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Videos, LPs for sale cheap: It’s happening Saturday at the Madelyn Helling Library Patio from 8 a.m. to noon. A businessman donated 3,000 videos to the Friends of Nevada County Libraries, and they will be sold for $2 or $3 each. Titles range from adventure flicks to cult movies to hit films from the recent past and beyond. This batch is particularly strong on family films for all ages. Some are used; others are new. As for the records (remember records? Chris Towne, are you out there?) David Dickson, a longtime employee of NID, recently retired and decided to move to Virginia to be closer to family members. He couldn’t take much of his massive record collection and decided to donate it to the Friends, saying that he had traveled extensively over the years visiting many libraries, and he still considers Nevada County libraries among the finest he had seen. Categories include jazz, pop, classical, easy listening, vocals, country and western, soundtracks, big band and much more. All records will be sold for only $1 per record. Sounds like a great deal, with many bargains!

Questioning movie choices here: This comes from a reader who wants to be anonymous. “Is it just me or have our local movie houses been shortchanging us up here in the Gold Country? I’ve been noticing that most of the movie fare we’re offered here are cartoons, teeny-bopper flicks, murder and mayhem disasters, and an ongoing and nauseating series of Jennifer Aniston showcases. I’d be interested to see if other readers feel the same way. I’ve done some research into the current offerings from down Hollywood way and there are two films in particular, coming out this weekend that are not being shown here: “Prairie Home Companion” and “An Inconvenient Truth.” I’ll also bet that “The Lake House” and “Leonard Cohen” will not be shown here – or at least not when they come out next week. I used to love taking ‘movie breaks’ a couple of times a week but I no longer do so because the fare is so limited and miserably uninspiring. Come on, movie house owners! Let’s get real. I’m sure there are many here who would love quality movies with heart and mind.”

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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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