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The Community Meltdown almost melted down the Don Baggett Theatre on Tuesday night. People began arriving more than an hour before the event started and the auditorium was filled before 7 p.m. It really was astounding to see the constant stream of people filing into the lobby, everyone excited and curious as to how the evening would go.

I know this column isn’t devoted to the Meltdown, but there are some things to communicate to those who were there and those – in the hundreds, by the way – who were turned away.

First of all, there will be a “spillover date” for those who were turned away. It will probably be Saturday, but where and what time remain to be decided. As soon as I know I’ll let you know.

No one, in their wildest dreams, thought we would overflow the 500-seat venue; obviously the next Tuesday night meeting will need to be in a larger place. When that is announced, I will put the information in this column. Meanwhile, you can check the Web at

Also, there is still time to get on board. The idea that little Nevada County could make news as the “fittest county in the country” is really fun.

Mike Carville gave an excellent presentation on health-related diseases and obesity and had a slide show backing up all his comments with facts. He said that very small changes in society, like television remotes and extension phones, have all contributed to the country’s weight problem.

Each Tuesday evening will feature a talk by an expert on something relevant to health, fitness and nutrition. Since the event is free, anyone can attend those talks, which should be beneficial.

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

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