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The Nevada County Historical Society wants you to know that all three museums operated by the society are now observing their summer schedules with increased open days and hours.

The Firehouse No. 1 Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, at 214 Main St., Nevada City.

The North Star Mining Museum, located at the corner of Mill Street and McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through May 23 at 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City (at the intersection of Bost Avenue and New Mohawk Road).

The Searls Historical Library is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 214 Church St., Nevada City.




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The KARE Crisis Nursery is looking for experienced landscapers to do a small job reattaching its automatic irrigation system. Call Debbie Gutierrez at 268-8336.

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The Nevada County Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its annual meeting and installation Thursday at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Socializing begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Lunch is $15, with a choice of club croissant sandwich with roast turkey, ham and bacon or an oriental salad with grilled chicken. Checks are to be made out to AAUW Nevada County Branch and mailed to Lee Ferro, 16523 Sharon Way, Grass Valley, 95949.

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A used book sale to benefit the Bear River High School library will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Longs Drugs parking lot at the corner of Highway 49 and Combie Road. Thousands of books from best sellers, cook books, children’s books, gardening, etc., will be available at greatly reduced prices.

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Friends of Nevada County Military is holding a packing party to pack boxes for our troops from Nevada County at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Grass Valley Veterans Hall on South Auburn. This month the nonprofit is asking for a sealed, unopened box of lubricated eye drops in single use vials. Call Fred at 265-4878 for more info, or visit the Web site at http://www.fncm.org.

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The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center’s annual plant sale and flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the center on the San Juan Ridge. The sale will not only include plants, herbs and flowers, but also jewelry, art, clothes and other handmade crafts and gifts. Food and drinks will be available. 265-2628.

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AnimalSave’s second “Run for the Animals,” a 5K and 10K run/walk presented by Penn Valley Veterinary Center, Mimi Vishoot, DVM, will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday and will start at the top of Broad Street in Nevada City. The $20 advance entry fee ($25 on race day) entitles participants to a “pawsitively” super T-shirt and a chance for great prizes. Dogs, of course, are welcome and can qualify for special prizes, too – they must have a guardian on a leash. Participants may pick up an entry form at AnimalSave Thrift and Treasures, or download one at http://www.animalsave.org. Registration on race day begins at 8 a.m. 272-6225.

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The Grass Valley Host Lions Club is hosting a spaghetti feed at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the L.O.V.E. Building in Condon Park in Grass Valley. The fundraiser will benefit Boy Scout Troop 4 and Little Brothers from Big Brothers Big Sisters who want to join Boy Scouts. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the BBBS office at 745 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley, (272-2227), or by calling Jeff Lund at 477-1208.

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The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is sponsoring a pine needle basket making class from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the park’s Visitor Center. Instructor Judy Nichols of Penn Valley will talk about the history of basketry and help participants construct a small basket. A $20 donation is requested to cover supplies and help support this and other programs at the park. Call for class space availability, 432- 2546.

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The Literacy Council of Nevada County is once again recruiting tutors. Training will be June 3, June 10 and June 17. Tutors do not need to be bilingual or have teaching experience. Call 274-8428.

Also, a new class of tutors graduated last month. They are: Janet Cooper, Len Rubin, Sally Smith, Jan deProsse and Karen Attix.

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The UCCE Master Gardeners is offering a free composting workshop from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Demonstration Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley (on NID grounds). Learn to recycle kitchen and plant waste into “black gold,” and learn how to use compost to make your soil and garden thrive. 273-4563.

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The Family Connections Collaborative, in conjunction with First 5 and Colaborando, a group of agency personnel with Spanish-speaking clients, is offering two cultural competency trainings. Yoland Trevino, a consultant on bicultural issues, will facilitate the training. The class will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. 265-9550, ext. 22, or e-mail at eddy@caofnc.org.

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The Imaginarium is presenting its Sky Show from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at Tobiassen Park, near the Madelyn Helling Library parking lot. The focus will be Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. While examining the night sky, observations will also include astronomical objects such as galaxies, globular clusters and double stars. Wayne Watson will host the evening. Park in the library parking lot and walk up the road about 100 yards to the baseball field. 478-6400, ext. 231.

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The Northern Mines Business and Professional Women’s program Wednesday will feature Judy Askins. Askins worked in the television industry for 29 years as a writer, producer, director, actor and acting coach, including a long stint with TV’s “LaVerne and Shirley.” The meeting begins with a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., then dinner and program at 6 p.m. at Christopher’s Catering, 408 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley. For reservations, call Wanda at 285-9061 no later than Tuesday. Dinner is $15.

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The LivingWell Medical Clinic was able to supply free services for more than 1,200 women and their families in Nevada County, including pregnancy testing, pregnancy options education, information and counseling, clothing and furnishings for families in need through a voucher system at its thrift store. LivingWell is now offering services to the men in our community through DAD-U, a program to assist young men in learning fathering skills. Its “Walk for Life” will be held at Memorial Park Saturday. 272-6800.

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The Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills presents its annual tour of private gardens in the foothills of Grass Valley and Nevada City from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the garden gates. Purchase them at Eisley’s Nursery, Happy Frog Nursery, Harmony Books, and many other venues. For a complete list, see http://www.sierrasoroptimist.org.

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Carolyne Moss, artist extraordinaire and owner of “Stagecrafters,” has taken cowboy hats donated to the Penn Valley Chamber and transformed them into fun and artistic expressions of western wear. The hats will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Friday at the Chamber office, 17500B, Penn Valley Drive. Look them over and make a silent bid. Proceeds from the hat sale will benefit the Penn Valley History Center. 432-1802.

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The Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament will be held at Memorial Park on May 26 through May 28. Registration deadline is May 22. This is an adult, co-ed, name draw tournament. Proceeds benefit Drew’s Place, a center for grief and loss, and other drug prevention programs for the youth in our community. Cost is $25 per person, or you can come, watch and enjoy the fun. Silent auction, raffles, food and beverages. 273-1990 or 308-2370.

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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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