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The students in Littletown prepare for big city fun

Vivian Herron, Columnist
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As long as we’re walking around town, you’ll need a little something to keep your strength up, so I brought along a box of cheesecake snack bars. No, don’t look at the nutrition info on the side – well OK, it’s 180 calories per teeny-weeny bar and a whole lot of icky yucky fat.

So what? None of that counts.

First, you’re munching while you’re walking (movement = exercise), which means you’re burning off the calories almost as quickly as you’re consuming them.

Second, it says right dag-nabbit there on the front of the box that they’re nothin’ but snack bars, and everybody knows a snack is hardly fattening, it’s merely a throwaway little bite, a tiny nosh. I have three more boxes up at the house if you want more.

As you can tell, Washington is rather isolated up here in the mountains and down in the valley at the same time, and while that works just dandy for most of our residents, it can be hardship on the kids. The teachers here have always knocked themselves out either bringing the world into the kids’ lives or taking them out to see and enjoy it.

One of the school’s traditions is the big, elaborate, all-out, end-of-the year trip for the students. Last year they visited the Golden State Museum, the State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and saw a first-run movie. Then they went to the Bay area to visit Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and to tour Alcatraz.

One of the biggest hits was spending time at the Marin headlands, because several of the kids had never seen the ocean before. All of this was accomplished in three days, and by the time everyone returned to Littletown, the adults looked old before their time.

The big trip this year has expanded to four days in the Bay Area to see Golden Gate Park/Japanese Tea Gardens/Botanical Gardens, Natural History Museum, a cable car ride, San Francisco Zoo, Marineworld and I’ll run out of space if I mention everything else.

This is where “elaborate” translates to “expensive” – the kids have to come up with about $1800, or $150 per each. I don’t know where you live in Unionland, but $150 is a whole lot of money down here in Washington.

That’s why the students are at the school this very moment, putting on a carwash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At $5 a pop. They’ll also do motorcycles, rototillers and anything else on wheels, although big rigs and motor homes will cost a bit more.

I know this is awfully short notice, but we thank you in advance for driving down today and helping our kids.

If you miss the carwash, there’s a Tostada/Bingo Night on Friday, May 3, starting at 6 p.m. People save up their white elephants for the whole year just for this event.

I understand that ordinary Bingo is a quiet, well-organized affair, but the Washington version is more of an experience than a game. We always have a healthy turnout, and you can hear the laughter and general uproar all over town.

The Community Music Class at the school on Tuesday nights is doing just fine. Teacher Philip Copening has anywhere from four to 10 students learning to play percussion instruments such as bongos, maracas and drums.

Karen Copening said one of the reasons for the class is so people will feel more comfortable joining in the Guitar Jam. It’s been too cold lately for the Jam to meet, but when it does start up again, there will be lots more participants, thanks to Philip.

Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.

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