Several people are enjoying various arts and crafts at Books & More on Saturday mornings. Jani Beckwith is offering Art From the Heart on alternate Saturdays at 10 am. She will work with mandalas, collages and card making. This will be more of a graphic design project. A knitting group meets once a month. Their next meeting is Dec. 28 and then again on January 11. Please call for more information (675-3275).


            Many thanks to all those who helped make the 27th Annual Christmas in the Foothills a success. From putting out signs, posting on the Facebook page, making phone calls, designing the map, and all the other many details that go into putting the event together. But we don’t want to forget all the businesses that participate. There would be no Christmas in the Foothills without your participation.


            Look Back in Time – In 1885 Colonel Rackerby sold the finest Mental Invigorating from his store. He also carried food and clothes for men and beasts. Oyster suppers were served (we wonder how many people actually used a Mental Invigorating).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

Books & More and the Thrift store usually close during the week between Christmas and New Years. Books & More and the Thrift Store will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 7. .  Hope you have a good holiday. Please stop by both stores and buy some holiday items.


            December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day. This is the day that Pearl Harbor was bombed, bringing the U.S. into war with Japan. The U.S.S. Arizona was sunk with all on board and still lies in repose as a graveyard for the crew. I have been to Pearl Harbor and to the U.S.S. Arizona memorial, built over the ship. It is a truly memorable place. Remember those who have given their all for our freedoms.


            Christmas in the Foothills will have a wonderful kickoff with the Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6th at the Foothill Fire House. The tree will be lit at 6:30 pm, but come early because there will be craft projects for the kids, cookies, cocoa, tea, coffee, cider and music. Santa will be there to greet the kids and light the tree. This is a fantastic way to start Christmas Cheer with the whole family. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the 7th & 8th, hop in the car and shop, wine and dine your way along the Christmas in the Foothills trail. With 28 stops you are sure to have a fun day and complete your shopping list. Check out or

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the map and list. The Foothills will be filled with the scents and sounds of Christmas!


            Look Back in Time – In 1910 the Rackerby Shakespeare Club met at G, A. Devol's home. While the men played Pedro and Cribbage, the children played games (we guess Shakespeare's work was being read by the women).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

A special Thank You note came from the group that organized Farmer's Market this past summer. They appreciated the effort made by the several volunteers that organized activities for kids. It is so nice to be thanked. We hope Farmer's Market goes as well next year. Consider getting involved in this community effort.


            Books & More and the Brownsville Mercantile are planning a special tamale lunch and yard sale for Nov. 30. You will be able to get a full tamale lunch or purchase individual tamales to go. It would be great if we had other people involved. How about a plant swap,  bake sale, crafters or other vendors. Come join in.


            The FVFDA Thrift Store, Books & More and Brownsville Mercantile will be closed Thanksgiving day. We hope the Thrift Store did well on their Christmas Bazaar. All of it helps support the Foothill Volunteer Fire Department.


            Don’t forget to pack up the clan and head to Hometown Christmas in Forbestown on Saturday, November 30th. Crafters, food vendors, people dressed in period clothing, Father Christmas, carolers and so much more will be happening in the museum / replica gold mining town, located on New York Flat Rd., from 10 am to 6 pm. A family fun day to start the Christmas Cheer.


            Look Back in Time – In 1927 a radio set was installed in the Forbestown residence of Mr. and Mrs. Cooney (like our tower coming into range for cell phone reception).


            We wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!


            Hope you come to Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

Some of our readers have come by Books & More on Saturday mornings and joined a art/craft group. Usually people enjoyed the project as well as the camaraderie. A new workshop is being added to the mix. Every two weeks Jani Beckwith is leading a workshop called Art From the Heart and has more to do with graphic design, color choices and having a personal message than actual drawing or painting. Her first workshop will be held on Nov. 23 starting at 10 am. Come by and check it out.


            Hometown Christmas is Saturday, November 30 from 10 am to 6 pm. Yuba Feather Museum’s Gold Rush Town will be filled with shops and tents full of crafts and an array of Christmas shopping items. Come stroll along the boardwalks and enjoy the spiced cider, Christmas carolers and Father Christmas. There will be elegant ladies and gentlemen dressed in their finery and fur trappers. The Gold Rush Town is located at 19096 New York Flat Rd. in Forbestown.


            Country Christmas Faire is held at the fair grounds in Grass Valley and is an event you should not miss. It will take place on November 29, 30 & December 1 from 10 am to 5 pm. Each building is filled with crafters, artisans, and vendors all offering a wide array of Christmas gifts. There is music, Holiday themed characters roam the grounds, food and much, much more.


        Look Back in Time – In 1898 Mrs.Spiers of Gridley displayed the latest fall and winter millinery to the ladies of Dobbins Hotel parlor (probably some beautiful dressy hats).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

        Don't forget the Thrift Store Bazaar, it will be held on Nov. 22 – 23. This is a good chance to open the holiday season buying a few baked goods and checking out their gift selections and Christmas decoration items. In addition, of course, it helps support Foothill Volunteer Fire Department.


            Watching the Gold Eagle Market go up is exciting! Are there any guesses as to when the opening day will be? It sure has been missed.


            Look Back in Time – In 1914 Challenge Hotel, owned by by Dr. J. Van Male, burned to the ground in the early morning hours, a great loss for the town and travelers (fires are still one of our most feared disasters).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.   


            Christine and Yvonne

The general meeting of Yuba Feather Community Services will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12. This group organizes the use of Ponderosa Park and Community Center. The public is welcomed to get involved in the various activities, helping bring our communities together on various projects. The meeting will start at 7 pm downstairs at the community center.


            Monday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We should always keep our veteran’s and current military personnel in our thoughts and prayers, but Veteran’s Day is a great time to make an extra effort to show our appreciation for their sacrifices with a handshake or hug. Without them all, we would not be able to live our life of freedom.


            Books & More has craft sessions each Saturday from 10 am to about noon. The knitting group has become quite popular. Call Books & More at 530-675-3275 for the list of crafts being offered and to sign up.    


            Look Back in Time – In 1900 stage driver C. A. Smith was driving a flashy, newly painted coach, done by the local artist C. F. Harvey of Sharon Valley (love a flashy paint job on pickups).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

            Stop by Books & More on Saturday, November 5 to purchase one of the delicious soups being offered by Loretta’s More than Soup. All soups are frozen so you can warm and enjoy at your pleasure. She will be set up from 9 am to about noon so get there early.


            Thursday is Halloween and Brownsville, Forbestown and Loma Rica all have Trunks with Treats events happening. Bring the little goblins out for an evening of games, food, trick or treating, haunted house, bounce house, and much more. Brownsville and Forbestown event will be 5:00 – 8:00 and Loma Rica will be 6:30 – 7:30. Brownsville: Foothill Fire parking lot on Willow Glen Rd, Forbestown: New York Flat Rd., Loma Rica: Foothill Lions Club, Fruitland Rd. All three events will be Spooktacular!


            Well, here we go again, changing the time! Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 3rd so don’t forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday. This whole changing the time back and forth twice a year is irritating and ridiculous! There, I’ve had my rant.


            Don't forget the Brownville Thrift store's Bazaar happening on Friday Nov. 22 and Saturday Nov. 23. Great bargains await you and lots of desserts to tempt you. This event makes money for our Foothill Volunteer Fire Department.


            Look Back in Time – In 1914 Challenge Hotel, owned by Dr. J. Van Male, burned to the ground in the early morning hours, a great loss to Challenge residents and to travelers (wonder if it was his fireplace that started the fire).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.    Christine and Yvonne

Foothill Thrift Shop plans to have a major half-price sale from Oct. 30 through Nov. 9. This clearance is necessary as they get ready for the holiday season. They will be unable to accept donations from Nov. 1 to January 1. Come by and take advantage of a real bargain.


Our communities often come together with great volunteer programs. The Thrift Shop and the Fire Department are just two examples. Farmer's Market was a brain child of a few people and did a lot of good through the summer. Books & More had a hot dog lunch a while ago and the number of people working to set it up was impressive, about six people working together, were enjoying each other's company. Our next volunteer effort will be a community van. We have the van, donated by a local couple, and now to work out the plan. We will be looking for drivers as well as people needing rides. There will be a charge for rides that will help cover gas and insurance. We plan to offer rides to Stone Soup, local businesses as well as a ride to town. Perhaps the van will be available for group field trips. Sounds good; now to get the Van Plan together.


The Foothill Pantry will be serving up their annual Fall Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, October 18 at the Alcouffe Center from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes, 2 each of bacon and sausage, fresh fruit salad and beverage. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Adults are $6.00 and kids, 11 and under are $3.00. Stop by and check out the bake sale table. The Alcouffe Center is located on Marysville Road in Oregon House.


Look Back in Time – In 1926 LaPorte cattlemen A.L. And A. A. Bustillos drove their cattle out of the mountains to winter range near Durham (now we transport them in trucks).


Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

Stone Soup is planning another unique interesting lunch menu. About once a quarter the soup pots are put away and a new dish is planned. This one will happen on Halloween, Oct. 31, at noon. We hope you will come join us at Ponderosa Community Center.


            The annual quilt show in Brownsville is coming up soon. Put November 2 and 3 on your calendar and plan to come see the beautiful quilts that have been made this year. The show will be at the Ponderosa Community Center from 10 to 4 on Saturday and 10 to 3 on Sunday. Lunch will be served. The wares from many interesting vendors will be available so we hope you make it and bring friends and neighbors.


            The YES Charter Academy in Oregon House will be holding their 7th Annual Harvest Festival on October 11 from 5 pm – 7 pm. There will be a raffle, auction, games, hay ride, face painting, live music and a chili cookoff dinner. Free entry. Sounds like great family fun! YES Charter Academy is located on Texas Hill Rd.

            Yikes! Seems like we were just cleaning up the Christmas decorations and here it is Halloween already. Gold Eagle Markets and the Foothill Volunteer Firefighters Association will be sponsoring a Trunks with Treats event in the parking lot of the Foothill Firehouse. There will be games, food, bounce house and more. Other local businesses will also have treats available in there parking lots. Please bring your vehicles and candy so the ghoulies can trick or treat along the parked vehicles. There will be space at the parking lots of the firehouse, Brownsville Mercantile and Books & More. The event will be 5 pm – 8 pm.


Foothill Lions Club will also have Trick or Treat Street, for kids 12 and under, from 6:30 – 7:30 at the Lions Club at 5667 Fruitland Rd. in Loma Rica. Bring your decorated vehicles and candy for the kids to trick or treat.


            Look Back in Time – In 1925 Challenge students had transportation to Dobbins High School

(it would be great to have the choice to not go all the way to Marysville).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

On Saturday, October 5, Books & More will be holding a hot dog lunch. This will help support the bookstore. Hot dogs, chili and cole slaw will be served. Next Step will add a Brownie and ice cream sundae to the menu. Sounds like fun. Let's hope it does not rain.


The Yuba Feather Historical Association will be holding its annual election on October 23. It will follow a potluck dinner at Ponderosa Community Center starting about 6 pm. Come join in, visit with friends and neighbors and support the group that manages Yuba Feather Museum. Perhaps you would like to sign up as a volunteer.


October 5 will be the last day of Farmer's Market for this year. We hope you have participated in our venture and enjoyed the park setting, fresh vegetables and fruit as well as the crafts. The group setting up the market will be reflecting and reorganizing getting ready for next year. If you have suggestions, please stop by Books & More and let us know. It is definitely a community venture.


YES Charter Academy will be hosting their 7th Annual Harvest Festival on Friday, October 11 from 5 pm – 7 pm. There will be games, food, fun and more. This event is a fundraiser for field trips, awards, classroom extras, equipment and more. The school is located at 9841 Texas Hill Rd., Oregon House. 


Look Back in Time – In 1911 citizens formed a Dobbins Athletic Club. The first boxing match was between Virgil Peachy and Kid French (wonder how it went).


Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.           

Christine and Yvonne

Those who love to knit might consider joining the knitting workshops, led by Pennie Goodwin on Sept. 28, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16. She meets at Books & More from 10 to 12, helping beginners as well as offering pattern ideas for those who already

know how to knit. There are several other craft workshops held on Saturday mornings so come by and look at the schedule.


            We know fall is here when we see the liquid amber leaves start to turn. The Chinese Pistache trees at Books & More are just starting to show color and we are waiting for the ones at Amber Lane to turn. Soon the dogwoods will be showing pink, the oaks will turn yellow, and we will be putting firewood on our porches. A blanket is beginning to feel good in the middle of the night.


            Next Step and the Farmer's Market crew are planning to operate a van-taxi service. If all goes as planned there will be a van operating on “the hill” and will offer rides around locally as well as to the valley. Ride will have to be organized ahead of time, not an emergency run. The van will hold up to seven people. There will be a set route and will include Stone Soup and Farmer's Market, shopping locally, and even be available for field trips. Watch for more details as the plan gets worked out.


            The 18th Annual Warm September Nights Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 28th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Loma Rica Lions Club. Pre-registration for vehicles is $20.00 or $25.00 day of the show. Breakfast will start at 7:30 am and lunch will start at 10:30 am. There will be a raffle table and live music. This is a fantastic event and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The event will take place rain or shine. The Lions Club is located at 5667 Fruitland Rd., in Loma Rica. Don’t miss out.


            Each Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm, the Forbestown Community Center will be open for games, free WIFI, library use, snacks and just some good old fashion getting together. Stop on by, say hello, get a boardgame going and have some fun. The Forbestown Community Center is located on New York Flat Rd., in Forbestown (of course).


            Loretta will be at Books & More, with her delicious soups, on Saturday, October 5. It is first come first serve, so don’t miss out on this treat. Her soups are not only great as soup but they can be used as a sauce base for other dishes. They are frozen so you can use them at your leisure. Books & More is located on Willow Glen Rd. in beautiful “downtown” Brownsville.


            Look Back in Time – In 1926 many gathered in the famous old bar at Woodleaf Hotel. They were fans waiting to hear the Dempsey-Tunney fight over a radio (now it’s all in our own living rooms on television).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

Books & More is planning their annual vacation closing starting October 23 and running for two weeks, reopening Nov. 6. Yvonne and crew will be taking a much-needed change of venue. We will be observing Halloween, however, with our annual book give-away as our “Treat” Halloween evening.


            The Brownsville Farmer's Market has almost completed its first year at Ponderosa Park. It was a big move and the organizers wondered how the move in location would work. It has been going now since May and all is going well. There are only three more market sessions left for this year, though. If you have not made it to the market yet, or even if you have, please come on by and get some locally grown produce, check out the home baked goods, take a look at the crafts and more. There are melons, peaches, tomatoes, blueberries and many more foods to choose from. A hot lunch is available and often there is some music in the afternoon. There are children's activities planned. The last day is October 5, so plan on stopping by.


            Monday, September 23, is the first day of Autumn. At last the hot days of summer will slowly be replaced with the cool, crisp days of Autumn. The scent of early morning woodstove fires, leaves gently drifting to the ground, dew on the grass and the honk of geese making their way south. I’m already pulling out my jeans, sweatshirts, flannels and boots.


            If you’re expecting out of town visitors or just looking for something fun to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, try the North Sierra Wine Trail. There are fourteen exceptional wineries along the trail that weaves its way through Live Oak, Oroville, Bangor, Oregon House and Dobbins. Pack your picnic basket, load up the gang and head out for a beautiful drive and a day of wine tasting. For winery locations, hours of operation, etc. check out Please remember to bring along a designated driver.


            Look Back in Time – In 1898 F. G. Kelly was conducting evening classes in German and Latin at New York Flat (people from around the world were there).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

            Bookstore Booster group will be hold their end of summer raffle at the bookstore on August 24. We will draw raffle prizes about 10 am and begin to plan the craft workshops for the fall. We try to have a craft workshop each Saturday from 10 – 12. Call 675-3275 for more information.

            The Brownsville Farmer's Market is doing well, local produce and crafts, a place for kids to play, and other happenings as they appear. It is also a spot for local non-profit organizations and churches to have a fundraiser. For non-profit groups the booth space is free. Call Freja Nelson at 933-9506 or email her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

            The “Munchkins” are back in school and that means the school buses are back on the road again. Now, Munchkins have been known to not pay attention and dart out into the road, especially the younger ones, although the older Munchkins do have the same problem occasionally. Be aware of the activity around the bus and the stop signs on the bus when it is pulled over to pick up or drop off.

            My internet hot spot doesn’t work well when I’m inside, so I sit on my deck each morning and check emails, write my portion of the column, research for my book, pay bills, and work on all things internet. The air is still cool and refreshing as the roosters crow out their morning salutations. Bushy tailed squirrels playfully chase each other up and down the tree trunks. A Stellar Jay squawks his disturbance as I interrupt his morning. The breeze tickles the wind chimes, they dance and sing. I feel as though I could sit here forever. Soon I will have to go back inside and take care of all things not internet. But my mornings on the deck are such a delightful way to start my day.

            Look Back in Time – In 1910 traction engines were hauling lumber from the hardwood mill at Woodleaf to Oroville. They had a million feet to haul before snow hit (hope they made it).


Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

            Please plan a visit to Yuba Feather Museum in Forbestown sometime soon; they will be closing for the summer on August 31. They are open on weekend afternoons from noon until four until then. There is an ice cream social on Aug. 18 and again on closing day. The displays in the museum itself are interesting and the replica village is a great place to imagine life around here more than 100 years ago. Yuba Feather Historical Ass. is always looking for new members, too. Come join the fun.

            Time to go to the Farmer's Market in Brownsville this Saturday. Produce is beginning to come in, so they have many things for sale: blueberries, peaches, watermelon, cucumbers, cabbages, corn and more. In addition there are home baked goods, jellies and jams, jewelry, soaps, and crafts. There is room for a booth featuring a bake sale for a non-profit organization. One can set up a booth pretty easily, so come on up and check it out. Have a great lunch and visit with friends and neighbors. Enjoy the fruits of our local farmers' labors and help support this local effort.

            Are you interested in learning how to play the piano? Well, we have a wonderful piano teacher right here in our own backyard. Gail Creel would love to teach you how to tickle those ivory keys. If you are interested in lessons please call Books and More at, 675-3275, to get Gail’s phone number. And, as long as we are on the subject of piano lessons, the Hillside Community Church has a free piano and or organ they wish to give away. If you are interested you can contact the church at 530-675-2151.

            These hot summer days are a good time to sit in the shade with a cool glass of lemonade or ice tea and read a good book. Books and More, in Brownsville, is the only bookstore in Yuba County and they have an extensive array of genres, titles and more. What you can’t find they can order for you. Stop in and browse the many isles and shelves of books that can take you to far away places, introduce you to interesting and or unusual people, wander in the jungle with wild animals, fall in love with a prince, or take a flight on a magic carpet. The possibilities are endless. Books and More is located on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville.

            Look Back in Time – In 1933 Mae West said that the secret to her curves was a diet of thick cream, pies and pastries, rich sauces and wearing a padded corset (wonder what her cholesterol levels were).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

           Books and More has been hosting various craft classes on Saturday mornings from 10 until noon. A wide variety of activities has been planned: a knitter's workshop, a drawing class, as well as other choices. The list of workshops is at the book store or give us a call: 675-3275.

            The traditional Forbestown Daze, as we have known it for the last several years, will no longer happen this year. Due mostly to lack of volunteers, the parade and activities in the park are not to be. However, activities at the Yuba Feather museum are still on board. On Aug. 3. Gates will open at 9 with a flag raising. Activities in the village will include gun fights, docents in historic dress, food and more. This is the main money raising activity for our museum, so plan a day and come enjoy. It will be open until 4 in the afternoon.

            We look forward to another ice cream social at Yuba Feather museum in Forbestown. On the last Saturday of the month, July 27, there will be ice cream sundaes and root beer floats served from 1 to 3 in the afternoon. These socials help support our museum so come on by.

            Look Back in Time – In 1903 Miss Capurra, Empire Hill teacher, killed a 2 foot rattler at the school near Woodleaf (it is the season, be careful!).


Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

            The Next Step group is contemplating starting a Bingo game in order to raise money for a vehicle to help those without vehicles get around. This would not be for medical appointments, that is covered by the Hill Top Gang. Some people would like a ride to Stone Soup, Farmer's Market, to shop in Brownsville or even in the valley. If you or someone you know are interested in helping with this project, please us let know by calling Books & More (675-3275).

            Yuba Feather museum will be hosting its ice cream social on Sunday, July 21. These events are held twice each month, on the third Sunday and the last Saturday, during summer months. One can enjoy a root beer float, an ice cream sundae, or just plain vanilla ice cream. The proceeds of these events help support the museum, so come on by.

            Has this weather been wonderful or what? Haven’t had to use our AC and have been able to leave the windows open all day with the cool breeze blowing through. I can go outside and swing in the hammock, eat out on the deck, and just enjoy the great outdoors without dying in the heat. Now this is what I call summer. But, I do realize that the hot weather could be waiting to pounce. Then the whining will begin.

            Look Back in Time – In 1903 George Newell arrived at Woodleaf with D. L. Falcks twelve-horse freight team and a load of general merchandise (be glad when our groceries arrive at Gold Eagle again).


            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne

            Independence Day is this Thursday, July 4th and the Foothill Volunteer Firefighters Association has big things planned. The hamburger/hot dog barbecue dinner and Kids Fire Muster Event will start at 6:00 pm with the raffle beginning at 7:00 pm and the fireworks at 8:30 pm. The Kids Fire Muster will be for all kids ages 5 to 17 and the age groups will be divided into 5 – 7, 8 – 11, and 12 – 17. There will be a Water Brigade, Hose Roll and Water Balloon Toss. Sounds like great fun!! Come on down to the Foothill Firehouse located at 16796 Willow Glen Rd. and celebrate the hard-fought independence and freedom of our blessed Nation.

            Saturday, July 6th, Geney Holley will hold a scrapbooking project event at Books & More from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you are interested just bring your memories and stop on by to join in on the fun and laughter that usually breaks out during the crafting classes. Books & More is located on Willow Glen Rd. in Brownsville.

            Just a reminder that the Old West Trio will be bringing their western harmony to Lucero Vineyards & Winery on Sunday, July 7th. The event starts at 4:00 pm and tickets are $20.00 per person. Contact Marian Lucero at 530-632-5076 for tickets or more information. Lucero Vineyards & Winery is located at 10654 Texas Hill Rd. in Dobbins.

The Brownsville Classic Car show will be held in the Historic Chestnut Grove, 8979 La Porte Rd. on July 13. This show benefits Autism Speaks and will include raffles, food and a DJ. The goal for Autism Speaks is the change the future for all who struggle with an autism disorder. Admission is free and one gets to see many beautiful restored autos as well as visit with neighbors, have lunch and enjoy the shade of chestnuts. Anyone needing information please call Linda Wooldridge 530 675-9060.

            We would like to start up Next Step again for a couple of reasons. To have a community car taking people to the Farmer's Market, Stone soup or even to town would be great. However, that takes money and dedication. Can we raise both? Having a Bingo game at the Farmer's Market would be a start. If we could find volunteers to run the game on Saturdays from 11 to 1, or so, would give us that start. There are also other projects proposed by Next Step that could use attention. If you or someone you know might want to help out, please stop by Books & More or call 675-3275 and talk to Yvonne.

            Look Back in Time – In 1925 Dobbins residents voted to double the road taxes from 50 cents to one dollar a year to fix the roads (if only!).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.           

             Christine and Yvonne


            The Farmer's Market is doing well each Saturday from 9 to 3 with such varied offerings. In addition to produce, they have a hot lunch, kids' activities, crafts and more. A Bingo game is being planned. Each week a special happening is planned for the afternoon. Things are happening!

            Don't forget the Ice Cream Social at Yuba Feather museum on Saturday June 27 from 1 – 3. Money from these socials help support museum programs. Come enjoy ice cream and chatting with neighbors. Other socials happen on third Sunday and last Saturday during the summer.

            On Thursday, July 4, the Foothill Volunteer Firefighters Association will be hosting their annual community fireworks event. They have a fundraiser barbecue and raffle before the fireworks begin.
All funds are used to provide assistance for firefighters and their families in case of illness, accident or accidental death, and for the betterment of our community. The fireworks are donated by local community members and the firefighters set them off in a safe and sane environment. The Foothill Fire Station is located at 16796 Willow Glen Rd., Brownsville. Come join your friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens for a night of good food, and good clean fun.

            Starting Saturday, July 6, Loretta will be at Books & More with her delicious soups. If you remember the Mayflour Bakery you know Loretta's soups. She varies the selection each month and you can purchase a pint for $4.00 and a quart for $8.00. I can tell you from experience that your taste buds will be delighted.

            Also on Saturday, July 6, Geney Holley will be holding a scrapbook project class at Books & More from 10 am  to 12 pm. Books & More has a different crafter in each Saturday for community crafting classes. Come by the store for a list of the events. It is a great time for fellowship, laughter and a bit of crafting fun with friends and neighbors. Call 675-3275 to sign up or for further information.

            Books & More may have to close a bit early on Saturday, July 6. Yvonne has to leave early for a wedding and Joyce is resting from her hip surgery.

            The Old West Trio, a beautiful western harmony trio, will be at Lucero Vineyards & Winery on Sunday, July 7, singing classics from the American Cowboy and Silver Screen song boooks. Tickets are $20.00 per person and a hot dog dinner plate will be available for $7.00. Wine by the glass or bottle will also be available. The concert starts at 4:00 pm and Lucero Vineyards is located at 10654 Texas Hill Rd., Dobbins. Call Marian Lucero at 530-632-5076 for tickets and information.

            Look Back in Time – In 1904 the hotels in Clipper Mills and Woodleaf were filled with summer tourists, enjoying the hunting, fishing and reading (now we see Rvs on the road).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne


The Foothill Volunteer Firefighters Ass. is planning their fourth annual community fireworks and barbecue event on July 4 at the firehouse in   Brownsville. A raffle is being planned to help raise money to use to provide assistance to fire fighters in case of illness, accident or accidental death. If you can help this cause by donating an item, please contact Michaelle Fox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or stop by the firehouse. Hope to see you there on July  4 enjoying the food and the fireworks.

The Old West Trio is planning a concert at Lucero's winery on July 7 at 4 pm. Seating is limited so one might want to call for a reservation: Lucero's Winery 632-5076. The winery is located at 10654 Texas Hill in Dobbins. The cost for the concert is $20 with a hot dog dinner available for an added cost. Sounds like fun.

Have you been to the Farmer's Market yet? It is held every Saturday from 9

– 3 at Ponderosa Park in Brownsville. The choice of fresh vegetables will be increasing soon as our summer season is about here. The extras (hot lunch, a kids spot, craft items, as well as foods) are available, too. Several special events are planned for the afternoons.

The Stone Soup's Community Workshops are being planned for the next month or so. These workshops are held at Ponderosa Community Center on Thursdays after lunch (about 12:45 or so). On June 20 there will be a presentation by the Fire Safe council helping us be prepared. On July 4 Rand Collins will tell us Two Patriotic Tales, one about the Star Spangled Banner and the other about an unknown hero of the Revolutionary    War. On July 18 a lawyer will give us more information on the pros and cons of having a trust and considering reverse mortgages. Come by and have lunch at noon or stop by after lunch and join us in a workshop.

There is a new happening at Foothill Fitness in Brownsville. Dustin Goodwin is offering a Woman's Self Defense class every 2nd Saturday of the month from 6 – 8 pm. This could save your life and costs only $5.00. He has other classes, too, each Tuesday and Thursday evening. A kid's class runs from 5 – 6   and an adult class from 6:15 to 7:15. Come by and check it out.

Bookstore Boosters started the summer season with a newsletter, new art/craft workshops and a new raffle. This season's raffle will be held on August 24; that will begin the new fall season. Come by and see the items to be raffled and maybe buy some tickets. These activities help the bookstore in many ways: increase the number of people who come in, have a room to hold small meetings, and pay our bills.

Thanks to all who donated blood in June. There were enough people to stay on the list of spots to donate blood in the future.

Look Back in Time – In 1907 Woodleaf tollkeeper, Mr. Twogood, noted a man with an auto passed by (only one?).

Hope to see you in Brownsville soon.            Christine and Yvonne



            The Bookstore Booster group is doing all they can to help Books & More stay afloat financially. We had a hot dog lunch during Memorial Day weekend. Now there is a new seasonal newsletter available at the store that has the new list of craft workshops. One newest crafter to sign up is Geney Holley. She is offering a Memory Book project starting on July 6. If this is of interest to some people, she will extend the project to other days. Each Saturday morning there is a workshop of some kind held in our meeting room. There are several regular workshops available: Vera Hecker – drawing, David Giles – art, Jani Beckwith – art, Pennie Goodwin – knitting and more. Give us a call 675-3275.

            The one month of the year that Hill Top Gang changes the date of Sunday breakfasts happens in June. Because they offer a Mother's Day breakfast in May, people asked for a Father's Day breakfast. So in June the breakfast will happen on June 16. The breakfast on Saturdays will happen on the last Saturday of the month, June 29. On both of those days there will be an Ice Cream Social at Yuba Feather Museum in Forbestown in the afternoon. Sounds like a pretty good day.

            The Lutheran Women’s Mission League will be holding a bake sale on Saturday, June 15th at the Brownsville Mercantile. Stop by between 10 am and 3 pm to purchase a delicious treat for Dad. As you know, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Of course, the goodies could be sold out before 3 pm so be sure to get there early.

            Look Back in Time – In 1925 the roads in Clipper Mills had been scraped and are now in good condition (wonder if it was snow).

            Hope to see you in Brownsville soon. Christine and Yvonne