Thursday, May 16, 2019

350 Placer to Welcome Renown Climate Activist Ken Ward for Live Movie Discussion Exploring Important Issues and Questions

By Lizzie Moore

(April 22, 2019 – Auburn, CA) On Friday, May 17th from 6:30 - 8:30pm, the group “350 Placer” will be showing the film “The Reluctant Radical” at the Auburn Public Library. Following the movie, renown climate activist Ken Ward will be joining the group via Skype to facilitate a discussion about the film. There is no charge for this event.

350 Placer is a group of residents who joined together to promote clean, sustainable living in Placer County. The group is inspired by the international group, a grassroots organization dedicated to reducing carbon levels to no more than 350 parts per million. The number 350 is the level of carbon believed to be safe and sustainable for life on our planet – we are currently at 414. The good news is, it is not too late to reverse our course, if we act now and together as a community. We only have a short window.

Both the international and local “350” groups are driven by the scientific findings from 97% of the world’s climate scientists that human-caused climate change is creating a dire future for our region and our world. Frequent and extreme weather events are already being seen, as well as increasing related public health issues. It is predicted that there will be drastic negative economic effects on our economy, that millions of people will be displaced and that there will be significant food and clean water shortage in our lifetime.

As written on, “The Reluctant Radical is a climate change film like no other. It is an intimate character portrait of Ken Ward, an intense man who puts everything on the line in his fight to stave off climate change. Using cinema verite storytelling, the film explores the moral question: if a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral callingeven if that means breaking the law. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling evidence that we are
collectively destroying our world…”.

350 Placer’s primary aim is to educate the community about climate change and to encourage collective action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Its leaders believe that coming to "The Reluctant Radical” showing and discussion is a great way to learn more about this important issue and to explore one’s own involvement. The group is also available for presentations to community groups.

350 Placer can be found on Facebook and can be emailed at
Additional questions can be directed to David or Shandon at 530-878-2611.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Recipe - Peanut Butter Eggs

MV Lions Club Update - April 2019

By Etta Gross, Meadow Vista Lions Club

Thank you to all those that supported our annual crab feed on February 2.  You made the following events possible through your support!
We are looking forward to seeing all our community youths on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the soccer field (Placer Hills Campus play-yard).  This community Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m.  Ages 0 to 10 years are welcome to join in on the fun.  We ask that you come early since this event is over by 10:10 a.m.  Remember to bring your Easter Basket to collect eggs in.  Thank you for the assistance to the Colfax LEOs and Meadow Vista Scouts Pak and Troop 6.  The Easter Bunny said he would make a guest appearance at this event.  So bring your cameras!
On Sunday May 12, 2019 will be the Meadow Vista Lions Mother’s Day Breakfast.  Moms are FREE, family and friends are very reasonable priced.  Bring your Mom to breakfast and mingle with the community.  This event is held in the cafeteria at Sierra Hills School.  Starting time is 8 a.m.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Meadow Vista Park for Pioneer Day on June 2, 2019.
Any questions please visit our website at or email us at  Or please speak with any Meadow Vista Lions member. 

Coming Home

By Kari Losko, Placer Hills United Methodist Church

Sixty years ago my family moved from Washington State to Auburn, California.  My sister and I were babies.  My mother was searching for a church to baptize us.  She ventured out to Meadow Vista and found the Placer Hills United Methodist Church, which was the Brethren Church at that time.
As life went on, my family attended St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Auburn as it was closer to our home.  After my dad retired, my parents moved to Idaho.  Recently when they came for a visit, we were driving to the a Holiday Market and my mother pointed to the Methodist Church and said:  "that's where you and your sister were baptized".  What a surprise to find out that this cute little white church nestled in the trees was our Baptismal Church.
My husband and I as a resident of Meadow Vista had been looking to join a church.  One beautiful Sunday morning, we attended the Methodist Church, and as soon as we walked in we were greeted with kindness and a warm feeling from the people.  It was like walking back in time, sort of a "Praire Home Companion" feeling for me.  I felt like I was home.  My sister was so glad that we reconnected with the church that she and her husband drive all the way up from Lincoln every Sunday.  It's a great feeling to have this history with my church.

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The Potential of Seeds

Written by Jamie Hunyor at Foothill Roots Farm

When you pour a handful of seed out of its paper packet, you hold the potential for the coming harvest - seemingly endless leaves of chard, a summer’s worth of tomatoes, too many eggplants to count. Turning the seed over in your fingers, it’s hard to imagine the bounty something so small will bring. The seed is infinitesimal, yet it holds the code of growth for itself, and nourishment for those who eat of its fruit, its vegetation. The right soil conditions, the proper amount of sun and water, shelter from the late snaps of cold are all the seed needs to activate itself, pushing a sprout through its coating to reach upward through the earth toward the light.
We are all capable of this care - it doesn’t take special training, although a green thumb might help make your plants a bit more productive. Life wants to grow, and it is already more than capable of doing so without our help, and even in spite of the disruption we cause to our environment. Tending to the growth of plants is our birthright, and when we look out at the landscape in our community we see that very fertility surrounding us.
The seed is a tiny book containing all the information necessary on how to grow into one specific plant. A collection of seeds is a library, each seed useful and instructive in its own way. The spring reminds each of us on the farm or in the garden of the power of smallness, something we must care for and keep from generation to generation if we are to continue feeding ourselves.
Now is the time to start seeds of your own indoors and keep them well-watered on a sunny, warm windowsill until we have seen the last of the cold nights. For any questions related to starting seeds, preparing garden beds, transplanting seedlings, or anything between, email to ask a farmer. We’ll share our tips and tricks to maximize your garden in the next issue of The View.

Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Update - April 2019

By Judith Whitman, Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors

The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club installed our 2019 officers at the beginning of the year during a lovely ceremony at the Winchester Country Club.  Our officers are:  President, Margo Lambert; Vice President, Etta Gross; Recording Secretary, Rhoda Martin; Corresponding Secretary, Diane Meran; and Treasurer, Sharon Bradford.  We are grateful to these ladies for their service and wish them well as they guide our club this year.
The Friendly Neighbors held our annual Easter See's Candy Sale earlier in April.  This is an important fundraiser for our club and we are very grateful to our wonderful community for the support we have received. We are grateful to Holiday Market and its manager, Joel, for allowing us to “set up shop” in front of the market!
The Friendly Neighbors will be participating in Pioneer Day again this year.  This is a wonderful community event and a great way for us to let our community know how much we appreciate it.  We'll march in the parade and hold a free raffle for gas at our booth in the park.  So, stop by our booth to say “Hello” and enter this fun, free raffle.
  We are excited to be able to again offer free swim days at the Community Pool this Summer.  The exact dates will be announced shortly.  These free swim days are open to everyone so please come and enjoy the pool during one of the swim days – it's our treat!
The Friendly Neighbors meet at the Faith Lutheran Church on Combie Road in Meadow Vista on the fourth Wednesday of each month (with a few exceptions).  Social time begins at 11:30 AM with a complementary lunch served at Noon.  Our meeting follows lunch.  Community members interested in our work are invited and encouraged to attend and join us in our efforts to serve our wonderful community. If you would like more information, you can visit our website or send a message and someone will get back to you quickly.