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Miss Nonprofits has been busy the last two weeks. This must be the season for special luncheons, celebrations and award- giving.

On April 18, I attended a luncheon at the Holbrook Hotel called “The Power of the Purse,” presented by The Friendship Club. As a table captain, I had invited several members of the infamous McCourtney Curve Horticulture and Cheese Society and my realtor friend Diane Helms to sit at my table.

During our luncheon, we learned that The Friendship Club integrates disadvantaged adolescent girls into the community, teaches them important life skills and empowers them to complete their education and lead responsible lives. We were creatively informed about the club, which included hearing from two charming girls, Jessica Reiter and Jodi Block, who have completed the program.



Six perky purses were raffled off, hence, “The Power of the Purse.” My $5 raffle ticket was in the black and hot pink Jim Thompson purse, but alas, my name wasn’t pulled out. I thought about mugging the winner of the purse on the way out, but too many people would have recognized me from my mug shot in The Union.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor to one of the Friendship girls or volunteering in any way, contact the office at 265-4311.




On April 19, I attended the 13th Annual Children’s Service Award dinner at the Miners Foundry. Honored was Ruth Jackson Hall, who has devoted most of her life to community development on behalf of children and families. It would take half the space of this column to list all the positions she has held and her accomplishments. Suffice it to say that Hall has directed the Truckee satellite office for Sierra Nevada Children’s Services for almost 23 years.

It was a joy to be seated at Executive Director Bill Locker’s table between District Supervisors Ted Owens and Nate Beason. I was introduced as a rose between two thorns, but I beg to disagree. They were great.

Lee Blakemore and the efficient and well-trained Club Live members of Ready Springs School served at the banquet.

To learn more about this nonprofit, call 272-8866, or go online to http://www.sncs.org

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The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is hosting a guided bird walk at 8 a.m. Sunday. Bring binoculars and comfortable shoes for this easy hike. Learn about the many species of birds making their home in the Bridgeport area. Free family event. Donations always welcome.

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The volunteers of the Nevada County Animal Shelter will host the third annual Pet Adoptathon from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at its facility on McCourtney Road. The shelter’s goal is to find loving homes for as many animals as possible. The Sierranaders, an Auburn-based barbershop quartet, will sing from 1 to 2 p.m. Several raffles and a bake sale will be held, with proceeds going to Sammie’s Friends.

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The Nevada County Certified Growers Market is hosting “Art for Children” in conjunction with the Growers Market the first Saturday of each month from May through October, 9 to 11 a.m., at the fairgrounds, Gate 4. Mim Meakin, local artist and member of the Pioneer Arts League is volunteering her time to encourage and assist children to enter the Nevada County Fair with their artwork. A table will be set up for children of all ages near the Pioneer Arts League booth at the Growers Market. Pioneer Arts League will donate supplies.

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The Nevada County Chernobyl Children’s Project will be hosting 27 children from Belarus this summer. They are in need of suitcases. Call Gail LaBrie at 274-7714 and she will tell you where and when to bring the donated suitcases.

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The Sierra Foothills Iris Society is proud to announce its 10th annual Iris Show Saturday and Sunday in the Rose Room of the Auburn Civic Center, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. The show is free and open to the public. Hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Sections include all types of iris, an artistic section, a youth section, and even an “Artistic Other” section for photography, art, etc., that include iris. Call Kathy at 477-2811.

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Heralding spring, the Friends of the Libraries’ book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday will feature gardening, home maintenance and home makeover. Held at Nevada City’s Foley library, 211 N. Pine, the bargain sale offers thousands of fiction and nonfiction books, including a huge supply of paperback mysteries.

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The Lyman Gilmore “Odyssey of the Mind” team is having a Cinco de Mayo taco salad dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The team placed second in the state competition and has earned a trip to the world finals in Ames, Iowa, this month. Entertainment will include the Grass Valley Taiko Drummers, a Native American flutist, the LGMS Jazz Band and the LGMS salsa dancers. This fundraiser will help get them there. Tickets are available at Moule’s Paint and Glass, Lyman Gilmore Middle School, Scotten School and Hennessy School, $5 for 12 and over, $3 for under 12.

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Help clean the Independence Trail surface of winter leaves and debris to improve it for wheelchair users. Meet at the trail head with rakes, gloves and tarps for a community work party sponsored by Sequoya Challenge from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call to let them know you are participating, 273-6881.

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RSVP of Nevada County congratulates Judi Barbour, who will be returning this week from Washington, D.C., with her Volunteers Enrich America Award. Barbour was selected from hundreds of nominees across the country for a Silver Award from the National Association of Area Agencies of Aging and the Met Life Foundation. She has received an engraved gift and a $1,000 donation to our local RSVP. Barbour was honored for her countless hours and energies devoted to the Holiday Cheer Project sponsored by the senior outreach nurses from the Nevada County Department of Social Services.

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This is the last chance to sign up for this weekend’s Jazz Workshops. Saturday’s workshop, “Jazz for String Players,” is from 1 to 5 p.m. for violin, viola, cello and bass. Open to all ages over 10 and all levels of playing, the workshop is good preparation for Sierra Jazz Society Jazz Camp this July 12 to 16. Fee is $65.

The Junior Jazz Camp workshop is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, and is for musicians ages 8 to 12, any instrument or voice. Fee is $50.

Both workshops will be held in the Chicago Park area. Call Nora Nausbaum or Bill Douglass at 273-5489.

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Pam Fortner is a freelance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Monday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday. The column will appear in the following Monday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail nonprofits@theunion.com; or fax to 477-4292.


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