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Poetry series, Draft Horse return

A.D. Winans, Kel Munger and Grace Totherow will be guest readers at the Nevada County Poetry Series event Sept. 17 in Grass Valley.

Winans is the author of more than 40 books of poetry and prose, including “North Beach Poems” and “The Holy Grail: Charles Bukowski and the Second Coming Revolution.” From 1972 to 1989, he edited and published Second Coming Magazine/Press.

Munger won the Minnesota Voices Prize for first book award in 1998 for “The Fragile Peace You Keep.” Her poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies including “Sinister Wisdom,” “Flyway,” “Appalachee Quarterly,” ” Lynx Eye,” “Lesbian Review of Books,” “Gay and Lesbian Review,” “RATTLE: Poems for the 21st Century, The Muse Strikes Back!” and “Are You Experienced? Baby Boom Poets at Midlife.”



Totherow is with California Poet in the Schools and also facilitates poetry workshops for Nevada Union High School students through Literature Alive. She collaborates in dance and writing songs with Lauren Goodwin. The two are vocalists for the gypsy funk rock band Rumble and Flood.

An open mike follows the 7:30 p.m. reading at the Center for the Arts at 314 W. Main St. Admission is $7 general, $5 for seniors and students and $1 for anyone under 18; refreshments included. Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 with any questions.




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Six Draft Horse arena performances will be presented at the 18th annual Draft Horse Classic between Sept. 16 and 19 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The classic includes a western trade show, the Harvest Fair, a western art show “Art at the Classic,” bluegrass and western music acts, lumberjack and horse-shoeing demonstrations and agricultural competitions.

Only the arena performances have an admission charge. Draft Horse performances are $18 in advance and $15 at the door except for the Sept. 16 performance, which is $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Fairgrounds parking is $3 per day.

A Taste of the Gold Country Sept. 18 provides a sample of local wines and foods. Sponsored by the Grass Valley Downtown Association and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, this event requires a separate admission. For tickets or information, call 272-8315.

The Fairgrounds is at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Call 273-6217 or visit http://www.nevadacountyfair.com for more details.

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The second annual North Columbia Folklife Festival at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center Sept. 17 and 18 will celebrate Mexican cultural traditions practiced in California.

Bay Area and Southern California artists/ presenters will be Los Cenzontles, El Son del Pueblo, La Familia Peña-Govea, Danza Cuauhtonal, Rubén Guzmán, Herminia Albarrán Romero, Irene Campos, Maria Aispuro, Heather Hafleigh, Adrian Franco and Miguel Molina.

The festival begins Sept. 17 with a talk, slide show and musical performance indoors and continues Sept. 18 with performances, workshops and demonstrations in the outdoors amphitheater and surrounding area, concluding with a Mexican feast and dance.

Workshops will be on cartonería (papier mache-type sculpture) and making paper flowers. Demonstrations will be on papel picado, tortilla making and roping skills of the Mexican rodeo.

Tickets for both days, which includes dinner the second night, are $30 for adults and $13 for children. Tickets for Sept. 18, which includes dinner, are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Daytime or evening only tickets are also available. Children 12 and under are admitted free during the day Saturday.

The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is at 17894 Tyler Foote Road on the San Juan Ridge. For more information or to volunteer, call the Schoolhouse at 265-2826. Bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers are especially needed. For information in Spanish, call 292-1501.


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