Readers’ corner 5/25/07
Stars at the Ridgetop: This is an amazing concert put on in a natural amphitheater in Chris Owen’s backyard. He does it every year as a benefit for the Nevada County Land Trust – a worthy nonprofit. The entertainment this year will be Richie Havens and Dr. John. The concert date is Aug. 25. If you buy tickets before June 14 they are $60 for Land Trust members and $70 for nonmembers. After that, they go to $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Everyone meets at the Rood Center and takes a free shuttle bus to Chris’ house, since it’s in a residential neighborhood. This year, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be “Pre-Concert Fun” including a silent auction. The music will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can get your tickets online at http://www.nevadacountylandtrust.org – hit Stars at the Ridgetop on the left. You can also print tickets online. To purchase by phone, call 272-5994 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Bad rattlesnake year: Julie Toste called to tell me that two of her cats (one a kitten) have been killed by rattlesnakes this week. She lives on five acres – Canyon Creek Estates – in Penn Valley and she wants to warn other people about the danger. Julie said it has been a long, warm spring, making great conditions for the snakes. Here are some tips she passed on. She got them from Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal company in Auburn. Remove any lumber piles, burn piles and debris from your yard. Trim bushes at the bottom so snakes can’t hide under them. Julie also said she was told there is a “rattlesnake vaccine,” so I called Nevada County Veterinary Hospital, where I take my dog and cat, and they said the vaccine for dogs costs $25. Julie wants to make sure no one has to suffer losing their pets like she did. We’ve got to all help one another!
Money for returning women students: Marty Austin told me the Northern Mines Business and Professional Women have scholarship money for women returning to school. The scholarship is called Women Helping Women and applications are available at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Educational Services (main building) in Grass Valley, at Sierra College’s Financial Services kiosk (second floor) in Grass Valley or by calling Laurel Knapp at 273-8988. The application deadline is June 1 and applicants must be at least 25, live in Nevada County and attend an accredited school or accredited vocational training program.
More on the birds: There have been some stories recently about the smaller number of birds at backyard feeders, and a couple readers called to say that the West Nile virus could be responsible. Another reader pointed out that so many people have feeders in their yards nowadays that maybe the birds have more choices?
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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