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It1s a good time to honor a veteran

Honor a vet, place a bet, or attend an Italian fete. We have it all in Nevada County.

Detachment No. 885 of the Marine Corps League, in collaboration with the Grass Valley Cousin Jack’s Lions Club, is constructing a monument to veterans. The proposed monument will be erected in Memorial Park in Grass Valley.

The objective is to build a simple, dignified tribute to those who have worn the uniform of our country or that of its allies. The names of former servicemen or servicewomen – including the deceased, the living and those who saw service during war or peace – can be placed on a memorial wall for a tax-deductible donation of $50. An individual 4-by-8-inch granite plaque will be engraved with the name of the veteran, branch of service and dates of service.

The Marine Corps League is planning to complete phase one of the monument in time for its dedication on Memorial Day. The positive response to this undertaking has exceeded the League’s initial expectations. The first wall will have 480 bricks; more than 400 have been sold.

People interested in purchasing a brick to be placed in the memorial wall can obtain an application at Citizens Bank, 305 Railroad Ave., Nevada City. Contact the Marine Corps League’s Rudy Kutchar at 273-4706 for more information.

Community Players of Nevada County wishes to thank those who participated in its fund-raising raffle in December. The prize was a Canadian Maple Leaf, a coin containing one troy ounce of gold, won by Jon Katis of Grass Valley.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization that builds simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need of affordable shelter. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including some 30,000 across the United States. Houses are sold at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage.

Habitat will dedicate its fifth house in as many years in Grass Valley Sunday at 3 p.m. Located at Ridge Road and Slate Creek Road, the home was built in partnership with the Jabusch family and area Methodist churches. Come by and celebrate the smells of fresh paint and new carpet, and meet the happy homeowners.

Sierra Services for the Blind, with the cooperation of the Nevada County Fire Chiefs Association, announces its annual spaghetti feed. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Breakfast Club, 12072 Nevada City Highway in the Fowler Center. Tickets are $6 per person and $15 for a family ticket. Tickets are available at all manned fire stations in western Nevada County, and at the Sierra Services for the Blind office, 546 Searls Ave., Nevada City.

Dinner will include a spaghetti, salad, bread and a beverage. Coffee, soft drinks and wine will also be served. One glass of wine or a soft drink will be served with the meal, and participants can purchase additional drinks if they wish.

All proceeds go to the agency and will be used to provide transportation, counseling, independent living skills training, and other programs for the blind and visually impaired in the community. Call 265-2121 for more information.

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley’s Casino Night may not be the Las Vegas Bellagio with its dancing water (my personal favorite), but who cares? You won’t have to drive 10 hours or sit in an airport for five, and you’ll actually be with people who won’t mug you in the parking lot. Join the fun Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Raffles and a silent auction will be among the fun things to do. Pick up your tickets for a $20 donation at Citizens Bank, The Union, or Yuba Safe. Call 273-4483 for more information.

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

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