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‘Arts and Flowers’ helps Hospice: Who doesn’t like artwork? Or flowers? And face it, we’re getting older, too. Mary Lou Fuchs told me Friends of Hospice is celebrating its 25th anniversary in this area, and the group kicks off this year’s fundraising campaign with its signature “Arts and Flowers” event. (This is its 16th year – can you believe it?) The “Arts and Flowers” gala will be at the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, it’s from 4-8 p.m. You can munch on delicious appetizers (prepared by volunteers of Friends of Hospice) and wine (which is donated by local wineries.) On Saturday the doors open at noon with complimentary cookies and coffee served until 3 p.m. and then again wine and appetizers served until 6 p.m. Besides eating, drinking and spending money on artwork and floral arrangements, there is live entertainment by local artists. The generous folks who donated their time to entertain are Emerald Mist, Patty Pauly, Diane Marcus, Power Net and Don Batson. The featured artists and florists donate 30 percent of their proceeds from this sale to Hospice, so no reason to feel guilty about buying that painting! The modest entry fee is $5. Want more info? Call Jan Gomes at 432-3352 or Brenda Heeke at 432-1992.

What if you see a wounded bird? This actually happened to me over the weekend when my cat, Riley, lured a bird into the garage and was carrying it in his mouth. I opened the big garage door and that bird was off into the wild blue yonder, leaving just a few feathers behind. Not all birds are that lucky, however, and Janey Powers works with injured songbirds at the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, a local, 100-percent volunteer organization licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Janey’s particular area of interest and expertise is songbirds. She says spring is the season of the year when songbirds need our help. The organization is looking for people who can help save injured and baby songbirds. They need songbird caregivers, and people to return phone calls, transport injured birds to the vet and to the rehab center and caregivers’ homes, and maintain and update their Web page. Anyone interested in songbirds can find a place that will fit their interests and time constraints. Also, there will be a workshop on songbird care on Sunday, April 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the one-room school house on the corner of Newtown Road and Kentucky Flat. Interested folks can call 477-2112, 878-1980 or 477-1937 for details and to register. Janey says they’re “desperate” for volunteers.

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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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