Readers’ Corner: July 16, 2008 |

Readers’ Corner: July 16, 2008

Historic square dancers celebrate anniversary

The Nevada City Goldancers are the oldest organized group of square dancers in California, and on June 12, 45 members assembled at the Golden Empire Grange to celebrate the group’s 59th anniversary.

They have participated in numerous community activities and won many prizes and awards. Their caller, Scott Pearce, travels from Folsom weekly to teach and have fun with the dancers. Presidents of the group are Hans and Julie Verhoeff.

A recent study linked this traditional American art form with higher mathematics.

Anyone interested in learning to square dance may contact Julie Verhoeff at 272-1496.

Hospital fundraiser is sold out

Kudos to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for selling out this Saturday night’s “Starry, starry night” fundraiser at the Empire Mine.

“There’ll be wine, hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner, dance and stargazing,” said Sandra Auerbach of the Hospital Foundation. “Everyone will wear white as this is a ‘Great Gatsby’ style event.”

About 280 people are expected to attend the sold-out event this year, Auerbach said. But those interested can call and get their names on the invitation list for next year, she added.

“This event usually takes place on the third Saturday in July every year,” Auerbach said.

The event entry fee was $125 per person this year. The mission of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation is to support and raise money for the hospital.

To contact the hospital foundation, call 477-9700.

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