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Gather the Women hosts discussion

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Nevada County women are invited to "Continuing the Conversation of Women in Leadership," a discussion facilitated by Gather the Women of Nevada County. Thirty women began the conversation in January with "What would it look like if women were more involved in politics?" and "What would a women's platform look like?"

Our Feb. 27 meetup will be at Valentina's Bistro & Bakery, 1041 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. The event will build on the outcomes of the discussion and educate women on local leadership positions. The program will be from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. The focus issue of the women's platform will be ending violence against women. Women from all political parties are invited to unite for greater effectiveness in creating solutions.

Gather the Women is a catalyst for personal, community and global transformation. Cofounder of Gather the Women Marilyn Nyborg says, "We are not here to change your mind on issues but to find common interests for women that we can unite on and take back to our groups, political parties and friends for discussion and action."

What is Gather the Women? Gather the Women Global Matrix is a living network and an invitation … local, national, international … for women and women's organizations that share a belief that now is the time to activate the incredible power of women's wisdom on a planetary scale. It is bringing into manifestation new models of feminine collaboration. Events are open to women of all beliefs and faiths. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP at For information, call 530-477-7817 or visit

Lifeguard training offered

Nevada City Parks and Recreation and Northern Sierra Aquatics are partnering to offer lifeguard training to anyone who is at least 15 years old, is a strong swimmer, enjoys working with children and is able to work outdoors. Lifeguarding is a rewarding job as well as great training for future employment. Lifeguards learn about professionalism, decision-making, teamwork, leadership, customer service and, most importantly, how to save lives. The American Red Cross Lifeguard Course will be offered during spring break (March 25 through 29) at Memorial Park Pool. Registration is due March 7.

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If you have questions about lifeguard training, call Nevada City Parks and Recreation at 530-265-2496, ext. 129.

Public invited to health care panel of experts

The Community Support Network of Nevada County is presenting a distinguished panel of local health care experts from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 6 at the Madelyn Helling Library's Community Room. The event is designed to help the public better understand and navigate the upcoming changes in health care. What are these changes and how can you best prepare for them? How will they impact you, your family and our community? Join the Community Support Network for this timely topic. Open to the public, the meeting will include time for questions and answers. Scheduled panelists include: Jeff Brown, director of the Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency; Scott McFarland, CEO of Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Dr. Daniel J. Bibelheimer, medical director of Sierra Nevada Medical Associates, I.P.A., and Dr. Joe Britton., SNMH emergency physician and vice president of medical staff affairs.

For information, visit

Soroptimist International offers grants to nonprofits

Soroptimist International of Grass Valley announces the availability of funds offered to nonprofit 501(c)(3) agencies or organizations that specifically improve the lives of women and children in our local community. Our organization is entertaining both capital and operational grants for direct-service programs consistent with our vision to work for a world in which women and children achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. All applications will be considered; however, funding is limited. Questions may be addressed to Soroptimist International of Grass Valley at

The proposals are due by March 25. Please submit your application by mail to Soroptimist International Grass Valley, P. O. Box 663, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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