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lOB Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Our fast-paced culture needs to learn to downshift It's your day off, and you have a long list of things you need to do, things you want to get a jump on. But you've slept much longer than was intended. So you start your day trying to recalibrate how you'll ever get done all that you planned to accomplish. Then you begin to realize that something else is at play. You don't feel the least bit tired. Working against this tension to get things done is a sense of relaxation, / C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS i of focus. Yet inthe back of your mind, you can't shake the idea that you're being lazy in grabbing that extra sleep. A nagging voice in the back of your head keeps telling you to get busy. Somewhere along the ever-accelerating road to greater progress and productivity, we've come to see sleep not as a necessity but as an obstacle -- something that should be kept to a minimum. We see this as a sign of discipline, of being a responsible person. We fail to see the abundance Of sleep as doing something productive and active that can not only give us a memory boost but also increase our ability to learn -- facts that were recently confLrmed by a neuroscience study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley. Spending on the Internet technology sector, much of it designed specifically to make our lives easier, is said to have topped $3.75 trillion worldwide in 2014. In the past 20 years, the number of people who consume luxury items has {ripled around the Events Around Plumas County Blairsden: Hands-on sauerkraut workshop, 5:30 p.m., Mohawk Community Resource Center at junction of highways 89 and 70. $20 - $40 sliding scale; Community Connections members "pay" with two time credits plus $10. Space limited. For information, to preregister (required): MCRC, 836-0446. Greenville: Forest restoration meeting, 6 - 8 p.m., Town Hall. Plumas County Fire Safe Council, Plumas National Forest invite all interested groups, individuals to participate in new collaborative. For information:; Mike De Lasaux, 283-6125, Quincy: "Koyaanisqatsi," 6 p.m., Science 104 at Feather River College. FRC Sustainability Action Team presents cult classic as part of spring Environmental Film Series. Free, open to the public; beverages, popcorn provided. For information: Dr. Darla DeRuiter, 283-0202, ext. 262, Quincy: "Selma" screenings, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theatre. Film presented by Plumas Arts, Feather River College, Plumas National Forest in celebration of Black History Month. Chester: PlumasGrand Jury Association meeting, 6 p.m., Almanor Recreation and Park District headquarters building at 102 Meadowbrook Loop (modular next door to Almanor Recreation Center). Association explains purpose of Grand Jury, role of Ioal businesses in supporting employees who are grand jurors. Coffee, cookies served. Chester Little League fundraiser, 5 - 7 p.m., The Locker Room Restaurant. Percentage of dinner proceeds donated to Chester Little League. League also accepts player sign-ups, proofs of age and residency during event. Quincy: Forest project open house, 6 - 8 p.m., Plumas County Library conference room at 445 Jackson St. Plumas National Forest Fuels Ecologist Dave Kinateder discusses Butterfly Twain Fuels Reduction and Forest Restoration Project. For information: 283-7673. Spaghetti feed, 6-8 p.m., Elks Hall, Hwy. 70, East Quincy. Sponsored by Quincy Elks. Call 283-2265 for more information. Blairsden: Speakers Bureau, 5:30 p.m., Mohawk Community Resource Center at junction of highways 89 and 70. Featuring presentation by pilot Bill Tantau. Light refreshments serve& To RSVP (requested): MCRC, 836-0446, Chester: Free snowshoe walk, 1 p.m., Lassen National Forest Almanor Ranger District. Ranger leads weather-dependent walk for up to two hours; open to adults, kids 8 and up. For information, to preregister (required): Carlos Holguin, Almanor Ranger District, 258-2141. Fish fry, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Greenville: Girl Scout cookie sales, 3 - 6 p.m., Plumas Bank. Quincy: "The Wireless Generation"; doors open 6:30 p.m., film starts 7 p.m.; West End Theatre. Q&A session with filmmaker/National Geographic Traveler of the Year follows. Free. For information: Tiffiney Lozano, 394-0281. Bucks Lake: Bucks Lake Snowdrifters 2015 Poker Run CANCELED due to lack of snow. Greenville: Little League sign-ups, 9 a,m. -'noon, Greenville High School gym on Highway 89. $60/child, $55/additional sibling. Bring proof of age, residence. For information: Shalyn Goss, 258-6335; Alicia Hammerich, 249-3070. Scrapbooking class, 1 - 3 p.m., "Open Door" at Greenville Southern Baptist Church at 241 Greenville Wolf Creek Road. Featuring Christmas page. Materials provided; bring four to six Christmas photos. $3 donation requested. To RSVP (required): leave name, phone number on Jackie Johnson's message phone, 284-7302. Quincy: Waffle breakfast, 8 - 10 a.m., Feather River Grange. $6. For information: 927-8879. Live music, 9 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main st. Featuring high-octane rock from Blackout Betty. For information: 283-9788. Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, 1:30 p.m., Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snowshoes provided for $1 donation. Free, open to walkers 8 and up, no children in carriers. Registration required for large groups, not for individuals. Walks held weekends through April 5. For information: http://1, 595-4480. Susanville: Second annual Indian Valley Pheasants Forever youth hunt; morning hunt 8:30 a.m., afternoon hunt 12:30 p.m.; Hunting Buddies Hunting Co. All hunters must bring gun and ammunition, orange clothing, ear and eye protection, hunting license. No dogs; Hunting Buddies provides dog handlers. Pheasants Forever provides breakfast, lunch. For information: Steve and Angle Clark, 394-7822, 375-7019. Chester: Pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. - noon, Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 adults, $5 children 10 and under. Greenville: Girl Scout cookie sale drive-thru, 1 - 3 p.m., Greenville High School parking lot. Chester: Coalition meeting, 8 a.m., headquarters building of Almanor Recreation and Park District at 102 Meadowbrook Loop. Group planning May History Month invites folks to get involved. world. Still, the defining characteristic of modern life is not prosperity or more free time but a profound sense of tiredness. The world of medicine tells us that getting too little sleep is linked with health problems, including obesity and high blood pressure, as well as decreased work productivity. At the same time, the commercial world bombards us with messages categorizing this essential biological act as a "leisure" activity. The natural response to being tired is to rest. The problem is that the modern consumer culture can't tolerate rest. And this has got to stop. With the socialization and instant availability of media, we are confronted with more information and, with it, more choices than ever before, day by day, minute by minute. The information we need to improve our lives is at our fingertips. We only need to seek it out. But the solution is also part of the problem. We are simultaneously empowered and overwhelmed by it all. "Many of us are poorly equipped to cope with and to effectively process all that is happening around us," notes Dr. Abigail Brenner in a blog post on the Psychology Today website. "A better understanding of who you are and who you are not allows for the personal discernment and critical scrutiny that helps you separate what is important for you personally, apart from the dictates of your society. Armed with that knowledge you no longer have to settle for following along with the pack." Quietly, a movement is taking hold in this country, as well as in developed countries around th, e w0r!d -- the "slow movement." People in increasing numbers are beginning to trade in high-pressure lives for simpler ones. "The idea is to downshift wherever and whatever you can, to streamline your life, in order to 'upshift' the overall quality of your life," says Brenner. This movement has also been given its own week -- International Downshffting Week, which happens this year from April 20 to April 26. Founded in 2003, it is a week dedicated to building awareness of how a little downshffting can enhance your physical health and mental well-being, as well as your relationships with colleagues, family and friends. You don't have to wait until April to begin. If the prospect of making such a change seems a bit too overwhelming, just start by asking yourself a few basic questions as to the way you use your time. For example: How much time do you set aside each day for yourself?. How can you spend more time with those important to you on a daily basis? Just being mindful about the way you're living -- to be consciously aware of what you're doing and why you're doing it -- is considered a step in the right direction. Let us also remember that the Bible's Fourth Commandment tells followers to keep the Sabbath as a time of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. This command to rest, rejuvenate and replenish is common in virtually every religion and culture. It's time we did a better job of taking heed. Lastly, let's stop undervaluing the act of sleeping and the vital role it plays in good health and happiness. I ask that you please consider all of the above -- and sleep on it. Write to Chuck Norris ( with ..... : .  questions about health and fitness. Copyrigh t 2015 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn Lassen Volcanic National Park opens park highway to the Devastated Area Lassen Volcanic National Park visitors can now drive to the Devastated Area, 10 miles from the north entrance of the park. "Beyond the Devastated Area visitors will find snow depths of 2 to 3feet and excellent spring-like skiing conditions," said Acting Park Superintendent Steve Gibbons. "We hope many of our local snow enthusiasts will come to the park and enjoy skiing, snowshoeing and snow play. "For those visitors that would enjoy an easy walk with excellent views of Lassen Peak, the 1.8-mile trail around Manzanita Lake is snow-free and offers many opportunities to view wildlife taking advantage of the spring-like weather. This mild winter season and lower snow levels have made clearing this part of the park highway possible." Visitors are reminded that when storms move through the area the highway may close due to snow, ice and fallen trees. Backcountry users are advised to check weather forecasts before setting out and monitor weather conditions during their trip as their vehicle could be stranded on the closed road. All visitors should also be prepared for a range of weather conditions. The park recommends visitors check the most recent weather forecast, dress in layers and carry food and water. Drivers should stow a shovel, extra blankets and tire chains in their vehicle in case unexpected winter road conditions delay travel.' The Kohm Yah-inch-nee Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. o 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information contact the park at 5954480 or m m R m m I I SF, NIOR MENU I | Monday, March 2 Spaghetti in a meat sauce, | broccoli, salad, fruit, french | roll | Tuesday, March 3 m m m mum m m I Wednesday, March 4 Pork roast, sweet potato, | peas and cauliflower, applesauce, whole grain roll | Thursday, March 5 | Turkey sandwich, lettuce and tomato, cream of | broccoli soup, orange slices | Friday, March 6 | Swiss steak with tomatoes, ! Beef stew, green salad, noodles, cauliflower, ! apricots, whole grain roll spinach salad, apple crisp ! *Vegetarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal | *** I II ..... This !!ems menu may contain over 1,000 m g o!Sodium II Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville, ! 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Porto]a, 832-4173; Blasden! open Wed. only, cal.1 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested | donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & olden One guest may accompany each! senior, ,$6 mandatm3 charge Menus may change Noon at all sites.- 11 m m m m m 11 m m I1 m m m I