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Readers’ corner

Jason’s Studio Cafe: Have you checked this place out? It’s inside Booktown Books and Tomes on South Auburn in Grass Valley. If the weather is bad (and it’s predicted to rain and snow) what better cozy thing to do than browse in a bookstore? There are two events there this weekend – the first is from 6 to 8 tonight in Jason’s Studio Cafe and is a wine tasting that benefits Hospitality House. Each person will get two tastes of Alex Cose wine, and full glasses are also available for purchase. Hospitality House is the roving shelter for the homeless that operates during the winter months. Jason’s Cafe is owned by Jason and Linda Webb Elfert, who founded Sierra Mountain Coffee here in 1985. On Saturday, Booktown celebrates its first anniversary of its Grass Valley location. There will be books on sale, and raffles throughout the day. Booktown is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Musings from Don Baumgart: “This morning from my kitchen window in just a couple of minutes I watched a dozen cars slide through the stop sign where Red Dog Road and Boulder Street meet. While I think a lot of our traffic laws are just things thought up by bored legislators in Sacramento, the problem with running stop signs when no other cars are around is it teaches those drivers to run the sign every time, whether or not I’m turning in front of them! A word of caution to those Red Doggies in such a hurry: the CHP often plants a patrol car out of sight at this intersection, and when they do, business is VERY good! (One day two CHP vehicles were kept very busy busting sign runners.) … You can tell it’s an election year: Nevada City filled three potholes on Boulder Street yesterday.” Shall we all let out a collective cheer for pothole filling?

Something great about Highway 49: This is from reader Bill Hunter. “Since last fall, my young children and I have enjoyed driving by the ‘HAPPY’ signs put up on Highway 49 near Brunswick. At first we thought it was just for the end-of-year holidays, as we spotted a pumpkin, a turkey, a snowman, then a baby New Year. We were tickled to notice a big red heart this month (and hope to perhaps see a shamrock next month!) I don’t know who is responsible, but I wanted to let them know we appreciate their artistic talents and positive spirit they are sharing with the community. Makes us smile every time we drive by and reminds me why I love living here.” I think the signs are courtesy of Old Barn Self Storage.


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

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