Town Talk: May 9, 2011 |

Town Talk: May 9, 2011

Submitted to The Union

Rich Bodine, the Banner Mountain resident who is organizing the first adult soap box derby set for Nevada City on June 18, was excited to report that he has filled all 42 slots set up for derby teams.

Teams are all made up of local people, and they include folks from AJA Video, Telestream, South Pine Cafe, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, the Roamin Angels, Allstate Insurance brokers Mike Bratton and Derek Poppel, The Union and more.

Each team is made up of at three people.

“I’m glad to know there are 42 people who still have enough kid left in them to do something like this, and can each find two more people with enough kid left in them to help,” Rich said.

Many groups will be providing food and entertainment at the event, which will send derby cars down Nimrod Street in front of Pioneer Park, in Nevada City, that Saturday morning. Miner Moe’s Pizza is one of the participants, Rich said.

The entire thing benefits Pioneer Park.

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Rich hopes this would become an annual event.

Folks who really want to enter still can get on a waiting list; call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 265-2692.

“Art as Life,” a 35-year retrospective in art and design by LeeAnn Brook, opens at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley Tuesday, May 10. An opening reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

The exhibit runs through May 23.

For more, check out The Union this week.

Sierra Green Building Association and Local Green Sierra announces the inaugural Northern California GreenLife Eco Festival in Nevada County.

The festival, which will benefit our local chapter of Habitat For Humanity (currently building a LEED certified project here in Nevada County), will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 21-22.

Nationally recognized speakers, such as Ari Derfel, director of the Slow Money Alliance; Bryan Welch, author of ‘Beautiful and Abundant’; Temra Costa, author of ‘Farmer Jane’, and Dr. Judith Kildow, director of the National Ocean Economics Program, are just a few whose inspiring and educational presentations are included with the price of admission.

Bands Clan Dyken and Organasm Orchestra are scheduled to be among the musicians present to entertain you and keep you dancing.

Watch an energy efficient SIPS building being built and buy a raffle ticket to win it! Learn about alternative energy sources. Explore alternative healing and wellness. Enjoy an organic beer or wine at the beer garden. Observe a Yurt raising. Get comfortable and learn from some of the most inspiring speakers in the country that you can make a difference.

Volunteers are needed! Volunteer for a shift and receive free admission. Admission is $8, Seniors and students (with student ID) are $5, children 12 and under are free.

Visit for more information about the event.

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