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14B Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Events Around Plumas County I, Dec. 17 Taylorsville: Elementary school holiday program, 6:30 p.m., in the Grange Hall. Quincy: Chamber mixer and open house, American Valley Aviation, 550 Orion Way, 5-7 p.m. Meet new CEO William Pierce and enjoy food, refreshments and the spirit of the season. For information, call Tamara McGinley, 283-7262. Dec. 18 Chester: Words & Music, Pizza Factory, - ...... 7 p.m., annual Holiday All Stars Show, open .... mike follOws, $3 admission. 283-3402 or plumasarts.org Greenville: Elementary school holiday musical, 7 p.m., school cafeteria. Portola: Annual Firemen's Christmas Program, 6 p.m., C. Roy Carmichael; children will present a program and Santa will visit. Dec. 19 Portola: Words & Music, Feather Community Art Center, 7 p.m., annual Holiday All Stars Show, open mike follows, $3 admission. 832-5418, 283-3402 or plumasarts.org. Greenville: All-school holiday concert, 10:20 a.m., in the Greenville Junior-Senior High School gym. Chester: "Slant Six" classic rock and country music, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., no cover, Almanor Bowling & Golf Center, 380 Main St. For in- formation, 258-4300. Dec. 20 Greenville: "What Child is This?" a Christmas play, Assembly of God, Forgay and Wolf Creek Rd., 6:30 p.m. Goody bags given out after the perfor- mance. Chester: Karaoke with Patty Miller, 8 p.m. - mid- night, no cover, Almanor Bowling & Golf Center, 380 Main St. For information, 258-4300. Dec. 22 Quincy: "Le Panache," madrigal concert, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, Jackson St., free. Directed by John Probst, soloists Stephanie McMillin, Shawny Hard, Jennifer. Gourleyax d Andrew Ohren. For information, 283-5430. Dec. 26 Chester: Side F/X classic rock, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., no cover, Almanor Bowling & Golf Center, 380 Main St. For information, 258-4300. Dec. 27 Quincy: Grange Hall dinner, 55 W. Main St., 5-8 p.m., $6 per person. Claester: Karaoke with Pat Vobril, 8 p.m. - midnight, no cover, Almanor Bowling & Golf Center, 380 Main St. For information, 258-4300. Dec. 31 Blairsden: Community Supper Club, Caf6 Mohawk, 6 p.m. seating, 4-course meal, communal dining, $45 per person. For information or reservations, call 836-0901. Chester: Giant New Year's Eve party, music by Side F/X Classic Rock, 9 p.m. to ? Almanor Bowl- ing & Golf Center, 380 Main St. For information, 258-4300. Jan. 1 Maybe: Calpine Elks New Year's Day Brunch at lodge, 9 a.m,-noon. For tickets or information, call 832-5785. Jan. 6 Quincy: CISCO Networking Academy, free to public. Classes begin Jan. 6, and are held every Tuesday and Thursday through school year. 6-8 p.m., PUSD office annex building, 256 Jackson St. For more information, Kris Guess, 283.-6500, ext. 212. Jan. 7 Quincy: Wednesday night bingo, Feather River Grange Hall, 55 Main St. Jan. 18 Johnsville: Historic Longboard Revival Series. Race longboard skis in period clothing. For information, call 283-1296 or 283-6345. Jan. 14 Chester: ABWAC, monthly meeting, 6-8 p.m., Best Western Rose Quartz, Main St., Kelly Weintraub, 284-1022 or visit sierrainstitute.us. **To include events in this calendar, call Delaine Fragnoli at 283-0800 or e-mail dfragnoli@plumasnews.com. We will publish the name of the event, lo- cation, date, time and a phone number. Children under 12 should wear a helmet when they go sledding. That's the simple advice of Lynne Sears, a pediatric trau- ma coordinator who has seen all kinds of injuries caused by sledding. "If we have nice weather and a lot of snow, more peo- ple will get hurt," said Sears, who works at American Fam- ily Children's Hospital in Madison, Wis. Most sledding injuries are broken arms, legs and collar- bones. What Sears worries about the most are what she calls "the worst of the worst." "I'm talking about head in- juries such as concussions, subdural bleeding caused by collisions, internal injuries to the liver and spleen after a child is hit in the stomach and spinal cord injuries," she said. '"Those never heal as well asbroken bones." In 2005, 2{),000 children ages five to 14 needed medical at- tention because of mishaps on sleds, according to the Safe Kids Coalition, an orga- nization dedicated to prevent- ing accidental injuries. Sears says sledding is fun, and she doesn't discourage participation. But riders of- ten wind up in the emergency room with injuries caused by ekcessive speed as well as ac- cidents with other sleds and immovable objects. "If you have a little hill or slope in the neighborhood, and a couple of kids using it, that's probably fine," she said. "If you have a steep hill where everyone is going very fast, kids may collide with other kids, a rock or a tree. Then, there could be "significant injuries because of the impact of the speed. "You could also be ejected from the sled if you collide with another sled or hit a bump, go flying and land on snow-covered rocks," she added. "You may think you are going to land in a bank of snow when you are actually hitting a boulder. You don't know what's underneath that snow." What should be done to make a child's sledding expe- rience fun while reducing the possibility of an accident? "Everyone should be hel- meted, with chin strap in place, if one is going down a steep slope, so the helmet doesn't fly off," said Sears. Jim Savage manages the hospital's safety center, which offers helmets and oth- er protective equipment for children and adults. He says the number of sledding in- juries is reduced by half if a helmet is worn. "A combination ski-snow- board helmet would offer the best protection," he said. "It's designed to protect the ears and lower part of the neck along the spine, and provides warmth in the winter. In a crash, there's energy being transmitted to the brain. The liner in the helmet lessens that energy and reduces the impact of the injury." Savage added the helmet should fit properly and make good contact with both sides of the head as well as the front and back. He said pro- tective headgear was very popular at the safety center last winter when some parts of the Midwest had snowfall exceeding 100 inches. "We had one child who was an inpatient from a sledding injury," said Savage. "The mother came down and pur- chased a helmet for him while he was still in the hos- pital, and shes said from now on, she was going to make sure he wore it for sledding, skfing or snowboarding." Aside from using helmets, sledding enthusiasts can take other steps to avoid a trip to the hospital. For example, riders should sit on the sled feet first, not head first, and children under 12 should have adult supervision. Also, adults and children should know the surroundings. "Most sled injuries are pre- ventable if you use common sense," said Sears. "Always look out for rocks, trees, and people. Depending on the slope, you could reach speeds up to 35 to 4o miles per hour when you get to the bottom. You are virtually unpro- tected with no bumper or dashboard in front of you. You are just out there with the elements." While adults need to look out for kids, adults also need to protect themselves if they participate in winter sports such as skiing and snow- mobiling. In the late 1990s, entertainer Sonny Bone and Michael Kennedy, the son of the late Robert Kennedy, died from head trauma in skiing accidents. Neither man wore a helmet. "You probably see more risk-taking by adults than you would in young kids," said Savage. "So, you tend to see just as many, if not more, injuries involving adults." 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