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Springing into arts, community events

It’s that time of year again. Fairs, festivals, farmers markets, concerts, plays, art exhibits, sports and so much more.

The cool temperatures earlier this week don’t deter me. I know spring has sprung by simply looking at my calendar. And of course, editing Prospector. The list of events and activities for this upcoming week exceeded the allotted page space by Tuesday morning. This weekend alone, you can choose from four different theatrical productions, a collaborative art, music, wine event, a wine and chocolate tasting, hear live jazz, classical, rock or world music, take in a movie (indie, documentary or big studio, again your choice), or taken in the farmers market, Keeping Kids Safe Fair or the 41st annual Trout Fishing Derby. That’s the good news — there’s something for everyone.

I have been fortunate to have worked with Dr. Jeff Kane and seen first-hand his positive impact on patients and families at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. Dr. Kane has just released a new book, “The Bedside Manifesto: Healing the Heart of Healthcare.” The book launch party will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Stonehouse in Nevada City. If the book is anything like his blog, http://bedsidemanifesto.com, it will offer a different, and thought-provoking, perspective to the national health care debate.

If you are in downtown Grass Valley Saturday, swing by Clock Tower Records at 130 W. Main St. Owner Curt Smith has lined up seven bands to perform throughout the day in honor of international Record Store Day. Live music begins at 11 a.m. in the back of the store. Smith stocks both vinyl and CDs. Last week he showed off a handful of limited-edition albums he has on hand for this celebration. Phish fans take note: He has a couple numbered copies of “Lawn Boy” — an album the Vermont jam band only released 7,500 copies of on vinyl. One collector has already contacted him from out of the area and plans to visit Grass Valley to pick it up, Smith said.

The calendar pages feature all these events and many more occurring in the next seven days. Whatever you choose, you can’t really go wrong.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be contacted at bbentley@theunion.com.


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