School slates Salmon Run |

School slates Salmon Run

The Sierra Friends Center, formerly John Woolman School, will hold its third annual Spring Salmon Run on May 4.

The10K trail run and walk along the South Yuba River is open to all ages. The event raises funds for environmental education at the Sierra Friends Center and heightens awareness of the restoration of the Yuba River’s natural fisheries habitat.

For nearly 40 years, John Woolman School, operated by the Quakers, emphasized environmental study and action among other values. In 2000, the Spring Salmon Run was started to further promote environmental awareness. The school closed in October 2001 due to low enrollment.

Sierra Friends Center continues an emphasis on environmental education. The center elected to continue the run with the help of the South Yuba River Citizens League and other sponsors. Proceeds will provide scholarships to environmental courses and workshops held by Sierra Friends Center.

All participants will receive a handmade ceramic mug and free lunch after the race. Children’s activities will be available during the run at the SFC site. Activities will include face painting, storytelling and games.

The run will be the first event in a daylong grand-opening celebration for the SFC. The public is invited to participate in the activities following the run.

For more information or to register for the run, call the center at 273-3183.

The Western Nevada County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding its fourth annual Benefit Golf Tournament May 4 at the Alta Sierra Golf and Country Club.

All levels of ability are encouraged to join. The $90 entry fee includes golf cart, awards banquet, tee prizes, unlimited range balls and more. The format is four-person scramble. Shotgun starts at 1 p.m.

Underwritten in part by Allstate Insurance, it includes food, great tees and raffle prizes, and a $25,000 hole-in-one prize. The event supports Red Cross’ efforts to assist families in times of disaster, the chapter’s emergency-preparedness programs, and many health and safety training activities such as first aid, CPR, water safety and lifeguard training, child care and baby-sitting training.

For registration or additional information, call Susan King at the Red Cross office, 272-3265.

To discover the great outdoors and support a worthwhile cause, go on one of the Nevada County Land Trust’s Treks Through Time.

The treks, one of the trust’s most popular activities, is an annual series of adventures led by experts in outdoor fields. The 2002 spring schedule is under way with the summer treks to be announced soon.

Among the spring treks are Chalk Bluff Preserve mining district Sunday, kayaking in the Cosumnes River on May 4, a wildflower walk at Hell’s Half-Acre on May 5 and a hike to Humbug Creek Falls on May 18.

Most treks are $10 for Land Trust members and $15 for nonmembers. Some treks, particularly those requiring travel and extra equipment, will cost more. For membership details, a schedule and other information, contact the Land Trust at 272-5994.

Boy Scout Troop 783 did cleanup work on the Independence Trail April 13. Students from Sierra Foothill High School painted the ballpark stands at Grass Valley’s Memorial Park on April 19. The projects were arranged by YOUthCANDO, a program of the Volunteer Action Center.

Remember, Sunday is a great day for a trip to Bridgeport and activities sponsored by South Yuba River State Park Association. Bring binoculars for a guided bird watching tour with Jimm Edgar at 9 a.m. then from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., experience Living History Days.

For more information, call the park at 432-2546.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Deadline for nonprofit 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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