News briefs in Grass Valley California

Valentine's Day tradition

February 12, 2016 — 

Last year, five-year-old Cashus Casci started his own tradition of bringing flowers to every student and teacher in his class on Valentine’s Day. Casci headed out on Wednesday, loaded with flowers, for his kindergarten class’s Valentine’s Day party at Grass Valley Charter School. He says he plans on keeping his annual tradition going.

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'Fracking' topic of informational meeting in Grass Valley

February 12, 2016 — 

“Stop Fracking In California,” is the title of a free, informational public meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. All are welcome.

Arranged through the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, the meeting is designed to provide critical information on what fracking is (“hydraulic fracturing”), why it is so dangerous to public health and the environment, and what actions can be taken to end the practice in California. For more information on the coalition and fracking, visit http://www.ncClimateChangeCoalition.org.

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Author Chris Enss discusses entertainers of the Old West in Nevada City

February 12, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Historical Society will host author Chris Enss, who will discuss her newest book, “Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers, and Singers of the Old West” at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Community Room at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Long before actors were vying for an Oscar nomination, famed thespians were trying to carve out a modest living entertaining prospectors and settlers of the Old West. Enss will share tales of women entertainers who captured the hearts of the western pioneers. The talk is open to the public, and will be followed by free refreshments. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyHistory.org or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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Panelists address housing and homeless issues in Nevada County Feb. 13

February 11, 2016 — 

In the second of a two-part series, “Housing and the Homeless in Nevada County and Beyond,” a panel will discuss Saturday Nevada County’s housing situation and how it impacts homelessness. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County, presenters will be Susan Farrington, president, Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, Placer Consortium on Homelessness; Michael Haggerty, director of Health and Human Services, Nevada County; Robert Bergman and Lisa Swarthout, city council members in Nevada City and Grass Valley; and Tim Giuliani, program manager, Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority/Nevada County 211.

Refreshments and coffee service will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the program starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley.

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Nevada County Pinewood Derby winners

February 11, 2016 — 

A total of 51 cars competed in this year’s Cub Scout Pack 23 Pinewood Derby at Forest Charter School. Sponsored by the Lion’s Club, the top five finishers for speed were Finn Macrea (first place), Jake Laweson, Cody Pfadt, Robert Maple and Levi Soper.

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"Cup with a Cop" in Nevada City

February 11, 2016 — 

The next “A Cup with a Cop”, event will be from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday 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 the officers are open to discuss local interests, community concerns, and current events — or just get acquainted.

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'Women, Math and Fun' topic of Business and Professional Women of Nevada County meeting

February 11, 2016 — 

Mona Matthias, who enjoyed a 34-year career as a teacher and internationally known expert in teaching math, will speak about “Women, Math and Fun!” at the monthly dinner meeting of Business and Professional Women of Nevada County on Wednesday at Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli, 213 Colfax Ave. in Grass Valley. Members of the public are invited.

Through a variety of table-top activities including creating toothpick puzzles, tangrams and origami, Matthias will encourage attendees to think differently about their attitudes about math, so that positive, rather than negative, messages about mathematics can be transmitted to the next generation, especially girls.

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation to host 'Cioppino Feed'

February 11, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation will be hosting its sixth annual all-you-can-eat ‘Cioppino Feed’ on March 5 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 and dinner service begins at 6 p.m.

For the event, the chefs will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, salad and garlic bread. A pasta dish will be available for those who do not prefer Cioppino, but want to attend the event. A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.

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Democratic Debate watch party Feb. 11

February 10, 2016 — 

Supporters of candidate Bernie Sanders are hosting a Democratic Debate Watch Party tonight at the Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley (just past the Home Center). Doors will open at 5 p.m., pre-debate program starts at 5:30 and the debate beings at 6. There will be a no host bar with beer, wine, soft drinks and water as well as a variety of pizzas (including gluten free) and desserts, all sold by the events center. Donations appreciated to cover the cost of renting the hall. Child care will be provided. For more information, call 530-388-0959 or visit https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/4zpb

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Free Valentine's Day concert in Nevada City

February 10, 2016 — 

Sierra Presbyterian Church will be hosting a free concert by the Westmont College Orchestra at 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The 60-member orchestra, under the direction of Michael Shasberger, will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture,” “Music for Shakespeare” by Edward Green and “At Shakespeare’s Tomb” by Emily Rutherford. Six members of the Westmont Chapel Band will perform select pieces. The orchestra’s tour includes performances in San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Nevada City, Yosemite and Oakhurst. Admission is free with a goodwill offering to be taken. For more information on the local concert, call Sierra Presbyterian Church at 530-265-3291.

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Author to speak to Gold Country Writers in Auburn

February 10, 2016 — 

Nanci Lee Woody, author of Tears and Trombones, will be the guest speaker at the Gold Country Writers’ meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 17. Woody’s first novel won the prestigious Independent Publishers medal (IPPY) for Best Fiction in the Western Region but she is also a prolific writer of poetry, song lyrics and short stories. She has won short story contests, written children’s books, and the lyrics for a musical titled, “Hello to Life!” produced in Sacramento. Her poetry has been published in anthologies and online. At one time she wrote text books and taught at the college level. Her book is available on Amazon.

Woody’s upcoming talk is entitled, “My Journey as an Author.” The event is free, and will begin at 10 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1279 High St. in Auburn. The public is welcome.

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Vendors needed for fifth annual summer camp/activities fair in Nevada City

February 10, 2016 — 

Camp and summer program coordinators are encouraged to register to be a vendor at the Fifth Annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair, sponsored through a partnership with Nevada City Parks and Recreation and Parents’ Resource Guide.

More than 300 families attend the fair each year, an event that is designed to give parents the opportunity to meet organizers and ask questions about programs. The fair is designed to promote programs for school aged children, but vendors who offer programs to any age group are welcome to register. Any vendor registered for the Camp Fair by the March 16 deadline will be included in the Camp Fair ad printed in the Parents’ Resource Guide Magazine.

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More than 20 wild horses, including animals gentled and trained to ride, will be offered for adoption March 19 and 20, at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road in Angels Camp.The Bureau of Land Management will offer 18 wild horses, two 3-year-old geldings gentled under a trainer incentive program, and three 5-year-old geldings trained by Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center inmates to saddle and ride. Eight burros also will be offered.Adoption event gates open at 8 a.m. each day. An auction of the saddle-trained horses is set for March 19 at 9 a.m. in Barn One South at the fairgrounds livestock area.Silent bidding for the trained geldings and untrained horses and burros runs from 10 to 11 a.m. with bids starting at $125. Horses and burros not adopted during silent bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee for the remainder of the event.Anyone interested can preview all available animals starting at 4 p.m. March 18.The adoption is being held in conjunction with the Backcountry Horsemen of California's Rendezvous, an event that includes demonstrations, clinics and vendors focused on using horses for back country packing and exploring.Horses and burros up for adoption are from public land ranges in northeast California and Nevada. They were removed from the range in the BLM's work to manage wild populations at sustainable levels.The saddle trained horses are from a partnership between the BLM and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in which jail inmates train wild horses for adoption and learn skills in equine care and training.For additional information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at 1-866-4MUSTANGS or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575. Information is also available online at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

February 9, 2016 — 

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'The Life & Legacy of John Muir' at State Theatre in Auburn

February 9, 2016 — 

The community is invited to an informative historical evening at the State Theatre in Auburn as John Muir’s great-great-grandson, Robert Hanna, takes the audience on a personal and up-close look at the many sides of Muir. The evening will include a look at Muir’s entire life, with include unique stories and many rare and seldom seen images from the family’s collection, as well as stories only be told by Muir’s family.

Muir, “Father of the National Parks” and founder of The Sierra Club, is considered “one of the patron saints of 20th century American environmental activity. He has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world,” writes biographer, Steven J. Holmes.

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A sweet thank you

February 9, 2016 — 

Students from Mount Saint Mary Academy recently delivered cookies to various organizations and companies in the community, including the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, the Grass Valley Police Department, The Union and many others. The cookies were a gesture from students and the school to say thank you for their community efforts.

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Master gardener to discuss four season growing

February 9, 2016 — 

Rob Chase, the vegetable propagation coordinator for Nevada County Master Gardeners, will be giving a presentation on the basics of four season gardening at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Rough and Ready Grange. Chase asserts that with careful planning and “season-extension” tricks, there is not a reason to put local gardens to bed for the late fall, winter and early spring. He will also share tips on planning now for spring gardens, as well as how to start seedlings. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Chase owned a small organic farm for 10 years in Killingworth, Connecticut and now enjoys gardening as a hobby.

The Rough and Ready Grange is located at 14550 Rough and Ready Highway in Rough and Ready. For more information call Cathe’ Fish at 530-432-5109 or Ann Driver at 530-432-8977.

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Grass Valley's Hospitality House offers week of shelter for those in need

February 8, 2016 — 

Through donations of the clients at MOVE! Fitness Studio in Nevada City, 54 men, women and children were given food and shelter for a week at The Hospitality House in Grass Valley. Hospitality House is a nonprofit community shelter for homeless individuals in Nevada County, funded primarily by donations. The year-round shelter is a no tolerance safe haven; those seeking shelter at Hospitality House are offered three meals, along with laundry and shower facilities. Hospitality House is committed to ending homelessness by providing intensive case management services to all its guests.

The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing. In order to empower homeless people with the tools to overcome the barriers that prevents them from securing homes, Hospitality House advocates for greater community support and optimizes resources dedicated to homelessness. For more information about Hospitality House, visit http://www.hhshelter.org.

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Congressman Tom McClintock to speak at Nevada County Republican Women Federated's meeting

February 8, 2016 — 

Congressman Tom McClintock, of the 4th District of California, will be the featured guest speaker at the Feb. 16 meeting of Nevada County Republican Women Federated. McClintock is chairman of the Federal Lands Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee and a member of the House Budget Committee. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal will also give a presentation on the new emergency marijuana initiative that will be on the June 7 Primary Election ballot.

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club. A social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting and program begins at noon.

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Town Talk Photo: Nature's pallette

February 8, 2016 — 

A rainbow arches over Lake of the Pines.

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Snowshoeing in Bear Valley Feb. 13

February 7, 2016 — 

A Bear Yuba Land Trust outing Feb. 13 will feature California naturalist Rick Ramos, who will lead a snowshoe trip through the west side of the Bear Valley. The outing is open to the public. The group will look for evidence of ancient cultures, while taking time to observe the winter landscape. The terrain is fairly level, making it appropriate for those new to the sport of snowshoeing. Equipment not provided. Snowshoes can be rented from Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley, The group will depart at 9:30 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m. Space is limited to 20 participants. For more information and registration, visit http://www.bylt.org or call 530-272-5994, ext. 200.

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Free workshop on dealing with Fibromyalgia in Grass Valley

February 7, 2016 — 

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a local nonprofit, is offering a free workshop on “New and Natural Solutions to Fibromyalgia” at noon Feb. 27 at The Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. Many with the condition suffer from fatigue, pain, numbness, depression or digestive problems. Class size is limited. Register by calling 530-273-6192. A light lunch and refreshments will be served.

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Serving the community

February 7, 2016 — 

Above, Taylor Riley and Jessica Dent of the Nevada Union Key Club take part in a club tie-dye event. The Key Club is a community service club that helps with community events and school-wide donations.

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Lucinda Porter honored for hep C education

February 7, 2016 — 

Lucinda Porter of Grass Valley was one of 19 honorees at the Stars of Advocacy Fundraising Gala hosted by the California Chronic Care Coalition. The Gala highlighted the work of legislators and volunteers who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of those living with chronic conditions through outreach and education. Porter is a registered nurse and patient devoted to education and advocacy for those affected by hepatitis C. Author of “Free from Hepatitis C” and “Hepatitis C One Step at a Time,” she has written and spoken extensively about hepatitis C. Formerly a hepatology research nurse at Stanford Medical Center, Porter is a contributing editor at HEP and HEPMag.com, and long-time contributor to the HCV Advocate.

She began her advocating for those afflicted with hepatitis C in 1997 while volunteering at a needle exchange site.

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State fair farm open to students

February 7, 2016 — 

The California State Fair Farm School tours are now open for 2016 registration. The tours are intended to increase interest in food production and academic/career opportunities available in California’s agriculture industry.

This program is available for grades K-6 with an emphasis on third and fourth grade curriculum. Each tour is an hour and a half to two hours long and focuses on the history of California agriculture, modern and traditional farming techniques, growing fresh produce from seeds to plants, and innovations in California agriculture as a response to the drought. Participants will also learn about soil and worm composting and will have the chance to taste farm fresh produce.

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Smiley Guys Smokehouse hosts fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning in Nevada County

February 5, 2016 — 

Smiley Guys Smokehouse will host a fundraiser to benefit Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) from 3 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25. The owner, Jesse Cohen, has pledged to donate 10 percent of all orders (including take-out and bar) to PiELL. PiELL, a nonprofit, offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County. The volunteer tutors are trained during a two-day session (next training is March 12 and 19), and then matched with an adult student. Tutors meet with their students for an average of one to two hours per week at a location convenient to them. For information call PiELL at 530-265-2116. Smiley Guys Smokehouse is located at 131 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley. To make an order to go, call 530-274-2933.

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Firefighters rescue Baskin Robbins in Grass Valley

February 5, 2016 — 

Nevada City firefighters recently came to the rescue of Baskin Robbins in Grass Valley, when a new, 900-pound ice cream freezer was delivered to the shop. Stumped as to how to get the enormous freezer off a pallet, one employee suggested enlisting the help of firefighters. It took seven firefighters to lift the freezer, said Baskin Robbins owner Goska Mir, who expressed his appreciation with free ice cream.

Champion Mine Road and Old Downieville Highway closures

February 5, 2016 — 

Portions of Champion Mine Road and Old Downieville Highway will be closed Monday and Tuesday to all through traffic including vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic due to tree falling on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) properties in that area.

Nevada County Department of Public Works has signs posted on Old Downieville Highway before American Hill Road and again on Old Downieville Highway just past the meeting of Monroe Street and Wyoming Road. Champion Mine Road has signs posted at the intersection of Newtown Road.

This project is in conjunction with the Fire Safe Council, Bureau of Land Management and Nevada County.

Nevada County League of Women voters to discuss 'Housing and Homeless'

February 4, 2016 — 

“Housing and the Homeless in Nevada County and Beyond” is the topic of a second of a two part series hosted on Feb. 13 by the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County. Presenters will include Susan Farrington, president, Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, Placer Consortium on Homelessness; Michael Haggerty, Director of Health and Human Services, Nevada County; Robert Bergman and Lisa Swarthout, city council members in Nevada City and Grass Valley; and Tim Giuliani, program manager, Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority/Nevada County 211.

Refreshments and coffee service will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the program starting at 10 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit http://www.lwvwnc.org.

Fourth Annual Cynthia And Sophia Community Fitness Day in Grass Valley

February 4, 2016 — 

Kiwanis Club of the Gold Country is presenting its Fourth Annual Cynthia and Sophie Peterlin Community Fitness Day from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the South Yuba Gym in Grass Valley. The event is open to the community. In addition to a “Spin-a-thon,” there will be instructors to help guide participants in Tai Chi, Qigong and Silver Sneakers. Food and drink will be provided throughout the three hour event with a suggested donation of $15 per person.

All proceeds will go to the children’s Back-to-School Clothes Program, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, along with Kmart and the Grass Valley School District. Approximately 65 children are taken on a shopping trip through Kmart to purchase school clothes. Kiwanis also provides a backpack with school supplies. The cost to sponsor a child for the Back-to-School event is $125. Interested donors may bring a check, made out to Gold Country Education and Youth Benefits Foundation, to the Spin-a-Thon or mail to Gold Country Kiwanis at P.O. Box 721, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

The fitness event is named for Cynthia and Sophie Peterlin, who were killed by a drunk boat driver. Class times for the event at the South Yuba Club in Grass Valley, include Qigong, 4:30 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 5 p.m.; Tai Chi, 5:30 p.m.; and Spinning, 6 p.m.

Sierra Writers welcomes Susan Rushton

February 4, 2016 — 

Sierra Writers monthly meeting Wednesday will feature writer, editor and teacher Susan Rushton, who calls herself a lifetime English major. Her opinion column has appeared in the Auburn Journal for 28 years, and in 2013 she published “Reflections from My Small Town,” a collection of 105 of her favorites. She has also presented and promoted Silver Screen Classic Movies for 20 years. This free monthly film series screens every first Saturday at the Auburn Library. In addition, for 15 years Rushton has hosted two monthly interview shows on Auburn Community Television.

Sierra Writers provides a venue for writers of all types to meet, share and learn, with a range of experience and expertise. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, offering at least six speakers or events per year. There are two “Open Reads” (usually in October and March) where anyone can submit a few pages anonymously to be read aloud and critiqued constructively. Membership is $25 per year ($10 for high school and college students). More information can be found at http://www.sierrawriters.org.

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