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Sierra Adoption Services will join forces with Girl Scout Troop 1016 and other local organizations again this year to hold the eighth annual Christmas Community Gift Drive for the children in foster care in Nevada County. Also participating are several schools and employees of Nevada County.

From now until Dec. 19, donors can contribute by bringing a new toy, game, gift certificate or other item that would appeal to a child, ages birth to 18, to one of these participating locations:

SPD in Grass Valley and Nevada City, Raley’s, Young’s Carpet One, Betty’s Toy Box, Odyssey Books, The Bookseller and Record Connection. For more information, contact Gene Meyers at 273-6876.

November is National Adoption Month, and the agency would like to remind readers that there are children who are waiting for families. SAS also offers a rich array of post-adoption services, because adoptive families have unique issues as they move through the phases of adoptive family life.

There are currently 107 children in Nevada County’s foster care system. If you are interested in bringing laughter into a child’s life once again, contact Kim Rhinehelder at 272-9600.

The Neighborhood Center for the Arts, a daily art and living skills program for adults with developmental disabilities, announces its Holiday Art Show and Sale. Running from noon to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, the event will take place at the NCA art studios, 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212, in Grass Valley.

NCA’s artists work year-round at their crafts and are well known for their fine weavings, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, woodworking, computer arts and specialty art items. Sixty percent of the price of each item goes to the artist; 40 percent helps to recover the cost of materials.

Park and enter through NCA’s main entrance at the back of the building. For directions or additional information, call 272-7287.

The Firefighters Family Breakfast, sponsored by the Firefighter Association of Nevada City, invites you to come and fill your tummy with pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon, French toast, juice and coffee from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds go toward purchasing equipment for the Nevada City Fire Department.

The breakfast will be held at 201 Providence Mine Road, Nevada City. For more information, contact Nicole at 265-2351.

The Nevada County Historical Society’s annual speech contest for high school students will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the new railroad museum in Nevada City. Students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools will speak on a topic relating to Nevada County history. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call 272-5154.

To highlight some of the services of Hospice of the Foothills during National Hospice Month, Hospice has scheduled a free workshop entitled “Coping with the Loss of a Loved One: Hope for the Holidays.” The workshop is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. or, for those who work, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. This will be the first in a six-week series to support those coping with the death of a family member or friend during the holiday season.

The workshop will take place in Hospice’s offices at 12399 Nevada City Highway (behind Meek’s Lumber.) Call 272-5739 with any questions about the workshop or bereavement services.

The Yuba Watershed Council invites you to its monthly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the Nevada Irrigation District conference room, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley. For more information, call Lynn Campbell at 265-4860.

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

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