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The Penn Valley Fire Department thrift shop is now having a monthly half-price sale on clothing on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. If the first Saturday of a month is on the first, the sale will begin the day before, on the last Friday of the prior month. This new monthly sale will begin this Friday and Saturday. Regular thrift shop hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays. The shop is located in the parking lot behind the fire station on Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Call 432-2195 for more information.


Arts and entertainment will be the featured topics at the book sale of the Friends of the Libraries from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Foley Historical library, 211 N. Pine, Nevada City.

Donations of books in good repair may be placed in an identified container at Raley’s on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley, or brought to all Nevada County libraries. FOL does not accept magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias, and outdated computer or law manuals.


Starting Friday, Neighborhood Center of the Arts is holding a “First Friday Art Sale.” From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the center will be open to the public for purchase and viewing of original artwork by client artists. Selected items will be reduced only during this special event. Artwork will include paintings and drawings, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, weaving and crafts.

NCA has been serving developmentally disabled adults in Nevada County since 1984. It provides an opportunity for client artists to express themselves creatively, make friends, learn new art and living skills, gain a sense of accomplishment and earn income through the sale of their artwork.

For more information, call 272-7287.


Hospice of the Foothills is sponsoring a weekend retreat Friday through Sunday for families and children ages 4 to 18 who have experienced the death of a family member within the last two years. This camp will provide a safe environment where campers will feel comfortable sharing and expressing grief with others and help you learn healthy ways to heal and connect with each other.

The camp will be at Diamond Arrow Camp, just outside Nevada City. Lodging and all meals are included in the $150 per family fee. Financial assistance may be provided on an individual basis. Pre-register by calling Hospice at 272-5739.


Amber Jo Manuel, executive director of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, wishes to thank everyone who helped with the Storytelling Festival. The event was a huge success. Such an event could not have been produced without the help of many tireless individuals. Next event is the Folklife Festival. If you are interested in volunteering, call Amber Jo at 265-2826.


Are you interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)? A CASA is a highly trained, volunteer citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in court. In the last year, 51 volunteer advocates served 55 children.

A CASA provides the judge with a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about a child’s future. To become a CASA, a potential advocate has two interviews with the CASA staff, must successfully complete 36 hours of classroom training, and must pass a background check. An average of one hour a week is required to be spent with the assigned child.

For more information, call Child Advocates of Nevada County at 265-9550.


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; or fax to 477-4292.

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