The annual Nevada City Rotary radio auction is Saturday on KNCO News Talk 830 AM. Categories are automotive, food and dining, health and beauty, home and garden, lodging and vacations, outings and events, and general merchandise and services.

KNCO’s Web site,, has a link to items donated, with descriptions.

All bidding must be by phone at 470-2005 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.


Allegro Alliance, the volunteer organization of Music in the Mountains, will hold its annual free spring luncheon and recognition at noon, April 5, in the Amaral Family Festival Center at the fairgrounds.

Call 265-6173 by Friday to RSVP.


Child Advocates of Nevada County will be the featured nonprofit of the Grass Valley Downtown Association’s First Friday this week. Participating businesses will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. and will donate 10 percent of their sales to Child Advocates.

Call 265-9550 for more information.


The Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association is holding its yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the dirt parking lot of the Tack Room restaurant on Penn Valley Drive in Penn Valley.

A rain date has been set for the following Saturday. Donated items can be delivered to the Tack Room parking lot between 6 and 8 a.m.

Proceeds will be used as working capital for the rodeo on May 20 to 22. Call Bob at 432-9876 or Jeannie at 639-2169 for more information.


Drew’s Place is a center for grief and loss that provides peer group support for children, teens and their families.

Groups meet every two weeks at 138 New Mohawk Road, Nevada City. The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. on April 4.

Call Ann Henrich at 265-0341 for more information.


The Nevada County Friends of the Libraries will hold its annual giant book sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Foley History Library, 211 N. Pine St. and also one block north in the Veterans Building.

Thousands of new and used books will be offered. There will also be a raffle.

Donated books should be dropped in the identified container at Raley’s in Grass Valley, or at any of the county’s libraries.


Neighborhood Center of the Arts seeks new or used birdhouses, birdfeeders and accessories that will be decorated and used as part of a fund-raising event this year.

Call 272-7287 if you want to help NCA and developmentally disabled artists.


Boy Scout Troop 4 needs used ink jet printer cartridges. Funds raised from recycling used cartridges have allowed the Troop to add backpacking gear, send scouts to summer camp and provide more scouting opportunities in our community.

Used cartridges can be dropped off at the Grass Valley Scout Lodge at 415 Memorial Lane or deposited at cartridge recycling centers in the main lobby at the Rood Center.

For more information, call Tim Smith at 265-5889. Troop 4 holds weekly meetings at 7 p.m. in the Scout Lodge.


Adult Day Services (formerly “The Lutz”) needs volunteers for the Adult Day Health Care program. For more information, call Cyndee or Lynn at 265-0605.

The center is at 138 New Mohawk Road, Suite B1, Nevada City.


The Young Parents Program offers free services to teens who is pregnant or has a baby and need help. The program now has new infant and toddler center with experienced staff.

Services include parenting and health education, academic support, goal setting, nutrition education, and transportation to appointments.

Call 272-2635 ext. 352 or 349 to speak to a case manager.


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; or fax to 477-4292.

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