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Last week Starbucks launched its fourth annual Starbucks Grants for Giving program. This year, $375,000 in grants will be given to select nonprofit groups that provide services to youth and families in Northern California counties. Starbucks would like to invite local organizations to submit applications to be considered for these grants.

All groups considered must be registered 501(c)3 eligible nonprofit organizations with programs, services or projects designed to build better futures for youth and families in Northern California. Organizations that fit these criteria and other eligibility requirements are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent to Starbucks that outlines their organization and project plan by 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Information can be obtained from any Starbucks location, by visiting, or by calling 1-866-535-GIVE.


The United Way of Nevada County is moving Friday to new offices at 11743 Maltman Drive in the Welz Family Foundation Building. Interim Director George Olive wishes to thank his current landlords Gary Tintle and John Casey, who have been helpful and generous, and new landlord Linda Welz.

UWNC will retain its P.O. Box 2733 address in Grass Valley and its current phone number, 274-8111.


The Sutter District California Federation of Women’s Clubs will sponsor a “Then and Now” fashion show and luncheon at 11 a.m., Feb. 21, at Holiday Inn North, 5321 Date Avenue, Sacramento.

The Sacramento Art Deco Society will recreate the elegant styles of the 1920s and current fashions by Marilyn’s, ChoCho’s and Catherine’s Plus Sizes. Tickets are $30. Reservations should be made by Feb. 16. Vintage dress is encouraged.

Call Patti at 272-3737 for tickets and information.


The Empire Mine Park Association announces upcoming spring 2004 volunteer classes. Opportunities for volunteers include workers in the gift shop and rose garden, participants in both the mine yard and cottage living history groups, and both public and school tour guides.

Volunteer orientation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 23. Training classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16 and 23. For more information, call 273-8522.


The IRS/AARP Tax Aide Program starts today and runs through April 15. The program offers free tax assistance to seniors and to middle- and low-income residents of Nevada County. Call HelpLine at 278-2278 for an appointment.


FREED Center for Independent Living invites you to participate in its first Valentine basket raffle. The basket includes a bottle of Sierra Starr Cabernet sauvignon, gift certificates from Villa Venezia and Foothill Flowers, body care products from Vitae, an overnight stay at a Lake Tahoe hotel and many other items.

Tickets are $2 each or three for $5, and are available at the FREED office or through FREED employees and board members. The drawing will be held on Friday and the winner need not be present to win. For more information, call 272-1732.


The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center’s Valentine Erotique features some of the area’s best-known poets performing some of their finest erotic love poems. Also, seven local actors and actresses will perform scenes from some of theatre’s greatest love stories.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center at 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road on the North San Juan Ridge. Tickets are for adults only, 18 and over, $6 for members and $8 general admission. For more information, call 265-2826 or e-mail

Pam Fortner is a freelance writer in Grass Valley. Her column 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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