Reader’s Corner: 07/05/08 |

Reader’s Corner: 07/05/08

Foothill Theatre Says thank you

Volunteers at Foothill Theatre Company were treated to a delicious barbecue lunch June 28 at the North Star House in Grass Valley. This was Foothill Theatre’s second annual volunteer appreciation event, according to Wendy Willoughby, development and education director with the company.

“We have around 200 volunteers,” Willoughby said. “Most of the volunteers the public has seen are the ushers at the theater, but we also have volunteers in the office, at the costume shop and backstage. They also help us build the sets. This was our way of saying, ‘Thank you.'”

The event this year included volunteers at the North Star House, Willoughby said.

Attendees were updated about the plans for the Shakespeare Festival that will take place next year on the grounds of the historic North Star House.

Grass Valley in The New Yorker

So if you thought our police blotter is read just by local readers, think again. New Yorkers read it, too.

Mimi Boardman, one of the owners of the Stonehouse Restaurant in Nevada City, noticed a blurb at the bottom of page 81 of the June 30 issue of The New Yorker which read:


“From the Grass Valley (Calif.) Union: A man called from the 16000 block of Oscar Drive saying he thought someone had been inside his residence and canceled his vacation booked online. Nothing else in the residence had been disturbed, he said.”

Local bakery helps firefighters

The Flour Garden Bakery’s two stores in Grass Valley donated four big bags of scones, muffins, bear claws, croissants, cookies and other pastries to the firefighters camped out at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, adding to goodies donated by other area businesses and collected by Kathy Simpson earlier this week.

“I could barely carry them out to the car, they were so heavy,” Simpson said.

Store manager gets published

Lindsay Ostrom already is something of a celebrity in the local scrapbooking world for her former store, The Paper Rabbit. Now the manager of the paper arts department at Ben Franklin Crafts in Grass Valley, she recently published a book called “Scribbles: A creative lettering book.”

It’s being printed by the Pinecone Press in Santa Ana.

A book signing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 at Ben Franklin. The store is located on 598 Sutton Way in Glenbrook Basin.

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