One score and five years ago, a time capsule was buried in the Pine Creek Shopping Center in Grass Valley.
The time capsule will be unearthed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to reveal projects submitted by capsule contest winners.
Tait Lane, age 11 or 12 at the time, won the individual entry category for his game about Nevada County history. Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills, which was formed in March 1988, won the group contest and had its book placed in the capsule.
Soroptimist club President Linda Fischer said she is excited to show current members what life was like 25 years ago.
The Soroptimist book includes job descriptions of members at the time with rate sheets, escrows and titles, Fischer said.
“I just hope it’s not all water-logged,” she said.
The club received $1,000 for winning the group entry prize, which helped launch the Soroptimist club, a service organization for professional women that improves the lives of women and children in the community with programs and scholarships.
“Back then, for a brand new club to get $1,000 was huge,” Fischer said.
“The community got us going, and we were able to grow to raise money to put money back into the community.”
Lane, president of Triad Financial Services in Seattle, remembers that he built a Trivial Pursuit-style game about Nevada County history for a class project, and his teacher suggested he enter the contest.
“I never thought I would win — I was surprised and happy,” said Lane, who received a $250 award in gift certificates.
“I can’t remember what I spent it on, but I think my parents used some, and I used some … At (age) 11, I probably went to Raley’s to buy $50 in candy.”
Though Lane moved away, he still takes pride in his roots and has brought his children, now the age he was when he won the capsule contest, to the Pine Creek Shopping Center site.
“It’s kind of a proud thing,” Lane said. “I wish I could be there for the opening, but it was too short of notice.”
Matt Connolly of Connolly Development Inc., a Sacramento-based company, built the Pine Creek Shopping Center, which has since been taken over by KIMCO of New Hyde Park, N.Y.
To retrieve the time capsule contents, organizations must show proof of participation.
The event will include free hot dogs, drinks and cake offered by Raley’s manager Betsy Pever and her team.
JC Penney’s manager, Mairin Miller, worked with other merchants in the Pine Creek Shopping Center to offer gift cards for a drawing after the announcement of the capsule contents at noon.
The theme for interested participants in the event is 1980s attire, Fischer said, adding, “It’s about the celebration of our community.”
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