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Hospice of the Foothills will be at the Nevada County Fair again this year in the inter-agency Council booth. There will be information, people to answer questions, giveaways and free drawings for gift baskets. Come learn about Hospice and all the other agencies providing services to Nevada County.

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W.O.W. Thrift and Resource Center will again collect and distribute new and like-new backpacks and school supplies to children in need in Nevada County. Distribution has already begun and will last through Sept. 30. If you would like to donate classroom supplies and appropriate games, call W.O.W. at 274-7037, or stop by the thrift shop at 13467 Colfax Highway in the Cedar Ridge Y. Teachers and other organizations who know of a student in need are encouraged to call W.O.W. with their requests.



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Friends of Deer Creek, a local conservation group, is planning a community work day Saturday on Little Deer Creek in Pioneer Park. Meet at 8:30 a.m. – to beat the heat – at the tennis court parking lot. Plans for the day include busting wild mustard and other non-native weeds. Call 265-6090 for information.




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The Sierra Foothills Iris Society is once again having its annual iris rhizome sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Grass Valley Raley’s on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. All colors and sizes of bearded iris are donated for purchase by members so the public can also enjoy this lovely flower. Members will be on hand to offer assistance. Call 305-7949, or e-mail ymeador@cwnet.com for more information.

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The Peace Center of Nevada County’s Social Forum Film Series presents “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday in The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Street, Nevada City.

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Neighborhood Center of the Arts is celebrating its first 20 years serving adults with developmental disabilities in Nevada County. The nonprofit is planning celebrations with the past, present and future in mind. If you are someone who was connected to NCA during the early years, the center would love to hear the stories and invite you to the celebration events. NCA is looking for old stories, old artwork, past board members, clients and staff and new volunteers to help with the planning and the doing. Call 272-7287 and ask for Sandia. NCA is also looking for community business leaders interested and able to help with underwriting.

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The Friendship Club is looking for women to become Angels. Angels are one-on-one mentors and friends to at-risk teenage girls. Angels provide support and serve as role models to help the girls (along with the club) complete their education and lead responsible lives. Girls and their Angels meet several times a year at Friendship Club group events, including dinners and shopping trips. In addition, Angels and girls visit one-on-one and choose to do activities such as going to lunch or to the movies, bowling, hiking or doing homework together. The Friendship Club serves girls in grades 6 through 12. For the safety of the girls, volunteers are asked to have a fingerprint scan and to provide proof of driver’s license and auto insurance. To become an Angel or for more information, call Margaret at 265-4311 or e-mail at margaretm@friendshipclub.org.

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The Empire Mine Park Association announces its annual raffle. Grand prize is a gold-in-quartz specimen from a mother lode mine valued at $400. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at the Miners’ Picnic on Sept. 4 and you need not be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle are used to restore and maintain grounds and buildings and to enhance the educational opportunities within the historic park. Tickets can be purchased and prizes viewed at the gift shop at Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. For more information, call 273-8522.

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United Way of Nevada County has filled a new position with a familiar face. Lori Burkart Frank, known previously as the coordinator for Nevada County’s Community Assessment Project (CAP), has returned to United Way as the campaign manager for the local 2004 campaign. Frank has extensive community and volunteer project management experience from her years with NASA and the Ames Research Center. United Way’s local campaign kicks off Sept. 24 with the traditional breakfast at the fairgrounds. Call 274-8111 for more information.

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Pam Fortner’s column on nonprofits appears each Monday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday for 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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