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‘Wine tastes’ to help Hospitality House help the homless

Jason’s Studio Cafe, the new coffee and wine bar in Grass Valley, is hosting the first in a series of ‘Wine Tastes’ as a benefit for a local nonprofit that helps the homeless, Hospitality House. The first evening takes place Friday, from 6-8 p.m.

Tucked inside Booktown Books and Tomes (107 Bank St.), Jason’s Studio Cafe features original art, ceramics, coffee, free wireless Internet connectivity and wine and beer in an elegant and intimate setting. Jason’s also serves light fare and chocolates.

Each attendee will get two free tastes of great new wines from the acclaimed winemaker Alex Cose; full glasses will be available for purchase. Attendees must be 21 or over, and admission to the event is free.

The address of Jason’s is 134 S. Auburn St. Call 273-7057 for more information or e-mail jasone@infostations.com.

Hospitality House is a new program in Nevada County sponsored by local churches and other service organizations. Based on a model that has worked very well in places like Placer and Butte counties, Hospitality House is a “nomadic homeless shelter” that rotates among participating churches.

Those in need of overnight shelter can check in at an advertised place (for the time being, it will be the Unitarian Church in Grass Valley) between 4 and 6 p.m. There, a trained staff person does some screening; no one under the influence of alcohol or drugs, for example, can be sheltered. This is a “winter months only” shelter, so it operates from late fall to early spring (March or April, depending on weather). Leave a message at 272-0919 and someone will call you back.

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