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The Nevada County Adult Services Council is working in cooperation with the Area 4 Agency on Aging to present a public forum discussing senior programs in this area. If you would like to help decide how to spend state and federal money for senior programs, come to the meeting from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday in the Madelyn Helling library. To RSVP, call HelpLine at 273-2273, or e-mail wtift@a4aa.com.

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Marjorie Quist, president of the board of Child Advocates of Nevada County, is available to speak to service groups. Quist will provide information on what is being done to help local children grow up free from abuse and neglect. To schedule Quist to speak, or for more information, call 268-0937.



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The Friendship Club is looking for women to become mentors in the Spring Mentor Program. The program offers the girls in the club an opportunity to learn new skills and increase their self-confidence. The girls are paired with women volunteers to explore a hobby, passion or potential vocation. The program is eight weeks long. The time commitment for mentors averages 20 hours. The club serves disadvantaged teenage girls in grades six through 12. Training is provided. Contact Margaret at 265-4311 or e-mail margaretm@friendshipclub.org.




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In observance of Valentine’s Day, Saturday’s book sale of the Nevada County Friends of the Libraries will feature romance and romantic poetry. Technology and metaphysics will also be offered. The event is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Foley Historical library, 211 N. Pine, Nevada City. Donations of books in good repair may be placed in an identified container at Raley’s, or brought to any Nevada County library.

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The Imaginarium will host comet hunter Don Machholz from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Houser Room, 112 Nevada City Highway, across the street from The Imaginarium. Machholz discovered his 10th comet last August. This event is most suitable for ages 10 and up. Suggested donation is $3. Call 478-6415 for more details.

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This week is your last chance to view “The Man Show” exhibition, featuring works by more than 15 male artists of the Neighborhood Center of the Arts. This Friday is also the Center’s “First Friday Sale,” and any remaining unsold framed gallery works will be 10 percent off that day only, with extended gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 272-7287.

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The Chicago Park Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the home of Linda and Ed Hansen. This month’s topic will focus on birds of our area. For more information, call 477-6229.

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Participating retail stores and restaurants of the Grass Valley Downtown Association will hold a special event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. “Fun Friday” will feature many in-store promotions and the entire event will benefit AnimalSave. Ten percent of all sales will be donated by the merchants to the various animal rescue and health programs of AnimalSave. Enjoy wine tasting in the downtown tasting rooms, tasty treats in the stores, and tables featuring adoptable dogs and literature about AnimalSave’s programs. For more information, call 271-7071.

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Signups and tryouts for 8- to 16-year-olds for Grass Valley Little League will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Sierra High School. Bring a certified copy of the player’s birth certificate, along with one proof of residency. Call 272-0949 for more information.

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Reverse family limited partnerships as an estate planning tool for real estate will be addressed by Cameron L. Hess, CPA, Esquire, at the monthly meeting of the Gold Country Estate Planning Council Wednesday. Local estate planning professionals and the general public are welcome to attend at 11:45 a.m. at Christopher’s Catering, 408 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley. Luncheon cost is $13 for nonmembers. For reservations, call Terry Brown at 265-0266 or e-mail tbrown1axp@yahoo.com

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The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is currently using an ancient computer and needs a new one. If your business has upgraded or you received a new computer for Christmas and would like to donate your old one to the chamber, call 432-1082.

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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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