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Kevin Wagner, a professional survival training instructor for the United States Air Force, will be speaking to members of Boy Scout Troop 855 tonight at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. All are invited to attend. For further information, call Scoutmaster Daniel Ketcham at 477-8056.

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The AARP Tax Aide counseling program will again offer free tax assistance for the elderly and low income individuals every Monday starting Feb. 7 and ending April 11. Appointments are required. Call HelpLine at 273-2273 to make an appointment.



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Looking for an opportunity to host a Business to Business or Business to Community mixer for the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce? If you are interested in hosting or jointly hosting a mixer, there are three openings in 2005. Call 432-1802 for more information.




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Hospice of the Foothills needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients, relieve caregivers, provide professional services such as massage or hair cuts to patients, help family members with grief, work in Hospice’s thrift stores and do light office and clerical work. Call Jennifer at 272-5739 before Feb. 15 if interested.

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The Nevada County Historical Society begins its monthly programs of the new year with “Gold Rush Entertainers In and Around Nevada City,” by Dr. William Durbrow. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Railroad Museum on Bost Avenue, Nevada City. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 272-5154.

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The Food Bank of Nevada County had to cancel food distribution for Penn Valley residents on Jan. 11 due to adverse conditions. January distribution has been rescheduled for tomorrow from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley. Regular Penn Valley food distribution will resume on Feb. 8 at the Penn Valley Community Church, 11739 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley. Call 272-3796 with any questions.

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Amber Jo Manuel at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center needs help with a mailing tomorrow at 10 a.m. The mailing should take about two hours. Call 265-2826 for more information.

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Neighborhood Center of the Arts is hoping to convert its computer classroom from older PCs to newer Macs. Macs will offer the Center’s artists with developmental disabilities more creative options to produce computer-generated art. Donations of Macs would be greatly appreciated (preferably G4s, but G3s may be acceptable). Call 272-7287 for more information.

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The Empire Mine State Historic Park offers volunteer opportunities in the cottage and mine yard Living History programs, as tour guides, gift shop clerks, rose garden workers and other venues. Applications are at the visitor center in the park, 10791 E. Empire Street. For more information, call Susan Chase at 273-5762, ext. 202.

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The Sierra Foothills Iris Society will have its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Rose Room of the Auburn Civic Center, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Speaker is Bill Fink from the Sacramento Iris Society. For more information, e-mail Yvette at ymeador@cwnet.com or leave a message at 530-305-7949.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers. No special skills are required. Any caring adult who is willing to devote an average of one hour each week is all it takes. BBBS will hold a volunteer information seminar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 273-2227 for more information.

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Women of Worth recently held its donation sale for victims of the tsunami. Sandy Schmidt, WOW director, wishes to thank all the volunteer workers who selflessly gave of their time. During the seven-hour event, more than $1,400 was raised.

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Beginning Feb. 1, Community Recovery Resources will offer a Life Skills program that will focus on decision making, communication and personal marketability. This program is open to anyone directly affected by alcohol or drug abuse personally or through a family member or friend. Classes will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, call Alison Olsen at 273-9541.

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See’s Candy is available year round at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. The auxiliary will be selling Valentine candy in the main lobby gift shop beginning Wednesday and in the outpatient lobby Feb. 7. All proceeds go to benefit the hospital’s special projects and needs.

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Pam Fortner’s column 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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