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Readers’ Corner 03/03/08

March for peace: People will gather at the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City at noon, March 16, for a march calling for an end to the war in Iraq. The march starts at 1 p.m.

Organizer Lorraine Reich writes:

“What’s the point of a peace march? The point is that as concerned Americans, for our future and the future of our children, it is unconscionable to do nothing in these times.”



Lorraine cites 4,000 service people killed and denial of returning soldiers’ disability claims. She also lists concerns beyond the war: The growing national debt, cuts to education funding, cuts to programs helping the mentally ill and the poor, jobs being sent overseas and global warming.

“Bring signs or join the other sign makers at Calanan Park. The march will be through Nevada City to Pioneer ‘Peace’ Park, where there will be tabling, food, program speakers and music.




“This is a call to action for Nevada County to join hundreds of rallies in cities worldwide.”

For more information, call the Nevada County Peace Center at 273-4030 or visit www/ncpeace.org.

Want to participate? Call 274-1077 and leave a message.

Hooray for freedom of speech!

Kare Kasino Night: A Wild West casino and piano bar will spice up a fundraiser for the Krisis Kare Nursery, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., March 28, at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

“Friends and high rollers are invited,’ reads the notice, printed to look like a Pony Express telegram, sealed with a 2-cent stamp.

The event will include poker, blackjack and craps sustained with hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar and a raffle. Cost is $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Call 273-3704 or mail a check to Krisis Kare Nursery, P.O. Box 2030, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

The nursery is a wonderful resource for our county, offering a safe place for parents to leave their children when they are in a moment of crisis.

So get out your cowboy hat, red bandanna and best pointy-toed boots and support this great cause!

Lions foreign exchange program: The Lions Club Youth Exchange Foundation and local Lions Clubs want to help our kids broaden their horizons by offering financial support for a five-week student exchange program this summer.

Local youth ages 17-21 can, through the program, travel to Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Kids going to Japan can be as young as 16. The trips will start July 5 and the students return Aug. 9.

The cost is $2,600 and includes airfare, lodging and food; students stay with host families for a cultural exchange. The deadline to apply is March 28, and a $300 deposit must be included with the application.

“Since Youth Exchange is considered the Lions’ biggest peace project, Lions are willing to give assistance to students who would make good ambassadors for the U.S.A. and who are willing to learn the culture of another country,” organizer Leal Portis writes.

Call Leal to get an application and learn how to apply for financial aid at 265-3887.

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