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Free tonight: Nevada County Reads’ kickoff is tonight and you want to be part of the magic, don’t you? The concept of “One Community, One Book” is going to be catching on across the country, so be the first of your block to be part of the trend. (Sacramento County will also read one book – the book has yet to be chosen – in October.) Nevada County will be reading a science fiction classic, “Fahrenheit 451.” As is fitting for a book about book burning, the kickoff event will be at the Nevada County Consolidated Firehouse at the corner of highways 20 and 49. It’s from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will have refreshments and a magic show!

“Real Women” writing contest: Once again (the 14th year) the Northern Mines Business and Professional Women will be having their “Real Women” Creative Writing Competition open to all seniors at Nevada County public high schools. This event is sponsored by BPW, The Union and the Grass Valley Elks. Teachers at the high schools have been given the information, so ask your child if they are going to enter. The essay has to be about a woman who has influenced their life, and both female and male students can enter. Essays must be received by Feb. 12. This contest carries cash prizes and the winning essay will appear in The Union. Questions? Call Dee at 273-0257 or Gail at 272-2141.

Dixie the Dinosaur: This is weird, but I have been thinking about the missing dinosaur and how she is supposed to be in a Grass Valley backyard. No one responded to my plea, but this was in my e-mail on Monday:


Where are you? We have been looking all over for you!! We ran through Dixon, flew past Benicia, and have searched high and low in Nevada County, but you are nowhere to be found!!

Please help us find you … Please. We miss seeing you on our trips to the Bay Area. We always rolled down the windows and said “Hi” on the way by, and at time stopped to see the kids. We haven’t seen you for a couple months now, and are started to get worried …

BTW: How are the kids? Have they hatched yet? We don’t know the gestation period for your kind, and it was been several years now. We know you took them with you when you moved last time. Hopefully they are busy little guys, but not keeping you running around too much. Is that why you moved? Did they need more room to run around? Grass Valley would be a great place for them to grow up. Lots of room, and many trees and hills to run around in, even some snow to play in now …

Please let us hear from you soon! Hopefully we can pay a visit and say “Hi” again real soon! DIXIE, WE MISS YOU!!

Thanks for listening!

The Ficking Family,

Grass Valley, CA”


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

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