Readers’ Corner 10/1/07 |

Readers’ Corner 10/1/07

You Bet on history: Priscilla Van der Pas says the history of the You Bet mining area will be highlighted by former resident Jerry Brady when he comes this week to lead a tour there.

Jerry now lives in Southern California, but he attended class at the old schoolhouse in You Bet, which was closed years ago. “He was one of the last people there,” Priscilla says. “Now, there’s nothing out there, no town.”

The area saw hydraulic mining in the 1930s and 1940s. Jerry will lead a tour starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Meet the group at the Nevada City Veterans Memorial Hall on North Pine Street at Cottage and carpool to the area. You don’t need reservations.

Jerry will go to the You Bet and Red Dog cemeteries, the hydraulic mining sites and the sites of the towns of Red Dog and You Bet where the miners lived. He’ll also show his pictures from the 1800s when the Chinese families lived there, Priscilla says.

Visit China: The Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra still has a few spots open on their Oct. 11 through Oct. 24 trip to Beijing, Xian, a cruise on the Yangtze River and Shangai.

So many Chinese people came to this area for the gold mining ” here’s your chance to pay a return visit! Register at or contact tour leaders James and Helen Jay at 470-9215.

Get your reservations in: That’s for the 79th annual National Business Women’s Week celebration, sponsored by the Northern Mines Business and Professional Women.

It will be from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, and will honor Molly Fisk (author, poet, radio commentator, teacher), Sandy Schmidt (advocate for abused women and children and founder of Women of Worth) Mary Tucker (tireless volunteer for services to the aging) and Valerie Logsdon (lawyer specializing in law for the elderly).

Cost is only $15, but reservations have to be in by Oct. 9. R.S.V.P. with Dee at 273-0257.

Women, vision your community: What kind of community do you want to have here in the Sierra foothills?

The Chautauqua of Nevada County is sponsoring a forum especially for women to discuss and define the community they would like to become. The event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley. Marilyn Nyborg describes it as a time “to participate, to talk and listen.”

(Chautauqua was a movement that started in New York state in the 1870s as a family and adult education camp, and gatherings turned into cultural events and a place to

debate the Great Issues of the day).

Our Chautauqua here is part of several events being put together this year by the umbrella group of seven women’s organization. Marilyn hopes 60 to 80 women would come. Call her at 477-7883 or Elaine Sierra at 274-0738 to sign up or for more information.

Women, it’s time to show your power!

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