Readers’ corner 06/30/08 |

Readers’ corner 06/30/08

seen around town

It’s amazing how people around here can have a good time despite the smoke everywhere.

The Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley had a local crowd that made for great people-watching: Families strolled Mill Street, kids got their faces painted (and got a light saber twisted from a balloon to go with the Darth Maul makeup), teens showed off their fresh tattoos and newly dyed hair, folks bought art and cotton candy, and plenty of cops kept the peace.

Officers from the Yuba River Complex fire command center had very cool 3-D topo maps of the fires taped to a truck and answered people’s questions.

And a passel of firefighters from Los Angeles County stood on the sidewalk eating ice cream cones. (Probably a very welcome break after some very long shifts!)

saying goodbye

So many people attended the funeral for Robert Ohrum on Friday that there wasn’t enough parking at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary for all the guests. He died last week in a motorcycle accident.

local jazz concerts

If you’re a jazz music lover, two local concerts organized by the Sierra Jazz Society might pique your interest.

Musicians who teach at the Sierra Jazz Society will perform at a faculty concert at 7 p.m. July 15 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. There’ll be a silent auction before the concert.

A student concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 20 at the same venue.

Tickets cost $15 per person for both concerts and can be bought at BriarPatch Co-op, at the door, or at

For more information, call 273-2393.

seeking performers

The Sierra Performing Arts Festival is seeking performers of all types – tap dancers, stand-up comedians, musicians, actors – for its 2008 event in Penn Valley in September.

All you need to do is showcase your skills in a DVD, video cassette or CD-ROM and send it to the organizers at P.O. Box 935, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Be sure to include your contact information with your submission.

The organizers will select performers by Aug. 7. The festival is from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Penn Valley Pavilion at Western Gateway Park.

If you’re not a performer, you can volunteer at the event – and you’ll get free admission to the festival! You’ll also get a free pair of tickets for the 2009 festival.

For more information about performing, e-mail to To volunteer, e-mail to

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