CAPINCS lets students fight child abuse |

CAPINCS lets students fight child abuse

Child Abuse Prevention in Nevada County Schools (CAPINCS) is a unique program that harnesses the talents and energy of Nevada Union High School students.

Last year 35 high school volunteers used puppetry and role-playing skits to inform preschool, elementary and middle school children how to stand up for themselves and how to stay safe from child abuse.

Laura Wilcox was a former member of CAPINCS. Before her tragic shooting death last year, she was a pivotal volunteer for CAPINCS. To honor her, a scholarship in her name is being offered to graduating CAPINCS volunteers. You can help encourage these dedicated Nevada Union students by donating to the Laura Wilcox Memorial CAPINCS Scholarship Fund.

Contributions may be sent in care of Child Advocates of Nevada County, 305 Railroad Ave., Suite 7, Nevada City 95959. Contact Katy Jamison, 265-0611, ext. 232, with any questions. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

The Book Seller sponsored a book signing Sunday with writer Michael Moore. The event benefited local nonprofit radio station KVMR. More than 700 people attended the free event, thanks to an unscheduled second seating. KVMR raised just over $900 in donations at the door.

The Book Seller is donating a portion of its profits from the sales of the books at the event to KVMR. Moore is donating his royalties from local sales that day to the Laura Wilcox Scholarship Fund. The Book Seller will also donate to the same fund.

It’s time again for the Independence Trail/Sequoya Challenge’s spring natural history classes. Independence Trail offers instruction in ecology and history in the South Yuba River canyon for anyone interested in learning more about our area, and to train interested individuals for its popular docent program.

The eight-week course will be conducted Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning March 18 and continuing through May 13. A variety of topics will be taught using the trail as an outdoor classroom. Local instructors familiar with each subject will lead the classes. To reserve a space and learn more about the class schedule, call Linda Chaplin at 272-0928. A program fee of $25 for the series is requested.

Allyson Harvie and Steve Chan are collecting sponsorships and donations for their 2002 charity golf tournament, a benefit for United Way of Nevada County and its agencies. This event is Allyson and Steve’s senior project at Bear River High School.

Scheduled for March 30 at the Alta Sierra Country Club, proceeds from this tournament will go to UWNC and two member agencies, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Sierra Adoption Services. Sponsors of this tournament will have their names included in the tournament program. Donations of merchandise will be used for raffle prizes.

If you would like to be a part of the golf tournament and enhance Allyson and Steve’s senior year memories, contact Sandia at 274-8111.

Nevada County Arts Council announces its 2002 Western Nevada County Open Studio Tour. Artists who are interested in participating are urged to send in their application now. Due to last year’s overwhelming number of participants, this year’s tour is expanding to two weekends, Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20. Each weekend is limited to 30 destinations.

If you were a participating artist last year, applications will automatically be sent to you. If you did not participate in the 2001 festival, send a self-addressed stamped envelope for an application to Nevada County Arts Council, P.O. Box 307, Grass Valley 95945. Deadline for submitting your application is March 29.

South Yuba River Citizens League is ready to boogie. Mumbo Gumbo will be the guest band at SYRCL’s annual membership dance. Join the fun at Miners Foundry on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. If you are a current SYRCL member or renew or join when you come, the price of your night on the town will be $10. Otherwise, the price $15 for the general public; kids 12 and under are free.

Mumbo Gumbo is a popular Northern California world beat band. That means if you have a yen for that Latin-African-Cuban-Cajun-etc. beat, this is where you need to be. Come on by and shake what your mama gave you! Tickets are available at SYRCL’s office at 216 Main Street, Nevada City, or call them at 265-5961.

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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