A new report from the 2012-2013 Nevada County Grand Jury is now available on the grand jury website. Copies of the report may be found at http://civilgrandjury.com. Users should click on “grand jury reports.”
For information, email email@example.com or call 530-265-1730.Learn more »
Nevada County Walkers walk the streets of Nevada City every Thursday evening and five additional days, but on Thursday, we’ll be doing something special.
We’ll follow the map several folks designed and distribute through the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Published in 2008, they used numbered maple leaves to designate a special tree on a map that wanders through Nevada City. The entire tour is a few hours, and we’ll do half this week, half the next.Learn more »
Photo submitted by Roberta Peters
Employees at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames “yarn bomb” the pillars out in front of their store. Nearby trees, rocks, posts and pillars have been covered with knitted panels in honor of “World Wide Knit in Public Day,” and “National Yarn Bomb Day,” which took place on June 8. Employees and customers contributed more than 300 knitted squares to the project.Learn more »
With Independence Day less than a month away, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce is encouraging groups, companies and individuals with an interest in being part of the colorful July 4th parade to submit their entry forms as soon as possible.
Entry forms can be obtained by contacting the chamber office at 530-273-4667 or by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The entry fee is $25 and helps support the event.Learn more »
United Way of Nevada County’s fifth annual Day of Action was a huge success.
On May 10, United Way of Nevada County hosted its fifth annual Day of Action. The many volunteers along with beautiful weather helped make the event a success. Weeds were pulled, gardens were planted, food was bagged, and nonprofits throughout the county benefited, including The Food Bank of Nevada County, CORR, DVSAC, Women of Worth, Gold Country Community Services and Child Advocates. Companies, including Telestream, Tri-Continent, Miranda, General Dynamics, UPS, Applied Science and JC Penney, volunteered their time to help the community during this great day of action.Learn more »
The Food Bank of Nevada County is hosting a farewell reception for Don and Martha Sheppard from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miners Foundry. Light refreshments will be served. Community members are urged to come and say their good-byes.Learn more »
Terri Perry is a self-professed control freak, but in the world of restaurants, customers wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Everything has to be made very fresh and from scratch,” she said. “This place is a real reflection of us — it has to be as perfect as possible.”Learn more »
The Fourth Annual Gold Show at Alleghany’s Underground Gold Miners Museum is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, with tours of the 16 to 1 Mine on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event includes a mineral display, a carbide lamp demonstration, historical images and one-hour walking tours of historic Alleghany. Admission is $2. For more information, visit http://www.undergroundgold.com.Learn more »
Sixty-four members of the American Contract Bridge League gathered for duplicate bridge games Wednesday at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley.
The Nevada County Bridge Club started in 1969 with four women who decided they were tired of driving to Sacramento to play. The club now has 200 members and is sanctioned by the national American Bridge League. Bridge games are played at the Golden Empire Grange, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood and Eskaton Grass Valley.Learn more »
The Food Bank of Nevada County is hosting a farewell reseption for Don and Martha Sheppard at the Miners Foundry from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Light refreshments will be served. Come and say your goodbyes.
The Salvation Army in Grass Valley has been headed by Majors Don and Martha Sheppard; they are moving to a new assignment in Tacoma, Wash.Learn more »
The board of directors for the North San Juan Fire Protection District are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Items on the agenda include reviewing the preliminary budget for 2013-14, an update on the capital improvement plan, and a review of the district secretary’s salary. The board meets at the district office, 13200 Tyler-Foote Crossing Road. For more information, call 292-1417.Learn more »
The Tapestry Network of Nevada County has earned a “Raising Star” award from the American Cancer Society for the funds raised online prior to the recent Relay for Life event at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. By conclusion of the event, “Team BAMMER” earned the next level award for more than $2,500 raised. The nationwide Christian Business Women’s Organization is dedicated to cross-marketing each other’s businesses with networking opportunities and serving the community. It is an entirely volunteer-run organization. As of the “Relay” event, the organization surpassed the entire 2012 giving record with more than $6,700 raised in 2013 for Nevada County’s nonprofits. More than 30 ladies participated in the Relay. For information about The Tapestry Network of Nevada County, visit http://nevadacountybamtapestry.com.Learn more »
Explore bird biology
Join Yuba Watershed Institute for Bird Biology with David Lukas from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 28 at the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. This is an opportunity to learn about bird flight and anatomy with birding expert David Lukas. His talk will explore bird feathers, bones, and muscles to help us understand how birds live and do what they do. At the end of the evening you will never see birds in the same way again, according to organizers.Learn more »
WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly passed a sweeping, $638 billion defense bill on Friday that imposes new punishments on members of the armed services found guilty of rape or sexual assault as outrage over the crisis in the military has galvanized Congress.
Ignoring a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted 315-108 for the legislation, which would block President Barack Obama from closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and limit his efforts to reduce nuclear weapons.Learn more »
Reel Women in Media is hosting a benefit, “Express Yourself,” at tonight’s Farm-to-Family Market at the Horsemen’s Arena on Brunswick Road. The event is from 4:30-7 p.m. This is a soapbox-type event where anyone can speak on any topic they choose for up to three minutes. The cost is $5. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Nevada County Digital Media Center and Nevada County Television (NCTV). The recorded tapings will air on NCTV. For more information, call 530-208-9887.Learn more »
The film “Mother: Caring for 7 Billion” will be shown at 7 p.m. on June 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.
The film brings to light an issue that fuels pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises — population growth. In 2011 the world population reached 7 billion, a startling seven-fold increase since the first billion occurred 200 years ago.Learn more »
The Community Support Network of Nevada County recently honored Maj. Martha Sheppard of the Salvation Army for her incredible support of Nevada County families over the past several years. Network members brought flowers from their gardens to form a collective bouquet for Martha as she and her husband Don move on to a new assignment in Tacoma, Wash. The Community Support Network of Nevada County is an inclusive, voluntary association of agencies and individuals from the Nevada County community who share a common mission: That all families in Nevada County have ready access to a well-integrated and coordinated support network that is easily available and well funded. To learn more, visit http://csnnc.org.Learn more »
A workshop, ‘Growing through Grief,’ will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Sierra Presbyterian Church. Open to the public, the workshop is designed to benefit those who have faced some type of loss or grief in the past five years. This may include, for example, the loss of a loved one or friend, a disability, poor health diagnosis, infertility, the shattering of a lifelong dream, a suicide, someone we love who betrays us, or discovery of a moral failure.
The workshop will be led by Pastor Mike Griffin and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Karen Tyner, both of whom have worked with grief groups and have had their own experiences of loss that inform their understanding of the grief process and some of the resources that can help people grow through it. Sierra Presbyterian Church is located at 175 Ridge Rd. in Nevada City. Please RSVP by contacting the church office 530-265-3291.Learn more »
Photo submitted by Debra Sandler
Paisley, who lives at AnimalSave Thrift & Treasures, doesn’t want to be left behind when it’s time for a picnic.Learn more »
The finance committee for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District board of directors has announced a special meeting for today. The committee will discuss the FY 2012-13 financial statements, as well as the draft FY 2013-14 preliminary budget. The committee meets at 2 p.m. at Station 84, 10135 Coyote St., Nevada City. For more information, call 273-3158.Learn more »
Community Recovery Resources (CoRR), a nonprofit organization serving both Placer and Nevada County, has hired a new medical director, Christina Lasich. Lasich replaces Dr. Aaron Cleveland, the former medical director, whose expertise was of great benefit to CoRR’s clients.
Lasich was raised in Sierra Nevada foothills, and brings a strong commitment to serve CoRR’s mission to support communities with a full spectrum of programs focused towards reducing the impact on our families and children from all types of substance abuse. She graduated with honors from the University of California Davis School of Medicine in 1997 and went into the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the UC Davis Medical Center. In 2001, Lasich opened her private practice in Grass Valley, which focuses on caring for those who experience chronic pain, chemical dependency and addiction.Learn more »
The 2013 Spring Membership Drive for The Center for the Arts concluded on Saturday. During the course of the membership drive, 326 individuals showed their support for The Center and joined as new or renewing members.
The Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce ambassadors joined elected officials, Center Board members and staff to kick off the membership drive.Learn more »
Fire crews from Nevada City, Nevada County Consolidated and Grass Valley fire departments were dispatched to a gas leak in the 12000 block of Red Dog Road at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Crews arrived to find construction taking place in the backyard of a home in the area, and were told that crews struck and severed the main natural gas line to the home.Learn more »
The Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Self-help/Support group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of each month in the community room of Glenbrook Apartments, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.
Each meeting is an opportunity to share experiences, gain information and feel connected. If you feel you don’t need support, then come and provide support to those who do.Learn more »
Gold Country Computer Learning Center announces a free user group on Friday June 14. The topic this month is “What’s Your URL?”
Join in from 10 a.m. to noon for an exchange of favorite websites. Be prepared to share interesting and useful information that you have discovered on the World Wide Web.Learn more »
Helping Hands yard sale and car wash fundraiser FridayJune 11, 2013 —
Helpings Hands Caregiver Resource Center ill be hosting a fundraiser car wash and yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Penn Valley.
Proceeds will fund summer activities and go toward a fund to build a new outdoor patio.
Helpings Hand is a Penn Valley nonprofit that focuses on providing respite for caregivers and a socialization program for dependent adults and seniors. Helping Hands is located at 17645 Penn Valley Dr. in Penn Valley, and is open Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 530-432-2540.
‘Fire&Steel Festival’ set for SaturdayJune 11, 2013 —
Fire&Steel, an annual fire arts and music festival, will be from noon to 2 a.m. on Saturday in downtown Colfax.
Often referred to as a mini Burning Man, this year’s event will feature seven live bands, nine DJ’s, 35 Burning Man theme camps, 14 art cars and 60 vendors.
A Burner/Art Car Parade will proceed through downtown, which will include 40 fire performers and spinners. The event has been deemed family friendly. Admission is $15 for those in costume or “playa wear or $20 for those in regular street clothes. Children 10 and under (or 65 and older) are free (if in costume) or $5 in street clothes.
Website info, pictures, details and video at http://www.tinyurl.com/2013fire.
Taking the plungeJune 11, 2013 —
Photo submitted by Galen Ellis
Aaron El-Askari of Nevada City appears to be walking on water near the Highway 49 bridge at the Yuba River.
Healthy TipsJune 11, 2013 —
Here are six ways to prevent heat-related illness
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar — these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library — even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: Infants and young children; people aged 65 or older; people who have a mental illness; those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure. Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
— Courtesy of the National Center for Environmental Health
Evening session of ‘Healthier Living Class’ for those with chronic health conditionsJune 11, 2013 —
Western Sierra Medical Clinic will host a new daytime session of the six-week Healthier Living Workshop beginning Thursday. The program is designed to support and educate individuals living with chronic health conditions and is free and open to the public.
Though grant funding was recently eliminated for the program, WSMC is committed to continuing the classes.
The weekly classes will take place at Miners Family Health Center Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the facility’s conference room. Classes cover topics such as pain and symptom management, the benefits of condition-appropriate exercise and nutrition, dealing with difficult emotions, relaxation techniques,and tips for communicating with health care professionals.
Chronic conditions are generally defined as being of long duration and slow progression and may include heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, MS, celiac disease, ALS, arthritis and chronic pain.
Participant interaction, shared learning experiences and the creation of weekly personal action plans are part of the program.
This program was created by Stanford University and instructors received comprehensive training through the California Collaborative for Chronic Disease Prevention.
Every participant will receive the companion book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” and a guided relaxation tape. Pre-registration is required and can be made by contacting Chris Grace at 530-274-9762.
For information about Western Sierra Medical Clinic, visit http://wsmcmed.org. Miners Family Health Center is located at 1345 Whispering Pines Lane in Grass Valley.