Bowl for brothers and sisters |

Bowl for brothers and sisters

Nearly all of the 500 national Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies participate in Bowl for Kids Sake, and 100 percent of the money raised here serves Nevada County children. The goal at this year’s 20th annual event is to raise $50,000 to help children primarily from single-parent families.

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches carefully screened adult volunteers with children who need friends, mentors and role models. The children are from ages 6 to 16. When these kids are successfully matched with a caring adult, they do better in school, at home and in later life as productive citizens.

Bowl for Kids Sake will be bigger and better this year. Individuals (who will be assigned to a team) or teams can bowl on two Saturdays at two locations: the Gold Bowl on Feb. 23 and the new Prosperity Lanes on March 9. Even if you don’t, can’t, or hate to bowl, you are still welcome to be an armchair bowler. For more information, call Neil Bledsoe at 273-2227.

Just about everyone treasures our small-town country lifestyle, but there’s not always agreement on how to best preserve what we have. The Nevada County Land Trust, a 600-member local organization, seems to have a good answer. The land trust is nonpolitical as well as nonprofit, and works with willing property owners to promote the voluntary conservation of land.

In its first 10 years, the land trust has helped to place more than 3,000 acres in conservation easements and is working on another 1,500 acres.

The land trust also builds trails. The Litton Trail from Hughes Road through the Sierra College campus is among its most visible projects, and it is soon to become an even bigger community asset.

The Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary Club is working with the land trust, and will provide labor and materials to extend the trail this spring. With the new 3,300-foot section, the Litton Trail will extend from Hughes Road to the new Eskaton Village on Ridge Road.

To join the Nevada County Land Trust or volunteer for one of its many community projects, call 272-5994. Online information is available at

Good news! On Tuesday night, the Friendship Club’s fifth annual dinner and auction held at McDonald’s in Grass Valley raised more than $30,000. This year’s theme was “Celebrate America.” Guests bid on items donated by more than 70 businesses and individuals. Chairpersons for the evening were Kathy Johnson, Janeille Litton and Lindy Schasiepen.

In keeping with the “Celebrate America, Celebrate Our Girls” theme, star-shaped oil lamplights, donated by Firelight Glass, were sold to lucky bidders to sponsor a girl for Camp Friendship.

The Martinez family conceived of the fund-raising event five years ago as a way of helping the club raise funds for its programs. To date, the annual event has raised more than $125,000 and helps support the summer enrichment program and academic-year tutoring and activities.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Monday. The column will appear in the next Saturday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, 95945;

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