Angela Bradrick, who is running for election for the open Nevada County Superior Court judge seat due to the retirement of Judge Sean P. Dowling, has announced a concert that will serve as a fundraiser for her campaign. Local band 49 Blind, a country and western band, will be performing live at the Love Building at Condon Park on Saturday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m. There will also be dancing, raffle tickets and prizes. Tickets are available for $20 each and are available for purchase at BriarPatch in Grass Valley while supplies last.Learn more »
On March 3, Joan and Bob called from Woodside with a request for a significant sale of their assets.
They had turned on the news regarding the Russia/Ukraine/Europe/U.S. developments, and had an immediate emotional reaction — sell!Learn more »
A global march for lions will take place on Saturday on the south side of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento from 1:30-4 p.m.
This march joins cities and countries around the world to raise awareness of the plight of lions in the so-called sport of “canned hunting.”Learn more »
Sierra Writers will host an Open Read at 6:30 p.m. today in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.
All are welcome to submit works anonymously to be read aloud by members of Sierra Writers and critiqued by the assembled group. Submissions of fiction (including poetry) or nonfiction should be made with no name and contain no more than 750 words (two to three pages). Print on one side of the paper and double-space in readable font and typeface (such as Times Roman, 12 point).Learn more »
Forest Lake Christian School will host a yard sale/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Crossroads Church parking lot, on corner of Highway 49 and Wolf Road. The sale will include large items, kitchen items/appliances, clothing, toys and more.Learn more »
The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County is resuming its Women and Men in Black Vigil from 5:15 to 6 p.m.Thursday on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City.
The event is to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer as she was defending a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip against demolition.Learn more »
The Nevada Joint Union High School District will hold its weekly meeting Wednesday with the Board of Trustees.
The meeting will be held at the Nevada Union High School Science Lecture Hall at 6 p.m. and will include discussions on the district budget and bond oversight, the potential approval of the three-year Commercial Quality Maintenance program with Pacific Gas and Electric, and district implementation of the tobacco-free school policy.Learn more »
Born and raised in the ancient land of Perú, Mariscela Alvarez will share the highlights of her Andean heritage from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
This free presentation will be held in the Community Room at BriarPatch Co-op, 290 Sierra College Dr, Suite ALearn more »
The Intero Foundation-Nevada County has donated $1,503.80 to the Nevada County Diaper Project as part of its mission to impact the growth and well-being of children in our community.
The funds will be used to purchase diapers to be distributed to the needy families of Nevada County.Learn more »
Dorsey Drive will be subject to traffic control for utilities potholing now through Friday. The Traffic Control System will utilize one way traffic control between the hours of 10 a.m. to 10 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. Please observe all construction signs and the instructions of onsite personnel.Learn more »
Join Madelyn Helling Library in celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 10-15, with an entire week of teen tech classes in the Collaborative Technology Center. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.
This year, the theme “DIY @ your library” is being celebrated, with programming made possible with the help of a grant from Young Adult Library Services Association and the Best Buy Children’s Fund. Programs are open to grades six through 12. The schedule of events is as follows:Learn more »
Manzanita Parlor No. 29, Native Daughters of the Golden West, will hold a rededication of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) plaque at 2 p.m. o, March 23. Mason Rick Trathen constructed the historical monument, which is located on Neal Street, between Mill and South Church streets. The plaque was first dedicated in 1926 to recognize the first W.C.T.U. Episcopal and Methodist ladies union in the state of California established March 25,1874.
In case of rain, arrangements have been made to meet at Wesley Hall, United Methodist Church, 236 S.Church St., Grass Valley. The public is invited.Learn more »
The Board of directors for the Rough and Ready Fire Protection District will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Items on the agenda include an update on seasonal firefighters, compensation for an air filling station, and general business items.
The board meets at 14506 Rough and Ready Highway. For more information, call 432-1140.Learn more »
With Daylight Saving Time beginning on Sunday, Cal Fire officials are reminding all Californians to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Studies have shown that most homes have smoke alarms, however nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half. With multiple types of smoke alarms, consumers must read the manufactures recommendations and properly place the alarms correctly. Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside of every bedroom and on every level of the home. Cal Fire recommends that every residence be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Many brands also offer dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.Learn more »
Pete Peterson, Republican candidate for Secretary of State, will speak on Saturday, April 5 at the annual Nevada County Republican Party “Celebrate and Preserve Freedom” Spring Dinner and Scholarship Award Night. At the event, the Ruth and Drew Bedwell Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a local area graduating high school senior.
Peterson was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization, Common Sense California, which in 2010 joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, where he is Executive Director.Learn more »
United Way of Nevada County is looking for people to be part of its Citizen Review Teams (CRT). Citizen Review Teams assist in the assessment of nonprofit agencies that apply for partnership and funding from the United Way of Nevada County. CRT members visit four to five nonprofit agencies during April. During these visits, members learn about the nonprofit agencies’ work, tour their facilities and assess them through a question and answer session. At the end of the visit, members fill out a questionnaire on a variety of topics, such as the value of the service the agencies provide to our community, the effectiveness of the service and the efficiency of the agencies. This is an essential part of the community investment process.
The CRT training meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. March 24 and the visits will be made between March 31 and April 15, with a time commitment of about 10 to 15 hours. If you are interested in participating, call United Way at 530-274-8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn more »
NCTV is offering beginning and advanced screenwriting classes, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Writers of all levels are invited to attend and learn the fundamentals of writing a screenplay or improve one you’ve started. Each class is two, three-hour sessions and costs $50. Screenplays can then be entered into NCTV’s Screenplay Contest, where the top 10 will get developed into a 10-minute film. Deadline for submitting entries is April 11 and is open to everyone. For more information call 530-272-8862 or visit http://www.nevadacountytv.org.Learn more »
What experiences and people shaped who you are today? What makes Nevada County a great place to live? These are just some of the questions Dr. Gary Quehl will explore at the AAUW Nevada County Branch’s meeting on March 15. Dr. Quehl, author and longtime leadership expert, will engage attendees in a conversation about the purposes and findings of the Sage Leadership Project, a two-year study sponsored by the Center for Non-Profit Leadership, Nevada County. The results of the study, which examined the role that individuals voluntarily play in sharing their experiences, judgment and wisdom to advance the welfare of their communities, are featured in his book, “The Sages Among Us: Harnessing the Power of Civic Engagement.”
There is no cost, and everyone is welcome from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on March 15 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley The program begins at 10: a.m.Learn more »
HelpLine Senior Information and Assistance is now taking appointments for the AARP Tax-Aide program. This service offers free help with the preparation of federal and state income tax returns and is available to people of all ages with middle and low income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The program is staffed by local volunteers who are IRS-trained and certified.
Appointments (be prepared to stay two hours) are available on Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 7. Those interested in free tax filing assistance must call HelpLine at 530-273-2273 to schedule an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.Learn more »
A homeless man found dead in his tent after his dog wandered into a nearby business has been identified as Gary Roney Jr., 46.
Roney’s husky was running loose while trailing his leash and walked into a laundromat in the 600 block of Freeman Lane slightly before noon Monday, according to dispatch reports.Learn more »
Anew Day Counseling Center will host its first Crab Feed benefit at 6 p.m. March 28 at Calvary Bible Church, 11481 State Highway 174. The menu will include all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread. Thanks to the generous community’s outpouring of donations, to date there are more than $10,000 worth of auction items.
Tickets are $40 per person, or $300 for a table of eight. For tickets and more information, contact Anew Day atLearn more »
Grace Lutheran Church is inviting the community for Midweek Lenten Services, beginning at 7 p.m. today, Ash Wednesday. The service is Communion with Imposition of Ashes, and the Lenten theme will be “The Miracles of Lent.”
Lenten Services continue on the following five consecutive Wednesdays, at noon and 6 p.m., with a soup supper directly following the evening service each week. Wednesday, March 12 will be “The Tearing of the Temple Curtain”; March 19 is “The Earthquake”; March 26 is “The Splitting of the Rocks”; April 2 is “The Raising of the Saints”; and April 9 is “The Faith of the Roman Soldier.”Learn more »
The Nevada Joint Union High School District is holding a special meeting Wednesday night with the Board of Trustees. The meeting will be held at the District office at 6 p.m. and will include labor negotiations with the California School Employees Association, Nevada Joint Union High School Teachers Association, and the American Federation of Teachers. The board will also discuss the potential lease of district real property, and a potential job coach position for teachers using the Common Core program.
— The Union staffLearn more »
RSVP- Volunteer Nevada CountyMarch 3, 2014 —
Everyone is invited to share their time and talents with Nevada County nonprofits, public agencies, and schools. Over 90 local agencies need your help. View more volunteer opportunities at www.volunteernevadacounty.org. Here is a sampling of what is available this week:
Handy persons needed — Are you experienced with minor home repairs and looking for ways to give back to the community? If so, FREED would like to have you volunteer for their Fix It Program! Volunteers address minor home modifications and maintenance needs from ramp construction to grab bar installation and minor plumbing or electrical repairs. For seniors and people with disabilities living in Nevada County, the need is great. Will you help Fix It?
Native plant education support — Do you like plants and want to support Native Plant education and conservation? The Redbud Chapter-California Native Plant Society is looking for a trustworthy, conscientious retired Certified Professional Accountant with 5-10 hours a month to spare to serve as their Board Treasurer.
Friendly visitor volunteers — As a volunteer with the Friendly Visitor Program you can make a profound and personal difference in the life of a senior or person with a disability. You need no special expertise; you will be asked to make a weekly visit of one or two hours; you will receive ongoing training and guidance. Consideration is given to matching you with a person of similar interests.
Is the kitchen where you shine? — Encourage teens healthy eating. Help teach pre-teen and teenage girls the importance of good nutrition by cooking 20-25 healthy snacks for the Friendship Club. Snack helpers are needed for Tuesdays, early afternoon. Come join the fun.
Be the friendly face of Nevada County — This is a wonderful opportunity to be of assistance to citizens and the general public visiting our government center. Nevada County is looking for volunteers to assist as Lobby Greeters at the Rood Center in Nevada City. As a volunteer greeter, you will be an ambassador to our county. Promptness, courteousness, and a sincere desire to promote local information are key.
Help promote a local treasure — Share your love of railroads and give informative talks as a docent for the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Nevada City. Training is provided. Assistance in the Gift Shop is also needed. Volunteers are needed once a week at 10 a.m. for 3-6 hours.
Let’s book it — Sorting, pricing, and shelving help needed to prepare for Friends of the Nevada County Library monthly book sales. Get the inside scoop on the best books while you stretch and lift for a good cause. Morning volunteers for 3 hour shifts are in high demand.
Bring your facility management skills — Interfaith Food Ministry is expanding their services to the community. Can you help by volunteering as a facilities director? This job would include overseeing all aspects of the building and maintenance of their new location in Grass Valley. The director organizes and delegates duties such as landscaping, janitorial, and anything involving structure inside and out. Organization, leadership, and a general understanding of construction is necessary.
English Language Learners need your help — Help English Language Learners thrive in our community by volunteering as a one-to-one tutor with an adult English Language Learner (ELL). Special ongoing training is provided. It is not necessary to know another language or to have a teaching background. Sign up to take the two-day training workshop on Saturdays, March 15 and March 22.
Welcome baby — A new mother can face many challenges after giving birth to that adorable bundle. Be a Welcome Baby volunteer and help postpartum moms connect to community resources and share your knowledge about infant development, breastfeeding, etc. Good social skills a must. Training will be provided. Weekend availability preferred.
HelpLine senior information & assistance and telephone reassurance — Use your community knowledge and communication skills to connect people to health and social services by answering phones, socializing with seniors as part of the Telephone Reassurance Program or making appointments for AARP income tax, mature driver class, and HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program). You will feel you are making a difference in someone’s life. Volunteers are needed for Fridays 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
For persons 55 and older, accident, liability, and excess auto insurance are provided and limited mileage reimbursement is available. If you are interested in any of the positions, e-mail us at email@example.com, visit our office at 471 Sutton Way, Suite No. 202, in Grass Valley, or call weekdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at (530) 271-0255.
RSVP is a program of Area 4 Agency on Aging and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service..
RSVP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by the Area 4 Agency on Aging.
Gardner/author to speak at garden club meetingMarch 3, 2014 —
The Chicago Park Garden Club will hold its next meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse Community Room, 15057 Highway 174 in Grass Valley. The guest speaker will be local gardener/author Carolyn Singer, who will discuss creating and using raised beds. CPGC’s membership includes gardeners from Grass Valley, Nevada City and other foothill communities. Nonmembers can attend this free program. The CPGC Flower Arrangers will meet at 10 a.m. on March 21 in the Community Room of the Peardale-Chicago Park Firehouse. The CPGC Card Making group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on March 11 and 25 in the Community Room.
For more information, call 530-272-7708.
Free PTSD classes for vets and their families, friendsFebruary 28, 2014 —
Almost everyone knows of someone who went away to military service and just wasn’t the same when he or she returned. Oftentimes, and especially with combat veterans, the change has come about because of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), which can become a chronic psychological disorder (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD). If untreated, military-related psychological trauma such as PTSD can have significant negative effects on the individual veteran, family members and the community. Welcome Home Vets provides an ongoing series of four classes to help family members, friends, community members and veterans understand what happened and what they can do to help. Class topics include PTSD, TBI and Other Psychological Trauma; Military Culture and the Warrior Spirit; Drugs, Alcohol and Codependency; and Medications and PTSD. The next series starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Welcome Home Vets office, 248 Mill St., Grass Valley (the Lola Montez house). These classes are open to the public and are free. Any necessary psychological treatment is also provided to veterans and their family members free of charge; they have already paid the price! Reservations are not necessary to attend classes, but for additional information and a complete class schedule, call Welcome Home Vets at 530-272-3300.
Child Advocates receives $10,000 Grant from California Bar FoundationFebruary 28, 2014 —
Child Advocates of Nevada County has received a grant from the California Bar Foundation in the amount of $10,000. The grant is designated for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program and will help provide advocacy services for children who have been removed from their homes and become part of the Nevada County Dependency Court system.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, are community volunteers who are trained through a certified training program to advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. CASAs are sworn officers of the court with their goal being to ensure the children receive all necessary and court ordered services and make sure their needs are met. The grant will help improve the delivery of CASA services and increase the number of children served by the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. Child Advocates of Nevada County provides child abuse prevention, education, and advocacy programs through four programs. In addition to Court Appointed Special Advocates, Child Advocates oversees Foothills Truckee Healthy Babies, Welcome Baby, and Child Safety Puppeteers. For more information about the CASA program, contact Melinda Douros, program manager, at 530-265-9550, ext. 222. For any other information about Child Advocates, contact executive director Laura Harter at 530-265-9550, ext. 223.
The California Bar Foundation’s rural grants program funds projects that improve or increase the delivery of legal services and/or education to areas outside the state’s major metropolitan areas.