News briefs in Grass Valley California

Nevada County Democratic Women's scholarship winners

May 25, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club Scholarship awarded $2,500 to four high school seniors at their annual Annette Gillett Memorial Scholarship Luncheon. Marilyn Chambliss, chair of the Scholarship Committee, presented Nevada Union High School students Jessica Dent and Nora Pizella with awards for their winning essays. Additionally, Hayley Pritchard, NUHS, and Lily Carrow, BRHS, each received $500 for community service.

Above, first row from left are Joanne Bodine and Marilyn Chambliss. Second row, Nora Pizella, Lily Carrow, Susan Trant, Wanda Way, Jessica Dent, Hayley Pritchard and Merilee Imamoto.

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Mental health, wellness focus of Community Support Network meeting

May 25, 2016 — 

The June 1 meeting of the Community Support Network is entitled, “Mental Health & Wellness — Four Specific Local Programs.” The meeting will feature a panel with representatives from each program, who will provide overviews of their services, how they are accessed, and more. Following the presentations there will be a moderated Q&A with attendees.

The panelists and programs will include Ginny Cutler from the Co-occurring Disorders Program at CoRR (Community Recovery Resources); Donna Fry from the Nevada County Public Health Department’s Moving Beyond Depression Program for new mothers; Lily Marie from the Healing Through Loss & Grief groups; and Nicole Ebrahimi-Nuyken and Darryl Quinn from Nevada County Behavioral Health, who will talk about “Effects of Medi-Cal Managed Care Changes at NCBH.”

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Pet adopt-a-thon and photo day May 28

May 25, 2016 — 

Scooter’s Pals will host a pet adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco in Grass Valley. Visiting dogs and shelter dogs in need of homes will be joining Scooter’s Pals’ rescue dogs of all sizes. There will also be a photographer at the event taking pictures of dogs. Petco is located at 672 Freeman Lane, in the Raley’s shopping center in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-350-2099. Scooter’s pals is all volunteer organization. Community members are encouraged to volunteer, foster or donate to help animals in need.

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Penn Valley Fire board to recognize, pin employees

May 24, 2016 — 

The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District has called a special meeting Friday at Western Gateway Park, in order to recognize and pin employees.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Buttermaker’s Cottage, 18560 Penn Valley Drive. For more information, call 432-2630.

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Bridge marathon benefits Alzheimer's

May 24, 2016 — 

The Grass Valley Duplicate Bridge Club, Unit 461 will sponsor a marathon day of bridge, entitled “The Longest Day” on June 20. It will begin with a sunrise session at 5:42 a.m., followed by sessions at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Ct. in Grass Valley.

All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Donations are welcome. For more information call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586.

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Expect delays during annual Poker Ride on Highway 20

May 24, 2016 — 

On June 4, a record number of horses and riders will be coming from all over the region for Gold Country Trail Council’s 25th Annual Poker Ride at Skillman Campground and Upper Pioneer Trail.

As a result, motorists can expect an increase in traffic, which will include trucks and horse trailers in the vicinity of Highway 20, roughly 15 miles east of Nevada City. More than 80 riders are already pre-registered for the ride. The Poker Ride is approximately eight miles of easy to moderate difficulty on wooded and well-marked trails. For more information, visit www.goldcountrytrailcouncil.org or contact Jeff Foltz 530-329-3097.

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Tahoe National Forest announces summer photo contest

May 24, 2016 — 

The Tahoe National Forest is hosting a photo contest during the summer months, beginning May 28 and ending Sept. 30.

In an effort to teach people about their public lands, visitors are encouraged to document the scenery, plants, animals and recreational opportunities available on the Tahoe National Forest.

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KARE Crisis Nursery's English Tea

May 24, 2016 — 

The KARE Crisis Nursery will be holding an English Tea in the beautiful gardens of the Nursery from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 4. Ladies of all ages are encouraged to attend. Entertainment will include a hat making demonstration by local milliner Leslie O’Neil, as well as a “Hat Trash” fashion show featuring hats made from recycled materials. For more information,contact KARE at 530-265-0693. Above, organizers model two of the hats that will be on display at the fundraiser.

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Chicago Park students win handwriting contest

May 23, 2016 — 

Five Chicago Park School students recently won the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, and were named “State Grade-Level winners.” The students were recognized at a school assembly and each received a gold medallion. In addition, their teachers were honored with diamond shaped paper weights. Above, winners, from left, are Miles Lorang (grade 2), Koen Cayabyab (grade 4), Arianne Cope (grade 1), Tess Beckman (grade 6) and Kate Fore (grade 3).

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Grass Valley Elks resuming 'Mama's Spaghetti Night'

May 23, 2016 — 

The Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538 is brining “Mama’s Spaghetti Night” back once a month. The first will be 6 p.m. on May 25 at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge at 109 S. School St. Dinner is $10 and background music will be provided. Reservations are recommended. Call 530-273-9228 or 530-273-9641.

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Wildfire expert to speak in Grass Valley

May 23, 2016 — 

On June 2, University of California, Berkeley Professor of Fire Science Scott Stephens will give a talk on the science and politics of fire management and prevention, habitat restoration, setting policy, and adapting to changing landscapes. He will also explain why the next two to three decades are absolutely critical in terms of forest preservation and restoration.

Stephens will be featured at the Gold Country Cal Alumni Association’s Summer Speaker’s Dinner at the Holbrooke Hotel, a speaker’s series sponsored by the local chapter. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on June 2, with cocktails and social time, followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. Members of the public are welcome.

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Memory loss support group in Nevada County

May 23, 2016 — 

An ongoing support group, “Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss,” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Eskaton Village. The group is facilitated by Barbara Larsen, the creator and author of Movement with Meaning. Larson has been working in the field of dementia care for 30 years and is the chair and founding member of the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition of Nevada County. RSVP TO 530-276-1778.

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Harvey Milk film to be shown Tuesday

May 22, 2016 — 

PFLAG Nevada County will screen the movie “Milk” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley. The community is invited. “Milk” stars Sean Penn, who portrays Harvey Milk, who became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors. Tragically, he was killed the following year. The film follows Milk’s fight for equal gay rights during one of the least tolerant times in U.S. history. The cast also includes Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and James Franco. Milk has become an important symbol to the LGBTQ people throughout the world. There will be time for a discussion after the movie.

The movie will be immediately following PFLAG’S two monthly support groups that begin at 6 p.m., held at the same location, 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley. The group offers a transgender support group and our usual LGBTQ support group and all are welcome to attend either group. There is no charge for our groups and all ages, orientations, families, allies, and friends are invited. For more information, call 530-274-1423.

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Learn gold panning at Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park

May 22, 2016 — 

Beginning Memorial Day weekend visitors to Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park will have the opportunity to try their hand at gold panning at the visitors’ center. Docents will be on hand to demonstrate how the old 49ers used simple pans to find hidden treasure in the shallows of the Yuba River. Step-by-step panning lessons will be given and docents will share stories about the history of the area, and describe other ways the precious metal was extracted during the California Gold Rush, such as hard rock mining and hydraulic mining. Demonstrations at Bridgeport are offered from noon to 2 p.m. every weekend and holiday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Gold panning sessions for private groups and school talks can be arranged at other times by prior reservation. Call South Yuba River State Park for more information at 530-432-2546.

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Parkinson's Support Group

May 22, 2016 — 

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the activity room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Come share experiences and information with others who have Parkinson’s. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy at 530-272-7950 or Pete at 530-273-4804.

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Nevada Union High School student wins GOP women's scholarship

May 20, 2016 — 

Eva Caisse was the 2015-16 recipient of a $1,000 scholarship awarded by Nevada County Republican Women Federated. Caisse attended the May 17 luncheon meeting, where she read her winning essay.

Caisse lives in Rough and Ready and is a graduating senior at Nevada Union High School. She has been involved in many volunteer activities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Toys for Tots and sponsoring a Sadie Hawkins dance to raise money for breast cancer research. Her sports activities include soccer, basketball, wrestling and water polo. Caisse future plans to study science and education in college. In her essay she states, “The power is in my hands to decide what I choose to do with my life, and I attribute the awareness of that to being raised in the foothills, a sanctuary of open-mindedness and freedom.”

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Gold Country Stage 'Free Fare Days' May 26-28

May 20, 2016 — 

The County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

To support this objective, Gold Country Stage will provide system wide “free fare days” on all routes May 26 through 28. Routes will be operating their normal schedules, days, and times from 5:50 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with free fares for all.

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Nevada Union Class of '66 Reunion in September

May 20, 2016 — 

The Nevada Union High School Class of 1966 will celebrate its 50 year reunion in September at several Grass Valley venues. On September 8 a cocktail party is planned at the Nevada County Sportsman’s Club with faculty attending. September 9 will be a banquet and silent auction at the Foothills Event Center and September 10 will be a no-host breakfast at IHOP, followed by a tour of NUHS and an event at Pilot Peak Winery. Other optional activities and full details are on the class website at http://classreport.org/usa/ca/grass_valley/nuhs/1966. Registration information is also posted on “Classmates” and Facebook. Registration costs are $70 before June 1, $75 after June 1, and $80 at the door. For more information, email nuhs50threunion@gmail.com.

Organizers are hoping to track down the following “missing” classmates:

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Cal professor to speak on wildfire behavior in Grass Valley

May 19, 2016 — 

On June 2, University of California, Berkeley Professor of Fire Science Scott Stephens will give a talk on the science and politics of fire management and prevention, habitat restoration, setting policy, and adapting to changing landscapes. He will also explain why the next two to three decades are absolutely critical in terms of forest preservation and restoration.

Stephens will be featured at the Gold Country Cal Alumni Association’s Summer Speaker’s Dinner at the Holbrooke Hotel, a speaker’s series sponsored by the local chapter. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on June 2, with cocktails and social time, followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. Members of the public are welcome.

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Construction on East Main May 20

May 19, 2016 — 

East Main Street between Stewart Street and Bennett Street will be subject to traffic control today for sidewalk repair work. The Traffic Control System should allow public traffic to pass without delay the majority of the time that the work is in progress. Any delays should be minimal to the traveling public, as every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.

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Daughters of the American Revolution honor high school 'Good Citizens'

May 19, 2016 — 

The Captain John Oldham Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored four area high school seniors as DAR “Good Citizens.” Each was presented with a certificate and pin and will receive a monetary award. The DAR awards recognize high school seniors who possess the good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. Students are selected by their teachers for demonstrating and each participates in the scholarship portion of the program, which consists of the submission of a written essay and a written description on the qualities of good citizenship.

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Nevada County Fairground to host job fair for 2016 fair season jobs

May 18, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds will host a job fair to fulfill its hiring needs for this year’s fair season. The Nevada County Fair job fair will be from 3 to 6 p.m. held on June 2 at Ponderosa Hall, located at Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Fair staff will be accepting applications for all departments, as well as conducting interviews on site. Some of the jobs available include gate cashiers, ticket monitors, “red shirt” patrols, exhibit crew, exhibit entry clerk, clean-up crew, and parking crew.

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Tickets still on sale for Soroptimist Garden Tour

May 18, 2016 — 

The 23rd Annual Spring Garden Tour, hosted by Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills (SISF), will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are on sale through Friday for $25 in advance or $30 at the garden gate. For more information on where to buy tickets, call 530-273-7989 or visit http://www.SierraSoroptimist.org.

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Traffic delays on Carpenter Street in Grass Valley

May 17, 2016 — 

Carpenter Street, between West Main Street and Scotia Pines Circle, will be closed to through traffic today for underground utility work. The closure will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. Access to residences will be maintained, however through traffic will be required to use an alternate route. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.

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DeVere Mautino Park closed to through traffic today

May 17, 2016 — 

The driveway into Mautino Park will be closed to traffic today for crack sealing. The closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Access to pedestrians will be maintained.

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"Every 15 Minutes Program" this week in Nevada County

May 17, 2016 — 

The California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with Nevada Union High School, will be conducting a simulated alcohol-involved traffic collision today as part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program. The collision will be staged within Hooper Stadium on the campus of the high school and will begin at approximately 8:40 a.m. The mock collision will take place for approximately one hour. During the event, there will be a high concentration of emergency vehicles in the area, which will include the landing of a medical helicopter on the campus. We want to ensure the public is aware this is a simulated incident and that no real emergency actually exists.

Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program which demonstrates to high school students the impact impaired driving has on friends, families, and their community. The first day of the program is highlighted by a simulated traffic collision that will be conducted at the high school involving an impaired teenage driver and a fatally injured victim. The event includes emergency responses from area law enforcement, fire, ambulance, coroner, and mortuary personnel, just as an actual collision would require. The program will conclude with a mock funeral and assembly for students on May 19.

This event is conducted by the CHP in conjunction with the Nevada Union High School, with support from the Grass Valley Fire Department, Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada City Police Department, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, Sierra Nevada Ambulance Service, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Fischer’s Towing, and Hooper & Weaver Mortuary Service. Media participation is welcome. All media inquiries should be forwarded to Officer Greg Tassone at the CHP Grass Valley Area Office.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, substantial funding for this program was donated by the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council.

Rotary 'Business of The Year Award' goes to Outside Inn, new campground

May 17, 2016 — 

Nevada City's Robinson Plaza to add permanent seating

May 17, 2016 — 

Residents and visitors to Nevada City’s downtown district looking for an outdoor space to rest their legs while enjoying lunches in the shade will soon have additional seating options at Robinson Plaza.

Three sets of steel tables and chairs will be installed Thursday at the plaza, said Vice Mayor Evans Phelps, who spearheaded the project when she ran unopposed for a seat on the council in 2014.

Robinson Plaza is a small commemorative space located at the base of Commercial Street, where it meets with Union Alley and Coyote Street.

Phelps had previously told The Union that she proposed the project because she wanted to “see more places for people to hang out, congregate and enjoy Nevada City.”

Two sets of temporary chairs and tables are currently in place at the plaza.

During a March 9 meeting, Nevada City Council voted unanimously to bypass an environmental review of the project, and approved the design and placement of the chairs and tables through a 3-2 vote. Council members Terri Andersen and Mayor Jennifer Ray cast the opposing votes.

All three sets, designed and sculpted by local metal-smith and furniture-maker Mark Oldland, will be completed with solid table tops. The first set has three chairs and a triangular table measuring 30 inches. The second set is a 30-inch triangular table with two chairs and a space to accommodate a wheelchair. The third set is a 40 by 50 inch rectangular table with four chairs.

Phelps said the cost of building the seating was around $8,700. The city supplemented the cost with around $2,500 in support.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.

Bear River High School presents 'Puttin' on the Ritz'

May 16, 2016 — 

For two nights this week, Bear River’s High School Theater will host “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” a musical extravaganza, highlighting the talents of Bear River’s choirs, including BR Voices, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Unlimited and Starlite Express.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bear River High School. Tickets can be purchased at the student store, also at Forever Yours Florist, 10934 Combie Road (next to Holiday Market), or at the door the night of the event. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Visit http://BearRiverMusic.org for more information on the show or more about Bear River High School music programs.

Fundraiser for Bob Blackmon Saturday

May 16, 2016 — 

A fundraiser for Bob Blackmon and his family is scheduled for Saturday at the Nevada County Country Club. Blackmon has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and has already undergone two brain surgeries to remove cancerous tumors. Fundraisers are being organized to help with medical bills and support his family, which includes wife Celeste, and two sons, Ben, 21, and Dylan, 8.

Saturday’s fundraiser will include 18 holes of golf (four person best ball), a silent auction, dinner and live music. The golf “shotgun start” begins at 1 p.m., and dinner at the pool begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $75 for golf and dinner, or $20 for dinner only. Families are welcome. RSVP by emailing bobblackmonandfamily@gmail.com. Organizers are still looking for sponsors and local businesses to donate to the fundraiser. Family and friends have also set up an account for donations at http://www.GoFundMe.com/ym65p3k. For more information on Blackmon’s story, visit http://www.bobbyblackmon.wordpress.com.

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