The citizens’ oversight committee for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The committee is scheduled to hear a presentation on the five-year budget projection, and a presentation of the calculations that were used to support the tax measure presented in 2011.Learn more »
The Tree of Love will be lit throughout the month of December at the Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. A project of Friends of Hospice, each light will represent a remembrance of a loved one lost.
The organization is also soliciting donations through the mail, which can be returned with a message written upon a small paper tree.Learn more »
“The Last Friday Supper” invites you, your family and friends to a free holiday dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. During dinner, which includes baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, dessert, coffee and milk, Lisa Stine and her Harpers will be playing holiday music for the LFS guests.Learn more »
Highlighting the Dec. 17 Christmas Luncheon for Nevada County Republican Women Federated will be the installation of 2014 officers, a performance by the Mt. St. Mary’s Choraleers and the fourth annual Christmas Tree Auction.
Officers to be installed for 2014 are Kimberly Pruett, president; Linda Erdmann, first vice president; Jo Ann Rebane, second vice president; Sue Jeffrey, treasurer; Rachel Helm, recording secretary; and Karen Wright, corresponding secretary.Learn more »
Hosipital volunteers go above and beyond
Critical to quality care at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, volunteers supplement the basic services of the hospital’s professional staff. These extras add to and benefit the comfort, care and happiness of patients. Auxiliary volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks, including providing personal patient services, such as delivering flowers, gifts, newspapers and mail and serving refreshments. They also escort patients, families or visitors throughout the hospital and assisting with department needs. Volunteers also staff the gift shop and reception areas.Learn more »
On Dec. 10, Papa Murphy’s Pizza in the Fowler Center will hold a fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL). During the day, a percentage of sales (regular priced items only) will be donated to PiELL.
A 501 (C) 3 nonprofit, PiELL offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer tutors are trained during a two-day session then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them.Learn more »
The Empire Mine Historic District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Friday memo issued by county CEO Rick Haffey.
“The Empire Mine Historic District, having been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources, has the honor of inclusion in the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and provides a degree of protection from adverse effects resulting from federally funded or licensed projects,” Haffey wrote.Learn more »
The forecasted winter storm this weekend and recent cooler weather in Northern California has allowed CalFire to transition to winter staffing levels in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties on Monday.
“Our staffing levels are augmented as wildfire conditions warrant, and this reduction in staffing and resources is indicative of a reduction in fire danger,” said Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Deputy Chief Randy Smith. “However, local residents should be aware that even with the recent cool weather and expected precipitation, a period of dry, windy conditions could change things to the point where wildfires are possible.”Learn more »
County supervisor to facilitate fire service consolidation meetings
The Nevada County Fire Chiefs Association has asked Supervisor Hank Weston to call for a meeting with all fire departments or fire districts concerning joint operations and possible consolidation.Learn more »
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A Muscovy duck spreads its wings at sunset on the Nevada County Fairgrounds pond.Learn more »
A broad selection of Christmas decorations and gifts items are now for sale at the Pine Tree Gift Shop at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
Many items are not available in other local gift shops.Learn more »
With foothill temperatures dipping way below freezing and more cold weather on the way, the Nevada Irrigation District is reporting increasing calls from customers with frozen water pipes.
To prevent freezing, NID recommends insulating all exposed pipes and faucets. Inexpensive pipe wrap is available at local building supply and home improvement stores. Insulating today can prevent expensive repairs tomorrow.Learn more »
Grass Valley Boy Scout Troop #4 will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 415 Memorial Lane in
Grass Valley. The cost is $5 per person (all ages) and includes bacon or sausage, juice or coffee.Learn more »
Vince Kavanaugh was born Nov. 25, 1913, in Chicago, Ill. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 25 at Highgate Senior Living with friends and relatives. Kavanaugh moved to Nevada City after retiring from the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif.. He later moved to Grass Valley, where he now resides at Highgate.
His daughter Linell traveled from Los Angeles to celebrate, as well as his great niece Beth from Sacramento and close friends from Idaho.Learn more »
Proceeds from an annual tournament sponsored by the Alta Sierra Women’s Golf Club were presented to Dr. Melisa Agness at Insight Imaging. A check for $2,600 will go toward free mammograms for women without health insurance. Imaging will be performed on the center’s new 3D mammogram machine. For an appointment, call 530-273-2720.Learn more »
Thanks to the Auburn Downtown Business Association and local businesses, Santa Claus will arrive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22 to the Auburn Promenade, 853 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Visiting Santa is free, yet there will be a photographer on hand to take pictures for a fee of $5. Families are also welcome to take their own photos. More information can be found on Facebook at “Santa Claus is Coming to Town at the Auburn Promenade.”Learn more »
Crossroads Church is presenting “A Christmas Journey” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. The family-friendly event will include walking through drama scenes, hands-on activities in the marketplace, snacks, hot chocolate around the fire pit and much more. Crossroads Church is located at 10050 Wolf Road in Grass Valley, at the corner of Hwy. 49 and Wolf Road. There is no charge. For more information, contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-268-2539. Rain or shine.Learn more »
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 Street, Nevada City.
Most books cost between 25 cents and $3. Thousands of paperback and hardback books will be for sale, including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, collectible, etc. This month’s sale features holiday and gift books.Learn more »
There’s still time to donate to United Way of Nevada County’s Blanket and Glove Drive for the homeless in Nevada County. Donate blankets, sleeping bags and gloves and help the homeless stay warm this winter. Collection of items ends December 9.
Drop off locations include Walker’s Office Supplies, J.C. Penney, B&C True Value Home Center, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Bank of America (Sutton Way and S. Church St. branches), Bank of the West (Taylorville Rd.) Sammy’s Friends, and the United Way office (call first), located at 743 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley.Learn more »
The Nevada County Fencing Club will host a free Christmas open house/open fence from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Monday at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Guests will have the opportunity to see fencers in action and learn what Olympic-style fencing is all about. Previous students and newcomers welcome.
Those with no fencing experience will have the option to receive introductory instruction. Light refreshments will be offered. RSVP to email@example.com or call 530-432-1750. For club information, visit www.wix.com/ncfencing.ncfc. New class sessions begin Jan. 6.Learn more »
Proceeds from a “Taco Dinner Fundraiser” scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 will go toward the Nevada Junior Miner Pee-Wee Cheerleaders’ trip to Las Vegas to compete on the national level. The event will be at Charlie’s Cafe, 145 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. At a cost of $10 per plate, each dinner includes two tacos, beans and rice. Drinks and baked goods will be available for sale. Raffle prizes include a night out at Cirino’s at Main St. and movie tickets.Learn more »
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has a large selection of See’s candy available. Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce, which uses the funds to put on events, such as Victorian Christmas.
One- and two-pound boxes, peanut brittle, sugar free candy bars and other novelties are available, as well as the famous suckers and candy bars.Learn more »
The Nevada Joint Union High School District is in the process of developing a long-range strategic plan for the district.
The new funding model for California schools, called the Local Control Funding Formula, gives the district an opportunity to improve the educational options for all students and involve the community in the process.Learn more »
The Nevada County Public Health Department is hosting its last flu shot opportunity from 3-6 p.m. Friday at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.
All ages are welcome. The cost is $15.Learn more »
Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release will host its third annual Holiday Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Intake Center, 799 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley, featuring one-stop shopping for all your gift-giving needs with lots of wildlife-themed merchandise and more. The 2014 WR&R calendar will also be on sale, featuring some of the critters the nonprofit organization has rehabilitated and released. All proceeds benefit native wildlife. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-388-8525.Learn more »
Windows 8 workshopDecember 3, 2013 —
Gold Country Computer Learning Center is hosting a two-hour workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Friday on Microsoft’s Windows 8. The workshop is designed for students with prior experience in Windows for PCs. This is an opportunity to receive hands-on training and learn how to download apps, browse the Internet and use web-based mail in Windows 8. The cost is $20.
Gold Country Computer Learning Center is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers. Since the year 2000, GCCLC has provided low-cost computer education to students of all ages in the community and is located in Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
For registration and information, call the registrar at 530-273-0497. Visit http://gcclc.org to learn about classes and other events.
First Tuesday Forum to benefit Hospitality HouseDecember 3, 2013 —
Today’s First Tuesday Educational Forum will include a short presentation from Nevada County Hospitality House representative Doug Lautzenhiser. A gift-wrapping party for clients of Hospitality House will follow the presentation. Gift boxes, paper and some gift items will be provided. Pizza, salad and beverages will be provided. Items suggested for the gift boxes include warm socks, soaps, nail clippers and other toiletry items. Gift certificates to local movie theaters, Kmart, local coffee outlets and grocery stores would be greatly appreciated.
The Forum is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today in the basement room at the Nevada City Vets Hall, 415 No. Pine Street. For further information contact Jim Firth, Chair, NCDCC at 530-477-1804 or visit www.nevadacountydemocrats.com. This seminar is sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats.
NASA scientist to speakDecember 2, 2013 —
NASA scientist Daniel F. Finnerty will talk about driving spacecraft at the regular meeting of the Nevada County Astronomers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, in the community room of the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. Driving spacecraft is a bit more challenging than an Indy 500 racer. Finnerty is the team chief of JPL’s Mission Planning and Sequencing Team , which is responsible for overseeing the planning and the commands sent to eight spacecraft missions (Dawn asteroid, Spitzer Infrared Space Telescope, JUNO Jupiter Orbiter, Mars Odyssey Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Deep Comet Impact flyby). The meeting is open to the public and is free.
The Dawn mission is to the asteroid belt with flybys of the asteroids Vesta and Ceres to determine the composition and structure of these asteroids. Scientists hope to learn the geological, chemical and physical nature of two protoplanets, which could led to a better understanding of the formation of the present terrestrial planets. The Vesta mission has now been completed, and Dawn is on its way to Ceres and will arrive in early 2015.
For more on Dawn, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/main/index.html.
Support a local charity through PilatesDecember 2, 2013 —
The staff of The Pilates Place, in conjunction with Polestar Pilates, is offering one on one private Pilates sessions for donations during the month of December. You can experience a personalized Pilates session on equipment that includes an assessment in exchange for a donation to either the Food Bank of Nevada County or Hospitality House.
A typical session of this type usually costs $65-$100. The minimum suggested donation is $25 with all proceeds going to the above charity of your choice.
The Pilates Place did a fundraiser of this type earlier this year to benefit The Center for the Arts and allow Polestar Pilates teacher training students to acquire practice hours with supervision. The staff of The Pilates Place loved the idea and wanted to participate as well. This offer is through the month of December.
The Pilates Place is located at 131 Richardson St., Grass Valley. Call 530-477-5167 or go online at www.thepilatesplacegrassvalley.com.
Penn Valley Fire board meets todayDecember 2, 2013 —
The board of directors for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District will meet Tuesday and will discuss succession planning for the fire chief position, The board will hear a report from its ad hoc committee on recruiting and hiring a new chief. The board may consider and approve the retention of a professional recruiting company.
Other items on the agenda include discussing the possible sale of surplus extrication tools, and a report from the Fire Safe Council.
The board meets at 6:30 p.m. at Station 43, 10513 Spenceville Road. For more information, call 432-2630.