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The Nevada County Chernobyl Children’s Project is having a car wash in the Kmart parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds help the visiting children from Belarus earn spending money while they’re here. For more information, call Gail at 274-2096.

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The Empire Mine Park Association announces a benefit performance of the original play “Plainsong” to be held from 6 to 8:10 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, June 21 to 24 and June 28 to July 1. The play is set in Grass Valley in the 1870s. The audience is asked to wear comfortable shoes and bring folding chairs, as they will follow the actors around the park for various scenes. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 273-8522.



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The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center presents Tom McCormack, storyteller and performer of cedar flute music at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7 general, $5 members, students or seniors; and $2 for children under 12. Audiences are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket. The center is at 17894 Tyler Foote Xing Road. Call 265-2826 or e-mail ncscc@nccn.net for more information.




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The Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute presents an eco-tour and ranch adventure in the Nevada wilderness June 28 to July 3. The trip includes stops in Lovelock, Winnemucca, Wells, and Elko, Nev., lunch with Paiute elders, a BLM field tour, dinner at Cottonwood Ranch, a holistic ranch management meeting, and a Basque dinner and country-western dancing. Cost is $200 plus gasoline, some meals and two nights lodging. A 50-percent deposit is required and due by today. Call 265-6649 for more information.

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Boy Scout Troop 855 will meet tonight in the parking lot at Litton Engineering, where they will practice and compete in a challenging and fun orienteering (compass) course, starting at 7 p.m.

All troop members, families and the general public is invited to attend. Scout Keith Chambers and son Darren will instruct on orienteering and organizing the compass course. Call Daniel Ketcham at 477-8056 for more information.

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Friends of Deer Creek is planning restoration days at Pioneer Park throughout the summer. The group is putting down erosion control fabric on the banks of the creek, installing a fence, watering and mulching and planting natives in the fall. Meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, and second and fourth Saturdays of every month in the tennis court parking lot. Call Kerry at 913-2981 for more information.

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Because Safeway Cares is holding its annual flea market fund-raiser in the parking lot at Safeway from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Sierra Nevada Children’s Community Chest Fund. Spaces are still available for rent. Call Barbara at 273-0115 until 2 p.m. or at 273-8876 after 3 p.m. for more information.

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The general meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Railroad Museum on Bost Ave., Nevada City. Bill Slater, archaeologist for the Downieville district of the U.S. Forest Service, will present a slide show and talk about the historical sites in our local Tahoe National Forest. The meeting is free; all are welcome to attend. Call 272-5154 for more information.

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Hospice of the Foothills is holding patient support volunteer training classes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 23, 25 and 27. Applications and interviews are required. Interviews will be held during July and August and are by appointment only after an application has been received.

Hospice is also looking for licensed or certified body workers (massage, energywork) as well as licensed barbers and beauticians. The nonprofit is also in need of a man willing to deliver chair and sofa risers and install bathroom safety equipment. After training, volunteers are normally assigned to work with patients and their families in a geographical area that is convenient for the volunteer. Call Jennifer at 272-5739 for more information.

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The Peace Center of Nevada County is showing “The Fog of War” at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday at The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Street, Nevada City. Suggested donation is $4.

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The Penn Valley Lions Club will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Penn Valley Fire House on Spenceville Road. The club will present Bob Schmitz, an administrator at Folsom Prison, with a check for $2,500 to help sponsor a booth at Folsom Prison where inmates record books on tape for the visually impaired and learning disabled. The Folsom Project was established in 1989 as a joint venture between local chapters of Lions Clubs International and the California Department of Corrections. PV Lions Club has been selling cookbooks to earn money for the inmates to have equipment and supplies to aid in dictating the books. The public is invited to attend the meeting. Call 265-3245 for more information.

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Pam Fortner is a freelance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Monday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday for the next 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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