2015 Enrichment Programs

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Wonton Cooking Class at the BriarPatch Community Kitchen in Nevada City

Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

In celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year – the Year of the Sheep — Jeannie Wood, Executive Director of Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS), would be teaching a cooking class on her favorite food – wontons! Wontons are versatile. They can be eaten as a main dish, a side dish, or as appetizers. Learn a variety of ways to fold wontons and her own special recipe for a pork and shrimp filling steeped in a sizzling ginger and onion-infused broth. A simple, but robust, sweet and sour sauce adds “zing!” to fried wontons as appetizers. A savory sauce of fermented black soy beans, topped with vegetables, adds another twist to these miniature dumplings. Registration at www.briarpatch.coop.

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Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival

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Sunday, March 8, 2015, 12:00-3:00pm

The Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival welcomes the Year of the Sheep, on Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Nevada City. Chinese New Year Festivals are rare in rural communities, and we are proud to present this celebration, our fourth year in a row. The community parade begins at 12:00 noon at the Chinese Monument on Commercial Street (the old Chinese Quarter), led by ceremonial Lion Dancers from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento. The mini parade entourage, which includes community entries, will make its way down Commercial Street and end at the Robinson Plaza where the Lion Dancers will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment. Food would be available for sale on Union Street. The Festival is seeking volunteers for the following: set up, strike, parade parole (on Commericial and Union streets), food service, and clean up. Please contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org or at 530-265-2990. The Festival is also seeking sponsors. Please partner with us in bringing this family-friendly celebration once again to the community. Sponsorships of $100 and above are appreciated. Please contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org or at 530-265-2990 for sponsorship opportunities.

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Asian-themed Cards for all Seasons


June 6, 2015
1:00 – 4:00
Cost: $45 (spaces limited)
Venue: TBA upon registration


We will be making four Asian inspired greeting cards using four different techniques, all of which can be personalized or customized for a special person or occasion. We will discuss some ideas. Techniques will include rubber stamping, paper quilting, Asian lines and Origami. Plus, if time allows, Jenny will teach an origami folded dollar bill, (great to give with a tip!). Please bring the following if you have them: Bone folder, Scissors, Craft knife or Tweezers and a Crisp $1.00 bill. All class participants will receive a 15% discount if they wish to make a store purchase on the day of the class. Jenny Cebollero, owner of Creative Cards, etc., fell into this business of card making rather accidentally. In the late 1990s she began receiving beautifully hand-crafted cards from her very good friend, Patty Lum-Ohmann. She was intrigued by these unique works of art, which were obviously NOT machine produced. Jenny asked Patty how she created these exquisite cards and Patty taught her the basics. Starting as a hobby, Jenny’s passion became a full time business. Since that time, Jenny has expanded into creating memory books, journals, wall art, and much more in addition to unique greeting cards.

To register, please send check to:

CATS, P.O. Box 1266, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Include class, name, phone, and email for confirmation.

Questions? Contact Patty Lum-Ohmann at (530) 477-5336 or email: plum01@outlook.com

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Asian Market Shopping and Dim Sum

June 7, 2015

9:30 am-5:00pm


Ever been to an Asian market and wished you knew what all those food items were? Well, wonder no more, as C A T S w i l l spearhead a field trip to Sacramento for this day of exciting culinary exploration! We will first enjoy a dim sum brunch/lunch at a restaurant in Sacramento, where you would taste a variety of scrumptious morsels of savory dumplings that are steamed or pan-fried and served family style with tea. Meat and seafood dishes are served. After lunch. we will go to 99 Ranch Market and break into pods of 4 or 5, each led by a group leader. With your shopping baskets in tow, we will go down aisles and be fascinated by the variety of foods from all over Asia, including Asian deli hot food, produce, and desserts. Shop at your whim! We will conclude the day with a tea tasting at the Market. CATS does not guarantee that we know everything about Asian ingredients, but we will do our best. We will carpool to Sacramento leaving at 9:30 am. Meeting location to be advised upon registration. Lunch is $25. A copy of Simple Guide to Chinese Ingredients and other Asian Specialties by Martin Yan is available for $5/each. Trip is limited.


Send check to CATS for $25 (or $30 for the book too) to:


P.O. Box 1266

Grass Valley, CA 95945

Ref: Asian Market shopping and lunch; please include name, email, and phone number.

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Asian-inspired Jewelry for that Special Look


June 13, 2015
1:00 – 4:00
Cost: $35 (spaces limited)
Venue: TBA upon registration

ear-ringsThis beautiful Asian-inspired necklace and earring will be made with genuine onyx beads with Swarovski crystal accents. The focal bead on the necklace and earrings is red Chinese cinnabar. All cinnabar is synthetic, as the genuine stone contains toxic levels of mercury”. Astrid Pryor’s introduction to beading was around the year 2000. She was taking card-making classes at a store called Bird Nest Designs. Nancy, the owner, was also making jewelry while her students were making cards. Astrid said, “I would take a class in making that!” It was a fringy bracelet. Thus, she got herself addicted to yet another craft. Astrid has always been attracted to Asian designs, in cards, paper crafts and jewelry. She also knits and crochets. Her work as a Certified Financial Planner and tax preparer sometimes interferes with her hobbies.

To register, please send check to:

CATS, P.O. Box 1266, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Include class, name, phone, and email for confirmation.

Questions? Contact Patty Lum-Ohmann at (530) 477-5336 or email: plum01@outlook.com

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Manzanar photoTrip to Manzanar War Relocation Center, Mono Lake, and Bodie State Park

Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, 2015, in the Eastern Sierra

In expanding our experience of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” CATS is planning an overnight trip to Manzanar, which was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese immigrants were interned during World War II. Located at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada in eastern California’s Owens Valley, Manzanar has been identified as the best preserved of these camps.

With a ranger-led tour, we will learn about the experience of the Japanese at Manzanar. At the Manzanar Visitor Center, there are extensive exhibits, a 22-minute film and a bookstore. Adjacent to the Visitor Center is Block 14 with two reconstructed barracks and a mess hall with exhibits. Explore remnants of orchards, eleven recently excavated rock gardens and ponds, building foundations, and the camp cemetery.

Mono Lake

As we head on home on Sunday, we will be making a quick stop at Mono Lake, an oasis in the dry Great Basin and a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds. For over 30 years, the Mono Lake Committee has been working to protect Mono Lake from destruction, to heal the damage done in the Mono Basin, and to educate the public about the natural environment and wise water use.

Bodie State Park

After Mono Lake, we will swing by Bodie State Park and explore a “ghost town of the wild West,” the real-life setting of the California gold rush. From 1877 to 1888, Bodie was a bustling town with more than 10,000 residents and produced more than $35 million in gold and silver. Today, with the gold mining days of California a distinct memory, there are only 170 wooden buildings still standing in a state of “arrested decay.” Peek in the windows of the church, schoolhouse, barbershop and saloon, where bottles, desks and other relics remain, as well as remnants of an old Chinatown.

Hotel Lodging: Lone Pine, CA

We will be staying overnight at the Dow Villa Motel at Lone Pine, just minutes from Manzanar. As we travel along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra, we will be captivated by the majesty of Mt. Whitney in the distance and the Alabama Hills, which were famous settings of old Westerns and TV commercials. John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Clint Eastwood filmed classics such as “Tycoon”, “High Sierra”, “Boots and Saddles”, “Joe Kidd”, and in recent days, Robert Downey Jr. filmed “Iron Man”. As we approach Lone Pine, we will visit the Eastern California Museum in nearby Independence. We will visit the famous Lone Pine Film History Museum just before checking into our hotel.

To Register:

The cost is $225/per person. Fee includes round trip bus, hotel accommodations, driver gratuity and driver hotel room. Free admission at Manzanar and Mono Lake (donations accepted) and $5 admission to Bodie State Park. We are on our own for meals. Bring a cooler for your snacks, food, and drinks.


Saturday, July 18, 2015 (approximate times):

  1. Depart Grass Valley at 7:00 a.m.; location to be advised
  2. No-host lunch at Erick Schat’s Bakkery in Bishop, 12:30–2:00 p.m. (Note: they have great breads, baked goods, salads, and sandwiches!)
  3. Arrive at Eastern California Museum at 3:00 p.m. in Independence
  4. Arrive Lone Pine at 4:00 p.m. and visit Lone Pine Film History Museum
  5. Check into Dow Villa Motel at 5:00 p.m.
  6. Dinner on our own

Sunday, July 19, 2015 (approximate times):

  1. Breakfast on your own; pack a lunch for the day
  2. Board bus for Manzanar at 9:00 a.m. for a ranger-led tour; you will have time to explore on your own
  3. At 12:00 p.m., we will depart for Mono Lake for a short visit; arrive Mono Lake at 2:00 p.m.
  4. Leave Mono Lake at 3:00 p.m. for Bodie State Park
  5. Arrive at Bodie at 4:00 p.m.; $5 admission; visit on your own
  6. Depart Bodie at 6:00 p.m.
  7. Dinner on our own on the way home; might be fast food
  8. Estimated time of return to Grass Valley: 10:30-11:00 p.m.

Registration Form:

Name: _________

Address: ____________

Email: _________

Phone (home): __________ (cell): __________

Cost: $225 (double occupancy; $265 single occupancy)


Roommate’s Name: _________

Roommate’s Address: ____________

Roommate’s Email: _________

Roommate’s Phone (home): __________ (cell): __________

Cost: $225 (double occupancy)

  • If you wish to drive on your own and meet us at the hotel, please contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org or at 530-265-2990 for the cost of the hotel portion.
  • Trip is limited to 34. First come, first served.

Please send completed form and check payable to CATS, POB 1266, Grass Valley, CA 95945. All reservations will be confirmed.

Black DragonJudge-Dee-Play-Ecover_Final-DraftThe Miners Foundry and CATS Present


By Hock G. Tjoa

Thursday, July 23, 6.30 p.m.

Miners Foundry

$10 suggested donation

See minersfoundry.org for tickets.  

Tickets also available at the door.

A double homicide, a “reluctant” corpse, a bride poisoned on her wedding night–all taking place in a small county, one of fifteen hundred in Tang dynasty China, and all demanding investigation and judicial response within a month!

Judge Dee deals with these cases with his usual investigators and with his customary aplomb, even though he is himself under investigation by an Imperial Censor. He is unorthodox in his choice of investigators (former bandits and a female ex-cat burglar) and one of his suspects is a voluptuous woman who alleges harassment on the part of the authorities. He may also have stepped on some toes of the local gentry.

What is an upright civil servant to do?

This “cozy” play about criminal investigations in 7th century China was adapted from The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, by Robert van Gulik. It is presented in Readers Theater format as inspired by Tim O’Connor.

Hock, active in local community theater and writing groups, is author also of Agamemnon Must Die, The Battle of Chibi (Red Cliff), and The Chinese Spymaster.

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Mahjong GordonBeginning and Intermediate Mahjong

Beginning Mahjong
Aug. 8, 2015
12:00 – 4:00
$20 per class

Intermediate Mahjong
Aug. 15, 2015
12:00 – 4:00
$20 per class

Back by popular demand, CATS is offering a Beginning Mahjong class and an Intermediate Mahjong class . Both classes will be from 12 – 4pm at the Eskaton Village in Grass Valley. Pre-registration a must. Spaces limited. Mahjong is the centuries-old tiles game, originated in China, that is played worldwide. Although there are many methods, please be prepared to learn the traditional Chinese method. The Beginning class is recommended for those with little or no playing experience or for those who need a refresher course. The Intermediate class is for
those who regularly play the Chinese method and who wish to learn scoring and strategies.

To register, please send check to:

CATS, P.O. Box 1266, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Include class, name, phone, and email for confirmation.


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Mochi-pounding (Mochitsuki)

Sunday, December 20, 2015 8:00 – 12:00 Free

CATS is going on a field trip to the Placer Buddhist Church in Penryn, for their annual Mochitsuki (aka mochipounding).  Although no longer “pounding” mochi the old-fashioned way with a huge mallet, many Japanese now use “mochi-making machines” to make the dough. We will be part of the assembly lines in making mochi, which is a culinary tradition generally consumed during the New Year.  Bring your aprons.  The staff will teach us about this annual cultural tradition. We will carpool to Penryn from Grass Valley. Spaces limited. You may purchase mochi at the end of our trip.  Contact Jeannie Wood, info@catsweb.org or 530-265-2990 to be put on the list.

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