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Help out the Strum Bums! Who are they? A are a group of local people learning and playing the ukulele with Dan Scanlan, also known as Cool Hand Uke, who have traveled the world sharing his music and ukulele expertise with many.

The Strum Bums entertain weekly at various convalescent and retirement homes, schools, festivals and at county fairs in Grass Valley and Auburn. They were honored to have been invited to perform at the New York Ukulele Festival in New York City on April 27 on the main stage of the New City Theater. To raise funds to help the group travel to New York, they are presenting a night of entertainment with local musical luminaries at the Nevada Theater in Nevada City at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Strum Bums will be playing with Utah Phillips, Eleanore MacDonald, Chris Towne, Maggie McKaig, Luke Wilson, QuinEssential Brass, Jerry Gazzoneo, Adam Heilbrun, Beverly Marks and several members of the cast of The End of the Trail Saloon radio program.

Tickets available at Briar Patch, Yabobo and the Community Center and are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. There will also be a silent auction, which includes a five-night stay at a private home on Kauai’s North Shore, a portrait of your pet painted by local artist Kathryn Wronski, Hawaiian watercolor prints, a ukulele and some beautiful wood carvings. Check ’em out!



Attn. people who use off-road diesel equipment: Some new regulations are coming into play which will be quite costly. There is a hearing Thursday in Sacramento at 9 a.m. Construction workers are being urged to attend. It’s at the CAL/EPA building at 1001 I St. in Sacramento. For more info, contact Tony Brazil at (916) 323-2927. If this item doesn’t make sense, you probably don’t use those engines. The guys who came in Friday to see me said this is important.

Help Claire’s Easter Gathering: She does this every Easter Sunday, but wanted me to announce it early in case people want to volunteer. She needs donations of hams, turkeys and chickens to make this annual event a success. It will be held this year on Sunday, April 8, with a hunt at 11 a.m. and a dinner at 1 p.m. at the North San Juan Fire Hall. If you can help, call Claire Grondona at 292-1934.




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To contact Readership Editor Dixie Redfearn, e-mail dixier@theunion.com or call 477-4238.


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