Baxter’s Event Center now open

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Always eventful ... Rosalyn and Donnie Baxter have opened Baxter’s Event Center (343-2670) in downtown Lincoln next to Old Town Pizza at 436 G St., Suite 206. Their center can accommodate weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other functions, small and large, up to 100 guests. Baxter’s Event Center has onsite catering services but, unlike many other venues, will accommodate outside catering services. On Friday, April 27, Rosalyn and Donnie extend an invitation to preview their center during an open house from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Call 343-2670 or e-mail for more information. Birthday serenade... Arline Sanders was surprised when she showed up at Mimi’s Caf? last Saturday. She arrived to find family and friends ready to celebrate her 80th birthday. More than 40 guests, including Shirley Malick, Beth Patzleff, Janet Wolden, Harriett and Hal Berman, Harriet Friedlander, Gerry Cassero and Mia Huegen, were on hand to extend greetings. During dinner, all were treated to the sounds of The Dean-O-Holics, featuring Bob Caudle who serenaded Arline with Dean Martin favorites and Mike Matis who serenaded her with Frank Sinatra favorites. On Sunday, May 13 at 6 p.m., Caudle and Matis will appear with the rest of the Dean-O-Holics for a tribute to the Rat Pack at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort where they performed to a full house last year. A little daub will do ya ... Don’t forget Lincoln Golden Club’s Scholarship Bingo on Saturday in Veterans Memorial Hall, 541 Fifth St. Doors open at noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per person to buy in. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is limited to age 21 and over. Bring your daubers. Proceeds go to fund Lincoln High School scholarships. Call Mary Weir at 645-2818 for more information. Uncorked ... Rotary Club of Lincoln’s inaugural Lincoln Wine Fest takes place April 28 from 1 until 5 p.m. in downtown Lincoln. Nine Placer County wineries will be paired with nine businesses within two blocks of Beermann Plaza. Each business will also feature finger foods from one of nine local restaurants. Advance tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online at or from any Rotary club member. On the day of the event, tickets will be $35 per person.. Registration will take place at the Rotary tent in Beermann Plaza, which also feature live music by JukeBox and wine sales by the participating wineries. To learn more, call President Joann Hilton at 408-0346. Well modulated ... Poets Club of Lincoln kicked off its 8th annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest April 15 as part National Poetry Month. This year, poets can compete under five new categories: “What Money Can’t Buy,” “Unbelievable but True,” “A Very Special Year,” “Reaching for the Stars” and “My Most Embarrassing Moment.” Contest coordinator Alan Lowe advises that poets may submit a maximum of three poems but no more than one in each of three of the five categories. Young poets, 18-years-old or under are encouraged to participate under the special “Young Poets” category. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln to be eligible. Entry forms and contest rules are available at the front desk at Twelve Bridges Library, 485 Twelve Bridges Road or downloaded from Deadline for all entries is Saturday, July 28. Call Alan at 408-1274 or e-mail for more information about Voices of Lincoln. To learn more about Poets Club of Lincoln, e-mail President Sue Clark at Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves knows that this year is an election year. And he knows that Lincoln voters will have the opportunity to choose three city councilmen. Jeeves doesn’t know if our incumbent councilmen will seek re-election. Nor does he know how many others may compete. But he applauds all men and women who seek leadership positions. Based on all that he observed over the past few months, Jeeves knows that election campaigns can be tough to mount and even tougher to fight. After a city election is over, Jeeves wondered, what is it like to serve as a councilman? In particular, he wondered how much time it takes. Jeeves tries to watch every City Council meeting - usually two per month. Some meetings are short and some meetings are long. Many extend beyond Jeeves’ bedtime. Besides these meetings, Jeeves wondered how many more hours per week each councilman can expect to devote to the city’s business. So he consulted several former City Councilmen. Jeeves was surprised by what he learned. Former City Councilman Donnie Baxter told him that, on average, he devoted 40 hours per week. Baxter also told Jeeves that more complex city issues demanded even more of his time. Former City Councilman Michael Storz told him that he devoted a minimum of 20 to 25 hours per week. Depending on issues, he also spent more than 40 hours per week. Storz told Jeeves that “it’s like having another full-time job.” Former City Councilman Charles Kellar devoted a minimum of 20 to 30 hours per week during his two terms of office from 1984 until 1992. While he served as mayor of Lincoln, he also served as chairman of Roseville Hospital Board. Kellar told Jeeves that “when people asked him what he did for recreation, he told them that he attended committee meetings.” Former City Councilman Ron Barringer echoed Baxter, Storz and Kellar. In addition to devoting many hours in Lincoln, he sometimes traveled to other cities such as Washington D.C., San Diego and Los Angeles to further the city’s business. All these activities took time away from his family and from his business. Barringer explained to Jeeves that, although his term of office “cost a lot in business, it was a way of giving back to this great city.” Jeeves learned a lot from these former City Councilmen. He learned that City Council requires far more time than two meetings per month. Jeeves also learned that time spent on the city’s business means time away from family, friends, recreation and other responsibilities such as a job and earning a living. These four men, like others before and after them, sacrificed their time to make Lincoln a better city. At one time, each ran for City Council. Jeeves doesn’t know if their campaigns were tough to mount or tougher to fight. But he does know that they were tough enough to serve. Jeeves hopes those who seek to serve in the future are tough enough, too. 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.