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The Friendship Club, a Nevada County nonprofit helping adolescent girls stay on the right track through high school, is celebrating “Community Spirit Month” in November. The club emphasizes giving back to the community that has helped the girls

One of the girls’ favorite community spirit activities is their annual pie-baking day. Taking place at the homes of several women, the girls learn to bake a pie from scratch. The pies are delivered to residents at Sierra View Manor in Grass Valley. While the girls share a slice of pie and a glass of milk with residents of the home, they are treated to stories about days gone by. On Veterans Day, the girls will bake and deliver cookies to the homes of families of armed services personnel.

When girls join The Friendship Club as fifth- and sixth-graders, the majority of them don’t know the meaning of community service. After “Community Spirit Month,” they understand that a commitment to service enriches everyone’s life, including their own.

Twenty energetic volunteers “invaded” the property of a disadvantaged couple on Oct. 26, “Make a Difference Day,” to clear defensible space around a home and make it more wildlife safe. The participants included employees of FedEx and The Union. The project was planned by the Volunteer Action Center, 272-5041.

The Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute presents a gathering and concert celebrating the human soul’s connection to the earth at “Ecology of the Soul” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main in Grass Valley.

Anima Mundi, a multi-media dance troupe from San Francisco, will perform Gary Snyder’s “Mountains and Rivers Without End.” University of California at Berkeley professor and deep ecology icon Carolyn Merchant is the featured speaker. Local poet and sculptor Richard Gill will perform “Signs of Our Times.” Dance to the Bodhi Busick Band for a grand finale.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for members, and $5 for students, and are available at the Nevada Fine Arts Council, Briarpatch Community Market, and Odyssey Books. For more information, contact Marge Kaiser at 265-6649.

AnimalSave’s biggest fund-raiser of the year, the third annual Santa Paws Holiday Auction, returns to Nevada City from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St. The $10 admission includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts and coffee. A no-host bar will offer beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages.

Hundreds of unique items will be available to the highest bidders in silent and live auctions. Start your Christmas shopping early and support AnimalSave at the same time.

Businesses and individuals have donated artwork, jewelry, ski-lift tickets, rounds of golf, books, CDs and gift certificates. A memorabilia table will feature autographed items from Bonnie Raitt, Robin Williams, George Strait, Alison Krauss, retired Oakland A’s pitcher Dennis Eckersley and others. Bob Dylan fans will want to bid on rare 1960s photographs of the singer.

Take a peak at some of the items by visiting AnimalSave’s Web site at Discount coupons good for $2 off the admission price are available at AnimalSave Thrift and Treasures, 10067 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley. For more information, call 271-7071.

Looking for a unique way to help the Pet Adoption League and beautify your home at the same time? PAL is offering a 1920s antique dresser for sale. It’s in good shape and very unique. For more information, call PAL at 273-7958, or go online at

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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