Annual Fruitvale barbecue this Sunday

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kath Dorsey and Jeeves
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Teachers pets... This Sunday, Old Fruitvale School Hall (3425 Fruitvale Road)holds its fundraising annual barbecue. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with a historic play, ?The Tardy Boy,? set in 1895. The play will feature students from the Fruitvale School?s daily after-school program. Built in 1889, Fruitvale School continues to provide children?s programs throughout the year. Ranch Camp gets underway on June 25 and continues through Aug. 3 for children ages 5 to 11. During Sunday?s event, look for silent and live auctions, music by the Gene Thorpe Band and a wide variety of refreshments. A barbecue tri-tip dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by homemade desserts and the Celebrity Chef Auction with auctioneer Don Derobertis. This year?s Celebrity Chefs include Joyce Bachman, Kiwanis Club President Dyann Branch, Rotary Club President Joann Hilton, Sheridan School Principal Kris Knutson, Lincoln News Messenger reporter Stephanie Dumm, Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt, Kim?s Country Kitchen owner Kim Strong, Fruitvale School Board and community volunteer Sue Martin plus IT specialist and Lincoln News Messenger cartoonist David Lightfoot. Tickets are $12 per adult and $5 per child (age 14 and under) and are available at Back to Life Auto Smog Check (645-0603) 690 G St. (Highway 65), Century 21 Real Estate (543-2232) 801 Sterling Parkway, Lincoln News Messenger (645-7733) 553 F St., Wardrobe (645-0660) 517 G St. (Highway 65) and through the school by calling Dr. Lyndell Grey at 645-3517. To learn more about the Old Fruitvale School and its children?s programs visit Strike Up the Band ... Ken Marlow and Friends of Lincoln Kids Jeff Greenberg report that everything?s ready for this Saturday?s ?Music in the Plaza? that gets underway at 6 p.m. in Beermann Plaza, downtown Lincoln. ?Music in the Plaza? will feature Lincoln High School Jazz Band and Dudley and the Doo Rights. Admission is free although donations are welcome. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Marlow also reports that all proceeds from the concert will go to Lincoln High School?s music program now that Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce has advised him that it is waiving the band?s parade fee. Call 408-7503 for more information. Happy Trails ... Lincoln Area Archives Museum volunteer Kathy Freeman advises that dates have been set for this year?s Placer County Museums? ?Heritage Trail? Tour. On Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12, 18 museums from Roseville to Tahoe will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For the first time, Lincoln Area Archives Museum at 540 Fifth St. will be part of the Heritage Trail. Museum visitors can travel to each museum in their own vehicles and on their own schedules or they can take advantage of ?Hop on the Bus.? ?Hop on the Bus? takes visitors on a different route each day but reservations are required. For information about the Heritage Trail, all 18 participating museums and ?Hop on the Bus,? call (530) 889-6500 or visit Here kitty, kitty ... FieldHaven Feline Rescue will present its fourth annual fundraiser, ?Classics, Cats and Cabernet? on Saturday, June 16 from 2 to 7 p.m. at 2754 Ironwood Lane. Tickets are $40 per person if purchased before June 1. After June and the day of the event, tickets will be $45 per person. In addition to local wines and hors d?oeuvres, supporters can enjoy the new shelter plus classic cars and antique wood boats. FieldHaven Feline Rescue was established in 2003 by sisters Jann Flanagan and Joy Smith to provide a safe haven for rescued cats and kittens while awaiting adoption. Call 434-6022 or visit to learn more about FieldHaven Feline Rescue and ?Classics, Cats and Cabernet.? Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves is happy spending time with the Downtown Dogs in Beermann Plaza. He is even happier now that Lincoln Area Archives Museum has moved to 540 5th St. The museum?s front doors open to Beermann Plaza. Now Jeeves and the dogs can gain easy access to all that Lincoln?s museum has to offer. They can find answers to their questions about Lincoln?s history. Jeeves went to the museum looking for information following last week?s Lincoln City Council meeting. During the council-initiated portion of the meeting, Mayor Spencer Short raised the subject of the Placer County fairgrounds. He would like to see the fairgrounds move from its current home in Roseville to a new home in Lincoln, specifically on lands between the new Lincoln bypass and the airport. Jeeves would like it, too. And Mayor Short would also like to see a racetrack. Jeeves would like it, too. So much so that Jeeves dreamed about a racetrack. He dreamed of recruiting another Bay Meadows. He dreamed of seeing horses at their starting gates. He dreamed of placing his bets to win, place and show. He dreamed of hearing the bugle at the start of each race. He dreamed of hearing the horses? hooves on the track. He dreamed of winning a trifecta. For Jeeves, horse racing would be a new experience. He wondered if it would be a new experience for Lincoln too. Jeeves asked his friends at the museum, volunteers Kathy Freeman, Elizabeth Jansen and Carol Leavell. They contacted our city?s historian, Jerry Logan. From Jerry, Jeeves learned that horse racing has a long history in this city that dates back to the 1860s. Lincoln?s racetrack was located on Leavell Lane, which runs north off State Highway 193. At one time, Leavall Lane served as the main road between Lincoln and Auburn. Now, the yellow diamond shaped sign on Leavell Lane says, ?No Outlet.? Short would also like to see the rodeo grounds move to lands between the Lincoln Bypass and the airport. Jeeves would like it, too. Jeeves dreamed about new rodeo grounds. He dreamed of seeing animal prep and staging areas. He dreamed of offering comfortable competitor quarters. He dreamed of watching under sheltered spectator seating He dreamed of finding paved parking. He dreamed of buying food and beverages from concession stands. Jeeves wondered about the current rodeo?s history. From Logan, Jeeves learned that the site of the current rodeo grounds was donated by Gilbert Love on Feb. 19, 1947. Rodeo competition has enjoyed a continuous history for the past 65 years. Jeeves hopes that it enjoys another 65 years and more. He dreams of seeing a sign at its current location that says, ?Moved to New and Better Premises.? Short would like City Council to issue a letter to the county that supports relocation of the fairgrounds to Lincoln. Jeeves would like it, too. He hopes our City Council doesn?t hedge its bets. He hopes our City Council reaches out to Placer County. Jeeves believes that they could turn fairground dreams into reality. So much so that he also hopes that City Council will write a letter as the mayor requested. Less than five years ago, Lincoln Area Archives Museum was just a dream. Today, it?s a reality. Lincoln Area Archives Museum, that?s a ?win.? County fairgrounds in Lincoln, that?s a potential ?place.? Our rodeo at a new locale, that?s a better ?show.? For the city of Lincoln, that?s a trifecta. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.