Readers’ corner 2/18/08 |

Readers’ corner 2/18/08

It’s a small world: Gillian Sorensen, a former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, will be in town this week to talk about how local projects play an important role in world development and peace.

Gillian served in the area of external relations under former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She’ll talk about problems, challenges and accomplishments at the U.N. More importantly for us here, she’ll highlight ways ordinary citizens use the UN as a resource for their particular area of international concern.

“The U.S., the U.N. and You” starts at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St.

The suggested donation is $5-$10. Get advance tickets at BriarPatch in Grass Valley and Mowen Solinsky Gallery in Nevada City. For info, call 273-6755 or write to

Happy Birthday Lois Coley: Relatives and friends of Grass Valley resident Lois Coley recently celebrated Lois’ 90th birthday with a gathering of 150 people at Sierra Presbyterian Church, in Nevada City.

Lois lived in Hawaii for many years before moving to Nevada County. Both her daughter and daughter-in-law belong to the Nevada City Hawaiian dance group, and they performed at the celebration.

Congratulations Lois!

Support our local (little) artists: Have you ever seen the art by local school kids at the Rood Center? It’s amazing how much talent we have among our youth in Nevada County.

The kids will wow us again with the “Young at Art” show that goes up at the Rood Center starting March 1 and running through May 23. There’s always an impressive mixture of subjects, styles and media including painting, photography and ceramics.

With budget cuts on the horizon for our local schools – and you know what always is the first to go – the show reminds us how important it is for our kids to learn how to express themselves through the arts.

“It exemplifies the high quality of visual arts instruction students receive and our schools’ continued commitment to the arts in these disheartening budgetary times,” says Paul Harrar, Nevada County’s school arts liaison and the man who organized the show.

Higgins pancake breakfast: Mark your calendars for 7 a.m. to noon April 13, when the folks from the Higgins Fire Protection District will have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.

Alex Crawford says breakfast will include pancakes, sausage patties, scrambled eggs and Starbucks coffee. It will be at the Higgins Lions Center at 22490 E. Hacienda Dr., and will cost $5 per person.

For more info, contact Higgins Fire at 268-0844.


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