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buiietln, Recorcl, rogresswe, Reporter .Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1311 ART:00 00xnd ENTERTAINMENT Hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi, Paul Thorn brings his acclaimed Americana music to Quincy on July 30. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts 'Tupelo's second most famous musician' comes to Quincy "Tickets are still available for the July 30 concert with Paul Thorn and his band at the Town Hall Theatre, but the show is likely to sell out, so do not wait too much longer to get your tickets," suggests Plumas Arts Director Roxanne Valladao. Thorn says he doesn't mind being called the "second most famous ,musciap t2 come q ut of Tupelo" -- Elvis Presey will solidly remain No. 1 for the foreseeable future. "Elvis and I have a lot in common," says Thorn. "We both grew up in Tupelo, both went to two different kind of churches, and we learned our music from both the black and white churches." Thorn's crowd-pleasing muscular brand of roots music -- bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths -- has charmed audiences along his trail all around the United States and beyond. One of his last albums, "Pimps & Preachers," which topped the Americana charts for three weeks and broke into the Billboard Top 100, perfectly exemplified the vivid scope of his songwriting but also his family background. While his father is a Church of God Pentecostal minister, his father's brother spent time as a pimp -- and Thorn was influenced by both of these men. Mining these "saint and sinner" scenarios, Thorn crafted a disc that All Music Guide lauded as "a great rock & roll bum," while The Nation laeled 1D'an incredible f'md." Plumas Arts is pleased to note it is selling a lot of tickets to folks outside of the' county, said Valladao. "To date we have been talking to a number of people from Nevada arid as far away as Arcata who are traveling here to see the show. Most are very impressed that a place as small as us can bring in such impressive talent," she said. The show is at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. General admission is $25. Plumas Arts members can purchase advance tickets at $20. Tickets are also available online at plumasarts.org/store. If the show is not sold out admission at the door will be $30 for all comers. DECLINING THUS FREE TO THE P1JBLIC Where once stood shocks of raven, wavy hair The brush of time had painted wispy white And then, removed it all to make it bare Where now it shines, reflecting any light. The legs that once leaped over table tops Began to shy when jumping was in mind And were content to limit jumps to hops, But now they have no spring of any kind. The mind that once loved word and number games Scaled down to working those of second rate, And then it balked on counts and people's names Where now it strains to keep its checkbook straight. Declining thus is just the fate we all must face, So let's accept this unrelenting scheme with grace. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano July 3, 2014 i THINK J i vest m PLUMAS COUNTY Astronomy sessions available at FRC Yes, Feather River College has telescopes and an observatory! The FRC observatory will be open Saturday, July 26, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Charles Arrowsmith, who teaches astronomy at FRC and leads the local RECON project team, will be on hand to help guide visitors through the night sky and to provide information about astronomy activities and education in Plumas County. The past year and a half has been a busy one for Plumas County astronomers. Three Plumas County communities Greenville, Portola and Quincy -- along with teams in eight other California and Nevada communities, have been participating in the pilot of a unique astronomy research project supported by the National Science Foundation. The RECON project is designed to study objects that orbit the sun out beyond the planet Neptune. RECON stands for Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network. To study these distant faint objects, citizen-scientists in each community use project-supplied equipment to record the objects when they move in front of stars. This is called an occultation -- when the object briefly hides or "occults" the star and casts a faint shadow that moves across the Earth. This shadow is in the shape of the object. By measuring the location and duration of the occultation shadow very accurately and simultaneously from several locations on Earth, scientists can determine the characteristics of the object -- not only the size and shape, but also the surface characteristics, composition and the precise orbit of the object. This information, combined with data from other research, is then used to help gain a better understanding of how our solar system was formed and to discover more about the resources it contains. In addition to the research, education is a key objective of the RECON project. Science teachers at Quincy High School, Portola High School, Plumas Charter School in Greenville and Feather River College are all part of RECON. Again this fall, Professor Arrowsmith, along with the high school science teachers, plans to offer a RECON community education class so that their students and other community members can learn more about the science behind the projec L how to use the equipment and how to analyze the results. These citizen-scientists will be able to participate in the research project on an ongoing basis. On July 26 the Quincy RECON team will participate in the observation of an occultation event. It is predicted that an asteroid named Lotis will occult a star in the constellation Scutum (the shield) at 10:30 p.m. The FRC Observatory is the low green building nestled in the midst of the FRC sports complex at the entrance to the baseball field parking lot outside the end-zone fence of the football field and across from the soccer field and the end of the bike path. Because the moon will be new Saturday, July 26, visitors are requested to park in the equine parking lot near the main road and then walk down to the observatory so as not to interfere with observers' night vision. Those with smartphones may want to install an app such as Google Sky (Android) or Sky Walk (iOS) before arriving to help identify the stars and constellations. Bring a small pocket flashlight. Visitors are also reminded to beprepared with insect repellent. Those interested in learning more about astronomy in general should consider taking the introduction to astronomy course (PHSC 120) at FRC during the fall semester. Note that the course has been rescheduled to meet at a new time this year -- Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:50 p.m. beginning Aug. 27. The new time will provide more live observation opportunities and is intended to make the class meeting time more convenient for both traditional and nontraditional students. Prospective students can get information and register for the upcoming semester at frc.edu/admissions andrecords. Astronomy is included in the physical science subject category. Read more about the RECON project on the Web at tnorecon.net. For information about local activities visit google.com/+QuincyRECON or email RECON.Quincy@gmail.com. For information or questions about astronomy at FRC, email Professor Arrowsmith at CArrowsmith@frc.edu. Pretty as a picture A cloud-studded Sierra sky makes a dreamy backdrop for the mountainous slopes leading up to the Pacific Crest Trail from the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area in mid-June. Wildflowers like penstemon, mariposa lilies, mallow, phlox, larkspur and forget-me-nots are encouraging signs of nature's adaptability. Photo by Laura Beaton Great American Craft Fairs . presents in Graeagle Town Park . Graeagle Arts & Crafts Fair .hdy 19 & 20, 2014 Saturday 10 a.m. to, p.m. *l Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music Quality arts and crafts exhibitors I=[ ,/ w+00l.I I,, ,,.. ,.- s,, I , www.greatamericancraftfairs.com 707-397-1497 BE HEARD D0n't sit back and let others do the talking for you: Express yourself m our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR email: dmcdonald@plumasnews.com COMING SOON TO YOUR TOWN HALL THEATRE EDGE OF TOMORROW Fri., July 18 -Mon., July 21 7pro Show 4pro Sunday Matinee Rated PG-13 113 rain. Action/Sci-Fi An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Fri., July 25 - Mon., July 28 7pm Show 4pm Sunday Matinee Rated PG 102 rain. Animation When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. PAUL THORN takes the stage at the Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday, July 30th at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. General Admission is $25. Plumas Arts members can purchase advance tickets at $20. Tickets are also available online at https://plumasarts.org/store/. / Students/Seniors .......... $7 H TOUlH [ c.,,.. .................. ,6 I IIlHRLL ........ U , II!Til[liTI][ 283-1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at www.quincytownhall.com