News Briefs

Fire and water: a warming world, California’s weather and a bipartisan solution

February 28, 2015 — 

California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?

In this “Fire and Water” event, scientist Dana Nuccitelli will present and answer questions about the latest scientific research on the links between climate change and California’s wildfires and drought, as well as projections for a warming world.

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Free mom and baby support clinic March 7

February 28, 2015 — 

Local physical therapists specializing in women’s health and child development are joining together to offer their fifth “Mom and Baby Support Clinic,” which includes free consultations and screening. The event is targeted for mothers who experienced traumatic births, are having pain or difficulties, or simply have questions about a baby’s development. Call 530-274-2320 to reserve some time to talk with specialists and visit with other moms, or just drop-by. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at Spring Hill Physical Therapy, 300 Sierra College Dr., Suite 165 in Grass Valley.

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Local woodturners contribute to Empty Bowl project

February 28, 2015 — 

With the Empty Bowl Benefit for Hospitality House coming up on March 7, the Gold Country Woodturners have contributed 50 beautiful bowls to the Empty Bowl Benefit. Many of the hand turned bowls are considered to be of gallery quality. Gold Country Woodturners is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. In addition to supporting this community project, the local chapter exists to promote and encourage the art of woodturning through monthly meetings, demonstrations, workshops, mentoring and by sponsoring a forum to share knowledge, wood, and resources. More information about the local chapter may be found on it’s web site, http://www.goldturners.com. For more information about the Empty Bowl Benefit, visit http://www.hhshelter.org.

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Emergency preparedness class this Saturday

February 27, 2015 — 

Sierra College is offering an emergency preparedness class to the community from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The class will be presented by Denis Korn, owner of PrepareDirect.

Korn is a preparedness expert with more than 40 years of experience. The workshop will include practical action steps and guidance to protect loved ones in an emergency. Participants will learn the 12 critical questions to ask in the planning process. The class is appropriate for both the beginning preparedness planner and those who want to preserve what they have started.

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Native plants discussed at Chicago Park Garden Club

February 27, 2015 — 

The public is invited to Chicago Park Garden Club’s next meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room, 15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley. The topic is “All About Native Plants” with speaker Carolyn Singer, well-known local gardener and author. The club’s membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities; nonmembers are also welcome. For more information, call 530-272-7708.

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Village Folk Orkestra performs Friday at Nevada City Methodist Church

February 27, 2015 — 

Photo submitted by David Unterman

Village Folk Orkestra tunes up their gaidulka, dumbek, tupan, and lots more instruments at 6:30 p.m. on Friday for a concert and dance, joined by local women’s choir “Podruzhki.”

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Blue Star Mothers Of America to host fundraiser

February 27, 2015 — 

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter 12 are holding a fundraising event from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 9 at the Lake of the Pines Northridge Restaurant, 21515 Higgins Road. The proceeds will help serve the troops, benefit veteran projects, support the families of the injured or fallen and help benefit the local chapter.

BSMA’s Sierra Nevada Chapter 12 is composed of mothers from north Placer and Nevada counties who have, or have had, children serving in the U.S. military. The group’s mission is to support each other by sharing personal experience, strength, and hope for the safety of those who honorably serve the nation, as well as to promote patriotism in the community.

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GV hosts int’l convention

February 26, 2015 — 

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Nevada County Fairgrounds begin search for chief executive officer

February 26, 2015 — 

The Board of Directors of the Nevada County Fairgrounds announced this week that the search for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Nevada County Fairgrounds has begun. The CEO position is responsible for managing the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, the Country Christmas Faire, year-round events, concerts, the RV Park, and community gatherings at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Qualified candidates should have a background in business administration, agriculture, and event/fair experience. Candidates should also have strong leadership, organizational, financial management, marketing and communication skills; as well as a willingness to be active in local, regional, and state association activities.

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Book Swap celebrates six years this Sunday

February 25, 2015 — 

Sunday, March 1, marks the sixth anniversary for Community Book Swap. The event will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Light refreshments will be provided. The book swap is about sharing books, CDs, movies, magazines, games and puzzles that we used, enjoyed and no longer need with others.

Items are brought in, then sorted by volunteers while swappers browse and pick up what they want for themselves, friends and family. Everything is free.

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Retired Teachers Association to host local novelist

February 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada County division of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet on Monday, March 2 at Alta Sierra Country Club for a business and luncheon meeting. The program will feature Chris Enss, best selling novelist. Everyone is welcome. If you are a retired teacher and wish to attend, contact Bonnie Bennett at 530-615-4252. CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and to support public education. The division meets five times a year with a luncheon and a featured speaker or program relative to STRS members. For membership information contact Carol Siver at 530-272-4132.

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Vietnam Veterans of America 535

February 25, 2015 — 

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not.

All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.

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Media bell ringing champ

February 25, 2015 — 

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Service organizations help fund new Pioneer Park slide

February 24, 2015 — 

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Open house for potential volunteers at Empire Mine

February 24, 2015 — 

Empire Mine State Historic Park is hosting an open house for potential volunteers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the park. Reservations are not necessary, but prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Experienced volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate and share experiences. To qualify as a volunteer, attendance at one of several two-day sessions is required. The first will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The second will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The third will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and the fourth will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Sign-ups must be made in advance, and snacks and beverages will be provided. Additional training for volunteers will be provided once they’ve decided how they will get involved. The park is now into its third decade of annual training and approximately 1,000 people have attended over the years. For more information, visit http://www.empiremine.org/volunteer.

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Volunteers for California CareForce

February 24, 2015 — 

A group of Nevada County people is volunteering to help prepare for the free medical, dental and vision two-day clinic being brought to Grass Valley by the nonprofit California CareForce on November 14 and 15 of 2015. If you or your organization, religious affiliates, etc. want to help local people in need of these health services, come check out our next meeting, visit http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org or go to http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCareForce.

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Speaker to address the neuropsychology of Multiple Sclerosis

February 23, 2015 — 

Neuropsychologist Bonnie Connor will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Self Help/Support Group, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.

Meetings are held in the Community Room of Glenbrook Apartment Homes, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

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Monthly meeting Of Blue Star Mothers Of America

February 21, 2015 — 

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 and meeting begins at 10 a.m. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us.

To learn more, please visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org.

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Free tax filing assistance available

February 21, 2015 — 

HelpLine Senior Information and Assistance is now taking appointments for the AARP Tax-Aide program. This service offers free help with the preparation of Federal and State income tax returns and is available to people of all ages with middle and low income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The program is staffed by local volunteers who are IRS-trained and certified.

Appointments (be prepared to stay two hours) are available on Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 13. Those interested in free tax filing assistance can call HelpLine at 530-273-2273 to schedule an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

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New program seeks donations of used children’s books

February 21, 2015 — 

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority is seeking new and used children’s books for a new program they’re starting in March. The program, called “Nevada County Works!,” will provide training and hands-on work experience for participants of the CalWORKs program.

As part of the program, participants will collect and refurbish books to distribute to kids in the community, all while learning valuable employment skills such as boundaries, communication, organization, and teamwork.

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Super hero spotted locally

February 21, 2015 — 

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RCRC delivers wildfire risk resolutions to gov.

February 21, 2015 — 

Last week, officers of the Rural County Representatives of California delivered resolutions passed by 24 member counties, including Nevada County, to the governor’s office outlining the risk of catastrophic wildfires on California’s public lands.

The message carried by the resolutions and RCRC’s officers, including immediate past Chair Supervisor Nate Beason, was that the governor needs to lend more of his clout to the push to increase forest health and vegetation management projects on federal lands.

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Attention all 2nd Infantry Division veterans

February 20, 2015 — 

The California Branch of the 2nd Indianhead Division Association will hold its annual reunion in Fresno, California from April 10 through 12, 2015. For more information, please email George Sousa at geonlou@aol.com or call 858-350-5953 or call Duane Anderson at 916-481-1751.

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Residents urged to complete community health survey

February 20, 2015 — 

Nevada County Public Health Department is conducting a community health assessment in order to gain a deeper understanding of what issues residents feel are important, how quality of life is perceived in our various communities, and which existing community assets be improved upon.

Health officials are encouraging all community members to complete this survey. Questions are about quality of life, health care, children, elderly, economic opportunity, safety, social support, community health, stress, and risk behaviors in the community. In addition, the survey gathers some basic demographic information to better understand what matters to the different individuals and communities completing the survey.

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Practical guidelines for emergency preparedness offered by Sierra College

February 20, 2015 — 

Sierra College is offering a workshop packed with practical action steps and guidance to protect yourself and loved ones in an emergency. Learn 12 critical questions to ask in your planning process and get reliable answers.

Both essential information and product suggestions will be covered. Free vital handouts will be distributed, including the essential checklist for emergency planning. This class is appropriate for both the beginning preparedness planner and those who want to build upon and preserve what they have already begun.

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Catnap time, all the time

February 20, 2015 — 

California Highway Patrol hosts recruitment event in West Sacramento

February 19, 2015 — 

On Feb. 28, the California Highway Patrol’s Valley Division Recruitment Unit will be hosting a Law Enforcement Recruitment Event at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento. The CHP is currently looking to recruit both women and men throughout the state to become CHP Officers. This recruitment event is designed to educate women and men on the opportunities and benefits associated with a career with the CHP. Officers will also be available to answer any questions regarding career opportunities and the CHP recruitment process.

At this recruitment event applicants will:

— Learn about CHP career opportunities, salary, benefits, and retirement;

— Visit with successful officers, sergeants, lieutenants, captains and chiefs;

— Preview life at the CHP Academy and how to prepare for a career with CHP;

— Learn about the new hiring process;

— Be provided information on nutrition and physical preparedness for the physical abilities test;

— Tour the CHP Academy;

— Speak with female and male motorcycle officers, K-9 officers, recruitment officers, mounted patrol officers, commercial officers, physical training officers from the CHP Academy, Emergency Vehicle Operation Course training officers, CHP Explorers, and current CHP cadets.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (check-in is from 8:30-9 a.m.) at the CHP Academy, 3500 Reed Ave., West Sacramento. RSVP to 201recruitment@chp.ca.gov or 916-731-6500.

For more information regarding a career with the CHP, contact the CHP Valley Division Recruitment Unit at 916-731-6500. You can also visit http://www.chpcareers.com.

Have a ‘Cup with a Cop’

February 19, 2015 — 

The first “A Cup with a Cop” event is scheduled for Thursday, March 5. from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Java John’s in Nevada City. As part of the Community Connect Program, Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley will be on hand to visit with interested community members. In this relaxed, informal setting, Chief Foley is open to discuss local interests, community concerns or just get acquainted.

Dog adoption event Saturday

February 19, 2015 — 

Calling all quilters

February 19, 2015 — 

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild invites all quilters to join them on Tuesday, March 3, for their third annual “March Mixer.” Anyone interested in quilting is encouraged to come to learn about the Guild and its many activities. The mixer will feature interesting stations where Guild members or affiliates will demonstrate quilting techniques or offer a “Make-and-Take.” Attendees will have time to visit three stations during the evening. The 2015 Guild Challenge quilts, made by talented members, will be displayed so that all can vote on their favorites. There will also be free refreshments including cookies, coffee, tea and water.

The March Mixer begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. Please plan to car-pool and arrive early to secure a parking space. For more information about the Guild, visit http://www.pinetreequiltguild.com.

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