Readers’ corner 3/10/08 |

Readers’ corner 3/10/08

Contest celebrates real women

A while back, our area high school seniors were invited to participate in an essay competition and write about a local, living woman they admired.

The contest winners and the subjects they wrote about will gather with members of the Northern Mines Business and Professional Women for the 17th Annual Real Women Creative Writing Competition awards dinner.

The event starts with no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m., March 24, at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, and tickets cost $15 per person or two for $25.

Winning essayists are Lindsey Patin, first place, who wrote about Deputy DA Katy Francis; Lauren Peirce, second place, who wrote about stunt rider Shirley Jauregui; Jessica Kelly, third place, writing about insurance business owner Lorie Straka; and Emily Spencer, Alex Bernadett and Napala Pratini, who received honorable mentions. Editor Jeff Pelline was one of the judges.

Send your checks before March 18 to Northern Mines BPW, c/o 111 Bawden Ave., Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Support safe and sober grads

This year’s Bear River Grad Night Committee is hard at work planning Grad Night 2008, a big bash that includes food and prizes starting on graduation night at 11 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m. the next morning. It is a safe, fun-filled night for the seniors to celebrate their accomplishment with their peers. They need the community’s support!

Applebee’s in Auburn will offer a breakfast fundraiser on April 12. There are two breakfast seatings, 8-9 a.m. and 9-9:45 a.m. Tickets are $8 and include a set menu for a yummy breakfast. The entire amount raised is put back into Grad Night

Grad Night co-chairwoman Joanne Remillard is asking folks to contact her by April 1 to get their tickets. Contact Joanne at 852-4577 or

Free skin cancer screening:

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Comprehensive Community Cancer Center is sponsoring another free skin cancer screening on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Outpatient Conference Rooms 110-130.

Dr. Haines Ely will perform visual examinations. No appointments are given, but get there early because it’s first come, first served.

For more info, call 274-6872.

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