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Petunia the skunk: Petunia lives around Lewis Street in Nevada City, and according to reader Joan, she has been waddling around in the daytime for about two years now, not bothering a soul. Recently, however, Joan noticed a sign from the county Health Department asking people to contact them if a skunk is spotted during daylight hours – apparently, since skunks are nocturnal, daylight exposure might mean they have rabies. Joan says Petunia definitely doesn’t have rabies, and she hopes that no one kills the neighborhood mascot. “She walks like a bowl full of Jell-O,” Joan said – what an image!

Growers’ Market: The big one at the Fairgrounds begins May 7 this year, so mark your calendar. It usually starts off a little slow, but as the vegetables and fruit ripen, it gets packed with vendors and buyers. Also, there’s a nice selection of cut flowers, and PJ’s Meats is usually there.

Today’s Prospector: Have you ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of a music fan who is so obsessed he/she literally follows the band on tour? What’s it like to show up for a concert one day early just for the fun of it and for a good place in line? Read staff writer Roman Gokhman’s account of following the band U2 in Prospector.



Arts and Flowers Show: This fun and popular show has moved to Miners Foundry this year and Saundra Mutascio (who has been tirelessly promoting this event) said it promises to be spectacular! Miners Foundry will be packed to the rafters with every kind of art you can imagine – everything from paintings to woodworking to jewelry.

The Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday affair (this coming weekend) is a benefit for Hospice of the Foothills, a worthwhile cause if there ever was one. Friends of Hospice puts on the event, which used to be at Foothill Flowers in Grass Valley. There will also be seven original paintings by Margery Ammon from Alamo. Her paintings sell in galleries in the $1,500 range. How were those donated? Kathryn Copeland, who lives in Lake Wildwood, is Margery’s mom, and Kathryn’s husband had been in Hospice care. Entrance fee is a modest $3 and that entitles you to a free raffle ticket. There will be 46 artist-donated art objects raffled off, so you have a pretty good chance to win! Hours Friday are 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 12 to 7 p.m. There will also be wine from five wineries, appetizers and entertainment.




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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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