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Nonprofits: Slideshow, lecture at YBWC meeting

The Yuba-Bear Watershed Council presents a program describing a successful mercury cleanup project at the Boston Ravine Mine. David Lawler, a bio-geologist from BLM’s Abandoned Mines Division, will give a slideshow and lecture to YBWC members at the general meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the NID board room, 1036 West Main St., Grass Valley. 265-5527.

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The University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners present two free workshops this Saturday. “Planting Summer Vegetable Seeds” will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to plan a vegetable garden, prepare the soil and planting beds, start seedlings, transplant seedlings, and maintain a flourishing garden. The second workshop, “Vermiculture-Composting with Worms,” will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Learn how to build a worm bin, make worm bedding, feed your worms, recycle kitchen waste, and create “black gold” for your garden. Workshops will be held in the Demonstration Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley (on NID grounds). Rain or shine event. 273-4563.



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Hospice of the Foothills begins its annual four-day training program, which prepares volunteers to work with patients, their families and caregivers. Training takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 18, April 20, April 25 and April 27. Call Janis Lewis at 272-5739 for an application and interview. Hairdressers, beauticians and massage therapists are a vital and welcome component of the hospice volunteer team. Hospice of the Foothills is the only hospice providing care to patients and families in Western Nevada County.




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The Nevada City Soroptimists will hold its 6th annual St. Patrick’s Day bingo party and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, 425 Nimrod St., Nevada City. The cost is $15, which includes bingo cards and a luncheon buffet. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Emergency Assistance Coalition of Nevada County. Tickets can be purchased from any Nevada City Soroptimist or at the door. Call Martha Wesley, 273-6273 or Donna Hauck at 287-3220.

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The Independence Trail will be the location for a nature class and docent training opportunity offered by Sequoya Challenge. The class is open to anyone interested in learning more about our local natural and cultural history, and will be held from 10 a.m. till noon Tuesdays, March 28 through May 2. Topics will cover the forest plants and animals, wildflowers, mining history of the trail and local Indian cultural practices. Docents will use information from this class to lead guided trail walks. Call Linda at 273-6881 to reserve a space in the class.

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The Penn Valley Daffodil Run, held April 23 at Western Gateway Park, is presented by the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Penn Valley and the Hi-Graders Lions Club. The Daffodil Run features 10k, 5k and Kids Run events. Trophies will be presented for male and female winners in each event, plus six age bracket awards. Start time is 8:30 a.m. For run or sponsorship applications, go to http://www.pennvalleycoc.org and click on the calendar; scroll to April 23. Call the chamber office at 432-1802, Joan Bumpus at 432-9102, or e-mail her at jbumpus@comcast.net.

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Girl Scout Troops from the Northern Mines Service Unit enjoyed participating in an event called World Thinking Day. Troop 533B and J, whose country was Greece, sewed a Greek flag and helped other Girl Scouts write their names in Greek letters. Troop 181J practiced making and teaching how to make origami swans and cranes at its Japan booth, and enjoyed a Japanese meal. Troop 237J made fruit soup and Viking ships to learn more about the country of Denmark.

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The Pet Adoption League’s program “Woof Over My Head” has built and distributed hundreds of homes in a variety of sizes and colors to outdoor dogs and cats in need. Special thanks to this winter’s volunteer construction crew, which included: Ken Walker, Ken and JoAnn Basile, Darrell and Katie Torry, Jim Mote and Erik Enger, and Hayden Navo with Cheryl and Ed Fisk (and a little help from sister, Hannah Navo). For more information about house plans properly sized for your pet, visit PAL’s Web site at http://www.pal.nccn.net, or call 273-7958.

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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