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Putting passions to work for benefit of others

It was between runs No. 2 and No. 3 out of eight 200-meter sprints Tuesday night that I began to think twice.

While I was out on the track at Nevada Union High School, doing speed work to increase my running time and distance in preparation for a 10K race this weekend, I couldn’t help but question why? Why would I be here sweating profusely and pushing my body beyond what it’s used to doing, while my family was sitting down enjoying the dinner I had prepared for them earlier in the day? Why would I want to wake up early Saturday morning to run 6.2 miles? Why is it so sunny and warm all of a sudden when earlier today it was rainy?

The break in between sprints four and five gave me the recovery time I needed to remember.



It’s all for a good cause.

Saturday is the Harmony Run, a race that benefits the Nevada Union High School Choir. This is the same choir that recently returned from a trip to Eastern Europe, has created a positive high school experience for many local teenagers and won numerous awards for the school throughout the years. It is the same choir that will mold future singers, songwriters, arts and citizens of our community. I can certainly spare an early morning and 6.2 miles for that. Those interested in hitting the well-groomed trails around NU and Sierra College can register the day of the race between 7 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. at Nevada Union. The race starts at 8. It costs $25.




As a way to thank all those who have supported their efforts, the NU Choir will perform the final concert of the 2012-13 year Friday evening. The Dessert Concert, as it is known, begins at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church, located at 11481 Highway 174 in Grass Valley. Tickets are still available for purchase by the public. Sponsors of the NU Choir program who typically receive free tickets in the mail just need to show up. Organizers said an unforeseen change in venue prevented the boosters from sending the tickets out in time. A will-call table will be available at the concert for booster sponsors.

Students and families as well as the public at large are all invited to this special intimate venue and all will be treated afterward with dessert catering provided by the boosters, according to the NU Choir Boosters.

For more about the concert or the Harmony Run, visit the NU Choir Facebook page.

In a related twist, LeGacy Presents will support the youth through the arts Friday. The opening night of its latest show, “I Can Hear Music,” will benefit the Grass Valley Schools Foundation for Arts & Science. Sue LeGate, co-founder and producer of LeGacy said she believes in the importance of supporting local schools, which is why they opted to donate the proceeds from the Friday performance to benefit the school foundation.

“I Can Hear Music” will run Friday through June 23 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Tickets for Friday’s show are $20. For information, visit http://legacypresents.com.

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


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