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Best Bets: Italian Festival, wildlife benefit, Merle Haggard

Italian Festival today and tomorrow

Gates open at 11 a.m. today and Sunday for the annual Nevada County Italian Festival in Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Event includes live music, food, children’s activities and more. For information, visit

Wildlife benefit at Prospector Nursery today

The second annual Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release benefit will help orphaned and injured native wildlife and their release. Event includes live music, food, wine, a raffle and wildlife “ambassadors” Chester the great horned owl, Tecumseh the red-tailed hawk and others. Event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Prospector Nursery, 10003 Granholm Lane in Nevada City. For information, call (530) 388-8525.

NU Choir hosts fundraiser for Estonia trip

The Nevada Union High School Choir will present “The Singing Revolution” documentary, along with a talk by the filmmaker James Tusty and a choir performance. Proceeds go toward the choir’s 2012 trip to Estonia. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the film begins at 4 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theater on the Nevada Union High School campus. For information, visit

Classic country with Merle Haggard

Country music legend Merle Haggard will perform today at the Nevada County Fairgrounds with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Noel Haggard opening the show. Gates open at 4 p.m. For information, visit

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