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Friends of Hospice presented a $30,000 check to Dennis Fournier, executive director of Hospice of the Foothills, at its quarterly luncheon meeting last Tuesday at Alta Sierra Country Club. The next event is Arts and Flowers, April 11 and 12 at Foothill Flowers.

My personal thanks to Lindy Schasiepen, president of Friends, for the lovely luncheon, meeting and conversation. For more information, call 271-0707.



The sixth annual Friendship Club McDonald’s Dinner and Auction begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 with a cocktail hour and a chance to preview the live and silent auction items before dinner is served. The theme is “The Golden Age of Swing.” Guests are encouraged to come in 1930s and 1940s attire. The festivities will end at 9:30 p.m. with the auctioning off of camperships, which enable Nevada County at-risk adolescent girls to take part in a summer enrichment program. Auction packages this year include a one-week stay at a Cabo San Lucas beachfront condominium, six seats at a San Francisco Giants game, a bouquet of flowers from Foothill Flowers for a year, a private hangar party at the Nevada County Air Show, and more.

The Friendship Club thanks Joe, Jerry and Jeff Martinez, owners of McDonald’s, who make this fund-raising event so successful. Call 265-4311 if you want more information or would like to purchase tickets ($50 per person).




United Way of Nevada County is looking for volunteers interested in helping to make fund-raising successful and fun. Volunteers must be willing to speak their minds, exercise their creativity, think outside the box, and develop ways to create new and exciting events to help make a difference. Call 274-8111 for information.

Throughout the recent holiday season, Girl Scout troops worked with Sierra Adoption Services, provided childcare at the fairground’s Thanksgiving craft fair, wrapped gifts at Kmart, participated in food drives, and sang carols at Cornish Christmas and Victorian Christmas. Good work, girls!

National Consumer Protection Week is Feb. 2 to 8. Seniors Against Investment Fraud is now available in Nevada County. The SAIF program provides information and techniques to combat investment fraud and other scams involving contractors, lotteries, contests, telemarketers and written solicitations. For information on scheduling a program or volunteering, contact Cheryl Morris at 273-1990.

Audits will be the topic at Wednesday’s meeting of the Gold Country Estate Planning Council. Tax attorney Phil Gibbons, a former IRS agent and McGeorge law school graduate, will discuss IRS audits. The general public and estate planning professionals are invited to attend the luncheon starting 11:45 a.m. at Christopher’s Catering, 408 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley. Luncheon cost is $13 for nonmembers, and reservations may be made by contacting Terry Brown at 265-0266.

The Friends of the Library board of directors has elected new officers for the year 2003: Elaine Channel, president; Tom Dunham, vice president; Madelyn Helling, secretary; and Ron Avanzino, treasurer. Serving as directors are George Bohnhoff, Sue Brusin, Barbara Licari, Gloria Mabon, Peggy Newton, and Judy Ward.

Wild Women on Wine raised $2,000 from its kickoff party. The funds were distributed to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Breast Cancer Fund and Diagnostic Imaging Center, Nevada Union High School’s Grad Night and Roots of Peace. Wild Women on Wine is an international membership organization formed to bring women together in fun with a common love for friendship, wine, cheese, and chocolate. If you are interested in learning more, call 477-1749, or log on to http://www.wildwomenonwine.com.

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra is accepting bids for parts of the set from its current production, “The Love Suicides.” Available are 20 red lanterns, three bamboo curtains, a four-piece indoor bridge and a shoji gate with sliding door. For more information or to place a bid, call 273-6362 or e-mail

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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