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October has been designated Read to Your Child Month to raise awareness about the importance of reading to young children.

During the month, libraries, local businesses and agencies will host reading events geared for young children. Educational information will be available, as well as coupons for discounts on children’s books at The Book Seller and Harmony Books. Gently used children’s books are also being collected at Starbucks in the Pine Creek Center. The campaign developed as an expansion of the Read Me a Story program. The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, United Way, Literacy Services, the Nevada County libraries, Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, Gold Country Kiwanis and Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills have come together to spread this message and educate the community on the importance of reading to young children. For more information, contact the children’s room at Madelyn Helling Library at 265-1538.



The 49er Fire District’s annual spaghetti feed will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the fire station at the corner of Highway 49 and Coyote Street in Nevada City. Support the auxiliary by purchasing homemade desserts, or buy raffle tickets to win a little red wagon filled with gifts valued at $800. The drawing will be held at the close of the spaghetti feed.

Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. For more information, contact Brock Benton at 265-4431.




The students of the 49er ROP animal and veterinary class will be hosting the annual “Strut Your Mutt” dog walk to benefit AnimalSave’s efforts to raise money to build a no-kill animal shelter. The dog walk will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lion’s Lake at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 4. Contests will include largest dog, smallest dog, longest tail and best-dressed dog. Utah Phillips will be judging and awarding the prizes. This event will go on, rain or shine. For more information, call Kathy Love at 265-0251.

The Long Term Care Integration Project is hosting a free community event designed for seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers. Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, the event is designed for seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers.

The day begins with a continental breakfast and ends with a service fair that will give participants access to providers from the community who work to assist people to stay in their homes and community. Dr. Catherine Campisi, the state director of rehabilitation, will be the keynote speaker.

A box lunch will be provided. The Chord Miners, a popular barbershop quartet, will provide entertainment. The event is co-sponsored by AARP, HelpLine Information and Assistance, and Nevada County. Preregistration is required. Call HelpLine at 273-2273.

Four brave and ambitious ninth-grade girls from Living Wisdom High of the Ananda community cleaned stalls at the fairgrounds after the Draft Horse Classic on Sept. 24. Students of Silver Springs High visited the elderly at Sierra Vista Manor on Sept. 27. Club Live members of Ready Springs School painted the school’s gazebo on Sept. 27. YOUthCANDO, a program of the Volunteer Action Center, helped coordinate these projects.

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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