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Benefit planned for citrus workers

An event Friday will commemorate farmworker leader Cesar Chavez and raise money to help orange pickers left jobless by the January freezes in the Central Valley.

“Honoring Cesar Chavez” will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room in Nevada City.

Chavez led the United Farm Workers union’s fight to get fair wages and other benefits for field hands. Local musician Utah Philips will lead in the singing of songs from the movement.

For more information, call Wendy Hartley at 478-1943.

Hoops fundraiser set for Saturday

The inaugural Shoot For Christian Basketball Shoot-A-Thon Fundraiser will be held Saturday in memory of Christian Anthony Craig, who died in a car accident in July 2006.

Proceeds will benefit Union Hill Sports Boosters, Twin Cities Church Youth Ministries Scholarship Fund and the Nevada County Youth Basketball League Scholarship Fund.

The fundraiser will take place Saturday at Union Hill School. Shooting times are: Ages 6-8, 9:30 a.m.; ages 9-11, 10:30 a.m.; ages 12-14, 11:30 a.m.; ages 15Ðadult, women, 1 p.m.; and ages 15Ðadult, men, 2 p.m. Child entry fee is $15. Adult entry fee is $25.

All players should arrive an hour before shooting time to register and warm up. For more information, visit http://www.shoot

– The Union staff

Fresno fair to get energy efficient

FRESNO – The Big Fresno Fair, the county’s 12-day celebration of livestock and crops, carnival rides and fried food, is going greener this year.

Fair officials said Monday the fairgrounds will get 14,000 solar panels on the roofs of the grandstand and the livestock barn this August, a project estimated to cost $5 million.

Handful of voters to decide bond

RANCHO CORDOVA – Only about 200 registered voters were eligible to vote Tuesday in the largest school bond election in Sacramento County history.

The residents in a largely undeveloped portion of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District were to decide whether to approve Measure M, which would raise $750 million to help fund about $1.7 billion in school construction.

The area is expected to see explosive growth over the next 25 years, adding up to 24,000 new students and requiring as many as 30 new schools to be built south of Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova, Folsom and a portion of Sacramento County.

– The Associated Press

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