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The University of California Cooperative Extension is offering workshops for parents of students preparing to enroll in kindergarten in fall 2005. The “Off to a Good Start” workshops will be offered for Nevada and Placer County parents April 19 to May 31. The workshops will be conducted at Auburn Elementary School in Auburn, 11400 Lariat Ranch Road, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each week. There is no cost, and pre-registration is required by April 14.

The program is designed to help parents of 4 and 5-year-olds interact and guide their children in ways that promote their cognitive and physical development and social and intellectual readiness for kindergarten. The classes reinforce that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher.

For more information and to register, contact Paula Anderson at 889-7350 or visit http://ceplacer. ucdavis.edu.



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Sierra College Career Connections is offering free online job postings for local employers who want to post full- or part-time jobs or internships, seasonal and freelance jobs. It is designed to assist students with all of their career questions: helping them discover who they are and how that affects career choices. All employer registrations will be reviewed by Career Connections for approval. This service is by self-referral. Job seekers are not screened nor referred by Career Connections. For more information, visit http://www.sierracollege.edu/careerconnections.




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The Grass Valley Schools Foundation for Arts and Science has recently launched its “Flags Over the Foothills” fund-raiser to help supplement the Grass Valley School District.

For $40 per year, community members may subscribe to have a 3-foot-by-5-foot flag displayed on four national holidays – Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day. Flags will be installed at dawn and removed at dusk. There will be a brochure available soon with details, including a map of the service area. For those in the service area, a cap and plastic PVC pipe will be installed at your curb so the flag can be easily inserted. Those outside the service area may still subscribe, and a flag will be installed downtown.

You will have an opportunity to personalize the flag by publicly sharing the name of the person you wish to honor, a few words of gratitude or a dream for the future. For more information, contact Inger Avery at 272-5412.

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Robert Harris of Grass Valley has completed the intensive auctioneering course at the World Champion College of Auctioneering in Bakersfield. Training included bid calling, public speaking, sales method and practice, salesmanship, business ethics and personal development.

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Got local education news? Contact David Mirhadi at davidm@theunion.com or 477-4229.


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