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1213 Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ART',00 and ENTERTAINMENT Quincy Words & r4usic welcomes Bral di Christensen The March edition of Quincy's Words & Music program, slated to happen Thursday, March 12, at Patti's Thunder Caf6 starting at 7 p.m., will feature the original work of local singer-songwriter Brandi Christensen. Christensen is well known around town for her many years workingthe register at Quincy Natural Foods; this is her debut as a featured artist at Words & Music. Christensen's unique songwriting style was born from a combination of extended family musical get-together events (at which she said she was too shy to play or sing) and her love of melody in all its forms. After writing songs in her head for years, she asked her father and he started teaching her guitar on her 12th birthday. Christensen said this gift proved to be just what she needed to survive her difficult and oftefi challenging teenage years. Though the first guitar she owned was an electric given to her by a boyfriend, Christensen soon learned that the acoustic guitar was the heart of her music. She bought her first acoustic at 15 after saving up from a babysitting job all summer. As she developed her voice, Christensen said she realized that her songwriting and singing was not only a way for her to survive emotional damage but a way to help heal others as well. With a guitar/vocal blend that has been described as "hypnotic," Christensen considers her songs working emotions and is known to sing them differently each time she performs based on how she feels at the time. Christensen says many of her influences are independent musicians that most people haven't heard of because most commercial music is overproduced and not true to the artist. A few names she does cite as influences are John Katchur, Neff Diamond and Stevie Nicks. With over 30 songs stockpiled away, Christensen is working on selecting songs for her debut CD, which she hopes to start recording before the end of 2015. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:15. Open mic sign-up is available to all interested parties and performances will begin at 8. Words & Music is sponsored by Plumas Arts and there is a $3 entry charge at the door. Beverages are available for purchase. Words &Musi c , featuring acoustic performances of music and the spoken word, is a program of Plumas Arts. For more information about this or other programs sponsored by Plumas Arts, call 283-3402, visit plumasarts.org or stop by the Plumas Arts Gallery located at 525 Main St. in Quincy. Office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Quincy's Brandi Christensen debuts as a featured artist at Words & Music tomorrow. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts Range of techniques available for water 00vise gardening Melinda Myers melindamyers.com Too much or not enough water and never when you need it. That seems to be the longtime plight of gardeners. Add to this extended droughts, flooding and watering bans. What is a gardener to do? Become a waterwise gardener. Waterwise is not just about growing drought-tolerant plants or eliminating plantings. It is a holistic approach to man@gingavRter to avoid flooding that overwhelms sewer systems, improper watering that wastes water and poor landscape designs that generate too much work and require too many resources. Make this the season that you incorporate a few waterwise habits into your gardening. You'll find it is good for your garden, the environment and your pocketbook. Start with one or more of these strategies this year. Select the right plant for the growing conditions. Plants that thrive in normal growing conditions for your area will be healthier, require less care and need less water. Look for drought-tolerant plants that require less water once established. Keep water out of the storm , sewers and in the garden instead. Prevent flooding while improving your garden. Adding several inches of compost to the top 8 to 12 inches of soil increases the soil's ability to absorb and retain water. This means less runoff into the storm sewers and less frequent watering. Use plants to prevent runoff COMING SOON TO TOWN HALL THEATRE AMERICAN SNIPER U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname "Legend." However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to "leave no man behind." But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind. PADDINGTON From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown familY who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. TOraH HALL THEI]TRE -1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at www.quincytownhall.com and conserve water. Plant trees, shrubs and groundcovers to slow the flow of rainwater, increase the amount of water that stays in your landscape for your plants and filter water before it enters the groundwater. Install one or more rain gardens to intercept surface water runoff for use by rain garden plants and to help recharge the groundwater. Provide plants with a healthy diet. Use a slow-release nonleaching organic nitrogen fertilizer like Milorganite (milorganite.com). You'll encourage slow steady growth, so your plants will require less water and be less prone to insect and disease problems. Plus, the slow-release nitrogen encourages healthy growth and does not prevent flowering and fruiting. Water wisely. Water plants thoroughly and only when needed. Water.the soil, not the plant, using a watering wand, drip irrigation or a soaker hose so less water is lost to evaporation. Water early in the morning whenever possible to reduce water loss during the heat of the day and diseases caused by wet foliage at night. Manage your lawns to reduce water use. Select drought-tolerant grass varieties to reduce watering needs. Prepare the soil before seeding or sodding or aerate and spread a thin layer of compost over existing lawns to increase water absorption and reduce runoff. Mow high to encourage deep roots that are more drought tolerant and pest resistant. Allow lawns to go dormant during hot dry weather. If irrigating, water thoroughly when needed: that's when your footprints remain in the lawn. Collecting rain in rain barrels when it is plentiful and storing it until it is needed is aneffective way to manage,water for the landscape. Photo courtesy Melinda Myers LLC Conserve water and reduce time and money spent on plant care. Mulch the soil around trees, shrubs and other plants with several inches of woodchips, shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic material. Mulching reduces watering frequency and prevents soil compaction from heavy rainfall, thus increasing water absorption. It also adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes. Repair leaking faucets, fittings and garden hoses. A slow leak of one drip per second can waste up to 9 gallons of water per day. Look for and use wasted water: Collect the "warming water" typically wasted when preparing baths and showers. Use a 5-gallon bucket to collect this fresh water and use it for your containers and gardens. Collect water from your dehumidifier and window air conditioners for use on flowering plants. Do not, however, use this water if environmentally harmful solvents have been used to clean the equipment. Check with your local municipality if you are considering using gray water. Once you wash clothes, dishes or yourself, water is classed as gray water and most municipalities have guidelines or regulations related to its use. Harvest rainwater if your municipality allows. The ancient technique of capturing rainwater in jugs, barrels and cisterns has made a comeback. Collecting rain when it is plentiful and storing it until it is needed is one way to manage water for the landscape. But first check local regulations before installing a rain-harvesting system. Several states have banned rain harvesting, while others offer rebates or rain barrels at a discount to gardeners. Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30years of horticulture experience and has written.over 20gardening books. Her website, melindamyers.com, offers ga'rdening videos and tips. IT'S NOT THE WORDS It's not the words one wears upon one's sleeves Nor what one shouts upon the public squares That prove in truth the things that one believes -- It is the good one does and how one cares. It's not the bluster of affected toasts Nor how one flatters those whose help one needs That prove in truth the loyalty one boasts -- It'show one turns one's fawning words to deeds. It's not the florid language glibly said, Nor all the gifts one plies one's special dear That prove one's love for one he hopes to wed -- One's daffy acts should shout that one's sincere. The earth can disappear between the word and act, So say your say, but turn your word into a fact. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano February 23, 2015 Indian Valley American Legion Birthday Celebration Saturday, March 21st 6pm 430 Main St., Greenville (The Old Main St. School) FREE CHICKEN DINNER[ Includes salad, mashed potatoes, gravy and birthday cake/ PRIZE DRAWINGS ~ Lots of Items ~ l ' For more information call (530) 284-7328 i