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Heads up, nonprofit organizations! NCTV will be hosting a telethon titled “A Day of Giving” from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4. This 12-hour program will highlight the good works that nonprofits do, raise money via pledges and increase volunteer numbers. If you are interested in free TV time, call Lew Sitzer, NCTV executive director, at 478-6400, ext. 238. He needs to know now.

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Drew’s Place, a center for grief and loss, provides peer group support for children, teens and their families. Groups meet every two weeks starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Donations requested, but no family will be turned away. Call Ann Heinrich at 265-0341 for orientation packets or write her at 138 New Mohawk Road, Box 6, Grass Valley, 95945.



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Sierra Nevada Home Care and the Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center are co-sponsoring a free series of eight classes emphasizing practical home care skills that can prevent caregiver burnout and help keep patients at home. Classes are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Sierra Nevada Home Care, 1020 McCourtney Road, Suite A. This Thursday’s topic is “Incontinence Care/Community Resources.” Call 274-6350 for more information.




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The Literacy Council of Nevada County is looking for volunteer tutors. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Training workshops are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 21, 26 and 28. Call Judy at 274-8428 for more information.

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National Make a Difference Day is Saturday. Help clean the South Yuba Independence Trail. Bring work gloves, rakes, shovels, plastic bags or tarps. Wear painting clothes and gloves; paint and brushes supplied. Meet at 9 a.m. on Highway 49, six miles north of Nevada City. Watch for a sign and entrance on the right shoulder of the highway. Call Annie at 273-9458 to confirm participation.

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Boy Scout Troop 855 will hold its Fall Court of Honor this evening at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Scouts will be recognized for their rank advancement, merit badges and many other special awards achieved over the last six months. For more information, call Scoutmaster Daniel Ketcham at 477-8056.

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The UCCE Nevada County Master Gardeners hosts a free workshop, “Growing Native Plants in an Oak Habitat,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The workshop is on creating landscapes amid native oak trees, choosing California native plants that do well in the foothills, and growing grasses and perennial wildflowers. The workshop is at NID at 1036 W. Main Street, Grass Valley. Call 273-0919 for information.

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The Nevada County Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts its “Together We Prepare” showcase during The Union’s Fall Home Show Saturday and Sunday. More than 20 agencies and emergency response organizations will focus on countywide resources in a time of emergency, as well as family preparations in advance of disaster. Call 272-3265 for more information.

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The Imaginarium of Nevada County announces a basket weaving demonstration by Tina Johnston, descendant of the Wintu tribe, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 478-6400, ext. 231, for more information. The Imaginarium is at 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City.

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October is Family History Month. The Nevada County Genealogical Society will host a free workshop, “Researching on the Internet,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Madelyn Helling Library. Another free workshop, “Introduction to Genealogy Resources,” will be 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Doris Foley Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Children and young adults welcome. For more information, call Sue Gross at 477-0639.

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Tomorrow is the Postal Workers’ Food Drive to benefit Interfaith Food Ministry. Postal customers are asked to leave a bag or box of nonperishable food items at the mailbox by 9 a.m. to be picked up by a mail carrier or volunteer driver. If you have a walking carrier, donations can be dropped off at the post office. All donations are distributed locally. Call IFM at 273-8132 for more information.

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Friends of Hospice will begin its annual Pennies for Hospice drive Friday. Volunteers will be collecting loose change from 1 to 6 p.m. in front of the following businesses: Longs, BriarPatch, Albertsons, Raley’s and both SPD markets.

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Sierra Foothill High students painted sitting benches at the fairgrounds on Oct. 13. The service was arranged by YOUthCANDO, a program of United Way of Nevada County.

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Pam Fortner’s column appears Mondays. Deadline 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 nonprofits@theunion.com; or fax to 477-4292.


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