2018 Enrichment Programs

Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 12:00-4:00pm

The Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade welcomes the Year of the Dog, on Sunday, February 25, 2016.  Chinese New Year Festivals are rare in rural communities, and we are proud to present this seventh annual family-friendly celebration, honoring the early Chinese pioneers of the Sierra Foothills.  The community parade begins at 12:00 noon at the Chinese Monument, located at the entrance to the parking lot on Commercial Street, the site of the old Chinese Quarter.  The Parade will be led by ceremonial Lion Dancers and a 72’ Chinese Dragon from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento.  The mini-parade of community entries will make its way down Commercial Street and end at the Three Forks parking lot, where the Lion Dancers and Dragon dancers will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment.  Food would be available for sale by Pho King Good and home-made desserts by Xiao Mao (Little CATS Culture Club).  Exhibitors will populate the parking lot and lower Commercial Street.  We are seeking parade entries, entertainers, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers.  Contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org.

Cabaret with Grant Avenue Follies

on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 2:00 pm, at the Nevada Theater

With roots in San Francisco Chinatown nightclubs of the 1940s to 1970s, this group of Asian women seniors have been dancing their hearts out in their golden years for fun and inspiration. Nightclubs, such as the Forbidden City and the China Sky Room in San Francisco, were often frequented by Hollywood celebrities like Frank Sinatra and returning soldiers from World War II. These dancers were known as top quality entertainers, and a few of them toured abroad to critical acclaim. A documentary, which gives historical perspective, will precede the cabaret show.  Q & A to follow.  Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning in January 2018 at the Book Seller, Briar Patch, online at www.catsweb.org and at the door.

Xiao Mao (Little CATS Culture Club) Summer Camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, June 2018

Xiao Mao (Little CATS) Culture Club will be offering the Xiao Mao Summer Drama and Culture Camp again in 2017.  Xiao Mao is an enrichment program with the Community Asian Theater of the Sierra – CATS – for children and families interested in Asian arts, cultures, and languages. The camp will be held at the Pine Tree Stage of the Nevada County Fair Grounds, typically the last week in June (Dates TBD).  Open to ALL children ages 8 to 12.  Campers will learn about Asian arts, crafts, dances, and food as they create their own dramatic interpretation of an Asian story – to be announced soon.  For more information, call 210-5043 or email us at info@xiaomaoclub.org.

Reading of The Battle of Chibi

by Hock Tjoa, on Saturday, July 21, 2018, 2pm, at the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library, in Nevada City

Hock Tjoa will read selections from The Battle of Chibi, which is based on The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a Chinese classic, and one of four great “Ming” novels.  It was written in the 15th century A.D., about the 3rd century China, and is the subject of several TV series, movies, and computer games.

Selections will include (1) a different view of history; (2) three friends take an oath; (3) how Zhuge Liang borrowed arrows; (4) Liu Bei takes a princess bride; and (4) farewell to Zhou Yu.

Since his retirement, in addition to writing The Battle of Chibi, Hock also wrote Agamemnon Must Die, based on a Greek trilogy, The Chinese Spymaster and The Ninja and the Diplomat, two modern spy novels. He has also written two plays – Heaven is High and the Emperor Far Away and The Ingenious Judge Dee. He is active in local writing groups and is particularly interested in encouraging students in high schools and middle schools to write.

Reading of Bamboo Secrets: One Woman’s Quest through the Shadows of Japan

by Patricia Dove Miller on Saturday, September 9, 2018, 2pm, in Nevada City

Place:  254 Boulder Street, Nevada City

Enjoy Tea and Cookies and a Tour of this historic mansion, the former Marsh House

Donations Gladly Accepted

Books available for sale

Nevada City author Patricia Dove Miller recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the publication of her memoir, Bamboo Secrets: One Woman’s Quest through the Shadows of Japan (Illuminated Owl Press, 2016). While living in Japan in 1993, Miller’s dream of a year of exploration and personal growth was shattered when her husband was detained on drug charges. Bamboo Secrets weaves together four strands: a mature woman in search of herself; a marriage in trouble; an American’s love of Japanese culture and her study of its traditional arts; and an outsider’s struggle with Japan’s dark side.

This spring, Bamboo Secrets was named one of the Top Five Finalists in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for 2017. It also received a Five-star Foreword Clarion Review, which reads in part: “Bamboo Secrets is a travel adventure, a story of personal transformation, and an account of a legal battle, but above all it is . . . a transcendent exploration of the fascinating people, culture, and landscape of Japan.”

The memoir has garnered numerous endorsements from renowned authors. The following reviews were written by two of our local residents:

When I read Bamboo Secrets, I feel as if Patricia Dove Miller were born Japanese in a past life, to be able to recognize and appreciate so many aspects of Japanese culture. And yet, she also has to be an outsider to notice them. For me, her many evocative scenes bring back fond memories of growing up in Japan, when I smelled, saw, and felt these sensations. The scent of wet wool, on the long bus ride to her flute lesson, as she wipes off the foggy window, searching for the correct street signs; the eager innocence of the young women in the ikebana class; her shakuhachi sensei instructing her to use her heart as she listens and plays, instead of taking notes. Miller describes the healing power of art as she journeys full circle from her childhood, when her teacher tears up her drawings, to later in Japan when she discovers her own art forms. I recommend this memoir to anyone who wants to learn about Japanese culture and about finding one’s own true heart.

—Takayo Miyazaki Harriman

Bamboo Secrets is a lovely series of nested boxes. You open the first lacquered square to find the story of a vastly unfortunate choice; you open that to journey with an expat through Japan; the next ones offer an abiding affection for that culture, with meditations on temples, pottery, futons, family, and the joys of flower arranging. Shimmering around the whole is how a marriage builds and lasts through adversity, and through it slides the haunting notes of the shakuhachi flute.

—Sands Hall, author of Catching Heaven, Tools of the Writer’s Craft,

and Flunk.Start., a memoir, forthcoming in 2018

Miller is available to give readings and play her shakuhachi at book clubs, writing groups, and other gatherings. Learn more on her website: PatriciaDoveMiller.com. Bamboo Secrets is available at your local bookstore, at SPD Market in Nevada City, at Amazon.com, and other online retailers, or at IlluminatedOwlPress@oro.net.

Follow the Trek of the Chinese Railroad Workers in Building the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s

on September 15 – 16, 2018, for a Weekend of Exploratory Adventure

Join CATS for a weekend excursion to retrace the grueling route of the Chinese railroad workers in the Sierra through historical sites, towns, trails, tunnels, museums, and more!  Trip begins in Sacramento on Saturday morning on a motor coach with stops and narration along the way and ending in Truckee, where we will spend the night in a hotel. We are on our own for dinner.  There is a complimentary hot breakfast on Sunday morning at the hotel.  After breakfast, we will take a taxi to the train station in Truckee, as we continue the tour, returning to Sacramento, and ending the afternoon with a guided tour of the famous Railroad Museum. We will be going from sea level to more than 7,000 feet elevation to view the tunnels and mountains the workers dug through with only hand tools to build the great railroad. Tour is led by railroad historian, Bill George.  Cost includes bus, Amtrak train, hotel (double occupancy), tour guide gratuities, and lunch on Saturday.  On Sunday, you may purchase lunch aboard the train.  Walks and hikes are fairly easy; there is nothing strenuous and you may pace yourself.  Dress accordingly with comfortable walking or hiking shoes, hats, and pack sunscreen! Bring along your walking sticks and snacks.  Spaces limited.

To register, send $295/person, payable to CATS.  Send check to CATS, POB 1266, Grass Valley, CA  95945.  Include your name, name of roommate, and phone and email for both.  If you wish a single room, add an additional $50 to the fee.  Your registration will be confirmed with detailed itinerary.  Email info@catsweb.org with any questions.

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