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The Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation provides case management services to people with HIV/AIDS in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and Alpine counties. Help them out by dining at The Owl on Mill Street Tuesday evening. Owner John Soares will donate 10 percent of the food and beverage tab to SFAF. Call Eileen Valdez Woods at 477-5551 for more information.


Hospice of the Foothills is sponsoring a new bereavement support group with a focus of creating a safe and caring environment where people can share memories and take time to heal. All “Care and Share” groups are offered free of charge. The Wednesday group begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Quail Ridge Assisted Living Center, 150 Sutton Way, Grass Valley and runs until 5 p.m. This group will meet for eight consecutive weeks until Nov. 3. The evening group will be from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16 at Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. This group will meet for eight consecutive weeks until Nov. 4. Call Rev. Melissa Horton at 272-5116 to pre-register. A commitment to regularly attend the meetings and a preliminary interview are required to participate.


The Civil Air Patrol Auburn Composite Squadron’s cadets and the Diamond Springs Squadron cadets assisted in Auburn’s Thunder in the Sky air show on the weekend of Aug. 21. The morning started with a briefing on safety by the medical officer, Cadet Capt. Alex Hankins, and then the communications officer, Cadet Capt. Matt Cummins, gave a radio operations class. The honor guard performed demonstrations throughout the morning and afternoon at the air show.

For more information about the CAP, a cadet program for people ages 12-18, call Cadet Capt. Matt Cummins at 263-7984 or e-mail The Auburn squadron’s Web site is


Do you have home-grown fruit and vegetables coming out your ears? Interfaith Food Ministry is happy to take it off your hands. Bring it to 551 Whiting St., Grass Valley, weekdays between 8-9 a.m., or call Pat at 268-6576 for pickup – or picking!


Neighborhood Center of the Arts is looking for a sturdy four-harness floor loom in good condition, fairly small in size. Also needed is glass (clear or colored) up to 18 inches by 24 inches, and mirrors, almost any size. The ceramics class needs a few 5-gallon paint buckets with lids, and heavy canvas sheets, minimum size 2 feet by 2 feet. Storage bins, see-through if possible, are also on their wish list. Volunteers are also needed. Call Sandia at 272-7287.


Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency is a nonprofit agency that provides foster homes to children in need of temporary and long-term homes. During the Nevada County Fair, the agency had a booth with a “Name the Cow Contest.” The top prize-winning names are “Moo Shoo,” “Dinner” and “Hill Billy Jones.” Special acknowledgment is also given to the names “Mocha,” “Lula Bell” and “Elsa Udders.”

EAFFA is available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 525 Sutton Way to answer your questions about becoming foster parents. Call 273-7120 and ask for Kathryn, Melody or Jeremy.


R.E.A.C.H. Clinical Services provides outpatient counseling services for physically and sexually abused children and their families. In October of 2000, R.E.A.C.H. was awarded a grant from the Office of Emergency Services to serve child abuse victims who slip through the cracks because they have to means to fund counseling.

Fund-raising efforts to meet R.E.A.C.H’s in-kind match has reached 71 percent of its goal. The nonprofit needs $14,000 to complete the required match for its government contract. If you can help, tax deductible donations may be sent to 12036 Nevada City Highway #237, Grass Valley, 95945. Call 477-7016 for more information.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is looking for volunteers to make a big difference, one child at a time. No special skills are required to become a mentor. Any caring adult who is willing to devote an average of one hour each week is all it takes. BBBS will be holding a volunteer orientation seminar on the ins and outs of being a mentor at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

Individuals and couples interested in attending must reserve a spot by calling 273-2227 or e-mailing


Nevada County Land Trust begins its “Treks Through Time” this Saturday through Dec. 4. The Saturday and Sunday half-day and daylong treks are led by Land Trust volunteers experienced in history, geology, botany, wilderness pursuit and other interests. Costs vary, with most treks priced at $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Others range to $45.

For reservations, information and a complete calendar of the fall treks, call 272-5994 or see


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; or fax to 477-4292.

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