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Pam Fortner

DarkHorse Golf Club will host the Gold Country Classic tournament on June 7 as a benefit for Sierra Services for the Blind and Sight Impaired. Entry fee is $125 per player and includes all golf fees, lunch, warm-up clinic, prizes, dinner and an auction and raffle. For those who do not golf, come to dinner and enjoy the auction and raffle for $35, which includes five raffle tickets. Deadline to RSVP is today. Call Sue Bergesen at 272-6370.

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The Child Care Coordinating Council is holding a focus group Tuesday to learn about the child-care needs of families. This is in conjunction with Family Night, a monthly event sponsored by Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, in the Community Room at Oak Ridge Apartments, 228 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Families enjoy a nutritious meal, followed by activities. Children will do ice cream art, play games and plant seedlings. RSVP today to Marcia at 271-0258.

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The KARE Crisis Nursery provides safe and nurturing care for children from birth to 6 years of age while their parents are linked to services they need to reduce the risk of child abuse or neglect. If you’d like to volunteer some time, come by on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon at 15649 Ridge Estates Road, off Ridge Road in Nevada City. Garden, paint, categorize inventory, clean, etc. Wear old clothes, bring a bottle of water, tools and a smile. For more information, call 265-0693.

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Friends of Hospice will be hosting its Butterfly Garden of Remembrance during the Memorial Day weekend, May 29, 30 and 31. The garden is located on the lawn area at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. Remembrance cards with your personal messages are laminated and hung with ribbons from the butterfly stakes. Reply forms for your special message can be found in The Union’s ads. Also, reply cards can be picked up at Weiss Brothers, B&C Garden Center, Hospice of the Foothills, Ruby’s Fine Gifts and Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Your donation of $15 for each remembrance will benefit Hospice of the Foothills.

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At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Russell Towle will present a slide-illustrated talk about the North Fork of the American River and its historic miners’ trails and natural history. This free public program is sponsored by the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and will be held in the community room of the Madelyn Helling library, Nevada City.

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The Empire Mine Park Association is in need of volunteers in its gift shop and with the Living History programs, both in the cottage and the mine yard. On-the-job training is available. Call 273-8522 for more information.

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In the past 12 years, the Nevada County Food and Toy Run has raised over $2,000,000 in food, toys and in-kind services for local nonprofits, including Head Start and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In August of 2005, the Toy Run organization proposes to undertake its most ambitious project to date. Volunteers plan to build a custom chopper and ride through Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and end in Sweden. In addition to international exposure, they’ll be sending back toys for the local Toy Run in December 2005. The nonprofit will then fly the bike to Perth, Australia, and ride the southern route to Sydney and up the east coast to Cairns. The Toy Run needs 300 individuals, organizations and businesses in Nevada County to donate $1,000 each. For that, they will be listed in the nonprofit’s sponsors’ section for the year 2005. For more information, e-mail info@toyrun.org or call 470-0697.

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The Grass Valley Elks Lodge officers have just returned from the annual state convention in Southern California. They will be sharing news from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the lodge, 109 S. School St., Grass Valley. Dinner will follow. For dinner reservations, call 273-8342. In conjunction with the Sierra Arts Festival in downtown Grass Valley on May 30, the lodge will have an all-day garden and patio sale on the lawn. A fire-grilled teriyaki chicken lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lodge’s new outdoor patio area.

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


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