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Dixie Redfearn

Spotted at the Bottle Shop: A T-shirt that said, “I’m on a drinking team and I have a bowling problem.”

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Nevada County walk: The group, which is Nevada County’s “voice” on mental illness, is having a walkathon for mental health next Saturday. The walk with be on the beautiful Independence Trail from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. With budget cuts in the mental health services, NAMI will probably play an even greater role in the future. It educates and supports families impacted by mental illness. To learn more, call Annie Ewing at 273-9458.

Amazing athlete: A guy named Bob Mathias from Tulare, a rural farming community in Central California, shocked the world when he won the 1948 Olympic decathlon at age 17 – a newcomer no one had even heard of. At that time, as an amateur athlete under Olympic guidelines, he received no money for his incredible feat. Three years later, he played running back for the Stanford football team and returned a kickoff 96 yards against the powerhouse Frank Gifford-led USC team. The upset sent Stanford to the Rose Bowl. The following year, Mathias won another Olympic gold medal in the decathlon. He went on to star in movies, became a Marine and served as a congressman for four terms.

Anyway, Chris Terrence has written a book called “Bob Mathias: Across the Fields of Gold,” and he will be at the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the county Rood Administrative Center Wednesday at 6 p.m. Chris is a radio and television talk show host in Fresno.

Also appearing is Kerry Jo Nakagawa, who wrote “Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball.”

This program is free and suitable for both young and old. It’s sponsored by the County of Nevada, Friends of the Nevada County Library, The Northern Queen Inn and Poets and Writers, Inc. For more information, call county Librarian Steve Fjeldsted at 265-1539.

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


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