News Briefs

Scotten School's 'Science Night' a success

May 27, 2015 — 

More than 300 students and family members recently participated in Scotten School’s Annual Science Night. The event is held one evening each spring as a partnership activity between the school and community members who have a passion and expertise in a specific science area. This year, students were able to participate in hands on activities in the areas of agriculture, astronomy, bones, fire and police science, forestry, geology, wildlife and welding. The following community members helped to bring science to life at Scotten School: For Love of Pets, Rob Avery, DVM, Grass Valley Fire Dept., Grass Valley Police Dept., Kentucky Flat 4H-Poultry, Nevada County Astronomers, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Dept., Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society, Nevada County Farm Bureau, Nevada Union FFA -Forestry Students, Nevada Union FFA –Welding Students, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release (Raptor Rescue), Scotten School After School Program, Sierra Harvest and U.C. Davis Cooperative Extension.

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Last Friday Supper open to community

May 27, 2015 — 

Community members are invited to a free pizza dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Friday. The “Last Friday Supper” will be serving various kinds of pizza, and a fresh green salad with assorted vegetables. Dessert will be ice cream and cookies. The monthly dinner will be at the United Methodist Church at 236 S. Church St. in downtown Grass Valley. The dining room is wheel chair accessible and child friendly with high chairs provided for young children.

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Healthy brain habits explained

May 27, 2015 — 

The human brain can adapt and change with astonishing power, even into old age. With the right nutrition and exercise, the brain can form new neural pathways, change existing connections and adapt to new situations. You can maintain the size and function of your brain, improving how well you process and remember information, solve problems and think creatively. “Healthy Habits for the Brain” will be the last topic discussed in the free series, “Aging Well, Staying Vital,” from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. today at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

The presenter will be Kathleen O’Dae, a specialist in nutrition, aging and holistic health with a practice, Balanced Mind, in Nevada City. She is hosted by the church’s Contemporary Issues Study Group

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Dog day afternoon

May 27, 2015 — 

A kayaker and his dog relax at Englebright Reservoir on Memorial Day.

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Prepared: Chicago Park 8th graders CPR certified

May 26, 2015 — 

All eighth grade students at Chicago Park School recently earned Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED certificates by participating in a four-hour workshop conducted by the Peardale/Chicago Park Fire Department. Above, Malachi Cano practices CPR while fellow classmates Seth Allgood, left, and Eric Voss, right, look on.

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Nevada City recreation committee to meet Wednesday

May 26, 2015 — 

The Nevada City Recreation Committee is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 317 Broad St. in Nevada City.

Open session discussion items will include the Sugarloaf Mountain vision statement, and parks and recreation supervisor updates.

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Sierra Nevada expert to speak to Audubon Society

May 26, 2015 — 

Joe Medeiros will be the guest speaker at the Foothill Audubon Society’s next meeting at 7 p.m. on June 4 in the Community Room of Nevada County Helling Library in Nevada City. Medeiros has hiked and studied in the Sierra Nevada for more than 35 years, led countless trips with students and mountain enthusiasts and served as a national park ranger at Devil’s Postpile National Monument in the southern Sierra Nevada.

His presenetation, “Sierra Superlatives,” will include photographs and stories about his “favorite place in the world.” Medeiros recently retired from teaching biology at Sierra College, and was coordinator of the college’s Interdisciplinary Program and many campus events, such as Earth Day. He has been honored as Sierra College Teacher of the Year in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2008. He also taught for many years at Modesto Community College and was director of the college’s well known Great Valley Museum.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold job fair May 27 to fill more than 200 vacancies

May 26, 2015 — 

With more than 200 job vacancies to fill in the coming months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will host a job fair in downtown Sacramento Wednesday to share the opportunities and help prospective applicants navigate the application process.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Grand Ballroom, located at 1215 J St. in downtown Sacramento. Corps representatives will be on hand to discuss positions, job requirements and answer any questions about working for the Corps.

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Parking violations to be actively enforced at Purdon and Edwards crossings

May 25, 2015 — 

Both the Purdon and Edwards Crossings on the Yuba River are popular summertime destinations to beat the heat as the temperature rises. However, the rugged terrain means that parking opportunities are limited. In addition, with the continuing drought, fire danger remains extremely high in these rural locations.

It is crucial that visitors to these and other popular summer destinations park their vehicles off the road and outside of designated no parking areas. Illegal parking causes traffic congestion, increases roadway danger, impacts the ability of personnel to respond to emergencies, and creates a public safety issue. In recent years, there have been instances of emergency responders unable to access the river due to parked vehicles blocking the road.

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Nevada County Rhodes scholar attends ball in 'Game of Thrones" costume.

May 25, 2015 — 

Daniel Price, 2009 graduate of Bear River High School, 2013 graduate of U.C. Berkeley and current Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, England, attended the annual Rhodes Ball on May 15. This year’s Rhodes Ball theme was “Game of Thrones.” Attendees had the option to attend the ball dressed formally or in Game of Thrones costume. Above, a fully-costumed Price is flanked by two of his classmates.

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PFLAG'S support group to meet Tuesday

May 23, 2015 — 

PFLAG’S support group to meet Tuesday

PFLAG’S monthly support group will meet on Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and usually goes until 8. The group is open to people of all orientations and all ages. The group offers a safe place to share feelings and talk about whatever might be going on in life. The group talks about transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues as well as pan sexual, asexual and any other orientation.

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Memorial weekend pet adopt-a-thon this Saturday

May 23, 2015 — 

Dexter, a Miniature Pinscher mix, will be among the pets available for adoption at Scooter’s Pals Memorial Weekend Adopt-a-thon, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scooter’s Place Gift and Thrift Shop, 1781 East Main Street in Grass Valley, (next to Eldorado Savings Bank). For more information, call 530-350-2099 or visit http://www.ScootersPals.org.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

His 2010 book, “Grossinger’s: City of Refuge and Illusion,” examines the history of the Catskill’s most legendary resort hotel through large format and digital photographs, interviews and archival research. Haeber has a master of arts degree in American history and a certificate in public history from the University of Massachusetts. During the second half of the meeting, members will showcase their photos as judges critique their submissions to help improve their photography. The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests. Currently, the Nevada County Camera Club has more than 100 members and aims to help members refine their photographic skills.

For more information, visit http://www.nccameraclub.com.

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.

An outspoken critic of Islamic terrorism, Elkarra has been interviewed on local and national media outlets on the subject of religious intolerance. Don’t miss this important opportunity to discover the truth behind the headlines from a Muslim-American perspective.

This free event takes place at 5:30 p.m. on June 2 at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pizza and salad will be provided and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more info call 530-265-3367 or click on http://www.nevadacountydemocrats.com.

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