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Live performance community event scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Sierra Theatre

Do you remember those glorious evenings when musicians such as Berkley Hart graced the stage at the Sierra Theatre? Dave Howard, part of the Guitar Heaven group who appeared here, even released a live album of his performance, including the delightful “50 Foot Woman” in honor of Zack who had been fired from Walkers for singing it at work!

The Susanville Symphony Society and a coalition of other local performing arts organizations and individuals envision the Susanville Performing Arts Center at Sierra Theatre — and so they invite the community to a free live event at the theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.

In addition to the free live performance, the group plans to talk with the community about the Susanville Performing Arts Center and the plan to revitalize Susanville.

The Susanville Symphony Society has asked the Susanville City Council for $1 million in unused American Rescue Plan Act funds to purchase, remodel and operate the old theatre.

According to the group’s Facebook page, “Our town, once a hub of prosperity, now echoes with quiet streets and shuttered windows. In this moment of need, there are no singular heroes, no key players — only the hard working will of Susanville’s residents. It’s about more than fixing up the Sierra Theater and the Elks Lodge; it’s about reigniting the landmarks that define us.

“The Susanville Performing Arts Center is little bits and parts of all of us in Susanville and links our heritage to each other. It is a solid call for investment, not from distant stakeholders, but from the very being of our own town and from every corner. The Susanville Performing Arts Center is our opportunity to rekindle economic growth and cultural richness.

“This is how we bring back what was lost by remembering today. The Susanville Performing Arts Center is our community’s resolve to turn the tide and solve the city’s challenges united and vibrant. Let’s make the Susanville Performing Arts Center the cornerstone of Susanville’s renaissance and our past.

“The Susanville Performing Arts Center is not only a cultural asset but also an economic powerhouse, poised to significantly boost the local economy.

“Here are five key ways the Susanville Performing Arts Center will stimulate the local economy
Job Creation
The arts sector employs millions, and the Susanville Performing Arts Center will add to this by providing new jobs in various capacities from administration to technical support.

“Economic Growth
By attracting tourism and hosting events, the Susanville Performing Arts Center will inject vitality into the local economy, increasing business for nearby establishments.

“Trade Surplus
The circulation of goods associated such as food, attire and more.

“Community Engagement
The Susanville Performing Arts Center will drive social interaction and cooperation leading to a more connected and economically vibrant community.

“Educational Impact
With educational programs and partnerships, the Susanville Performing Arts Center will enhance academic performance and engagement leading to a more skilled workforce.

“The Susanville Performing Arts Center is designed to be a beacon of cultural and economic prosperity, ensuring a sustainable and thriving future for the community it serves. With strategic planning and community involvement, it will become an integral part of the social and economic fabric, much like the transformative impacts seen in other performing arts centers.”