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Pancake fund-raiser for Magnolia Starmakers’ trip

The entire family can dine on pancakes and eggs Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the Bear River High School multi-purpose room, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley, and listen to the Magnolia Intermediate School Starmakers Jazz Choir and watching them dance.

Proceeds help offset costs of transportation, hotel and entrance fees for the R.A.V.E.S. competition in Redding in April. Last year at this high-profile competition for Northern California show pop groups, the Magnolia Starmakers, made up of 28 seventh- and eighth-graders, took first place.



Tickets, $5 for adults, can be purchased from members of the choir, at Magnolia School, or at the door. Children ages 5 and under get in free. For more information, call 268-2813.

Volunteers needed at Empire Mine




Empire Mine State Historic Park is looking for people interested in volunteering at a very special place. There are opportunities to participate in a wide number of park support functions including living history players, tour guides, gift shop clerks, and rose garden workers, to name a few. Have fun while learning local history and sharing your skills and enthusiasm with others.

Spring training classes begin on Feb. 28. You can pick up an application at the Empire Mine State Historic Park visitor center. The deadline for submitting an application for the spring training session is Feb. 22. Group interviews will be held in January and February for volunteer candidates.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Susan Chase at 273-5762, ext. 202, for more information.

Fiber art show features Mardi Gras theme

Handwoven wall hangings with a Mardi Gras theme, woven by fiber artist Spencer McClay, will be on display at the Center for the Arts. This series was inspired by Mardi Gras parades, wild clothes, beads, balloons, cotton candy, floats and jazz bands of McClay’s childhood in New Orleans.

His one-person exhibition ends Feb.15. The center is at 314 West Main St., Grass Valley. McClay will be at the gallery Fridays through Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. Call 274-1609 or go on the Web at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org.

An artist’s reception will be Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Center for the Arts.

Two literary lectures at Miners Foundry

A lecture titled “Book Burning and Censorship” will be presented by professor James Schmidt on Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. at Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Schmidt currently teaches a course on intellectual freedom at San Jose State University.

On Feb. 22, top-notch sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson will present “Science Fiction Literature and 451” from 7:30-9 p.m., also at Miners Foundry. Robinson has won almost every science fiction award possible for his many books and short stories. He hails from Waukegan, Ill., the same hometown as the author of “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury.

Writing practice workshop is ongoing

Keeping Writing is an ongoing writing group that meets every Sunday, 4-6 p.m. at the Keeping Still Mountain Tea Shop in Nevada City. Adults, 16 and older, at all levels of writing experience, are welcome. There is no need to join; drop in when you have the time and space. Spontaneous writing is the technique. Donna Hanelin guides the writing with simple prompts. This is not a critique group; it is a way to understand about how creative writing works for the writer and is an opportunity to practice the natural use of language. There is a $5 fee per drop-in.

Lineage Dance company holds benefit performance

A Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company, Lineage Dance, performs at Grass Valley’s The Center for the Arts Saturday at 8 p.m. to benefit the Yuba River Charter School, a K-8 Waldorf-inspired school in Nevada City.

Lineage Dance, which has been praised by The Los Angeles Times for its accomplished athleticism and its soulful femininity, travels the country raising money for good causes while at the same time bringing dance to a wide cross section of the public.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students. Kids 6 and under get in free. For more information, call 274-8384.

Local gallery to hold ‘Art Talks’

The first in a series of gallery talks by professional artists at the Mowen Solinsky Gallery, 225 Broad St. in Nevada City, occurs Feb. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. when fine-art photographer Richard Murai will show examples of his powerful black and white photography that documents sacred sites from Western Europe to Asia.

He will also discuss his photographic techniques and transition from a traditional darkroom to digital printing.

Murai had taught photography for 25 years at Yuba College and has been published in photography magazines such as Lenswork. His work is in a number of West Coast galleries, including the Mowen Solinsky Gallery.

For more information, call 265-4682.

Auditions to be held for Foothill Theatre Co.

The Foothill Theatre Company will be holding general auditions for its 2005 season on Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City.

Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues that total no longer than three minutes. If interested in being considered for the Lake Tahoe Sierra Shakespeare Festivals, one of the two monologues should be in verse. Singer/actors interested in “My Way – A Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” should prepare one monologue and an a cappella song in a jazz-standard style.

Children interested in “A Christmas Story” should prepare one short spoken piece.

The 2005 Season includes “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Long Shadow,” “My Way – A Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” “Macbeth,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music” and “A Christmas Story.” For more information or to make an appointment, call 265-9320.


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