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Jazz at the Hill: Janice Idler told me about some good kids who are student musicians who will be performing Saturday at Union Hill School. We always hear about the kids who get in trouble, but less so about the achievers. The musical event begins at 11 a.m. with the Union Hill Bearcat Band, followed by the Lyman Gilmore Jazz Messengers at 11:30. There will be a professional band next (Cool Heat) and the Magnolia Rattler Jazz Band performs at 1:15 p.m. Professional musicians Lorraine Gervais Jazz Band play at 2 p.m. and the Nevada Union Jazz Band concludes the event by playing at 3 p.m.

Middle school actors, actresses: Lyman Gilmore drama teacher Ginny Trapani has her students working on yet another play, which opens Thursday. Get a load of this title: “Blanch Bland and the Seven Non Denominational Nuns” (a parody of Snow White.) Admission is a bargain at $5 adults; $3 students. It runs Thursday and Friday of this week; and Thursday and Friday of next week. All performances are at 7 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room. Be prepared for a musical comedy.

Scotts Flat Lake improvements: I was lucky enough to attend Monday’s dedication of the new boat ramp and other improvements at the Cascade Shores side of Scotts Flat Lake. The improvements were dedicated to Dave Southern, who was instrumental in stopping a 220-unit condo project on the lake with a 220-slip boat dock. Can you imagine how that would have changed things?



Museum Discovery Day: This is a yearly free event, wherein all the museums in Grass Valley and Nevada City are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s this Saturday and a great way for kids to learn about – and get an appreciation for – the rich history of this area. Three museums, North Star, Firehouse 1 and Grass Valley, are filled with mining era history and are among the best in the Gold Country. The area’s two newest museums offer new perspectives. The Imaginarium is a hands-on science museum for children. The Narrow Gauge Railroad & Transportation Museum celebrates the former Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. Kids can win prizes by answering questions at each museum. The docents at the Grass Valley Museum have put up a display of beautiful vintage wedding dresses which should be of special interest to both children and adults. The dresses will be on display until the end of June.

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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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