The Nevada County Genealogical Society presents its 10th annual genealogy seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24. Guest speaker Henry Z. “Hank” Jones Jr. is a lecturer, an accomplished writer and respected fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. Best known for his extensive work with Palatine genealogy and for his popular book “Psychic Roots,” Jones also boasts a 25-year acting career in motion pictures and television.
Registration is $15 before today, $20 after, and $5 for a bag lunch. The seminar will be at the First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. For more information regarding the society or the seminar, contact Joan Bega at 346-8909, or e-mail her at
Sierra Adoption Services is offering a six-session class called “Pre-Service Training (Exploring Adoption and Foster Care II)” in its offices at 471 Sutton Way, Suite 209, Grass Valley. The classes feature information on caring for children in the child welfare system, the court process, child development and accessing resources. Open to prospective adoptive, foster and kinship families, the classes fulfill foster licensing and certification training requirements. Training is free, begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, and continues for five weeks.
A free adoptive parent support group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at the same address, Suite 207. On-site child care is provided. For more information, call 272-9600.
The 49er Rotary Breakfast Club of Nevada City announces the selection of community groups and projects that will benefit from the 11th annual Gold Country Duck Race 2002: “The Running of the Ducks.”
The duck race is 49er Rotary’s largest annual fund-raising event. Scheduled to receive financial support from this year’s race are Seven Hills School, Deer Creek School, Lyman Gilmore Middle School, Pleasant Valley School, the Friendship Club, Rotary PolioPlus, Nevada Union High School Interact Club, the Constitution weekend celebration, and other Rotary community service projects.
Enter the duck race by adopting ducks at $5 each. The race is on Deer Creek from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7. Tickets are available from 49er Rotarians and through beneficiary groups. For information, call the Duck Hotline at 272-DUCK.
Among the activities of the Volunteer Action Center is the Neighbor-to-Neighbor desk, which assists those who need small services to improve their quality of life. These volunteers help people do their shopping and go to appointments.
Sometimes activities that seem so simple to the young and agile are monumental to an older, physically challenged person. For example, a lady needed her outside light bulb changed, but couldn’t reach the bulb. Neighbor-to-Neighbor was able to send a volunteer to help.
If you would like to be a volunteer or want more information on Neighbor-to-Neighbor, call the Volunteer Action Center at 272-5041.
Remember Friday’s Penguins/Masters Swim Team Pastor Dinner Benefit at 6:30 p.m. at the Bourn clubhouse and gardens. The dinner features organic pasta, fresh summer vegetables and an Italian salad, as well as a vegetarian entree.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For tickets and information, contact Judy Tuttle at 470-0473, or purchase them at the BriarPatch, 10061 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley.
Penguins/Masters Swim Team is dedicated to meeting the needs of competitive and noncompetitive swimmers in the community.
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