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Duck Race beneficiaries named

Several area organizations and projects will benefit from the 49er Rotary Breakfast Club of Nevada City’s 11th annual Gold Country Duck Race, “2002: The Running of the Ducks.”

Seven Hills School, Deer Creek School, Lyman Gilmore Middle School, Pleasant Valley School, Friendship Club, Rotary PolioPlus, Nevada Union High School Interact Club, 49er Breakfast Rotary community service projects and the Constitution weekend celebration are this year’s beneficiaries.

The race will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Deer Creek, part of Nevada City’s annual Constitution Day weekend festivities. The race offers a chance to win $1 million, a $5,000 cash first prize, a $1,000 second prize, a $500 third prize and several other prizes.

The duck race is 49er Rotary’s largest annual fund-raising event, generating several thousand dollars each year to support school and community projects.

Anyone may enter the duck race by “adopting” racing ducks at $5 each.

Tickets are available from 49er Rotarians and through beneficiary groups. Call the Duck hot line at 272-DUCK for more details.

MIM members receive international recognition

Paul Perry, Music in the Mountains’ artistic director and a founder of the organization, and two MIM orchestra members, oboist Neil Tatman and cellist Kristina Cooper, will perform Friday at the International Convention of the Double Reed Society in Banff, Canada. The MIM representatives will be in one of eight performances during the weeklong convention.

Tatman, principal oboist of the former Sacramento Symphony, is MIM’s principal oboist and a founding member. He recently commissioned a new work for oboe, cello and piano by Dan Coleman, a composer-in-residence at the University of Arizona. Coleman dedicated the piece to Perry, Tatman and Cooper. The piece will be premiered at the conference.

Concert highlights music camp students

Donner Mine Music Camp students will present a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Several Nevada County youth are among the 103 students at the one-week camp.

The concert will include brass and woodwind repertoire, big band music and choral works. Dr. Robert Halseth is the concert band conductor.

Because parking is tight, organizers suggest concert-goers arrive by 5:30 or 5:45 p.m.

The camp is at 12707 Zeibright Road, 25 miles east of Nevada City off Highway 20. Call 389-8235 with any questions.

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