Readers’ Corner: Sept. 8, 2008 |

Readers’ Corner: Sept. 8, 2008

Potential fire hazard

Lee Tope, a resident of Alta Sierra, recently shared some photos of burned cigarette butts among dry pine needles by the road on Gary Way.

“My wife and I, we just happened to be walking from our home up Gary Way and observed all these cigarette butts burned all the way down to their filters,” Tope said. “They were probably tossed from cars or by people walking down the road.

“This can start a fire. Look at the experience we’ve had with the fires in June. This is a disaster waiting to happen.”

Tope has lived in Alta Sierra for 10 years. He took the pictures on Labor Day, he said.

Taco Tuesdays in Nevada City

Here’s something fun that’s gained a lot of followers: Taco Tuesdays.

Several restaurants in Nevada City are offering cheap tacos on Tuesday nights starting at around 6 p.m. So far, you can find tacos at Friar Tuck’s, the Crazy Horse Saloon, the Stonehouse, Dos Banditos and Nevada City Classic Café (they have French tacos).

We hear they’ve become quite popular.

Local horse show adds a new category

Nevada County Horsemen, a local horse club, has included a new category to its monthly horse shows. The next show is at 8 a.m., Sept. 21 at the Nevada County Horsemen’s arena on Bubbling Wells Road in Grass Valley.

Some of the categories in the show include ranch horse versatility, halter, showmanship and trail classes. Spectators are admitted free to the event.

For more information, call Show Manager Diana Culver at 788-5079.

Martinis and a movie

Sierra Nevada Memor-ial Hospital Foundation is hosting a movie screening fundraiser at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Del Oro Theater.

Vertigo, an Alfred Hitchcock classic, will be shown at the event, while guests will be served martinis.

Tickets cost $30 in advance and can be bought at the hospital gift shop on 155 Glasson Way in Grass Valley, or at the hospital foundation office on 140 Litton Drive in Grass Valley. Tickets cost $35 at the door.

All proceeds from the event will go to the new stroke program at the hospital.

For more information, call the hospital foundation at 477-9700.

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