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Exhibiting friendship

Disadvantaged girls at The Friendship Club join to learn life skills, make friends and to keep their education going through tough times.

They also learn how money makes things like their club work, as witnessed by the group’s fundraiser being held tonight from 5 to 6:30 p.m.at Meyers Investment Group of Wachovia Securities at 360 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.

Eight color photos ranging from $175 to $200 taken by seven club members will be displayed at an exhibition ranging from $175 to $200 apiece, according to Shawn Ryley, the club’s development director. The photos were taken last summer at the Empire Mine State Historic Park with a professional, digital camera under the tutelage of Denise Tambasco, the club’s enrichment liaison.



Trinity K., 12, has two photos for the exhibition of flowers. She took them “Because of the colors, my favorite is orange,” which shows up distinctly in both.

Chelsea S., 13, took raindrops falling into a pond.




“It looked like a cool view to me and was something different,” she said.

Chelsea F., 16, took a shot of a backlit tree leaf in which you can distinctly see the veins.

“She had just taught us how to use the (macro function), and I’d thought I’d use it.”

Ashley R., 13 shot some orange flowers for one photo, but liked the pink flowers she found for her second display picture.

“I like the shape of them, and I saw the color, and I thought it was pretty cool,” she said.

All four girls said they have met a lot of friends at the Friendship Club and it has bode them well.

“You get to go talk about stuff with people if you’re having problems and you can get help with homework,” Ashley said.

“I’ve grown so close to my group,” Chelsea F. said. “We can call each other whenever we have a problem.”

“It makes me feel at home and I’m comfortable to share my feelings and emotions,” Chelsea S. said.

“It gives me a opportunity to get away when people are being annoying,” Trinity said.

To find out more about tonight’s reception or about The Friendship Club, call Ryley at 265-4311.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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