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Interfaith Food Ministry of Nevada County recently held its 17th annual meeting and election of officers. This 100 percent volunteer organization provides supplemental food to between 450 to 600 families per week. Officers for 2004 are Pat Paddock and Sally Shillinglaw, co-presidents; Bill Broocks, vice president; Joyce Shuster, secretary; Beth and Ed Grady, treasurers; and Shirley and Hal Jonsson, assistant treasurers.

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Local historian Cowboy Wally Hagaman will present a slide show and talk on the anti-Chinese movement in Truckee in the 1880s at the Nevada County Historical Society meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Railroad Museum in Nevada City. Refreshments served. For information, call 272-5154.



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Tomorrow is the 10th annual Spay Day USA. Visit AnimalSave’s spay/neuter information table at BriarPatch Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a raffle to win a custom-made fleece dog jacket and free drawings for spay/neuter packages and gift certificates for local pet stores. Proceeds will help low-income residents to spay or neuter their pets and will help support AnimalSave’s Trap/ Neuter/Return feral cat program. AnimalSave will also be collecting clean hand towels and blankets for the Animal Spay and Neuter Clinic in Auburn.




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Nevada County’s oldest Scout troop, Troop 4 of Grass Valley, established an inventory of slightly used loaner backpacks to help new Scouts get started with backpacking. The troop is seeking donations to help them expand its new backpack “bank.” Bring donations to the Troop’s Monday evening meetings at the Grass Valley Scout Lodge, or contact Scoutmaster Jim Richards at 478-0520 to have donation picked up.

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Richard Kimball, co-founder and president of Project Vote Smart, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to providing accurate candidate information to voters, will be in Grass Valley March 1. Representatives from the offices of Congressman John Doolittle, Assemblyman Rick Keene and state Sen. Sam Aanestad have been invited to attend. Meet the speaker at 6:30; program starts at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Grass Valley, 236 S. Church St. The event is free. Call 271-1311 for more information.

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The American Red Cross babysitter’s training class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 13 at the Western Nevada County Chapter House in Grass Valley. The course is designed for current and future babysitters in the 11- to 15-year age range. CPR is not included in the babysitter’s training course, but CPR classes are available at a 50-percent discount rate for those in the training.

The local chapter is in need of babysitter instructors and will be holding a 15-hour instructor’s course on Monday and Wednesday evenings, March 1 through March 13. Fees apply and preregistration is required. Call 272-3265 for information and to register.

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The Nevada and Sierra County Ombudsman Program is looking for volunteers to help safeguard the rights of residents in nursing homes and board and care facilities. Free training for volunteer ombudsmen will be offered in Grass Valley in March. Certified ombudsmen are paid for mileage. For more information, call 274-2825.

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South Yuba River State Park docent training classes begin at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13. Pick up applications at the Bridgeport Visitor Center or call 273-3884 or 432-2546. Deadline for applications is March 6.

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The Empire Mine Park Association offers miners’ luncheons at Empire Mine State Historic Park for groups of 25 to 100, from April to October. The menu consists of Cornish pasties, cole slaw, ice cream, cookies and beverages. The cost is $10 plus the park entrance fee of $2. Optional tour fees are additional. To schedule a lunch or for more information, call 273-8522.

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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 nonprofits@theunion.com; or fax to 477-4292.


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