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The Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County is a newly formed community-based mediation service that helps resolve various types of interpersonal or business disputes. The CRC recently met with representatives of county and city law enforcement agencies, the public defender’s office and the probation department.

The meeting was convened to acquaint the various agencies of government with this new organization and its mediation program. Neighborhood disputes including those relating to boundaries and land uses, nuisances, disturbances and other controversies can be mediated by the CRC, thus saving the valuable time of peace officers.

Contact the Conflict Resolution Center at 470-9700 for more information.

The general meeting of the Yuba Watershed Council takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 19 at the NID offices, 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley. The program will feature Ken Roberts from Sierra Resources Strategies, speaking on “Community Involvement in Conservation Planning.” For more information, call Lynn at 265-4860.

Hospice of the Foothills offers “Surviving A Loss,” a support group for anyone who has recently experienced the loss of a family member or friend. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 20, the meetings will continue for six consecutive Thursdays until March 27. The group is offered at two times: 12:30 to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at hospice’s offices, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, behind Meek’s Lumber. There is no charge. For more information, call Paula at 272-5739.

Celebrate Spay Day USA with AnimalSave Thrift and Treasures, 10067 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley. Enter a free drawing for a cat or dog spay or neuter surgery by stopping by the shop any day during February. Raffle tickets are available for $1 each or 6 for $5. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25. All proceeds go toward helping low-income residents spay or neuter their pets.

Other Spay Day USA specials are being offered by the Animal Spay and Neuter Clinic in Auburn (889-8800), the Animal Clinic at Lake of the Pines (268-1266), Best Friends Animal Clinic (272-2817), Brighton Greens (477-6863), Brunswick Vet Clinic (477-2287), Colfax Vet Hospital (346-2297), Nevada County Animal Control (273-2179), the Pet Adoption League (273-7958), and at AnimalSave (470-9400).

Bitney Springs Charter High School students visited Highgate Retirement Village on Feb. 4 and played bingo with residents and 3R School students did cleanup work at Western Gateway Park on Jan. 30. Ananda community’s Living Wisdom High girls spruced up Grass Valley Cemetery on Jan. 28; male students cleaned the yard of an elderly person on Jan. 8. The projects were planned by YOUthCANDO, a program of the Volunteer Action Center.

The Sequoya Challenge board of directors for the Independence Trail announces a spring poetry contest for children, ages 6 to 18. Three age divisions will produce three winners. Sights, sounds, and thoughts experienced on the Trail can be expressed in any poetic form – verse, haiku or limerick. Send any number of submissions along with the writer’s name, age, address, school and phone number. Deadline for submission is May 31. Winners will have their pictures, poems and a brief biography published in the summer issue of the “Trail’s Tracks” newsletter. For more information, call 273-9458.

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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