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lOB Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ARTS -I ENTERTAINMENT Lance Barker is the featured performer at Portola's Words & Music scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20, at the Williams House on Hwy 70. Photo submitted Barker t perform on Portola Words & Music, different bands in Plumas sponsored by Plumas Arts, County, including the BLTs, welcomes Lance Barker as the the Logt Sierra Ramblers and featured artist on FridaY, Nov. the PUKES --Plumas Ukulele 20, at the Williams House on Society. Highway 70 across from Sierra : Barker commented, "These Energy. A "Bring Your Own ...... ,~v;da~; I've settled;~nto a certain Beverages and Snacks" policy routine: coding (working On will be observed for the building an app), studying, evening, gardening, making music, Best known for his vocals, playing with the dogs, eating, accompanied by guitar or drinking beer and repeat -- not ukulele, Barker has a wide necessarily in that order. song inventory stretching from "As:for my music, this is the Beatles to Tin Pan Alley. what you should know: I make He has played in many music because I have to, it is t:a 2q .fao / Your Sixteen mustangs, four men, one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to . Canada, up the spine of the American West. The documentary tracks four fresh-out-of- college buddies as they take on wild mustangs to be their trusted mounts, and set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Their wildness of spirit, in both man and horse, is quickly dwarfed by the wilderness they must navigate. Jonny Fitzsimons, Thomas Glov~ Ben Thamsr During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help. the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda TOlJJX HALL 283-1140 THEATRE 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at simply the easiest, most direct way of expressing myself. Singing makes me feel good,'s in the shower, in the car, around the house or with others. Making music is a major part ofmydesire to live an artful life, and one of the most pleasurable ways to spend time is to eat, drink and make music with friends." Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is $3 at the door. Music begins at 7:15 p.m. and an open stage follows the featured set where any aspiring poets, musicians, storytellers, actors or performers are encouraged to sign up at the door for a five to seven minute time slot. All music performances must be acoustic only. Original work is encouraged, but not required. Words & Music is a program of Plumas Arts, featuring acoustic performances of music and the spoken word. Portola Words & Music is produced in partnership with the City of Portola. For more information about this or any of the many programs sponsored by Plumas Arts, call 283-3402, visit or stop by the Plumas Arts Gallery located at 525 Main St., Quincy. Office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. r (530) 283-BOOK (2665) 373 W. Main St., Quincy Ili Just like winter in Plumas curtain, director and there will be a song for County, The Quincy Star choreographer Don Heartel. everyone to enjoy. coming early. After "We're really excited about All of the proceeds from the five years of sold-out shows, the new date change," said event go toward the Feather dynamite cast members and Foundation Fundraising River College Foundation. jiving music, the Feather Chair Lisa Kelly. "We've The Foundation distributes River College Foundation is been able to garner a much scholarships, teacher again prepared to present its more diverse cast, including mini-grants and hosts a annual celebrated fundraiser people who couldn't variety of projects to enhance just in time to liven up the participate in the May shows and enrich the college. town in the midst of a sleepy due to time conflicts." "t know FRC really values winter. Kelly said approximately the community, and it's great On Feb. 26 and 27, the 25 percent of cast members to offer a way for the Plumas-Sierra Fair Grounds are new this year, adding to community to show its in Quincy will be crawling the 120-member cast of all support for the college," said with sparkling, laughing and ages. With consistently sold Foundation Executive dancing community out shows, a waiting list to be Director Carolyn Shipp. "You members ready to strut their in the cast, and can tell everyone, from the stuff for their friends and overwhelm g support from volunteer cast to the family at Follies, the ultimate the community, Follies has audience, is having a good lip-sync variety show. proved to be a highlight event time and that is so rewarding The show has previously in Plumas County. to see." been held in May, but this The performances are in There willbe two shows a year the date was changed to two acts with numbers night, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. For accommodate the availability ranging from Broadway to more information, visit of the man behind the today's top hits, guaranteeing Local rmacopia U I recently heard someone use the phrase "shovels over guns," commenting that if and when our world situation gets rough, (this person was referring to anarchy), that all the hoarding of supplies and defending it with bullets would be fruitless. It is better to put that energy into shovels so that everyone can eat. Eating is one thing. To really promote our resilience and ability to sustain ourselves, many people around the globe grow their own medicine. I am not an expert in this arena, but I do know that we are capable of producing many of our own medicinal herbs. They can grow here in Plumas County. A local "farmacopia" effort is in its infancy locally, with folks interested in growing herbs , that could then be made into salves, oils, teas, tinctures and infusions. Workshops will be created teaching people how to change their herbs into medicine. Plants and herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years. Before the modern corporate pharmaceutical industry, this was the way things were done. And, I personally believe that in many cases, fewer powerful pharmaceuticals can be more beneficial. A case in point is my own mother. At 80, she was diagnosed with colon cancer, after the stress of caring for my father for five years. It had metastasized into her uterus, ovaries and lymph nodes. After having surgery to remove the affected organs, it was recommended that she follow up with extensive chemotherapy and radiation. She refused. Instead, she drank a tea called Essiac for a year. At the end of the year, she returned to be tested, and was found to be cancer free. She ultimately lived until 100-years-old. Slowly however, over the for Christmas orders is Catalog orders not in stock. Wed-Fn" 1 l:30am to 5:30pm Sat 12pm- 4pm " i I COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL next decade, she was given blood pressure medication, cholesterol reducing medicine, heart medication and anti-anxiety medication. Altogether, she was taking seven different medications, becoming increasingly disoriented. When she turned 90, we decided enough was enough. We basically stopped all medication, and amazingly, she became her former perky self; ..... : ' ..... " " Now, I am not advocating that anyone do this without medical supervision. This was an individual family decision. But, the point is, what started out as a seemingly harmless intervention, ended up being a confusing combination of drugs that was doing her more harm than good. It is important to research what herbs are used for what reasons, and in what amounts. Improper use should be avoided, as it can be dangerous. ' Many herbs and plants are already known to us, and are purchased as ready-made gels, tinctures and salves. Aloe vera is quite common to southwestern U.S. Its gel is cooling and healing to the skin, and is used to treat a variety of burns and skin irritations. Internally it is used for, digestive problems such as ulcerative colitis and constipation. I have grown it very successfully in a pot on my kitchen table that takes advantage of the early morning sun. Echinacea is an important herbal plant that treats wounds, burns and insect bites externally. Internally it is used to strengthen the immune system. These beautiful flowers are a delightful addition to any garden, and grow well in our mountain climate. Peppermint has long been prized as a great tea, useful in settling the stomach. It has also been used to treat spastic colon and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also known to be effective in the treatment of fevers. It is prolific when planted in any garden, and pops up each spring after the snow has melted. I am planning to experiment with arnica to use in a salve form. Arnica has been known to reduce bruising, swelling and pain due to injury. A friend will be growing calendula for a similar purpose, making her own preparation. Sage, chamomile, feverfew, Comfrey and oregano are just a few additional herbs that grow locally and have medicinal qualities. Transition Quincy, our local grass roots organization to develop community resilience, is planning to add to its website, where people can list what they are growing, how to be contacted and the availability of workshops to prepare this medicinal horticultural bounty into a healing form. There are some caveats to keep in mind when using herbal remedies. To ensure no harmful effects, contact your personal physician or naturopath in order to avoid any problems with other drug interactions. Also, pregnant or nursing women should not use medicinal plants unless under the supervision of their doctors. Always let your physician know what medicinal plants you have been using. If there are any changes in heart rhythm, vision, mental processes, dizziness, itching, rashes or abnormal bleeding, discontinue use of medicinal plants and consult with your physician. If you have an inclination to grow some of these medicinal herbs feel free to register what you are growing on the new section of our Transition Quincy website, which will be coming soon. The website is WE GATHERED THERE We gathered there for fun in Genesee To celebrate the day of Halloween With many friends whose hugs and jollity All around the Meacher store were seen. Though costumes tried to hide identity The essence of the ones we are came through, For friends see more than what the eye can see And sense an aura more than just a view. When huddling close to ones we hold so dear, We had an open, free and cheerful spree As dancing ghosts and phantoms jostled near To music of a band with dignity. No other place has just the Genesee esprit With such a special, caring geniality. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano November 1, 2015 9