Visit Germany, Knights of Columbus style

By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Ein Prosit ... Mark Saturday, Oct. 15 on your calendars for the Knights of Columbus’ 20th annual Oktoberfest in the McBean Park Pavilion at 65 McBean Park Drive. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Look for family fun that features a German buffet-style dinner, Alpendancers, Guenter Gumnor German Sauerkraut Band plus raffle and a no-host bar. Tickets are $20 per person or $50 per family, which covers two adults and any number of children under age 12. Call Kevin Blake at 434-2575 for more information. Under the bonnet ... There’s still time to purchase tickets for Lincoln Hills Foundation second annual dinner event, “Hats Off II” on Friday, Oct .14. This event honors individuals who make a difference to our community. It will be held in Orchard Creek Ballroom, 965 Orchard Creek Lane. Tickets are $50 per person and are available through Saturday. Festivities get underway at 5 p.m. with a no-host bar. This year, tributes and awards will be presented to 17 individuals and two groups. Lincoln Hills Foundation will honor Mark Burke, Pearl Chang, Jim Datzman, Mark Dentinger, Shelly Ebenholtz, Bob Free, Vic Freeman, Michele Hutchinson, Dan Karleskint, Dan Larsen, Gay Mackintosh, Rich Regan, Ken Silverman, Dennis Valentine, Marcia VanWagner, Pauline Watson and Larry Whitaker plus groups, Neighbors InDeed and Sun City Lincoln Hills board of directors. Reservation forms may be downloaded from the website at and mailed with payments to Karen Foley, Lincoln Hills Foundation, P.O. Box 220, Lincoln CA 95648. Lincoln Hills Foundation raises fund to help senior residents remain in their homes and enjoy independent lifestyles. Increasing circulation ... Lincoln’s Bikram Yoga is offering a free yoga day on Saturday at 785 S. Hwy 65, Suite 20 in the Raley’s Shopping Center. Owner Kathryn Body is offering three classes at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Free Yoga Day is a great opportunity to try yoga for the first time. Bikram Yoga involves 26 postures and two readings. For more information, call 408-3900. Ring-a-ding-ding ... Elly Award-winning Diane Bartlett is directing Lincoln Hills Players’ Theater Group next production, “Christmas Belles.” Performances are scheduled for Nov. 17, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom at Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek, Lane. Also, a matinee performance is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Co-authored by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, “Christmas Belles” is a side-splitting comedy and worldwide hit. All three playwrights were on hand Sunday, Sept. 18 when Players’ Group hosted a champagne and dessert reception. Readers may recognize Wooten as writer for more than 400 network television episodes, including four years of the well-known series “The Golden Girls.” “Christmas Belles” will feature Judith Jesness, Karen Ulijohn, Barbara Swerdlow, Steve Garavito, Peggy Schechter, Ken Reiss, Ginny Sutherland, Pat Shafer, Bob Murdock, Bob Dale and Jeri Ferris. Craig Stults is producer and stage manager. Tickets go on sale to the general public Nov. 1 and can be obtained by calling 625-4000. Homes for the holidays ... On Saturday, Dec. 3, Kiwanis Club of Lincoln will hold its annual Christmas Holiday Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s tour will include five beautifully decorated homes. Also look for door prizes, refreshments and gift items for sale. For information and tickets, call Pat Everett at 409-0650 or Sheila Roels at 408-2640. Lincoln Kiwanis meets at 7 a.m. every Tuesday in downtown Lincoln at Buonarroti’s Ristorante, 460 G St. To learn more about the club, visit Family Affair ... Katie Trott celebrated the grand opening of her new shop, Sew Katie Jean (209-3930) 603 Fifth St. in downtown Lincoln. Katie’s sister, Mary Johnson, was also on hand to welcome customers. Mary lives in Lorton, Va. and spent the past 10 days here in Lincoln helping Katie get her new venture underway. Before opening, Katie already had a strong connection to Lincoln through her in-laws, Eldridge and Lois Trott. The Trotts, at one time, owned Lincoln News Messenger. Just in from Jeeves ... Lately, Jeeves has been captivated by our evening skies. He’s seen unusual cloud colors and formations. He has also seen lightening strikes. Jeeves learned that some of those lightning strikes caused fires. Thankfully, Lincoln was spared from another fire. However, Jeeves believes that our recent skies serve as a metaphor for our city. In his opinion, Lincoln has three people who are like lightning rods. They have a tendency to attract negative energy. It’s the kind of energy that causes “fires.” These fires are often difficult to put out. Jeeves isn’t sure what makes them attract such negative energy. But Jim Estep, Anna Jatczak and Richard Pearl seem to attract higher levels of negativity than other individuals in this city. They also seem to have ignited more figurative fires than any lightning strikes. Jeeves has re-read the last 30 months of The News Messenger. Over and over again, on issue after issue, they seem to be part of news stories disfigured by scorch marks. Because City Council is responsible for them, it has to put out their fires while it defends their actions. Three councilmen learned last week that they no longer have to contend with the burn of a recall that has been smoldering since May. Jeeves does not believe that the city lightning rods deliberately set out to attract negativity. Nor does Jeeves believe that they deliberately set out to cause fires. But the ways in which they execute their duties seem to have a way of igniting fires and creating firestorms. Yet, all three seem to have many qualifications and much experience. Perhaps it’s solely because of the positions that they hold. As Lincoln City Manager, Jim Estep came to town just over three years ago to discover bad news - we’re broke. Then he had to tell us something we didn’t want to hear - we’re broke. As Assistant City Manager and CFO, Anna Jatczak, came to town when the city had just discovered its economic woes. Many taxpayers resented paying for someone new especially when she also told us – we’re broke. Richard Pearl first came to our attention via the Citizens Advisory Financial Task Force when, as chairman, he asked for a utility users’ tax known as Measure K, because - we’re broke. Recently, he assumed chairmanship of the fiscal sustainability committee. Once again, Jeeves read (Sept. 8 Lincoln News Messenger, front page, “Fiscal sustainability committee loses first member”) that, according to former member Chuck Schmidt, the committee plans to propose a new tax. Jeeves assumes that it’s because - we’re broke. “We’re broke” is a lousy message to deliver, no matter who sends it. And Jeeves gets it - we’re broke. He suspects most everyone else gets it too. He dislikes hearing that we have an ugly baby. He suspects most everyone else dislikes hearing it too. He’s also tired of hearing the same message. And he’s tired of hearing it from the same people. Jeeves has reached the point when he would like to hear a different message. He wants to hear a message that includes new ideas before he hears about a new tax. And he wants to hear it from someone new. That’s why he was so pleased to hear the economic development committee’s proposal during the Sept. 13 council meeting. Jeeves would like to hear something positive - anything - from City Hall. He was also encouraged when the fiscal sustainability committee was approved by City Council. Jeeves was pleased to read about the both number and caliber of individuals who volunteered to serve. The committee seemed to be attracting lot of positive energy. So he expected something equally positive to come out of their meetings, investigations and deliberations. But the committee’s first order of business was to request the help of outside consultants to facilitate the processes at a cost of $40,000. He thought that the idea of a volunteer committee meant that the city wouldn’t need to spend money for consultants. Jeeves continues to have reservations about the expenditure of $40,000 for facilitators, especially when City Council seems unwilling to give the economic development committee half that amount to fix the city’s antiquated website. For the past few months, Jeeves has decided to adopt a wait-and-see approach. He tries to remain hopeful. But based on recent committee developments, Jeeves is now not so optimistic. He read that a committee member, Chuck Schmidt, resigned. Jeeves is troubled by Mr. Schmidt’s reasons for doing so (Sept. 15 News Messenger, page A5, “Reader: Lincoln’s fiscal committee still leaving sacred cows alone”). He wonders if the committee may be losing its positive energy. Jeeves hopes that the committee will still be able to gestate new ideas and develop positive solutions. But despite Richard Pearl’s qualifications and good intentions, he will always be associated with an ugly baby. With a lightning rod at the helm, Jeeves believes that the fiscal sustainability committee may have a tough time bringing their ideas to term and delivering them. And he believes that it may have an even tougher time getting the public to accept them, no matter how much money the committee spends on consultants. Jeeves will continue to wait and see. He tries to remain hopeful. Jeeves knows that just as much as lightning can cause a fire, it can also break through clouds and illuminate a very dark sky. That’s a better metaphor for this great city. 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.