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Goodbye ‘Pink Ladies’: Myra Stone of Nevada City called to give me this update on the former Sierra Nevada hospital volunteers known as Pink Ladies, because they wear pink uniforms. “We’re kind of a green teal now,” Myra said. She explained that the volunteers wanted to get away from the Pink Lady image, especially since many of the volunteers are now men. The male volunteers were called Blue Laddies. Now, the uniforms are unisex and both men and women fall under the title of volunteer. Myra has been a volunteer at the hospital for 14 years now, and there are about 130 active volunteers (and 45 or so inactive) doing everything from answering phones and delivering juice to helping in the ER and outpatient surgery rooms. Myra pointed out that nurses and housekeepers don’t wear identifiable uniforms so people sometimes seek out the Pink Ladies to ask questions. Now, you’ll seek out the volunteers dressed in green teal. I’ll bet the hospital would be a very different place without those dedicated volunteers.

Magic on Summer Nights: Wednesday is the last of Nevada City’s Summer Nights and Kathy Hillis from Mountain Pastimes called to tell me about a Magic Show that night at the Nevada Theatre. The 20-minute show will be held at 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15. The show is actually aimed at children, who only have to pay $1 to get in, but grownups can attend for $2. The performers, who are mostly young people, are members of the Nevada County Magician’s Guild. They’re donating their time, as the event is a benefit for the Nevada Theatre Commission. (That’s the group the works to keep the old Nevada Theatre up and running.) By the way, Kathy told me she recently went to her 50-year, eighth-grade reunion. Never heard of an eighth-grade reunion, but it sounded fun. Mountain Pastimes is kind of hidden on Spring Street, but it is the perfect place to shop for kids – especially if you want to encourage the kids or grandkids to play games that aren’t Xbox or Nintendo. Kind of refreshing.


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

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