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Readers’ Corner

Booktown Grand Opening: It’s today from 5 to 8 p.m. and if you’re a book lover, you need to check out Booktown! It used to be on Maltman, but they moved to the corner of Bank Street and South Auburn Street, across from Caroline’s Coffee. Sixteen vendors have all types of books and there are some real “finds” in there at all price ranges.

Beauty at Bridgeport: Winter showers bring spring flowers and there’s probably no place more exquisite to view wildflowers than Bridgeport. Reader Barbara Pixley is a volunteer there and reminded me that Bridgeport’s “Wildflower Walks” will start up again in March on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. at the South Yuba River State Park. The docent-led walks above the river are on the beautiful Buttermilk Bend Trail. The walks – which are easy and fairly level – start at the north parking lot beyond the historic covered bridge. They’re free. The park is located at 17660 Pleasant Valley Road. Penn Valley. Barbara said there are 1,500 species of wildflowers that occur only in California and many of these bloom at Bridgeport. Private group tours are also available by appointment. For information call 432-2546.

Want to see a Yoga Farm? Did you realize that outside Grass Valley is the Sivananda Yoga Farm – a presence in Nevada County for the past 30 years? They’re having an open house on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. There will be yoga classes, vegetarian food and music. The farm sits on 80 acres just off McCourtney Road, about 15 miles from the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Take McCourtney to Ballantree Lane. It’s at 14651 Ballantree. While visitors are welcome anytime Sunday, if you arrive at 1 p.m. you can take a peace walk on the Yoga Farm’s labyrinth and take a tour of the grounds. People come from all over the world to stay at the Yoga Farm and it’s right here in our backyard. They’re on the Web at

Dead birds: Have you seen any? A reader contacted The Union to tell us he has seen a number of dead or sick gold finches on his property. His cats caught and ate some of the birds and may have died without medical intervention. Readers? Any dead or sick finches on your property?

Finches can potentially be hit by West Nile virus, so health officials recommend reporting any dead birds to or (800) WNV-BIRD.


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

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