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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Events around Plumas County

To include free or nonprofit, fundraising, educational or charity events in this calendar, e–mail iburke@plumasnews.com or call Ingrid Burke at 283-0800. For sporting events, including charity golf tournaments, call James Wilson at 283-0800 or e-mail sports@plumasnews.com. We will publish the name of the event, location, date, time and a phone number as space permits. All phone numbers are in the (530) area code unless listed otherwise

Fri – Mon, July 18 – 21

Lassen-Applegate Emigrant Trail:

200-mile SUV and four-wheel drive trip offered by High Rock Trekkers Four-Wheel Drive Club begins near Imlay, Nevada, ends in Surprise Valley. Bring tents, sleeping bags, snacks, water. Meals provided. Adults $275, children 7 – 14 $150, children under 7 free. Proceeds support California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs’ Conservation and Education Foundation. Limited to first 25 vehicles. To register: Warner Anderson, 775-629-9232; Ron Vance, 775-246-4099.

Sat, July 19


Bow-Wow at Nakoma, 5 – 10 p.m., Nakoma Golf Resort. High Sierra Animal Rescue fundraiser includes dinner, giveaway drawings, silent auction, live auction, Putt for the Mutts competition, longest drive competition. Tickets $45 each, available at HSAR in Delleker, Nakoma Golf Resort, Graeagle Mill Works in Graeagle, K&S Store in Portola, Hot Spot in Quincy, Sportman’s Warehouse in Reno. For information: 832-4727, info@highsierraanimalrescue.org.


Gold Digger Days, parade 10 a.m. on Main Street. Sponsored by Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce. Many activities throughout day, evening.

Custom Car Get-Together, 5 p.m. – dark, parking lot on Highway 89 between Mohawk Trading Co. and Evergreen Market. Hosted by Mohawk Trading Co. Prize giveaway. Proceeds benefit Indian Valley Fire District.

Lake Almanor:

10th annual Art Around the Lake, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 35-plus artists show work, open studios to visitors at 10 locations around lake. Hosted by Feather River Fine Arts Guild, Plumas Arts to help purchase art supplies for local public schools. Tickets, $10, include map, artist directory; available in advance in Chester at Good Vibrations, Books & Beyond, Blue Goose Gallery of Artists. Day-of tickets available at any tour location. For information: frfaa.com, plumasarts.org.  

Plumas-Eureka State Park:

Gold Discovery Days kick-off hike. Meet 9 a.m. at park museum for moderate route, 10 a.m. at Eureka Lake for easy route. Dink and Dave Rife lead hike to original gold discovery site. Wear sturdy hiking boots; bring water, sunscreen. Lunch, historical tours follow at park until 3 p.m.


Car wash fundraiser for 4-H kids, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Les Schwab Tire Center.

Driving clinic, 9 a.m., Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. High Mountain Riders sponsors horse-driving lessons by Scott Monroe funded in part by grant from American Driving Society. Auditors welcome for a fee. For information, to schedule lesson: Dorothy Edwards, 616-0858.

Inaugural Jokers Wild Poker Walk, sign in noon – 1 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar at 395 Main St. Presented by United Bikers of Northern California, Plumas County Chapter/Bear Country Riders. $10 per person, lunch option (21 or older) $5 extra. Active military, veterans with VA card eat free. “Foot drive” supports local veterans, Camp HUG. For information: Dave, Helen Reynolds: 283-4950.

Sat – Sun, July 19 – 20


Graeagle Arts & Crafts Fair; Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Graeagle Town Park. Presented by Great American Craft Fairs. Live bluegrass music, arts and crafts exhibitors. Free to the public. For information: 775-825-3679.


Ice cream social and bake sale, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Johnsville Museum. Johnsville Historical Society celebrates National Ice Cream Month in conjunction with Gold Discovery Days at Plumas-Eureka State Park. Museum open.

Plumas-Eureka State Park:

Gold Discovery Days, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hands-on activities, historical demonstrations, food for sale, wagon rides, museums open. Family friendly. Plumas-Eureka State Park Association annual pancake breakfast/giveaway 8 – 11 a.m. Sun. Breakfast $10 adults, $5 kids under 10. For information: plumas-eureka.org; Kit Overcall, 414-0178.

Sun, July 20


Free movie under the stars, starts around 8:30 p.m., Indian Peak Vineyard Playground (old preschool behind park). Presented by The Outpost. Featuring “Saving Mr. Banks.” Chairs, popcorn provided. Bring blanket, warm clothes. Weather permitting.

Lassen National Forest:

California Native Plant Society outing, Wilson Lake. Group meets at Chico Mark & Ride; contact leader for alternate meeting site. Group explores lake shore, adjacent meadow, ice cave. For information: leaders Gerry, 893-5123, Wes, 342-2293; mountlassen.cnps.org.

Lassen Volcanic National Park:

Migratory bird banding demonstration.


Annual Barbecue Beef Feed, 5 – 8 p.m., Portola City Park. Portola Volunteer Fire Department provides all-you-can-eat top sirloin, salad, breadsticks, beans; cotton candy machine on site. Tickets available at City Hall, Plumas Bank: $15 adults, $9 children. Proceeds go toward purchasing bikes for kids’ giveaway. For information: Henry Johnson, 318-5864.

Mon – Fri, July 21 – 25


Central Plumas Recreation and Park District annual soccer camp, 9 a.m. – noon, Feather River College. Participants age 5 – 17 welcome. To register participant, for information: CPRPD, 283-3278, stop by office at 34 Fairground Road.

Wed, July 23


Veterans dinner, Calpine Elks Lodge. Open to all veterans in Portola, Loyalton, Quincy, Greenville areas free of charge. To RSVP: veterans service office, 283-6275; Calpine Elks Lodge, 832-5785.

Thu, July 24


Townhall meeting, 6 p.m., Chester Memorial Hall. Topic: state of Jefferson. Open to the public.


History Night at the Museum, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Cy Hall Memorial Museum. Presentation focuses on local history from 1920s.


Quincy Certified Farmers’ Market, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., corner of Church and Main streets. Vendors offer local produce, handcrafts, prepared food; two prize giveaways. Live music by Andrew and Che. For information: QuincyFarmersMarket.org, 487-4386.

Fri, July 25


Fish fry, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person.


Concert in the Park, 7 p.m., Portola City Park. Free live music featuring Mexican fiesta with Diamante Norteno. Sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, city of Portola. Food, drinks available from 6 p.m. 50/50 giveaway, prizes, family fun.

Fri – Sat, July 25 – 26

Lassen Volcanic National Park:

Photography field seminar; Fri lecture at Loomis Museum 6 – 8 p.m., Sat excursion at Manzanita Lake 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sponsored by nonprofit Lassen Association Bookstore. All types of cameras welcome; bring water, food, backpack, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, sturdy shoes, clothing layers. $150; $135 for association members. For information: lassenassociation.org; Melanie, 378-1495.

Fri – Sun, July 25 – 27


Sunset Campout music festival.

Sat, July 26

Lake Almanor:

Mid-Summer Madness, 6 p.m., Bailey Creek Golf Course. Food, wine, beer tasting; auctions; live music. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Chester, Elks Lodge No. 2626. Tickets $50, proceeds support youth programs. For tickets, information: Cheri, 258-2516.


Midsummer Night Astronomy, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., Feather River College Observatory between baseball, football, soccer fields (park by equine building). Observatory open to the public for general observing followed by asteroid occultation event with Quincy RECON project team. For information: Charles Arrowsmith, CArrowsmith@frc.edu; google.com/+QuincyRECON.



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