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Sixty years ago this fall, a group of bowlers in Detroit joined to support America’s troops fighting in World War II. In 2002, league bowlers across the country will continue to provide for our military men and women by participating in the Bowlers to Veterans Link. Locally, the Golden Sierra bowlers of the American Bowling Congress and the Women’s International Bowling Council will be bowling to raise money for veterans at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at Prosperity Lanes, 420 Henderson in Grass Valley. Monies collected go to veterans hospitals for anything not provided by the government. If interested in sponsoring a bowler, you can pledge a flat amount or pay per pin. Call Pauline Bisiaux at 477-1899, Carla Burke at 274-7575 or Maryann King at 478-9923.

Friends of Hospice holds its 17th annual Tree of Love lighting ceremony Thursday at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City. The ceremony will follow a 6 p.m. memorial service. Everyone is welcome to attend, and deceased family members and friends will be honored. Then enjoy a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Sierra Presbyterian Church.

A $10 donation to light a light on the tree will also help to assure that hospice caring can continue at no charge to the families we serve. Memory Snowflakes created by Marji Kerhart will be on display at the reception. For more information call Lindy at 271-0707 or the Friends of Hospice at 272-5739.

Child Advocates of Nevada County has opened its annual See’s Candy holiday sale. This year the location is the upper level of Pine Creek Shopping Center, next to J.C. Penney Co. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and will continue through Dec. 24. The See’s Candy sale is Child Advocates’ biggest fund-raiser of the year. It allows the nonprofit agency to continue programs targeted toward keeping Nevada County’s children free from abuse and neglect. For information about Child Advocates or See’s holiday sale, call 271-0650.

Highgate Retirement Village is inviting the community to a holiday happy hour in support of the Lutz Adult Day Respite program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. The program provides care for brain-impaired adults and gives their caregivers and loved ones a break from the stress of continual care. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, a no-host wine and champagne bar and live music. Tickets are $10 at the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, Kathy’s Hallmark Store, the Book Seller, the Lutz Center and Highgate Retirement Village, located at 415 Sierra College Drive, and may also be purchased at the door. For information, contact Roberta Swanson at 273-6581.

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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