Nonprofit organizations are asked to submit their items for this column as soon as possible if they would like to see materials appear in February.

Nevada County judge Ersel L. Edwards will speak at Tuesday’s meeting of the Gold Country Estate Planning Council on the topic, “The role of the probate court in estate management and distribution.” Judge Edwards is assigned to the Nevada County Probate Court. The general public and estate planning professionals are invited to the luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at Christopher’s Catering located at 408 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley. The cost is $13 for nonmembers and reservations may be made by calling Terry Brown at 265-0266.


Friends of the Libraries’ Saturday sale will feature books on nature, cooking and technical subjects. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the basement of the Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Donated books may be placed in identified barrels at Longs Drug Store on Sutton Way and Raley’s Supermarket, Grass Valley. FOL discourages the donation of textbooks, encyclopedias, outdated computer and law manuals, and magazines.


The Nevada County Animal Shelter on McCourtney Road is overflowing with animals, especially dogs. Hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. They need foster homes and adopters. For more information, call Ruth at 273-2958.


The Empire Mine Park Association invites you to shop at its new enlarged gift shop for unique Valentine’s Day gifts. Items available include hearts made of natural minerals such as hematite, amethyst, tigereye, lapis lazuli, carnelian and others. Other items such as gold-coated roses, jewelry and live heritage rose plants are available. Shop hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information, call 273-8522.


The Seed of Life garden project invites you to its ongoing classes, which meet the first and third Monday of each month. These classes teach how to create a self-sufficiency garden and how to construct a “Seed of Life” mandala garden design made up of intersecting circles. Learn skills such as soil testing, composting, harvesting and seed collection. Classes are at the Jacobson Dude Ranch at 11153 Cement Hill Road, Nevada City. To sign up or for more information, call Kathy Irving at 478-9052. The complete class syllabus is available at


Soroptimist International of Grass Valley is accepting applications for three awards given annually to community members. The “Woman of Distinction” candidate should have made an outstanding contribution as a volunteer or in a business/profession for a period of at least 10 years, be recognized by her peers as a woman of exemplary character with outstanding ability, demonstrated leadership and be an ideal role model for other women.

The “Woman Helping Women” candidate should have used her influence and authority to open broader avenues of opportunity for women and to improve their quality of life.

The “Business or Organization Advancing the Status of Women” award is given to a business which establishes policies and takes actions that advance the status of women. For further information, call Shanti Emerson at 274-8807.


Many of you will remember Project Kate, named for a baby born last year to Janiece Oebker, a Nevada County resident. Kate had many physical challenges and during her stay at Stanford’s NICU, she received a quilt from volunteers. Now Kate’s grandmother, Sandy Shicavone, would like to help other babies by giving them quilts. If you would like to donate a quilt, contact Sandy at 268-3373 or e-mail Janiece at

Pam Fortner’s column on nonprofits 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; or fax to 477-4292.

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