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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 11B The underground economy is bigger than we realize I arrived home from a trip to find my kitchen sink clogged. Slowly draining, after about 40 minutes, the water was gone, leaving all kinds of kitchen remnants in the sink. Thus, rinsing it out would only result in the same standing water. What to do? I didn't want to put chemicals down the drain, as I had some environmental concerns. And, years ago, I called a plumber after having put chemicals down the drain. I was told, in no uncertain terms, that putting chemicals in the drain was one of a plumber's worst nightmares, often causing burning, when he tried to undo the clog. So ... no chemicals. Thus, I went down to the local hardware store to buy a drain auger or snake, Since I lunch and let him do his When I leave for a trip out laundry, as he doesn't have a of town, my neighbor collects washerin his abode. He felt my mail for me. While I was ........... happy with the deal. I was away during the holidays, she certainly happy with it as well. needed a place for her family In addition, another friend to stay, so I let them stay in has a clog in her bathtub, so my home. COMMUNITY GREEN this friend will take my auger I am also seeing the word PAMELA NOEL to her home, unclogging her "barter" on postings around blockage. She will do the community, There is a didn't have the tools to undo something in return for him. wealth of skillsand "stuff' the pipes under the sink, I I am hearing the word that is longing to be traded. called a friend, who "barter" a lot more these days This comes naturally to some, responded with two in people's conversations. It not so naturally for others. wrenches. A second friend not only makes "financial" Like any new behavior I arrived on the scene to help sense, it just feels good. had to first open myself to the with the de-clogging. After Trading a skill for a skill is of possibility. I didn't exactly snaking, I brought in a hose course the concept behindknow how to proceed to blast out the clog.., and... Community Connections, our initially, so I just threw it out mission accomplished, local time-banking system, there to a friend. "I need some Now, the reason for this But, on an individual basis as help with pruning my trees. little story is that this is an well, it is a natural part of How about some soupfor example of a barter. In return being in community, your freezer in trade?" An for the help with the especially when economic hour of his time, and he had plumbing I made this friend challenges loom. enough soup for a week in his freezer. He was happy. I was per capita income. But, in happy. Situation solved! fact, it says more about how There is quite a bit of they have managed to barter historical perspective to this and trade. practice. Economists have At present, economic measured the rate of growth estimates indicate that the of the underground economy, "informal economy" including bartering, as being a comprises about byproduct of rationing during three-quarters of the world's World War II. They also relate economy -- the formal and it to the unemployment rate recorded economy is only of younger males, about one-quarter of that As of 2010, the underground same economy. economy was as large, as it It seems that we, in this was during World War II. country, are in the minority Estimates are that it will only in our economic practices. go higher in future years. The But, if the conversations I higher the unemployment keep hearing are correct, we rate of this younger male may be entering a new phase group, the more bartering and in oar informal economy, other underground including the act of bartering. transactions happen. This So, I'll continue making soup also explains how some parts or sewing a seam for my part of the world seem like they of the barter deal. It just feels should be starving in terms of right to me. Pluma Arts receives grant from rts council The California Arts for nonmembers. There will Council has awarded grant be a total of three funding to Plumas Arts as workshops in the next six part of its new Creative months. Preregistration is California Communities required and space is program. This award will limited. support Plumas Arts' Plumas "The Creative California Artisan Made project, which Communities program is designed to empower local supports many significant artisans and help to bring projects in large and small new income to the local communities across economy. California, demonstrating Projects supported by the the power of the arts to Creative California transform our state," said Communities program Wylie Aitken, chairperson of represent a wide range of the California Arts Council arts disciplines and aim to "Our council was inspired by revitalize neighborhoods the overwhelming response through the arts, foster new to this program, which arts engagement, stimulate revealed the scope'of unmet tourism, create jobs for needs for the arts in our artists, invest in young . cOmmunities " people and build and The California Arts strengthen relationships Council received 157 between local arts, business applications for this highly and government entities, competitive grant progrmh, The Plumas Artisan Made which is supported by project is envisioned as a one-time funds from the branding, marketing and California State Assembly. training campaign for local After an open application artists.:Pluma A S Will: ..... process, a peer advisory combine a logbhn/i Weffsite panel reviewed all grant with promotional videos, applications, followed by a brochures, labeling, in-store review and vote from the displays, and training and council at a public meeting workshops for artist in Los Angeles on June 18, entrepreneurs in Plumas 2014. The 24 projects County. supported by this grant "We are very excited about program will reach 19 this project. We have been counties across California. slowly gaining momentum, Plumas*Arts was honored to and on Feb. 10 are going to be be one of these select few holding our first workshop projects, said Vallada0. about artists and t.axes. The For a complete listing of workshop will be at the projects supported by the Quincy library and will be Creative California presented by Kristin York Communities program, visit from the Sierra Business the California Arts Council Council," said Kara website at Rockett-Arsenault, project Any questions on the coordinator, project can be directed to Rockett-Arsenault is Valladao at roxanne@plumas working on this project with or 283-3402. Roxanne Valladao, executive Questions on the workshops directorof Plumas Arts. The can be directed to upcoming workshop will be Rockett-Arsenault at free to Plumas Arts' artist or members ($40 a year) or $20 283-3818. NOW DIGITAL PROJECTION & SOUNDTM AND A NEW SCREEN! Come & See the difference! Dance club forms in Portola A new square-dance club is forming in Portola. Dancers ages 10 and up are welcome. No experience or partner is necessary. The club welcomes dancers to learn with its teacher/caller starting Jan. 18. For more information call Jerry at 775-232-3204 or Sharon at 775-750-4729. For all your construction needs Give us a call today: CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 It's a new year and a new Join us on January 27,2015 5:30pm Plumas Bank Admin. Building 32 Central Ave., Quincy (Behind Safeway) A get together to share thoughts and opinions. Lets make Rolay !I@ B the Best! John Craigie, who played at last summer's High Sierra Music Festival, plans to return to Quincy for a Jan. 31 performanc~at the West End Theatre.. Pl~oto courtesy John ~raigie High Sierra performer returns for local concert After a well-received commentary, personal performance at the 2014 High empowerment, political satire Sierra Music Festival, John and modern love. Craigie plans to return to Craigie reports that his live Quincy on Jan. 31 to play at performances in private the West End Theatre at 7:30 homes, cafes, festivals and p.m. This will be Craigie's sold-out venues inspire and first nonfestival-related visit delight his audiences who to Quincy. welcome him like a long-lost For the past decade, Craigie son and return to see him reports he has "lived the life whenever he visits. romantic" as a touring folk He has traveled around the singer, taking his unique world, having played in all 50 musical style across the states and beyond, bringing United States and the world, his music to nearly every A singer, songwriter and corner of the planet. His fans storyteller, he describes span generations, political himself as one who stays true ideologies and geographic to the essence of folk music, and locations, but he says they the traditions of the seminal, are all charmed by the writers of the past century, dynamic yet humble With timeless melodies and troubadour peering out from insightful lyrics, interspersed under his signature cap. with witty storytelling, his Tickets are available at songs take many poetic turns Carey candy Co., Epilog before bringing his listeners Books, back home, he says. His and themes include social event/959218. AS ONE, WE WANDERED As one, we wandered through the wilderness So weary of the deserts as we roamed; For long we'd traveled, flagless, nationless In search of home in all the lands we'd combed. We found a leader who inspired us To keep our steady course as we progressed, Though some complained and some were dubious And all of us were weary and distressed: At last we came upon the perfect place Devoid of other men to give us grief Where we could claim our home and private space And live with peaceful, sweet and calm relief But with an over-flowing cornucopia, Foul greed crept in, destroying our Utopia. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano November 23, 2014 series to highlight inspiration, education, solutions Feather River College "life out of balance), also presents the first showing in Science 104. This Environmental Film Series, 1982 environmental cult featuring great classic consists primarily of environmental films select slow-motion and time-lapse Wednesday nights footage of cities and natural throughout the spring landscapes across the U.S. Its semester. "Jungles: People of power comes from these the Trees," the first film in visual images, as the film has the series, will be presented no narration or dialog. tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 21, An mini environmental at 5 p.m. in Science 104. film festival will take place at Series organizers report the 7 p.m. March 25. Films are hour-long BBC film features being selected to stimulate awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, discussion, solutions and heart-stopping footage that action. Look for more detailed marvels at humankind's information as the date incredible relationship with approaches. nature in the world today. It Finally, as part of Earth is part of the BBC series Week, "OR7: The Journey" "Human Planet." will debut at 7 p.m. in the All showings on campus Quincy Town Hall Theatre. are free and open to the This production documents public. They are presented by an intrepid wolf that the FRC Sustainability wandered into California in Action Team as an effort to 2012 and spent time in Plumas promote sustainability, County before heading back environmental awareness to Oregon and starting his and outdoor education. Free own pack. popcorn and beverages will For more information be provided, about the spring The Environmental Film Environmental Film Series, Series continues Feb. 25 at 6 contact Dr. Darla DeRuiter at p.m. with "Koyaanisqatsi" 283-0202, ext. 262, or (koy-ah-nos-KOTS-si, Hopi for COMING SOON TO TOWN HALL THEATRE Academy Award@ winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces this epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini (an Oscar worthy performance by Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWll--only to be caught by the Japanese NavY and sent to a prisoner:of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's ("Seabiscuit: An American Legend") enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini's unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Get ready for the wildest and most adven- ture-filled Night At the Museum ever' as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. The all-star cast includes: ,Ben Stiller, Robin Williams (in his last film role), Owen Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and Rebel Wilson. TOWN HALL THEATRE 283-1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at CLICK AWAY I 283-0800 257-5321 2844800 258-3115 Porlola I ~~ Quincy Susanville Greenville Chester 832-4646