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Wildflowers continue to bloom at Bridgeport. Earlier blooms can still be seen along with the “middle bloomers” that are emerging on the slopes of the beautiful Buttermilk Bend Trail. These include poppies, larkspur, popcorn flowers and buttercups. Docent-led walks start every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. from the north parking lot at the South Yuba River State Park. Call 432-2546 for more information.

– Bridgeport docent

Barbara Pixley

Sierra College Choir concert Friday

The Nevada County Campus of Sierra College is presenting its free Spring Concert Friday. Under the direction of Ken Hardin, the choir of 50 voices of all ages will sing a variety of music – classical, jazz, spirituals, folk songs and Broadway show tunes. Singing starts at 7:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Grass Valley, 236 S. Church St. A reception follows the concert.

Peace is message

of author’s book

Author Sharon Mehdi is coming to The Book Seller Sunday to read her story, “The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering.” A tiny gem of a book about peace, it was initially written as a gift for her newborn granddaughter and self-published, but it became so popular that Viking acquired the title.

A scholar who has lived and worked in such places as Egypt and Mexico, Mehdi now lives in Ashland, Ore. The reading takes place at 2 p.m. at 107 Mill St., Grass Valley. Call the shop at 272-2131 for more information. Go online at for more of the story.

Mining is topic of Land Trust ‘Trek’

Sit back, relax and enjoy gold mining lore without ever having to go into a mine. Wednesday at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Jim Sindt of the Nevada County Land Trust presents “Gold Mining Techniques and Our Gold Mining Heritage.” But Sindt won’t be alone in this. He will be joined by two mystery guests, all of whom will entertain the audience with a slide show, reminiscences and a movie.

The evening, which is part of the Land Trust’s “Armchair Trek” series, begins at 7 p.m. and $5 is the suggested donation. Call the Land Trust at 272-5994 for more information.

– The Union staff

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