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The Neighborhood Center of the Arts supports Nevada County’s adults with developmental disabilities through art therapy and life skills training. With excellence in mind, NCA is now accepting new board members who are willing and able to commit to taking NCA to the next step through fund-raising and community awareness. Funding is a top priority at NCA. Top on its list for success is assistance in finding appropriate grants, grant writing and grant writing training.

NCA also needs volunteers who can help organize and assist with fund-raising events. If you are interested, call Sandia at 272-7287.

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Grass Valley Boy Scout Troop 4 will be conducting its annual car wash from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Kmart parking lot. This annual fund-raiser gives the boys the opportunity to raise money for various Scout activities and supplies. Troop 4 is the oldest running troop, established in 1922. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. every Monday in the Scout Lodge, Memorial Park.

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Friends of the Nevada County Libraries, the Empire Mine State Historic Park, and others, present an evening of Gold Rush entertainment at 6 p.m. Thursday on the Club House Patio at the Empire Mine State Historic Park. “Unsettling the West” will feature presentations by authors JoAnn Levy and JoAnn Chartier. Authentic music will be performed by Rick Toles. Living History volunteers will also be featured. Books will be for sale to benefit the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. Refreshments provided. Call 265-1539 for more information.

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The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is planning a raffle on Oct. 31 during its Ghosts of Bridgeport Celebration. First place prize is a 2 1/8 gram gold nugget; second place, a gold nugget necklace and earring set; third place, a gold panning kit. Tickets are now on sale at the Visitor Center at the state park. The cost is three tickets for $5. Call 432-2546 for more information.

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The Peace Center of Nevada County presents its Social Forum film series at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday in The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way., Nevada City. This is the second week of a series titled “A Force More Powerful,” and tells several stories about how nonviolent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule in the 20th century in different parts of the world. Suggested donation is $4, but no one is turned away.

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The Nevada County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to contract with Sierra Nevada Children’s Services for Stage One child care. As a result of this contract, parents in need of child care will have access to “one-stop shopping” and will be able to get all of their child care needs met at SNCS. It will also mean that child care providers serving these parents will now be paid by one organization rather than two. Bill Locker, executive director, expresses appreciation for all the support received from the County Board of Supervisors, the Board of Directors of Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and members of agency staff.

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The Nevada County Historical Society will meet Saturday for a short walk with the ranger at the Big Bend ranger station and visitor center near Cisco on Interstate 80. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m., and it covers a climb onto some rocks which still show rust marks from pioneer wagons on the trail into California. The walk is not difficult, but it is not suitable for wheelchairs or walkers. Those who are not able to take the walk will still enjoy waiting in the museum area.

Lunch will be at noon on the visitor center grounds. A donation of $2 is requested of those participating. If you would like to car pool, meet at the Rood Center at 9 a.m. Bring lunch, water and walking shoes. For more information, call 272-5154.

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A benefit car wash is being held for AnimalSave by Curt Greiner, the new owner of Gold Country Car Wash, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. AnimalSave will receive $2 from every car wash. In addition, AnimalSave board members and volunteers will sell coffee and brownies between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 271-7071 for more information.

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United Way of Nevada County’s partner agencies were the big winners in a United Parcel Service golf tournament held in June at Auburn’s Black Oak Golf Club. Thanks to the organizational efforts of UPS’ Kathy Scott, United Way added $2,571 to its Campaign 2004 pot. These dollars will be used locally to support human services. UPS was also one of 35 county organizations honored at United Way’s June 17 donor thank-you reception at Empire Mine State Park.

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