The Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute invites you to a slide show and presentation on current efforts to protect California’s 7 million acres of public land and 400 wild and scenic river areas. Presenters will be Jessica Rios and Mackensi Keliher from Friends of the River, and Don Rivenes from the California Wild Heritage Campaign. Vladimir Cardema will offer music and prayers for the planet on flute and digeridoo.

The presentation will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Madelyn Helling Library on Helling Way, Nevada City. For more information, contact Marge Kaiser at 265-6649.

Brand new affordable home with zero-interest financing will be available soon. Habitat for Humanity is building again! To learn more, attend a free seminar at 6:30 pm. Wednesday at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City, or at 1 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church Street, Grass Valley. For more information, call 274-1951.

The Gold Country Estate Planning Council and the American Association of University Women’s Seniors Against Investment Fraud are offering a free seminar on estate planning. A panel of Nevada County estate planning professionals will discuss the following topics: estate planning basics, situations which should alert you to seek help, how to avoid costly mistakes, and how to avoid buying products that are inappropriate for your needs.

The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Eskaton Village in the 49er’s Lounge, 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley (turn on Via Colina off Ridge Road). RSVP at 470-5119 by Thursday.

Friends of Hospice is holding its first quarterly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Friends will present its first donation of the year, and keynote speaker will be Dr. Brad Miller, medical director of Hospice.

For reservations, contact Carol Griffis at 272-0593. For information on becoming a member of Friends of Hospice, contact Marilyn Streseman at 432-8592.

The Nevada County Land Trust has elected its new officers for 2003. Geri Vanderveer Bergen has been elected president; Andy Cassano and Mark Weyman, vice presidents; Ken Krugler, secretary; and Ron Mathis, treasurer. The officers were elected by the Land Trust board of directors.

The Nevada County Land Trust is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that works with buyers and sellers to create and maintain trails, parks and open space. For information on the Land Trust, call 272-5994 or see

WorkForceConnection is an expanding partnership of community agencies working together to maximize resources and coordinate employment and training services. The one-stop location at 117 New Mohawk Rd., Suite G, Nevada City, provides easy access to no-fee services. Free training sessions on employment preparation such as Writing Your Resume, Surviving the Interview, Evaluating Your Skills for the Labor Market and more are available.

The monthly calendar may be viewed at Golden Sierra Job Training’s Web site at Those interested in attending a session should visit the One-Stop Career Center at the above address or call 265-3204. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed noon to 1 p.m. Fridays).

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; or fax to 477-4292.

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