Be on lookout for Crime Dog, top volunteers |

Be on lookout for Crime Dog, top volunteers

Today we push the paws button to tell you about McGruff the Crime Dog and other exciting nonprofit events.

The Child Abuse Prevention Council will hold its public meeting Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 950 Helling Way, Nevada City.

This event provides an opportunity for parents, consumers and providers of services for children and families, law enforcement representatives, and the community at large to come together and talk about child abuse and neglect.

Information gathered at these meetings supports the council’s ability to monitor local systems, and become an advocate for improvements at the local, county and state levels. For more information, contact Danita Sorenson at 470-0701.

You know that one person in your nonprofit organization who spends hours and hours every week working for you for free? Well, the Volunteer Action Center is inviting nonprofits, schools and government agencies to nominate outstanding volunteers for its annual Volunteer of the Year awards. There are four categories of nominations: adult, group (any age), youth and education.

Give the recognition your hard-working volunteer deserves by sending your nomination to VAC at 11743 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley 95945. Nominations must be received no later than March 15. For nomination forms or more information, phone 272-5041. All nominees will be publicly recognized in an advertisement in The Union during National Volunteer Week, April 21-27.

The Gold Country Kiwanis and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Explorers will be sponsoring a Child Safety Day on March 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Imaginarium in Nevada City. Parents can bring in their young children and receive a free personalized identification card complete with photo, fingerprints and personal information for each child.

McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand (or would that be on paw?) to meet the kids. The Nevada County Health Department will be present with lots of information, including the new car seat regulations and Healthy Families program. All kids will be able to enjoy the Imaginarium free of charge during the event. For information, call 478-6415.

Kiwanis Clubs in California, Nevada, and Hawaii are calling March 16 “Total K” day. Each participating local club is working with its sponsored youth clubs on community service projects. The sponsored Key Clubs from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools will be assisting the Kiwanians in this child safety event. For more information about the Kiwanis, call 265-4051.

The North San Juan Fire Auxiliary is having a morning coffee hour on March 6 at 10 a.m. at the North San Juan Fire Hall. The coffee is the kickoff event for the annual membership drive. Tax dollars provide only the basics for firefighters, so the auxiliary sponsors several fund-raising projects that help provide the department with extra support.

The auxiliary also responds to calls when the firefighters are on the fire lines by supplying them with food and drink. The biggest event of the year for the auxiliary is the annual Mother’s Day Scotch Broom Breakfast, which is more than just a fund-raiser – it’s a local tradition.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of this worthy organization, come to the morning coffee hour and have some juice, quiche and muffins, and make some new friends in the process. Call Karen at 292-4273, Loni at 292-4271, or Celestine at 292-3329 for more information.

The Nevada County Arts Council announces its Sierra Festival of the Arts. This year’s event is scheduled for May 26, but the deadline for applying as a participant is March 15.

Sierra Festival of the Arts is a juried fine art and craft outdoor festival on Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley featuring live music, children’s activities, and food from local caterers and restaurants.

If you participated in the event last year, you will automatically receive an application. Newcomers can apply by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Nevada County Arts Council, P.O. Box 307, Grass Valley 95945.

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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