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Alpine Meadows Ski Resort hosts a beacon search contest this Saturday.

“Beacon and Eggs” is designed to test an individual’s ability to conduct a search-and-rescue type operation.

Alpine Meadows officials will bury avalanche beacons in a 1-acre area at the ski resort. The beacons will be wrapped in a protective pad and placed below the snow’s surface, before equipment grooms the area to hide potential hints of the beacons’ location.

Registration is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The start is at the beginner lift at noon. For more information, contact Alpine Meadows at 583-4232 or visit

Hospice training next week

Hospice of the Foothills will hold its annual spring training for volunteers next week.

The four-day training program prepares volunteers to work with patients, their families and their caregivers.

Training topics include history and philosophy of hospice care, duties and responsibilities of the volunteer, effective listening and communication skills, family dynamics and maintaining boundaries, psychosocial aspects of the dying process, patient care, comfort measure, ethics, understanding the grief and bereavement process, death, spirituality and related issues.

The first training day is Monday. For more information, call volunteer coordinator Janis Lewis at 272-5739.

Fundraiser supports local troops

The Whispering Pines Church will hold a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser for Friends of Nevada County Military on Saturday.

The event will include dinner, live music and a presentation by Friends of Nevada County Military organizer Fred Buhler.

The fundraiser will start at 7 p.m. at Whispering Pines Church, 680 Brighton St., next to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Admission will be by donation, with no set minimum. For more information, call 272-1665.

– The Union staff

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