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By Karen Newell Young & Stacy Drake

Around Town
Fifteen friends and supporters of Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, or CATS, traveled to China from Oct. 3 through 24 on a cultural enrichment and fundraising trip. Jeannie Wood, executive director of CATS, has journeyed to China three times and said she is always struck by how foreigners capture the gaze of the Chinese for their height. “They are fascinated by us foreigners,” she said. And the “food was awesome. I’m still not sick of Chinese food.” The group visited Beijing, X’ian, Chen, Tibet, the Yangze River, Wuhan and Hong Kong.

Elizabeth Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund, was recently awarded the California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Award. She was one of eight nonprofit leaders to receive the honor, which recognizes “long-term effectiveness of health-focused nonprofits.” Martin has led the Sierra Fund since 2005.

Early Risers Toastmasters welcomed 101-year-old honorary member Otto Haueisen at a recent meeting at Humpty Dumpty in Grass Valley. Honors also went to Chuck Coovert for outstanding speeches, Jean Creasy for outstanding evaluations and and Patty Smith, area governor, for impromptu table talks.

Nevada County artist Ruth Chase was awarded a grant for the West of Lincoln Project, a series of artworks created to illustrate the way nonresidents connect with her hometown of Venice. She worked with Venice natives who gave interviews about growing up in the town. Chase is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and has been an artist in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York.

The CATS cultural enrichment tour of China and Tibet included friends and supporters of the theater group. The tour guide shot this photo at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Around Town features news from local residents and organizations. You can send news of noteworthy achievements, honors, awards and scholarships to: karen.newell.young@gmail.com or stacy@nevadacityadvocate.com.