Christmas doins’ in big and little towns |

Christmas doins’ in big and little towns

I may have already mentioned this, but please stop by Walker’s Office Supply on East Main in Grass Valley for an unexpected treat. Walk in the door and instantly turn left to see a beautiful, huge aquarium containing a sand shark, two eels, a puffer fish big enough to eat for lunch, and a couple of other slimy swimmers.

Eunice works there, and she said “Come on in and take a look and yes, bring the kids, they’ll love it.” While you’re there, wave hi to Eunice, one of the friendliest people in Nevada County.

A month or so ago, Dale came home hauling two giant boxes of books – hardbacks and paperbacks – and all of them interesting, with no idea who dropped them off. Well, they were the gift of Burl and Eloyce Rogers, who have been so generous with their books in the past – thank you, thank you so much!

Those books put the little Washington Public Library over the top on inventory. Sugartush recently put some donated cookbooks in the old trailer that serves as our library, and I’m afraid to go down the driveway to see how crammed it is. There’s steady traffic in and out, though, which makes me very happy.

If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and do some browsing. If you find a few/some/lots of books you’d like to read, just take ’em; it’s as easy as that. If not for people like Burl and Eloyce, there would be very little in that library. All the readers in Washington send out a big round of applause to everyone who’s brought us books.

I hope you’ll make it a point to be in the neighborhood on Thursday, Dec.19, for Washington School’s annual Christmas play, this one called “Christmas Pie.”

There will be cookies, punch, coffee, vigorous carol singing and friendly people waiting to meet you. Everything starts at 6:30 p.m., but you should be here half an hour earlier so you can meet everybody. We need your assistance in cheering on our kids, who will also be your kids for the evening. Mr. Pete hinted that Santa will make an early stop at our tiny mountain school. Would you like to try a sample of what Christmas in the country is like? Come on out and share a good time with us.

The 11th Annual Nevada County Food & Toy Run starts up this very day at noon, and I hope you’re getting The Union in plenty of time to stake out a comfy spot to see it. Motorcycle riders are coming in from all over; if it’s raining, they ride anyway.

Thom Staser, CEO and founder of the Toy Run, said, “We had heavy rain the second year of the run; I got soaked through my leathers and we all still rode. Rain never stopped us.” He laughed. “Do you think our riders are going to disappoint all those kids because it’s a little wet? No way!”

The route is Broad, Zion, and Sacramento streets in Nevada City, then all the way down Old Nevada City Highway to Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley, and then out to the fairgrounds. Local residents Kanuck Kevin, Mike and Denice Gray, and Karl Ohrum and his heartthrob Janet Romero are all participating.

It’s quite a sight to see, so this is: 1) an invitation to enjoy one of Bigtown’s holiday traditions, and 2) a call for patience because traffic is going to be held up to let these bikes go by. Wear a jacket and bring an umbrella, but don’t miss the parade.

Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.

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