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BBQ, books, dance and home tour next week

Five community members will be honored during the second annual “Community BBQ” sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grass Valley and the Community/Senior Center on Sept. 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The community awards are in the categories of public service, health care, vocational service, youth substance abuse and community service.

Family activities and entertainment will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dinners, including barbecue tri-tip and chicken, will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.



The event includes a jump house and climbing wall; face painting; finger printing and photo booth by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department; a bike-safety rodeo by the Grass Valley Police Department; a scarecrow decorating contest; and a display of fire engines, ambulances, California Highway Patrol motorcycles, police patrol cars and helicopters.

Kurtis Bershaw will play music for all ages.




Admission is $15 for anyone 11 and older and includes a barbecue tri-tip and chicken dinner and $5 for anyone 10 and younger, which includes a hot dog meal.

Tickets are at all Citizens Bank locations, the Community/Senior Center, via Grass Valley Rotarians or by calling 272-0913.

Proceeds will go to the Community/ Senior Center, the Fairgrounds Reforestation Program and the Rotary International Polio Eradication Project.

Call 272-0913 for any questions.

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Former Nevada City writer Eleanor Vincent will be at J.J. Jackson’s on Sept. 24 to discuss her book, “Swimming with Maya.”

Vincent, founding editor of Grass Valley Group’s employee newsletter “Channels,” wrote “Swimming with Maya” about her personal healing after the death of her older daughter in 1992. Now living in Walnut Creek, Vincent is a national spokesperson for organ donation and grief recovery.

Since seating is limited for the Sept. 24 discussion at 7 p.m., call 265-2644 for reservations. J.J. Jackson’s is at 244 Commercial St. in Nevada City.

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Natina Pistone will present the sixth annual multicultural dance performance “Gypsy Soul” on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 at the Center for the Arts.

The 8 p.m. performances benefit the dance programs at Nevada City School of the Arts and Bitney Springs High School.

Performances will include jazz, hip-hop, modern, African, flamenco, Middle Eastern, aerial and salsa styles.

Admission is $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are at Love Shack Records, The Book Seller and BriarPatch.

The center is at 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

For more information, call 477-1596.

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Eight residences will be open during the Designs for Living Home Tour on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.

The Nevada City and Grass Valley residences include Victorians, Arts and Crafts designs and a 21st century retreat. Two Nevada City residences are the 19th century Deer Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast and a home built in the mid-1800s, which was recently featured in the Sierra Heritage at Home magazine.

The self-guided tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days is an annual fund-raiser for Music in the Mountains.

Refreshments will be served at the Deer Creek Inn while local youth musicians play classical music featuring string trio String of Pearls, a hammer dulcimer duo and a violin duo.

Maps and directions will be available at the eight homes and the Music in the Mountains box office in Nevada City. Admission is $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are good both days.

Call 265-6124 or (800) 218-2188; check the Web at http://www.musicinthemountains.org or visit Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, Nevada City Postal Company, Mike’s Alta Sierra Market and Citizens Bank in Lake Wildwood for tickets.

– Carol Feineman


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