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Free "End of Summer" dinner hosted by Last Friday Supper

August 28, 2015 — 

Community members are invited to celebrate the “End of Summer” dinner Friday at the United Methodist Church, downtown Grass Valley, 236 So. Church St. Dinner will be prepared by a team of volunteers and served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will consist of the ever-popular spaghetti topped with a homemade tomato meat sauce, green salad with assorted vegetables and warm garlic bread and butter. Cake from the bakery with coffee, tea and milk will be served for dessert. Last Friday Supper (LFS) is a community event sponsored by faith-based organizations, businesses and individuals. Visit with old friends or maybe make new ones.

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Bishop coming to Emmanuel Episcopal Church

August 28, 2015 — 

The Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley will welcome The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California on Sunday. Bishop Beisner will be presiding at all three Sunday services, 7:30, 9, and 10:30 a.m. During his visit, Bishop Beisner will be administering the Sacramental Rite of Confirmation to members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The Bishop comes every two years to encourage and build up church membership.

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Glory singers to perform Sunday

August 28, 2015 — 

The Glory Singers concert and hymn sing, “A Picture of Grace,” will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Calvary Bible Church, 11481 Highway 174 in Grass Valley,

The concert will feature the seven-voice ensemble under the direction of Cherry Hayes. The multi-generational gospel group will perform a variety of songs, ranging from gospel to jazz to contemporary, in four to seven parts.

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Flag retirement set for Sept. 12

August 27, 2015 — 

Boy Scout Troop 855 will be hosting their annual flag retirement ceremony during the Roamin’ Angels Car Show on Sept. 12.

Flags in need of retirement can be dropped off at the following locations by Sept. 10:

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'A Taste of Country' barbecue to benefit Women of Worth

August 26, 2015 — 

Tickets are now on sale for “A Taste of Country,” a benefit for Women of Worth, scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Nevada County Contractors’ Association building, 149 Crown Point Court in Grass Valley.

The evening will include a barbecue, no-host bar, and live and silent auctions. The western-themed event will also include line-dancing to live music by High Sierra, starting at 4 p.m.

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Local Grocery Outlet's fundraiser helps feed the hungry

August 26, 2015 — 

Every July Grocery Outlet holds its “Independence From Hunger” fundraising drive. This year they raised $5,087, which were matched by Lori and Tim Bascom, the owners of the Grass Valley Grocery Outlet. A check for $10,174 was given to the Interfaith Food Ministry to be used to help local families who are struggling with hunger. Pictured above are the Bascoms, store manager Vince Ryan and the “top earning” checkers, Nicole Peterson, Lisa Daniels, Rochelle Taylor, Cera Hoff and Laura Knox.

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Nevada City rec committee to talk Sugarloaf Mountain

August 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada City Recreation Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the city’s Sugarloaf Mountain master plan.

According to city documents, staff and committee members on Wednesday will aim to define what the plan suggested wording will entail in regards to the terms “history” and “preservation.”

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Workshop on native plant landscaping

August 25, 2015 — 

Local plant ecologist and community college instructor Virginia Moran of Ecological Outreach Services (EOS) is offering a workshop on native plant landscaping.

The workshop will focus on proper plant selection/places to purchase native plants and the transition to native plants without a massive tear-out of existing water-demanding landscaping/lawn.

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E-waste fundraiser Saturday at Chicago Park School; 4-H enrollment Wednesday

August 25, 2015 — 

The Chicago Park 4-H Club and Chicago Park School PTA are continuing their partnership to host another e-waste fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Chicago Park School.

Enrollment for the Chicago Park 4-H Club is 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at Baskin Robbins in Grass Valley. Youth enrollment is $40 for a whole year of hands-on fun while learning life skills essential for success.

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Phone home

August 25, 2015 — 

A praying mantis at Englebright Reservoir.

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Training on utilizing faith-based volunteers offered in Sept.

August 24, 2015 — 

The Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) will present a brown bag lunch training on Sept. 10, entitled “How to Get and Utilize Faith-based Volunteers.” Organizations often face particular issues in the recruitment of faith-based volunteers. Learn how to connect with faith-based organizations. Discover how to align the work of volunteers to the mission of the faith-based organization. The training will be at the Ronald McDonald House, 2555 49th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817. Cost is $10 members and $15 non-members of DOVIA. To register, please visit http://www.doviasacramento.org. Payment can be made online or at the door. Registration will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m. with training from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Anyone who coordinates volunteers (whether paid or unpaid) is welcome to attend.

The guest speaker will be Susan Ramsden, who organizes the volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. These volunteers have contributed thousands of hours and are a continuing partner to many agencies. Ramsden was honored as the Volunteer Coordinator of the Year by DOVIA in 2015 and has mobilized thousands of volunteers.

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Celebrating not going back to school

August 24, 2015 — 

Retirees from Magnolia Intermediate School met on Aug. 18 at Tofanelli’s for their third annual “Not Back to School” breakfast.

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Deer raspberry

August 22, 2015 — 

A deer sticks out his tongue at Englebright Reservoir.

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Pet adopt-a-thon hosts certified dog trainer

August 22, 2015 — 

Certified dog trainer John Garcia will be on hand to answer dog behavior questions at Scooter’s Pals’ “Adopt-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Scooter’s Place Thrift and Gift Shop, 1781 E. Main St. in Grass Valley. Many dogs in need of loving homes will be at the event. Fore more information, visit http://www.scooterspals.org or call 530-350-2099.

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Graduation announcement: Brett Boger

August 22, 2015 — 

Brett Boger of Nevada City graduated from LeTourneau University in Texas with a bachelor of science degree in engineering, with a mechanical concentration. LeTourneau University is a comprehensive institution of Christ-centered higher education where educators engage students to develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. Roughly 1,300 students study at LETU’s main campus in Longview, Texas. LETU also offers a robust suite of online programs, as well as hybrid programs in Dallas and Houston.

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Tibetan teacher coming to Grass Valley

August 22, 2015 — 

Join Tibetan teacher Anam Thubten for an evening meditation retreat, Sept. 18, at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley.

The focus of the retreat is to unburden participants from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize their natural state, considered to be “the inner dimension of peace, joy, and love.” Anam Thubten invites community members to experience what he calls a spiritual transformation through meditation practice and the teachings of the Buddha.

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Sierra Theaters donates to Sierra Forever Families

August 21, 2015 — 

Sierra Theaters, which owns Sierra Cinemas, recently donated $1,000 to Sierra Forever Families. The donation is a portion of the proceeds from the Summer Movies for Kids series held annually at the Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley. Since 2011, Sierra Theaters has been showing movies for kids in the mornings at bargain prices during the summer. The series serves families, day care centers, day camps and the general public. This year, more than 3,000 tickets were sold in eight weeks. Sierra Forever Families is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to transform the lives of children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families. Thanks to four generous community sponsors — Grass Valley School District, Pete’s Pizza, BriarPatch Co-op, and Foothill Mercantile, Sierra Theaters was able to grant $1,000 to Sierra Forever Families in recognition of their important work in the community.

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Local ACLU chapter welcomes new members

August 21, 2015 — 

The newly-formed Sierra Nevada Chapter of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is currently focusing on privacy and surveillance issues, drug policy reform, women’s equality, police militarization and Americans with disabilities issues. Community members are encouraged to attend. The ACLU is a nonpolitical organization that seeks to form a collaborative partnership with citizens and local officials, by opening dialogues over issues of concern and seeking reasonable solutions together. The ACLU of California is supporting a critical new bill — the bipartisan California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) — to update privacy laws and protect electronic information. Passing CalECPA will make sure police go to a judge to obtain a warrant before accessing sensitive information, including data from devices, emails, digital documents, text messages and location information, with exceptions for legitimate criminal investigations.

For more information, visit the new Facebook page at ACLU Northern Sierra, visit the website at http://ACLUnosierra.org or email ACLUnorthernsierra@gmail.com.

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Town Talk Photo: Annual tradition

August 21, 2015 — 

Kindergartner Cashus Casci of Grass Valley dons a T-shirt with the year he graduates from high school. Every year, before his first day of school, his mother, Sara Carver, plans to photograph in him the same shirt.

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Bisexual speakers needed for PFLAG panel

August 21, 2015 — 

PFLAG is looking for a total of six people to take part in a panel on bisexuality at its Sept. 22 support meeting. There are no age requirements, and the group is looking for both male and female speakers. Participants just need to have a willingness to share their story and answer some questions from attendees.

Those who are bisexual and willing take part in the panel, or have questions about what is expected, can contact Pat Rose immediately at 530-274-1423 or 530-277-0489.

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'Greatest Generation' honored

August 20, 2015 — 

Atria Grass Valley hosted a celebration on Aug. 16 in honor of National Spirit of ‘45 Day. This congressionally-recognized national day of remembrance was created by the Spirit of ‘45 nonprofit organization to honor the men and women of America’s “Greatest Generation.” This year included wreath laying ceremonies around the country. Pictured above from left, presenting a wreath are Ken Farmer, American Legion treasurer; Neal Evans, American Legion chaplain; David Cox, president of American Legion Riders; and American Legion commander Roger Haines.

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Spiritual leader Geshe Thupten Phelgye to speak in Grass Valley

August 19, 2015 — 

Former Tibetan Parliament member and spiritual leader Geshe Thupten Phelgye will host a talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. The topic will be, “Love and Compassion.”

After 18 years of study, Phelgye received his Geshe degree (the highest degree available to a Buddhist monastic) from Sera Jey Monastic University in 1991. He is the founding president of the International Gelug Society.

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Town Talk Photo: Nice rig

August 19, 2015 — 

A deer sniffs around a 1931 Model A off Greenhorn Road.

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Free screening of 'The Anonymous People' at CoRR

August 19, 2015 — 

On Sept. 10, “The Anonymous People” documentary film will be shown at the CoRR Campus at 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. The screening will be a part of the free community Recovery and Wellness Series. Community Recovery Resources, the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County, CoRR alumni and the recovery community have teamed up to bring this free event back to Nevada County and raise awareness and compassion for the millions of people impacted by substance use and abuse. Doors will open at 5 and the film will begin at 6 p.m. with speakers and a discussion panel to follow.

“The Anonymous People” is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept many recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition.

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Higgins, Consolidated fire boards meet this week

August 18, 2015 — 

The board of directors for the Higgins Area Fire Protection District meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the district offices, 10106 Combie Road.

Items on the agenda include facilities inspection. For more information, call 368-0844.

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Kennels full: Now is the time to adopt a dog

August 18, 2015 — 

All of the dog kennels at Sammie’s Friends are full. The adoption fee will be 50 percent off on all dogs through the end of August. Anyone who is considering adopting a dog is encouraged to visit Sammie’s Friends and meet the dogs waiting for forever homes. Due to high capacity, foster families would also be appreciated, even for a few days. Shelter hours are noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sammie’s Friends is located at Nevada County Animal Shelter, 14647 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-471-5041 or visit http://www.sammiesfriends.org.

'A Cup with a Cop' Aug. 24

August 18, 2015 — 

The next “A Cup with a Cop”, event is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. on Monday at Java John’s, 306 Broad St. in Nevada City. As part of the Community Connect Program, Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley and other officers will be on hand to visit with interested community members. In this relaxed, informal setting, Chief Foley and officers are open to discuss local interests, community concerns, current events or just get acquainted.

Inaugural 'Tomato Fest' coming Aug. 30

August 18, 2015 — 

The Gold Country Education and Youth Benefits Foundation, a sub-group under Kiwanis, is hosting their first Tomato Fest to honor the vegetables grown in Nevada County. The event is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30 at the North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, in Grass Valley.

Members of the community can participate by bringing a bountiful main course to share. Bring your own utensils and lawn chairs. There will be a silent auction, music and a salsa tasting contest. Proceeds go to the children’s art programs in Nevada County. Monetary donations are also welcomed.

Blue Star Mothers Of America to host fundraiser

August 18, 2015 — 

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Calif. Chapter 12, are holding a fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Northridge Restaurant, 773 Nevada St. in Nevada City. The proceeds will help the organization serve the local veteran’s programs. For information, visit http://www.sierranevadabsma.org or email bsmaca12@earthlink.net.

GOP barbecue to host Republican candidates

August 18, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Republican Party will hold its annual summer barbecue at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Western Gateway Park, 18560 Penn Valley Drive in Penn Valley.

All three Republican candidates for the California U.S. Senate seat have confirmed their attendance: Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, former California Republican Party Chairmen Duf Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro, as well as U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa. Other local elected officials will also be in attendance.

The event will include a traditional barbecue dinner, dessert auction and no host bar.

Tickets are $35 if purchased today and $45 thereafter at the Nevada County Republican Party website at http://www.nevadacountygop.org.

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