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SYRCL’s big bash

The South Yuba Citizens League is celebrating 25 years of protecting and restoring our magnificent Yuba River and greater Yuba Watershed, and it wants to invite you to a free party. They are calling it SYRCL Soleil.

It’s happening Saturday afternoon, 1-7 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Entertainment is all-star: The DeadBeats, Buck Love & the Humperheads, Power of 12, Cheatin’ Buzzies, Sabroso, ecofashion with Haute Trash and some special guests.

Other things include food vendors selling ice cream, Asian foods and hot dogs, a beer and wine garden, guest speakers, group projects and surprises throughout the afternoon, one of which I’m told is the “Great Yuba Bake Sale.”

Yet another draw is the salmon tent, which is a spectacular 45-foot inflatable storytheater created by renowned textile artist and environmentalis, Evelyn Roth. In it stories are told about the plight of the salmon.

You might even be tempted to help out by volunteering that morning to pick up trash at the 30 sites sprinkled throughout the Yuba and Bear River watersheds and the Wolf and Deer Creek watersheds.

Called the Great Yuba Cleanup, it takes place 9 a.m. to noon. and is a great service project to take on. Up to as many as 500 people are expected said Kathy Dotson, RiverPeople director for SYRCL, and pre-registration for the cleanup is required.

In the 11 years SYRCL has been hosting the Great Yuba Cleanup, over 3,500 volunteers have collected nearly 75,000 pounds of trash and recyclables, according to SYRCL. Have things improved over the years, or is a portion of the public just as slovenly?

“Yes and no,” says Dotson. “At some of the most popular crossings, the amount of trash collected seems to be less than in years past. But total numbers are still high, and we are always amazed on the number of cigarette butts, plastic bags and bottles that we continue to find – about 11,000 cigarette butts last year alone!”

It’s reasonable to expect any event SYRCL hosts will not leave behind trash, so the afternoon party is a zero waste, green event (see the nearby box for more about this.)

With close to 1,000 community volunteers each year in their river monitoring programs, river cleanup and restoration days, and the largest film festival of its kind in the U.S., the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival (the 7th takes place January 2009), SYRCL makes an undeniably huge impact on our environment.

Current campaigns include the restoration of the Yuba’s native fish population, most notably the chinook salmon.

The organization’s offices are in Nevada City at 216 Main St.; (530)265-5961.

Cleanup information

You need to preregister for this 9 a.m. to noon Saturday event.

To do that contact Miriam Limov at (530)265-5961 x201 or

Check out for more information.

More about the party

“Yes, this is a free event for the Yuba community,” says Kathy Dotson, “but we’re asking all river lovers to plan on donating to SYRCL in honor of our 25th year of protecting the Yuba. Become a SYRCL member or renew your membership. Plus, we’ll have new SYRCL tees for sale, a great raffle, and a fun community art project to participate in.”

Also, SYRCL Soleil is a zero-waste green event. People are encouraged to find alternate transportation (bike, walk or carpool to the park) and bring one’s own servingware (or rent it), including water bottles (water coolers will be on site), beer/wine cups, plates and utensils. And some of the power will be supplied by solar, as well, compliments of Sierra Solar Systems.

“We want to make this a model for future events,” said Dotson.

To volunteer at the party, contact Miriam Limov at (530)265-5961 x201 or

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