The Gold Country Association for the Education of Young Children is hosting the Nevada County Childcare Job Shadow reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Christopher’s Catering in Grass Valley. This year, kindergarten teachers and childcare providers will be brought together to help create a system that will ensure the success of young children. Topics for the evening include national childcare accreditation projects, a “preschool for all” initiative, and school readiness for Nevada County. The community is invited to learn more about how it can support Nevada County’s families.

For more information, call Carolyn Tate at 272-2513.


The Western Nevada County Chapter of the American Red Cross announces its annual recognition event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

For more information, call Kara Johnson at 272-3265.


The Neighborhood Center of the Arts is in need of a VCR in good condition to be used with a recent donation of a flat-screen TV from Jim and Roseanne Pyle (many thanks to them!). NCA is also accepting volunteers for this summer’s three concert fund-raisers – the big band dance, chamber concert and the guitar concert. Call for dates and details. NCA opens its “Three Woman Show” with the drawings, paintings and sculpture of Winnie O’Haver, Liz Meek and Barbie Wilkins. The show will open Feb. 6 and run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through Feb. 27.

For more information, call 272-7287.


A slide show and talk about the Idaho-Maryland Mine will be the topic of the general meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Railroad Museum on Bost Avenue, Nevada City. Jack Clark, who was the safety inspector at the mine, will show slides and tell about the mine. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.

For more information or directions, call 272-5154.


The Lions Clubs of the Sierra Zone of District 4C5 are presenting a spaghetti banquet for the benefit of Sierra Services for the Blind. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Love Building in Condon Park, Grass Valley. The cost is $10 each, or $25 for a family of three or more. Wine and beer will be available.

For further information or tickets, call Doug Wight at 477-0134. Tickets are also available by calling Sierra Services at 265-2121, or stop by its office at 546 Searls Ave., Nevada City.


It’s still not too late to sign up for the 2004 Grass Valley Little League. GVLL provides a safe and fun learning environment for all ages and has helped develop courage, character and loyalty since 1953. Late registration is offered Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Sierra Mountain High School. Costs are: T-ball and farm, ages 5 to 8, $75; minor and major, ages 9 to 12, $95; junior, senior and Big League, ages 13 to 18, $105. Bring an original birth certificate (no photocopies), proof of residency (current utility bill, etc.), and your payment.

VISA and MasterCard are now accepted. Call 272-0949 for additional information.


The Boy Scouts Venture Crew 279 is hosting a youth night and parents evening at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. The Venturing program is co-ed for youth between the ages of 14 and 20.

For more information, call Coreena Ross at 274-1838.


Hospice of the Foothills is offering patient support volunteer training classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29, 31, and April 2. Applications and interviews are required. Interviews will be held during February and March, and are by appointment only after an application has been received.

Hospice is also looking for licensed or certified body workers (massage, energywork) as well as licensed barbers and beauticians. It is also in need of a man willing to deliver chair and sofa risers and install bathroom safety equipment. An orientation only is required for these volunteer positions.

After training, volunteers are normally assigned to work with patients and their families in a geographical area that is convenient for the volunteer.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact Jennifer Andrews at 272-5739.

Pam Fortner is a freelance writer in Grass Valley. Her 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; or fax to 477-4292.

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