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BriarPatch Community Market awarded grants to eight local nonprofit organizations last week. Interfaith Food Ministry of Nevada County, Sierra Services for the Blind, Tall Pines Nursery School, Extreme Leadership, Forest Issues Group, Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute, Friendly Visitor Program/RSVP and Milhous Children’s Services and School’s vocational gardening program each received a $100 grant. The grants are interest income that is generated by an endowment fund established by BriarPatch, Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation and shoppers’ donations. The grants target groups doing work in the areas of agriculture, food and hunger, health, community and social issues, cooperatives and environmental issues.

The first Saturday of each month, Rough and Ready Grange Youth holds its monthly “Project Day.” This month, members rotated through the goat project, rabbits and fiber arts. The goat project included dairy, pygmy and meat goats, and marketing and breeding sheep. Members studied diseases of rabbits, then moved on to the fiber arts project and learned to crochet and spin wool. After a sack lunch, 13 members made plum jelly and decorated lids for fall as an arts and crafts project. The group will hold its fifth annual family Halloween party at the Grange Hall, 14550 Rough and Ready Highway, from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26.

Admission is free. Enjoy food, games for all ages, door prizes and a costume contest for the whole family.

For more information, call Dan or Lorena Ferchaud at 432-3964

The Nevada County branch of American Association of University Women is building bridges between its members and the community.

When the group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, the topic will be “Community Nonprofits Serving the Needs of Girls in Nevada County.”

A panel of representatives from the Friendship Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, Inc., Child Advocates Substance Abuse Treatment and the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition will address topics pertinent to girls in our area. Community members and guests of AAUW are welcome.

For more, information call 477-1881.

A “Leave A Legacy” educational seminar for board and staff members of local nonprofit associations will be Friday at the United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. Jim Cornwell, a certified fund-raising executive, will lead the seminar titled “Deferred-Giving Program.” Sponsored by Nevada

County Leave a Legacy, the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seminar includes training, program information sheets, continental breakfast, and lunch and afternoon refreshments. Cost is $60 for the first member of an organization and $50 for each additional member.

For more information and reservations, contact Kimberly Parkerat 477-9700 or Cheryl Belcher at 272-5994. Reservation deadline is today.

Volunteer Action Center’s “Neighbor-to-Neighbor” program helps seniors who have lost mobility. Sometimes these seniors are private people and aren’t comfortable asking for help. Recently, VAC was able to help someone like this. VAC sent a volunteer to the man’s home to put grab bars in his bathroom, discuss what steps could be taken to ease his living conditions, and help him prioritize his needs. Then the man was able to think constructively about how he could help himself.

For more information about VAC’s programs, call 272-5041.

The Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual popcorn sale ends Oct. 21. The Scouts are selling a variety of gourmet products, including pre-popped caramel corn, microwave and specially prepared cheese corn in attractive collector tins and packaging.

For more information, call the Gold Country district “popcorn colonel” at 477-5642 to place an order.

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

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