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' 1UA Weclnesclay, March 12, 2014 \\;, COMMUNIT v CORNER WEEKLY GATHERINGS, MEETINGS AND CLUBS Thursday, March 13 AA, noon, 260 County Hospi- tal Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy 24- hour info: (877) 880-3880. Women's Support Group, Every Thurs., 1-2 p.m., Plumas Crisis Center, 591 Main St., Quincy Call 283- 5515. A1-Anon, 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, upstairs in back. For families & friends of alcoholics. Boy Scouts Troop 130, 6:30 p.m., LDS Church, 55 Bel- lamy Ln. Call Dale Stokes, 283-3661. Blue Star Moms, 7 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Harbison Street, Quincy Quincy Green Thumbs, 2nd Thurs., 10 a.m., Library Conference Room, Jackson St. Explorer Post 81, Quincy Volunteer Fire Dept. Ex- plorer Program, meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays. For info call Sarah Anderson, 530-276- 1503. Feather River Resource Conservation District Board meeting, 2nd Thurs., 7 p.m., Plumas Corp. office, Quincy Public welcome. 283- 7512 for more info. Friday, March 14 AA, noon, 260 County Hospi- tal Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy 24- hour info: (877) 880-3880. AA, 5 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy 24-hour info: (877) 880-3880. NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy Saturday, March 15 NA, noon, 260 County Hospi- tal Road, Courthouse Annex -Orchard House. Quincy AA, 5 p.m. 260 County Hospi- tal Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy 24- hour info: (877) 880-3880. NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy Dukes of Plumas Crib- bage Gang. Meet 10:30 a.m., start play 11 a.m., every Sat- urda.y at Mt. Tomba, Cromberg. Sunday, March 16 NA, noon, 260 County Hospi- tal Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy NA, 5 p.m., women only, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy Trap Shoot, sponsored by Quincy Sport Shooting Assoc., Gopher Hill site. f Weather permitting. Every other Snday Adults 10 am, Junior 11 am. 283-1145. Monday, March 17 Soroptimist International of Quincy, noon to I p.m. Moon's restaurant. NA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy Rotary Club, Mineral Build- ing, fairgrounds, noon. Call 283-2127. Boy Scout Troop 151, Mon., 6 p.m. Scoutmaster Rob Robinette, 283-0858 for location. Duplicate Bridge. Every Monday, 6:30 p.m., Resource Center, Blairsden, corner of hwys 70 and 89. Call Ruth Bright, 836-1454 or Jackie Lucky, 836-2232. AA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy 24-hour info: (877) 880-3880. Girl Scouts, all levels: Daisies, Brownies and Jun- iors, K-5 grades. First and third Mondays, 5:15 p.m., Quincy Elementary. Cassie Cooper, 530-249-6165. LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES Date High Low Preclp Snow March 3 46 40 .25 -- March4 57 38 ' .60 -- March 5 59 39 .07 -- March6 52 40 .95 -- March7 59 37 .27 -- March 8 64 29 .... March 9 55 29 .08 -- March 10 -- 37 .99 -- Precipitation to date: 15.52"; snow 6" This date 2013: 33.28" precip, 23.75" snow. 2012-13 totals: 23.75" snow*, 37.93" total precip* *Weather year is July 1 to June 30 Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,482.26 1 Year Ago 4,486.01 Lake Almanor **Capacity tCurrent 841,353 1 Year Ago 933,733 Bucks Lake *Elevation tCurrent 5,129.99 1 Year Ago 5,139.42 Bucks Lake **Capacity tCurrent 59,997 1 Year Ago 74,942 *Elevation abovesea level in ft. **Storage in acre ft. tMarch 9, 2014 March 10, 2013 Weather Forecast for Quincy Wednesday, March 12 unrise 7:23-Sunset 7:10 4 " ;unny, with a high near 65. Wind gusts as high as 18 mph. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33. Saturday, March 15 Sunrise 7:18--Sunset 7:14 Sunny, with a high near 73. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, low around 37. Thursday, March 13 Sunrise 7:21--Sunset 7:11 Friday, March 14 Sunrise 7:19--Sunset 7:12 G Sunny, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind, Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Sunday, March 16 Sunrise 7:16--Sunset 7:15 Sunny, with a high near 72. D Full Moon Sunday Night: Mostly clear, low around 37. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Friday Night: Mostly clear, low around 37. Monday, March 17 Sunrise 7:15--Sunset 7:16 Sunny, with a high near 67. Tuesday, March 18 Sunrise 7:13-Sunset 7:17 Tuesday, March 18 AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy 24- hour info: (877) 880-3880. Bingo, every Tuesday, for residents of Country Villa Healthcare Center, Quincy 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by Coun- try Villa Pink Ladies. New volunteers needed. Call Betty Hoskins, 283-1616. Overeaters Anonymous meeting, 5 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House, Quincy NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy Bible Study. (King James version) 7-8 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 55 Bellamy Lane, Quincy Open to all. Bibles available. Call 530-953-7790 for more info. Plumas-Sierra Cattle- women, 3rd Tues. location varies. Claudia Barnes, 283- 2247. Surplus Commodities. Dis- tributed free, 3rd Tuesdays of the month. You must be at the CAN building, behind St. John's Catholic Church on Lawrence St., Quincy be- tween 10-10:30 a.m. Call 283- 5628 for more information. California Women in Tim- ber, Plumas Cafe (subject to change), Quincy, 1st & 3rd Tues., 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 Baby Bounce Story Time. Infants 0 to 24 months, Wednesdays 10 a.m., Plumas County Library Quincy branch. 445 Jackson St. J Preschool Storytime. Sto- ries, songs, crafts and games. 10:30 a.m., Community Meet- ing Room, Quincy Library, 445 Jackson St. For info, call the library, 283-6310. After-School Kids Club. Arts and crafts projects, sci- ence activities, games, sto- ries, snacks. 2nd - 6th grades (younger children must be accompanied by adult). Free. 3-5 p.m. during school year, Quincy library community meeting room, 445 Jackson St. 283-6310. American Valley Toast- masters. Every Wed., 12-1 p.m., Plumas Bank Credit Administration building, 32 Central Ave., Quincy (Be- hind Safeway) For more info, contact Kathy, 283-7618. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy 24- hour info: (877) 880-3880. Senior lunch, Blairsden, noon, Mohawk Community Resource Center. Call 836- 0446 for reservations. Grief Group, Community United Methodist Church. Join Pastor Donna at noon to begin or continue the process of healing. Open to everyone. Call the church of- rice, 283-1740, for more info. Quincy Community Sup- per, 6 p.m. every Wed, United Methodist Church. Free. AA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy 24-hour info: (877) 880-3880. CHURCHES Calvary Chapel Quincy 283-4463. 1953 E. Main, Mill Creek Shopping Center, E. Quincy. Christian Life Fellowship 283.0345, 317 First St., E. Quincy. Christ the King Episcopal 283-0254, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. Church of Christ 283-1191, 152 E. Jackson St., Quincy. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 283-2170, 55 Bellamy Ln., Quincy. Community United Methodist 283-1740, 282 Jackson St., Quincy, First Baptist 283-1160, 74 Reese St., Quincy. Meadow Valley Community 283-4259, 48 Cemetery Rd, Meadow Valley, office: 353 Jackson St, #100, Quincy Our Savior Lutheran 283-2546. Church & High Sts., Quincy. Seventh-Day Adventist 310-2042 or 283-3092, 2333 Pine St., Quincy. Springs of Hope Christian Fellowship Pete, 283-1613, or John, 927-7626, 59 Bell Ln., Quincy. St. John's Catholic Church 283-0890, 176 Lawrence St., Quincy. Starlight Missionary Baptist 283-1505, 171 Redburg Ave., Quincy. Truth Tabernacle of Quincy, 260-8006, 2205 East Main St., Quincy. To update infonnaUon on this page, contact Eva, 283-0800. email 1.9 1:55 a.m. 2/24 1.9 6:34 p.m. 2/21 4:15 a.m. 1:58 a.m. I 2/21 -- 2/24, 2.3 "; ) 3:46 a,m. I 1.3 6:09 p.m. 2120 23 7:53 p.m. 2/23 2.0 1:30 a.m. 2/25 1.1 Y / 2.0 1.0 6:21 p.m. 9:O7 a.m. 2/21 2/23 4 0 The number of earthquakes increased from the previous week, rising by 50% and to the upper teens- the most in three weeks and since the earthquake swarm near Virginia City. The intensity of seismicity remained the same as the pre- vious week with four M 2s. The distribution favored the central part of the region, including Lake Almanor, Lassen Peak and the foothills to the west. The most notable activity occurred at Lake Almanor where five earthquakes were recorded., including three in the M 2 range. Two quakes measured as strong as M 2.3, one at 7:53 p.m. Sunday, Febru- ary Z3, about 200 yards east of the southern tip of the Lake Almanor Penin- sula, and the other 3:46 a.m. Saturday morning on the volcanic plains west of the West Shore Community. A M 2.0 jolt occurred northwest of 0uincy in the Burton Creek drainage. Two of the four quakes recorded at Lassen Peak measured M 1.9. All four quakes occurred during a brief fourhour period early Monday morning. I-eal:ner Klver 15Ullel;in The advanced band at Quincy Elementary School gathers at one of its 8 a.m. Friday practices. Declining numbers in the early music program have prompted parents and school officials to make curriculum changes and seek community help with instrument donations. Photo by Amber McMichael Needed: Musical instruments Effort underway to boost music program for elementary school students Suzi Brakken Special to Feather Publishing Is there a musical instrument collecting dust in your attic or closet? The Quincy Elementary School band program is hoping so, and is asking community residents to consider lending or donating band instruments to a QES Band Booster Club. The mission of this newly formed group is to increase elementary student participation in band and choir, in hopes of generating students' interest in music and performing that they will carry on with them into junior and senior high school. A recent dramatic drop in attendance in early music education led parents to meet last month with QES Principal Kristy Warren and music instructor Luke Barnes to discuss strategy for the program. Just two years ago, in 2012, the school's beginning band had 31 members, and there were 28 inthe advanced band. Current at{'endance in the QES advanced band is now a mere eight members, while the beginning band numbers are similarly low. The bands are not only suffering a loss in numbers, but they are also missing complete sections. There currently are no trombotze players, and most sections have just one player. Similarly, the elementary chorus had just six voices in a recent performance. Without early musicians coming up the ranks, the music program at Quincy Junior-Senior High School also will be suffering a few years from now. According to private music instructor Johnene McDonald, it's unlikely that seventh- and eighth-graders who have not been exposed to music early on will be signing up for music classes. "The earlier kids are taught music, the better," said McDonald. She believes if kids wait until junior high, they're never going to be as good as they could be; plus, they're less likely to start learning an instrument with busier schedules and competing interests. A big reason for the drop in elementary attendance, according to many parents, is that music classes this fall were moved from the end of the school day to the pre-school hour of 7:45 a.m. (This was due to scheduling conflicts Barnes has with his junior and senior high music , classes.) That meant that students who ride the bus weren't even able to make the class on time, while parents with multiple children had to juggle difficult morning schedules. For many families, it didn't work, and those students dropped out. Due to parent concerns, QES moved up the music program start time to 8 a.m. on Feb. 3. While a couple of students returned to music, most have not. School officials are now working together to move the elementary school classes into the regular school curriculum starting next fall in order to encourage more participation. Barnes and Warren are also planning other ways to draw elementary students into music, including hands-on music clinics, better promotion, in-school performances, music student field trips and possible subsidies for families that cannot afford instrument rental. They've also launched a new recorder class for third/fourth-graders at 8 a.m. Wednesdays that will continue through the end of the school year. The tiny QES band played during an all-school assembly Feb. 28, during which band students told their peers how much "fun" band can be. The Quincy High School concert band also performed during' the assembly, and introduced the audience to the variety of instruments that make up the band, encouraging students to think about what instruments they might want to try. Warren also urged students and parents not to let lack of money get in the way of learning music. "If you want lay a: instrument, coe and see me or Mr. Barnes," she declared. "Don't let money be an problem." With that in mind, the newly formed QES Band Booster Club is hoping to obtain a lending library of instruments based on donations from community members. If you have an instrument to loan or donate, please contact QES at 283-6550. The club is also hoping to work out a plan for refurbishing donated instruments. Quincy parent Brian Walmer came up with a novel idea to support the QES band. He joined the band as a sousaphone player, and attends practices and performances sitting beside his daughter Sabrina, who , plays trumpet. "I have a blast," said the enthusiastic Walmer. "If you tell a kid to practice, it's more like a chore, but if you lead by example and start playing, it's much more fun. It doesn't feel like practice." Other parents have followed suit and joined the Friday 8 a.m. advanced band class, which has not only helped fill out the band's musical sound, but made for better sectional support and fun energetic mornings. "Sometimes it's the adults helping the kids, but it's also the other way around and that's a good learning experience for them," Walmer noted. Walmer acts as band cheerleader and assistant conductor and is helping welcome Barnes to the Quincy community. (See accompanying storyl) The Quincy Elementary Music Program also now has a Facebook page, administered by Parent G Cooperative Organization president Amber McMichael, whose son is in the advanced band. For more information, or to join the efforts of the QES Music Booster Club, contact McMichael at or find the Quincy Elementary Music Program page on Facebook.