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Ruth Hall, Truckee branch manager for Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, is the second employee chosen to participate in Sierra Health FoundationIs Health Leadership Program, which is designed to transform attendees into great leaders.

SNCC wants you to know that it has winter coats of all shapes and sizes for children and adults. Come to Oak Ridge Community Room today from 3 to 8 p.m. to choose a coat. There are no requirements to receive a coat. Call 272-8866 for more information.



Gold Country Telecare is moving to a new office on Friday – 13483 Colfax Highway at the Cedar Ridge Y. The location offers increased capacity for both staff and vehicles to better serve the specialized transportation needs of the senior and disabled community in Western Nevada County.

Telecare’s phone number will remain the same, 272-1710. However, there may be some disruption of phone service from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday while the phone lines are being transferred. Telecare’s mailing address will still be P.O. Box 2161, Grass Valley, 95945.




The Senior Center is showing support for Nevada County peace officers and firefighters by displaying blue lights this holiday season. The Center is also selling blue bows for $3 each, to be placed on trees in front of the center. The bows can have a personal message attached to them.

The Senior Center’s “Blue Light Project” tribute will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at 11350 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. Enjoy dinner prepared by Chef Jaime, music by Rich Page and Wally Brooks, and entertainment by the ukulele group The Strum Bums. Buffet is $8, dance only, $6. Enter through gates 2 and 3 at the fairgrounds.

The Senior Center also offers ballroom dance classes from 1 to 3 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning in January. Instructor Cassandra Wahlstrom teaches fox trot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, and the cha-cha.

Cost for members is $3 per class and $4 for nonmembers. However, anyone who has not yet been a student of Wahlstrom’s at the Senior Center may attend during the month of January free of charge.

For more information on how to purchase a blue bow, to buy tickets for the dinner, or to enroll in the ballroom dancing class, call 273-4961.

The western Nevada County chapter of the American Red Cross held its annual meeting in Grass Valley. New board members elected were Karen Colwell, CPA; Dr. Garrett Eckerling, M.D.; Alan Eggers, president of Auto Glass Express; Paul Griffin, pastor, United Methodist Church; Mike Nudelman, real estate agent; Karen Quackenbush, Sierra Memorial Hospital; and Sgt. David Remillard, Grass Valley Police Department.

Several volunteers received the “Exceptional Volunteer Award” for meritorious service. They were Rick Wiley, Nancy Minett, Allison Katz, Ron Haennelt and Jessica Noack.

Funding for the operations of the local Red Cross comes from donations from our community. If you would like to offer your financial support or would like to know more about its programs, call 272-3265.

The Neighborhood Center of the Arts invites you to support the center and its developmentally disabled artists by visiting the gallery for unique, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Weavings, ceramics, paintings, wood products, cards, and jewelry will make special gifts for your friends and family, while giving the artists and the center much needed support.

Visit Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 200 Litton Drive in Grass Valley. Enter at NCA’s main doors located at the back of the building. Call 272-9600 for more information.

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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