News briefs in Grass Valley California
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Leroy and Bonnie (Bussey) Kirchner of Penn Valley will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on June 26 at the First Baptist Church of Grass Valley. Bonnie worked for the Yuba City Unified School District as an instructional aide for 16 years. Leroy retired from the U.S. Air Force and went on to become, among many other pursuits, a stock broker, small business manager, credit union branch manager and president of the Yuba/Sutter Chamber of Commerce. The Kirchners have four children, seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.Learn more »
Cal, a 6-year-old Chihuahua/Terrier mix, will be among the dogs in need of forever homes at today’s pet “Adopt-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Petco in Grass Valley. Cal is a bit shy, sweet, gentle, and was left at the shelter by the only owner he’d ever known. The event is sponsored by Scooter’s Pals, but shelter dogs from Sammie’s Friends are also invited. Petco is located at 672 Freeman Lane (the Raley’s Shopping Center). For more information, call 530-350-2099 or 530-301-9335.Learn more »
Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook is now available and includes all the information needed to enter exhibits in this year’s fair. A broad range of categories include a child’s artwork project from school, a cooking skill, or a special collection. Entries often include cookies, photos, produce characters, making the “Ugliest Decorated Cake,” poems, “Pet Look-A-Like Photo Contest” and making a bookmark. New categories this year include blue jean art, creative yard art, toothpick art and string gardens (Kokedama).
Special contests include the Squash Mobile Races, Daily Special Food Contests, an Instagram contest and more. With hundreds of categories available for children and adults. Copies of the free handbook are available at the Fairgrounds’ office, Chamber of Commerce offices, post offices, county libraries, Raley’s, SPD, Ben Franklin, Foothill Mercantile, and other local businesses, as well as online at http://NevadaCountyFair.com.Learn more »
A free introduction to a meditation course offers hands-on experience with the basic elements of meditation, using breath, posture and techniques for coping with distractions and laxity of the mind as well as cultivating compassion for oneself and others.
Jewel Heart Norcal is offering an eight week course on all aspects of the meditative process, which will include exploring all aspects of meditation, including the development of concentration and how to sustain focus on an object. Classes will include what to do before meditation, what to do while meditating, what to do after meditation.Learn more »
Local historical researcher, genealogist and writer, Maria Brower, will hold a book signing on her latest book, “The Man, the Myth, and the Mystery of the Rough and Ready Secession.” In honor of Rough and Ready Secession Days, Brower will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 25 at the Nevada County History Center, home of the Nevada County Library and Searls Library, 161 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City to discuss her book.
Brower first became interested in the mysterious E.F. Brundage in 2005, when she discovered there was no documented evidence in Nevada County’s history of who this man was, or even the first name of the man whom was supposed to have played a major role in the secession story.Learn more »
Sammie’s Friends is in dire need of canned cat food at their shelter. Sammie’s Friends has a budget for dry food, but not for wet. Donated food can be dropped off food between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Shelter viewing hours are between noon and 4 p.m. every day but Sunday. Sammie’s Friends is located at 14647 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-471-5041.Learn more »
Officers and trustees from the Grass Valley Elk’s Lodge #538 recently gathered at Interfaith Food Ministry to present IFM executive director Sue Van Son (left, holding check) a donation of $2,000 from the Elks’ Beacon Grant.Learn more »
Owens Estate & Wealth Strategies Group’s knowledge in confidential documents created a highly successful Community Shred Day fundraiser for the Interfaith Food Ministry. On May 21, Owen’s rented an industrial shredding truck to support the document security needs of Grass Valley residents and to help those struggling with hunger. For a donation of $10 per banker box, Owen’s employees and IFM volunteers gave their time unloading boxes from cars and pouring paper into shredding bins. By 12:30 p.m. the truck held just over 13,000 pounds of shredded documents! All proceeds from Owen’s third annual Community Shred Day — a record $4,361 — were presented to Interfaith Food Ministry to help feed those in need.Learn more »
Every dog kennel at Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter is full of dogs in need of loving homes. Those interested in adopting a rescue pet are encouraged to act now. Cats are also available for adoption. Sammie’s Friends is open for adoptions from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday at 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. To learn more about adopting a dog, call 530-471-5041. For cats call 530-274-1955.Learn more »
Community members are invited to attend an early 4th of July celebration from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 24 at the United Methodist Church at 230 South Church St. in downtown Grass Valley. Families are invited to the Last Friday Supper, which will include an old fashioned barbecue. Volunteers will be preparing hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings, along with homemade potato salad. In honor of the holiday, watermelon will be served for dessert along with coffee, milk and soda. The community hall is wheel chair accessible and high chairs are available for small children.Learn more »
A multi-family yard sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 at Landmark Mission Baptist Church, located at 11962 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. In addition, local vendors will be selling their wares, including Partylite, Javita Coffee, Juice Plus, Tupperware, Premier Design Jewelry, Mad Man Spices, Young Living Essential Oils, Arbonne, Pampered Chef and Lula Roe.Learn more »
The Grass Valley Elk’s Lodge will be hosting a spaghetti dinner tonight at 109 South School St. in Grass Valley. The bar opens at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Cost is $10 per person.Learn more »
A summer solstice full moon over Smartsville.Learn more »
PFLAG Nevada County will be hosting a Community Picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. on July 16. The goal of the community event is to help bring people of all walks of life closer together. Families, friends, spouses and loved ones are invited to the festivities. Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and drinks (non-alcoholic) will be provided. Guests are encouraged to bring a side dish to share with others. For more information on location and to RSVP, call Marilyn at 530-274-7263.Learn more »
Bear River Recreation & Park District is offering summer classes, camps and sports. Options include an activities camp that includes swimming at the Bear River High School pool, sessions, volleyball, drama, a flag football league, circuitry and sea perch camps offered by the BRHS Stem Club, music, sudoku, sports, water polo a basketball clinic and counselor-in-training. Call 530-268-7275, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register brrpd.org.Learn more »
Neal Street, between South Auburn Street and Mill Street, will be subject to traffic control today for underground utility work. The Traffic Control System will utilize one way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 6 and 11 a.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however delays of up to five minutes may be possible. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.Learn more »
North Church Street between Richardson Street and West Main Street will be closed to through traffic today for paving work. The closure will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (weather permitting). Access to businesses/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.Learn more »
From left, Mason Ciafardoni, Brett Brady (of Bare Bones Guide Service) and Jack Papathakis show off the King Salmon they caught at Lake Oroville on June 14.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. The price is $8 for adults, $4 for children 3-12 and free for children under 3. For more information, call 530-432-4980.Learn more »
The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2016 Barbara Schmidt Millar scholarship recipients are Brooke Davey, left, Cheyanna Brock-Jimenez, far right and Katedia Alcordo (not pictured). All are Nevada Union High School graduates and will be going on to become nurses.Learn more »
Morgan E. Frost of Nevada City graduated from Boston University in May with a bachelor of arts degree in neuroscience. Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. Consisting of 16 schools and colleges, BU offers students more than 250 programs of study in science and engineering, social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional disciplines. With more than 33,000 students, BU is the fourth-largest private
university in the country and a member of the American Association of Universities (AAU), a nonprofit association of 62 of North America’s leading research-intensive institutions.Learn more »
The Nevada County Amateur Radio Club hosts an informal coffee at 8 a.m. every Thursday. All ham radio amateurs are invited as well as anyone interested in becoming a ham radio operator or just interested in ham radio are invited to attend. Meetings are held at Valentina’s Organic Bistro Bakery, 841 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. For more information on ham radios locally, visit http://www.NCARC.org.Learn more »
In partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Prospector’s Nursery in Nevada City will be hosting their annual “Vintage, Antique and Craft Fair” Saturday. The event, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature live music, food vendors, crafts, antiques and a booth with information on juvenile diabetes.
Nevada County has a vast community of children, teens and adults with Type 1 Diabetes. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raises funds to provide people with Type 1 Diabetes products, support and research for a cure. A group of Nevada County family and friends work and support each other surrounding the cause, and have created a team called Shooting 4 A Cure. The team both educates locally and fund raises to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes through JDRF.Learn more »
Nevada County Transit Services announces route changesJune 16, 2016 —
Transit Services annually plans potential service adjustments for the beginning of the upcoming fiscal year to provide additional transportation opportunities for passengers and increase overall system efficiency using available resources. The following adjustments will take place for Fiscal Year 2016-17 and take place effective July 5, 2016:
• Elimination of Route 3 Grass Valley Race Street stops due to lack of use and the addition of a regular hourly stop on Bennett and Ophir Streets.
• Addition of an on-demand stop at Union Jack Street at the new Gold Country Village senior apartment complex.
• Addition of a Route 1 on-demand stop at Spirit House on Gates Place in Grass Valley.
• Addition of a Route 4 on-demand stop at the Outpatient/Oncology Building 3 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
Save Mart foundation awards grants to two Nevada County nonprofitsJune 15, 2016 —
The Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation is pleased to announce that 15 organizations throughout California and Northern Nevada received grants, including two in Nevada County:
The Interfaith Food Ministry of Nevada County received a grant of $3,000. This local food bank requested money for its nutritional program to provide much needed protein to children in need for approximately three months. Nearly one-third of the nonprofit’s clients are under the age of 18. The Save Mart CARES Foundation also gave Interfaith Food Ministry $2,000 in 2014 and $3,000 in 2015. The funds typically buy both eggs and peanut butter.
Partners in English Language Learning received a grant of $1,000.
This education partner requested continued support in offering one-on-one English-language instruction for non-English speaking adult residents of Western Nevada County. The grant enables the nonprofit to update training materials, and it helps the program keep its coordinator, who is a crucial link between tutors, students and the PiELL Board. The Save Mart CARES Foundation has given the program $1,000 every year since 2010.
CARES stands for Community, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports and focuses on improving lives under these categories. The Save Mart CARES Foundation donated more than a quarter-million dollars last year to nearly three dozen organizations in California and Northern Nevada. For more information, visit http://www.SaveMart.com, under the Community tab.
Ellen Coleman of Grass Valley celebrates 100th birthdayJune 15, 2016 —
Ellen Coleman of Grass Valley will celebrate her 100th birthday today with family and friends. Coleman was a “war bride,” born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1916. She married an American soldier — the late Robert Coleman —and the couple raised their family in the United States.
Town hall meeting on Combie Road improvements in Western Nevada CountyJune 14, 2016 —
The Nevada County Department of Public Works will host a Combie Road Improvement Project Town Hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 23 at the Higgins Lions Community Center, located at 22490 East Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley. The improvement project is scheduled for construction in 2017 and 2018 and includes portions of Combie Road between Highway 49 and Hacienda Drive. The project will include numerous improvements along the corridor, including “undergrounding” of existing utilities along the remainder of the corridor; a meandering pedestrian and bike path that extends from Lake of the Pines to Highway 49; traffic signal at the Combie and Higgins intersection for improved access and safety; realignment of the Higgins Fire Station driveway to improve emergency response; road widening that includes four lanes and a center turn lane; shoulder widening and bicycle lanes; minor improvements to the Highway 49/Combie intersection; minor improvements to the Combie/Magnolia intersection; roadway safety lighting designed to improve road safety at nighttime; and potential sewer line extension to allow future sewer service expansion.
The town hall meeting will include a presentation by county staff and the project’s design consultant and will be hosted by Supervisor Ed Scofield. Following the presentation, residents and interested parties will have an opportunity to ask questions and voice support or concerns about the project.
For more information regarding the town hall meeting or about the project, call Project Manager Tim Wood at 530-265-7012 or email email@example.com.
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary awards scholarshipsJune 13, 2016 —
The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary awarded two $2,000 scholarships to Natalie Gallagher and Megan Andya. Above, from left, are Phyllis Burbridge, Auxiliary president, Gallagher, Andya and Suzanne Nobles, Auxiliary vice president and scholarship chair.