Ho, ho, ho ...

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves, Special to The News Messenger
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Remember Santa Claus’s special appearance on Saturday during Lincoln Area Archives Museum’s pancake breakfast and craft fair.

Volunteer executive director Shirley Russell expects Santa to arrive at 8 a.m.

Breakfast is from 7 to 10 a.m.

Cost is $6 per person.

Proceeds from this event go to the Lincoln Area Archives Museum.

The boutique and craft fair starts at 9 a.m.

All takes place at Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 541 Fifth St. in downtown Lincoln.

For more information, call the Lincoln Area Archives Museum at 645-3800.

Photo op ...

Also look for Santa to make another appearance during the sixth annual Little School House Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 801 East Ave.

Children are welcome to have their photos taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost is $10 for a picture CD.

The bazaar will feature more than 37 vendors as well as a bake sale and homemade crafts.

All proceeds will benefit the Little School House.

Call 434-1942 for more information.

It’s OK to wine ...

Again this year, Placer County Wineries will host “Holidays in the Hills.”

Seventeen wineries, including Lincoln’s Rancho Roble Vineyard and Wise Villa Winery, will participate in this self-guided winery tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9.

Tastings will be free with a donation of an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

All wineries will be decorated for the holidays and offer a wide variety of entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and special treats.

To find a list of all participating wineries and to download a Holiday in the Hills map, visit

See’s the day ...

Kiwanis Club of Lincoln continues to sell See’s Candies through Saturday, Dec. 22.

See’s is on sale at Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek Lane from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in Safeway Plaza from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

All proceeds from sales will benefit children’s programs in Lincoln.

Kiwanis Club of Lincoln member Kevin Smith reports that Kiwanis is also participating in the See’s for Soldiers program.

This program represents a chance to remember our troops overseas.

Kiwanis will arrange to ship all boxes of candy that are purchased on behalf of every soldier.

Call Smith at 408-1818 or visit for more information.

Just in from Jeeves ...

Jeeves is happy to see the U.S. Marine Corp. Toys for Tots boxes.

Semper Fi volunteers such as Richard Zimmerman and Frank Neves have placed boxes in many Lincoln locales.

Jeeves hopes that they overflow with children’s gifts.

He’s thankful for Toys for Tots.

Jeeves knows that many families struggle to make ends meet.

It will be difficult for these parents to make Christmas a special and happy event for their children.

Semper Fi and the U.S. Marine Corp. work tirelessly to help less fortunate girls and boys.

Jeeves will do what he can too.

He will buy toys for their boxes.

Jeeves knows a man named Don Keith.

Don was a young boy when his father died.

His widowed mother raised him plus his two brothers and one sister on a meager budget.

While other children woke up to find pedal cars, trains, dolls and ice skates under their Christmas trees, Don woke up to find an orange and a balloon under his.

It was tough for him to visit friends who had so much more.

Don is not ashamed to say how much it hurt.

But he will tell you that it hurt him more to see his mother struggle to shelter, feed and clothe them.

Don finished high school.

But there was no money to send him or any of the other children to college.

One brother joined the priesthood.

As soon as Don finished high school, he looked for work.

But it was tough for him to find a job in a city where companies posted signs that said “No Irish Need Apply.”

Eventually, Don found a job in sales.

And he found that he was a natural born salesman.

So much so that Don wound up owning the company and marrying the boss’s daughter.

He and his wife, Shirley, had four children: Matthew, Mark, John and Kelly.

Don made sure that his wife and his children enjoyed every Christmas.

His wallet was big and his heart was bigger.

But no matter how wealthy and how successful Don became, he always remembered his mother’s fight against poverty.

Being poor haunted him for the rest of his life.

Don was so haunted that he always kept his wallet under his pillow while he slept.

A wad of hundred dollars in his billfold helped ease his uncertainty.

Don often said that “Sigmund Freud would have a field day trying to get inside my head.”

Jeeves doesn’t know that Freud could offer any additional insights.

Don was always haunted by the ghost of his Christmas past.

And it became the ghost that haunted every Christmas yet to come.

Jeeves often thinks of Don.

He hopes that he now rests more easily.

Jeeves also hopes that every child wakes up on Christmas morning to find more under the tree than Don found as a child.

With your help and Toys for Tots, Jeeves hopes that they will find more than an orange and a balloon.

Somewhere between Jeeves’ desk and the printing press last week, e-mail addresses were omitted for authors, artists and Art League of Lincoln. To contact them, below is a list of e-mail addresses:

Art League of Lincoln -

Author Lisa Augustine -

Artist Margot Comer -

Poetry Club President Sue Clark -

Author Jeri Chase Ferris -

Artist Diane Pargament -

Author Bruce Robinson -

Author Arloa Walter -

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.