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Friends of Nevada County Military is a volunteer organization dedicated to sending a strong message of support from our community to deployed and returning troops and their families. Volunteers send support packages, phone cards and letters to deployed troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. They also provide support to service men and women re-entering our community after completing military service and troops who have been hospitalized. If you are interested in participating, call Fred Buhler, 265-4878. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley.

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The Nevada City Hospice Gift and Thrift is seeking telephone operators, cashiers, and pricers to price items in their homes. The thrift shop is located across from SPD in Nevada City at 754 Zion. For more information, call Rosemarie at 265-6500, or stop by for an application form.



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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, with the next meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24. No charge, but donations are requested. Phone Ann Heinrich at 265-0341 for orientation packets, or write her at 138 New Mohawk Road, P.O. Box 6, Grass Valley, 95945.




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Neighborhood Center for the Arts has been supporting artists with developmental disabilities for 20 years. Currently, approximately 50 artists attend daily classes in painting and drawing, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, weaving, fiber arts and computers at their Litton Hill studio. There is room in several classes for more artists to enroll. If interested, call 272-7287 for more information.

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The Bear River Recreation and Park District is beginning new Community Enrichment Classes this month. Classes, which start at different dates this month, are Beginning Computer, Hatha Yoga, Digital Photography and Camera and a Digital Imaging class. Costs vary. Classes are held at Sierra Pines Methodist Church. E-mail Doug Reed at brrpd@nccn.net or call 268-7275 for more information.

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Hospice of the Foothills is sponsoring an informal support group for those who have lost a loved one. This is an opportunity to talk to and share experiences with others who have also suffered a loss. The group meets every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. beginning this week through Feb. 24 at Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, behind Meek’s Lumber. Call Rev. Melissa Horton at 272-5739 for details.

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Sandy Schmidt, founder and director of Women of Worth, would like to thank the community for its financial support over the holidays. Because of your response, WOW was able to provide support to REACH Counseling, the KARE Nursery and The Friendship Club.

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The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce reminds you that its second annual Winter Faire, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Booth space for the flea market and craft fair is available for $20. Call Susan Gisler at 477-3776 for more information.

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Girl Scout Troop 1989 participated in Channel 10’s coat drive. This year the 17 Juniors and two Brownies collected 630 coats. They delivered them to the station, met meteorologist Darla Givens, and got to do an announcement for the station. Troop 1174C sang Christmas carols at Eskaton Village. Troop 1992S made ornaments for the Senior Center. Cookie sales begin soon! Good job, girls. The community is proud of you.

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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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