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Free the Children, a nonprofit club of kids helping kids in Third World countries, is sponsoring a benefit concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Miners Foundry. Anina Tweed and Jennifer Bond, two students at Nevada Union High School, are holding this event to raise funds for constructing new school buildings in Sierra Leone. The show will feature local bands Fresh Young Blood, The Eloi, Love in Binary and Eaten By Wolves. The bands are donating their time, and members of the local Free the Children chapter are donating help and refreshments. Tickets will be sold at the door only; cost is $5. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail weehobbit@sbcglobal.net.

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The Grass Valley Schools Foundation for the Arts and Science recently provided funds for two projects. Three hundred dollars was provided to help fund a fourth-grade overnight field trip to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento. An additional $200 was donated to help support the Grass Valley Charter School’s fresh-water trout project.



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Flags Over the Foothills planning continues to take place. Community members can buy subscriptions for flags to be raised on four major holidays. The flags can be placed in downtown Grass Valley in honor or memory of someone special to the subscriber. For more information regarding the Grass Valley Schools Foundation, call Carol Judd at 265-2125.




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The UCCE Master Gardeners will host a workshop from 10 to noon, March 13, on “Training Young Ornamental Trees for Structure and Form.” Learn how to choose a tree to fit the site, the benefits of training young trees, when and how to prune, and how to select and maintain pruning tools. The workshop will be held at the Penn Valley Fire Station at Spenceville Road and Penn Valley Drive in Penn Valley.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” event is slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 25, at Prosperity Lanes, 420 Henderson, Grass Valley. This bowl-a-thon benefits BBBS and will be lots of fun, with 1950s’ costumes, live music and friendly competition. If you would like to put a team together or if your business would like to sponsor the event by helping to offset some of the costs, call 273-2227.

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Hospice of the Foothills presents a free panel discussion titled “Faith Tradition Perspectives on Death and Dying” from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center, Room 110-130. Health care providers, hospice volunteers and members of the community are welcome to attend. The panel will help caregivers understand and support the spiritual dimension of those they care for, regardless of their faith or religious traditions. To reserve a space, call Jane Swan at 274-5137.

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Gail LaBrie of the Nevada County Chernobyl Children’s Project is available to speak at your club or nonprofit. The project offers care, compassion, relief and hope to the people of the Chernobyl region, especially the children. Several children and chaperones visit Nevada County each summer to enjoy the beauty and fresh air of our area. Call LaBrie at 274-2096.

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The Grass Valley Community Blood Drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. The blood drive is sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. For your contribution, you will receive a coupon for a free, personal one-topping pizza at Round Table Pizza.

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A grant-writing workshop, taught by Sharon McCuen, will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m., March 15, in the NCTV classroom. Make a reservation before 3 p.m., March 9, by calling 265-9550 or e-mailing eddy@caofnc.org.

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The United Nations Association, Golden Empire Chapter honors International Women’s Day at 7:30 p.m. today in the Madelyn Helling Library’s Community Room. See the excellent film, “Girl’s Education in India,” which shows how breaking old traditions by educating girls will allow people to raise up out of poverty. Eileen and Paul Jorgensen of The Magic Carpet Gallery in Nevada City will present insights on India. Discussion will focus on local and global efforts to end world hunger and poverty. 273-6755.

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The Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538 announces its officer installation and celebration on March 18. Appetizers will be served from 4 to 5 p.m., and the ceremony begins in the Grand Ballroom at 5 p.m. The past exalted ruler is preparing a Surf n Turf (steak and lobster dinner) to be served at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $25. Reservations must be made by March 14. Call 273-9228 or send your check to 109 S. School Street, Grass Valley 95945.

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The Empire Mine Park Association would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support in reprinting the booklet, “History of the Empire Mine”: Golden Bear Ceramics, Cirino’s Restaurants, Dovetail Design, Idaho-Maryland Mining Corporation, Northern Mines Goldworks, SPD Markets and Weaver Auto and Truck. The booklet will be on sale at the Empire Mine gift shop as well as through the Nevada County Historical Society. Proceeds will benefit both nonprofits.

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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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