Readers Corner 10/31/07 |

Readers Corner 10/31/07

Dressed as a treat: The Harvest Fair at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City this weekend provided a sneak peak of tonight’s costume lineup: Lots of Spidermen and super heroes. More creative ones included a young man dressed as a tub of popcorn (an old-fashioned red-and-white stripped container filled with Styrofoam “popcorn”). Even a black lab dressed as a hot dog, with a stripe of ketchup on his back, won a prize.

Don’t forget the Safe Trick or Treat for pre-school children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Grass Valley. Both Mill and Main streets will be closed for the little ones. It’s real-life Norman Rockwell.

Honoring working women: Thanks to Dee Eldridge of Grass Valley for bringing in a copy of the BPW Club News Report that ran in The Union on Oct. 17, 1981, profiling dozens of working women. She said lots are still here: Carol Wagner (at the time an office manger for Dr. R. Cobden); Geri Larson (who was deputy forest supervisor with the Tahoe National Forest); Nanci Clinch (then Paulsen & Vodonick); and Dee herself (then store manager at Montgomery Ward), among others.

The Union will once again co-sponsor the annual Real Women Creative Writing Competition with the Northern Mines BPW next spring. It is a writing contest for all western Nevada County senior high school students.

Help youths with special needs: DeeAnna Keck and Julie Zumwalt would like us to know about the “No Limits Fishing derby” on April 27, 2008, at Lions Lake in the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “Our fishing derby will be geared for school age children with special needs including autism, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. We would like to ask if there are any individuals, businesses or nonprofits who would like to contribute to our event. April seems far away, but it is really just around the corner.” If you’d like to volunteer or provide financial support, contact Julie Zumwalt at 274-9456.

Child Advocates: Natalie Russell tells us: “Child Advocates of Nevada County will be beginning their See’s Candy fundraising sale on Nov. 17 and continuing through Dec. 24. Volunteers are needed to staff the mobile store, located in the JCPenney parking lot, fully stocked with delectable See’s candies.” Call Child Advocates of Nevada County at (530) 265-9550 to volunteer.

Beading the way: Area residents are featured in the November issue of Smithsonian (titled “Beading the way” on page 35) discussing American Indian dresses. One created by Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty is being shown in a Smithsonian exhibit. “Her daughter, Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty, and 18-year-old granddaughter, Jessica, who live in North San Juan, California, pitched in,” according to the article, sent by Cindy Grubbs. Juanita tells the magazine: “Every now and then, I’d throw in a load of laundry, but we just kept at it.”


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