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Pam Fortner

The Nevada County Chernobyl Children’s Project is dedicated to providing humanitarian relief to kids whose health has been affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. For several years, host families in our county have provided these children with fresh air and fun activities for a few weeks during the summer. The children are arriving in mid-June and host families are needed. If you are interested , contact Lisa Gail at 273-9410 or Gail LaBrie at 272-4487.

The Senior Center’s second annual “Not So Silent Auction” will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the center, which is at the fairgrounds, 11350 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, Gate 2. Some items up for auction are an above-the-ground pool, a reproduction of an 1830s dress with parasol, a Victorian birdbath, a quilt and a Casio keyboard. Also available are jewelry, framed art, gift certificates, leather jackets, household items, a golf package, and more. Items can be reviewed. Bidder books may be purchased for $5, which includes admission and appetizers. Call 273-4961 for more information.

The 49er Fire District Auxiliary will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the new fire station at Highway 49 and Coyote Street in Nevada City. A video will be presented which shows the daily work of a firefighter. It explores the fears, feelings and concerns about what the firefighter does for a living. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Jean at 265-8401.

AnimalSave received a $60,000 grant from the Thornton and Katrina Glide Foundation in Davis. The grant provides $10,000 to help fund AnimalSave’s spay and neuter programs. The remaining $50,000 is to help kick off a formal campaign to build a no-kill animal shelter in Nevada County. Visit http://www.animalsave.org or call 271-7071.

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries is increasing the hours of its monthly book sale on the first Saturday of the month to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. For the next two months a 20 percent discount will be given for purchases made after noon. Books are also for sale at the Helling, Grass Valley and Truckee libraries during their regular hours of operation.

People interested in serving on the Nevada City Constitution Commission are invited to contact city hall. The commission, appointed by the City Council, is an active volunteer group that plans activities for the annual Constitution Day Parade and Celebration. This year’s event is planned for Sept. 13-14. Contact Cathy Wilcox-Barnes at 265-2496 by Feb. 18.

Volunteers are needed to participate in the Friendly Visitor Program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Nevada County as visitors and telephone reassurance callers. Volunteers are matched with isolated senior friends who would appreciate phone calls or visits. The program has over 20 seniors waiting to be matched with a volunteer. The program receives some funds for mileage reimbursement for volunteers who use their cars. If interested in visiting or calling a homebound or lonely senior, call Joan Field at 271-0255.

The American Association of University Women will continue its Bridges to Opportunity series by focusing on its Legal Advocacy Fund. This month’s meeting will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Banner Grange, 12691 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. People will see a video and receive updates on legal cases in which the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund is involved. For more information, call 477-1881.

Pam Fortner’s column appears each Monday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday for the following Monday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail


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