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    Karen Newell Young & Stacy Drake


    More National memories

    Last month, the Nevada City Rotary Club celebrated the end of an era at The National Hotel, where for more than 80 years it held forth at the historic hotel during weekly lunches. The club was founded in 1935 at The National and after 39 years as its longest owner, long-time Rotarian Tom Coleman shared fond memories and stories of the rich history and their legacy at the club’s Februay 15 meeting.

    Club members presented Tom with an original painting of famous hotel by local artist Betsy Lombard, which was purchased at The Alexander Gallery. For the next month or so, the Club will be checking out sites for its new home base. Last month, the club met at Trolley Junction for lunch. 

    The group encourages guests and visiting Rotarians to participate at the meetings, which are held on the first and third Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.; second and fourth Thursdays are 12:15 p.m. lunch meetings.

    Scientology memoir

    Sands Hall, local author of “Catching Heaven” and “Tools of the Writer’s Craft,” a book about essays and exercises, has a new memoir out. “Flunk. Start: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology” chronicles “her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology.” Her time in the church in the 1980s includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. 

    Hall reveals what drew her into the religion – what she found intriguing and useful – and how she came to confront its darker sides. She will celebrate her new memoir at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. For more information, email yubalit@gmail.com.

    NCTV tackling issues

    Where Do We Go From Here? is a series based on local and national issues that will NCTV will explore on Monday nights. It is produced and funded by Lew Sitzer, Stifel Financial and friends. Al Dover, Eric Tomb and Sitzer are the hosts. Topics include homelessness, local judges, CoRR, Bost House, Cliff Newell and Sierra Roots. For a schedule, visit nevadacountytv.org. For more information, call 530-272-8862. 

    About the Photo: Sands Hall