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Spring is the perfect time for boys ages 10 to 18 to join in the fun of Boy Scouting. For more information about joining Boy Scouts, boys and their parents may attend Boy Scout Troop 885’s meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Call Daniel Ketcham at 477-8056 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 at 138 New Mohawk Road, Nevada City. Donations requested, but no family will be turned away. 6:30 p.m. tonight. Call Ann Henrich for details at 265-0341.



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The KARE Crisis Nursery opens its doors today. KARE is a 24-hour respite facility for children through 5 years whose parents are under stress and requiring temporary care for their children. There is no charge to the parent. For more information, call the business office at 265-0693 or crisis line at 265-6520.




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The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday to help get out a mailing about the Sierra Storytelling Festival. RSVP Amber Jo Manuel by e-mail at ncscc@nccn.net.

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A free meal is provided by the Last Friday Supper program in the multipurpose room at the Grass Valley Methodist Church on the last Friday of each month. Join them this Friday at 236 South Church Street from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you’d like to be a volunteer cook, drop by this Friday and see how it works. Call 272-1946 for more information.

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Lifetime Foundation of Nevada City is seeking couches, office desks, filing cabinets, book cases and chairs. Your donation is tax deductible. Donations can be picked up. Call Louann Carroll at 265-4915.

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The Sierra Foothills Iris Society will be “reblooming” this month with a special guest speaker George Sutton of Sutton’s Iris Gardens in Porterville. He will tell about reblooming iris, seed germination, planting, care, etc. Bring all your questions at 7 p.m. Tuesday to the Rose Room of the Auburn Civic Center, 1225 Lincoln Way. Visit the society at http://www.nccn.net/~sfis/sierra.htm on the Web.

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Justice on Trial is a nonprofit defendants’ advocacy organization. Dedicated to opposition to the declaration of guilt, this company works with defendants who have been wrongfully charged or convicted. Justice on Trial is now in the pre-production phase of a national television series of documentaries featuring cases where it played a role in exoneration. The nonprofit is seeking cases to review for featuring on its Web site and television episodes. It operates exclusively on contributions from corporations, defendants’ supporters and grants. Contact info@JusticeOnTrial.org or call 268-9277.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is looking for volunteers. No special skills are required to become a mentor. Any caring adult who is willing to devote an average of one hour each week is all it takes. BBBS is holding a volunteer information seminar on the ins and outs of becoming a mentor at 6:30 p.m., March 28. Individuals and couples interested in attending must reserve their spot by calling 273-2227 or e-mailing info@bigsofnc.org. For more information, visit http://www.bigsofnc.org.

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Lifetime Adoption Foundation is providing three adoption grants for qualified families which may be applied toward the adoption of African American newborns and children, sibling groups of all races, or special needs and older children. Grants of up to $7,500 are available. Interested adoptive parents-to-be should fill out an application at http://www.LifetimeAdoption.com and include a letter explaining how this grant would help you. For more information, e-mail adopt@LifetimeAdoption.com or call 271-1740.

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The Pet Adoption League newsletter is now posted on http://www.pal.nccn.net on the Web. To receive PAL’s newsletter in the mail, call 273-7958.

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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 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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