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The Alzheimer’s Council of Nevada County will be hosting its annual “Steppin’ Out for Alzheimer’s” walk Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, held in conjunction with the Wellness Fair. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include scenic walk routes around the fairgrounds, music from the Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers, a “Strut Your Mutt” parade and competition, free refreshments and more. Donation is $10 per walker, $5 per canine companion.

All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Council of Nevada County, and will be distributed to services including a 24-hour emergency hotline and respite care. For more information, call the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation at 477-9700 or fax 477-9300.

Contact the Volunteer Action Center of Nevada County now to reserve a vendor space for its Fabulous Flea Market. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Vendor spaces rent for $30. For advance reservations, call VAC at 272-5041. Rental proceeds from the flea market will benefit VAC.

Last week, we told you that Diane Dean-Epps will be appearing courtesy of the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries tonight at the Madelyn Helling Library. The event begins at 7 p.m. Call 265-4464 for more information.

Come to a free seminar at the Grass Valley Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday to learn about estate planning. Hosted by the Gold Country Estate Planning Council, a panel of local estate planning professionals from the legal, accounting and financial advisory fields will present information on the basics of estate planning, how to avoid costly mistakes, and how to prevent being sold products inappropriate to your needs. The Senior Center is located at 11350 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Please RSVP today at 470-5119.

Ann Hardesty of the Gold Country Parents of Multiples Club was appointed research tabulator for the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc. at the 42nd annual convention in San Jose in late July. Ann and her husband, Clair Alan, are the parents of fraternal twins Nate and Ben, 4, and Tad, 7. NOMOTC is a nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of promoting the special aspects of child development of multiple birth children. It offers support, networking and education to parents of twins and higher order multiple birth children. For further information about the local chapter of NOMOTC or about membership options, call 432-1135.

Fred Hargesheimer will hold a book signing for the benefit of the Literacy Council of Nevada County from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Hargesheimer is on the board of the council.

His new book “The School that Fell From the Sky,” tells of his life-changing adventure in the South Pacific and his 40-year commitment to the Nakanai people who saved his life. As a photo reconnaissance pilot in World War II, Hargesheimer was shot down on an enemy-occupied island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. Friendly natives found and hid him from the Japanese while nursing him back to health. Seventeen years later, he and his wife returned, spent four years teaching the natives, and built the Airmen’s Memorial School. For more information, call Ellen at 272-7287, ext. 12.

Pam Fortner’s column on nonprofits appears each Monday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday. 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

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