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Share a silent meditation at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, then watch a movie, “Sacred Planet,” about a journey around the world to exotic and beautiful places. This happens the first Friday of the month at the new Sierra Meditation Center in Nevada City. Go online at for directions and full details or call (530) 265-57654. Suggestions for future movies are welcome.

Spirit Center celebrates four years

Saturday, June 2, is SPIRIT Mental Health Peer Empowerment Center’s celebration of its fourth year in operation. From 1 to 5 p.m. live music, food and good company will be offered at 276 Gates Place, Grass Valley (behind Sweet Peas restaurant, across from Fowler Center). Call (530) 274-1431 for more information about the celebration and about the self-help peer counseling services offered to the public.

Author presents revised art book

Artist Susan Sarback will present her revised and expanded book, “Capturing Radiant Color in Oils,” at The Book Seller Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m.

Founder of The School of Light and Color in Fair Oaks, Sarback has filled this edition with fresh insights, spectacular digital photography and expanded coverage on seeing and painting in luminous color.

Former Sarbeck students – Marilyn Rose, local plein air artist; and Irene Lester, former Nevada County resident (NID’s Lester Canal is named for her family) – will also be at the store, demonstrating the use of oils and pastels.

Sarback has taught and lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and her paintings hang in galleries, museums and private collections internationally.

The store is located at 107 Mill St., Grass Valley. Call 272-2131 for more information.

Learning Institute classes start in June

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sierra College is offering classes for older adults on music, film and English starting the week of June 11 at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley. The classes, which include “Jane Austen in the Movies,” are tuition-free, academically rigorous, from four to six weeks in length and require no tests or homework. This program is also offered in Placer County. Learn more at

– The Union staff

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