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Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue will hold its seventh annual luau-style pig roast from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada County Sportsmen’s Club. The event will feature music from the Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers and appearances by the local CHP helicopter and Sparky the fire dog, as well as a raffle and other children’s entertainment, including a cake walk.

Tickets are $10 each, $5 for children ages 4-12; children under 3 are free. Tickets are available at A Door Store, 313 S. Auburn St. For more information, call 272-7941.

The Welcome Wagon Club of the Gold Country invites you to its Fall Round Up at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in Nevada City. Cost is $20 per person. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s disease research, Hospice of the Foothills, Interfaith Food Bank, Lutz Center and Manzanita House. Call Dee Dee at 432-0426 for more information.

The Boy Scouts of America say it’s time to stock up on popcorn again. This year’s “see and buy” sale will be at the Grass Valley Kmart Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Popcorn will be available on site. The Scouts will take orders door to door Sept. 28 through Oct. 21 for November delivery.

If you can’t make it to Kmart Saturday, call Karen Nelson, this year’s “Popcorn Kernel,” at 273-2733, or contact

The Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is hosting its autumn native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Sierra College’s north parking lot, Grass Valley campus.

Choose from hundreds of drought-tolerant California native plants, native bulbs and seeds. See a variety of penstemons, monkey flowers, milkweeds, California fuchsias, sages and wild buckwheats. Free gardening advice and educational handouts are available. For more information, call 477-0643 or 272-5532, or see

John Olmsted will be the featured speaker at the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute’s Sunday speaker series. Olmsted will be presenting a slideshow and talk called “In the Footsteps of John Muir” from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Madelyn Helling Library.

Also featured will be cowboy folksinger Bodhi Busick doing Woody Guthrie’s “John Muir Blues,” and poet Stephen Hein reading excerpts from “The 39th Parallel.” Ron Milner will speak on what’s happening with our trails in Nevada County.

Suggested donation is $7 for members, $10 for nonmembers; children are free. All proceeds go to support Olmsted’s California Institute of Man in Nature, and the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute.

For information, call Marge Kaiser at 265-6649 or (800) 300-5164, or view the institute’s Web site at

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries presents Diane Dean-Epps at 7:30 Sept. 23 at the Madelyn Helling Library. Dean-Epps is the author of “Maternal Meanderings,” a collection of real-life experiences of this baby boomer, mother, wife, comedian, English teacher and writer.

Admission is free. Call 265-4464 for more information.

Pam Fortner’s 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

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