News briefs in Grass Valley California
BriarPatch Co-op Community Market is accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations for two donation programs — its Cooperative Community Fund grants and Co-op CAUSE checkout donation program.
The areas targeted for both projects are: sustainable agriculture, local food, and organic food; hunger and social issues; environmental protection and stewardship; and cooperatives.Learn more »
Good Women International, a human trafficking prevention organization based in the foothills, is currently sponsoring an art contest for the creation of a human trafficking awareness poster for Nevada County, as well as other areas. The contest will end Aug. 30. Photographers, artists, graphic designers and others are encouraged to submit work for the campaign to end and prevent human trafficking. Other areas in the country have experienced a noticeable uptick in human trafficking reporting after displaying informational posters in their communities. For more information or to participate in the contest, visit http://www.goodwomen.org/projects
A public reception will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Community leaders and members of the Nevada County Human Trafficking Task Force will be on hand to recognize participating artists, view all the contest entries and listen to important information about human trafficking locally and globally. The top three winning artists will be announced and appetizers will be served. For more information, call Good Women International at 530-613-2747.Learn more »
People left homeless by the Erskine Fire know “they are not alone” after receiving 21 quilts made by women of Peacemakers, a quilting group based at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. The fire is the second-most destructive in California so far this year and by far the biggest ever in Kern County. It started in late June, charred 285 homes and scorched more than 48,000 acres northwest of Bakersfield in an area near Lake Isabella.
Peacemakers quilter Ginni DeThomas contacted Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in the town of Lake Isabella to see how the quilters could help. Sadly, three church members lost their homes to the fire and the church lost all its paper records. However, a secretary was able to evacuate with a thumb drive that held the church financial records.Learn more »
A new session of Prism Nutrition & Lifestyle starts at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. Free classes are held at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Prism Nutrition & Lifestyle teaches students to have a new relationship with food and overcome patterns of overeating. It teaches participants to learn to eat for nutrition, not for comfort.
Prism’s diet plan calls for eating 1,200 to 1,400 calories per day, emphasizing fresh, whole foods. Participants will cut out refined sugar and grains. They will weigh their food to both count calories and learn correct food portions with the goal of creating mindfulness about food choices.Learn more »
Rick Clemens won Western Sierra YouthBuild’s most recent mini-home raffle. Clemens, who is from out of the area, purchased tickets to the raffle while visiting the Nevada County Fair. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Western Sierra YouthBuild. When Clemens realized that he had won, he decided to donate the house to the John Muir Charter Foundation, and is encouraging the foundation to auction the tiny house in order to raise money for Western Sierra YouthBuild, a Grass Valley-based public charter school that provides academic and vocational training to students ages 18 through 25.
Anita Bagwell, the school’s director, called Clemens’s gesture “extremely generous,” as the mini-home was valued at roughly $35,000. Students at Western Sierra have an ongoing project of building the mini-homes to help raise money for the school.Learn more »
A good Samaritan rescued a capsized canoe Saturday at Englebright Reservoir. The canoe tipped over due to a large wake from a passing speed boat. No one was injured — all four aboard were wearing life jackets.Learn more »
Nevada County author Durinda Kelley will be hosting a book signing for her third children’s book, “Molly the Mule Miner,” which touches on the region’s gritty mining history. The fictional story is based on facts taken from oral histories, published writings and news articles documenting mules used in hard rock mining for gold in Nevada County — most notably, the Empire Mine. Geared for young readers, the tale includes action, frightening moments and a heart warming ending, said Kelley.
A book signing and presentation will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Miners’ Picnic area at Empire Mine State Park.Learn more »
A free e-waste collection fundraiser is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Chicago Park School. Proceeds will benefit students at Chicago Park School and members of 4-H. Volunteers are available to help unload electronic waste. Items accepted include televisions, monitors, PCs, stereo equipment, digital cameras, printers, copiers and anything with both a circuit board and power cord. Items not accepted are batteries, lights, large appliances, microwave ovens, hazardous household waste or anything that might contain mercury, such as thermostats.
Chicago Park School is located on Mt. Olive Road, near the Chicago Park Store. For more information, call Jenna Cross at 530-277-1627.Learn more »
PFLAG’s monthly support groups will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. Two separate support groups meet in different rooms at the same time. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Allies group has been ongoing. The Transgender Support Group began in December and now includes new facilitator Debi Stevenson, who is a therapist and mother of a transgender daughter.
For more information on support meetings, contact Pat at 530-274-1423 or 530-277-0489.Learn more »
A committed team of Nevada Union High School basketball coaches, athletes and parents got together on a Saturday morning to refresh the West Gym at NUHS in Grass Valley.Learn more »
Members and friends of Business & Professional Women of Nevada County gathered on Aug. 20 to celebrate the annual awarding of scholarships to reentry women in the community. Scholarships were awarded to four recipients in the total amount of $3,450.
Nineteen years ago, members of BPWNC observed there were many scholarships available for young women graduating from high school but very few, if any, for more mature women whose education had been interrupted and who needed to finish school in order to improve their lives and that of their children. And so the scholarship program was born. More than $45,000 in awards later, BPWNC is still helping women look to the future, according to a press release.Learn more »
Assimilating into the local culture and going through the process of learning English is often a difficult and scary journey. Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) volunteers are there to help English learners reach their goals. PiELL Tutors work with their students one-on-one, committing to at least one hour a week, at a time and place that is convenient for both the tutor and the student.
PiELL currently has 10 students waiting to begin learning or improving their English. PiELL needs volunteers to help these students reach their goals. PiELL will be offering their next two-day volunteer tutor training on Sept. 10 and 17 (must attend both days). For more information, call 530-265-2116 or visit http://www.piell.org.Learn more »
The American Association of University Women-Nevada County presented the new 2016-2017 branch officers at their annual luncheon held at Alta Sierra Country Club. New offices include Karen Tajbl, Secretary; Melanie Heckel-Program, Co-VP; Katherine Greenwood, Educational Opportunity Funds VP; Laurie Alire, President; Cece Royal, Membership VP; Susan Frater-Legal, Advocacy Fund VP; Virginia Horowitz, finance; and Carolyn Feuille, Program Co-VP. The association will kick off their 2016 -2017 year with a brunch on Sept. 17.
AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Since 1881, AAUW has been empowering women. Its mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Formed in 1937, the Nevada County AAUW Branch raises funds to provide college scholarships for local women; to support the National Education Foundation and its fellowship grants; and to send local girls to the Tech Trek summer camp for science, math and technology. For more information, visit http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net or call 530-470-9395.Learn more »
From left, Chyann Harkins, 4, and Bailey Pittman, 3, enjoy snack time at Wild Ducks and Duckies day care and preschool located on the Chicago Park School campus in Grass Valley.Learn more »
Shaun N. Hansen of Grass Valley has successfully completed the 28-week cadet training course at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy. He is assigned to duty at the CHP’s Napa Area office.
Officer Hansen is a 2003 graduate of Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant.Learn more »
At midnight today, The Union launched its project to visually capture a typical day in the life of western Nevada County.
Staff members will be dispatched throughout the community today to photograph and video what goes on in the lives of our people. Follow lives posts The Union's Instagram page #theunionnews.Learn more »
The Rev. Jerry Farrell, minister at Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center in Grass Valley, has been asked to be the Senate Prayer Chaplain for the day, for the start of the California State Senate session on Aug. 22. Farrell will be leading an inclusive prayer on behalf of all the members of the legislature and their staffs. The prayer is recorded and will be available to the public on the senate Chaplain website at http://www.chaplain.senate.ca.gov.Learn more »
The Penn Valley Firefighters’ Association Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday at Fire Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children. The meal is free for children age 3 and under.Learn more »
Yvonne Bartlett, the facilitator of the Nevada County School Board’s Family Life Curriculum Committee, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club on Sept. 3. Bartlett will discuss the new curriculum requirements of California’s Assembly bill 329 and give an update on implementation. Admission to the breakfast is $13. Please RSVP to Shanti Emerson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club is a chartered member of the Nevada County Democratic Party. The club meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday at Margarita’s Restaurant, 988 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley.Learn more »
The American Legion, Post 130 will be hosting a dance from 6 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. DJ Ed Lawson will be playing an eclectic mix of music, ranging from Bob Seger to Glenn Miller to Elvis Presley to George Strait. The DJ also takes requests. The dance will take place on a large, hardwood floor in an air conditioned auditorium. The event will include a no-host bar, with water and soft drinks also available. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks to share. The Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building is located at 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://edlawsondj.com or call 530-906-0199.Learn more »
Smoke from the Clayton Fire in Lake County makes for a brilliant sunset over Nevada County. The wildfire has destroyed more than 175 structures and has spread to more than 4,000 acres.Learn more »
Save Mart supermarkets across Northern California are collecting monetary donations for the American Red Cross for fire relief efforts in Lake County. Shoppers can donated any amount at the check out stand. Donations will be printed on the receipt so shoppers will have a record of a tax deductible donation. The fundraiser will continue until further notice. The Grass Valley Save Mart is located at 2054 Nevada City Highway.Learn more »
Three year old Kellen Coffey of Grass Valley goes rogue a ride in Kids Corner at the Nevada County Fair. The annual fair opened on August 10 and closed Sunday.Learn more »
Roy Zimmerman performs at The Unitarian Universalist Community of the MountainsAugust 15, 2016 —
Singer, songwriter and satirist Roy Zimmerman will perform at 8 p.m. tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley. In the midst of often devastating news of world events, global disasters and political chaos, Zimmerman takes time to poke fun at society and its political landscape. Original songs cover topics such as class warfare, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, Republicans, ignorance, war, greed and more.
The Los Angeles Times sums up Zimmerman as possessing “a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”
With 12 albums produced over 20 years, Zimmerman has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for peace and social justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime and he has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. Zimmerman is also featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Admission is on a sliding scale (a maximum of $18). The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains is located at 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.
PG&E crews and contractors inspecting gas meters in Nevada CountyAugust 15, 2016 —
As part of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) ongoing efforts to provide safe and reliable service to customers, utility workers have begun performing routine gas meter inspections in Nevada County. The inspections are expected to last about three weeks.
PG&E employees and contractors with Alisto Engineering will be conducting inspections on foot with a mobile tablet, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will each be wearing a hard hat, safety vest and carry photo identification, which they will present upon a customer’s request.
Gas meter inspections will occur in and around the Nevada County communities of Penn Valley, Grass Valley and Nevada City.
If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee or contractor shows you his or her identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-743-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E’s presence in the community. PG&E employees and contractors will walk up to the gas meters at homes and businesses but will not enter homes during these inspections.
During inspections, customers may see a PG&E employee or contractor on or near their properties as they access the gas meter. This work will not affect gas service. In the event a meter cannot be accessed, PG&E will schedule a visit and inspect the meter on a future date.
Customers who have provided a current phone number to PG&E will receive a call prior to inspections.
Solid as a rockAugust 14, 2016 —
Dine out for Wildlife Rehabilitation and ReleaseAugust 12, 2016 —
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release is joining with Ol’ Republic Brewery in Nevada City and the Northridge in Penn Valley for a two-night fundraiser benefiting orphaned or injured wild birds and animals. A percentage of Ol’ Republic’s proceeds from beer sales from 5 to 8 p.m. will be donated to WR&R and on August 19, and a percentage of food sales from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Northridge will go to WR&R on Aug. 24. The wildlife ambassadors, including a Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Screech-owl, American Crow and a King Snake, will be in attendance on evenings.
WR&R is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that rehabilitates injured or orphaned native wildlife and releases them back to the wild. All proceeds go to provide food and care for animals and birds in need.
For more information about Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, visit http://www.cawildlife911.org. For help with an injured or orphaned wild bird or animal, call WR&R’s Intake Center through Aug. 31 at 530-477-5774 or the year round hotline at 530-432-5522.
Welcome Home Vets has movedAugust 12, 2016 —
Welcome Home Vets has moved to the Veterans Memorial Building, located at 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. The primary focus of the organization is providing psychotherapy for veterans and their families at no cost. The group also promotes community awareness regarding the effects of post-traumatic stress and other military related psychological conditions, and the impact on veterans, family members and the community. The Veterans Family Wellness Program is a quarterly series aimed at increasing awareness of the challenges facing service members and their families upon return to civilian life. The program also assists with information on claims and entitlements for those who qualify. For more information, call 530-272-3300 or email email@example.com.