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Program for young readers launched

Friends of the Library is launching a new program, the Young Readers Program, for first-graders. The program aims to provide information about the libraries and their activities to new readers, students and their parents.

Librarians and Friends board members are visiting first grade classes to inform the youngsters and teachers about the program, tell stories, and deliver fliers. The fliers entitle a child to a free book when he or she visits a Nevada County library branch accompanied by a parent and applies for a library card.



For more information about the program, call Elaine Channel at 265-4464.




Audubon member Jimm Edgar will lead a guided bird-watching tour through the Bridgeport area of the South Yuba River canyon on April 28. Edgar, an avid birder and past president of the Mount Diablo Audubon Society, has led numerous field trips around Northern California. He is an expert on bird behavior and identification, with a special interest in sparrows.

Expect to see about 20 species, including ruby-crowned kinglet, oak titmice, scrub jay, towhees, several kinds of sparrows, canyon wren, American dipper and a hawk or two.

This shouldn’t be a difficult walk. All ages are welcome. Binoculars, water and walking shoes are recommended. Pets should be left at home.

Come to the visitor center at 9 a.m. at the covered bridge. The South Yuba River Park Association and the California Department of Parks and Recreation sponsor this free event.

Looking for a way to connect with the past? Later that day at Bridgeport, park docents and entertainers will present the fourth annual Living History Days. These blast-to-the-past activities will start at 11 a.m.

Mingle and chat with historical characters, who will share stories about the historic covered bridge and the settlement of Bridgeport. Enjoy gold-panning demonstrations, draft horses pulling a wagon across the bridge (hitch a ride for $1) and live period music.

Costumed docents will portray folks who settled here during the Gold Rush. The public is invited to ask questions about the bridge, life on the river, the famous Kneebone resort and the farm.

Demonstrations will include American Indian basket-making, acorn grinding, and blacksmithing.

This free event is sponsored by the South Yuba River Park Association in cooperation with California State Parks. Refreshments will be available, and you can pick up a framed photo as a souvenir for a small fee.

Take Pleasant Valley Road to the Bridgeport Covered Bridge at the South Yuba River. For information, call the park at 432 2546.

Six energetic Nevada Union High students painted 39 park benches at the fairgrounds on April 13. The students were Liz Bost-Miller, Krista Campbell, Katie Carson, Kim Ellefson, Jessica Nicholas and Jill Peacock. Adult volunteers Matt Biggs, Don Jones and Dee Ward assisted. YOUthCANDO, a program of the Volunteer Action Center, planned the task.

Remember to attend the Nevada County American Association of University Women Educational Foundation’s Appraisal Day today. Bring antiques and collectibles to the L.O.V.E. Building at Condon Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and have them appraised for $9 each, or two for $15. Proceeds go to AAUW’s educational fellowship and scholarship offerings.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Saturday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Monday. The column will appear in the following Saturday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail to


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