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Twilight Zone: Well, actually, the local Toastmasters, but it sounds like the Twilight Zone. According to garden columnist Dick Tracy, this happened at a Toastmasters meeting last month. Otto Haueisen’s speech was titled “One Weird Experience.” In his speech, he told the group he was sitting in his chair one night at 5 p.m. and he started hearing voices. His wife, Shirley, who was in the kitchen, also heard the voices. Suddenly Otto realized that he heard his own voice making an eye doctor’s appointment – something he had done a month before. Then Otto and Shirley heard another conversation, this one between the two of them. The entire episode lasted about an hour and then stopped. The voice was all over the house and could have been coming from the air vents. Otto wondered, was somebody bugging his house? And if so, why? They looked around the house for a tape recorder, talked to a law enforcement friend, and remain puzzled to this day … Readers? Any explanation you can think of?

Geishas’ exhibit: CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) is having an excursion via bus to San Francisco to see the art exhibit “Beyond the Painted Faces: Geishas” at the Asian Art Museum on Saturday, Aug. 28. The day-long trip will include lunch at the Moon Star restaurant in San Francisco and costs $75. The bus is almost full – only four spots left – according to Jeannie Wood of CATS. If you’re interested, call Jeannie at 265-2990 nights and weekends and (916) 551-2921 weekdays.

Abalone Banquet: Talk about a delicacy. Abalone is something you never even see offered for sale, and if you can find it, the price is really up there. In the ’60s, when I used to scuba dive, abalone were plentiful along the Southern California coast and Catalina Island. Nowadays, that’s not the case. But you can have a great abalone dinner right here in Nevada County and help out a good cause – Sierra Services for the Blind – at the same time. The dinner is slated for Saturday, Aug. 21, at Miners Foundry in Nevada City, but tickets need to be purchased in advance. They’re not cheap – $100 per person – but the evening promises to be both fun (silent auction) and delicious (other food provided by Friar Tucks, The National Hotel, Hollywood Sweets and Dupre’s Bakery) and wine will be provided by the Nevada City Winery.



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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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