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Nevada County Book Sale now through Nov. 7

October 25, 2014 — 

Nevada County is holding its 19th annual Book Sale at the Rood Government Center Lobby, located at 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada City. This annual Book Sale is happening now and runs through November 7. The prices range from 50 cents to $2 for books and $3 for DVDs.

The sale is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For the best selection of books it’s best to shop early. Donations of books are still being accepted. There are a variety of books on hand, including children’s, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction. All proceeds go to United Way of Nevada County and its partner agencies. October is the Nevada County United Way Campaign kick-off month. This event is just one of many events occurring throughout Nevada County to help benefit the community during the 2014 United Way Campaign season. For more information on the sale, please contact Lelia Loomis at 530-265-1498.

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Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

October 25, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Margarita’s Restaurant for a brunch and business meeting. Members are asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Nevada County. Protein items like canned tuna and peanut butter are appreciated. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 29 to Merilee at 530-432-36-78 or email merileeimamoto@comcast.net.

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Pet adoptathon today

October 25, 2014 — 

Photo submitted by Denise Cain

Joy, a one year old terrier, is one of several dogs from Scooter’s Pals who will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Petco. For more information, visit ScootersPals.org. Petco is located at 672 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley.

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Towntalk: Lady golfers ‘Fight Like a Girl’ for breast cancer prevention

October 24, 2014 — 

Submitted by Denise Stein

The Tenth Annual Pink Ribbon Golf Tournament at Lake Wildwood Golf Course was a huge success, raising $8,500 for breast cancer prevention in Nevada County.

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Presentation on “Future Satellite Wars”

October 24, 2014 — 

C. Robert Welti, Ph.D. will give his vision of how the U.S. may defend valuable satellite resources and deprive enemies of theirs at the next Sons in Retirement meeting on Nov. 6.

Welti’s presentation is based his 50 years of aerospace experience, current political-economic conditions, and developing technology. He is the author of “Satellite Basics for Everyone.”

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Lutherans celebrate Reformation Sunday

October 24, 2014 — 

Choral music and trumpets will herald at this Sunday’s festival worship of Reformation Day, when Lutherans celebrate nearly 500 years of tradition.

Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley will mark the day with choral works that include a version of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The standard was composed by Dr. Martin Luther, a German monk and university professor who sparked what became the Protestant Reformation when he posted his 95 Theses for reforming the Catholic Church in 1517.

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Alexander Technique workshop this Sunday

October 23, 2014 — 

Grass Valley therapist Nora Nausbaum will be teaching a workshop on the Alexander Technique from 3-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Mt. View Rehab, 380 Sierra College Dr. in Grass Valley. The workshop will focus on learning to change habits that cause stiffness and pain. There are no exercises. Helpful for back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness, hip and leg discomfort, hand overuse, shallow breathing and balance. Participants will examine how they bend, sit, stand, use a computer, play music, pick up a package with the goal of moving in a lighter, less habitual, less contracted way through verbal cues and gentle hands-on guidance. The cost is $40 and includes individual session to be arranged. Nausbaum has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1988. For more information, call 530-798-9585 or email Nora@ATsierra.com.

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Computers for genealogy study group

October 23, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Genealogical Society’s Study Group will host the last session of “Computers for Genealogy” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28 in the community room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. The class and handout be on “scanning,” and will cover the history of scanning, review of equipment, scanning procedures and how to organize the end results. This method of electronic conversion has given the genealogist the books and documents that now appear on the internet.

The meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information contact Donna Dugle Young at ddugle@pacbell.net or 530-477-0192.

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Towntalk: Old Glory, new glory

October 23, 2014 — 

Submitted by Chris Graff

In honor of World Series, a San Francisco Giants flag waves in the wind alongside Old Glory in downtown Grass Valley.

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Halloween pet photo contest benefits Scooter’s Pals

October 22, 2014 — 

Scooter’s Pals Dog Rescue is holding its first Halloween photo contest to raise funds to help rescue, care for and “rehome” dogs in need.

Scooter’s is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) charity and receives no financial support from any national or local humane organization. Programs are supported solely by donations, adoptions and fundraising events.

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Solar eclipse viewing on Oct. 23

October 22, 2014 — 

Solar eclipse viewing on Thursday The Nevada County Library will team up with the Nevada County Astronomers to host a partial solar eclipse viewing in front of the Madelyn Helling Library on Thursday, weather permitting. The sun will be 40 percent obscured at maximum in our area. The free outdoor event will begin at 1:52 p.m. (first contact) and will be maximum at 3:16 p.m. Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safe viewing of the sun, including a hydrogen-alpha telescope. Special solar filter viewing glasses will be available to borrow. All are welcome.

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Towntalk: Spooky sightings

October 22, 2014 — 

Ghouls and ghosts have been spotted around Nevada City.

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Bisexuality: the shadow of the LGBTQ world

October 21, 2014 — 

Dr. Marilyn Chambliss will discuss bisexuality at PFLAG’s next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley.

The meeting will open with a presentation of the TED talk, “50 Shades of Gay,” and Chambliss will share information on bi-sexuality based on articles she has gathered, and the recent book, “The Bi-Sexual Option.” She also will share the story of her own experiences and will invite others to share theirs. The meeting will end with the YouTube video, “Yes I Am Bi-Sexual,” by R.J. Aguiar.

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Secrets to selling online at Etsy

October 21, 2014 — 

Mila Johansen, author, playwright, public speaker and business owner, will give tips on Etsy, an online selling site alternative to Ebay, at the next meeting of Nevada County Online, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Have you ever wanted to sell or find a better way of selling your items online? Johansen will take participants through signing up, getting started, how to manage your store and how to direct buyers to personal Etsy sites. There are several techniques that even seasoned Etsy users are not aware of, she claims. She will also discuss how to easily use Facebook to promote your Etsy store and bring in scores of daily new customers.

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Chore becomes work of art

October 21, 2014 — 

Submitted by Regina M. Dutilly

Grass Valley resident Martin Dutilly is famous in his neighborhood for his artistic woodpiles. One year it was the Golden Gate Bridge. This year it’s a house, complete with windows and a door made from old decking.

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Sierra roadwork schedule: Oct. 20-25, 2014

October 21, 2014 — 

Long-term projects

Interstate 80 (Placer County) at the Magra overcrossing: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect alternating lane closures from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. through Friday for bridge work. Interstate 80 (Placer County) at Penryn Road: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect alternating lane closures and ramp closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Friday and 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for bridge work.

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Today is last day to register to vote

October 21, 2014 — 

Californians must register to vote by today so they can weigh in on important issues on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Postmarks do count for mailed registration applications. Voter registration closes 15 days prior to any California election.

A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political party preference. Eligible Californians can register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or get a paper application at local libraries, post offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and other government offices. Voter registration records are maintained at county elections offices; check voter registration status at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status. For more information about registering to vote, visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.

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Craft Fair benefits local charity groups

October 21, 2014 — 

The Catholic Ladies Relief Society’s Annual Community Craft Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26 at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 235 Chapel St. in Grass Valley. The event will be in two halls — the large hall will feature more than 20 local crafters and the smaller hall will be filled with gently used Christmas items and decorations. Proceeds will benefit local charity groups, such as Utah’s Place, the Interfaith Food Ministry, Living Well Medical Clinic and Habitat for Humanity. Baked goods, hot dogs and other “goodies” will also be available. For more information, call 530-273-7691.

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Cat food needed for shelter pets

October 21, 2014 — 

Sammie’s Friends is in dire need of canned cat and dog food for their shelter pets. They have a budget for dry food, but not for wet. Donors are encouraged to drop off food between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Shelter viewing hours are noon to 4 p.m. every day but Sunday.

Sammie’s Friends is located at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, 14647 McCourtney Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-471-5041 or visit http://www.sammiesfriends.org.

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Complimentary massages offered to burn survivors

October 18, 2014 — 

Nevada City massage therapist Patricia Rusert Gillette is offering complimentary massages to burn survivors throughout the month of October. Gillette, a certified massage practitioner with special certification in burn scar massage therapy, will be traveling to Anaheim on. Oct. 22 to take part in the annual World Burn Congress. The event is sponsored by the Phoenix Society for burn survivors, and is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury.

Prior to her departure and after returning from Anaheim, Gillette, who owns Sacred Systems in Nevada City, is offering free massage sessions to burn survivors in Nevada County. For more information, contact Gillette and 530-265-0400 or visit http://www.phoenix-society.org.

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Climate Change Coalition meeting set for Tuesday

October 18, 2014 — 

Submitted by Sharon Delgado

The Nevada County Climate Change Coalition’s next general meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church Street in Grass Valley. Rondal Snodgrass will report on the September 21 Peoples’ Climate March in New York, as well as reports from participants of the Nevada County Peoples’ Climate March (above). Open to the public, there will also information on recent events and upcoming actions related to climate change.

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Family law fast track “trauma informed” training for attorneys

October 18, 2014 — 

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition is offering a free workshop Saturday, with limited civic commitment, for attorneys interested in trauma informed advocacy. Lunch is included. Attorneys who complete this training and volunteer at the legal clinic a minimum of three times a year will be included on the DVSAC direct attorney referral list. For those attending for the MCLE units, the cost is $75. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Nevada County Contractors’ Association, 149 Crown Point Court, Suite A in Grass Valley. Please RSVP by calling 530-272-2046.

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California voter registration deadline is Monday

October 18, 2014 — 

Secretary of State Debra Bowen is reminding Californians to register to vote by Monday so they can weigh in on important issues on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Postmarks do count for mailed registration applications. Voter registration closes 15 days prior to any California election.

A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political party preference. Eligible Californians can register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or get a paper application at local libraries, post offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and other government offices. Voter registration applications are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

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Grass Valley roadwork announced

October 18, 2014 — 

Dorsey Drive (between East Main Street and Pampas Drive) will have one-way traffic control for striping work on Sunday between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however, delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible.

Dorsey Drive (between East Main Street and Pampas Drive) will have one-way traffic control for road work on an intermittent basis from Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however, delays of up to 10 minutes may be possible.

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Free lunch today with a Nordic flare

October 17, 2014 — 

A touch of Scandinavia is coming to Grass Valley today. Lunch at the Crossroads’ free monthly meal will feature Swedish meatballs with noodles, green salad and delicious desserts. Indulge your inner Viking at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church located at 236 S. Church St., for a hearty sit-down lunch. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. today, but come early to check out the free, gently-used clothing. Remember to bring bags so you can take home free groceries. The program ends at 1 p.m.

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Towntalk: A ‘wild’ calendar

October 17, 2014 — 

“Wildlife ambassadors” from Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will be at BriarPatch Co-op from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on two upcoming Fridays this fall, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. Stationed outside the store will be Chester, a great horned owl and BraveHeart, an American kestrel. These birds of prey were injured and though they have recovered, their injuries prevent them from surviving in the wild. The birds will be on hand to highlight Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release’s new 2015 calendars which will be for sale. The calendar features beautiful photographs of baby birds and animals that WRR assisted this year. Calendars are being sold for $14.99.

For more information on WRR wildlife ambassadors and the 2015 calendars, visit http://www.cawildlife911.org.

Free meetings provide guidance on Medicare

October 16, 2014 — 

Free meetings provide guidance on Medicare

Free meetings are scheduled on three separate dates to help seniors better understand Medicare and the choices for insurance coverage. Local health insurance agent David Unterman will host the meetings at Margarita’s Restaurant on Plaza Drive in Grass Valley on three Mondays at 2 and 7 p.m. each day on Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and 17. Meetings last about an hour and a quarter, followed by time for questions. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

For 2015, MedicareComplete (“Secure Horizons”) raises its monthly cost from $80 to $110. Unterman will explain this change and alternative plans.

For more information, call 530-272-4650.

— Submitted to The Union

Craft Guild’s 32nd annual craft show this weekend

October 16, 2014 — 

The Craft Guild of Nevada County will have their 32nd craft show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19 each day at the Main Street Building, Nevada County Fairgrounds. There will be handmade gifts, good food, baked goods, a fun clown and free gift drawing for kids. Admission is $2. Parking is free. The Guild is again supporting the Interfaith Food Ministry so admission is only $1 with a canned food donation. There will be a free drawing for a basket of hand crafted items with each admission into the show. For more information, visit http://craftguildnevadacounty.blogspot.com.

Towntalk: The spirit of fall

October 15, 2014 — 

Ginger Waltz, and her mother Jacqueline Waltz, put together this front-porch pumpkin display using hand-me-down items from former window displays to help others get into the spirit of fall.

Towntalk: Misty Moon

October 15, 2014 — 

Grass Valley resident Jerry Chapman was able to capture this striking view the moon early Saturday morning.

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