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Magnolia Jazz Choir breakfast is today

The Magnolia Starmakers Jazz Choir will hold its annual pancake breakfast and performance from 8 a.m. to noon today in the Bear River High School multipurpose room.

Starmakers will entertain the breakfast guests with their competition set and specialty acts throughout the morning. Proceeds will help offset the expense of the R.A.V.E.S. competition, which is held in Redding.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for kids and seniors. Tickets are available from individual Starmakers, at Magnolia Intermediate School, and at the door.

Fund created to help stabbing victim

“The Anna Fund” has been set up at area Bank of America branches to help the woman who was stabbed New Year’s Day at the Amigos & Co. restaurant in Grass Valley.

Anna has six children, no source of income and remains stable at Sutter-Roseville Community Memorial Hospital in Roseville.

Donations can be made at any of the three area Bank of America branches in the Glenbrook Basin, Nevada City and downtown Grass Valley. Donors can also give at Bank of America branches in the Auburn and Roseville areas.

The sponsors of the fund can give receipts for tax purposes to those who give cash; the bank cannot.

Donations needed to save agency for blind

Members of Nevada City’s First Baptist Church have donated $1,000 to Sierra Services for the Blind and are issuing a challenge for other churches to match their contribution.

The Rev. Bill Romell made the donation this week to the 20-year-old nonprofit after members of the church’s board said the facility, which provides assistance and classes to about 400 legally blind residents in Nevada and Placer counties, may be closing at the end of the month because of a lack of money.

For more information on how to donate to Sierra Services for the Blind, call 265-2121.

Sierra Club announces scholarship program

The Sierra Club is pleased to announce the sixth year of its scholarship program for students who are beginning college in 2003 and reside in or near the Sierra Nevada.

These scholarships will be provided to qualified students living in Sierra Nevada communities of 10,000 or fewer people.

Students who commute to school in the Central Valley but who actually live in the Sierra Nevada are eligible.

The Sierra Club is offering 10 scholarships of $1,000 per year for four years.

Interested students are asked to write an essay about the future of their communities, in particular about environmental problems and possible solutions.

A review committee comprised of educators, business people, and Sierra Club members will select the winners.

The awards will be announced after April 1.

More information and application forms are available at

Applications, essays and a transcript including the first semester of the senior year are to be postmarked by March 1.

For more information, contact Leah Fontaine, Sierra Nevada Scholarship Chair at (661) 821-2055, or Melany Miners, Sierra Club Field Staff at (916) 557-1100 ext. 112, or e-mail

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