Scene to be Seen

By: Kathy Dorsey special to News Messenger
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Rock solid ... Sharon Harcarik reports that Granite Springs Church sponsors a free community dinner the last Monday of every month in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 541 5th St. The next dinner will be held Monday, Jan. 30. Anyone in need of a free hot meal is encouraged to attend. All are welcome. Call 645-9620 or visit for more information. On the wild side ... On Saturday, Feb. 4, Gold Country Wildlife Rescue invites new and current volunteers to its annual orientation and training from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event will be at Auburn’s Canyonview Community Center, 471 Maidu Drive and features special guest speaker and author Carol Malnor plus presentations on local songbirds, raptors and small mammals. Fee is $35 per person before Feb. 2 or $45 per person at the door. The fee covers continental breakfast, lunch and snacks. To register, call 632-3466 or 742-2747. Also set aside Saturday, March 3 for “Wings and Wine” at High Hand Nursery, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $15 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Spend an evening with birds of prey from Gold Country Wildlife Rescue while sipping wine, enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and learning about owls, hawks, falcons and eagles. To learn more and register for either event, visit Gently brewing... American Association of University Women is holding a prospective new member tea at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Membership eligibility is a two- or four-year college degree. There is no charge to attend the tea. Call Kathy Kort at 408-3593 or Maria Actis at 434-7309 to learn more about the American Association of University Women and the upcoming tea. And remember that tickets are now on sale for the association’s March 10 fashion show, “Caring is Fashionable.” Ticket price of $45 per person includes a three-course luncheon. To purchase tickets or find out more, contact Michele Stark at 543-5241 or Molly Seamons at 409-0158. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves made a new acquaintance over the holidays. Her name is Mollie. She’s a dachshund. And she’s an older woman. Jeeves met Mollie through his friend, Cindy. She’s a French poodle. And she’s a younger woman. The three dogs spent many days together. Cindy and Jeeves like to play. Mollie has no interest in playing with either of them. But she does like to curl up in Jeeves’ blanket and sleep in his bed. Jeeves tries to be a gentleman. He stands and wags his tail whenever a woman enters the room. He takes off his leash and the hat that Margi made him whenever he eats. He shares his toys. But Jeeves does not know what to do when another dog uses his blanket and occupies his bed. So he consulted the Downtown Dogs. They always know what to do. And now that Luna the Country Dog has moved downtown, the dogs have gained a broader perspective. The Downtown Dogs compared Jeeves’ current predicament to one that Lincoln faced about 12 years ago. That’s when a whole lot of old people, like Mollie, moved here. According to the dogs, not only did they try to occupy our bed but some tried to remake it. Their movement was different from the current Occupy Movement. Unlike the current one, these old people both like and depend on Wall Street. They’re also used to fancy sheets, eiderdown duvets and adjustable comfort settings through sleep numbers on their king-sized mattresses. A little while later, a lot of yuppies moved here too. They also tried to occupy our bed and remake it. They even tried to move Lincoln’s railway line. They’re also used to fancy sheets and coordinating comforters. But they like the kind of king-sized mattresses on which they can set their wine in long-stemmed glasses without the risk of spills. Unlike them, Lincoln has always been more used to cotton sheets, wool blankets, bedspreads and box-spring mattress sets. Yet Lincoln’s residents have always been every bit as warm and cozy as any newcomer. The dogs told Jeeves about Goldilocks. Just as Jeeves has endured Mollie and Lincoln has endured newcomers, the three bears endured her. Not only did Goldilocks occupy their beds, she also ate their porridge. The dogs hope that eventually everyone will find Lincoln’s bed just right. Meanwhile, they recommend that Jeeves continue to be polite. He should respect his elders, even if it means everyone over the age of 4. If Mollie tries to occupy his bed again, Jeeves could take his protest to the street. However, the dogs believe that it would be better and a lot warmer to crawl in beside her. Jeeves may find that she makes it just right. But he’s not sure that he’ll let Mollie eat his porridge, no matter how old she is. 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