Friendship Club auction |

Friendship Club auction

We’re overflowing with news and activities of our Nevada County nonprofits this week.

After many years in a small office suite, United Way of Nevada County is enjoying beautiful new surroundings in the Shaw’s Hill Professional Building in Grass Valley. An open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 140 Litton Drive, Suite 230.

“Celebrate America” is the theme of Tuesday’s Friendship Club Dinner and Auction at McDonald’s in Grass Valley. Joe and Jerry Martinez and their son, Jeff, will close the restaurant to the public to donate their time and great food.

The limited guest list of 100 people will have the opportunity to bid on some fabulous donated items. Check this out: Bob and Jinx Larive have donated six clubhouse box seat tickets to a Giants game and have included dinner for six at their San Francisco restaurant, Fior d’Italia, and three hotel rooms in the city.

How about a two-night stay for two in a cabin at the Awahnee Hotel in Yosemite? Maybe you need a truckload of gravel from Hansen Bros. or flowers delivered to that special someone every month for a year, donated by Foothill Flowers. There’s also jewelry from Yuba Blue and a dinner for four at Citronee Bistro and Wine Bar.

Other donated items include an autographed limited-edition pen-and-ink drawing of Chuck Yeager and Clarence “Bud” Anderson’s World War II planes; and a collection of books donated by author Peter Collier, which includes lunch with Collier donated by New Moon Cafe.

If you would like to bid on any of these exciting items and help a worthy organization at the same time, call 265-4311 for ticket information and a catalog of items to be auctioned. Tuesday is fast approaching, so call today!

Neighborhood Center of the Arts will hold its annual Clearance Show at Full Circle Art in Fowler Center, next to Albertson’s. Discounts of 30 percent and more on a wide variety of artwork by the center’s clients will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Feb. 21, 22, 23 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are not familiar with the art produced by the center’s developmentally disabled clients, this nonprofit invites you to stop by. NCA will also have volunteer information available for those interested in helping this important community service organization.

You are invited to attend A KARE Affaire at 6 p.m. on March 16 in the Main Street Center at the county fairgrounds. The beneficiary of all proceeds is the KARE Crisis Nursery, a major project of Soroptimist International of Grass Valley.

KARE (Kids Assistance and Respite in Emergencies) provides safe and nurturing care for children from birth to age 6 while their families are linked to the services they need to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.

Parents may bring their children to the nursery to stay 24 hours a day for up to 30 days at no charge. In contrast to traditional child care, the KARE Crisis Nursery provides respite care.

KARE has received grants and endowments from several organizations, but A KARE Affaire is the Soroptimist’s main fund-raising event. Reserve the evening to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dinner, desserts, an art show, silent auction and a live band. Cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Phone 477-1749 for information regarding A KARE Affaire or 272-7152 if you have questions about the KARE Crisis Nursery.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is holding its 20th annual Bowl for Kids Sake fund-raiser Feb. 23 at the Gold Bowl, and March 9 at Prosperity Lanes. Stay tuned next week for more information.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Monday. Send information to her at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, 95945; e-mail to

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