Teen short story contest seeks entries

Sierra Writers encourages young writers with an annual scholarship, named to honor past president, Lee Roddy. Roddy is the author of more than 70 novels written for children and young adults. Lee Roddy Awards are: First prize is $150, second prize is $125 and third prize is $100.

The contest is open to teens age 15-19, either residing in Nevada County or attending a school within Nevada County. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, 250-300 words per page, one side only, with pages numbered consecutively. Do not use bold script. Twelve point Courier or Times Roman fonts are required. Identify the manuscript with a short story title. Do not include name on any manuscript pages.

Entries should be short stories only, 2,000 word maximum. (8-9 pages), and only one short story per person. Do not include your name or address on the manuscript. Do include title and page number at the top of each page. All entries will be judged anonymously. An entry form is a must. The entry form and rules are available at http://www.sierrawriters.org.

Mail manuscript and entry form to Sierra Writers, P.O. Box 1595, Grass Valley, CA 95945-1595. Entries must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2005. Winners will be announced by May 15, 2005; prizes will be awarded shortly thereafter. Winning manuscripts may be posted on Sierra Writers’ Web site.

Copyright remains with author. Sierra Writers reserves the right to cancel the contest in the absence of sufficient entries of merit. The decisions of the judges are final. Retain a copy of your entry as no manuscripts will be returned.

For more information, contact Phylis Warady at 272-3509 or at paw113@earthlink.net

Bear River wins at Folsom jazz festival

Bear River High School’s jazz choir, Jazz Unlimited, recently placed second at the Folsom High School Jazz Festival. The jazz band placed fifth.

More than 100 groups competed in nine different divisions and included jazz combos, jazz bands and jazz choirs. The band placed fifth in the Jazz Band “B” division and Jazz Unlimited placed second in the large high school division “AA,” missing first by a mere 11 points out of 300. Jazz Unlimited came in third for the overall vocal jazz Sweepstakes Award.

The jazz band is under the direction of David Ahrens and Jazz Unlimited is directed by Cherry Hayes.

Hear spiritual music at house concert

Sacred Music Events presents singer Steven Walters at a special house concert this Saturday, 8 p.m., 1167 Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley.

His Web site tells quite a story. Since the age of 7, Walters has made his life’s work the writing and performing of original music on his guitar. In 1993, after 20 years on the road, he was diagnosed with leukemia and given 24 hours to get his affairs in order. He did; he started meditating intensively. After a bone marrow transplant restored his health, he gave up the smoky bars and clubs and started performing in churches, folk clubs, at conferences and in private homes. He has two CDs and a Web site: http://www.stevenwaltersmusic.com.

$15 admission. Call 613-1865 for more information.

KVMR show up for for best local program

“The End of the Trail Saloon,” a zany live music and satire session that airs on KVMR Community Radio, has received its third national nomination in five years from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for best local program.

Producers say they don’t understand why the show has not won in the past.

“We keep getting nominated,” said co-producer Dan Scanlan of Grass Valley. “I don’t think the judges know what to do with us. We don’t really fit any of the categories. …”

Other members of the saloon include Aloysius McGillicuddy, the barkeep who plays penny-whistle and banjo; Bill the Horse on jazz piano; Gilda and Lily, those Texas girls, on swing, gospel, country and rock vocals; Les Tar, formerly of the Nicotine Fits, on twelve-string guitar; Clod Headgate, a prolific songwriter and parodist, on accordion and guitar; Pathos Bill, the most sensitive of them all, on guitar, harmonica and nose flute; and Cool Hand Uke on ukulele.

“The Saloon” is heard on alternate Sunday evenings from 10 to midnight on KVMR, 89.5. The saloon doors swing open again Feb. 20.

Classes on nonviolent communication set

On Feb. 15, Mike Tomson and Loren Swift present an “Introduction to Nonviolent Communication” at the United Methodist Church of Grass Valley, 236 South Church St., Grass Valley, 7-9 p.m., as the first of three classes on improving living and communication skills, sponsored by the Season For Nonviolence Alliance.

According to the two teachers, the Nonviolent Communication model, which was developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenburg, offers a practical method of peace making in people’s lives through mutual understanding, which leads to creative strategies for meeting everyone’s needs.

Two more classes – “Moving Beyond Defensiveness” by Terri Harmon on Feb. 22, and “Loving What Is” by Jill Fox, based on “The Work” by Byron Katie – will also take place, same time, same place; love offerings are welcome.

For more information, visit http://www.LivingCompassion.org or call 432-8302.

Moving Ground announces classes

Moving Ground Studio, located in the St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St. in Grass Valley, announces two new classes for youngsters: Creative dance for 4- and 5-year-olds Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. and creative movement for 3 1/2 to 4-year-olds March 8 at 10:30 a.m. Call Director Marianne Reagan at 272-4240 for more information.

Classes up and running but which can be joined at any time are: Creative Dance for 6-year-olds on Mondays at 3 p.m.; Creative Movement for 4- to 5-year-olds on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Kinderdance at 1:15 p.m. on Fridays.

Call St. Joseph’s at 272-4725 for more information.

Remnant Books & Video has moved

Remnant Books & Video (voted Best Bookstore – New Books last year by The Union readers) has moved. The new location is 470 South Auburn St., Grass Valley, the corner of Park Avenue and South Auburn Street.

The store in the professional building and is a cozy, more intimate suite with parking in the rear of the building and on side streets .

Pat Lane invites everyone to come in and get acquainted with the new location and have some refreshments. Very soon, there will be a coffee/tea machine, as well as cold drinks.

Remnant offers Christian books, as well as classic, children’s and Christian videos. Special orders and hard-to-find, out-of-print book requests on Christian and secular topics are welcome.

‘Self-Portraits’ exhibit opens

A new exhibition, “Self-Portraits,” opens today at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts, Suite 212, 200 Litton Drive in Grass Valley, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

More than 50 artists with developmental disabilities have been sketching, painting and molding clay in front of mirrors for months, and the results range from the light-hearted to the soulful.

The exhibition continues through April 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 272-7287 for more information.

Call this musician Dr. Montgomery

Musician John Montgomery, playing at 8 p.m., Feb. 17, at BellaVista Ristorante, 101 Broad St. in Nevada City, is not only a good songwriter (hear his debut CD “One Step Away”), but he also has a doctorate in neurobiology – a fascinating combination. He also grew up in Brooklyn and Rio de Janeiro. His musical influences range from Bob Dylan, to Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, and Eric Satie.

Montgomery’s training as a scientist has informed his life as a musician in surprising ways. “For me,” he says, “writing a song is very similar to doing scientific research. There’s that same overpowering sense of excitement and release when you think you have something, when you think you’ve found or rendered some little piece of the truth.”

For more information, visit the Web at http://www.johnmontgomery.com or call the BellaVista Ristorante at 265-3445.

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