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Perfect time of year to talk of flowers

Two contributing authors to the popular book, “Wildflowers of Nevada & Placer Counties,” are giving a talk on Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Book Seller.

Julie Carville and Karen Callahan have been members of the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for many years. They’ve also been involved in all aspects of the book that has 600 full color photographs of the myriad wildflowers found in this region.

The book sorts the flowers by family and gives helpful hints on where they might best be found. It also highlights trails where wildflower viewing is especially good.

The talk is free. The store is located at 107 Mill St., Grass Valley; (530) 272-2131.

Perfect book for bead lovers

For people who love to bead, a new book, “Beaded Jewelry: The Complete Guide”by Susan Ray, is now available. So says Grass Valley artist Michelle McKenzie, who contributed numerous glass art designs to the book.

McKenzie has been working in glass for eight years. You can see her work online at The book is available at

Finger tips tell all

Apparently your finger tips tell more than just whether you’ve committed a crime or not. They reveal your life’s purpose.

So says Richard Unger, director of the International Institute of Hand Analysis and one of the foremost authorities on hand analysis in the world today.

His unique system of Life Purpose Analysis is the culmination of more than 30 years of intensive research, including the reading of more than 50,000 pairs of hands and combining the scientific study of fingerprints with the ancient wisdom of palmistry.

Friday Unger will give a lecture based on his book, “LifePrints: Deciphering Your Life Purpose from Your Fingerprints” at Unity in the Gold County, 500 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, and a workshop the next day at the same venue. Purchase tickets at BriarPatch and The Book Seller in Grass Valley and Auburn Alchemy: $20/$25 for Friday night (7-9 p.m.) and $75/$85 for Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Visit or (lecture) for more information.

3 artists slated for showcase

Wednesday evening is the time to catch three new CD artists at Rhythms Music Cafe in Grass Valley.

Coming through town on tour is Los Angeles resident Amanda Abizaid, who is promoting her new 11-song CD, “The Great Plan Volume II.” This player of guitar, keyboards and flute has written and performed songs for TV shows such as “The 4400” and VH1’s “Strange Frequency.” She plays guitar, keyboards and flute.

The second artist is J Thomas from San Francisco, who will perform his special, spiritual, hip-hop music from his CD, “Fragrance of a Rose.”

Third up is local talent, Bud Beebe, from the band “Remley.”

The performances take place at 114 W. Main St., from 8 to 10:30 p.m., and admission is free.

Hosted by local Grass Valley resident songwriter Michael Gregory, the showcase takes place the first Wednesday of every month. Call him at

(530) 274-1835 for more information, or go online at

– The Union staff

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