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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call 530-388-8525.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
For some, the ability to drive is a true sign of independence. Driving plays an important role in maintaining an active, fulfilling lifestyle.
As part of the California Highway Patrol’s mission of providing the highest level of safety, service, and security to people throughout the state, the CHP remains steadfast in maintaining and improving traffic safety and mobility for California’s older drivers.Learn more »
County announces flu shot clinic
The Nevada County Public Health Department has announced a flu shot clinic Dec. 6.Learn more »
Telestream, a leading corporation in Nevada County, recently earned a premiere gold award from United Way of Nevada County for its continual support and top participation in the United Way campaign.
Megan Timpany, executive director of United Way of Nevada County, presented the award to Dan Castles of Telestream for his company’s continuous, generous support. In the past five years, even as the economy suffered, Telestream employees increased their payroll pledging on an annual basis.Learn more »
The 22nd Annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run is set for Saturday, Dec. 14. Every year, 1,500 to 2,000 motorcycles of all makes and models are escorted by local law enforcement through Nevada City and Grass Valley on the old Nevada City Highway. The procession ends at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, where low-income families of Nevada County, Head Start and Big Brothers Big Sisters will be waiting to receive food and toys.
The Toy Run has received proclamations of “Nevada County Food and Toy Run Day” from the city councils of Grass Valley and Nevada City, as well as a resolution from the Nevada County board of supervisors.Learn more »
We meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of each month in the community room of Glenbrook Apartments, 265 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Each meeting is an opportunity to share experiences, gain information and feel connected.
Meetings include educational discussions of many topics related to MS treatment options and managing symptoms, as well as available resources and services. Family members are welcome.Learn more »
The Rotary Club of Nevada City, in conjunction with the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, is accepting nominations through Dec. 26, for the 2013 Business-Person of the Year Award. The award is open to anyone with a business based primarily in Nevada City, and the recipient will be honored at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet in January 2014.
To nominate someone, provide your contact information, the name of the nominee, and a short statement about the nominee’s public service and contributions to the community in writing to the Nevada City Rotary Club at P.O. Box 74, Nevada City, CA 95959.Learn more »
The Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District is now selling 200 Christmas tree-cutting permits through Dec. 24 or until permits are sold out at two locations, one in Downieville and one in Sierra City.
The non-refundable permits are $10 each, with a limit of two per family, and are valid up to and including Dec. 24. Permits must be purchased in person using either cash or a check. Cutting is allowed in designated areas only. Permit purchasers will receive maps to designated cutting areas along with other information about choosing a tree. Certain cutting areas may be inaccessible after snowfall, so it is advisable to cut trees early in the season.Learn more »
Jim Britt, self-made entrepreneur and best-selling business author, will speak at the Nevada County Online Meetup from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Courtyard Suites, 210 North Auburn St. in Grass Valley,
An internationally recognized business leader, coach and trainer who is highly sought after as a keynote speaker for all audiences, Britt leverages his skills and experience as one of the leading experts in peak performance and human behavior to produce stellar results. He is pleased to work with small business entrepreneurs, network marketers and anyone seeking to rid themselves of their emotional baggage.Learn more »
The Nevada County Republican Women Federated announced its donation of $1,200 to Nevada County’s Senior Meals Program when it became aware of a shortfall in the program’s budget. This donation will adopt/underwrite one route and assure delivery of a warm, nutritious meal to 15 seniors five days a week for one year. Fran Freedle, member of the Caring for America Committee of the NCRWF said, “In October we had a very successful and informative event at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall featuring Constitutional Sheriff Richard Mack. The response from our community and the attendance far exceeded our hopes and expectations. We would like to share our hard-earned good fortune with others. We also would like to challenge other local organizations to embrace this much needed program that serves homebound seniors in our county and step up and match our donation.”Learn more »
WISE Women’s Network is inviting Nevada County women and children to “shop” at their Blessing Bazaar, which includes gently used clothing, household items, small appliances, toys and more. All items are free, as is admission. The Blessing Bazaar will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Whispering Pines Church, 680 Brighton St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-273-1722.Learn more »
Violet Richardson Award seeking applicantsNovember 20, 2013 —
The Soroptimist International Club of Grass Valley announces its annual Violet Richardson Award, which is a recognition program for young women ages 14 to 17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place, such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls.
This award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. The award is named for the first president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921, whose motto was, “It’s what you do that counts.”
The Grass Valley club will select a winner from the applications received from western Nevada County residents. The award will be presented in 2014 by the SIGV club.
The nonprofit for which the winner volunteers will receive a monetary award of $100.
The deadline for applications is Dec. 1. The program begins on the club level, with club recipients becoming eligible for the $1,000 region-level awards. One winner is chosen from among the region-level recipients to receive a finalist award, which includes a contribution of $2,500 to the winner’s volunteer organization.
For more information, visit http://www.sigv.org.
Kirkin’ of the Tartan Sunday in Nevada CityNovember 20, 2013 —
Honoring a Celtic-American tradition, on Sunday, the Gold Country Celtic Society will host its 21st Annual Kirkin’ of the Tartan at Trinity Church in Nevada City.
It will be a celebration of the nation’s Celtic heritage, where members of the Celtic Society and any of the public are invited to lay some token of their Celtic ancestry on the altar rail for a blessing by the Rev. Canon Christopher Seal.
With the skirling of the bagpipes and the presentation of the flags of the seven Celtic nations, it is truly a pan-Celtic event.
The tradition was originated by the Scottish immigrant pastor, the Rev. Doctor Peter Marshall at the New York Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and has since gained worldwide popularity.
Kirkins are held all over the United States, in Australia, in New Zealand and even in the home country of Scotland.
Come and be a part at 4 p.m. on Sunday, at Trinity Church, 202 High St., Nevada City. Participate in the service, listen to the pipes and enjoy complimentary refreshments afterwards.
Sierra Theaters donates to South Yuba River Parks AssociationNovember 20, 2013 —
Sierra Theaters has donated $1,600 to the South Yuba River Parks Association to help fund its efforts to restore the Bridgeport Bridge.
This donation is a portion of the proceeds from the Classic Movie series held in September at the Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley.
Classic Movies on the Big Screen at the Del Oro Theatre has raised funds in past years for the mural project on the Del Oro building and the Nevada County Library.
This year, the series benefited the South Yuba River Park Association’s restoration effort on the covered bridge at Bridgeport.
The 150-year-old covered bridge at the South Yuba River State Park is the longest single-span wooden covered bridge in the world, and it is in desperate need of repair.
The bridge is closed even to pedestrians now because of safety concerns, and engineers have determined that the bridge is in danger of total collapse.
More information about SYRPA’s efforts in collaboration with the California State Parks Foundation can be found at www.southyubariverstatepark.org.
Sierra College hosts Chain-Up eventNovember 20, 2013 —
On Dec. 4, the Sierra College Nevada County Campus will host a free Chain-Up event, and the public is invited.
Participants will include the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, the California Highway Patrol, Durham Transportation, Nevada County Public Works, Gold Country Transit, the Nevada County Campus Associated Students of Sierra College, the Nevada County Department of Transportation, Cal Trans and Riebe’s Auto Parts.
Community members are welcome and encouraged to participate in this event, just in time for the coming winter storms.
Demonstrations and instructions on proper installation of tire chains and cables will be offered, along with winter safety preparedness check lists, winter driving tips, and awareness of local agencies involved in winter weather response and collaboration.
There will be question and answer sessions with Gold Country Transit, Durham Transportation, the California Highway Patrol, and the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. Demonstrations of snow traction device installation will be given every 30 minutes.
Riebe’s Auto Parts will check windshield wiper blades, headlights, turn signals and batteries.
Participants will be treated to free hot dogs and sodas courtesy of Riebe’s.
The Sierra College Nevada County Campus is at 250 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Parking Lot 1. The date is subject to change in case of inclement weather.
For more information about this event and other events on the Sierra College Nevada County Campus, call 530-274-5301, or go online at www.sierracollege.edu/events.
Pedestrian seriously injured by JeepNovember 19, 2013 —
A man walking on the shoulder of Old Tunnel Road was seriously injured when a vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck him.
Anthony Wood, 55, was walking southbound on the shoulder, and was off the road, at the time of the accident at about 2 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone.
The driver of the vehicle, a young man whose identity was not available as of press time, failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road and struck Wood, Tassone said.
Wood was transported via helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with moderate to major injuries. His condition was not available at press time, but Tassone said he was expected to survive.