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Nevada City kindergarten class of ’57: How cool is this? It comes from reader Kristine (Pello) Silva. “I read the article today in your newspaper regarding the GV class of 1945 having a reunion. I loved the article – for a couple of reasons actually! One being that our kindergarten class (1957) at Nevada City Elementary still gets together! In fact, we are planning a barbecue June 10 up at the Sportsmen’s there in Nevada City. (For this event we have included many friends from GV also!) There is a group of us who started school there together way back in 1957 and continue our friendships/relationships to this day. It’s amazing at this age to realize just how important those life long friendships really are. Several of us went to Brownies together; Sunday School; swimming in the summer, etc. This very special tie that binds us all is truly special and just a feeling that is unexplainable. To have people in my life, other than immediate family of course, that have known me nearly my whole entire life is one of God’s most precious gifts. I treasure it.”

Do you miss oldies music? Doug Miller of Grass Valley has an idea you might like! “Having noted several letters recently lamenting the lack of popular music beloved by those of us of a certain age, I’m writing to let you know about a project of mine intended to solve that problem … It’s a nostalgia-oriented music and movie store anchored by an old fashioned soda fountain and retro-style jukebox featuring Big Bands and swing, old jazz, the Great American Song Book, doowop, R&B, western swing, surf music, movie music etc., and will be called the Jitterbug Palace. Plans call for a small dance floor for occasional swing dancing and sock hops. Hope to find a suitable location in downtown GV or Nevada City within the next year. There’s a Web site that goes into all the details and has links to several podcasts and several other shorter song samples; the URL is listed below … I did an overnight jazz show on KVMR for seven years (The Daybreak Express, renamed A Fool’s Paradise) and have pretty good knowledge of (and love for) the material. I encourage anyone who’d like to see a local venue where they can hang out, enjoy a milkshake or coffee, buy old movies or music, and listen to great popular music to check it out: http://www.jitterbugpalace.com.” Now, I realize not everyone has access to the Internet, but Doug hopes to have a physical location in the future, so don’t be discouraged.

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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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