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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 13B ARTS d ENTERTAINMENT Artists can win a stay at Black Mountain Lookout Plumas Arts is working with the Plumas National Forest on its second annual juried art show and competition. The Artist in Residence program provides a unique opportunity for one artist to spend one week at the Black Mountain Lookout to draw upon the breathtaking landscapes of the Plumas National Forest for inspiration, In return, the program asks that the artist dbnate an original piece of artwork from this experience as well as hold a free workshop or oPen house for the public. Plumas Arts will coordinate the application process and hosting a juried art show of works entered at the March show in the Plumas Arts Gallery. The winning artist will be chosen in a combined juried competition and people's choice process. The application deadline is Feb. 27. The Artist in Residence program seeks to use art to explore the many Ways in which people relate to the Plumas National Forest. Program goals include capturing the beauty and spirit of the PNF through creating high-quality art and providing learning opportunities through the arts. Another goal is to help citizens understand the connections between public lands, our use of natural resources and our emotional ties to beauty, nature and self-expression. The goal is to serve as a link between the utilitarian and aesthetic values of the forest; and celebrate the power of the arts and artists to explore and interpret the forest environment and forest-related issues. Selection of artists will be based on a scoring system that includes evaluating how the artwork will support the forest's interpretive themes, the artist's resume of professional artwork, the application and an electronic file of the artist's work or an online website. Two pieces that represent each artist's artwork will be required for display at the Plumas Arts Gallery for the March 6 opening reception. Fine art (either two- or three-dimensional) and written work will be considered. Art will be displayed in the gallery from March 7 to 28. The refurbished Black Mountain Lookout is at an elevation of 7,161 feet on the eastern edge of the Plumas National Forest. The 75-year-old lookout has a commanding view to the east of Nevada's basin. To the north stands the higher, still active Thompson Peak Lookout. At the bottom of the Sierra Nevada's eastside escarpment sits the sometimes colorful but often dry Honey Lake. Out of service for over 30 years, this building was constructed in the late 1930s and early 1940s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It served as a home and office for rangers who worked on the historical Milford Ranger District, now known as the Beckwourth Ranger District. Visitors to the Black Mountain Lookout on the eastern edge of the Plumas National Forest take in the views. Artists are invited to compete in a juried art show to win a one-week stay in the lookout. Photo by Liz Odell Hands-on sauerkraut workshop to be offered Cabbage, salt and a jar or crock are all the items needed to make authentic sauerkraut. Photo courtesy Heidi Rose Rose, whose mother is French and Polish, grew up with cultured and fermented foods. She recalls, "It was part tradition and part necessity, as making these foods at home saved money and provided inexpensive foods with high nutritive value. My mother frequently made homemade cheese, yogurt, sourdough starter, vinegars, fermented pickles and, of. course, sauerkraut. We put it on everything, even soup!" When her mother had to return tothe workforce, Rose started helping out more in the kitchen, and was soon making sauerkraut herself. "It's such a simple process, with such simple ingredients, that even a child can do it," says Rose. But it wasn't until after college that Rose really became a fermented foods enthusiast. Noticing that she felt better and enjoyed eating more when she included sauerkraut in her diet, she started making large batches and sharing it with her neighbors and friends, who before long wanted to learn to make it themselves, "Some of my friends have experienced incredible results from adding sauerkraut to their diet, including weight loss, relief from Crohn's disease symptoms, clearing up of skin conditions such as acne and eczema, and increased energy. While these are anecdotal stories, they are clearly indicative of the many health benefits found in this wonderful food," said Rose. As for the taste, Rose understands why it sometimes has a bad reputation, saying, "I have seen and tasted so many awful krauts, it's no wonder people don't like it. Pasteurized krauts are soggy and flavorless and lack the nutritional benefits of raw kraut. If you haven't tried authentic, raw, fermented sauerkraut, I urge you to give it a chance. I have known many people who didn't like it at first, and now they are kraut converts!" Rose has worked as a personal chef for people with compromised immune systems and special diets, and has also taught numerous sauerkraut and fermented foods workshops over the years. While she no longer works in that field, she remains passionate about nutrition and preparing simple, delicious foods at home and with friends and neighbors. This will be the first of what she hopes will be many such workshops offered in Plumas County, her new home of 1-1/2 years. Workshop attendees will gain hands-on experience making raw sauerkraut, and will take home a quart jar of raw organic sauerkraut to finish fermenting at home. Rose will also provide detailed handouts with clear instructions and offers her ongoing support when people have questions, even long after the workshop is over,: .... The workshop takes place Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the Mohawk Community Resource Center at the junction of highways 89 and 70 in Blairsden. Cost is on a $20 - $40 sliding scale, though Rose said no one will be turned away for lack of funds with advance notice; Rose said she believes everyone Should have access to this healthy food. Members of Community Connections, the countywide time-banking program, can "pay" for the workshop with two time credits plus $!0 to cover the cost of supplies. Preregistration is required and space is limited. To register, or for more information about the workshop or how to become a Community Connections member to "pay" for the workshop with time credits, call MCRC at 836-0446. Mohawk Community Resource Center is a service of the larger nonprofit organization Plumas Rural Services. The center provides a variety of activities and programs to the community, including several exercise and health-related classes, as well as social and educational opportunities. For more information about MCRC, call 836-0446 or visit plumasrural services.org/mcrc. "Sauerkraut can be a polarizing food," reported organizers of an upcoming sauerkraut workshop: "People either love it or hate it. While some have i not-so-fond memories of soggy salted cabbage, others speak fondly of the fresh sauerkraut they enjoyed while visiting Germany, or from that little Jewish dell they used to go to, or perhaps they remember crocks of it fermenting in the pantry at their grandmother's house." Whatever a participant's memories, the upcoming workshop aims to dispel myths and introduce people to what is nowadays referred to as a "superfood." Led by Heidi Rose, this hands-on workshop promises to teach peopleeverything they need to know to make sauerkraut at home, and also to educate attendees about the many health benefits of including sauerkraut in the diet. Sauerkraut, sometimes referred to simply as "kraut," is a fermented, probiotic food packed with vitamins and minerals. It aids digestion and nutrient absorption, boosts the immune system and, recent studies show, might reduce the risk of many cancers. The last decade has seen an increased interest in cultured and fermented foods. In the health foods industry the market has doubled, with numerous products and brands now available in most grocery stores. Thousands of websites have popped up selling everything from cheese cultures to home beer brewing kits. However, cultured and fermented foods have existed globally for thousands of years, and are still a staple food in many regional diets. Furthermore, most of these foods can be made easily at home for far less than it would cost to purchasethem in a store. Mardi Gras party set Genesse Store RSVPs are requested as soon as possible by calling Trisha Aitken at 284-7480 or the Genesee Store at 284-6351. Each ticket includes a hearty meal of beef burgundy, roasted vegetables, green salad and a few other vegetarian dishes, plus appetizers and desserts by Young's Market gourmet chef Kelly Tan. Each guest will receive a complimentary Mardi Gras mhsk with dinner, and guests are encouraged to come in costume if they so desire. There will be a no-host bar. FOR VALENTINE'S DAY February 14, 2015 If I were floating down the fabled Rhine Upon a mystic pleasure steamship line And drinking sweet ambrosial fragrant wine Surrounded by a ring of maids divine; If I were living in a castle hall With ancient armors lined along the wall And dancing in a royal springtime ball, And clinging to a princess lithe and tall; If I were lounging on an atoll cay With native proas lined along a bay And watching carefree children at their play And by a brown vahine's side I lay; I'd not be closer to my heaven, maid of mine, Than now you've asked for me to be your Valentine. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano January 30, 2015 Hysterical for Saturday at This Saturday night the Genesee Hysterical Society will put on a Mardi Gras bash at the Genesee Store beginning at 5 p.m: A parade is to follow at 6 p.m., rain or shine. "Bring someone you love, or love to hate," suggested organizers. Music will be provided by the Genesee Zydeco Band, featuring Bayou Barney, Lance Love, Mambo Joe, Linda Margarita, Cajun Tony and Dat's Charlie -- a sufficient crew to get everyone up and dancing. Admission is $20 a head. Benefit provides date night James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com For those looking for something special to do to celebrate Valentine's Day this Saturday, the West End Theatre is offering a free date night. Organizers put together a simple yet effective strategy for a date night -- dinner, a movie and dancing. The event is a fundraiser for the Association of Concerned Theatregoers. Money will be raised through sales ofdLnner appetizers, beer and wine. ACT is a nonprofit that fimds theatre endeavors in Plumas County. The organization supplies scholarships, teacher stipends and funds to pay for technical professionals when needed. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a social hour. Local comedian Lisa Caballero will entertain the crowd with her signature wit and sarcastic commentary on romantic films. Couples will also get the chance to have a photo taken in their dream date locale. Organizers will set up a green screen and superimpose backgrounds of Paris, Italy and other dramatic scenery in couples' photos. Photos will cost $10 apiece. ' At 7 p.m., the classic romantic comedy "Some Like it Hot" will play on the theatre's screen. In addition, popular excerpts from the movie will be played out on stage by local actors. Big-band music will play after the movie, allowing attendees to dance the night away. Attendance is free, but limited to the first 90 people who sign up. Reservations are available at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books and dramaworks. COMING SOON TO TOWN HALL THEATRE THETHEORY OF EVERYTHING The presentation of this film is, in part, Plumas Arts' response to Plumas Unified School District's Ice Buck Challenge to help raise awareness about ALS... Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire) helms the romantic drama starring Eddie Redmayne (of the blockbuster Les Misrables--in a much applauded Oscar- worthy role) as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, world-famous as the author of A Brief History of Time, opposite Gotham Independent Film Award winner Felicity Jones. The movie explores the excitement of the 1960s for Stephen as he studies at Cambridge University. At the dawn of a brilliant life's work, he falls passionately in,love with arts student Jane Wilde. Their relationship leads him through personal and scientific chal- lenges and breakthroughs, and as his world opens up he opens up the entire world to new ways of seeing. BIRDMAN Garnering awards for Best Actor Michael Keaton and Director Alejandro Gonzdlez Ifi&rritu with commendations for its stellar lll:llliTli,Wl cast (Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, 'lr Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts) and its unique vision and structure this film is also a contender for Best Picture Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of ' ,. Ignorance, is a black comedy that tells the : story of an actor famous for portraying an l iconic superhero as he struggles to mount , a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. TOraH HALL THEflTfl[ 283-1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at www.quincytownhall.com t