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One More Challenge picnic to help disabled

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The second annual One More Challenge Picnic and Raffle for children and adults with developmental disabilities is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Greenhorn Access Campground on Rollins Lake off Highway 174.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and lemonade are provided, but those attending are asked to bring a potluck dish, salad or dessert. Alcohol is not allowed. Bring chairs, blankets or towels for seating.

Entry is free with a developmentally disabled child or adult, otherwise the entry fee is $6.50 per vehicle. Carpooling is encouraged. Proceeds will benefit sports programs for disabled participants.

This event is sponsored by the Nevada County Association for the Developmentally Disabled and hosted by Mike and Merry Anne Liserra, owners of the campground.

Pre-registration is helpful but not required. To volunteer or bring a barbecue grill, folding tables or pop-up shade cover, contact Pat at 530-273-6673 or Jud at 530-477-8698.

Lunch at the Crossroads offers free meal today

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Lunch at the Crossroads will treat the community to a free lunch on at 11:45 a.m. today, with the program concluding at 1 p.m.

Guests are also invited to help themselves to free groceries and gently used clothing.

This month Kentucky Fried Chicken is providing a lunch of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, garden salad, biscuits and assorted desserts.

Please visit for more information about Lunch at the Crossroads.

Author to discuss nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County is hosting a presentation by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, Jewish-Quaker, dual citizen of Canada and Israel, peace activist and author, on 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., in Grass Valley.

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta lived in Jerusalem for seven years (1988-1995), where she was involved in nonviolent actions by Israelis and Palestinians, separately and together, challenging the Israeli occupation.

She has returned 10 times since then to participate in and report on the continuing nonviolent efforts of Palestinians and Israelis to create a just peace.

"My interest in Israel and Palestine dates back to my teens, when I was an ardent, if naïve, Zionist … My ambition was to live on a kibbutz."

Her later experiences broadened her understanding of the situation.

"In 1979 … it became clear to me that we — Jews and Palestinians — would have to find a way to share this land that we both loved and both considered to be our homeland."

The presentation with photos will be followed by a question and answer/discussion time. Maxine's book, "Refusing to be Enemies," will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Refreshments will be served.

Admission to the program is free. Donations will be collected for the Maia Project. "Maia" means "water" in Arabic. The Maia Project installs water purification and desalination units at schools in the Gaza Strip.

Co-sponsors are the Peace Center of Nevada County, Grass Valley Friends Meeting Peace and Social Justice Committee and the Social Action Coordinating Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains.

For more information, call 478-1943.

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