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The overlooked and underappreciated world of lichen will receive attention at a workshop held by the Yuba Watershed Institute this weekend.

Botanist Cheryl Beyer will lead “Liking the Lichens” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge. A $10 donation is recommended.

The workshop will include a basic introduction to lichens, a walk in the woods to collect some local species followed by hands-on identification.

Lichens are symbiotic organisms made up of fungus and algae and are useful air quality indicators due to their sensitivity to pollution.

The lichen event was made possible by a grant from the Calfed Bay-Delta Watershed Program.

Parking permits to go on sale

The Grass Valley Police Department will start selling downtown area parking permits next week.

Permits will go on sale at 7 a.m. Monday and will be valid at all city permit lots, which are at South Auburn and Neal streets; North Auburn and Richardson streets; South Auburn Street on the west side of the Police Department; and behind the Center for the Arts on Richardson Street.

Permits cost $50 and are valid from April 1 though June 30 of this year. For more information, call the Police Department at 477-4600.

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