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On Saturday, a leadership training workshop sponsored by the Gold Country Kiwanis and the University of California-Berkeley Alumni Association will be held for local high school students. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Nevada City, and will introduce students to local leaders and provide tangible leadership methods which can be used in their academic and extracurricular activities. Topics include motivation, event planning, meeting management, decision making, public speaking, time management and goal setting. Each 25-minute session will be presented by Nevada County business and organization leaders who have developed a working expertise on the topic. The workshop and lunch are free. For more information, call Debbie Williams at 477-9780 or see leadership@shorelinecases.com on the Web.

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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. NCA is looking for community leaders with successful business skills, experience, passion and energy to serve as board members. Also needed are volunteers who can help organize and assist with fund-raising events. Can you make needed phone calls, enter necessary data, work on mailings, brainstorm new and exciting events? Then call Sandia at 272-7287.



A wish list for NCA includes: a heavy duty clothes dryer; two sturdy four-harness floor looms in good condition – medium to small sizes; and framing and matting equipment in good condition.

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The Nevada County Arts Council announces its “Ante Up for the Arts” poker challenge from noon to midnight today and tomorrow at the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor, 106 E. Main St., Grass Valley. There is a $25 entry fee and a tax deductible $100 buy-in. Benefits will fund interdisciplinary arts and cultural heritage projects for Nevada County’s grades 4, 8 and 11. Community partners include the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, NCTV (Channel 11), Nevada County Library, Nevada County Land Trust, Sierra Citizens Foundation, as well as local artists, historians and historic preservation experts. For application and information, call 271-5955.

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The Sierra Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a community blood drive at the Kmart Shopping Center from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday. Give a pint of blood and get a pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. Remember to eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to giving, and bring a photo I.D.

The auxiliary will also host a used book sale from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Outpatient Center of the hospital. Prices for books will range from 25 cents to $2.

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The Civil Air Patrol cadet program teaches cadets leadership in a military environment. On July 31, seven cadets received the first opportunity to fly the Group 5 Northern California glider at Williams Glider Port. Captain Jim Goetsch was the pilot of the aircraft and gave the cadets first hand experience and instruction on the basics of flying a glider. Each cadet received at least 20 minutes of flight time. During the time the cadets were waiting, they practiced promotion review boards and had some aerospace classes. For more information about the cadet program, call C/Capt. Matthew Cummins at 273-1263.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is looking for volunteers. They currently have 30 children on the waiting list. No special skills are required to become a mentor. Any caring adult or high school junior or senior who is willing to devote an average of one hour each week is all it takes. BBBS is holding a volunteer orientation seminar on the ins and outs of being a mentor at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Individuals and couples must reserve a spot by calling 273-2227 or e-mailing info@bigsofnc.org.

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The Nevada County Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Transportation Museum on Bost Ave., Nevada City. Elizabeth Gravenstein, a college architecture student from Nevada City, will present a slide show of important historical buildings and tell how Nevada City became a historical district, and will emphasize the importance of preserving historical buildings. Free admission. Refreshments served. Call 272-5154 for more information.

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Don’t forget that on every Saturday and Sunday through October, free gold panning demonstrations are given at 1 p.m. at the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport. A bridge and local history program is offered from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. For more information, call 432-2546.

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Pam Fortner is a freelance writer in Grass Valley. Her 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 nonprofits@theunion.com; or fax to 477-4292.


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