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The quarterly membership and luncheon meeting for Friends of Hospice will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday the Alta Sierra Country Club.

Anyone interested in becoming a Friend of Hospice and attending this meeting should contact Bev Morgan at 273-0241to reserve a seat and choose your luncheon menu. For more information, call Patsy Webster at 432-5242.



South Yuba River State Park volunteers will present two performances of “The Ghosts of Bridgeport” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport covered bridge. State park docents dressed in period costumes will bring back to life historical characters and relive important local events of the past. Children will be treated to Halloween candy at the conclusion of each performance and are welcome to come in costume. Free refreshments will be available. Comfortable walking shoes, water and cameras are recommended. Call 432-2546 for more information.




“Wild Lilies of California” is the subject of the Redbud Chapter, California Native Plant Society meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nevada County Library community room in Nevada City. Redbud member Brad Carter spent six months this year traveling throughout northern California photographing members of the lily family. Carter will share his experiences in the field as he hunted for the rare western lily, redwood lily, and Bolander’s lily. Nancy and Ames Gilbert of Far West Bulb Farm will bring bulbs for fall planting and information on growing native lilies. See their new Web site at californianativebulbs.com. Call Richard at 447-0643 for further information.

Local authors JoAnn Chartier and Chris Enss will be speakers at the October meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the new railroad museum on Bost Avenue in nevada City. They will appear in costume and read from and talk about their book, “Love Untamed: Romances of the Old West.” The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served. Call 272-5154 for more information.

Postal carriers will collect more than mail this Thursday. It’s the 10th annual postal workers food drive to benefit Interfaith Food Ministry. They hope to top last year’s drive when they collected more than 18 tons of food. Postal patrons in western Nevada County are asked to place a bag of nonperishable food items by their mailboxes. The food will be collected by the postal workers and distributed to local families. The food ministry at 551 Whiting St. in Grass Valley will distribute the food this month through early spring to registered families as part of its regular distribution. Nonperishable items include canned goods such as tuna, soups, beans, tomato sauce, rice and pasta. For further information, contact Interfaith Food Ministry at 273-8132.

Saturday is “Make a Difference Day.” The Volunteer Action Center urges individuals, families and groups to do a good turn in the community on that day. VAC will be hosting a work party to clean up the yard of a disadvantaged couple from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a free hot dog lunch. For more information, call 272-5041.

Pam Fortner’s 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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