News Briefs

Grass Valley Elks Lodge donate to InterFaith Food Ministry

May 22, 2015 — 

Officers and Trustees of Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538 gathered at the InterFaith Food Ministry on May 13 to present a check in the amount of $2,000. The funds were obtained from The Beacon Grant program offered by the Elks National Foundation. The lodge has 114 years of continuous service to the community and is one of the oldest and still operating Elks Lodges in the nation. Charitable grants such as the Beacon Grant are part of the many programs the Elks provide to the community. Pictured above, from the left are Jim Moore, Cindy Homa, Bill Convis, Will Grenz, Jim Darnell, Sue Van Son (director of IFM), Kathy Mollet (treasurer of IFM), Darlene Grenz, Bill Heck, Suzie Haskins, Dan Davis, Kathy Sandiforth and Eddie Haskins.

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Sierra Presbyterian's 'Service is Worship' day invites participants

May 22, 2015 — 

Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City will participate in their third annual “Service is Worship” on Sunday, May 31. In addition to attending a brief church service that Sunday, the congregation will serve on work projects in Nevada County.

Last year, over 200 church members donated their time helping such non-profit organizations as KARE Crisis Nursery, Anew Day, Interfaith Food, Pride Industries, Camp Diamond Arrow, and Women of Worth. In addition, teams worked on projects at Nevada Union High School, Union Hill and other local schools. Other groups helped out at nursing and convalescent homes. Watch for the Teal-colored shirts in the community on Sunday, May 31. Those interested in participating in this community effort, please call the church office at 530-265-3291.

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Five Hospice of the Foothill workers earn Dame Cicely Saunders Awards

May 22, 2015 — 

Hospice of the Foothills celebrated its Circle of Care donors with the second annual Dame Cicely Saunders Awards on Thursday, May 14. Invoking the name of the founder of the modern hospice movement, the 2015 Dame Cicely Saunders Awards recognize the generosity of donors who make possible Hospice of the Foothills’ mission to provide compassionate end-of-life care to nearly 600 patients and families each year. The awards serve to honor the legacy of Dame Cicely Saunders’ vision.

Awards were presented to five recipients who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to the programs and services of Hospice of the Foothills through significant charitable support and service. Thursday’s honorees included the Chevron Humankind Fund, Hansen Bros. Enterprises, Lynn and Camille Kerby, Kerby Family Charitable Fund, Suzanne Koliche, RN, CHPN, at Hospice of the Foothills, and Nevada County Broadcasters, KNCO Radio.

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Tips on preventing animal bites

May 21, 2015 — 

​Nevada County Public Health Department receives over 200 animal bite reports every year. Each incident requires investigation for rabies exposure risk, even bites involving family pets.

Here are some ways to help ensure your pets remain healthy and minimize the risk for rabies:

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Rotarians name 'Teacher of the Year'

May 21, 2015 — 

Photo submitted by Dave Carter

Allison Chan, a teacher at the Nevada Joint Union High School District’s North Point Academy in Grass Valley, has been named as 2015 Teacher of the Year by the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City. Pictured above, center, Chan was recognized on May 6 by Nevada Joint Union High School District NJUHSD Superintendent and 49er Rotarian Louise Johnson while 49er Rotary President Andrew Twidwell, right, leads the applause. North Point Academy Principal Melissa Madigan also praised the performance and commitment of the eight-year teacher.

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Nevada County Fairgrounds closed to pedestrians through May 25

May 21, 2015 — 

In preparation for the Strawberry Music Festival, May 21 through 24, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to pedestrians, walkers and bicyclists through May 25. The Fairgrounds will re-open its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Tuesday, May 26. This closure does not affect the main office, which is open during its normal business hours. The RV Park at the Fairgrounds will also be closed to the public from May 19 through 25.

At various times throughout the year the grounds are rented by organizations for large, community events like the Strawberry Music Festival, the California WorldFest, the Bluegrass Festival, and the KVMR Celtic Festival. During these times, it becomes necessary to close the grounds to pedestrians in preparation for these various events.

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Free flower arranging class for children at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

May 21, 2015 — 

Are you looking for a free activity for your children this summer? The Nevada County Fairgrounds is partnering with the Chicago Park Garden Club to provide a flower arranging class for children ages 6 though 17 from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 24. The free class will be in the courtyard behind the fair offices at Gate 1.

Flowers, containers and instruction are provided for each child to create their own flower arrangement. Children will be encouraged to enter the Junior Floral Competition during the Nevada County Fair (August 12 through 16). Registration forms can be obtained at the Fairgrounds or by calling Ann Wallace at 530-265-8210. The class is limited to 25 students.

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"Bridge, Lunch and Tunes" to benefit Music in the Mountains

May 21, 2015 — 

Join us for a fun day of games, lunch, music and the opportunity to support Music in the Mountains music in the schools’ program.

This year’s “Bridge, Lunch and Tunes” will be on Monday, June 2 at the Amaral Center at the Fairgrounds. The day will start with coffee and pastries at 9:30 a.m., followed by games at 10 a.m. Select your favorite game — bridge, hand and foot, mahjong, Mexican Train, Monopoly, etc. Ladies and gentlemen are all welcome to attend. We do furnish bridge cards, but other than that bring your favorite game.

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Expert to discuss value of garden butterflies

May 20, 2015 — 

Cindy Chamberlain, former butterfly docent at the Natural Bridges State Park near Santa Cruz, will be the guest speaker at tonight’s Small Farm and Garden Forum at 7 p.m. at the Rough and Ready Grange.

During her presentation, Chamberlain will discuss the varieties of local butterflies and how to attract these valuable pollinators to your gardens. In addition, nine-year master gardener Lyn Muth will be speaking about the other pollinators that can be attracted gardens.

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Nevada County wins award for OES mobile app

May 19, 2015 — 

​This week, the California Counties Information Systems Directors Association awarded the Nevada County Information and General Services departments’ GIS Division with the best application for business process innovation. They developed a post-disaster assessment mobile GIS application.

The mobile Web application is used to assist the Office of Emergency Services in collecting data for their initial damage assessment in the event of a local emergency.

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Eat for energy and vitality

May 19, 2015 — 

As we age, our appetites tend to get smaller — yet good nutrition is important for healthy aging. Making your calories count will be discussed in “Eating for Energy and Vitality,” a free presentation from 9:15-10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. The presenter is Kathleen O’Dae, a specialist in nutrition, aging and holistic health with a practice, Balanced Mind, in Nevada City.

Coffee and baked goods are served at 9 a.m. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. All are welcome.

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Olympic-style fencing instruction begins June 1

May 19, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Fencing Club will begin its summer 2015 session of Olympic-style fencing instruction on June 1 at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building, 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley.

The eight-week session meets Monday evenings from 6:45-8:15 p.m. for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. “Open Fence” time will be from 8:15-8:45 p.m. New students can begin up to the third week of the summer session. All equipment is provided.

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Newly discovered Winchester rifle tops sellers at Witherell's Old West Show

May 19, 2015 — 

A newly discovered, never before published 1894 Winchester rifle was the talk of Witherell’s Old West Show, May 8 and 9 in Grass Valley.

Elaborately carved with elks, shields and leaves along the length of the barrel and handle, the rifle was in pristine condition. Since it had never before been on the circuit, the selling price was unknown but thought to be in the mid-six figures.

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Higgins Fire district to discuss new special tax

May 19, 2015 — 

The board of directors for the Higgins Area Fire Protection District will discuss enacting a new special fire tax at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. in district offices, 10106 Combie Road. For more information, call 268-0844.

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Free talk on patient advocacy tomorrow

May 19, 2015 — 

Frustrated or confused about your health care? Want to be a more informed patient? Dr. Corbett Riley, a patient advocate, will be giving a free talk on becoming a more empowered patient from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Move! Fitness Studio, 133 Argall Way in Nevada City (across from California Organics).

RSVP by calling 530-913-0249 or emailing corbett@corbettrileyhealthadvocacy.com.

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Local students treated with a Giants game

May 18, 2015 — 

Silver Springs High School principal Marty Mathiesen took 25 of his students to a Giants day game on May 7. Students selected were those who have “contributed to the school culture, had good attendance, improved grades and possessed good attitudes,” Mathiesen said. The group enjoyed a tailgate picnic after the game.

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Presentation tonight on importance of photography in historic preservation

May 18, 2015 — 

Jonathan Haeber, photographer and field services director for the California Preservation Foundation, will be sharing the importance of photography in conveying the overall history of the state. The presentation, hosted by the Nevada County Camera Club, will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, in Grass Valley. Haeber will also highlight the California Preservation Foundation and their role in protecting historic places.

A published author and public historian, Haeber has consulted on interpretive exhibits for museums and nonprofit organizations. He played a key role in the historic preservation study for a rail station in Holyoke, Massachusetts for which he received the 2013 Preservation Award from the Holyoke Historical Commission.

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Middle East turmoil from a Muslim-American perspective

May 18, 2015 — 

Basim Elkarra, Islamic-American activist and former candidate for Sacramento School Board, will speak at the First Tuesday Educational Forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. His topic: “Arab Spring – From Hope to ISIS.”

Elkarra is a civil rights leader who is currently the director of the Sacramento chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is a former board member of the Sacramento chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and serves on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party. Elkarra also serves as the chair of the Los Rios Community College District’s Bond Oversight committee. He was also a candidate for the Area 5 seat of the Twin Rivers Unified School District Board of Trustees.

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Fundraiser at Matteo's for November two-day free medical clinic

May 16, 2015 — 

Matteo’s Public will be hosting a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 20 for the California CareForce free medical, dental and vision clinic coming to Grass Valley in November. This event at Matteo’s is part of a series of monthly fundraising dinners for the clinic, which expects to serve upwards of 500 patients per day at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall, free of charge. The massive effort, set for Nov. 14 and 15, and is funded solely by donations. California Care Force, an all volunteer nonprofit from Roseville, will be the coordinating agency, with the help of local volunteers. Matteo’s is located at 300 Commercial St. in Nevada City. For more information or request a an order to go, call 530-265-0782 or visit http://www.matteospublic.com. For more information on California CareForce, visit http://www.californiacareforce.org.

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Free event today features the Nisenan of Nevada County

May 16, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Libraries and the Nisenan Indians of the Nevada City Rancheria will host a rich and varied program about the Nisenan people and culture from 2 to 5 p.m. today in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Shelly Covert, Secretary of the Nevada City Rancheria and Executive Director of California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP), will guide the audience through the afternoon’s event in concert with Dr. Sheri J. Tatsch of Indigenous Consulting Services. Tatsch works with Native communities throughout California on language revitalization efforts, along with ethno-historical and cultural research incorporating traditional territorial boundaries. Featured speakers are Nisenan Tribal Council Chairman Richard Johnson and members of the language revitalization group who are working on language from the Nisem Ḱauwak District of the Nisenan region.

A break for food, conversation, and community will take place between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m.

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Faces in a drought — what's next: Hydro-geologist to speak May 19

May 16, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Climate Change Coalition will host California certified hydro-geologist Steve Baker at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

Baker will address the following questions: How serious is our current drought? What happens without a solid groundwater supply? What are the forces driving climate change, and how will this affect our water supplies? How are we going to respond to these changes?

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Weekend traffic impacts expected on Interstate 80 in Placer County

May 16, 2015 — 

WEIMAR — Caltrans is alerting motorists that additional time will be required to travel on eastbound Interstate 80 under the Weimar Cross Road Overcrossing in Placer County.

One lane of I-80 will be closed for 4,000 feet (3/4 mile) at Weimar Cross Road as crews excavate the section of Interstate 80 under the overcrossing as part of the “Raise80” project which is increasing the vertical clearance of nine freeway overcrossings on Interstate 80 in south Placer County.

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Charity jeep and truck show this Sunday

May 16, 2015 — 

As part of his senior project, Nevada Union High School senior Brock Grininger has organized a community, social gathering for the 4x4 vehicle community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the upper lot at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road in Grass Valley.

Community members are encouraged to come and “show off their rigs.” The jeep and truck show will include a barbecue, music, door prizes and a raffle.

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AnimalSave looking for foster caregivers

May 16, 2015 — 

Do you have extra time in your busy life to help AnimalSave help the animals? Kittens are arriving and AnimalSave needs reliable, qualified fosters.

Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience and our fosters are all first rate, according to AnimalSave Executive Director Carolyn Niehaus.

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Nevada City merchant donating to Nepal

May 15, 2015 — 

Peggy Peterson, owner of two downtown Nevada City stores, is donating 100 percent of every dollar spent at Asylum Down and Yabobo to Nepalese relief efforts. The stores are located on Broad and Pine streets, respectively. Over the years, Peterson has developed long-time relationships with small business owners in Nepal and will continue to raise money spent at the two stores until she reaches her goal of at least $5,000. Roughly 90 percent of clothing sold at Asylum Down is made in Nepal, said Peterson, who is currently researching relief organizations. Once she reaches her goal, Peterson will announce how the money will be dispersed. For more information, call 530-265-9666.

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Local youth to compete in Rotary District speech and music contests in South Lake Tahoe

May 15, 2015 — 

Two local high school students will travel to South Lake Tahoe on May 16 to compete in Rotary International District 5190 Music and Speech Contests for $1,000 first place prizes.

Nevada Union Sophomore George Daly will represent Western Nevada County at the District Music Contest. At the Area event in April, Daly captivated judges and the audience with his piano piece, winning both first place and a new “People’s Choice.” He competed against a talented field of local high school youth competing on a variety of instruments, including second place trombonist Elliott Kramer and third place drummer Miles Mason. According to area music contest chair Gayle Denney, the dollars contributed along with voting for the People’s Choice Award will pay to immunize 102 children against polio, a project of Rotary International.

This year’s Speech Theme is “It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.” Nevada Union Junior Joe Fenner interviewed Dr. Scott Kellerman and presented an igniting story about the impact of the Kellerman’s work among Batwa Pygmies of Uganda. The Kellerman Foundation, with grants from Rotary International, has provided modern health care, clean water, sanitation and animal husbandry to Batwa settlements. This is Fenner’s third year to win the Area Speech contest and represent Western Nevada County at the district level.

Daly and Fenner are among students from Nevada Union, Bear River, and Ghidotti High Schools who competed in contests at each of the 5 local Rotary Clubs: Nevada City, Nevada City 49er, Grass Valley, Penn Valley and South County. They are among 300 or more students in 15 Areas of Rotary District 5190 across Northern California and Nevada who have been competing in club and area Speech or Music contests in 59 Rotary Clubs. Providing this opportunity for student competition is just one of the ways in which local Rotary clubs do service in Nevada County.

Learn Earth survival skills at Wilderness Wisdom for Women May 17

May 14, 2015 — 

After last December’s popular turnout, Four Elements Earth Education will offer an all day class this spring specifically designed to teach women basic outdoor survival skills to deepen confidence in the wilderness.

Teachers Jenifer Cantrell and Scot Woodland will teach “Wilderness Wisdom for Women” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Burton Homestead, 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Road, just outside downtown Nevada City.

The all day class is open to any female. All ages and all experience levels are welcome. Women will learn shelter building, how to advance a relationship with fire, knife and axe handling, survival and the use of awareness, tracking, survival kits to keep in the car, lost proofing and orienting and cordage making. This summer and fall, more classes are planned to teach survival skills like tracking and awareness followed by a final overnight campout sleeping in debris huts.

Cantrell worked for PG&E in the high Sierras before becoming a 4 Elements instructor.

For more than a decade, Woodland served on the Nevada County Search and Rescue team. For five years, he has worked as an instructor with 4 Elements with a focus on tracking.

Register at 4eee.org or call Scot at 530-210-4950 or Jen at 530-263-4266.

'Wildlife Ambassadors' on hand at the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Intake Center May 21

May 14, 2015 — 

The Wildlife Ambassadors will be flaunting their feathers and scales from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (WR&R) Intake Center located at 799 Maltman Drive, behind Walker’s Office Supply in Grass Valley. Featured birds will include Chester, a Great Horned Owl; Kajika, a Western Screech Owl; Steamer, a Barn Owl; BraveHeart, an American Kestrel; and Winston, an American Crow. In addition, Oreo, a California King Snake will be on hand.

WR&R members who care for these animals will explain how each became a wildlife ambassador and their various life histories. To help support the costs of their care and feeding, a $10 donation for adults, $6 for kids, and $5 for WR&R members will be requested. Reservations are suggested, but not required and youth under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and/or reservations, contact Beth at WRNR2Beth@gmail.com or 530-320-2566. For more information, visit http://www.cawildlife911.org. For help with an injured or orphaned wild bird or animal, cal WR&R’s intake center at 530-477-5774.

Big sky

May 13, 2015 — 

Giant puffy clouds over Mooney Flat Road in Smartsville.

Native Plants and Pollinators Walk on Bowman Road and South Yuba River

May 13, 2015 — 

Join naturalist and butterfly expert Greg Kareofelas and U.S. Forest Service botanist Kathy Van Zuuk Friday on a short interpretive walk designed to call attention to the importance of native plants, butterflies and other pollinators in providing important services for food production and ecosystem health.

Participants will be taken on a guided walk in the Bowman Road area near the South Yuba River. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Discovery Trail parking lot, where the group will carpool to the site. The event, which is limited to the first 25 people who sign up, is expected to end around 1:30 p.m. It is open to all age groups; no dogs please. Hikers should bring water, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, lunch and suitable footwear.

To sign up or for more information, call Kathy Van Zuuk at 530-478-6243. For Tahoe National Forest information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TahoeNF.

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