Readers’ corner 03/17/07 |

Readers’ corner 03/17/07

Weird vacation schedules: I wrote about this a while back and reader Paul August had this to say: “Did you ever get an explanation of the screwy Christmas and Easter vacation schedules? In the big cities, there is no ‘Christmas vacation.’ It’s winter break. No ‘Easter vacation.’ It’s ‘spring break.’ Not even ‘Easter’ egg hunts. It’s ‘spring’ egg hunt. Because of various ethnicities, these schedules vary because various cultures or religions don’t recognize American traditions. There was once a time when school began after Labor Day in September and ended around the first of June. No more. Politicians are always pushing for more school days. Someday, we can look back on when there was something called ‘Summer vacation.'” And no, Paul, I never did get any explanation!

Think about this: The most popular blog on the Washington Post Web site is “On Faith,” where readers and leaders in the faith-based community weigh in on what they’re thinking. I would like to see more coverage of religion and faith in general in the media and I was heartened to see that – out of 75 blogs – the faith blog was on top. Readers, are we covering this subject to your satisfaction? Suggestions?

St. Paddy’s tonight: I’ve written about other celebrations, but I found out The Stonehouse is having something, too. From 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: “Celticelli And That” with Ela Robertson, Bill Cullingford, Lisa Stine and Nan Geary. From 7:10 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.: Pete and Phyllis Grant with Lisa Stine & Dave Riddles. From 8:20 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.: Shawn Haussler and John Pellizzer. From 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Jam session.

Military bands, part 2: This comes from Paul Perry. “I did want to let you know that Music in the Mountains had the U.S. Air Force ‘Band of the Golden West’ here for a free concert in the middle 1980s, and also again last year during our 25th Anniversary Celebration. Last year’s concert was a ‘thank you Nevada County’ free concert to help us celebrate and also to say thanks for the community’s support for these 25 years.”

Lucky Charm Pet Adoptions: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by adopting a wee leprechaun – or maybe a dog or cat – from AnimalSave today between noon and 3 p.m. today at their Thrift and Treasures, 520 E. Main St., Grass Valley. It will enrich your life to have a pet at home, and you’ll be saving a pet’s life, too! Win-win for everybody.

Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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