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Katherine Bowman, daughter of Gary and Amy Bowman of Grass Valley, has enrolled in the School of the Foundation Year at the Kansas City Art Institute. The institute is a private, independent, four-year college of art and design offering a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. The majors available at the school includes art history, animation, new media, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking and graphic design.

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Sierra College, Nevada County Campus, will host two community meetings in the coming weeks to unveil the final designs of the facility improvements and on-campus renovations that will start next year. The meetings have been scheduled on Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Nov. 1, from 6 – 8 p.m.



The meetings have been planned to solicit input from the community on the designs. Money from the first issue of the Measure G Bond totaling $18 million will be used to build a Health and Wellness Center, Performing Arts Center, new classrooms and renovations to other campus facilities.

The firm of NTDStichler Architecture has been actively collaborating with multiple advisory committees and task forces since 2004 to develop an architectural style and site plan that addresses future needs, incorporates local traditions, and enhances community character.




Both meetings will convene in Room L101 on campus. For more information, contact Joy Pelton at 916-781-7165. To RSVP, contact Ginger Dial or Maggie Green at 274-5301.

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Nevada Union High School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23 – 27. Red Ribbon Week is the national week for drug awareness.

The students of the Friday Night Live Youth Coalition along with the NU Prevention Team will host several events at NU during the week. The events will include dress-up days and lunch time entertainment, like swing-dancing, comedy sports, street percussion, and a rock band.

The finale for the event will be held a football game on Friday, Oct. 27. Information on drug prevention will be available for both students and parents at a booth at the NU stadium. For more information, contact Lynn Skrukrud, NU drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention commissioner, at 432-8360.

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Sierra College has arranged events from Oct. 24-26 to celebrate Global Women’s Day and People and Cultures Day.

Meiko Jones, a Zen Master, and Bhikkhuni Ayya Tathaaloka, a Buddhist nun, will speak on “Women and Buddhism” at the Rocklin campus, on Oct. 24. The talk will be hosted by the Philosophy of Religion class in Building MT7 at 12:30 p.m.

Jones is the Prior of the Portland Buddhist Priory in Oregon, and Tathaaloka belongs to the Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Vihara Buddhist Center in Fremont.

The talk will address the topic of equality for women in Buddhist practices. There will be limited guest seating.

On Oct. 25, members of the Bear River Meditation Group from Applegate, and people from the Mountain Stream Meditation group of Auburn will be at a booth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (near the Cafeteria) during the People and Cultures Day to answer questions about Buddhism and its practices.

Both events are free and the public is encouraged to participate. There is a $1 daily parking fee on campus. Parking permits can be purchased at machines located in the parking lot.

For more information about these events, contact Andrea Spark, lay minister at Shasta Abbey in Applegate, call 878-2629.

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Have an item to submit to the Learning Page? Contact staff writer Soumitro Sen via e-mail at soumitros@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4229.


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