New to our area is the Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County. Formerly known as Mediation Services of Nevada County, the organization was recently reorganized by a group of interested citizens. Officers are David Finch, president; Michael Nudelman, vice president; Joan Goddard, secretary; Tom O’Brien, treasurer; Richard Schwartz and Diane Helms, board members.

The mission of the CRC is to provide affordable mediation services for the resolution of any kind of conflict or dispute that might arise, whether in a personal or a business context. Many disputes involve issues that have not yet risen to the level where law enforcement agencies, the courts or other agencies of government have not intervened, or where the parties in conflict do not desire intervention. In such cases and small claims court cases, CRC can be helpful.

Fees are low, and in some cases are waived entirely. Call 470-9700 and leave a message. A CRC representative will return the call within 24 hours.

Community Network for Children and Families is holding its annual “Stand for Children Coat Drive” today through Dec. 11. Coats will be collected at the following Grass Valley sites: Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, 256 Buena Vista Street; Sierra College Admissions Office, 250 Sierra College Drive; Oak Ridge Community Room, 228 Sutton Way; and in Nevada City the Nevada City Fire Department, 201 Providence Mine Road.

Distribution of these coats will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Oak Ridge Community Room. There are no requirements to receive coats. Just come ready to try on some coats and find the perfect one to keep you warm this coming winter.

Contact Audrey Tan at 272-8866 for more information.

Girl Scout Troop 192 has been busy spreading holiday cheer this season. On Halloween, the scouts wore their costumes to the Transitional Care Unit at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and presented gifts to the patients. The girls are going back the second week in December to sing Christmas carols. Troop leader Marigold Patterson says the 5, 6 and 7-year old girls are learning about things they can be thankful for.

The Yuba Watershed Council is having a logo contest for its newsletter and stationary. If you are into graphic arts and would like an opportunity to design something of lasting value, contact Lynn Campbell at 265-4860 for more information.

Habitat for Humanity presents a fund-raising concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 235 S. Church Street. The concert features the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, the Cornish Carol Choir and the Wesley Ringers. All proceeds from this donation-only concert will go to Habitat, which is in the process of completing the sixth and final house in the Slate Creek Village subdivision off Ridge Road.

In order to complete this last house before the bad weather sets in, more volunteers are needed. If you would like to help, all skill levels are appreciated and training is available. Call 274-1961 for more information.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts is looking for a part-time weaving instructor, a part-time vocational instructor and a part-time computer instructor. If you are interested in any of these positions, contact Ellen Persa at 272-7287.

Pam Fortner’s 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

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