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Music in the Mountains presented Maestro Awards to Madelyn DiMugno, James Maxwell, and Virginia and Butch Thresh at its annual awards party Sept. 15. MIM’s highest award for volunteer service, the Maestro Awards salute major cultural, educational and economic contributions to the community through performances of classical music.

For information on volunteering for Music in the Mountains, call 265-6173.



The Nevada County Historical Society invites you to its annual fall caravan to the towns of You Bet and Old Red Dog at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Jerry Brady will show points of historical interest, illustrated with photographs. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring lunch, water and a folding chair for the lunch rest stop. Meet at the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot at Pine and Cottage streets in Nevada City to car pool. The program ends by 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 272-5154.




Child Advocates of Nevada County, in collaboration with State of the Art Auctions Ltd., presents its first art auction Friday at Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Up for bid will be original oils, watercolors, silkscreens, etchings, pen and ink drawings, paper sculptures, lithographs, prints and other mixed media provided by State of the Art. Prices range from $50 to thousands of dollars.

Come for a preview of the art at 6 p.m. Proceeds will support Child Advocates programs, including Court Appointed Special Advocates and Child Abuse Prevention in Nevada County schools. Tickets are $8 and are available by calling Jan McDonald at 271-0650, or can be purchased at any Caroline’s Coffee location.

The Bear River Lionesses invites the community to an evening at Oktoberfest Saturday at the Higgins Lions Community Center, Magnolia and East Hacienda near Lake of the Pines. A no-host bar opens at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $15. RSVP today to Leal Portis, 273-6018 or Jackie Dickey, 268-0565.

The Nevada County Habitat for Humanity will dedicate the Sharon Davis home at 3 p.m. Sunday. This is the seventh home that Habitat has built in Nevada County. The ceremony will take place at 993 Slate Creek Road at Ridge Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 274-1951.

Sierra Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s abalone feed will be Oct. 12 at the Higgins Lions Community Center near Lake of the Pines. The menu will include salad, baked potato, vegetable and bread with the abalone. Barbecue ribs are optional. A $50 advance donation will secure your place at either the 4:30 or 6:30 p.m. sitting. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 7. Call 265-2121.

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is sponsoring an autumn walk for mental illness awareness through the streets of Nevada City from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Walkers will meet at the Pioneer Park bandshell and return for refreshments and prizes. Proceeds will benefit NAMI’s teen depression program. Call 273-9458 for more information.

Pam Fortner’s 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


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