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By Paul August
Moondance 2009, Yuba Charter School’s silent and live auction, is at the Miner’s Foundry this Saturday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 pm to 11 pm. Sure, it has the usual dinner and dancing but the main attraction is almost 300 auction items..
Bid on items like this in the silent auction:
A half hour hot tub and a one hour massage.
Eight hours of web services.
A Les Schwab Emergency roadside kit.
Homemade French bread, once a month for ten months.
Three hours of childcare for up to four kids.
Ski lift tickets for Sugar Bowl.
Sacramento Zoo family pass.
Two week day nights at the Sierraville Hot Springs.
Two Kate Wolf Music Festival Tickets.
A month of Yoga.
White water rafting.
Sky diving or walk and wade fly fishing.
During the silent auction, bid on the bigger stuff:
Trips to Mexico, the western Caribbean and Hawaii.
A hot air ballon ride.
Vacations in Tahoe, San Francisco and Squaw Valley.
A Lance Armstrong signed poster.
A special feature this year includes class projects:
A wooden playhouse — kindergarten.
Mosaic tiles — first grade.
White Oak book shelf — second grade.
Traveling chicken coop — 5th grade.
Hand made wooden board game — 7th grade.
In the interest of journalistic disclosure, this writer did not include some of the best items (notice not all classes are mentioned) because I plan to bid on them and if you don’t know about them, I’ll have a better chance.
Asia caters dinner. Wine tasting is presented by Lucchesi Vineyards and the Avanguardia Winery. Sabroso, a ten piece group, provides Latin dance music.
Yuba River Charter School, on Bitney Springs Road, is a secluded campus surrounded by towering ponderosa pines.
Melissa Seibold, the energetic and enthusiastic development associate at YRCS, said, “Students learn to count by counting the leaves on a branch or the petals on a flower.”
All toys in the early grades are wooden. No plastic toys. Students start learning Spanish in the first grade. No homework until the second grade. Everyone in the 4th grade plays the violin.
By the 7th grade, student results exceed other schools in the state in both language arts and math.
Teachers stay with their students as they progress through the first, second and third grades. These are credentialed teachers with training in the Waldorf curriculum.
All proceeds go to YRCS Not a bad reason to turn out and make low bids on expensive items. Tickets are $25 in advance from BrownPaperTickets.com, Briar Patch, Yabobo and YRCS. $35 at the door. For more info: call 272 8078 or contact Moondance-gala.com
Paul August is a Nevada City singer and writer. His CD’s may be bought at Paul August Cdbaby.com