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Spend Mother’s Day weekend at Empire Mine

The Empire Mine State Historic Park invites you to attend a special Mother’s Day weekend event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. Activities will include living history presentations in the mine yard, Bourn Cottage and Clubhouse.

On Saturday, music will be provided by “Emerald Mist” and on Sunday by Emilee Spencer. The gardens should be blooming, and you will have an opportunity to purchase heirloom plants propagated in the park’s greenhouses. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Proceeds benefit the association and its ongoing programs to restore the historic buildings and grounds and to enhance educational opportunities at the park. Admission is $3 for 17 and older; $1 for children ages 6 to 16. Children under 6 are free. Park hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 273-8522.



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A course called “Coming Fully Alive as You Age” will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, May 19 to June 9, at the Sierra Nevada Wellness Center. Topics will include “Finding Meaning in Life,” “Being Fully Alive,” “Aging as a Spiritual Journey” and the “Uplifting Power of Humor.” Facilitators will be Judith Pruess-Mellow, executive director of Senior New Ways; Susan Harlan, program manager of Center for Aging and Spirituality; Merrylen Sacks, gerontologist; Marita Grudzen, Stanford Geriatric Education Center; and Vivian Silva, gerontologist. Cost is $25 per student. Call 650-209-1119, or e-mail Judith at judithpm@seniornewways.org for more information.




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Hospice of the Foothills is offering a new Bereavement Support Group especially for survivors of sudden and traumatic death. The group will be facilitated by Joanna Snider-Lipa, MSW, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice, and Heather Certik, MAS, a grief counselor and chaplain with hospice in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. The group will consist of 10 weekly sessions to be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 2 through July 4.

To register, call Heather Certik at 272-5739.

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Tutor Totter Preschool is hosting its Spring Flea Market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the corner of Dry Creek and Christian Valley Roads in Auburn. Call 878-8394 for more information.

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The UCCE Master Gardeners is having a “Spring Fest Plant Sale” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Demonstration Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley (on the NID grounds). The sale will feature vegetables and herbs, perennials, native plants and grasses, color bowls and culinary wreaths. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. Free University of California publications will also be available. 273-4563.

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Key Club members from Nevada Union High School and Bitney Springs High School recently attended the annual Key Club Convention, held this year in San Jose. Accompanying the students were Doyleen Glissman and Tracy Corris, Gold County Kiwanis Key Club advisors; Mary Dodson, NU faculty advisor; and Dave Baker, Bitney Springs faculty advisor. Twenty-three Key Clubbers traveled by train and bus, attended three days of meetings, spirit events, general sessions and election of district officers. Nevada Union Key Club won the Key Club International Single Service Platinum Award for its efforts in the Hetty Williams fundraiser.

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Sierra Nevada Children’s Services has focused on family support and outreach programs in the Sutton Way apartments for many years. SNCS follows an asset-based, community driven approach, which means that families and communities know what’s best for them and have the resources to create success.

With funding from The California Endowment to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity, SNCS currently provides three core activities in the apartments: homework clubs, which provide weekly after-school mentoring and academic support; home visits to families; and twice-monthly family nights, consisting of an educational topic/presenter and a nutritious meal. Sierra Nevada Children’s Services creates opportunities for families to become active members of their community, as well as help them to access supportive community resources.

To learn more about SNCS, call 272-8866.

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The Nevada County Certified Growers Market each Saturday morning has been relocated on the fairgrounds near Quaker Hill. Continue to enter through Gate 4.

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The KARE Crisis Nursery is looking for experienced landscapers to do a small job reattaching the automatic irrigation system. Until the sprinkling system is up and running, volunteers are needed to assist with watering the front and back yard. Call Debbie Gutierrez at 268-8336.

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The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum presents its third annual celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City. Featured will be guided tours, a rail bus, live music, a horse and wagon, food vendors, raffle prizes and more. Free. 470-0902.

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The Friends of Sierra Rock Art will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Madelyn Helling Library. A dessert potluck at 7 p.m. will kick off the meeting. Hank Meals and Bill Drake will show slides and speak about Sierra Nevada petroglyphs. Free. 272-7458.

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The Nevada City Elks is presenting its annual Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Receive complimentary champagne and a flower for mom. Cost is $16 per person, $8 for children under 12, under 5 free. Groups of six or more should call Kathy to reserve a table at 273-8806.

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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