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National Night Out in Nevada City — dunk Chief Foley

August 4, 2015 — 

The Nevada City Police Department will participate in the National Night Out program for the first time from 6 to 8 p.m. today. A nationwide event held in cities throughout the country, thousands of communities join forces in an effort to build stronger neighborhoods, heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support for participation in anti-crime efforts and strengthen the ties with law enforcement.

The NCPD will host an event tonight on Pine Street between Commercial and Broad streets, and officers will visit various neighborhood events throughout the city. The Pine Street event will include NCPD vehicles, a department K-9 booth, a NCPD Police Officer’s Association food station and a dunk tank, featuring Chief Tim Foley. Proceeds support “Rudiger,” Nevada City’s new canine officer. Other law enforcement agencies will join in, including the California Highway Patrol, Nevada County Search and Rescue and the Nevada County Probation Department. The Nevada City Fire Department will also participate and there may be a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog.

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Dine out for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release in Nevada County

August 4, 2015 — 

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) is joining with many of Nevada County’s favorite restaurants and breweries for several special nights during the spring and summer. Take the whole family out for dinner at one of the following restaurants and WR&R will receive a portion of the proceeds from that evening. And as a special attraction, the wildlife ambassadors will be in attendance at some of the venues. All proceeds go to the continued rehabilitation and release of injured or abandoned native wildlife, birds and bats. “Dine Out or Wildlife” dates include:

Aug. 6: Smiley Guys, 131 Joerschke Dr., Grass Valley, 5-9 p.m.

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South Church Street closed Aug. 4

August 4, 2015 — 

South Church Street between West Main Street and Neal Street will be closed in the southbound direction for paving between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. today. Access to businesses will be maintained, however southbound 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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Photo: Blue Moon

August 4, 2015 — 

Penn Valley resident Bruce Puphal captured the “blue moon” early Saturday morning. The term “blue moon” refers to the second full moon to occur in a calendar month. The next blue moon won’t be seen again until January 31, 2018.

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Penn Valley Fire board meets Aug. 4

August 4, 2015 — 

The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. today.

Items on the agenda include a report from the firefighters association, a fire prevention report from last year and the awarding of the contract for audit services through 2017.

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Flag retirement in September; drop-off locations around Nevada County

August 3, 2015 — 

Boy Scout Troop 855 will be holding their annual flag retirement ceremony during the Roamin’ Angels Car Show on Sept. 12.

Flags in need of disposal can be dropped off at the following locations through Sept. 10:

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Fruit of the vine

August 3, 2015 — 

Grapes ripening on the vine Thursday in Lake Wildwood.

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Rotary Club of Grass Valley and Western Sierra Medical Clinic host Healthy Community Day Aug. 8

August 1, 2015 — 

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley and Western Sierra Medical Clinic will hold a Healthy Community Day that focuses on immunizations and dental checkups at no charge for children.

The goal of the health event is to encourage community members,­ especially school-age children,­ to receive no charge health screenings and immunizations against potential life-threatening diseases such as measles and meningitis.

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Photo: Bear scare

August 1, 2015 — 

A curious bear decides to take advantage of an open window to check out a Cascade Shores residence Wednesday night. He was scared off before he ventured any farther inside.

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'Wicked women' coming to Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley

August 1, 2015 — 

Grass Valley author Chris Enss will talk about her newest book, “Mochi’s War: The Tragedy of Sand Creek,” at a gathering for book lovers at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

The Old West historian also will talk about one of her most popular topics: the lady gamblers, outlaws and other “wicked women” of the period. Enss will sign books and offer volumes for sale.

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Fencing club joins Grass Valley Chamber

July 31, 2015 — 

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Nevada County Fencing Club as its newest member with a ribbon cutting. The NC Fencing Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. For more information about the club call Robin at the GGVCC at 530-273-4667.

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'Animal communicator' coming to Grass Valley

July 31, 2015 — 

Kathy George, a Virginia animal communicator of 30 years will be coming to Grass Valley for a special “listening” to Nevada County animals. George will be giving a free talk at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 at 10654 Walker Drive in Grass Valley. She will be giving two day-long workshops, “Level 1” and “Level 2,” for a fee on Aug. 22 and 23. For more information, call 530-272-9093.

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Friends of Library's book sale Saturday

July 31, 2015 — 

The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries next monthly Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are included: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, collectible, etc. This month’s sale features entertainment (theater included), paperback science fiction, and coffee table books. For additional information phone 530-265-1407 or email friends@ncfol.org.

Gently used books can be donated at any Nevada County library branch or outside Raley’s grocery in Grass Valley. This is a great way to support your local libraries. Proceeds go toward library materials, programs and equipment.

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Free community dinner today

July 31, 2015 — 

Get out of the heat and join us for dinner in a beautifully air conditioned dining hall at the United Methodist Church this Friday night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 236 South Church St. in downtown Grass Valley. A refreshing Chinese Chicken Salad will be served along with fresh hot rolls and butter. For dessert, volunteers will serve “almost homemade” cookies and ice cream. The meal will be topped off with coffee, tea and milk. All are welcome to attend this community event which is sponsored by faith-based organizations, local businesses and individuals. The hall is wheelchair accessible and high chairs are available for the little ones.

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Volunteers needed for school anti-bullying program

July 30, 2015 — 

Adults throughout the community are stepping up and joining the effort to stop bullying in our schools. The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office and Child Advocates of Nevada County have been recruiting adult volunteers to teach the comprehensive and evidence-based anti-bullying curriculum, “Steps to Respect,” to students in fourth and fifth grade classrooms throughout the county.

Retired teachers, concerned parents, and community members from all walks of life have attended a one day training which has prepared them to present the “Steps to Respect” curriculum to students for one hour, once a week for 10 weeks. Working with a partner and with the full support and participation of the classroom teacher, many of those volunteers have begun lessons and are enthusiastic about the response from students.

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Bear River 5k Run and Walk this Saturday

July 30, 2015 — 

The South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2015 Bear River 5k Run and Walk, set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Bear River High School. The annual event is the Chamber’s main fundraiser with proceeds benefiting local high school students with college scholarships. This year, the Chamber is teaming up with the Bear River High School Cross Country Team, Cub Scout Pack 787, and The Rotary Club of Nevada County South. The Bear River 5k Fun Run and Walk is part of the Gold Country Grand Prix Series of races. The cost is $25. Children 10 and younger are $15. Day of event sign ups are held from 7 to 7:40 a.m.

Several event sponsors will also be on hand at the event with food, prizes and other free giveaways.

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Photo: Beyond grateful

July 30, 2015 — 

This sign and others were posted along the bottom of You Bet Road in appreciation of the many firefighters working on the Lowell Fire.

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Banner Grange community Book Swap this Sunday

July 30, 2015 — 

The community book swap will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. this Sunday. Exchange used books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and table games for others. Everything is free. The event is held the first Sunday of the month at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, one mile past the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For more information, call 530-845-5208 or visit http://www.ncbookswap.webs.com.

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De-stress workshop today

July 30, 2015 — 

A free one-hour workshop offering tools to de-stress on the spot will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at Eskaton Village, 625 Eskaton Circle in Grass Valley. Facilitator Hilary Anderson will present “Three Keys to Instant Calm,” tools people can use without changing their schedules or taking a day off. The workshop will meet in the Crafters’ Courtyard at Eskaton Village.

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Nevada County for Bernie Sanders campaign kick-off includes live feed of senator

July 29, 2015 — 

The Nevada County for Bernie Sanders Organizing Kickoff, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, has been moved to a larger venue. The meeting will be at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center at 180 Cambridge Ct. (off Whispering Pines) in Grass Valley. The evening will include a live feed from Senator Sanders and a discussion of strategies on connecting with others in the community to organize a grass roots campaign. For more information, email schwinn@sonic.net.

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Lake Wildwood nominees, 2015 Citizen Of The Year

July 29, 2015 — 

Nominees for the 2015 Lake Wildwood Citizen of the Year are, from left, Paula Ferrell, Bob Pleski (winner), Nora Kinney (seated), Jeannie Church and John Ballard. Not pictured: Dave Anderson.

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Vietnam Vets group seeking new members

July 28, 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 Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn St. For more information, visit http://www.vva535.org or call 530-559-7716.

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Fairgrounds and community organizations team up for community involvement day On August 3

July 28, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and BloodSource are teaming up on Aug. 3 for Community Involvement Day — a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the fair.

These organizations will be set up at the fairgrounds’ Gate 1 main parking lot from 1 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

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Pet adopt-a-thon Saturday

July 28, 2015 — 

Rescue for Pet Sake will be hosting their monthly dog “adopt-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-263-3331 or visit http://rescueforpetsake.org.

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Photo: 'I can see Nevada County from my horse'

July 27, 2015 — 

Gold Country Trails Council riders look out over the American River watershed from Royal Gorge at approximately 8,000 feet. The Trails Council, based in Grass Valley, builds and maintains trails in Nevada County.

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Western Sierra Medical Clinic adds obstetrics, gynecology services

July 27, 2015 — 

Western Sierra Medical Clinic has established an obstetrics and gynecology practice, hiring a longtime physician to start the much-needed service in the region.

Dr. Scott Mack, a 27-year obstetrician and gynecologist (OB/GYN), most recently with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Roseville, is the first physician to join the Maternal Health Unit at Western Sierra. The community has a critical shortage of OB/GYNs, forcing many women to seek the specialty service in other communities.

Mack has already been meeting with patients at Western Sierra in Grass Valley, and coordinating with other OB/GYNs to help continue to improve access to care for mothers and their still-developing babies.

The center has about 20 patients every month who deliver a baby, further indicating the need for an OB/GYN practice at Western Sierra. The center provides comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health care in Nevada, Sierra and Yuba counties. Western Sierra already had maternity services, including a midwife, but not an OB/GYN until Dr. Mack joined the practice this month.

Mack has been practicing medicine since 1987, when he was in private practice in Mobile, Ala. He moved to the Bay Area and became a physician for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in 1993 and returned to private practice five years later in Fremont. Then, he joined Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Roseville in 2011, but bought a home in Grass Valley and commuted at least 90 minutes round-trip every workday. Mack joined the health center at the beginning of July and has been busy buying equipment, including an ultrasound machine, to meet the needs of patients.

Western Sierra is the largest outpatient health care provider in Nevada County, where a new full-service health clinic meets the growing demands in the community. To learn more, visit http://www.wsmcmed.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WesternSierraMedicalClinic.

67th USS Hornet Association reunion set for September

July 25, 2015 — 

USS Hornet Association is hosting the 67th reunion of those who served aboard the U.S. Navy’s Yorktown-class aircraft carrier during World War II. The reunion is planned for Sept. 9-13 in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, contact Sandy Burket at 814-224-5063 or email hornetcva@aol.com. For information on the USS Hornet Association, visit http://www.USSHornetAssn.com.

Chili chefs invited to compete for cash prizes in Rough and Ready chili cook-off

July 25, 2015 — 

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready is again preparing to host its annual Chili Cook-off on Sept. 27 and is inviting chili cookers interested in participating.

The annual event brings individuals, businesses and civic organizations to town, where they can cook their favorite chili recipe and submit them to a panel of judges and to the public for tasting. The judges will determine the first and second place winners, who will receive $500 and $250 cash awards, while the visiting public can purchase tasting kits and vote for the winner of the $250 People’s Choice Award. Bragging rights, far in excess of any cash awards, also accrue to the winners. Rough and Ready rules apply, meaning there are few restrictions on ingredients.

If your friends, family or co-workers have raved about your chili, go for the gold and sign up to cook your secret recipe! It may be your chili that unseats the incumbent champion, Mondog’s Fire Roasted Red Chili.

For more information, chili cookers are asked to contact the Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce at 530-797-6729 or email info@roughandreadychamber.com. Cook-off rules and application may be downloaded from the Chili Cook-off page of the Chamber website at http://www.roughandreadychamber.com.

Operation Homefront partners with Dollar Tree stores to help military children

July 25, 2015 — 

Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, Inc. have joined forces to gather school supplies for military children across the country. The supplies can be purchased by customers at any Dollar Tree store and placed in collection boxes in each store.

The Back-to-School Brigade program is a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree. This is the seventh year that Dollar Tree has partnered with Operation Homefront for the program. Last year, Dollar Tree patrons donated more than $5 million of supplies.

Dollar Tree stores will collect supplies through Aug. 13. Once the collection period concludes, Operation Homefront will distribute the supplies to military children during the back-to-school season in August and September.

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity watchdog groups, nationally, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to http://www.OperationHomefront.net.

Late bloomer

July 25, 2015 — 

Submitted photo by Annita Kasparian

A robin began building a nest roughly a week ago near Englebright Reservoir.

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