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The Union Hill eighth graders are having a benefit yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 in the parking lot of Mark Davis Plumbing in Cedar Ridge.

If you have gently used items to donate, they can be dropped off from noon to 6 p.m. March 17. No clothes. The proceeds will benefit the eighth grade trip to New York and Washington, D.C. For more information or donation pick up, call Ann Davis at 273-2361.

March natural gas bills will decrease

Warmer than normal temperatures across the nation have resulted in lower natural gas use and costs according to PG&E.

This will lead to an expected decrease of 36.8 percent in March bills for PG&E’s residential customers, compared to last month. The average residential bill for March is predicted to be $68.05 compared to last month’s bill of $107.60. Nonetheless, the cost of natural gas still remains 24 percent higher than March 2005.

Both spot and near-term forward prices have continued to fall in the past month. The result is lower prices and ample storage to meet the remainder of the heating season throughout the U.S., including northern and central California, PG&E said.

Fundraiser set for Community Players

A Celtic Celebration, a benefit for Community Players, takes place at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Grass Valley.

On March 16, the event features entertainment, silent auction, dessert buffet and beverage. On March 17, the event features entertainment, silent auction, corned beef dinner, beverage and more.

Performers include Bruce Kelly, Mark Lyon, Chris Skidmore, Cheryl Maxwell, Margot Malone, Beverly Marks, Johnathon Gangemi, Graham Collings and more. Seating is limited.

Tickets Thursday $17-per person, or $30-for two; Friday $25-per person, or $45-for two. Tickets are available at Flags & More in Grass Valley, 271-5600; or Rolling Hills Realty in Penn Valley, 432-1190.

For more information call Margot at 477-0266.

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