View ‘Alaska Revisited’ and assist PowerUp-NC |

View ‘Alaska Revisited’ and assist PowerUp-NC

Imagine yourself crossing Alaska, 1,500 miles in four months, alone and without a radio, gun or tent. Sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it?

Well, local extreme sportswoman and environmental activist Reinette Senum did just that 13 years ago, the first woman to claim that achievement. And while she was doing it, she filmed her journey for National Geographic.

Senum will show her video and slides in an animated presentation three times on Sunday, April 1, in “Alaska Revisited.” Her storytelling will be riveting. Hear about her skiing 600 miles down the frozen Yuban River while pulling a 160-pound sled at a temperature of minus-55 degrees Fahrenheit or paddling 900 miles in a canoe she made at an Athabascan native village – certainly not for the feint of heart.

Says Senum, “The story of this journey puts most people on the edge of their seats simply because it generally takes the audience beyond their comfort zone and then ends the story with a wild and unexpected twist of fate.”

That this program is for a good cause can’t be denied. It will benefit the local organization PowerUp-NC, a nonprofit dedicated to implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and incentives to help Nevada City become a role model of energy self-reliance for other communities.


Reinette Senum and Kelly Casterson, founders of PowerUp-NC, have collectively thrown in over 600 volunteer hours since opening their office in September 2006 in the New York Hotel, 408 Broad St., Nevada City. They’ve worked with Nevada City officials, PG&E and foundations and have been awarded grants that have yet to kick in. To pay for the overhead, Nevada City energy audit and public outreach in the meantime, Senum says, “It’s our hope that we will be able to raise enough money (at the benefit) so we can stay on task and keep working for Nevada City and the surrounding communities.”

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Know & Go

WHAT: “Alaska Revisited,” a benefit for PowerUp-NC

WHEN: Sunday, April 1. Three showings: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

INFORMATION: Call 530-470-8642.

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