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The Friendship Club’s summer enrichment program continues to keep girls busy and learning in a variety of ways. The club provides its members with weeklong day camp sessions called “Camp Friendship,” which focus on teaching life skills, learning to make positive friendships, and rejecting drugs and teen sex. Each session ends with an overnight trip to the high Sierra for a campout at Jackson Lake and rafting on the Truckee River.

The girls also attend a weekly reading club presented by The Book Seller in Grass Valley. Girls are welcomed every afternoon at “Club Summer,” a drop-in program where they can learn computer skills, arts and crafts, cooking, and other fun and educational activities.

TFC relies on donations for funding. You can help by purchasing 49er Rotary Duck Race tickets. Call 265-4311.

The Neighborhood Center of the Arts is moving its Full Circle Art store and gallery from Fowler Center near Albertson’s to 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212. The center is an arts, community and vocational program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Through Saturday, Full Circle Art will hold a 50-percent-off sale on all artwork, and is also selling some excellent office furniture and store equipment. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., today through Saturday.

The Center Gallery on Litton Drive will open as the primary gallery on Aug. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call the center at 272-7287.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which was at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in June, was another huge success. The event has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing and most successful small-community relays. This year it grew more than hoped and exceeded the goal for dollars earned. To date, more than $208,400 has been collected.

The money helps people who have cancer or have a loved one diagnosed with cancer. The dollars go toward research for cures, treatment and methods to improve the quality of life of patients. Money also goes towards educating the public about how to live healthy lives and avoid cancer. The next Nevada County Relay for Life event is May 31 to June 1, 2003. The ACS is always looking for volunteers, sponsors and relay participants. For more information, contact Judi Bannister at 265-9419, or e-mail her at

Ahhh, finally a good excuse for spending a day on the greens – and for a good cause.

Habitat for Humanity in Nevada County invites you to participate in its first golf tournament Aug. 17 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Golfers will enjoy lunch, contests, a round of golf with a cart, silent auction and an awards banquet. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to construct the sixth Habitat house in Grass Valley. Cost is $125 per golfer, or $400 for a foursome. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m., with a tee-off time of 1 p.m.

Our local Habitat for Humanity is an 8-year-old volunteer organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for families. A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for the eighth house in Nevada County. Houses are constructed by volunteer labor, including many hours of “sweat equity” by the chosen family. Most construction is accomplished with materials and fixtures donated by local businesses.

For more information about Habitat or tournament registration, call 274-1951 or 271-0766.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears Mondays. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday. The column will appear the following Monday. Send info to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, 95945; e-mail to

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