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Happy birthday; life is full of surprises

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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On Sunday, Rancho Robles Vineyards played host to a surprise birthday party for Mark Adams and Judy Miller. Under sunny skies, party organizers and hosts Therese Adams and Marilyn Clark (Adams Hayes Law) welcomed guests to a patio reception. Live band Marahachi Oro De Mexico (825-1733) kicked off the evening’s festivities followed by a great outdoor dinner catered by Laura Kenny (530) 906-3215) of Real Food Catering. Look for Laura and Joanne Neft’s second cookbook, “The Art of Real Food: Seasonal Recipes for Every Week of the Year” to be out at the end of April. On hand to extend Mark and Judy birthday wishes were Jane Tahti, Beverly Barranti (Adams Hayes Law), Sally and Dale Peterson, Terry Dorsey (Dorsey Capital Management), Emma and Scott Jackson, Jan and Merv Blas, David Buehler (Adams Associates Private Professional Fiduciaries) and Joe Arana. Buona sera ... Set aside Saturday, April 14 for Rotary Club of Lincoln’s 12th annual pasta feed. Doors open for “A Taste of Italy” at 5:30 p.m. In addition to appetizers, dinner will be served family-style followed by dessert. Look for live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and a no-host bar. Admission is restricted to those 21 years of age and older. Tickets are $25 per person and are available from any Rotary Club member or by calling Claire Luke at 253-3711. All in the family ... On Friday, April 27, Fruitvale School hosts “Old Time Family Nite” at 7 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the fun and experience one of Lincoln’s oldest treasures. Fruitvale School dates back to 1888 and is located at 3425 Fruitvale Road. Families will find a fun-filled evening of board games, card games and old movies. Children are invited to wear their pajamas. Refreshments include “old-time” favorites of popcorn, lemonade, hot chocolate and coffee. Cost is $5 per family or group. For more information, contact Dr. Lyndell Grey at 645-3517. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves likes to watch the sheep that have been grazing on the north side of Ferrari Ranch Road. Some are white and some are black. He wishes that he could join the sheep and the dogs that help shepherd them. Alas, Jeeves is not big enough. And he knows nothing about sheep. Nor does he know how to shepherd. At gatherings of large groups of people, Jeeves sometimes hears references to “black sheep of the family.” Yet when Jeeves sees these black sheep family members, they look nothing like the sheep he sees grazing. A few of them might have long curly hair. But they walk on two legs, not four. And they speak. They don’t baa. They look like people. They look nothing like sheep. Regardless, Jeeves discovered that being called a “black sheep of the family” is not a good thing. He wondered why black sheep are undesirable. After all, it takes a farmer as much time to raise a black sheep as it does any other sheep. But Jeeves learned that the wool from a black sheep cannot be dyed. So black wool can have lower market value. As a result, many farmers view black sheep as worth less. During the 1700s and 1800s, the color black was associated with the devil. Back then, black sheep were seen as being marked by the devil and they were feared. Based on what he found, Jeeves is now beginning to understand why some family members may be referred to as black sheep. Their families perceive them as being worth less. Or worse, being marked by the devil. Jeeves is not sure which of these might apply. But he learned that, today, black sheep are no longer feared. And he learned that there are farmers who have worked for decades to develop sheep that produce only black wool. Top-grade fleece, regardless of color, is always desirable. Many fiber artists and other crafts people seek out dark fleece. Once again, Jeeves discovered that perceptions can change over time. And once again, he found that quality can be more important than quantity. And quality can also mean greater value. Based on what he has learned, the next time Jeeves hears any group refer to family members as black sheep, he’ll think about them differently. He knows that some families will always believe that they’re worth less. But Jeeves believes that maybe they just need a good shepherd. 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 JustInFromJeeves@gmail. com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.