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Nonprofits: Clear Creek set for spaghetti feed

The eighth grade class of Clear Creek School hosts its annual spaghetti feed in the school gym from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Proceeds will go toward the eighth grade trip and graduation activities. For $6, enjoy dinner and live entertainment. Reserve your tickets by dropping by the school office, 17700 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, or by calling 273-3664.

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Gold Country Estate Planning Council invites you to its meeting at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday to hear about elder abuse issues, particularly financial elder abuse, as presented by Patricia McGinnis, executive director of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. Estate planning professionals, as well as the general public, are welcome to attend. The luncheon will be held at Christopher’s Catering, 408 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley. Cost is $13 for nonmembers and free to estate planning professionals on their first visit. Reservations may be made by calling Terry Brown at 265-0266, or e-mail at tbrown1axp@yahoo.com.



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The School of the Arts Educational Foundation is sponsoring its annual wine tasting and silent auction event, “A Matter of Taste” from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Miners Foundry, 352 Spring St. in Nevada City. Cost is $15 for unlimited wine tasting (with a complimentary wine glass), or $10 without wine tasting; both include appetizers and desserts. Music will be performed by Objects in the Mirror. Among the silent auction items are a snowboard and bindings; five nights in Kauai on a private organic farm; and a slightly used D.G. Stackhouse English riding saddle. Childcare will be provided by the “Free the Children” club of Nevada Union at the Methodist Church, just up the street from the foundry. A donation of $10 is requested. Tickets can be purchased at Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, The Briar Patch, Harmony Books or at the door the night of the event. 271-2293.




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The Miners Family Health Center is looking for additional board members who would be willing to meet once a month and to be active in various committees. Opportunities for participation would be on the center’s personnel committee, the quality assurance committee, or the finance committee. Call Anthony Halby at 265-2400.

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Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, the Dental Health Advisory Board and Butte Sierra District Dental Society and Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 team up for “Give Kids A Smile” to provide much-needed dental services to Nevada and Sierra County children through age 18. Services will be provided for families on Healthy Families insurance, Medi-Cal, or children with no dental insurance. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at 605 S. Auburn St., Suite J, Grass Valley. Appointments should be made by calling Barry Sturm at 274-8872.

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Volunteer classes are now being formed for the spring training program at Empire Mine State Historic Park. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available-tour guides, gift shop sales, historic rose garden care, the Over-the-Hill Gang for building maintenance and construction projects, blacksmithing, Living History and much more. Group interview sessions will be held in January and February. Classes begin in mid-March. Call Ranger Jane Hall at 273-8522, ext. 202.

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Movies, the stage, television, dance and music will be among the featured books on entertainment offered by the Friends of the Libraries at the bargain book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Nevada City’s Foley library, 211 N. Pine. Hundreds of additional fiction and nonfiction books will be on sale. Books may be donated to Friends of the Libraries by dropping them into a specially marked container at Raley’s, Grass Valley, or any of the county’s libraries.

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A European culinary experience featuring an eight-course dinner accompanied by wine tasting, a silent auction and the “swingin’ oldies” music of The Johnsons is being offered at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Veterans Memorial building. The event is sponsored by the Nevada County All Veterans Standdown. Proceeds help to provide services to our community veterans throughout the year. The cost is $75 for dinner and wine tasting, or $60 for dinner and dancing only. Tickets need to be purchased in advance at Farmers Insurance and Network Real Estate in Grass Valley, ERA Corner Realty in Nevada City, at the fairgrounds, and all branches of West America Bank and Citizens Bank. Taxi service will be available for wine tasters after the evening’s activities.

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The AARP Tax Aide program will be offering free tax assistance to the elderly and to low-income individuals. The sessions will be held every Monday, starting Feb. 6 and ending April 10. Appointments are required. Call HelpLine at 273-2273 to make your appointment. HelpLine will advise you of the location of the service and the documents you should bring.

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The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary begins its See’s Valentine candy sale Wednesday in the main lobby next to the gift shop and in the outpatient lobby on Feb. 6. The outpatient lobby is closed on weekends. All proceeds help fund special needs and projects at the hospital.

The auxiliary is also holding a scrubs sale in the outpatient center conference room 110 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday. In addition to the latest styles and colors in scrubs, there are shoes and clogs also available.

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The University of California Master Gardeners is offering a free public workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday on winter pruning and care of fruit trees. Learn how to maintain backyard orchards, how to use heading and thinning cuts, and how to choose what and when to prune. The location is the Demonstration Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley. 273-4563.

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Drew’s Place, a center for grief and loss, is forming new groups for all ages beginning Feb. 6. The groups will meet weekly for eight weeks from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 138 New Mohawk Rd., Nevada City. For information and registration, call Ann Heinrich at 265-0719.

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The Greater Champion Neighborhood Association and Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society are sponsoring a panel discussion on the Nevada County Fire Plan. Hear experts discuss policies and how they will impact your neighborhood from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of the Madeline Helling Library.

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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. 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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