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More about good kids: Gloria Thiele told me that the Gold Country Kiwanis Club sponsors “Key Clubs” at Nevada Union, Bear River and Bitney Springs high schools. Bitney Springs Key Club President Omer Shahzad is an exchange student from Pakistan. Gloria said it was through his efforts that the club was started. One service project was a car wash, which raised more than $800 to benefit earthquake victims in Pakistan. They also held a bake sale to help out with the Williams’ family fundraiser started by Nevada Union Key Clubbers. Key Club members from throughout western Nevada County and members of Gold Country Kiwanis will gather Thursday to present the new club – Bitney Springs – with its charter. The festivities will be at Miner Moe’s Pizza in Grass Valley, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Key Club International is a student-led leadership and community service organization. It serves more than a quarter million high school students worldwide. More than 36,000 students are in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. Kiwanis International is the adult sponsoring organization. Believe it or not, the first Key Club was established in 1925 at Sacramento High School! Key Clubs now exist in 17 countries and 32 Kiwanis Districts.

Julie Baker Fine Art: Julie Baker wanted readers to know the details of her upcoming move to Commercial Street. “Yes, we are moving again. It is our third move in five years (four if you count starting in my garage!). We are excited to be on Commercial Street. We have been renovating Just Jeanna’s old space so it works for a contemporary art gallery, including building walls, painting the whole space white, installing track lighting and adding distressed pine floors (courtesy of Guy Greever of Guy and Jeff Wood floors). It will look awesome. We are also pleased to introduce the JBFA store. We will feature contemporary design objects including accessories for women, men, kids and the home. We will also now sell a selection of books on contemporary art, the literary publication Zyzzyva and monthly art magazine Artweek. We are also expanding our jewelry lines to include Jessica Cusik, Cheryl Freemen of Fazul Design, Amy Tavern, Amy Schilling, Michelle Stitz, the Zellerbach collection and many more. We officially open April 7 with a reception for Memphis artist Tad Lauritzen Wright’s solo show titled ‘Sugar Coated.’ The public is welcome. The reception is from 6 to 9 p.m.”

Snow: Did you get a little? Or a lot? Living in Cascade Shores, my answer is a lot. I love the snow, but I dislike driving in it. Be careful out there, I hear more is headed our way, even at the lower elevations. I attempted to build a snowman – let me tell you, it’s harder than it looks! I settled for a snow statue of Buddha instead.



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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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