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Doolittle hosts local workshop

U.S. Rep. John Doolittle, R-California, will visit Nevada County on Tuesday to hold a workshop on Social Security.

“In the coming months, Congress and the President will be considering a variety of common sense plans proposed to reform Social Security,” Doolittle states in a notice about the workshop.

The workshop is open to all interested residents and will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grass Valley at 109 S. School St. For more information, call Doolittle’s district office at (916) 786-5560.

Mary Longmore, chairwoman of the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee, said she is encouraging residents of all political perspectives to attend the workshop.

– Britt Retherford

Violence alternative workshop

The weekend of April 15 to 17, the Peace Center of Nevada County is hosting an Alternatives to Violence workshop, which provides step-by-step experiences and exercises focusing on conflict-resolution skills.

The workshop is open to anyone 17-years-old or older.

There will be three facilitators, two from the Bay Area and one, Bob Barns, from Grass Valley.

The workshop will be at the Miners Foundry’s Rector Room in Nevada City. It is approximately a 20-hour workshop, running Friday, April 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For reservations, call 268-6592. Donations are requested on a sliding scale from $35 to $135.

Pasta dinner to benefit youth

A pasta dinner to benefit youth activities at the Nevada County Fair and other community projects will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at the Northern Mines Building at the fairgrounds.

“A Night of Pasta Elegante” will offer a choice of five pasta entrees plus side dishes and dessert. Wine and beer will be available at a no-host bar. The event also includes a raffle.

The dinner is sponsored by the Grass Valley Foothill Lions Club and the Nevada County Livestock Producers. Tickets, priced at $15, are available by phoning Arnie Romanello, 274-2104; Tom Browning, 477-4642; or Carol Scofield, 263-6217.

Spots open for exchange program

Opportunities are available for young people who would like to take part in the international Lions Youth Exchange Program.

The program, which places youths in foreign homes for five weeks at a time, was launched by Lions International to provide the leaders of tomorrow an opportunity to learn about people and countries around the world.

Students depart July 2 and return Aug. 6. Cost is $2,200, which includes airfare from Sacramento to Los Angeles, where all overseas flights originate.

Opportunities currently exist for students to be hosted in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan.

The application deadline is March 31. For more information, call Leal Portis at 273-6018.

– The Union staff

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