unit Girl Scouts provided babysitting to raise funds for community service projects.

 

 

 

 

 

The names of all the gingerbread house and holiday ornament contest winners can be found on the Fairgrounds’ website at NevadaCountyFair.com. The 2020 Country Christmas Faire is Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 28 and 29.

 


Marysville, Ca.

 

 John Paris Christmas Concert 2018What better way to celebrate the best of the holiday season than to sit back and relax and let local music legend, John Paris, take you on a very special musical holiday journey.  John is an internationally recognized light jazz and New Age piano soloist.  In addition to his work as a Yuba-Sutter music educator, John is an award-winning composer, pianist and accordionist. 

 

John’s Christmas concerts have become a holiday tradition for many families.  He presents the best of the best in keeping with the seasonal soundtrack of our lives this time of year.  In the slightly re-stated famous quote by Friedrich Nietzsche, “Without music, [the holidays] life would be a mistake.”

 

The concert will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 7pm at The Burrows Theatre at Yuba Sutter Arts, 630 E Street in Marysville.  General admission tickets are $10.  Tickets are available at the door. Plenty of free parking is available on the side streets and in the adjacent Umpqua Bank and Bank of America parking lots. 

 

John is a beloved instrumental and choral music instructor at several Yuba-Sutter schools.  He has enjoyed an extensive musical career performing with the likes of Merv Griffin, Jerry Lewis, the Minneapolis Symphony and the Moody Blues. While jazz runs through his veins, John has managed to combine this passion with original new age music on his moving solo piano excursions reminiscent of the improvisational style of Keith Jarrett.

 

“After performing in front of large audiences around the country, it’s always a pleasure to play in a more intimate setting back home at the Burrows,” said John. “I so appreciate the warm welcome I receive and it’s joyful when old friends and current and former students of mine are able to attend,” he added.

 

John has released eleven CDs including three Christmas CDs.  John is known for his virtuosity and has even played at Carnegie Hall in New York where he was awarded the ‘Best Jazz Album of the Year’ a few years back by Enlightened Piano Radio.

 

Come support live music in the community and hear a great and very gifted local musician.

This year's free community Christmas dinner will be at the Ponderosa Community Center on Saturday, December 14th @ 3pm.

 

Your desserts or side dishes are welcome! This will be a wonderful dinner (though not the traditional turkey dinner). Also, if you have any new or gently used items for children, such as toys, stuffed animals, games - please bring them to the Ponderosa center on the 14th between 10am and 2pm. If you have a cash donation, please make it payable to Grizzly Creek Christian Fellowship and bring it to the dinner. Your help is welcome and needed!

 

If you have any questions you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 675-9663.

Looking forward to enjoying dinner, fellowship and singing a few Christmas songs!

 

Janis Maasen,

Foothill Ministerial Fellowship

The Dance Department of the Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts presents their 2019 Winter Dance Recital, "A Night in New York City" on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th. Multiple dance styles will be performed in individual, small, and large group numbers in this family friendly production. There will be a performance each evening at 7 PM and a matinee at 2 PM on Saturday. All performances will be at the Marysville Youth and Civic Center, 1830 B Street, Marysville. Tickets are $8/adult and $5/student and can be purchased in advance at the MCAA school office, 1917 B Street, Marysville. Seating is limited so advance purchase is suggested. Call 749-6155 for more information.

by Shannon Mallory

 

campfire story

The phone rang at 7:20 am on 11.8.18. “I think we’ve got a fire” my husband said. We had been planning for a fire for a year, just in case. Our plan designated three different locations we would meet at. We still had our go bags on the kitchen counter as we were adding items to them each week.

 

Things moved so quickly after that phone call. I was working out of town. My husband rushed back home, knocked on all of our neighbor’s doors, grabbed our go bags, my parent’s wedding picture, our wedding picture, and most importantly, our three dogs.

 

We had so many blessings that came amidst this horrific tragedy. One of the teachers I work with offered her parents’ home to us, they were out of town. The night before we needed to be out of that home, we had no idea where we would go. That same evening, we received a txt from a dear friend saying another friend had a 5th wheel we could buy from them. My husband gave them a call, they drove 3 hours the next day to deliver it to us. We had our own place… again.

 

Life in a 5th wheel while dealing with PSTD, plumbing issues, heating issues, no electricity, with 3 doggies, was hectic and challenging. There was also all of the paperwork, phone calls, etc., that are completely overwhelming. We learned we didn’t have home owner’s insurance – the mortgage company did not pay the monthly premium through escrow as was the agreement. What were we going to do?

 

7 months later… a home owner accepted our modest offer on their home, we were going to have a home again, this time in Corning CA. The mortgage company eventually paid off the mortgage to our burned down home that we were still paying on, but would not provide personal property loss. We had our lives and our dogs, that is what was important.

 

We left our 5th wheel 8 months later and moved into a home with electricity. We survived because of all of the love, help, prayers, and sacrifices that our family, friends and strangers provided. We saw our heavenly father’s hand carried us through by means of all of them.

 

2 Cor. 1:3,4 “the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials…”

Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots is gearing up for a very active Christmas season assisting an estimated 1800 children in Yuba and Sutter Counties to have a joyous holiday.

 

“A tremendous number of children are being raised in households with low incomes in both counties” said Bob Harlan, Yuba-Sutter area coordinator for Toys for Tots.

 

 “The community assists in providing toys, games and sporting goods for children who might not otherwise have anything to open,” Harlan added.

 

The shorter time span between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, in conjunction with a higher demand for assistance, are making for an uphill battle to get about 4000 gifts for children ages newborn through 12 collected in just 21 days.

 

“The organizations we assist need gifts for the children they serve by the 10th of December and our distribution takes place on December 20 and 21,” Harlan Said.

 

There are donation boxes at 61 local businesses, who will assist in collecting gifts through December 19.  A list of those locations can be seen on the Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots Facebook page or online at http://yuba-city-ca.toysfortots.org.

 

In addition to the drop-off sites, there are multiple special events to collect gifts:

 

-Once again this year, Results Radio will conduct five live broadcasts, airing live reports on all three radio stations (KUBA, Power 95.5 & Country 103.1).  The events are in Yuba City from 3:00-5:00 p.m.: Tuesday at Grange Coop; Wednesday at Dunkin’ Donuts; Friday at Evans’ Furniture; and Monday, December 16 at Rush Personnel. The fifth broadcast will be from 11:00-1:00 on Saturday, December 14 at SunStor Solar inside the Yuba-Sutter Mall.

In addition to the events, Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots received a total of $5000 this Fall from the Yuba City and Marysville Walmart’s and the Yuba City Sam’s Club to spend at their stores.

 

“We are so grateful to the large donations from Walmart and Sam’s Club, and the incredible one-day collections from the Yuba City Firefighters at Target in Yuba City. But we are also so grateful to the hundreds of smaller donors who go out of their way to give money and gifts targeted to children in need,” Harlan said.

 

Toys for Tots is most interested in receiving gifts with a retail value of $14.00 or higher, however smaller items can be gifted in multiples or as stocking stuffer items.

 

Donated gifts must be new in original packaging and unwrapped.

 

Toys for Tots is an organization which has virtually no overhead costs. They receive free rent for their distribution center location through Hilbers, Inc., they pay no other fees for storage or utilities and all people involved are volunteers.

 

“All cash donations are sent overnight to a processing center and 100% comes back to us to spend for gifts for children in need,” Harlan said.

 

“Even more amazing, is that we receive some $15,000 in gifts for our children from the Toys for Tots Foundation from national wholesalers at no cost to us!” Harlan added.

 

Toys for Tots began in Yuba and Sutter Counties in 2002 as a project of Harlan Communications, which then owned KUBA and Cool 104 Radio stations.  Subsequent owners have partnered with Harlan to continue the program through heavy radio promotion and providing storage space for Toys for Tots throughout the year.

 

Toys for Tots partners locally with the Salvation Army, which provides intake services for the families Toys for Tots serves through the family distribution days as well as their own.  Salvation Army also provides boxes of food for each family.

 

Toys for Tots serves about 600 youth directly, with another 1200 through other organizations who carefully choose families in need who will receive gifts.  This year, there are eight local organizations requesting assistance, including SoYouCan and CHiPs For Kids.

 

united wayUnited Way of Nevada County is hard at work planning the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Care Clinic. It will take place on January 11th and 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The small planning committee consists of dedicated volunteers of past California CareForce free clinics as well as United Way Board Members. One of the volunteers recently happened to be purchasing a car at Auburn Honda and brought up the free clinic she was helping to plan. They seemed interested, so she encouraged them to donate. Without hesitation, Dave Jones, the General Manager, made arrangements to donate $500 toward the free 2-day clinic.

 

Organized in conjunction with the Roseville-based nonprofit California CareForce, United Way of Nevada County will be hosting the event, which will take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the first time. The cost of such a huge event is quite substantial; however, through the kindness of people like Dave Jones at Auburn Honda, it will all come together.

 

United Way is still in need of donors (sponsors) to help with everything needed to make the clinic happen. Also needed are general volunteers and medical professionals to volunteer their time during the 2020 clinic. There is a need for volunteers to help set up and tear down two days before, and on Monday after the clinic. Anyone interested in volunteering during the two-day clinic, or donating to help bring it to fruition, is encouraged to call United Way at 530-274-8111, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.uwnc.org/health-clinic .

Olivehurst, CA

 

On 12-04-2019 at about 11:33am, Marysville Police Detectives arrested 26-year-old Ruben Augustine Blajos, 4800 block of Tulsa Avenue, Olivehurst, Ca. for Murder and Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. This arrest stems from the shooting death of victim, Jesse Becerra, on October 28, 2017 in the 1300 block of Yuba Street in Marysville, CA.  This is an ongoing investigation and no further details are being released at this time.

The Guadalupana Association of St. Isidore has received permission to CLOSE the
following streets for its annual Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe parade on Sunday,
December 08, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The route will be as follows:

Beginning at Garden Hwy. & Percy Ave.
Northbound on Percy Avenue to Morton St.
Westbound Morton Street to Clark Ave.
Southbound Clark Ave. ending at St. Isidore’s Church.

Clark Avenue will be closed from Franklin Ave. to Hillcrest Ave. No parking will be
allowed on Clark Ave between Gilsizer Slough and Julie Dr while Clark Ave is closed.



Any questions, please call, (530) 822-4795.

Thank you.

Caltrans Proposes Safety Improvements, Passing Lanes and New Bridge

 

BUTTE COUNTY – Caltrans is hosting an open house next week to seek community comments about a proposed safety improvement project on State Highway 70 in southern Butte County.

 

The event will be Wednesday, December 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Feather River Adventist School, 24 Cox Lane (at Highway 70), south of Oroville. Community members can view project displays and review materials, including environmental documents. Caltrans staff members will be available to answer questions and receive comments from the public.

 

caltranshwy70

 

Caltrans proposes to widen the roadway between East Gridley Road and the Butte-Yuba County line to improve highway safety. The $50 million project calls for constructing a 14-foot two-way left turn lane, an additional 12-foot lane in both directions, 8-foot shoulders, a 20-foot area for vehicles veering off the roadway to return to the main highway and a new southbound bridge. Construction is estimated to start in spring 2021.

 

Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. For project updates, follow Caltrans District 3  on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.

Just before 10:00 p.m. on 12/2/2019, Yuba County Deputies responded to a 911 caller reporting his
neighbor was shooting a gun; and that a bullet had struck their home in the 3000 block of Feather River
Blvd in Olivehurst. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered a single bullet had hit the victims’ residence and
traveled through a wall into the home. The home was occupied at the time, but nobody was injured in the
shooting.


The neighbor that had reportedly fired the shots was identified as 63-year-old Thomas Allen Sudderth
of Olivehurst. Sudderth was determined to be a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms or
ammunition. While deputies were at the scene, Sudderth exited his home next door holding a rifle.
Sudderth refused deputies commands and went back inside his residence.
Deputies established a perimeter around Sudderth’s home, and following several minutes of verbal
commands to come out, the suspect complied and exited his residence unarmed. Sudderth was found to be
intoxicated and was detained. Detectives responded and upon execution of a search warrant for the
suspect’s residence, located several guns and ammunition. Sudderth was arrested for 246PC/Shooting at an
Inhabited Dwelling, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. He was booked into the
Yuba County Jail with a bail amount of $250,000.

 

suddah

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

 

To help senior drivers face the challenges of aging safely, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in recognizing December 2-6 as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.


The AOTA hopes to promote understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation to ensure older adults remain active in the community—shopping, working, or volunteering—with the confidence that transportation will not be the barrier to strand them at home.


“The ability to drive encompasses a person’s knowledge and experience, along with visual, physical, and mental capabilities,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “While knowledge and experience may continue to increase, older drivers must adapt to changes in their capabilities to remain safe, responsible drivers.”


California currently has more than 27 million licensed drivers and more than 4.5 million of them, 17 percent, are 65 or older. Preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System shows that in 2018, 558 drivers 65 or older were in fatal collisions, with 297 at fault. Of all California drivers killed in collisions each year, approximately 15 percent are 65 or older.
Driving is a complex activity that requires certain physical, visual, and cognitive abilities. As people age, those abilities often change in subtle ways. A driver’s chronological age is not a good predictor of driving ability. What counts on the road is performance. Having a series of minor crashes or near misses, getting lost on familiar roads, and being spoken to about driving by police, family, and friends are a few signs of diminished capacity for safe driving.


The CHP supports older drivers with its free, two-hour Age Well, Drive Smart course. Through this program, seniors can sharpen their driving skills, refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road, and learn how to adjust to normal age-related physical and mental changes. Information is available at CHP Area offices or at www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services.


The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

 

Marysville, Ca.

The City of Marysville has announced they will celebrate the lighting of their downtown Christmas Tree on December 6th. The festivities, which begin at 5:00 in the park at 3rd and D, will kick-off the holiday shopping season for downtown merchants as well, most remaining open until 9:00pm. The downtown shopping experience will be enhanced this year with the seasonal launch of 3 “pop-up” shops in addition to the array of unique stores already located on and around D Street.

“The Christmas Tree lighting is always such a festive event. It’s a great way to get the holiday season started”, commented Mayor Ricky Samayoa. “In past years, we’ve held the Tree Lighting on the same day as the parade but this year we’re pairing it with the launch of our Pop-Up Shops on D Street.

“Downtown Marysville is filled with shops offering one-of-a-kind gift ideas”, he continued, “and our new Pop-Up Shops are bringing even more variety of handmade and unique products”.

The Pop-Up Shops are located at 323, 324 and 325 D Street. They will feature Vintage Clothing & Accessories, Woodcrafts, Artisanal Candles and Bath & Beauty Products. Customers will find them open during the 3 weekends before Christmas.

By Boots Johnson

 

The rains finally arrived which means muddy rivers and lots of sturgeon moving inland. With our weather source predicting more rain this week it is expected to raise local rivers and turn the water brown. Reports tell us some good areas to go after the sturgeon is Knights Landing and the Verona area. We are told to also see a few stripers caught and some will be keepers.

 

Local creeks, ditches and bypasses are a good bet for catfish with the Sutter Bypass leading the pack. When rivers rise so does the waterways that lead into the rivers. Any of these creeks, including ditches, will produce catfish this time of year. Keep in mind your bait does not need to stink to catch cats, but these scavengers usually prefer the smelly stuff over other baits. Years ago we shot a jack rabbit and left the carcass out in the sun for a week before using it for bait. I have caught lots of nice sized catfish with this method. In fact, just about any diehard catfish anglers have their own favorite stink bait.

 

Channel Catfish are an excellent table fare and are usually found in local rivers. I said usually because they are also found just about anywhere in the valley and foothill waters.

 

One of my favorite recipes for catfish fillets is to use mayonnaise and Ritz crackers, salt, pepper, garlic powder, dry parsley and pepper. Preparation is easy. On a sheet of wax paper place a cup of mayonnaise on one side and the dry ingredients, including the cracker crumbs, mixed thoroughly,  on the other side. Simply dredge the fillets in the mayonnaise and coat the fish with the cracker crumbs and dry ingredients. Pat the fillets to force the crumbs into the flesh. Heat a skillet to 350 degrees with oil and when hot carefully place the fish pieces in the pan. Cook on both sides and serve with lemon slices along with the rest of your meal.

 

Closing thought: “It is O.K. to be afraid as long as your courage outweighs your fear.”

Marysville, Ca.

 

youth choir

 

 

Nothing says, “Happy Holidays!” like a program filled with young people singing and dancing and acting out songs and scenes from holiday favorites. The Yuba Sutter Youth Choir and Applause Kids! invite you to a special celebration. The Youth Choir will present “Olaf of Holiday Cheer” and Applause Kids! will present “Once Upon A Time.” The two ensembles will also perform together for a grand finale.

 

The performances will be held on December 11 and 12 at 7pm and again on December 14 at 2pm.  Enjoy cookies and cocoa, listen to the beautiful voices, watch the Applause Kids!’ play and enjoy this unique holiday celebration! The location is the historic Burrows Theater at Yuba Sutter Arts, 630 E Street in Marysville.  General admission is $10 and $5 for those 12 and under. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Yuba Sutter Arts office or at the door while they last.   All proceeds benefit the Youth Choir, Applause Kids! and Yuba Sutter Arts’ other Arts in Education programs.

 

Applause Kids! theme this year is "Once Upon A Time" featuring some hit Disney songs such as Pure Imagination” from Disney's “Willy Wonka” and “Life's A Happy Song” from Disney's “A Muppet Movie!”  In this story, a group of kids are working together on their upcoming show. As they fall asleep, they wake up in a dream realm and some characters take advantage of their new world of no rules and no parents. What will they do? 

 

Applause Kids! is under the direction of dancer, singer and performer, Stephenie Rodwell.  Stephenie has studied and worked in New York and Los Angeles and locally at many dance studios and at The Acting Company.

 

“I'm so thrilled to have worked with this cast of kids! They are truly amazing and have soaked up the stage and all the tricks that come with it,” said Stephenie Rodwell, Applause Kids! General Director.  “Helping these children navigate their interests in the performing arts has been a pleasure and always rekindles my love for theater! I hope you enjoy the show,” she added.

 

The Youth Choir is directed by Gay Galvin, Yuba Sutter Arts’ “Musician in Residence.” Gay has been singing and playing piano since she was six years old. Trained in classical and jazz styles, she has worked in big bands, musicals, jazz trios and various classical ensembles.  She is an accomplished vocalist and has taught choir to all age levels.