Five years after the Camp Fire, Paradise residents and neighboring community members commemorated the significant progress in restoring the fabric of our community. To honor this progress, the Town of Paradise organized the Camp Fire Five Year Commemorative Events, five different community-based events from Saturday, November 4, through Wednesday, November 8.
Saturday, November 4: Pancake Breakfast at the Phoenix 5K
Alongside the Phoenix 5K run, the Town of Paradise and Paradise Stronger arranged a complimentary pancake breakfast prepared by members of the Paradise Veterans Hall for all participants and community members. The pancake breakfast proved to be a success, serving 350 people, and an extra plate run had to be done to meet the demand! It served as an excellent opportunity to offer the community a delightful meal.
Watch the morning recap of the Phoenix 5K here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D0E16n8KIQBslkxN6m-SQfWSPnFPINZH/view
Sunday, November 5: Community Daffodil Planting
Residents were invited to help plant 2,000 daffodils, the Town’s official flower, at Paradise Community Park. Attendees were also able to take home bulbs to plant in their own yards. The Town of Paradise, and Adventist Health sponsored the event and had great support from Paradise Garden Club, Rebuild Paradise, and Deja Vu Nursery. Despite the delayed start due to soil challenges, the public works team promptly mobilized the backhoe to prepare the ground for planting. Kids were eagerly watching the backhoe’s digging and soil movement, while parents enjoyed hot coffee courtesy of HDR. Every bulb was successfully planted and bulb food that was donated by Deja Vu Nursery was sprinkled on top, so be sure to return in the spring to witness the lively showcase of blooming daffodils.
Monday, November 6: Street Eats & Local Beats
The Town of Paradise hosted an enjoyable evening of food trucks and local music at the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Guests were provided with a meal ticket, allowing them to choose a complimentary dinner from either Meehos or Robbie’s Burger’s food trucks. After enjoying their meals, attendees proceeded inside the Paradise Performing Arts Center (PPAC) for a musical performance by Big Mo and the Full Moon Band, accompanied by several talented local artists. The event also featured video messages from World Central Kitchen and the hometown country music artist Nate Smith. Big Mo and the Full Mood Band treated the audience to an encore, leaving guests with smiles as they departed.
Tuesday, November 7: Paint Your Paradise
Hosted by the Town of Paradise and sponsored by HDR, the Paint Your Paradise night was a success! Local artist Christine MacShane guided participants through an enjoyable evening of painting a beautiful nature scene featuring trees, a lake, and deer. Dedicated volunteers from the Paradise Art Center were on hand to ensure that everyone created their own unique masterpiece!
Wednesday, November 8: 85 Seconds of Silence and Sealing of the Time Capsule
Paradise residents and neighboring community members were invited to gather at Paradise Community Park on the 5th-year remembrance of the Camp Fire. At 11:08, 85 seconds of silence was observed to honor the 85 individuals who lost their lives. Following heartfelt remarks from local leaders, the Mayor of the Town of Paradise, Greg Bolin sealed the time capsule. Contributions from past, current, and future residents had been placed inside beforehand. Many residents participated in the time capsule and left very meaningful items. The time capsule will be opened on the 25th anniversary of the Camp Fire in 2043.