Fruitvale School holds potluck dinner Tuesday after class

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsy and Jeeves
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On Tuesday, Fruitvale School, located at 3425 Fruitvale Road, will hold a potluck dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. There’s no admission charge. However, please bring a favorite dish to share with others. Fruitvale School was one of the original 13 country schools spread throughout Western Placer County to serve the school-aged children of farm families from the late 1800s thru the 1940s. It is a recipient of the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award. Contact Lyndell at 645-3517 for more about the school and upcoming events. Always in fashion ... Last Saturday, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Roseville- South Placer held its annual benefit fashion show in the ballroom at Orchard Creek Lodge. Co-chairwomen Michele Stark and Molly Seamons presented a full program to a sold-out audience that included 18 AAUW members who modeled fashions from Coldwater Creek, Dress Barn, Wardrobe and White House/Black Market. The show also featured live music by Sana and Terry and the Sunny Singers represented by Valerie Crane, Lynn Sotir and Carol Youngsman plus a cha-cha-cha danced by Ruth and Sal Algeri. Proceeds will go to American Cancer Society, college scholarships and Sierra College-Student Leadership programs. To learn more about American Association of University Women, call Kathy Kort at 408-3593 or Maria Actis at 434-7309. Pleasant surprises ... Mt. Pleasant Hall attracted a capacity crowd for its recent biennial fundraiser, Country Store. Every other year, since 1959, the hall has played host to Country Store. On hand to enjoy a tri-tip dinner, boutique, silent and live auctions were event chairwoman Barbara Vineyard along with Dorothy McGrew, Dr. Lyndell Grey (Fruitvale School), Sara and Oliver Grey, Joe Carrillo (Circle J Construction), Robin Doll (All Tangled Up), Sue and Tim Martin (Eagle Plumbing), Mary and Dennis Olsen, Virginia Tenborg, Jeanne Fritts plus Pam Elliott and Randi Lorenzo (Lincoln Boulevard Home Consignments). Mt. Pleasant Hall is a frequent venue for weddings, anniversaries, social and fundraising events. For more information, call Barbara at 645-2235. A little daub will do ya .... Lincoln Hills Foundation presents Bingo on Wednesday in the ballroom at Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek Lane. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. All over age 18 are welcome. Cost is $20 for six cards and 12 games. Reservations are taken for groups of 10 or more. Visit lincolnhillsfoundation. org to obtain free “Pop-up” certificates, reservations and more information. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves watched the Feb. 14 City Council meeting. Councilman Tom Cosgrove brought forward an idea from an economic development committee member. This member would like maps posted in Lincoln’s parks so visitors can find places to dine. Jeeves liked this notion. After all, most eateries are not visible from Lincoln’s parks. A map could benefit both visitors and Lincoln restaurants alike. Jeeves discussed this concept with the Downtown Dogs. They reminded him this idea has been floating around for several years. Four years ago, downtown businesses spoke with former Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Mandy Walker about the prospect of funding notice boards. These boards were to include city-wide maps that showed restaurants and area attractions. Downtown businesses also looked at developing coupon books to distribute at city events. However, costs were prohibitive for both boards and books. Recently, Lincoln News Messenger printed free city maps with discount coupons on the reverse side. These are distributed by local businesses. The dogs wondered why the city needs another map. They reminded Jeeves that much has changed over the past four years. Since then, at least 18 eating establishments have closed. A map that showed any one of them would be obsolete. The passage of time has brought a new solution to this old problem. The dogs discovered it at McBean Park as theywatched a ball game. They saw that most players and spectators had cellular telephones. Players’ thumbs were going full throttle, sending and receiving text messages. Other players were listening to messages or playing games. Spectators were doing the same. Some took photos with their phones. Some even put down their phones to watch the game. Just about every one of those phones had a touch screen. Most of the phones had Global Positioning Systems. Jeeves likes G.P.S. Many new vehicles come equipped with G.P.S. Jeeves’ friend, Sun City Sue, has a G.P.S. navigation system in her car dashboard. She programs it to avoid highways. Like Jeeves, Sun City Sue enjoys taking the road less traveled. Other vehicles, like the one Jeeves rides, have OnStar. From the back seat, Jeeves can hear directions to any restaurant, pet supply store or dog park. With G.P.S. and services like OnStar, the world is literally at his paws. And cellular phones can go anywhere. It’s a fast paced world with technology. At the end of his short leash, sometimes Jeeves has difficulty keeping up with developments. But the Downtown Dogs stay on top of things. Four years ago, another map may have been smart. But as they heard a teenager say, “Maps! They’re so yesterday.” Instead of a map, the dogs wonder why the economic development committee doesn’t reconsider a website that could include restaurant information. Before he left the economic development committee, Dennis Wagner created a new website - on his own time and dime ( His kind of website is often the first place that people visit when they’re planning a motor trip to another city. These same people often visit websites, like or, to find places to eat. The dogs came up with another idea. Why not create a city “app” to dovetail with a city website like Wagner’s website? Then, most cellular phone users could quickly gain access to current city information - restaurants, attractions, events, shopping and more. According to 96 “app” developers, the average cost of an app is $6,453 ( But Jeeves learned that the cost of a simple app is about $1,500 – less than creating another new map. Once in place, the app could be accessed through QR (Quick Response) codes.. QR codes are those little 2-dimensional square boxes filled with squiggly lines. They can be printed and distributed on inexpensive labels. Jeeves finds QR codes everywhere in Lincoln - Umpqua Bank, Sterling Café and on the Post Office’s front door. The dogs like the idea of a city app. Jeeves can hardly wait to see what the world looks like in four years. He’s learned that it’s more likely to unfold on an app than another city map. Maps! They’re so yesterday. 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.