by Karen Newell Young & Stacy Drake
Wedding bells toll
Longtime area residents Kim James and Ray Laflin, Jr. were married Sunday, April 22, at 151 Union Square in Grass Valley. The event was attended by 150 of Kim and Ray’s family and friends. Their fates were sealed at Friar Tucks one wintery January Friday night in 2017 while he was playing music with his partner, Doug, and Kim was hanging out with the girls catching up on their lives and events, not knowing hers was about to change in a very happy way. Kim is well known for her community involvement including her work on behalf of the Nevada Theatre Commission in Nevada City and volunteering for downtown improvement projects, school fundraisers, and Animal Place. Ray is widely known as part of acclaimed musical duo, Dream and the Dreamer; who has held the “Best Band in Nevada County” distinction for multiple years and for his solo musical work with the high-energy performance art project, “Rhythm and Hues.”
A close shave for cancer fight
On April 21 ol’ Republic teamed up with the Nevada County Firefighters Local 3800 for a fundraiser to benefit Pediatric Cancer Research through the St. Baldricks Foundation, a national organization.This year’s event raised $13,000 through donations and sponsorships the 46 volunteers raised by shaving their heads. All in good fun and for a good cause. But some didn’t stop at shaving their heads, Jeff Wetzel offered up his head for shaving but vowed to never shave his beard. When a member of the crowd gathered at ol’ Republic for the event shouted out how much he would take to shave his beard, he said $100, never expecting the money to materialize. However “within a minute, literally, the crowd started pulling out money and the $100 was raised for Jeff to shave his beard, which he did!” says Heather Mandeville of ol’ Republic.
Onyx sells out
Opening week attendance at Onyx Theater, formerly the Magic Theater in Nevada City, broke records for the new theater, more than ever recorded for an entire month, according to Celine Negrete, owner with co-owner Jeff Clark. She wants to remind visitors that “We are 21 and over to enter through the doors” and ID is required for shows (because they serve alcohol). She said that although seats have increased, the tendency for the theater is to sell out ahead for weekends and evenings. For more information, go to theonyxtheatre.com.
Ready, set, action!
Sierra Stages will present “You Can’t Take is With You,” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, from Sept. 20 through Oct. 6 in Nevada Theatre. Open auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May
About the Photo: Ray Laflin and Jim James met at Friar Tucks in Nevada City with music in the air