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Judge Bob Tamietti gives this “heads up” to nonprofits: Assemblyman Rick Keene is currently drafting legislation that will benefit you. In the past, if a judge sentenced someone to community service, nonprofits were reluctant to take them in to help them fulfill their hours of service because of liability issues. Assemblyman Keene is working on legislation that would help ease liability. To let him know that you support this proposed legislation, or for more information, call him in Chico at 895-4217, in Sacramento at (916) 319-2003, or see his Web site at http://www.republican.assembly.ca.gov/members.

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The Miners Family Health Center in Nevada City is in need of someone to help with the development of its Web page and a brochure. If you are gifted in this area and can volunteer your skills, call Bob Long at 265-7845, or e-mail him at bob@minershealth.org.



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Bill DuBord, a volunteer at Bear River High School’s library, tells us that because of reduced state funding to high school libraries, he’s heading up a used book sale to benefit the BRHS library. Donations of books for the sale will be collected during the month of March for the sale later this spring. Drop off donations at RCI Realty, Longs Drugs at Combie Road and Highway 49, the Holiday Market or at the BRHS library. DuBord is also available to pick up donations locally, if necessary. Call him at 305-0226.




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The Nevada County Friends of the Libraries will feature books on travel and gardening at the book sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City.

The organization’s double book sale is coming April 2 when thousands of books will be offered at the Foley Library and at the Veterans Building in Nevada City. Book donations may be placed in an identified container at Raley’s, Grass Valley, or dropped off at any of the libraries.

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The Grass Valley Downtown Association is featuring Hospice of the Foothills as its beneficiary at this week’s “First Friday.” Experience an evening of music, dining, wine tasting and strolling through shops. Participating businesses will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., with 10 percent of proceeds from retail sales benefiting Hospice.

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Irekway Chapter Chief Joey Goodknight and his staff of Order of the Arrow members will attend tonight’s Troop 855 meeting to review membership requirements and perform a troop election for new membership in the Order of the Arrow. Troop 855 meets at 7 p.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley. Former Boy Scouts who were OA members as youths and would like to get involved as an adult are encouraged to attend. Call Daniel Ketcham at 477-8056 for more information.

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Gold Country Estate Planning Council meets at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Christopher’s Catering, 408 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley. Deborah Christensen-Short will speak on “Long-term Care Planning.” Christensen-Short is the producer/host of “KUBA Senior Talk” Saturday mornings on AM 1600. Luncheon cost is $13 for nonmembers. Make reservations by calling Terry Brown at 265-0266 or e-mail him at tbrown1axp@yahoo.com.

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Neighborhood Center of the Arts’ First Friday sale is this week. All woven and fiber arts will be 10 percent off that day only, with extended gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. NCA is hoping that the First Friday event can become a day for visits by social clubs and community organizations. If your group is interested in scheduling a tour of NCA’s studio, phone 272-7287.

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The American Red Cross is offering the Emergency Assistance to Families class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in its offices at 144 Hughes Road, Suite G. This free class enables the participants to assist families who suffer from the effects of a disaster. Call 272-3265 for more information and to reserve your space.

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Applications are being accepted for the spring docent training classes at South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport. Classes begin this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the park’s Visitor Center, located at 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley. The sessions are taught by instructors who are experts in their individual field of knowledge. After training, volunteers work in the Visitor Center, conduct historical research, participate in the oral history program, gold panning demonstrations, wildflower and bird walks. For applications and information, call Ranger Wayne Deese at 432-2546.

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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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