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Android, email and PC skills classes offered this month

May 4, 2015 — 

The Gold Country Computer Learning Center is offering three separate Android workshops in May.

Participants can choose one or all of the three workshops to learn about the many features available with Android devices.

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'Aging Well, Staying Vital' discussion with Kathleen O'Dae starts May 6

May 4, 2015 — 

Staying vital as one ages involves physical, emotional and mental health, according to Kathleen O’Dae, a specialist in nutrition, aging and holistic health.

O’Dae will discuss how to age well in a series of free gatherings from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays starting May 6 and ending May 27, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Coffee and baked goods are served at 9 a.m.

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Total Nordic eclipse

May 4, 2015 — 

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Camptonville plant sale, flea market May 9

May 1, 2015 — 

The Camptonville Community Plant Sale and Flea Market is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Rebel Ridge Field in Camptonville. The sale will include a variety of locally grown plants, such as tomatoes and peppers. Rebel Ridge Organics, Ledsom Family Farm, Honey Circle Farm, Sunrise Farm and a host of local gardeners will be selling varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower starts.

Flea market booths will sell tools, toys, household items and more. Local crafts people will be selling homemade creations, including bead work, soaps, lotions, purses and medicinal honey. Lunch will be available at Fatty’s Fine Foods trailer and Camptonville school will sell drinks, baked goods and hot dogs.

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Searls Historical Library celebrates opening of new location

May 1, 2015 — 

The grand opening of the new location of the Searls Historical Library will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 9. Hosted by the Nevada County Historical Society, the opening dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. followed by a library open house, building tours, cake and refreshments. The event will also include a re-dedication of their newly-refurbished flag pole, as well as “hoisting the colors” of the U.S. and the flag of California. The ceremonies will be assisted by Scout Troop 855. The new location of the Searls Historical Library is 161 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City, at the intersection of Ridge Road, Gold Flat Road and Zion Street, next to Sierra Presbyterian Church. An RSVP is appreciated, by contacting Margaret Munson via email at searls@nevadacountyhistory.org or calling 530-265-5910.

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United Way's 7th Annual 'Day of Action' helps local nonprofits

May 1, 2015 — 

The United Way of Nevada County (UWNC) is in the planning phase for their upcoming “Day of Action,” set for June 18. This is a national day of service for United Way organizations throughout the world with the mission of positively changing communities.

This year, the “Day of Action” is scheduled in mid-June in order to take advantage of the longer days, according to a press release. Organizers said that this day of giving back to the community will be a fun and rewarding event for all of the individuals involved. Many projects will be accomplished on this day of collaboration. Projects such as painting, gardening, weeding, organizing, and filing are just an example of the different projects that nonprofits need help with.

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Growers Market Saturdays at North Star House now open

May 1, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Growers Market, voted “Best of Nevada County” for 2014 is now open at the historic North Star House. The Growers Market will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays through November 21. North Star House is located at 12075 Auburn Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.thegrowersmarket.com/ for weekly updates and entertainment schedule.

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Nevada County startups featured in Innovative North State event

April 30, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council has announced that two of the five presenting companies that will be featured at Innovate North State’s new Golden Triangle Capital Network launch event are innovative Nevada County startups. 

The Golden Triangle Capital Network event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on May 6 at the Canyon Oaks Country Club in Chico.

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Nevada Joint Union High school district holds town hall meeting on later start time

April 30, 2015 — 

The Nevada Joint Union High School District administration and board of trustees are holding a town hall meeting tonight to allow parents and students to weigh in on a later first bell for two of the district’s schools.

Under the proposed change, school would start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. for students at Bear River and Nevada Union high schools. The district’s three other high schools would be unaffected by the change. Silver Springs High School already starts at 8 a.m., Ghidotti Early College High School’s schedule is determined in conjunction with Sierra College, and North Point Academy is an independent study school.

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A bug's life

April 30, 2015 — 

A praying mantis at Lake Englebright.

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Community Book Swap this Sunday

April 30, 2015 — 

The monthly Community Book Swap is scheduled from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Sunday at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Bring your used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, magazines, table games and puzzles. Exchange them for others. Everything is free.

For more information, call 530-845-5208 or visit http://www.ncbookswap.webs.com.

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Friends of the Nevada County Libraries big two-day book sale

April 30, 2015 — 

A big, two-day book sale, coordinated by Friends of the Nevada County Libraries, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 No. Pine St. in Nevada City.

On Sunday, new books will be added and everything will be half price. This month’s sale features travel, sports and coffee table books, in addition to thousands of other genres, including fiction, non-fiction, collectible, children’s and more. The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries holds a sale on the first Saturday of every month. Proceeds are used for new equipment, books, and programs at Nevada County libraries. For additional information, call 530-265-1407 or email friends@ncfol.org. Gently-used books can be donated at any county library branch or outside Raley’s grocery in Grass Valley.

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"Justice & Closure" author receives national recognition

April 30, 2015 — 

The Third Annual International Beverly Hills Book Awards recognized the book, “Justice & Closure” by Nevada City author Daniel Pastre as the winner in the category of action/adventure.

The competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence.

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Airstream trailer owners to gather at fairgrounds through Saturday

April 30, 2015 — 

Thirty shiny, silver Airstream trailers and RVs are having a rally at the Nevada County Fairgrounds through Saturday. From 3:30 to 6 p.m. today, the club will be having a swap/craft meet in an attempt to find new homes for old treasures. The public is invited to attend. Many trailers will be open to visitors. Members of the NorCal unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International Airstream come from all over Northern California and Nevada. The trailers/motor homes range in size from 16 to 36 feet and in age from a 1961 vintage trailer to brand new units.

The NorCal club sponsors rally once a month at locations throughout California for four to seven days in length. They travel throughout the western states on caravans that are 10 to 30 days in length. The NorCal unit is a member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, named after the founder of the Airstream trailer. Their motto is “Fun, Friendship and Adventure.” The club will be spending a day each in Nevada City and Grass Valley, visiting the historic sites and checking out all the interesting shops and eateries.

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Show off your Italian cooking on May 9

April 29, 2015 — 

Organizers of the Third Annual Little Italy Pasta Sauce Cook-off invite everyone with a great family recipe to enter. Bring your ingredients at noon on Saturday, May 9, to the patio of the Gold Miner’s Inn-Holiday Inn Express in downtown Grass Valley. Tasting is from 5 to 9 p.m., and judging will start at 6 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Deadline to enter is Monday, May 4. Entry forms with the details are at http://www.BearRiverPasta.com and at Bear River Pasta, 109 Bank St. Entry costs $50. Tasting kits are $7 and include a bowl of fresh pasta and four tasting tickets; additional tasting tickets cost $1 each. Wine and desserts will be available for sale, and festive music will fill the sunny patio, according to a press release. It added that “the scent of basil, rosemary and garlic simmering in tomato and olive oil is free.”

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Nevada County Certified Farmers Market opens Tuesday

April 29, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Certified Farmers Market will be opening for the season on Tuesday at Eric Rood Administrative Center​ at ​950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City. The market will be open from 2 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday through October. Tuesday’s market will feature salad greens, carrots, salad turnips, beans of all kinds, onions, garlic, nuts, dried fruit, handmade soap, cake and spice mixes, grass-fed beef, fresh squeezed juice (new this season), flowers and baked goods. EBT and WIC are accepted. For more information, visit http://www.thegrowersmarket.com.

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Good deed doers

April 28, 2015 — 

Girl Scout troops 192 and 930 spent the afternoon painting the curbs and poles at Williams Ranch Elementary School in Penn Valley as part of their “pay it forward” campaign.

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Two-part symposium focuses on 'smart retirement'

April 28, 2015 — 

Ostrofe Financial Consultants, Inc. has underwritten a two-part symposium focusing on “smart retirement” from noon to 2 p.m. on May 11 and 13 at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Speakers for the May 11 symposium are Sara Morrison from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Ann Guerra from In-Home Support Services, Rick Fisher, Certified Financial Planner from Ostrofe Financial Consultants, Inc. and Anthony Halby, Healthcare Insurance Provider. On May 13, speakers are James L. Cunningham, Jr., Attorney, Tamaran Cook from Adult Protective Services and Linda Hobbs from Cascades of Grass Valley.

Topics include protecting an inherited IRA, volunteering, choosing the right living accommodations, avoiding scams and abuse, providing for long-term care, considering in-home services, and transitioning to Medicare.

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Community men invited to discussion on ending violence against women

April 28, 2015 — 

The Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition invites men of all ages to a community discussion entitled, “A Call to Men — Tough Guise II” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Science Lecture Hall at Nevada Union High School.

Male students, fathers, coaches, educators and all concerned men are encouraged to attend this community discussion on ending men’s violence against women.

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Summer camp and activities fair this Saturday

April 28, 2015 — 

The Parents’ Resource Guide and Nevada City Parks & Recreation announce the Fourth Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Nevada City Veteran’s Building.

Representatives from over 30 camps, classes, and workshops will be together under one roof. Meet directors, ask questions, and register all at the same place, on the same day.

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Shelter kennels full — dogs in desperate need of adoption or fostering

April 28, 2015 — 

Sammie’s Friends dog kennels are full and are reaching out to anyone who has been considering pet adoption to act soon. Those who can’t adopt are encouraged to temporarily foster a dog.

Sammie’s Friends kennels are open from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. They are located at 14647 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-471-5041.

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Hospitality House in need of vehicles

April 28, 2015 — 

Two Hospitality House vehicles used for case management have broken down and the repairs exceed the value of the vehicles. The shelter, which provides assistance to homeless individuals, has an urgent need for two reliable vehicles, as case managers provide thousands of rides per year in order to connect people with needed services.

If you have a reliable vehicle you can donate, or if you can contribute funds to purchase one, contact cindy@hhshelter.org or send a donation to 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Donations can also be made online at http://www.hhshelter.org.

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Historical Society examines history of Nisenan people

April 27, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Historical Society will host guest speaker Tribal Council Chairman Richard Johnson, who will share historical and personal stories about the Nevada City Rancheria’s history and the history of the Nisenan people, their territory and their culture.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Johnson speaks passionately about practical Nisenan culture and old lifestyle techniques, and is a great source of historical information that he has gathered about the tribe.

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Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum expands hours

April 25, 2015 — 

Effective May 1, the Railroad Museum in Nevada City will be open five days a week from Fridays through Tuesdays located off Gold Flat Road at #5 Kidder Court. During its 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. open hours, docents will welcome individuals and groups of all ages, and the gift shop is open. For more information, call 530-470-0902 or visit the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum on Facebook.

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Higgins Fire District hosts open house in South County

April 25, 2015 — 

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New scrubs on sale at the hospital

April 25, 2015 — 

New colors and styles of scrubs will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday in Room 110 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the hospital. For more information, call 530-615-6733.

Book club explores sacredness of life

April 25, 2015 — 

The Spiritual Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Madelyn Helling Library to discuss “Perspectives on the Sacredness of Life” from several Native American viewpoints. Suggested reading is “Earth Medicine” by Jamie Sams. The Spiritual Book Club is a book discussion group sponsored by the Baha’is of Nevada County. Everyone is invited to attend these monthly meetings. For more information about this or other upcoming book discussions, call 530-477-7017.

Gillette Memorial Scholarship Luncheon at Tofanelli's

April 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club will host their annual Gillette Memorial Scholarship Luncheon on May 2 to present $1,000 and $500 awards to the two winning high school essay authors for 2015. Silent auction begins at 11 a.m. with an open bar and buffet lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Tofanelli’s upper patio. The guest speaker will be Heidi Hall, who will share her experiences on the memorial walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

In addition, the two scholarship winners will read their essays for members, families, and guests. Tofanelli’s is located at 302 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. The cost is $30, and seats must be reserved by April 27.

For more information, call Janet at 530-210-4476 or email janetdreynolds@yahoo.com. Mail in checks to NCDWC to P.O. Box 1573 Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Nevada County Fair seeks community acts, entertainers

April 25, 2015 — 

The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for local entertainers and community acts to perform at the 2015 Nevada County Fair, Aug. 12 through 16.

Do you have a dance group you’d like to see perform at the fair? Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration or a cheer leading demonstration or show off your baton twirling skills? If so, the Fairgrounds wants your application. This is a great way to share your talents with the community, according to a press release.

Applications are now available online at http://www.NevadaCountyFair.com. To be considered, the application must be returned to the Fairgrounds by June 5. There is no paid compensation for community showcases and demonstrations.

The application is for those interested in performing on the Dance Pad (available afternoon and evening hours); The Green (available during afternoon hours); or the Tumbleweed Stage (available evening hours only).

This year’s Fair is Aug. 12 through 16, and the theme is “Catch the Fair Bug!” For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyFair.com or call 530-273-6217.

Improving Grass Valley's Main Street

April 24, 2015 — 
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