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The 49er Fire Auxiliary presents its 10th annual ice cream social from noon till 5 p.m. Sunday at the new fire station, Coyote at Highway 49. The menu includes ice cream sundaes, root beer floats, hot dogs, polish dogs, soft drinks, chips and delicious desserts by the auxiliary’s own expert bakers. Enjoy the music of the Fruit Jar Pickers. The auxiliary earns money to provide the latest extra equipment for the firefighters. For more information, call Jean at 265-8401 or Phyllis Smith at 265-4709.


HelpLine Information and Assistance is participating in a statewide media and education campaign to raise awareness of the Paid Family Leave insurance program. Since July 1, California’s Paid Family Leave provides partial wage replacement to covered employees who must provide care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, domestic partner or those who need time to bond with a new child. There are a number of requirements employees must meet in order to claim benefits. For more information, call HelpLine at 273-2273, or go online to


Come and dine with Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Owl Grill and Saloon between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 134 Mill St. in Grass Valley. The Owl will donate 10 percent of proceeds to BBBS.

Support the agency through this event so it will be better equipped to provide more children with the positive role models and mentors they need. Call 273-2227 or email for more information.


The Auburn Aviation Association has two events coming up this week. Friday, swing your booty at the Hangar Dinner and Dance, featuring the Moonlight Swing Big Band. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and dancing at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 each.

Saturday, the Thunder in the Sky 2004 Airshow will feature warbirds, classics, military fly-bys and much more. War veterans will be honored. Fun for the whole family. Proceeds will purchase an engraved war memorial to be placed at the Auburn cemetery, listing the names of the fallen who lived in the areas of Alta down to Loomis.

For information on either event, call 863-3497, or go to


Local American Legion Post 130 encourages high school students to participate in its American Legion National High School Oratorical contest. The first contest will be at the post level in December; second contest, district level, in January; then Area 1 contest in February, held in Dixon. Call Rudy Kutchar at 273-4706 for official rules and information on how to qualify for over $138,000 in scholarships, or go online to the Legion Web site at


On Aug. 1, officers of the Grass Valley Elks Lodge No. 538 attended a Northeast District DDGER Clinic in Calpine, Calif. Exalted Ruler Lee Stram were presented with three awards: first place for per capita and total donations to be used for the treatment of children with severe disabilities (this donation was for more than $10,000, thanks to the Grass Valley Elks members and the local community that donates every Thursday at bingo to the “Purple Pig.”) The other awards were first place per capita and second place in total donations to the Elks National Foundation, which covers competition of youth from hoop shoots to scholars of the year, nationwide.

The Grass Valley Elks would like to thank the local communities and the members of the lodge for their involvement in these programs.


The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is selling coffee, juices, cinnamon rolls, etc. at a coffee bar set up in the outpatient center of the hospital. Hours are 7:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. After your lab work, treat yourself to some goodies and get that sugar level back up.


The Penguin Swim Team will be hosting a Stroke & Turn Clinic at Memorial Park pool Aug. 23-26. This will be a four-session opportunity to learn about the finer points of competitive swimming and be introduced to the Penguin swim team. Three stations each day will cover different important aspects of each stroke. Swimmers 11-and-under attend from 5:30-6:05 p.m. Swimmers 12-and-over attend from 6:10-6:45 p.m. The goal with this clinic is to improve the quality of swimming in the foothill area, and to introduce swimmers and families to the year-round program available in our community. Swimmers who participate are under no obligation to join the Penguins. Cost is $10 per swimmer for the whole clinic, no cost to current PST members. For more information, call Carol Lee at 265-2749.


The Peace Center of Nevada County will be showing the film “Thirst!” at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday in The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Street in Nevada City. Suggested donation is $4.


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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