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Clear Creek area Girl Scout Troop No. 933 recently donated seven blankets to Project Linus. Karen Wallace, troop leader, says the blankets are given to children in traumatic situations. The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, created by volunteer “blanketeers.” To find out more about Project Linus, go to http://www.projectlinus.org and for information on Scouting, see http://www.girlscouts.org online.

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The School Readiness program is offering three “Family Fun Nights” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, and again Feb. 23 and March 23 in the Hennessy School multi-purpose room. The evenings are for parents of preschoolers planning to attend the Grass Valley School District. Refreshments will be served and childcare provided. Free book bag for participating families, four free books each time a family attends, and free activities to take home. Space is limited; call 273-4059 to sign up.



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The first meeting of the New Year for the Sierra Foothills Iris Society is being held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Auburn Civic Center’s Rose Room, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. No charge, the public is welcome. To learn more, check out its Web site at http://www.nccn.net/~sfis/sierra.htm online.




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Grass Valley Elks Lodge is having its first “FatalVision HoopShoot,” a basketball free-throw event, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Union Hill School. The event is designed to show kids the levels of impairment after indulging in drugs and alcohol. Program handouts, information and prizes for those actually making the basket will be available. Call Carole Bryant at 432-8785.

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January is National Mentoring Month. Start a New Year’s resolution to make a big difference, one child at a time, in Nevada County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County will be holding a volunteer information night on the ins and outs of being a mentor for a local child in need from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday night. Individuals and couples interested in attending must reserve their spot by calling 273-2227 or e-mailing info@bigsofnc.org.

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The annual daffodil bulb planting project is planned for Saturday. Many volunteers are needed. Meet at the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce office, 17562 Penn Valley Drive, at 8:30 a.m. Call 432-1802, or go e-mail info@pennvalleycoc.org

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Last Friday Supper is sponsoring a free community meal this Friday. Nutritious meals consist of a main course, salad and/or vegetable, dessert and coffee. Milk is available for kids. Entertainment is provided by local bands, choirs and other musicians. The supper is sponsored by faith-based organizations, individuals and businesses in Nevada County. The supper will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St.

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Looking for a great doctor? Or do you have a great doctor you can share with others? RemarkableDocs.org is a free online resource for patients looking for doctors that are highly recommended by their patients. Based in Nevada County, RemarkableDocs has a large database of good doctors to select from in our area, as well as a good smattering of doctors throughout the region and country. The nonprofit is always looking for more great doctors to pass on to others. Go to RemarkableDocs.org and check it out.

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The Friendship Club provides 90 disadvantaged Nevada County girls with weekly after-school meetings with academic support, character education, and time to check in with the professional staff, monthly education field trips, and community service activities. Members are also offered a program of summer activities. Girls typically join the program as they are entering the sixth grade and many stay through their senior year in high school.

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Volunteer mentors, the Angels, are an important part of The Friendship Club’s program. Angels are matched with one of the Friendship girls to share conversation, fun times, and new experiences. Angels support their girls by offering friendship, by being role models, and by listening. If you are interested in being an Angel or would like to know more about volunteer opportunities at The Friendship Club, contact Margaret Meagher, at 265-4311 or margaretm@friendshipclub.org.

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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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