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Dixie Redfearn

Foundry fund-raiser: People wanting to support the Miners Foundry Cultural Center – or those just wanting to sample area wine – were present at the Foundry Friday night for its first “Wine Showcase” event. While live music played (Greg Gavin on piano and the Emerald Mist trio), people strolled through the Foundry sampling small plates of appetizers, fresh fruit and dessert, along with many varieties of wine. Miners Foundry Executive Director Ellen Davis said that Rod Byers of Nevada City Winery was very generous with his expertise and acted as auctioneer, cajoling the crowd to bid against one another for bottles of wine up for auction. The event included a silent auction as well. Spotted at the event: Bonnie Murphy, Jack and Marty Dinwiddie, Carolyn Michelsen and David Hood, Larry Stapleton, Jo Ann Stone, Myra and Bob Stone, Norm Westmore, Pat Gregor, Harvey Diemer and many more. Look for the second annual Wine Showcase next year.

Gladding McBean: The Joie Rouge Nevada County chapter of the Red Hat Society traveled to Lincoln on Saturday to tour the Gladding McBean pottery factory and see the Feats of Clay juried pottery show and adjacent pottery craft fair. For years I have heard about the clay arts exhibit and factory tour and it was amazing to be able to see it firsthand. Gladding McBean makes those large red sewer pipes, but for about 150 years they have turned out extraordinary clay work facades for historic buildings all over the world. This is the lowest-tech business I have ever seen – absolutely no automation, everything done by hand. And it was quite a sight to see 25 Nevada County women “of a certain age” parading on the tour with our festive red hats.

Miss the ’80s? You could indulge your inner retro persona at a special fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society on Friday. Jazzercise is holding the ’80s Retro class at 5:30 p.m. at 126 S. Auburn St., fourth floor, in Grass Valley. The $10 donation will go directly to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Speaking of the Relay for Life, it will be held on June 5-6 this year at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The 24-hour event is memorable and poignant, whether you’ve been touched by cancer or not. I dare you not to cry during the survivor’s memorial.

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


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