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Doghouses transformed into artwork

Each year the Pet Adoption League distributes more than 100 free houses for dogs and cats to low-income pet owners.

This year, three of the houses received special treatment from Rebecca McCartney’s students at the Nevada City School of the Arts. They transformed PAL’s “Woof Over My Head” doghouses into works of art.

McCartney and her students took houses assembled by a local Boy Scout troop and covered them with mosaic art. To complete their community service project, the students held a raffle and raised several hundred dollars for PAL.



PAL thanks Nevada City School of the Arts for its contribution to our local world of animals.




The Girl Scouts recently held their 90th anniversary celebration at Arco Arena in Sacramento.

The weather was perfect, as 12,000 girls and adults converged to have fun and learn new skills. Our local Northern Mines troop boasted 555 girls in attendance.

The exhibits were numerous and, as some of the girls said, really cool. There was everything from search and rescue dogs and fire engines to historical Girl Scouts displays and craft tables. Members of the Sacramento Monarchs women’s basketball team and the Sacramento River Cats baseball team hung out with the girls, too.

Diana Morgado, Troop 1011J’s leader, said, “We had a blast. The news camera got right in the face of one of our girls. The arena show was fabulous. We clapped, sang, yelled and danced.”

It was an event to remember for our Nevada County Girl Scouts.

Come and hear the children sing! A benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity will be presented by the Nevada County Children’s Chorus at 3 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 235 S. Church Street, in Grass Valley. The 15-member chorus, directed by Catherine Dowling, will sing sacred music and folk songs. For information, call 272-6267 or 273-6875.

KNCO disc jockey Mike Nickels will be looking for a way out of the doghouse Sunday. He will be locked in a kennel until $500 in donations is raised to benefit AnimalSave’s no-kill shelter.

Come by and help rescue Nickels from noon to 2 p.m. at the Pet Adoptathon 2002. Located at the future home of the AnimalSave Pet Adoption Center on Rough and Ready Highway, a mile uphill from downtown Grass Valley, the event will run from noon to 4 p.m. Cats and dogs will be available for adoption. Enjoy live music by the local group Jukolin. Refreshments will be available.

Pet Adoptathon 2002 is an international event started in 1995 by the North Shore Animal League to save the lives of thousands of animals around the world. More than 100,000 dogs and cats have been saved because of this event.

For more information, call 271-7071.

Friends of Hospice, the fund-raising auxiliary of Hospice of the Foothills, recently hosted the 11th annual Arts and Flowers event. Marie, Mark and Todd Johnson of Foothill Flowers were co-hosts of the affair.

The fund-raiser took place in the upstairs gallery of Foothill Flowers. The membership of Friends of Hospice provided hors d’oeuvres, wine and cookies. Local musicians provided entertainment.

Artists donated pieces for the drawing. Jewelers, watercolorists, sculptors, glass artists, ceramists, weavers and mixed media were all represented. Arts and Flowers grossed just over $12,000. Eighteen new artists were added this year.

Lindy Schasiepen of Friends of Hospice said, “Guests commented that it was a delightful and colorful event, full of traditional and contemporary art.”

Friends of Hospice wishes to thank all artists and contributors who gave so freely of their time and talents to make Arts and Flowers such a success. Special thanks to the Johnson family for its continued support.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Saturday. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945. Nonprofits news can be e-mailed to


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