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July 1, 2013
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The Friendship Club seeking volunteers

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Friendship Club. Here are some easy ways to volunteer:

• Be a friend – spend time with a girl and share an activity or passion.

• Be a driver – drive girls from their schools to The Friendship Club, drive girls on field trips or drive them to summer activities.

• Be a tutor – work with the girls during homework time.

• Be an office volunteer – help with mailings, calls and organization.

• Help at fundraising events – help with setup, staffing and clean up.

Those interested in a longer commitment might consider the “Find Your Passion” or “Friendship Angel” mentor programs.

In the “Find Your Passion” program, each mentor meets with her assigned girl once a week for six weeks or more to share her knowledge and skills in a particular area. The girls have a wide variety of interests, including sports and outdoor activities, cooking, animals, crafts and fiber arts and the visual and performing arts.

The “Friendship Angel Program is a long-term commitment. Each Angel is matched with a girl when she enters the program, usually in sixth grade, and mentors her through high school. Angels are asked to meet with their girls at least once a month and to attend several Friendship Club group events each year. Angels spend time with their girls doing things like having lunch, going to a movie, taking a walk, cooking or working on a craft or playing a sport. Angels serve as role models and friends, and their most important job is listening.

The Friendship Club has grown to a year-round program that serves 100 girls in sixth through 12th grades. The girls come from all areas of western Nevada County. The work of The Friendship Club is strongly supported by the local community. Most of the funding comes from individuals and businesses in the area. More than 200 community members volunteer to help The Friendship Club accomplish its mission.

For information about mentoring needs or setting up a match appointment, contact volunteer coordinator Alisha Rodriguez Pagan at 530-265-4311 or email

Juried art show of the state fair recognizes Nevada City artist

California Fine Art, the juried art show of the California State Fair, awarded the Valley Sculpture Artists Award to Nevada City artist Faye Schoolcraft.

Open to California artists aged 18 and older, the 2013 competition received more than 1,500 entries to the overall California Fine Art exhibition. Awards will be presented to the artists at a 10 a.m. ceremony July 13 during the California State Fair. The California Fine Art exhibit, located in Expo Center Building 7, will be open each day of the State Fair, beginning July 12 through July 28. Many of the artworks in the exhibit are available for sale. In addition to the art show, Expo Center Building 7 will feature live art demonstrations every day of the fair.

Schoolcraft’s work can be viewed at http:// For a complete list of award winners, visit the State Fair website at

Nevada County Label GMOs

to participate in parade

Members of the Nevada County Label GMOs Campaign and the Peace Center of Nevada County will team up to march in the Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m. in Grass Valley. Interested community members are invited to walk with the group in the parade. For information, email or visit

Grand Jury releases

new report

A new report from the 2012-2013 Nevada County Grand Jury was released June 28 on the website of the Grand Jury. Copies of the report may be obtained by visiting Click on the “GRAND JURY” link, then click on the “GRAND JURY REPORTS” link. For information, call 530-265-1730 or email

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