News briefs in Grass Valley California

Essential oils class offered at Women of Worth in Grass Valley

September 27, 2016 — 

As part of their “Better Living Series,” Women of Worth will be offering a class on essential oils, scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Women of Worth, located at 224 Church St. in Nevada City. The wellness class will include methods and applications of using oils to decrease stress. Students will make and take an oil blend home. Cost is $5. To RSVP, call 530-264-7337.

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Third Annual 'Beef & Range Field Day' in Browns Valley

September 27, 2016 — 

More than 140 high school students from FFA and 4-H programs in Butte, Nevada, Placer, Sutter and Yuba counties will gather in Browns Valley for the Third Annual Beef & Range Field Day on Oct. 5. The event, hosted by the University of California, Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, will provide students with hands-on, practical experience with livestock production and natural resource management.

United States Representative, John Garamendi (CA-3), is scheduled to address the attendees in the morning on issues that will likely face future agriculture producers. The students will then learn from industry experts about topics critical to the livestock industry, including cattle health, pasture management and issues related to water and soil quality. The goal is to demonstrate how ranchers and livestock producers work to carefully mange the resources in their care.

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Annual 'Blessing of the Animals' Saturday in Grass Valley

September 27, 2016 — 

Above, Shih tzu-mix Chewie, center, receives a blessing from the Rev. Charlane Line, right, while Elizabeth Ekblad looks on during a ‘Blessing of the Animals,’ held in 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Dogs, rats, horses, cats and all creatures great and small are welcome to this year’s free event, which marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Italian mystic who believed all of nature mirrors the Divine.

Peace Lutheran is at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. The gathering will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot under the shade of trees near the church. Learn more at http://www.PeaceLutheranGV.org.

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Panel discussion on marijuana proposition

September 26, 2016 — 

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County is inviting the public to its upcoming speakers panel and discussion, “Marijuana: Prop 64 And Beyond” from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 8 at the Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. The panel will include Fran Cole, attorney; Forrest Hurd, Safe Access Saves Children’s Lives; Patti Smith, Nevada County chair for Safe Access, and Amy Irani, director, Nevada County Environmental Health Department. Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session where audience members may submit written questions for panel members. Light refreshments will be available. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. For further information, call 530-265-0956.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Learn more about League of Women Voters, Western Nevada County at http://lwvwnc.org.

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"Cash for College" workshop at Nevada Union

September 26, 2016 — 

All high school seniors and their parents are invited to attend Nevada Union High School’s “Cash for College Workshop” at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 in the NU cafeteria, according to a press release. Financial aid experts from Sierra College and Sacramento State will be on hand to assist families as they complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This is the first step to determining eligibility for financial assistance for students planning to attend community or four-year colleges. Please bring all 2015 tax documents (parents and student). NU students will need their Chromebook.

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New owners of Grocery Outlet continue tradition of giving

September 26, 2016 — 

Despite new ownership and massive renovation, Steve and Kim Smith, new owners of Grocery Outlet on Sutton Way, hosted the annual Independence From Hunger Campaign in July. The tradition, started by the previous owners, asks shoppers to make a donation for Interfaith Food Ministry’s mission to feed the hungry of Nevada County. Posters, T-shirts and Grocery Outlet employees motivated shoppers to give to those in need.

Above, the Smiths, along with their employees, present a check of $6,000 to Sue Van Son, executive director of the Interfaith Food Ministry.

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ANNIVERSARIES: ROBERTSON

September 25, 2016 — 

W. Lowell and Diane S. Robertson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and old friends at their home in Nevada City. Married in Santa Barbara on Sept. 3, 1966, both are graduates of the University of California, Santa Barbara and have been life partners and active participants in Nevada County for the past 38 years. Children Cassandra and Will, along with Will’s wife Jenny and grandchildren, Theo and Owen, enjoyed the pool party and food. The Robertsons have planned an extended trip to France in the near future.

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The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County to sponsor 'Candidates' Night'

September 25, 2016 — 

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County will sponsor a ‘Candidates’ Night’ forum for candidates who may represent Nevada County residents. Presenters include two U.S. Senate candidates; two U.S. House of Representative candidates; and two California State Senate candidates. The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, at the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City.

All candidates have been invited to present their views on the issues in response to questions posed by League members and questions from the audience and media.

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Feeling fallish

September 25, 2016 — 

Fall colors seem to be arriving early in parts of Western Nevada County.

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Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) honors Sissy Minard as "Volunteer of the Year"

September 23, 2016 — 

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) recently honored Sissy Minard as their “Volunteer of the Year” at a recent luau. Minard is a familiar face in the world of live theatre and is known for graciously greeting patrons as they come into the Nevada Theatre. She has been the CATS volunteer coordinator and assistant house manager for many years. Above, from left, are Sissy Minard, Jeannie Wood and Patty Lum-Ohmann.

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Sierra Harvest potluck at Tumbling Creek Ranch

September 23, 2016 — 

Sierra Harvest is inviting the community for their final farm potluck of the season at Tumbling Creek Ranch. The potluck will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 on the 38-acre homestead known for its sustainability practices. Tumbling Creek farmers Marlene and Cliff Bottenfield and their daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Chris Galvez, grow organic and biodynamic oyster, shiitake and lion’s mane mushrooms, as well as eggs, produce, and pasture raised livestock. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 for a tour of the farm with dinner scheduled for 6 p.m.

During the summer season, Tumbling Creek Farm maintains a booth at the Nevada City Farmers Market, and year-round their oyster mushrooms can be found at the SPD in Nevada City, Mother Truckers, Natural Selection and the BriarPatch. In addition, Three Forks Bakery and Brewery also uses their mushrooms in their pizzas and sandwiches. Guests should bring utensils, a plate and cup for yourself/selves, a dish to share and a blanket to sit on.

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Traffic control on East Main Street in Grass Valley today

September 23, 2016 — 

East Main Street, between Murphy and Eureka streets will be subject to traffic control today for underground utility work. The Traffic Control System will utilize one way traffic control intermittently between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate motorists in a timely manner; however delays of up to five minutes may be possible. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of on site personnel.

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Educational forum hosts Nevada County candidates

September 22, 2016 — 

Come join other Nevada County residents on Oct. 4 for the monthly First Tuesday educational forum sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats.

Guest speakers will include Trevor Michael and Cindy Latimer. Michael is running as an incumbent for Area 3 on the Nevada County Board of Education. He has served on the Nevada County Board of Education since March 2011. Prior to living in Nevada County, he worked in Silicon Valley on next generation semiconductor industry technology. A new job in a local television industry technology company began his residence in Nevada County. Michael has been a parent and business owner in Nevada County since 1998.

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Free pancakes in celebration of National Lumberjack Day

September 22, 2016 — 

In honor of National Lumberjack Day, Lumberjacks Restaurant is giving away a free short stack of pancakes to anyone who says, “I love lumberjacks!” inside the Grass Valley restaurant before 11 a.m. on Sept. 26. The staff at Lumberjacks is also encouraging all diners to join restaurant staff in dressing like lumberjacks and “lumberjills.” Lumberjacks Restaurant is located at 2075 Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley.

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Nevada Union High School's 'Cash for College' evening coming up

September 22, 2016 — 

Need money for college? All high school seniors and their parents are invited to attend Nevada Union High School’s “Cash for College Workshop” at 9 a.m. on Oct. 8 in the NU cafeteria. Financial aid experts from Sierra College and Sacramento State will be on hand to assist families as they complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This is the first step to determining eligibility for financial assistance for students planning to attend community or four-year colleges. Please bring all 2015 tax documents (parents and student). NU students will need their Chromebook.

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Educators' development day

September 22, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools welcomed over 650 county educators to the second annual Countywide Professional Development Day at Nevada Union High School on Monday. The day included relevant and valuable professional learning opportunities for Nevada County educators.

This year’s theme, “Energize!,” included a special keynote presentation by Jon Corippo, Director of Academic Innovation for CUE (Computer Using Educators). Corippo was also one of many presenters who led self-selected breakout sessions, which included 43 varied workshops presented by Nevada County teachers and instructional leaders as well as community partners such as the Nevada County Arts Council, CPS, Sierra Streams, SYRCL, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, and Behavioral Health. Topics covered numerous areas of focus, including technology, science, math, art, student engagement, and health and safety.

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Grass Valley High School class of '51 reunites

September 21, 2016 — 

The Grass Valley High School class of 1951 held their 65th class reunion in Alta Sierra on Sept. 11. Among those attending were (first row from left) Gary Tressel, Dottie Crandel Smith, Nina Munsee McMahan, Lois Veale Robinson and Barbara Barghoon Johnson. Second row from left are Ernie Sowell, Jan Stevens, Arleigh Valdon, Royce Clemo, Dale Rodgers, Jerry Yocum, Berry Halverstadt, Jim Walker, Gene Crawley and Gene Horn.

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21st Annual Nevada County Book Sale to benefit United Way of Nevada County

September 21, 2016 — 

Nevada County is holding its 21st annual book sale at the Rood Government Center Lobby, located at 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City. Community members are encouraged to donate slightly used books in preparation for the sale. The County is accepting donated books in good condition through Nov. 4. Books may be dropped off inside the east door in the Rood Center Lobby.

The Book Sale begins Oct. 11 and runs through Nov. 11. All proceeds go to United Way of Nevada County. Prices range from 50 cents to $4. The sale is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday throughout the month. There are a variety of books on hand, including children’s, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction. This event is just one of many Nevada County is holding to benefit United Way of Nevada County.

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Voters' climate change forum tonight in Grass Valley

September 21, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Climate Change Coalition will help voters make informed decisions at an informational meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, at 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

The presentation, “Vote Your Climate Conscience,” will offer formal presentations of published climate-related position statements of regional, statewide and national interest. Presenters will include Don Rivenes, Don and Peggy Baldwin, Reed Hamilton and Carol Kuczora. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public.

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Retired Nevada City math teacher Robert Sharp pens sci-fi thriller

September 20, 2016 — 

Former Nevada City teacher Robert Sharp will be hosting a book signing from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 8 at The Open Book in Grass Valley. Sharp’s sci-fi thriller, “Alpha Black,” features many of his long time interests in quantum physics, human potential and meta-physics.

“Mr. Sharp,” as his former students still refer to him, enjoyed using the classroom to present his math students with excursions into the realm of “Big Ideas.” The challenge of keeping young minds interested and challenged was an instrumental topic in his book, said Sharp, who asserts that “everyone carries an inner lodestone that tells us something is missing and keeps prompting us to go find it. But our programming is hard wired to largely ignore these soft messages.” The book uses as a premise the notion that “there is profound knowledge available for the person who seeks it and is prepared.”

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Party crasher

September 20, 2016 — 

An unexpected guest showed up at a Penn Valley picnic.

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Going off grid with solar 101

September 19, 2016 — 

California Solar Electric Company is offering a two-day workshop on planning and implementing an off grid residential solar systems on Oct. 15 and 16 at their Grass Valley facility located at 149 Main St. Workshop hours with Lars Ortegren are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Registration is $150 and space is limited. Participants may pre-register and save a spot with a $50 deposit by calling 530-274-3671.

The “Off-Grid Workshop” provides an introduction to system design and maintenance. Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of the factors of design, as well as ongoing maintenance of off grid power stations.

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Second Annual Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament winners announced

September 19, 2016 — 

The Second Annual Derek Sorensen Memorial Disc Golf Tournament was held during United Way of Nevada County’s Grills ‘n’ Grilles event on Aug. 27 at Western Gateway Park. During the tournament, a memorial bench was placed on the fourth hole at Hanging Oak Disc Golf Course in memory of Derek Sorensen.

Winners of the tournament were Allison and Mike Jones, First Place in the Coed Division; Jere Eshelman and Mike Loya, First Place in the Pro Division shooting -10; Alex and Matt, who took First Place in the Advanced Division; and Trevor and Brian who won First Place in the Amateur Division.

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Nevada Union High School teen wins Miss Capitol Cities Teen USA pageant

September 19, 2016 — 

Nevada Union High School junior Hannah Lewis won the Miss Capitol Cities Teen USA pageant at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento on Sept. 18. Lewis plays varsity water polo and basketball at NU, and is an active participant in the Athletes Committed program. In addition, Lewis has participated in leadership, serving as both her freshman and sophomore class president and is an honor student at NUHS. She hopes to attend the Annapolis Naval Academy. She will now represent the greater Sacramento region in the Miss Teen California USA pageant held in Long Beach in December. Her goals are to expand the Athletes Committed program throughout entire Sacramento region, specifically targeting middle school students in concussion awareness and the “scientific reasons why drugs and alcohol negatively effect an athletes progress.”

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PFLAG to host bisexuality panel in Grass Valley

September 18, 2016 — 

PFLAG Nevada County will be hosting a “Bisexuality Panel” at 7 p.m. on September 27 after its monthly support group meetings. All are welcome to attend the LGB and allies’ support group or the transgender support group, then stay for the Bisexuality Panel.

There will be a question and answer period after the panel has completed their presentations. The local chapter of PFLAG chose this panel topic because bisexual people often feel they are not welcomed by gay or straight people, which can cause feelings of isolation, said organizers. The panel and regular support group meetings are held at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, located at 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley. For more information, call 760-846-1134.

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Folsom youngster wins $5,000 in 49er Rotary Duck Race

September 18, 2016 — 

Alex Willingham, 8, of Folsom, is the $5,000 grand prize winner of the 25th Annual Gold Country Duck Race, held Sept. 11 on Deer Creek in Nevada City. Alex got her ticket from 49er Rotarian Tonya Clark.

The winning ticket matched the number of the racing duck that emerged from a field of several thousand toy ducks to take top honors in annual event, which is held as part of Nevada City’s Constitution Day weekend celebration. Winning the $1,000 second prize was Meghan Thomas of Grass Valley, while the $500 third place went to Bill Falconi of Nevada City.

The Hot Tub Race was won by Mark Miller of Austin, Tex., who won a $5,000 hot tub donated by Sierra Timberline. He purchased his winning ticket from 49er Rotarian Erin Miller.

Many other cash and merchandise prizes were also awarded. The Beam Easy Living Center won the sponsor’s race.

The duck race is sponsored by the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City. The race is the club’s largest annual fundraiser, providing financial assistance to numerous school, youth and community groups.

Nevada Union High School's Walkathon helps local students

September 16, 2016 — 

Nevada Union High School students, teachers and administrators will be taking part in the school’s annual Walkathon, scheduled for September 23. Walkers will depart the NUHS campus at 9:30 a.m. and follow a two mile loop, which includes Hughes Road, East Main Street, and Sierra College Drive. In addition to raising funds for various clubs, athletics and enrichment programs, the event is also designed to build community among students and staff. For more information, or to make a donation, visit http://www.nuwalkathon.org or call 530-273-3351.

Wipe out at Englebright Reservoir

September 16, 2016 — 

Cousins Katy Kasparian of Folsom and Hudson Donaldson of Ventura take a wild ride during a family reunion at Englebright Reservoir Sunday.

Donation goes toward Penn Valley Cultural Center

September 16, 2016 — 

The board of directors for the Penn Valley Community Foundation received a donation of $1,224.25 from Dr. Julie Cox, of Penn Valley. Cox, a Qi Gong instructor trained by Homer Nottingham, raised the funds during her “Qi Gong in the Park” classes she conducted at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley between November 21 and August 29 for the benefit of the future Penn Valley Cultural Center.

“Qi Gong in the Park” and the fundraiser for the Penn Valley Cultural Center will continue at Wildwood Fitness in Penn Valley during the winter months. Gym manager Michelle Walters has allowed use of the space rent-free on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

When the weather warms up, the group will again meet at Western Gateway Park.

Donations are welcome and $5 is suggested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Everyone is welcome.

The Penn Valley Cultural Center will be located at 10592 Spenceville Road and will include 5,000 square feet to provide space for a possible expanded Penn Valley Library station, a visitors center hosted by the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, a 500+ seat performance hall, which will be the new home of InConcert Sierra and the Sierra Master Chorale, the Lake Wildwood Theater and Lake Wildwood Women’s Chorus, among others. The venue will also be available to any and all theater, music, and performance groups in the region, house a full commercial kitchen and will be available for weddings and events. For more information visit http://www.pennvalleycc.org.

Gold Country Stage offers free fare days Sept. 22-24

September 16, 2016 — 

County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Gold Country Stage will provide free fares on all routes and will be operating their normal schedules and times (5:50 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on Sept. 22 and 23 and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 24. All routes are free.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide, at http://www.goldcountrystage.com or by calling 530-477-0103, ext. 0 for travel planning information.

Gold Country Stage is also available for folks traveling to the 2016 “Draft Horse Classic” at the Fairgrounds on Route 3. The Route 3 bus stop will be available at Brighton St. and McCourtney Rd. at eight minutes past each hour from 7:08 a.m. through 7:08 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8:08 a.m. through 4:08 p.m. Saturday at the Fairgrounds stop.

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