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Lorraine’s Lowdown: Breakfast delivered during Grass Valley’s big car show

With Mother’s Day just a week away, some wonder how to live up to the idyllic images featured on Hallmark greeting cards. Tell me how you celebrate Mother’s Day and I’ll share your traditions with readers…

Give the Dogs a Break. Some folks in Little Town want to install speed bumps to slow drivers during “tourist season” (Yes, that’s a thing!) Roaming fur babies, who often take naps in the middle of the street, are Washington’s current traffic control system. A spaghetti feed fundraiser hosted by Friends of Washington School at the Washington Hotel from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight will raise money to purchase four sets of portable speed bumps. Just when is “tourist season” in Little Town? “It’s hard to say,” admits Washington Hotel owner Charity Jackson. “It depends on the weather when people start flying through town to get to the river …”

Another Note about WA Not DC: The hotel will offer Mother’s Day Brunch next weekend with bottomless Mimosas. In typical laid-back Little Town Style, Charity adds, “It starts at 10 in the morning and ends whenever everyone is done drinking …”

Old Town Café is delivering breakfast and lunch to car owners and visitors at this weekend’s 34th Annual Grass Valley Car Show. The downtown diner, owned by avuncular Robin Buckman and beloved for serving free dinners at Thanksgiving, has turned “To go” orders into “It’s on the way!” Just call 273-4303 and give your location. “I’d like Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs delivered at the cherry red 1965 GTO parked in front of …”

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Awesome Artist Kial James has designed this year’s “Farms, Food & Fun!” Nevada County Fair poster. Kial (Facebook: Nevada City Scenics) and his family have attended the fair for more than 20 years. His fair poster includes all the imagery we love about the annual NevCo extravaganza, including marigolds, championship ribbons, farm animals, Treat Street, and more. Jokes Kial, “I’ve been pushing pixels around a screen and creating immersive experiences since the days of internet infancy …”

It’s Time to Mark our calendars for the 2019 NevCo Fair August 7-11. Exhibit entries and ticket sales open June 1. Even now, there are exciting things happening behind the scenes, including the Annual Planting of the Marigolds. While not a national holiday, it IS a local tradition. The work will be done by Nevada Union High School FFA members May 17, under direction of NevCo Fair Gardener Extraordinaire Lindsay Fertig. Affectionately dubbed “The Gold Path” by fair lovers, Lindsay says, “It feels like fair is just around the corner when I see the marigolds going in.” Not to mention the marigolds highlight the gold in the Miners’ uniforms …

A Twist on King Richard III’s lamentation for a horse, with a nod to the misery of allergy season: “My kingdom for a Kleenex…!”

Ron and Debbie Sanchez own 220 acres of steep, challenging terrain in western NevCo. They call it Secret Ranch and its location is indeed a well-kept secret, even though they have hosted the annual TDS Enduro downhill bike race there every year since 2011. Ron distributed free T-shirts to competitors during the endurance race’s inaugural year, back when there were fewer than two dozen competitors. “That’s the year we called it ‘18 guys getting drunk in the woods,’” says Ron. T-shirts are still free, but the competition has grown exponentially. Last weekend there were 127 starters but 11 didn’t make it to the bitter end due to broken ribs and wrists, concussions, and race-ending lacerations …

TDS Enduro Is Ranked the 12th most difficult enduro race in the world. Epic crashes earn nicknames such as The Tomahawk, a wreck in which a rider tumbles end over end. “There’s a rule at the ranch,” says Ron. “You have to win or break yourself to have a trail named after you. We have BrokeBack Trail, named after a guy who broke his back. Don’t worry, he wasn’t paralyzed.” Many riders literally “become one with the trees.” Race Starter Dan Thomassen, who hosted with his wife Donna a post-race banquet at their Cedar Ridge home, says wrecks are embarrassing fair game as long as no one is seriously injured. “One guy climbed back up to the starting line and began to tell me about his wreck,” laughs Dan. “I told him I’d already seen it on Instagram …”

This Is the Third Year TDS Enduro has welcomed veterans from the Semper Fi Fund (see Thursday’s Union). Debbie remembers the first time she saw veterans competing in enduro racing down south. “It was heart-warming, humbling, and we decided to do something at the ranch for them,” says Debbie. Daughter Carly Sanchez coordinates the races that include U.S. military members, many of whom have suffered injuries while defending our country. “I call them ‘My Dudes’ for the weekend,” Carly says. “I wouldn’t do a TDS without them.” The feeling is mutual. “The Sanchez family brought us into their family,” says Brian McPherson, Semper Fi Fund Sr. Communications Manager, “and we’ve learned Grass Valley is a great community …”

One (More) and Done. Son Casey Sanchez met Tandie Bailey two years ago when she traveled from Arkansas to Grass Valley to compete in the 2017 TDS Enduro. The loving couple will be married June 28. And yes, there is an enduro race run at Secret Ranch now called “TandieLand …”

The GeeVee Chamber of Commerce welcomes Stella & Dot, a catalog company featuring jewelry, women’s accessories, and clothing; returning chamber member LaTeDa, a downtown women’s clothing retailer; and Comfort Plumbing Systems, a full-service plumbing business that is beautifully renovating the Scandling Avenue building that previously housed Rod’s Computer Service …

Who Says there’s nothing for local youths to do after school? In addition to NEO’s free youth center, readers have shared other free drop-in opportunities for fun, study, and recreation. Next door to Nevada Union, the “Hangout” at Grace Lutheran Church offers snacks, video games, billiards, foosball, and a place to hang out (hence the name) after school until 6 p.m. Tutoring is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4-5 p.m …

Another Option is the get-together across the street from Nevada Union from 7:15-8:15 a.m. at First Baptist Church, in partnership with Campus Life. Students enjoy coffee, donuts, a hot breakfast, and an optional inspirational word at 8 a.m. All the programs, staffed by caring, supportive adults, run through the end of the school year and the fun resumes in August …

So True! “A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Chef, author, and TV personality Julia Child (1912-2004). I’d add that home-made pies, cheesecake, cookies, and anything involving chocolate are suitable substitutes …

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