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The Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers. The most immediate need is for people to help with concessions and tickets for the play “Breaking Legs.” Show dates are March 12, 13, 19, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and matinee at 2 p.m. on March 28. Volunteering will receive free entry to the show.

Call Carol Oberhaus at 274-8384 or e-mail at carol@centerforthearts.com.

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The Neighborhood Center of the Arts, serving developmentally disabled adults in a weekday art program, was broken into recently and had its safe and digital camera stolen. Cash loss was approximately $125. The digital camera was used to document client artwork for use in promotions, print making, client records, and for historical, archival purposes. If you would like to donate a digital camera, please call Sandia at 272-7287.

The NCA is scheduling a training class for classroom volunteers, docents for art shows and help at special events. Call Marilyn Blom at 272-7693 if interested.




If you would be interested in becoming a reading tutor, the Literacy Council has agreed to teach and supply materials to anyone volunteering through NCA. For more information, call Juli at 272-7287.

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Soroptimist International of Nevada City is holding its 4th annual St. Patrick’s Day bingo party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park, 425 A Nimrod St., Nevada City.

The cost is $15, which covers three bingo cards. Extra cards are available at a nominal cost. Lunch consisting of salads and dessert is included in the admission price. Proceeds benefit the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition of Nevada County. Tickets are available at the door or from members of the Nevada City Soroptimist, or call Betty Gannon at 273-6558.

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The Nevada County Genealogical Society announces that Pam Bell Dallas will speak at its meeting on Tuesday. The topic is “Tips for Attending the NGS Conference.” This year, the national conference is being held in Sacramento on May 19-22. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

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At 11 a.m. Saturday, state park docents will begin giving wildflower walks of the Bridgeport area in the South Yuba River Canyon. All ages are welcome. Cameras, note pads, comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. No pets are allowed. Enjoy this free event weekends in March through May 26, weather permitting. Walks are presented by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and sponsored by the South Yuba River Park Association. Call 432-2546 for more information.

Guided bird watching is scheduled at 9 a.m. on March 21. Meet in the parking lot by the barn.

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Applications are being accepted for spring docent training classes at the South Yuba River, to be held at the Bridgeport Visitor Center. The free courses cover wildlife biology, archeology, local history, Visitor Center operation, natural history and more. Classes begin Saturday and conclude on May 1. Call 432-2546 for more information.

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The American Red Cross baby sitter’s training class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Western Nevada County Chapter House in Grass Valley. The course is designed for current and future baby sitters in the 11- to 15-year age range. CPR is not included, but CPR classes are available at a 50 percent discount rate for those attending the baby sitter’s training.

Call 272-3265 for more information.

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Independence Trail will be the location for docent training classes conducted by Sequoya Challenge. Classes begin March 22 and continue through May 10, and will teach participants about plants and animals of the Yuba Canyon, local Nisenan culture, trail history and watershed ecology.

Volunteer docents lead trail tours for schools and make in-classroom presentations. Training is also open to anyone interested in learning more about the Yuba Canyon but is not ready to be a docent.

To register or for more information, call Linda at 272-0928.

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The Friendship Club is looking for women to become mentors in the Spring Mentor Program. The program offers girls in the club an opportunity to learn new skills and experiences. Girls are paired with women volunteers to mutually explore an interest, hobby or passion. Time commitment for the mentors averages about 20 hours over the six-week period. An orientation to the program is provided. Girls are in grades 6 through 12. For more information, call Margaret at 265-4311 or margaretm@friendshipclub.org.

Pam Fortner is a freelance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on appears each Monday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The column will appear in the following Monday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail nonprofits@theunion.com; or fax to 477-4292.


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