The window displays at Foothill Flowers in downtown Grass Valley are a few of my favorite things. This weekend’s display honors Memorial Day. “To these we owe the high resolve that the cause for which they died shall live.”
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.
In Nevada County, the following events will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27:
9:00 a.m. – Memorial Day Ceremony at Pioneer Park hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
9:30 a.m. – Bicycle Tour of Local Heroes’ Memorial Bridge Plaques leaving from Pioneer Park following the 9:00 a.m. ceremony. This ride will be led by the owners of Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop.
11:00 a.m. – Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Park hosted by the American Legion.
12:00 p.m. Hot dog lunch will be served by the Boy Scouts following the 11:00 ceremony.
1:00 p.m. – Local Heroes’ Memorial Bridge Tour and Walk will start at Memorial Park.
1:00 p.m. – Gold Country Telecare Bus Tour of Local Heroes’ Memorial Bridge Plaques will pick up the first group of passengers at Memorial Park. Telecare will provide transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities.
3:00 p.m. – Welcome Home Vets Open House at 248 Mill Street in Grass Valley. There will also be a book signing by author Kurt Chismark. “An Honorable Illusion: A Memoir” is Chismark’s account of his own military service in Vietnam. Chismark will talk about his experience at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.
The results and findings of a Grass Valley shopping survey will be presented at the June 25 City Council meeting.
But I spoke to some people who attended the focus group sessions this week.
One highlight: In one question, about half the people surveyed said they would like to see a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, while the other half would like to see a discount retailer.
The “split decision” shines a light on our area: We have some affluent retired people, but also a large number of people who struggle to make ends meet each month. There’s a big economic divide.
We face other challenges just attracting “big-box” retailers: We are too small to support a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. At the same time, North Auburn — not far from here — is being built up with a slew of discount retailers.
The gatherings also had other sobering findings when it comes to diversifying our economy: participants reiterated that local companies such as Telestream are expanding their facilities out-of-town — in Emeryville, for example. One reason: Some recruits are not happy about our local “drug culture.”
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra’s 20th Anniversary Production
From the creators of Les Misérables, comes a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera, Madame Butterfly. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War in the 1970’s, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had.
AUDITIONS: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Saturday, July 20, 10 am to 2 pm
Monday, July 22, 6 pm to 9 pm (Choose ONE date)
CALLBACKS: Saturday, July 27, from 10 am to 3 pm
Direction by Susan Mason. Musical Direction by Susan Mason and Jeffrey Mason
Tentative Rehearsal and Production Schedule:
Music rehearsals for full cast January and February 2014 – two or three times a week. Full rehearsals start in March – Sunday late afternoon or evening and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. All dates: TBA
Performance dates (TBD) will be 5 weeks in April and May at the Nevada Theatre.
(More information for people who want to audition can be found on CATS website)
Editor’s note: From the front page of SacBee.com, a trend we discuss here regularly:
“About 50 California cities saw populations declines last year, even as most California cities grew slowly, new census figures show,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.
“Most cities losing residents are rural and located in northern California or the Central Valley.
“Declining birth rates and aging populations explain much of the trend. Most of the cities have a small employment base that was hurt by the economic downturn, causing some residents to try their luck elsewhere.
“The most tangible sign of the population declines can be seen in these cities’ schools, some of which shuttered as enrollment fell.
“Among towns losing population last year were the nearby communities of Truckee, Nevada City, Jackson and Sutter Creek. This map shows all Northern California cities losing residents.”
Grass Valley is also on the map.
The rest of the article is here.
“Rosa Koire, a self-proclaimed liberal and author of ‘Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21,’ told scores of people at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall Tuesday that development efforts billed as ‘sustainable’ or ‘smart growth’ are just the tip of an iceberg designed to strip rural communities of their property rights and turn them into dense urban centers,” The Union is reporting.
“Koire further told the crowd to become proactive, attend government meetings and speak out against Agenda 21-related matters during the open-topic comment portions of such public gatherings.
“Dominate your government meetings,” Koire said at the three-hour lecture put on by the California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners, or CABPRO.
“You are going to go and talk to your elected officials and if they blow you off, you are going to target them for removal,” Koire told the crowd about voting uncooperative representatives out of office.
“If a nonprofit supports the kind of sustainability development or receives funding from Agenda 21-related organizations, cease supporting them, she said. Koire implicated the Sierra Business Council and Nevada City’s Sustainability Team as such organizations.
“She also requested that those who attended Tuesday’s meeting copy fliers she supplied and leave them on doorsteps.
“’Have compassion,’ Koire said. ‘People don’t get it right away … Have patience.’
“However, that statement was followed with the advice — ‘Don’t be so nice,” she said. “This is war.’
The rest of the article is here.