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lOB Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Events Around Plumas County Thu & Fri, Jan. 19 & 20 Quincy: "A Chance for Change," 7 p.m., Town HailTheatre. Music, multimedia, acting show presented by Kaleidoscope, ASFRC, FRC drama club, FRC SIFE. Tickets $7 presale, available at Sights and Sounds, Carey Candy Co.; $10 at the door. Pro:eeds benefit Milissa Bridges Fight Cancer fund, THT Restoration Project. Sat, Jan.21 Chester: Second annual Chilly Chili Cook-Off, Plumas Bank parking lot. Teams prepare 2 - 3 gallons of chili to serve public, judges. $25 entry fee per team. Tasting kit with ballot card $5, open to public. Trophies for People's Choice and Best Judged Chili. To register, donate: lakealmanorarea.com0 258-2426. Cross-country ski outing, St. Bernard Lodge. CONDITIONS PERMITrlNG. For information: facebook.com/stbemard. Year of The Dragon celebrationl noon - 3 p.m., Good Vibrations at 278 Main St. Personal readings from Chinese astrologer Shelly Wu; explore the art of feng shui; reiki sessions with Jan Davies; food, all complimentary. Locate the dragon in the store and receive 25 percent off purchase. For information: Sharon Geney, 258-GOOD (4663). Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walk, 1:30 p.m., meet at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Explore winter ecology and Lassen's geologic history for 1.5 to two hours. Must be at least 8, capable of moderate physical exercise. Infants and children in carriers not allowed. Wear boots, dress in warm layers, bring water bottle. Snowshoes provided, suggested donation $1. Reservations required for organized groups: 595-6133. For information: 595-4480. Quincy:' Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., Quincy Grange Hall Usually held second Saturdays November- April, date moved for January. All you can eat, prize drawing. Sponsored by United Bikers of Northern California, Plumas chapter. Money goes to local charities. For information: 283-4950. Contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Quincy Vet's Hall. Easy and fun for all ages. Dances taught and called, brief introductory session included. For information: 283-0137. Sun, Jan. 22 Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walk, 1:30 p.m., meet at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Explore winter ecology and Lassen's geologic history for 1.5 to two hours. Must be at least 8, capable of moderate physical exercise. Infants and children in carriers not allowed. Wear boots, dress in warm layers, bring water bottle. Snowshoes provided, suggested donation $1. Reservations 'required for organized groups: 595-6133. For information: 595-4480. Quincy: Plumas County Relay For Life kickoff event, 4 - 6 p.m., Quincy High School cafeteria. Designed to welcome back returning team captains and members, invite new participants, explain how June Relay for Life works. For informa- tion: Cassio Cooper, cb.cooper@hotmail.com. Thu, Jan. 26 Chester: Words & Music, 7 p.m., The Coffee Station. Open stage follows featured artist; sign up at the door to perform. Tickets $3. Beverages available for purchase. For information: Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Susanville: Screening of "Green Fire: Aide Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time," 6 - 8 p.m., Room 127 in the Creative Arts Building on the Lassen Community College campus. Local art show, discussion with filmmakers, refreshments included. Co-sponsors include Lassen National Forest, Lassen Land and Trails Trust, Lassen County Arts Council, Lassen Community College. For information: Heidi Perry-McCourt, 252-6604; Jessica Gibbs, 257-3252. Quincy: All-you-can-eat spaghetti feed, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Quincy Elks Lodge No. 1884. Includes salad and French bread. Adults $8, children ages 5 - 12 $5, 4 and under free. Tickets available at Ranch:to Motel from John and Tracy Wixted and at the door. Reservations appreciated. For information: the Wixteds, 283-2265. Fri - Sat. Jan. 27 - 28 Maybe: Annual Calpine Elks CrabFeed,S,-,pm..,Calplne Elks Lodge at 71292 Highway 70. Tickets $37.50 per person or two for $70. Liie,ggor i orlje,seat F.z c Preinffz 559-2425 Sat, Jan. 28 Chester: Almanor Recreation and Park District Bowlathon, 2 - 5 p.m., Almanor Bowling Center. Proceeds benefit ARPD. Three games and rental $9; open to 48 players. For information, to sign up: Wes Maston, 258-4136. Lake Almanor: Peninsula Firemen's Association Crab Feed; social hour 5 p.m., dinner 6; Peninsula Fire Protection District Fire Station No. 2 at 801 Golf Club Road in the Lake Almanor Country Club. All-you-ca-eat dinner includes cracked Dungeness crab, salad, bread, dessert. No-host bar available: Proceeds benefit purchase of fire and medical equipment. Tickets $30, pre-sale only, available at Fire Station No. 2. Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walk, 1:30 p.m., meet at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Explore winter ecology and Lassen's geologic history for 1.5 to two hours. Must be at least 8, capable of moderate physical exercise. Infants and children in carriers not allowed. Wear boots, dress in warm layers, bring water bottle. Snowshoes provided, suggested donation $1. Reservations required for organized groups: 595-6133. For information: 595-4480. Sat - Sun, Jan. 28 - 29 Chester: Sierra Nevada Dog Sled Races, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., next to Cedar Lodge Motel & RV. Snow conditions," weather permitting. Viewing of racers and dogs available at the starting line behind Cedar Lodge at junction of highways 36 and 89. For information: lakealmanorarea.com; Hugo Antonucci, (503) 404-0799; sndd.org. Sun, Jan. 29 Lassen Volcanic National Park:' Ranger-led snowshoe walk, 1:30 p:m., meet at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Explore winter ecology and Lassen's geologic history for 1.5 to two hours. Must be at least 8, capable of moderate physical exercise. Infants and children in carriers not allowed. Wear boots, dress in warm layers, bring water bottle. Snowshoes provided, suggested donation $1. Reservations required for organized groups: 595-6133. For information: 595-4480. Sat, Feb. 4 Bucks Lake: Bucks Lake Poker Run, registration 9 - 11 a.m., Lakeshore Resort. Sponsored by Bucks rake Snowdrifiers. Barbecue, giveaways, cash prizes. If no snow, event will be held March 10. For information: 283-9766. Chester: Elks Annual Surf & Turf Dinner; social hour 6 p.m., dinner 7; Almanor Elks Lodge on Main Street. Menu includes shrimp, rib-eye steak, twice-baked potato, salad, dessert. Tickets $30 each, advance sale only via David Price Jewelers, Rouland Insurance, Dan Smith at 258-3987. For information: Steve DeWitt, 258-4222. Lake Davis: Second annual Ice Fishing Tournament, check-in 7 - 9 a.m., J&J Grizzly Store and Camping Resort. Entry fee $20. Fishing starts 8 a.m.; weigh-in 3 p.m.; prize drawings. Anglers must bring valid California fishing license to enter. Combination of length, weight on any one fish determines score. Proceeds go to American Cancer Society. Registration available at KS Market, Millworks, J&J's, 420incfishing.com. For information: John, 832-9659. Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walk, 1:30 p.m., meet at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Explore winter ecology and Lassen's geologic history for 1.5 to two hours. Must be at ieast 8, capable of moderate physical exercise, infants and children in carriers not allowed. Wear boots, dress in warm layers, bring water bottle. Snowshoes provided, suggested donation $1. Reservations required for organized groups: 595-6133. For information: 59%4480. **To include free or nonprofit,, fundraising, educational or charity events in this calendar, email iburke@plumasnews.com or call Ingrid Burke at 283-0800. For sporting events, including charity golf tournaments, call Shannon Morrow at 283-0800 or email smorrow@plumasnewcom. We will publish the name of the event, location, date, time and a phone number, as space permits. Food on the ble: Chinese Heather Hunsaker Chef foodonthetable.com .Chinese New Year is just weeks away and is the most important of traditional Chinese holidays. It is known as the "Sprihg Festival" and marks the end of the winter season. Celebrating other cultures' traditions is a great way to learn more about their beliefs, history and, of course, food! To learn more about some common ingredients found in Asian cooking, continue reading. A wok is commonly used to .prepare Chinese foods. Due to its large size, high sloping sides and ability tO handle high temperatures, a wok is a great tool used to stir fry, deep fry, braise, roast, steam and simmer. The.:kird  of oil used to co>k-,i'm:wok s eIeiall.' Oil that may be heated to a high temperature without smoking is essential; peanut oil and corn oil both work well: Due to the intensity of the heat used for wok cook- ing, agas range with instant heat control is most efficient. Ha:sin sauce is. a popular condiment in Chinese cook- ing and is sometimes referred to as Chinese barbecue sauce. Ha:sin sauce is a reddish- brown sauce that is salty, sweet and spicy. Ha:sin can easily be found in most grocery stores, but if unavail- able, a mixture of equal parts molasses and ketchup can be substituted. Sesame seeds are common in all Asian cuisines and typically used as a garnish. White sesame seeds have a strong nutty flavor, which is enhanced when toasted. Black sesame seeds are less flavorful and are used mainly for color. Chinese rice vinegar is typically milder and less acidic than regular vinegar. Three common types of rice vinegar include black, red and whLte. White rice vinegar is most common and is similar in flavor to regular vinegar. Red vinegar is sweet and tart in taste, while black rice vinegar is similar to balsamic vinegar. These vinegars are used in dipping sauces, soups and noodle dishes, tf rice vinegar is unavailable dry sherry or white wine vinegar may be substituted. This year Chinese New Year falls on Jan. 23; it will begin the year of the dragon. These Kung Pao Style Noodles are a great way to celebrate and use several of the ingredients described above. This recipe is comes together quickly, making it a great alternative to take-out.  : "''! ! ! ., ...,,. , Kung Pao Style Noodles Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 - 5 Ingredients: 3 tablespoons canola oil 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 - 3), cubed 1 red bell pepper, cored and sliced thin 112 cup roasted unsalted peanuts 1 cup frozen peas and carrots 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 3-1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 4 (3-ounce) packages ramen noodles, discard seasoning packets 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce 4 green onions, sliced thin (optional, for serving) Directions: In a 12-inch nonstickskillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the canola oil over medium to medium-high heat until it is hot and rippling. Season the chicken lightlywith salt and pepper. Add the cubed chicken to the pan in a single layer and cook, stirring occa- sionally, until the chicken is browned and cooked through, 5 - 7 minutes. Remove the chicken to a medium bowl. Add the last tablespoon of oil to the skillet and heat until hot and rippling. Add the red bell pepper, .peanuts, peas and carrots and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the mixture into the bowl with the chicken, trying to leave as much oil as possible behind in the skillet. Add' the garlic, ginger; red pepper,lakes 'and sesame ! ': !: seeds to the remaining oil in ' the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring con- stantly, for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in the chicken broth. Break the bricks of ramen into small chunks and add them to the skillet. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, tossing the ramen con- stantly with tongs to separate, until ramen is just tender but there is still a bit of liquid in the pan, about 2 - 4 minutes. Stir in the hoisin sauce, vinegar and soy sauce and continue to simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in the chicken, vegetables and peanuts. Sprinkle with green onions before serving. Hunsaker graduated from : Le Cordon Bleu College of ' Culinary Arts. She currently serves as a writer and recipe developer for meal planning site foodonthetable.com. m I@ Hank is an adult male tri-colored Beagle who was foufid wandering [  e arund" He is very friend!y and playful. r OPEN SATURDAYS FOR ADOPTIONS ONLY t0am-2pm Charlie is a golden-white neutered male Jack Russell. Charlie is frisky, has plenty of energy and will keep up with you. eel% , Shelter hours ore Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8am-5pm, closed 1'2pm for lunch and I I -- l I l l l iollayillan..ii  !.-- l squash,-- --wholewheat-- -- roll,-- sliced-- I qi--@csedweekenPumasAn!masevceschges$eeandcenseeese$5pereo ,,..I I SIIOR. _]V[IN'T Roast chicken, brown rice, apples I l An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's veterinary of choice to have the animal ml .F' marinated vegetables, whole v altered in completion of the adoption requirement. For more information, coil 283-3573 or visit  | area call: Chester, 394-7636; grain roll, sliced peaches Thursday, Jan. 26 | @$A countyofplumas.com or petfinders.com. @@@. ] Ethnic: enchiladas, black B" .... " TM Quincy, 283.0643; Greenville, beans, Spanish rice, tossed I :el AMERICAN VALLEY ANIM0000__ ] 1 284-6608; Portola, 832-4173 Tuesday, Jan. 24 *High sodium day: vegetari-green salad, citruscup   . ]O.Otp ] (call day before to make an, spinach salad, egg sand-  We carry a wide selection of pet food |reservation); Blairsden, 836- wich, navy bean soup, cubed Friday,Jan. 27 | O  A-andFieaT/ckp;od/cts*Ji - ke ] 0446 (Wednesdays only), pineapple ' Greenville site closed = I Suggested lunch donation (county furlough day). i . price is $2.50. One guest may Wednesday, Jan. 25 Swedish meatballs, noodles, _ |accompany each senior, Orange juice, pork roast, peas stir fry vegetables, man-| 283-4500 , I 1-$6mandatry charge.m. ...  am am am am& cauliflower,am am .mbaked amacrnam darin oranges, puddingam am am am am am ..= I  '! Alta & Lee Rd.Quincy ......................................... eJ