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The Nevada County Library literacy program welcomes two new AmeriCorps members. Teri Alton is assigned to the west county libraries and volunteer Lua Ameden is assigned to the Truckee library. These members will provide a boost for the community by tutoring local youth and adults and recruiting more volunteers and learners for one-on-one tutoring. The Nevada County Library was one of only 18 California public libraries selected to participate in the new statewide AmeriCorps program.

The library literacy service is also recruiting interested local individuals who would like to serve as volunteer tutors for one to two hours per week. Call Alan Archer or Carol Gicker at 470-2772 for more information.

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Enrollment for youth and adults in Nevada County 4-H is now open. With 10 community clubs throughout the county, and hundreds of youth from ages 5 to 19 participating in projects from aerospace to zoology, there is a club near you with projects and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Founded in 1902 as an agricultural youth organization, 4-H is no longer just cows, plowing and cooking. Its agricultural heritage is still alive and well, but today’s 4-Her also designs Web pages, participates in mock legislatures, organizes community cleanups and delivers speeches. For more information on how your family can become involved in the 4-H program, visit its Web site at http://www.ceplacernevada.ucdavis.edu and click on Nevada County, or call the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Grass Valley at 273-4563.

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Valentine candy will be on sale today through Feb. 14 in the outpatient center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. The hospital auxiliary is also holding a Tupperware sale tomorrow and Wednesday in the hospital outpatient conference rooms. All proceeds go to benefit the hospital special projects and needs.

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Neighborhood Center of the Arts continues its expanded exhibition schedule with a new gallery show entitled “Self-Portraits.” This exhibition, which continues through April 1, will feature some of the many faces of the studio artists of NCA, including Helen Powell and Larry Mills, who have been exhibiting works since 1977.

NCA is celebrating 20 years as a nonprofit serving artists with development disabilities. “Self-Portraits” opens with a wine and cheese reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the gallery at the rear of 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley.

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Empire Mine State Park is looking for people interested in volunteering in a wide number of park support functions, including Living History players, tour guides, gift shop clerks, and rose garden workers. Group interviews will be held this month. Deadline for submitting an application for the spring training session is Feb. 22. Spring training classes begin February 28. Call Susan Chase at 273-5726, ext. 202, for more information.

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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. The next meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 138 New Mohawk Road, Grass Valley. Call Ann Heinrich at 265-0341 for orientation packets.

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February is Darwin Month at The Imaginarium. The exhibit, “Seeing Like Darwin,” is on display for the entire month. The museum, located at 161 Nevada City Highway, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 for students and seniors, $5 for adults. Call 478-6415 for more information.

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Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce announces its kick-off mixer for 2005 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Penn Valley Fire house, Spenceville Road and Penn Valley Drive. Hear about events for the year and enjoy food, beverages and a raffle. Call Susan at 477-3776 for more information.

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The FREED Center for Independent Living is presenting a free workshop for persons with disabilities called “Choosing to Live Well with a Disability.” The six-part workshop is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17 at 154 Hughes Road, Grass Valley. Call Peggy or Pam at 272-1732 for more information.

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Pam Fortner’s column on nonprofits appears each Monday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday for the following Monday. 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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